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Rocket Launch: September 7, 2017 9:50 am| SpaceX Falcon 9 OTV-5

Sep 07, 2017 09:50 AM Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch: September 7, 2017 9:50 am | SpaceX Falcon 9 OTV-5

 

MISSION:

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is set to launch OTV-5 on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The primary launch window opens on Thursday, September 7 at 9:50 a.m. EDT or 13:50 UTC, and closes at 2:55 p.m. EDT or 18:55 UTC. 

This Air Force mission is the fifth Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch. The X-37B is the Air Forces’ unmanned and reusable space plane. Resembling a small space shuttle, it will conduct orbital experiments.

The Falcon 9 rocket’s reusable first stage will attempt a controlled landing at Landing Zone 1 (LZ1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

 

 

LAUNCH VIEWING:

For OTV-5, guests are invited to view the launch from the visitor complex, included with daily admission. However, due to the unknown launch window and in-park preparations for a possible upcoming storm, the visitor complex will not offer the usual launch viewing amenities.  If the launch occurs within 9 am - 6 pm (operating hours), visitors may watch the launch from the visitor complex, but bleacher seating, JumboTron viewing and educational activities will not be offered for this launch.

 

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Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute.

 

LAUNCH VEHICLE:

Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 rocket. With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Crew Dragon’s pressurized capsule using the Falcon 9.

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Rocket Launch: September 7, 2017 9:50 am | SpaceX Falcon 9 OTV-5