As the United States thaws from a week of snow and otherwise crummy weather, chances look good that today’s SpaceX launch will proceed as scheduled. Previously planned for January 9, this Falcon 9 launch was rescheduled to 9:54 a.m. Pacific (12:54 p.m. Eastern) today due to adverse weather conditions.
This launch will be the first of seven such uncrewed space flights in which a Falcon 9 rocket will carry 10 Iridium Communications satellites into Earth’s orbit.
“This’ll be a tough flight for us, coming back from our event on September first,” SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell told CBS This Morning.
If you want to get in on the action, you don’t have to get a security clearance. Just tune in from the comfort of your home to watch the magnificence of private spaceflight, as each successful rocket launch brings us one step closer to colonizing Mars. Here are a few ways you can watch:
Stream it From SpaceX’s Website
One of the simplest ways to watch the launch will be through SpaceX’s website. Check out spacex.com/webcast for the official feed. SpaceX says the stream will go live 20 minutes before launch time.
Tune in to SpaceX’s YouTube Hosted Webcast
As usual, SpaceX will be offering a news-anchor-style hosted webcast to keep you informed and entertained during the launch.
Watch SpaceX’s Technical Webcast
And for the hard-core among us, you can check out SpaceX’s Technical Webcast for a more in-depth look at what’s going on during the launch.
However you watch, this launch has high stakes for SpaceX, since they’re betting big on this contract with Iridium.
This launch is not to be missed, as it’ll be the company’s first chance at redemption since the Falcon 9 explosion in September, an accident that CEO and founder Elon Musk called, “the most difficult and complex failure” in SpaceX’s history.
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