Tuesday SpaceX is preparing to launch Falcon 9, yet again. The reusable rocket that the company is working on was supposed to deliver a communication satellite on Earth’s orbit. The launch was delayed three times already, the fourth being scheduled for today. In the events in which today’s launch will also be compromised, Musk’s company will try again on Thursday.
The first launch was delayed due to bad weather.
The second time they tried the weather was perfect, no cloud in sight at the Cape Canaveral Station, but the team that was prepping the rocket found some problems with the fuel loading system and they aborted the mission two minutes before the countdown.
From what the Space Company declared, the liquid oxygen that is used by the Falcon9 technology was not reaching its freezing point. In order for the rocket to launch the massive satellite that it was pulling, they needed to supply the Falcon with a denser form of the substance.
The third attempt was last Sunday, but they gave themselves a much too small window of opportunity and the clouds made the task impossible. Also, according to the official Twitter page of the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, an unauthorized boat managed to enter the restricted launching site.
The strange apparition caused the team to hold the rocket on the ground level until further instructions. Because of this, the thrusters were affected.
But this time, the fourth that is, the engineers that are trying to make the Falcon9 airborne created a wider launch window. The launching schedule will start at 6:35 PM and it will end at 8:05 PM.
From what SpaceX declared, this earlier schedule helps them better avoid the winds from the upper levels of the atmosphere.
The main thing that they are trying to avoid are the cumulus clouds, which are very thick and could endanger the mission.
But it seems that the chances are all in their favor as the Weather Squadron predicted they will have an 80 percent chance of good weather this afternoon.
SpaceX is preparing to launch Falcon9, yet again. If four is a charm, then the team will try to land the rocket on an unmanned barge situated in the Atlantic Ocean.
Even though they will attempt to control the landing, the SpaceX engineers that are working on the project are not that hopeful because the rocket must carry the satellite into high orbit and it will come down at a considerable speed.
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