SpaceX on Monday will launch its first rocket since an earlier model bound for the International Space Station exploded after liftoff in late June.
The California-based company is set to launch the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida between 8:33 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. ET. After liftoff, SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket in an upright position on solid ground. Previous attempts to recover the first-stage of the Falcon 9 using drone ships at sea have failed.
“If successful, this test would mark the first time in history an orbital rocket has successfully achieved a land landing,” SpaceX said in a statement.
The rocket is designed to carry satellites from U.S. company Orbcomm into low-earth orbit. It’s more powerful and an upgraded version of the unmanned Dragon cargo ship that exploded six months ago, Agence France-Presse reported. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk blamed the last failure on a faulty strut, according to AFP.
You can watch a livestream of the launch above starting around 8 p.m. ET.
SpaceX warned nearby Florida residents in Brevard County that they may hear a “sonic boom” during the anticipated event.
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