Breaking News: SpaceX to Launch Dragon Capsule Tomorrow

According to SpaceX’s Twitter account, they will launch the first unmanned Dragon Capsule tomorrow morning sometime between 8am and Noon EST.

The plan is to launch the capsule, fly it around the earth a couple times and re-enter it.

Here’s some details from Spaceflight Now:

SpaceX plans to launch a robotic space capsule, fly it around the world two times, then order the craft back home Wednesday in a whirlwind test flight to demonstrate the ship’s readiness to NASA.

The mission is scheduled to last three-and-a-half hours after originating from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Splashdown of the Dragon spacecraft will occur in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles off the west coast of northern Mexico and California.

Liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 is scheduled for a launch window opening at 9 a.m. EST and closing at 12:22 p.m. EST (1400-1722 GMT) Wednesday.

We’ll have pictures and videos as soon as they’re available. I’m not sure what they’re planning yet, but Spaceflight Now will probably stream the launch live.

UPDATE: I’ve just confirmed that SpaceX will have a live webcast of the launch on their website starting at 8:15am EST. SpaceX Website.

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