It’s launch day!
SpaceX is on track to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 40
Here’s what you need to know for today’s launch:
• Liftoff is scheduled for 2:56 p.m.
• The 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will fly SpaceX’s second Transporter mission, a service that allows several organizations to split launch costs by flying smaller spacecraft in one payload fairing
• The launch window is open for eight minutes.
• Weather forecast is 80% “go” at the launch pad.
• Approximately eight minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage booster will target an automatic landing at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Landing Zone 1
• This will be the first non-drone ship landing attempt for SpaceX in 2021
• Unlike most missions that fly toward the northeast or even straight out east over the Atlantic, Falcon 9 will rapidly gimbal its engines after launch and turn toward the south on a kind of polar trajectory known as sun-synchronous.
• If conditions are clear enough, the launch could be visible to residents well into South Florida.
• Full coverage of the launch kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at floridatoday.com/space and will feature in-depth coverage. Ask our space team reporter Emre Kelly questions and strike up a conversation. We will also be hosting SpaceX’s live webcast of the launch.
Rob Landers is a USA TODAY Network of Florida multimedia journalist. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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