SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Set For Launch On Jan. 17 From Vandenberg Air Force Base
By Space Coast Daily // January 8, 2016
El Nino rains has made work challenging
The first full week of 2016 has been a busy one for teams preparing NASA’s Jason-3 spacecraft for its upcoming launch on Jan. 17 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The Earth-observing satellite is scheduled to be sealed inside the rocket’s protective payload fairing tomorrow as launch and mission managers convene for the Flight Readiness Review.
A static fire to test the Falcon 9’s first stage is planned for Saturday, Jan. 9, followed by mating of the spacecraft and payload fairing to the rocket on Jan. 12.
Steady El Nino rain on California’s central coast has made work challenging at Space Launch Complex 4 throughout the past four days, but launch remains scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17 at 10:42:18 a.m. PST.
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