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Next Launch Try for DSCOVR, ‘Risky Rocket Recovery’ Today 6:05 pm

Explosion and smoking debris over the SpaceX test facility in McGregor, Texas. (Image credit: Amanda Spence,)

Explosion and smoking debris over the SpaceX test facility in McGregor, Texas. (Image credit: Amanda Spence,)

NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Air Force and SpaceX have issued a joint statement saying the next schedule of the launch of DISCOVR and their trial to see a rocket recovery will be tried on Tuesday at 6:05 pm EST.

In a statement, Steven Siceloff said: “The next launch attempt for the DSCOVR mission will now be Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:05 p.m. EST with a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday, Feb 11 at 6:03 p.m. Weather for an attempt on Monday, Feb 9 is unfavorable. If that attempt were to scrub for weather, we would lose either the Tuesday or Wednesday launch opportunity due to crew rest requirements for the Air Force. ”

He has also added that teams will target launch on Tuesday with a backup of Wednesday as weather is more favorable on both of those days. While it is not required for flight, SpaceX will leverage the extra time to replace a video transmitter on the first stage in advance of the next attempt, said Steven Siceloff.

 

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