Elon Musk’s space exploration company is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket, from a Californian airbase, on a mission to send 10 satellites into to low-Earth orbit today.
Watch the live stream above to see the dramatic rocket launch live and follow all the latest action from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this evening.
The rocket launch is scheduled to take place during the launch window at 9.25pm British Summer Time in the UK (1.25pm Pacific Time Zone in California).
After the Falcon 9 rocket is launched into space today, SpaceX hopes to recycle the rocket by bringing the most expensive part back to Earth.
SpaceX hopes that the first stage booster rocket of the Falcon 9 will land on the “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.
It comes after the first stage booster of Friday’s rocket successfully came back down and landed on another drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr Musk tweeted: “Rocket is extra toasty and hit the deck hard (used almost all of the emergency crush core), but otherwise good.”
SpaceX is today sending the 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit on behalf of Iridium Communications, which runs a global mobile voice and data satellite communications network.
Earlier today SpaceX tweeted: “Satellites are vertical on SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.”
Mr Musk added: “Flying with larger & significantly upgraded hypersonic grid fins. Single piece cast & cut titanium. Can take reentry heat with no shielding.”
The launch marks the first time that the company has launched two rockets the same weekend. “Could be a weekend doubleheader,” SpaceX tweeted last weekend.
Friday’s launch marked just the the second time that a pre-flown booster has been sent into space. SpaceX launched the first recycled rocket of its kind in January.
Earlier this month Mr Musk tweeted: “It’s starting to feel kinda normal to reuse rockets. Good. That’s how it is for cars and airplanes and how it…