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Watch live as SpaceX tries to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge

Published Jun 15th, 2016 10:04AM EDT
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket three times in a row, and on Wednesday it’s trying to perform a fourth consecutive successful landing. As was the case before, you can watch the entire event live as it happens, and follow along as the rocket deploys its payload into space. It will then make the trip back home with the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone barge waiting somewhere in the Atlantic for its return.

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The SpaceX launch is set to take place at 10:29 AM EDT, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. As The Verge notes, if something goes wrong on, the launch may be delayed for up to 45 minutes. SpaceX is supposed to deliver two telecom satellites in space, one belonging to French company Eutelsat and the other for ABS, a company based in Bermuda.

Soon after the SpaceX rocket launches, it will separate into first stage and second stage pieces. The second stage will take the satellites further into space while the first stage returns to Earth.

SpaceX notes that today’s landing might be more difficult, as the Falcon 9 is taking the satellites to a high orbit above Earth — the geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Consequently, the rocket will have less fuel for the return trip home. The company notes “extreme velocities and re-entry heating” as risk factors for th the landing mission. But two of the previous three successful landings also involved launches to GTO. Each time, the company included similar disclaimers in its press materials.

SpaceX fans will be able to follow the action live right here with the video embedded below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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