SpaceX launch today at 10 a.m. EST (coverage starts at 9:40)

January 19, 2020 • 7:00 am

Reader Jon called my attention to a SpaceX launch today at 10 a.m. EST (it was originally scheduled for 9 a.m.), or exactly one two hours after this post goes up at 7 a.m. Chicago time. I’ll let Jon give the details and sites where you can watch it (his words are indented):

Today SpaceX will attempt the final, major test before astronauts fly aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

For this test, Crew Dragon will intentionally trigger a launch escape at about 1 min. 30 seconds into flight to demonstrate Crew Dragon’s capability to safely separate from the Falcon 9 rocket in the unlikely event of an in-flight emergency.

You can watch live coverage here starting 20 minutes before the six-hour launch window opens at 9:00 a.m. ET. Teams are currently targeting a T-0 of 9:00 a.m. ET, one hour into the six-hour test window. However, the exact launch time will depend on weather conditions at both Cape Canaveral Florida and downrange at the recovery site in the Atlantic. There may be fireworks.

Click on screenshot to watch live:

Shortly after separation, the Falcon 9 booster is expected to aerodynamically break up or explode offshore over the Atlantic. Here’s an animation of the inflight abort test. If successful, SpaceX should be certified by NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station sometime later this year.

I’ve put the animation below.

There’s a six-hour launch window, and the flight may be scrubbed today. In that case, it’s rescheduled for tomorrow at the same time.


8 thoughts on “SpaceX launch today at 10 a.m. EST (coverage starts at 9:40)

  1. We’re watching now and the recovery boat is headed out to the capsule – wow! Looks like everything was A-OK. My “bonus son” (stepson) works at SpaceX as a rocket test director at the test site near Waco, TX and we just got a text from him that says: “Woohoo!!!” It’s so great that our country has not abandoned space exploration.

  2. It looked like a total success. I’m interested to know what kind of G forces were endured by the crash test dummies inside. I would also like to see some high-res video of the rocket starting to tumble and then blowing up. Us boys love to see stuff explode, especially when no one was hurt.

  3. If you want to watch the you tube recording it is on an nbc news site at
    The video has some run up narrative by the space x pao folks but you can skip to the launch which is just after 18 minutes into the video with pretty much everthing happening over the next ten minutes or so. Even though i was expecting it, i was still startled by the fireball when the booster was destroyed…still too much muscle memory of challenger launch in 1986.
    Nice job to the spacex nasa team!

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