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SpaceX Targeting Sunday Falcon 9 Launch

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during a test for a previous mission
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during a test for a previous mission

SpaceX is targeting a Sunday morning launch of a Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket is sending a communications satellite to orbit for Japanese based operator Sky Perfect JSAT.

SpaceX hopes to land the first stage of the rocket on a droneship at sea called “Of Course I Still Love You.”

The private space company has had success recovering the boosters in the past – most recently landing a booster back at Cape Canaveral.

The ultimate goal is to reuse the boosters and lower the cost of getting to space. SpaceX test-fired a launched and landed booster last month.

Sunday’s launch window opens at 1:26 AM and remains open for two hours. SpaceX will provide a stream of the launch on their website starting 20 minutes before launch.

WATCH: SpaceX test-fires a recovered booster at their Texas rocket processing facility

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."