SpaceX Attempts Second At-Sea Recovery of First-Stage Rocket Booster
UPDATE: The Monday launch was scrubbed just after 3:30 due to weather conditions, according to a tweet from SpaceX. The next possible launch time is 4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The link at the bottom of the article will still work tomorrow if the launch does occur.
SpaceX will once again try to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket, named “Just Read the Instructions”, on an unmanned platform in the Atlantic Monday after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The last attempt of safely recovering the first stage of the Dragon cargo capsule's delivery rocket ended with the Falcon 9 exploding on the deck of the platform in January.
Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO, said the stabilizing system ran out of fuel and would remedy that issue this time. Space.com reported Musk tweeted that the rocket would at least blow up for a different reason this time if something went wrong.
The Dragon cargo capsule is headed for the International Space Station for their sixth official resupply mission for NASA. SpaceX said the trip should take two days and the capsule will return in around five weeks.
You can see a live-stream of the launch beginning at around 4 p.m. CST here.