LIVE STREAM OF SPACEX’S LAUNCH: Tonight, Elon Musk and his team will launch 88 satellites into orbit.
As part of its SmallSat Rideshare Program, SPACEX is preparing to launch a total of 88 satellites into orbit. Today, you may watch the SpaceX launch live online.
This will be SpaceX’s second attempt to launch the Transporter-2 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The SpaceX launch was supposed to take place on Tuesday evening, but it was abruptly canceled at the last minute. The launch was called off with only 11 seconds left on the countdown clock after an aircraft appeared in the no-fly zone near the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, announced the cancellation on Twitter, expressing his displeasure with the situation.
He hinted at spaceflight restrictions impeding humanity’s progress toward becoming a spacefaring civilization in a quick but scathing outburst.
Mr Musk has previously fought with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), arguing that the agency was impeding his company’s progress.
“Unfortunately, launch has been canceled for today due to an aircraft entering the ‘keep out zone,’ which is absurdly large,” he wrote yesterday.
“Without massive regulatory reform, humanity will never be able to become a spacefaring civilisation. The current regulatory framework is ineffective.”
However, the launch appears to be on track, and the launch window will open in approximately an hour.
The flight is SpaceX’s second from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral station as part of the SmallSat Rideshare Program.
“This mission also marks SpaceX’s second launch to a polar orbit from Florida,” the company stated.
The 88 satellites will launch today on a Falcon 9 rocket over the eastern coast of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean.
In the attached video player above, you can witness the launch from beginning to end, courtesy of SpaceX.
The livestream will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff, at 7.56pm BST (2.56pm EDT), when SpaceX’s launch window opens.
The Falcon 9 booster will return to Earth and attempt a soft landing about eight and a half minutes after launch.
Normally, SpaceX’s rockets land on unmanned drone ships in the ocean, but tonight’s trip will be different.
This is SpaceX’s 20th launch of the year, with resupply and crew flights to the International Space Station already completed (ISS).
The Falcon 9 will carry a total of 88 satellites, with 85 of them belonging to commercial and government entities.
CubeSats, microsats, and “Brinkwire Summary News” are examples of these.