Space X is launching a massive communications satellite into orbit tonight, and will then attempt to land a rocket’s first stage on a drone ship out in the ocean. While all the action will actually happen in Florida, you can watch it all online as well.
Starting at 11:28pm Monday ET (1:28pm Tuesday AEST), both Space X and Space.com will be live-streaming the launch. The live stream will officially kick off at 11:13pm, 15 minutes before takeoff, and will run roughly four hours.
According to Space X: “Telstar 18 VANTAGE is the third high throughput satellite (HTS) in Telesat’s global fleet and the first with coverage over the Asia Pacific region. Its innovative payloads will provide Telesat’s customers with a new level of performance and value to serve growing satellite broadband requirements on land, at sea and in the air… Telstar 18 VANTAGE is expected to enter commercial service this fall after it has completed orbit raising and on-orbit testing. The satellite has a 15-year design life.”
My favourite part of the whole launch? The name of that drone ship is “Of Course I Still Love You,” because of course it is.