SpaceX’s next resupply mission to the International Space Station is set for takeoff as soon as Saturday (AEST) after a rapid rebound from the company’s last flight from Cape Canaveral, but the company does not plan to use the launch as another chance to practice rocket recovery procedures.
Liftoff of a 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for Saturday at 16:16 AEST (0616 GMT). If ground crews pull it off, it will beat SpaceX’s record turnaround time between Falcon 9 missions as the launch company ramps up its mission cadence to accomplish a very busy manifest.
Correcting an earlier statement, SpaceX said Monday it will still try to guide the first stage to a controlled soft splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean — “with a low probability of success” — but the company has no plans to retrieve it.
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