The rocket is slated to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station between 5 pm and 8:55 pm ET.Inside the bulbous nose cone at the ro
The rocket is slated to take off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station between 5 pm and 8:55 pm ET.
Inside the bulbous nose cone at the rocket’s tip is a communications satellite that belongs to the South Korean military. SpaceX said it will end the webcast of the launch before the satellite is deployed, something the company frequently does when taking sensitive national security-related cargo to space.
But the company will show its attempt to recover the first-stage booster, the bottom-most portion of the rocket equipped with nine massive engines that provide the Falcon 9 rocket’s initial thrust at liftoff. The rocket booster SpaceX will use for Monday’s mission was previously used on SpaceX’s first-ever mission with humans on board.
SpaceX has flown a single rocket booster up to five times, and Musk has said the latest version of the Falcon 9 first-stage can fly up to 10 times with minimal repairs needed between launches.