This Sunday, February 8th, SpaceX will make a second attempt at a historic rocket landing on a floating platform in the ocean.
A 22-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket will lift off out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida a couple minutes after sunset, at 6:10 pm ET. Within a half hour or so after takeoff, the rocket will return from space and attempt to guide its way, using GPS tracking, onto a drone ship that has been towed into the Atlantic Ocean by two vessels, Go Quest and the Elsbeth III.
Five years ago, a landing attempt like this was unheard of but SpaceX is changing things up and paving the way for a new era of reusable rockets.
So far, SpaceX has never recovered a rocket for reuse but if everything goes according to plan this Sunday, and the rocket lands softly, it would be a game changer.
If the launch is aborted, SpaceX has also prepared a backup launch opportunity for 6:07 pm on Monday, February 9th.
NASA TV will be streaming the launch live starting at 3:30 pm ET on Sunday.
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exactAIS® tracking of the Go Quest (black track) and Elsbeth III (green/yellow track) escorting the barge into the Atlantic Ocean.