June 7, 2020

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Catch the First Launch of 2014

A May 2012 night launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 from the Cape. (Credit: NASA)

Breaking News: Word is that the Falcon-9 launch has now been pushed back to Monday, January 6th… stay tuned for updates!

The year in spaceflight starts with a bang this Friday, as SpaceX launches the Thaicom 6 satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket headed for geostationary orbit. The launch is set to occur out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida Space Coast, and the 132 minute window opens at dusk on January 3rd at 22:50 UT/5:50 PM EST. This is just 10 minutes after local sunset, guaranteeing that the launch will be visible across the Florida peninsula as it heads out over the Atlantic.

And if you donít happen to live in Florida, you can always catch the launch online:

Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com

SpaceX also carries the broadcast, though weíve found NASA TV to generally be a bit more stable. Thaicom 6 is headed for an orbital slot at 78.5 degrees east longitude to service Africa and southeast Asia. As of this writing, weather is projected to be 80% go for Friday and subsequent backup dates through the weekend.

With the successful launch of SES 8 by SpaceX on December 3rd, this marks one of the fastest turnarounds at the Cape since 1999. And this also marks the start of a†busy year for SpaceX that will see more satellite deployments, at least three resupply missions to the International Space Station, testing of the crewed Dragon capsule, and culminate with the first test launch of its Falcon 9 Heavy rocket later this year.

SpaceX will be a company to watch in 2014, as they get down to the routine business of spaceflight starting with this Fridayís launch!

Authorís Note: There are rumors†As of this writing (January 1st) that the SpaceX launch may actually move forward about 45 minutes or so. Also, thereís no firm word on when the broadcast will go live, though its worth checking in about an hour before the start of the launch window. Follow us on Twitter (@Astroguyz) for the latest updates!


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