Those who have seen a nighttime launch at Kennedy Space Center will certainly agree that there is little to compare with the sight and sound. For those lucky enough to observe at close range, feeling the ground rumble beneath your feet as you watch the water ripple is a heady experience.
On Tuesday, August 26, at 1:06 am a Space X Falcon 9 rocket will blast off from Kennedy Space Center's SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket will launch the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite that will support direct broadcasting, private networks and broadband connectivity for customers in Asia, Australia, India and the Pacific islands.
According to NASA, " Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed to launch satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. SpaceX focuses on providing reliable, cost efficient and safe means of commercial space transportation. With the rocket’s two-stage configuration, the number of separation events reduces potential risks. The nine first-stage engines provide the rocket the ability to complete its mission in the event of an engine shutdown. "
Falcon 9 made history In 2012 Falcon 9 placed Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station. SpaceX rgus became the first commercial company ever to visit the station. SpaceX has made three flights to the space station since then, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA. The origional plan for Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft was to make it possible to deliver humans into space. Currently, NASA and SpaceX are actively working toward that goal.