April 27, 2017

Watch the Launch of SpaceX’s Dragon on CRS10 Live

Enter the Dragon… Credit: NASA

Ready to catch a space launch? Don’t happen to live on the Florida Space Coast? We’ve got a shot coming right up tomorrow morning, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket departing from the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow, February 18th with CRS-10 at 15:01 Universal Time (UT)/10:01 AM EST.

That’s not a typo; this is indeed launching from the Kennedy Space Center, not Cape Canaveral to the south. The is the first launch from the KSC since the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program in 2011. Liftoff will occur from the historic launch pad 39A, the same pad that not only put shuttle orbiters into space, but sent humans to the Moon.

You can watch all the action here on NASA’s shinny new YouTube live feed, which is much more stable in our opinion than many other secondary feeds, especially when using spurious internet and spotty WiFi connections:

It’s also worth following SpaceX’s dedicated feed as well, as they’ll try to once again land the Falcon stage one booster back on land, shortly after launch.

This is a historic first from the KSC, for both the site and SpaceX. NASA will hold a pre-launch news conference today at 20:00 UT/3:00 PM EST, and the webcast for tomorrow’s launch begins 90 minutes prior to liftoff at 13:30 UT/8:30 AM EST. Dragon will spend two days chasing down the International Space Station, for a grapple and berthing set for Monday, February 20th, at 14:00 UT/ 9:00 AM EST. That webcast will also go live on NASA TV just 90 minutes prior.

And keep an eye out for the Dragon, as it chases down the ISS. We’ll be watching for Dragon on CRS-10 once it’s in orbit, and we’ll publish sighting ops worldwide on our Twitter feed under @Astroguyz.

Don’t miss it!

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