It’s Going to Be an Exciting Ride to the Sunset for Falcon 9

If the weather holds, it’s going to be all systems go on Sunday. The much expected launching of Falcon 9 rocket with a NOAA satellite will push through. The satellite will act as a warning device of incoming solar storms which are highly disruptive of navigation and communication systems on the planet.

Cape Canaveral will host the launching of the Space Climate Observatory in complex 40 launch pad at 6:10:12 pm on Sunday. The lift off will be first opportunity, according to Mike Curie, a NASA spokesperson.

The 22-story high launcher will definitely dominate the skyline when the Falcon Rocket takes off 2 minutes after sunset.

A fridge size satellite will be deployed in space 30 minutes after liftoff.  DSCOVR will be sent out high speed in order to avoid being caught up of Earth’s gravity.

The satellite will be permanently stationed at the L1 libration point, million miles from the earth.

A high pressure area drops south into Florida on Saturday and Sunday, giving a lot of sunshine and temperatures near 70 degrees Fahrenheit along the Space Coast,” forecasters wrote in a weather summary. “There is very little threat of any launch weather rule violations. Maximum upper winds will be from the northwest at 40 knots near 42,000 feet.”

The forecast calls for a few cumulus clouds at 3,000 feet and a layer of scattered cirrostratus clouds at 26,000 feet. Winds will be from the southeast at 8 to 12 mph, and temperature at launch time will be around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

There will be a sparse presence of cumulus clouds at 3,000 feet above sea levels with additional scattered cirrostratus clouds at higher altitude of 26,000 feet. Winds will be from the southeast at 8 to 12 mph, and temperature at launch time will be around 68 degrees Fahrenheit

“The only slight chance of exceeding a launch weather constraint will be with the cumulus cloud rule,” according to the forecast.

“If the launch is delayed to Monday — when the launch time would be 6:07 p.m. EST (2307 GMT) — there is an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather, with the main worry being thick clouds from an approaching cold front.”

 

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  1. Chris C says

    I fully understand that the recovery of the Falcon booster will be disruptive technology and deserves a lot of attention. But also the DSCOVR satellite is equally disruptive and likely a turning point in history as well. The satellite was built in 1998. When it was discovered that it can be used to measure the Earth’s albedo and the net gain/loss of heat from the planet, it promised to end the global warming debate permanently. The deniers applied a huge amount of pressure to politicians (using Koch brothers money) and the satellite, already built and ready for launch. was put in storage at a cost of millions a year. Now it is being launched (after the storage costs have actually exceeded the launch costs.)

    Previously climate scientists had been trying to use models to determine the net gain/loss of heat from the planet. Kind of like trying to estimate the size of a forest by looking at individual trees. But DSCOVR will change all that and allow direct measurement of climate change with snapshots every two hours.

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