SpaceX might not be happy they had to cancel their two planned launches on Tuesday, but that’s good news for everyone else. The company hopes to move forward with both on Wednesday, December 19, and that means you still have a chance to watch them take off live.After they “called a hold due to an out of family reading on first stage sensors” (if we only had a nickel…) shortly before liftoff, the company says it is “targeting [a] 26-minute launch window” that starts at 9:07 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 19. The mission will send the United States Air Forceâ€™s first GPS III space vehicle into “medium Earth orbit.” It is set to take off from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and the satellite will be deployed an hour and 56 minutes after liftoff. You can watch the launch right here with the official webcast.
Another canceled mission SpaceX is hoping to relocate to a Wednesday launch is their latest New Shepard mission, which will take place at the Blue Origin West Texas Suborbital Launch Site. Weather forced a cancelation of what would be the company’s tenth New Shephard mission, which “is dedicated to bringing nine NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into space through NASAâ€™s Flight Opportunities program.” Like with the GPS III Space Vehicle, New Shephard’s ship and payload remain in good condition. However, SpaceX is still awaiting weather reports to see if a Wednesday launch will be feasible. If so, you can watch its webcast here.
We’re sure there is an incredible amount of disappointment for the actual scientists and engineers involved with any rocket launch delay, but it’s not so bad for the rest of us.