LIVE STREAM: Watch SpaceX Launch & Landing Video Online

CRS-9 Hosted WebcastSpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit to deliver critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. SpaceX is targeting a July 18 (EDT) launch of its ninth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-9) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The instantaneous launch window opens at 12:45am EDT (4:45am UTC) on July 18, and a backup launch window opens at 12:00am EDT on July 20. Dragon will be deployed about 10 minutes after liftoff and attach to the ISS about two days later. Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.2016-07-18T05:13:35.000Z

SpaceX is launching a rocket that will carry 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station late tonight. The launch window opens at 12:45 a.m. Eastern. (The backup launch window is at 12 a.m. Eastern on July 20.) About 10 minutes after takeoff, the Dragon will be deployed and the first stage of Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing at Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Above is the CRS-9 “hosted” live stream of the launch and landing. It will begin at approximately 12:25 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Eastern. After the launch and landing are finished, this will revert to a fully rewatchable video.

Below is a second live stream called the “Technical Webcast.” This live stream will only show views of the rocket and controller audio, without commentary or additional coverage. This will also begin at 12:45 a.m. Eastern.

CRS-9 Technical WebcastThis is the technical webcast. Only views of the rocket and controller audio will be on this channel. For full launch coverage please see our hosted webcast. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit to deliver critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. SpaceX is targeting a July 18 (EDT) launch of its ninth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-9) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The instantaneous launch window opens at 12:45am EDT (4:45am UTC) on July 18, and a backup launch window opens at 12:00am EDT on July 20. Dragon will be deployed about 10 minutes after liftoff and attach to the ISS about two days later. Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.2016-07-18T05:13:46.000Z

This isn’t the first time that SpaceX has attempted an experimental ground landing. It first did this in December, which was the first time that SpaceX had ever recovered a vehicle after takeoff. At a NASA press conference, Hans Koenigsmann, vice president for flight reliability with SpaceX, said this landing will be similar but slightly less difficult than the one in December.

The Dragon is bringing food and supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.

According to SpaceX, after launch the schedule is as follows. (All times are approximate and mark minutes after the launch):

  • 1 minute 08 seconds after launch: moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket
  • 2:21 minutes post launch – 1st stage main engine cutoff
  • 2:24 – 1st and 2nd stages separate
  • 2:32 – 2nd stage begins to burn
  • 2:42 – 1st stage boostback burn begins
  • 6:31 – 1st stage entry burn starts
  • 7:38 – 1st stage landing burn begins
  • 9:02 – 2nd stage engine cutoff
  • 9:37 – Dragon separates from 2nd stage
  • 11:00 – Dragon’s solar arrays deploy
  • 2 hours post launch: Dragon’s guidance, navigation, and control bay door opens