Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SpaceX will attempt to launch a satellite into orbit Tuesday night

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 1:11 PM

  • Photo via SpaceX website
After three failed attempts last week, SpaceX will try once again to launch a satellite into space this evening. 

The launch window for the SES-9 satellite will open at 6:35 p.m., 11 minutes earlier than the previously failed attempts, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

SpaceX is hoping that the shift in time will give the company a better chance of avoiding upper-level winds, which have contributed to some of the delays.

The mission will deliver a telecommunications Luxembourg-based satellite that supports broadcasts in Asia. 

On Sunday, the launch was scrubbed right as the countdown reached zero after a boat sailed into a restricted area, causing the oxygen temperatures to rise while the launch waited for the all clear, according to a tweet sent out by CEO Elon Musk. 

According to the Sentinel, some people are speculating that this launch, and the subsequent ocean barge landing of the rocket, could help SpaceX in its mission to reduce the costs of sending someone to Mars in the future. 

So far, the weather for tonight's launch looks good, and the countdown on the SpaceX website is still ticking down. 

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