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Tentatively set for January 6, 5:06 pm EST
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Rocket Launch: Falcon 9 | Thaicom 6
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch is tentatively rescheduled to January 6, but date may change based on weather. Check back for launch updates.
Experience the powerful sights and sounds of the thunderous roaring engines of an SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it thrusts into the sky from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. Thaicom 6 is providing C-band and Ku-band communications services across Southeast Asia and Africa. The rocket will fly in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing.
The Apollo/Saturn V viewing area offers the closest public launch viewing opportunity in Brevard County. This viewing area features live NASA launch countdown commentary. Guests must board launch transportation at the Visitor Complex no later than 3:45 pm to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Purchase viewing tickets for $20 plus tax while they are still available. Cost is in addition to general admission.
Annual passholders only pay for the $20 viewing ticket. Call 866.870.6239 now to make your reservation.
Launch viewing is also available from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and includes live mission control commentary. This viewing area is included in general admission.
Launch date and time are subject to change.
See what it takes to roll out and get vertical with the Falcon 9 to prepare for a launch.
Falcon 9 Rocket
Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed from the ground up by SpaceX for the reliable and cost-efficient transport of satellites.
Falcon 9’s first stage incorporates nine Merlin engines and aluminum-lithium alloy tanks containing liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellant. After ignition, a hold-before-release system ensures that all engines are verified for full-thrust performance before the rocket is released for flight. Then, with thrust greater than five 747s at full power, the Merlin engines launch the rocket to space. Unlike airplanes, a rocket's thrust actually increases with altitude; Falcon 9 generates 1.3 million pounds of thrust at sea level but gets up to 1.5 million pounds of thrust in the vacuum of space. The first-stage engines are gradually throttled near the end of first-stage flight to limit launch vehicle acceleration as the rocket’s mass decreases with the burning of fuel.
As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability -- from a blank sheet to first launch in four and a half years (November 2005 to June 2010).
Designed for maximum reliability
Falcon 9 features a simple two-stage design to minimize the number of stage separations. (Historically, one of the main causes of launch failures have been stage separations and engine failures.) With nine engines on the first stage, the rocket can safely complete its mission even in the event of a first-stage engine failure.
Falcon 9 topped with SpaceX fairing is 224.4 feet (68.4 meters) tall and 12 feet in diameter (the fairing is 17 feet in diameter).