SpaceX will blow up a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday: How to watch

CNET | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will take flight on a Falcon 9 rocket for a launch escape test.

Plan for success. Prepare for failure. SpaceX is setting out to prove a critical safety system will be able to save astronaut lives in the event of a launch emergency during ascent. The Crew Dragon in-flight abort test is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18. This is a required step before NASA will allow astronauts to fly to the International Space Station in the SpaceX capsule as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

NASA - Event - Coverage - PT - Saturday

NASA will livestream the event, with coverage starting at 4:45 a.m. PT on Saturday. SpaceX and NASA are targeting 5 a.m. PT for the launch, but the test has a four-hour launch window to work with.

During a Friday briefing, SpaceX said it would consider extending the window, which means viewers may be in for a long wait. SpaceX is also offering a livestream.

Falcon - Crew - Dragon - Launchpad - SpaceX

The Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are currently vertical at the launchpad. SpaceX tweeted a view of the crew-access arm stretching out to the capsule. The access arm is how future astronauts will board Crew Dragon, though this test flight will be uncrewed.

As of Friday, the weather forecast was 90% go for launch, but that only tells part of the story. SpaceX and NASA are also keeping an eye on the ocean to make sure...
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