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Live Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Attempted at Sea



Live Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Attempted at Sea


Watch the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket landing live at sea today at 19:42 – it could be a historic event.

SpaceX will make another attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the offshore platform. Today, on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in about an hour at 7:42 PM Polish time, another attempt will be made to recover the first segment of the Falcon 9 rocket after the scheduled work has been completed. The startup window will take 30 seconds. In December last year, it was possible for the first time at the Cape Canaveral landing strip leased by SpaceX. This time the landing attempt will take place on a special sea platform.

Two previous attempts to land on a sea platform in the Atlantic have resulted in a loss of control and the destruction of missiles, so this time you can expect a lot of excitement. SpaceX plans to refine this method, as in the future the first rocket stages will have to land in more accessible places due to lower fuel resources.

The company has also set up the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship to wait for the first stage of the Falcon rocket 300 kilometers south of Vandenberg in the Pacific Ocean.

Out at sea for tomorrow’s launch and landing attempt pic.twitter.com/9LMsj6qryI

– SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 17, 2016

The goal of the mission is to launch the Jason 3 oceanographic research satellite, which is equipped with a radar to measure the depth of water bodies, which will allow to support the prediction of tropical storm development and the research of scientists studying climate change. The mission cost is $ 365 million. The satellite weighs 510 kg and will be launched into orbit at an altitude of about 1,355 km. The Jason 3 satellite project was implemented by the American meteorological agency NOAA, the European agency Eumetsat and the French space agency CNES. The satellite will replace the Jason 2, which hit space in June 2008.

You can watch the official live stream online on NASA TV, which will be broadcast before and during launch:

Company stream below, and NASA TV has live run coverage before and during launch:

source: SpaceX, Engadget, interia NNew Technologies, NASA TV