Update for 8:30 p.m. ET: SpaceX is now targeting a liftoff time of 9:15 p.m. EST (0215 GMT), the company announced on Twitter. The four-hour launch window closes at 12:28 a.m. EST (0528 GMT).
Team is targeting 9:15 p.m. EST for tonight’s Falcon 9 launchJanuary 8, 2021
SpaceX will launch a Turkish communications satellite to Earth orbit from Florida tonight (Jan. 7), and you can watch it live here.
The company’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a four-hour launch window that opens at 8:28 p.m. EST (0128 Jan. 8 GMT). You can watch a live webcast of the mission in the window above, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 15 minutes prior to liftoff.
About 8.5 minutes after liftoff, the rocket booster will attempt to land on one of the company’s drone ships, named “Just Read the Instructions,” in the Atlantic Ocean. Then about 33 minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s upper stage will deploy the Turksat 5A communications satellite for the Turkish satellite operator Turksat.
Falcon 9 and Turksat 5A vertical on pad 40; tonight’s four-hour launch window opens at 8:28 p.m. EST, and weather is 70% favorable → https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK pic.twitter.com/jc8ix0F9IAJanuary 7, 2021
SpaceX is targeting Thursday, January 7 for launch of the Turksat 5A mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The four-hour launch window opens at 8:28 p.m. EST, or 01:28 UTC on January 8, and a back-up opportunity is available on Friday, January 8, with a four-hour launch window opening at 8:28 p.m. EST, or 01:28 UTC on January 9.
Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03 and two Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the Just Read the Instructions droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9’s fairing is also flight-proven: one half previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission and the other flew aboard the ANASIS-II mission.
‘ISS Live!’ Tune in to the space station
Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the “ISS Live” broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.
“Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During ‘loss of signal’ periods, viewers will see a blue screen.
“Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.”
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