Remember the Falcon 9 explosion more than a year ago? It was the last time anyone saw this launch pad used at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but Friday’s launch is expected to change all of that.
- Launch window begins at 10:36 a.m.
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The pad is ready to host its first launch since the explosion caused a lot of damage to the pad back in September of 2016.
SpaceX says it is key to their success to get this pad back to normal operations.
Putting Launch Pad 40 back in operation means SpaceX can now double their launch capacity from the Space Coast. That means more launches in the new year.
The Falcon 9 rocket is now being prepared for Friday morning’s launch after experiencing a few delays. Earlier this week, officials said they were taking additional time to conduct full inspections and cleanings. Particles in the second stage fuel system were reportedly detected.
Since the explosion last year, SpaceX has cleaned up the pad, and modernized it.
The Falcon 9 rocket will deliver a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station for NASA.
Nearly 4,800 pounds of science experiments and crew supplies will help astronauts living at the orbiting outpost.
Friday’s launch is at for 10:36 a.m.
Just a few minutes after launch, SpaceX will attempt to re-land the first stage booster on land, also here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Residents may hear a sonic boom when that happens.
So far, weather looks good, with a 90 percent chance of favorable weather conditions.
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