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SpaceX Falcon 9 to make fifth launch attempt later today

by Brandon Russell | March 4, 2016March 4, 2016 3:00 pm PDT

SpaceX just can’t catch a break. It was supposed to shuttle the SES-9 satellite to geostationary orbit late last month but multiple setbacks—low thrust alarms, high altitude winds—have continued to push the launch back. Today’s attempt, which is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EST, will be number five.

It’s not like you can just launch rockets all willy-nilly. The business is very delicate—and expensive—so taking any sort of chance can lead to disaster. And if it’s not something going wrong on the launchpad, there always the possibility of a stray tugboat entering water it’s not supposed to, as was the with SpaceX’s third attempt last Sunday.

The main goal, as mentioned, is to shuttle the SES-9 communications satellite into geostationary orbit. Once that’s achieved, SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge named “Of Course I Still Love You,” which is so fitting considering the company expects the landing to end in explosions.

We’re hopeful a launch will actually happen tonight, but given the many setbacks over the past week, we know that anything can happen. You can watch the whole thing (maybe) unfold live.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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