What’s the best way to get yourself out of the turkey coma?! Why the excitement of a launch of course! Space X will be attempting to launch the Falcon 9 on Thursday at 5:39 p.m. Eastern Time. The Falcon 9 was initially slated to launch Monday but with T-6 minutes left, the launch was aborted due to telemetry issues. The countdown was recycled and they made it all the way to about T-3 minutes and then had to abort again due to a LOX issue on the first stage. Since they were at the end of the launch window, there was no time for another attempt. So the excitement continues on Thursday! Gather your friends and family and share with them the wonder and excitement that is a rocket launch. Not going to be near a TV? Well good! All you need a is a mobile, internet-ready device (phone, tablet, or pc will do). You can watch it through NASA TV
, Spaceflight Now
, or Space X
. Nothing says “Happy Thanksgiving” quite like a rocket launch.
What is the Falcon 9?
The Falcon 9 is an American made commercial launch vehicle. It’s a 2-stage rocket fueled with LOX and RP-1 (that is rocket grade kerosene my friends) capable of launching satellites and cargo ships to the ISS.
What type of engine does the Falcon 9 use?
Glad you asked! The first stage has 9 Merlin engines that generate one million pounds of thrust (in vacuum); the second stage has 1 Merlin engine.
How did the Falcon 9 get its name?
The Falcon is named after the Millennium Falcon, which according to Lando Calrissian is the, “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy”.
What is the payload?
It’s SES-8, a telecommunication satellite and the first launch to a geostationary orbit for Space X.
Happy Thanksgiving/Falcon 9 Launch Day!