SpaceX has just gone live with their webcast for the launch of the Echostar XXIII.
Elon Musk and his SpaceX team will look to make history with the launch of the communications satellite, Echostar 23. The space company will be sending the satellite into orbit atop the Falcon 9 rocket. You can also watch the broadcast in VR with the space enthusiasts on AltspaceVR.
SpaceX will be using the Falcon 9 as an expendable rocket in this situation, with no plans of recovery for this mission. The reason behind this situation has to do with the payload and altitude which affects recovery of the rocket. The launch will happen at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Falcon 9 launch will go through many phases in order to deploy the Echostar XXIII. The first phase is startup where the rockets will be boosting up. The next phase will be liftoff where the Falcon 9 takes off from the ground. Then it will hit the phase of Main Engine Cutoff (MECO) and Second Engine Cutoff (SECO 1). Thereafter, it will reach the phase of S2 startup to SECO 2, which will lead into the deployment of Echostar XXIII.