SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch on Sunday: Rocket to Take JCSAT-16 Communications Satellite to Space

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch on Sunday: Rocket to Take JCSAT-16 Communications

SpaceX announced that its Falcon 9 rocket will be launched on Sunday (August 14) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch window is scheduled to open at 1:26 am on that day, as per the company. 

The rocket is carrying JCSAT-16 communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT of Tokyo, Japan.

Chances are high that it will be a successful launch of the two-stage rocket. The Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron revealed that chances for favorable weather conditions are about 90%. SpaceX has specially designed the rocket to take satellites to space. Even if two of the rocket's engines fail, the rocket has ability to work, as per the company.

Currently, SpaceX uses its Falcon 9 to deliver payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been participating in missions to the International Space Station (ISS) since 2012.  The company uses its Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles to have a rendezvous with the space station in the low-earth orbit. Until now, the company has been launching flight to the ISS to transport cargo, and other instruments, but the company has also planned to take astronauts to the space station. Currently, it has been working on the objective to take humans to the space in its Crew Dragon. 

SpaceX suggests that days are not far when it will start transporting astronauts to the ISS. Last few months were incredible for the private space company, which landed five Falcon 9 boosters successfully on earth. Musk and his company believes the landed rocket will be used again to save time and launch cost. Recently, it tested one of the landed rockets and found that it has the ability to fly again.

A report published in Space Coast Daily informed, "Weather meteorologists give the launch a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions, according to the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron. This satellite supports existing services in the Ku- and Ka-band for the Japanese market, enabling more stable satellite services."

With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate.

In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station utilizing Falcon 9 and Dragon. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX is working toward their goal of transporting astronauts to space in Crew Dragon.

According to a report in SPACE by Calla Cofield, "The new video shows high-speed footage of some of SpaceX's nighttime Falcon 9 rocket launches, and makes it possible for viewers to see details that are typically washed out in low-res footage. For example, while the column of fire spewed by a rocket engine typically appears as a bright white blur, the high-res video shows some of the texture and structure inside that fiery pillar."

The shots in the video are taken from multiple vantage points, including a very close view of a Falcon 9 as it leaves the launch pad, and a wide view of the rocket's first stage as it separates from the payload and heads back down to Earth for a landing.

SpaceX has successfully landed five Falcon 9 boosters, but it has not yet reused any of those that have been recovered. The historic first re-flight of a used Falcon 9 first stage could come as early as this fall, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said.