WATCH LIVE: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Set To Blast Off At 1:42 p.m., Will Attempt Ocean Barge Landing
By Space Coast Daily // January 16, 2016
WE HAVE A 'GO' FOR LAUNCH
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA – SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday to will deliver the Jason-3 satellite to low-Earth orbit for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.
The Jason-3 launch is targeted for a 1:42 p.m. EST launch from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
NASA will begin live streaming launch coverage at 1 p.m. EST:
If all goes as planned, the Jason-3 satellite will be deployed approximately an hour after launch. Once deployed, the satellite will use radar technology to measure ocean height across the glove to track sea level rise.
This mission also marks an experimental landing of the first stage on the SpaceX drone ship “Just Read the Instructions.”
The ship which will be located in the Pacific, 186 miles south of the launch site.
The landing of the first stage is a secondary test objective.
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