Launch Of DSCOVR Spacecraft Postponed ‘Due To Upper Level Winds’

Update: The launch has been scrubbed “due to upper level winds,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

SpaceX will try again to launch the DSCOVR space weather satellite at 6:05 p.m. EST this evening, and to make another attempt at a tricky pinpoint rocket booster landing.

The launch will take place at Cape Canaveral, Fla., with the landing to occur soon thereafter. The plan is for one of the boosters from the Falcon 9 rocket to return to Earth and land on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean. If all goes well, the landing would be an important step toward the development of reusable rockets that could dramatically reduce the costs of spaceflight.

The launch was to have occurred on Feb. 8 but was rescheduled after a critical radar-tracking system failed.

Forecasters have said there is an 80-percent chance that weather conditions will be favorable for tonight’s launch, NASA said. NASA TV will cover the launch live from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST (watch above).

SpaceX tried a barge landing previously in January, but the booster crash-landed and exploded.
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