Saturday, February 7, 2015

The SpaceX DSCOVR Pre-Game Show


Click the arrow to watch the media event. Video source: NASA YouTube channel.

SpaceX plans to launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission tomorrow at 6:10 PM EST from the Cape's Pad 40.

The pre-launch media event was held today at the Kennedy Space Center press site.

Click here for the DSCOVR press kit web page.

SpaceX will make its second attempt to land its Falcon 9 booster on its Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS). According to James Dean at Florida Today:

After the launch, SpaceX will make its second attempt to land the Falcon 9's first-stage booster on a platform roughly 370 miles down range. A first attempt at the experimental landing last month hit the platform, but too hard, after steering fins ran out of hydraulic fluid too soon.

Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of mission assurance at Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, put the odds of success again at 50-50.

Because the satellite launch requires more fuel, the booster will return with a more aggressive trajectory and perform only two braking engine burns instead of three.

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