Upper-Level Winds Scrub SpaceX Launch Attempt
By Space Coast Daily // February 10, 2015
Next Launch Attempt For the DSCOVR Mission Is Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6:03 p.m.
ABOVE LIVESTREAM: Tune in to SpaceCoastDaily.com on Tuesday to watch the launch of DSCOVR. The live broadcast begins at 5 p.m. and the launch is scheduled for 6:03 p.m.
Upper-Level Winds Delay NOAA DSCOVR Launch
The next launch attempt of NOAA’s DSCOVR is on Wednesday at 6:03 p.m. EST, after upper-level winds scrubbed Tuesday’s attempt.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 will place the spacecraft on a course to L1, an area about a million miles from Earth. DSCOVR will provide critical data necessary for NOAA space weather forecasters to issue timely and accurate warnings of solar storms.
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SECOND ATTEMPT SET FOR ROCKET LANDING ON DRONE SHIP
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – The next launch attempt for NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will now be Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:05 p.m. EST with a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6:03 p.m.
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.
NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Air Force and SpaceX have issued the following statement:
“The next launch attempt for the DSCOVR mission will now be Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:05 p.m. EST with a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday, Feb 11 at 6:03 p.m. Weather for an attempt on Monday, Feb 9 is unfavorable.
“If that attempt were to scrub for weather, we would lose either the Tuesday or Wednesday launch opportunity due to crew rest requirements for the Air Force. Teams will target launch on Tuesday with a backup of Wednesday as weather is more favorable on both of those days. While it is not required for flight, SpaceX will leverage the extra time to replace a video transmitter on the first stage in advance of the next attempt.”
WATCH LIVE the SpaceX launch live on SpaceCoastDaily.com on Tuesday beginning at 5 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.
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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