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SpaceX Is Launching A Spy Satellite — Here’s How to Watch

On Friday, December 18, SpaceX's 31st launch of the year will take place.


After Thursday, December 17th’s SpaceX launch of a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office was canceled due to high pressure in the rocket’s upper stage liquid oxygen tank, excited SpaceX fans can catch the live stream of the satellite being launched tomorrow morning on Friday, December 18. 

Although the satellite launch was canceled, it was for the best. Safety is important. And failure, as Fatherly has noted after last week’s SpaceX crash, often teaches scientists more about their experiments than success does. And, it’s good news for people who might not have even been aware it was happening today, as they can catch the launch tomorrow, more likely than not.

Tomorrow, it should launch anywhere from 9 a.m. EST to noon EST, as there is a three-hour launch window for the rocket. The rocket will blast out of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, marking the 31st launch for SpaceX in 2020. The year has been busy for the company — and monumental.

And, for super-fans of SpaceX, this launch is different from the many others that have happened this year in that usual landings end with the rocket parts flying into the sea. This time, the Falcon 9 will land in an upright position at a landing dock.

This isn’t the first time the Falcon 9 has flown for SpaceX — it’s become a bit of a tried and true rocket for the company, although the landing attempt shows a real effort to keep building on the success that SpaceX has experienced this year.

For fans who want to catch tomorrow’s launch, the live stream will go online around 8:45 a.m. EST and be viewable here. Fans can also tune in to the SpaceX Facebook page or their YouTube channel.