SpaceX is preparing for an early morning launch on May 5 of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that is carrying a Japanese communications satellite.
Liftoff with the JCSAT-14 satellite is planned around 1 a.m. Thursday, at the opening of a two-hour window at Launch Complex 40.
The satellite will provide service for broadcast, data networks, and internet connectivity for maritime and aviation for 15 years or longer to the Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands region.
SpaceX again will once again try for a landing at sea. Although this landing will be much more challenging as the Falcon 9 rocket will traveling at a higher speed. The high-velocity nature of the launch also equates to a lower propellant reserve needed to softly land on the barge.
The experimental landings are attempting to show that rockets can be recovered and reused, making launches more affordable.