SpaceX Falcon 9 Set to Launch Communications Satellite Tonight

Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

UPDATE NO. 2: The launch was scrubbed on Thursday due to a LOX loading problem. Since this was the backup date, SpaceX does not currently have a new launch date.

UPDATE: The launch has been scrubbed for Wednesday. SpaceX will try again on Thursday night.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the SES-9 communications satellite to geosynchronous orbit this evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The approximately 90-minute launch window opens on February 24 at 6:46:14 pm ET. A backup launch window opens at 6:46:17 pm ET on February 25. The satellite will be deployed approximately 31 minutes after liftoff.

Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship. Given the mission’s unique launch profile, a successful landing is not expected.

The launch webcast will be live at spacex.com/webcast approximately 20 minutes before launch.