Apr 29, 2017 05:49 AM EDT
Sunday SpaceX Launch, Landing Will Have Good Weather; Elon Musk Gets Tunnel-Boring Machine [VIDEO]
The Sunday launch for the SpaceX rocket will have a good weather, which will be perfect for the secretive mission. Hopefully it will be a success for the Kennedy Space Center on that day.
SpaceX Rocket Launch Gets Good Weather
While there has been no confirmation what the details of the mission on Sunday is all about, the Kennedy Space Center is glad to announce that the SpaceX rocket launching will have good weather. The Falcon 9 rocket will have a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, and it is expected to launch off pad 39A. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron reported that the weather is 80 percent better during the launch window that opens at 7 AM and closes at 9 AM, but there are concerns of liftoff winds and the presence of cumulus clouds, Florida Today reported.
SpaceX Rocket Launch Will Be 33rd Flight
This Sunday's launch will be the 33rd flight of the Falcon 9 rocket, and it will be SpaceX's fifth launch for this year. Since the launch of the previously-used Falcon 9 booster, this will be its first flight. It will have a designation of NROL-76 and it will fly on an all-new launcher, Spaceflight Now reported.
The US government customers like the NRO, the Air Force, and NASA, are still certifying the reused rockets to help launch their spacecraft into space. The orbital deployment this time around will be SpaceX's first launch, which will be dedicated to the NRO.
SpaceX Analysts Suspect Communications Relay Craft
The SpaceX rocket mission details currently remain secret, but analysts think that it may carry a communications relay craft into a high-altitude egg-shaped Molniya orbit. It stretches as high as 25,000 miles above Earth.
Elon Musk Acquires Tunnel-Boring Machine At SpaceX
In other SpaceX related news, CEO Elon Musk revealed recently that he did not like traffic and he planned to build a tunnel-boring machine to start digging as a joke. It turns out that an all-white tunnel-boring machine was revealed outside the SpaceX's Hawthorne headquarters. "The Boring Company" was written on the side of the machine, which was just parked in the parking lot, The Mercury News reported.
Check out the CRS-10 Falcon 9 First Stage Landing video below:
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