FALCON 9 LAUNCH FLAWLESS FROM THE CAPE
By Space Coast Daily // January 6, 2014
WATCH THE REPLAY OF THE FALCON 9 LAUNCH
ABOVE LIVE STREAM: Watch the replay of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:06 p.m. EST.
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket went flawlessly today from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:06 p.m. EST.
The launch was originally scheduled for Jan. 3, but was scrubbed until today to ensure all systems were a go.
The cause of the delay was not disclosed, but a source told SpaceFlightNow.com that, “engineers are studying an issue with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.”
The Falcon 9 rocket flew with upgraded Merlin 1D engines and larger fuel tanks. Its payload, a Thaicom 6 communications satellite, will beam Ku-band and C-band services to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
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ORIGINAL POST: DECEMBER 20, 2013
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – A Falcon 9 rocket will light up the skies of the Space Coast during a SpaceX liftoff scheduled for Friday, Jan. 3.
The rocket is set to blast off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:50 p.m. EST, carrying a Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite.
The launch window closes at 6:57 p.m.
This will be the second Falcon 9 launch in a month following the successful Dec. 3 launch of the SES-8 satellite. The Falcon 9 rocket will fly with upgraded Merlin 1D engines and larger fuel tanks.
The Thaicom 6 will beam Ku-band and C-band services to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
SEE THE LAUNCH FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests may view the dusk launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, or special areas at the Visitor Complex.
Guests can experience the powerful sights and sounds of the rocket at special viewing available to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, located in Kennedy Space Center, for $20 plus the cost of admission.
Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Bus boarding for the Apollo/Saturn V Center begins at 3:45 p.m.
Located along the Banana River just a few miles from the launch pad, the Apollo/Saturn V viewing area offers the closest public viewing opportunity in Brevard County. This viewing area will feature live launch countdown commentary.
Launch viewing, featuring live mission control commentary, also is available from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is included in regular admission.