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SpaceX aims for Sunday rocket launch, landing at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX could deliver a Space Coast double feature on Sunday evening, returning its Falcon 9 rocket to flight after a six-month layoff and then making a historic attempt to land the rocket’s first stage back on shore.

Flying for the first time since a failure in June, an upgraded Falcon 9 is targeting a liftoff no earlier than 8:29 p.m. Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with 11 Orbcomm communications satellites.

SpaceX on Saturday afternoon said the timing was still subject to change, hours after CEO Elon Musk had said on Twitter that things looked good for an “orbital launch and rocket landing at Cape Canaveral.”

If the launch does go off as planned, after the rumble from the rocket’s climb subsides, the flight could be punctuated by a sonic boom signaling the Falcon 9 booster’s return from space.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.floridatoday.com

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