Watch a Live Webcast of SpaceX Launching Another Falcon 9 Rocket [Update: Forget It]
At 6:46 p.m. EST on February 25, SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9 reusable rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and you can watch the webcast live. Check it out at Space X's YouTube channel (above) or on SpaceX's website.
The goal of the launch is to deliver the commercial communications satellite SES-9 to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), where it will eventually join more than 50 other geostationary satellites operated by SES.
SpaceX won't be surprised if Falcon 9 crashes when it attempts to return to Earth: "Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the 'Of Course I Still Love You' droneship," according to a company press statement [PDF]. "Given this mission’s unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected."
It wouldn't be the first time things have gone wrong. In June 2015, the Falcon 9 exploded shortly after takeoff. But in December 2015, on its 20th mission, Falcon 9 successfully launched and returned to Earth. It was widely hailed as major step in the development of reusable rockets. The competition to create commercially viable reusable rockets has become a race between Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, which nailed the landing on the New Shepard reusable rocket in November 2015.