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Watch SpaceX’s historic launch live right here

March 30th, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Space travel startup SpaceX has long held that the most promising, budget-saving aspect of its high-tech rockets is that parts of them can actually be reused multiple times. Today, the company will finally have to put its money where its mouth is and prove that a used booster — or, as SpaceX calls it, “flight proven” — can successfully perform the same task twice. It’s a huge milestone in the private spaceflight industry, and you can watch it unfold live right here.

The launch, which will send a communications satellite into orbit, is slated to take place sometime between 6:27 PM ET and 8:57 PM ET tonight, March 30th. Forecasts suggest that weather shouldn’t play much of a factor in the launch, but there’s also a secondary backup launch tentatively planned for Saturday in case things go a bit haywire. Assuming the launch is successful, the booster will once again be landed on a barge which will be positioned in the Atlantic Ocean, as SpaceX has successfully done before.

SpaceX’s used Falcon 9 booster underwent extensive refurbishing in between its successful landing and being declared ready for a second trip skyward. SpaceX hasn’t gone into great detail about exactly what maintenance needed to be done to make the booster space-worthy once more, but the launch was said to cost its client, SES, roughly 30% less than the price of a standard launch.

The live stream above will go live shortly before the launch is scheduled to commence, and should provide some pretty fantastic views of the liftoff.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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