Official SpaceX FORMOSAT-5 mission patch.

UpdateSuccessful launch, first stage booster return, satellite in orbit!

Today’s SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch is set to deliver FORMOSAT-5, an Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), to a low-Earth orbit (LEO).

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship that will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean

The 42-minute launch window opens on Thursday, August 24 at 11:51 a.m. PDT or 18:51 UTC. The booster will depart from Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The SpaceX webcast of the launch will go live about 10 minutes before liftoff at:


The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 4 is seen after landing at NASA ‘s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida on May 7, 2017.
Credit: U.S. Air Force courtesy photo

X-37B mission

Assuredly, keeping a watchful eye on this SpaceX booster mission is the US Air Force and X-37B space plane officials.

Technicians are busily preparing the robotic X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for the program’s fifth flight – OTV-5. This drone carries classified cargo and is reportedly scheduled to launch September 7 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

This OTV-5 mission signals first time use of the SpaceX booster. Previous space plane missions have been boosted into Earth orbit by United Launch Alliance’s Atlas-5 launchers.

Go to this informative video from C4ISRNET:

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