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SpaceX doesn't expect to stick the landing of tonight's launch

Engadget Engadget 5/05/2016 Jessica Conditt
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Make a pot of coffee and curl up in your favorite bunny slippers tonight for another SpaceX rocket launch and attempted sea landing. The Falcon 9 rocket will take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1:21AM ET on Friday, May 6th, carrying a Japanese communications satellite (JCSAT-14). It's headed for a precariously high orbit, which makes re-entry and landing extra difficult. Still, SpaceX will attempt to set the rocket back down on the "Of Course I Still Love You" barge.

"The first-stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing unlikely," SpaceX says.

SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 at sea for the first time in April and it was an impressive sight. This week's launch was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 5th, but weather conditions prompted a one-day delay. As always, SpaceX is livestreaming the launch; watch it right here.


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