SpaceX Deep Space Climate Observatory Launch Scrubbed

By  //  February 8, 2015

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Earliest Next Opportunity Is Monday At 6:07 p.m.

ABOVE LIVESTREAM: Tune in to SpaceCoastDaily.com to watch the launch of DSCOVR. The live broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. and the launch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m.

The launch of NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed for Sunday, Feb. 8 due to loss of the Air Force’s Eastern Range radar, which is required for launch.

The earliest next opportunity is Monday, Feb. 9, at 6:07 p.m. ET.

DSCOVR will provide critical data necessary for NOAA space weather forecasters to issue timely and accurate warnings of solar storms that have the potential to disrupt major public infrastructure systems such as power grids, telecommunications, aviation and GPS.

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WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Launch Set For 6:10 p.m. From Cape

 BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:10 p.m. EST.

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WATCH LIVE the SpaceX launch live on SpaceCoastDaily.com beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST.

WATCH LIVE the SpaceX launch live on SpaceCoastDaily.com beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST, courtesy of NASA TV.

DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force and will maintain the nation’s solar wind observations capability.

These observations are critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA’s space weather alerts, forecasts, warnings and space weather events like geomagnetic storms caused by changes in solar wind.

SECOND ATTEMPT FOR ROCKET LANDING ON DRONE SHIP

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX released this dramatic footage of its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic, an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion.

SpaceX will make a second attempt to make a rocket landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

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SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said that the rocket landing try was “Close, but no cigar.” (SpaceX image)

Once the launch is complete, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a landing on “Just Follow the Instructions” — an autonomous spaceport drone ship located about 370 miles off the Brevard County coast.

It is the second time that SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage on the drone ship. A Jan. 10 attempt ended with the booster crashing into the landing platform and exploding into a fireball.

The barge landings are the next step in SpaceX’s effort to make the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reusable.

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said that try was “Close, but no cigar.”

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