SpaceX is ready to launch the U.S. Area Pressure’s GPS III Area Automobile 04 right now from Cape Canaveral Air Pressure Station in Florida. This launch was all set to take off again in the beginning of October, however was scrubbed within the last seconds. Right now’s launch window spans quarter-hour, and opens at 6:24 PM EST (3:24 PM PST), with a backup alternative tomorrow, Friday November 6 at 6:20 PM EST (3:20 PM PST).
The launch right now will use a Falcon 9 first-stage that hasn’t flown beforehand, and SpaceX can be trying to get better it with a touchdown on its drone ship ‘Of Course I Nonetheless Love You’ within the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the phrases of its settlement with the U.S. Area Pressure’s Area and Missile Programs Heart (SMC, which was beforehand housed below the Air Pressure), SpaceX has had to make use of new boosters for all missions that fall below the Nationwide Safety Area Launch (NSSL) umbrella, together with this one.
That modified in September of this yr, when SpaceX and the SMC agreed that Elon Musk’s launch firm may use re-flown booster phases – which is what SpaceX does for nearly each different launch it flies today. Given SpaceX’s observe document with refurbished first phases, it is sensible that SMC would change their place on use of the recovered rockets.
SpaceX already launched one GPS III spacecraft for the Area Pressure this yr – the third such satellite tv for pc within the constellation, which was delivered to orbit in June.
The launch webcast will start above at round quarter-hour previous to the opening of the launch window, so at round 6:09 PM EST (3:09 PM PST).