Weather looked decent for the launch midday; the very short launch window is set to open at 6:30 p.m.
Although the launch team has expressed concerns about the possibility of strong winds interfering with the liftoff, everything is expected to go smoothly for the TESS launch weather-wise. TESS will certainly videotape the closest and also brightest primary series celebrities organizing transiting exoplanets, which are one of the most beneficial targets for comprehensive examinations.
Its business model is built in part upon the cost savings achieved by recovering its booster rockets at seaL Reusing the boosters shaves a significant part of the expense off of subsequent launches, a savings that gives SpaceX a competitive advantage. In the past, the company has successfully performed this procedure on 23 occasions and has later re-flown half of the landed boosters, notes Space.com.
The mission begins a transition for SpaceX, which is launching its last new rocket in a version known as the "full thrust" or "Block 4" Falcon 9. "SpaceX will try to bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon ... and then land on a bouncy house", Musk wrote in a series of Twitter posts Sunday (April 15).
There are no plans to attempt a payload fairing recovery this time around.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is hoping to retrieve rocket upper stages after future launches.
JOB: Tess will scan nearly the entire sky during its $337 million mission, staring at hundreds of thousands, even millions of small, faint red dwarf stars.
During its two-year mission TESS will monitor the brightness of more than 200,000 stars, looking for the tell-tale drop in brightness caused by planetary transits (when an orbiting planet passes in front of the star). TESS is tasked with collecting 27 gigabytes of data on a daily basis, or "the equivalent of about 6,500 song files beaming down to Earth every two weeks", NASA stated in an April 11 press release.
Moreover, Tess will be thrown into a highly elliptical orbit around Earth, something that has never been attempted before.