SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday evening, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the SES 11/EchoStar 105 communications satellite into orbit 36 minutes later.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket is poised for launch from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:53 p.m. EDT (2253 GMT) Wednesday at the opening of a two-hour launch window.
Perched atop the rocket is the SES 11/EchoStar 105 communications satellite, a spacecraft made by Airbus Defense and Space, ready to beam television programming and video services across the Americas for SES and EchoStar. The rocket will place the satellite into a high-altitude supersynchronous transfer orbit.
The timeline below outlines the launch sequence for the Falcon 9 flight with SES 11/EchoStar 105, SpaceX’s third launch with a previously-flown first stage booster.
Watch a replay of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket taking off from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite, as viewed from the press viewing site around three miles away.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket got within a second of liftoff Sunday before a low-thrust alarm triggered an automatic abort. Watch a view of the dramatic last-second countdown cutoff at engine ignition from our camera at the launch pad.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket darted into a partly cloudy sky over Florida’s Space Coast with a roar Thursday afternoon, carrying the Japanese-built Es’hail 2 communications satellite into space to beam commercial video and data services across the Middle East and expand connectivity for Qatar’s military.