SpaceX sent this yearAnd saw . But it still plans to launch another one to wrap up by 2020.
A Falcon 9 rocket is designed to send a new spy satellite into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the US National Reconnaissance Office on Saturday morning. It was initially set to begin on Thursday morning, but some irregular pressure readings triggered an auto-abort, which pushed the launch back to the first Friday and Now on saturday.
It is designated classified National Security Mission NROL-108 and will be the sixth launch in 2020 from the National Reconnaissance Office. Like most other NRO launches, this one has a somewhat cryptic poster and slogan, as the cartoon gorilla with its chest and the phrase “peace through strength.”
The NRO stated, “Gorillas are peaceful animals but can be furious when necessary.” Tweeted. “Like the Gorillas, our # NROL108 mission is constantly alert and ready to defend itself.”
aOn November 13, aboard the Atlas V rocket of the United Launch Alliance, a mysterious Lord of the Rings theme was displayed, including some Elvish scripts.
An NRO spokesman later told me via email, “I think we have some fans of Lord of the Rings.”
Weather forecasts are favorable for explosions during the launching window between 6 am and 9 pm PT (9 am to noon ET) on Saturday. The first-stage booster of Falcon 9 will attempt to build a landing ashore at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
SpaceX will livestream the launch and you can watch it above.