Falcon 9 rocket and NASA TESS exoplanet hunter poised for liftoff from Space
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, on April 18 at 6:51 pm EDT. Credit:
CENTER, FL – After Mondays planned launch of NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter was
scrubbed due to problems with the Falcon 9 rockets Guidance, Navigation and
Control (GNC) system, SpaceX and NASA have rescheduled the launch to this evening
Wednesday, 18, Florida’s Spaceport.
is scheduled to blast off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday,
April 18 from seaside Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force
launch window lasts a short 30 seconds.
rocket was lowered back down at pad 40 after Monday’s scrub about T Minus hours
before liftoff so that SpaceX engineers could evaluate an issue with the GNC
the GNC issues apparently resolved, the rocket was raised vertical again early
this morning and countdown preparations resumed.
Falcon 9 and TESS are poised for liftoff at sunset today.
The weather outlook
is excellent with a greater than 90 percent chance of acceptable conditions at
for launch from the Florida Space Coast today, Wednesday April 18 on an
inspiring mission to discover new Earth like habitable worlds beyond our Solar
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” said NASA.
6:51 PM ET liftoff. Weather is holding at 90% “Go”.
images taken today and Monday during the media remote camera setup.
the launch in Florida, you can always watch NASA’s live coverage on NASA
Television and the agency’s website.
be broadcast on NASA TV beginning at 6:30
p.m. Apr. 18 with additional commentary on the NASA launch blog.
live webcast beginning approximately 15
minutes before launch at about 6:35 p.m. EDT.
watch the launch live at NASA TV at – http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
watch the launch live at SpaceX hosted Webcast at – spacex.com/webcast
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