SpaceX Saved Its Fourth of July Rocket For National Hangover Day

Image: SpaceX
Image: SpaceX

If you spent the long weekend drinking enough rum to kill a pirate army, you’re not alone. Fifth of July, colloquially known as National Hangover Day, is a time for reflecting and repenting. Luckily for all our dumb asses, there’s a bright spot: Tonight, SpaceX will attempt to relaunch the rocket it was supposed to launch yesterday. It’s a Fifth of July miracle!


This weekend, SpaceX aborted both of its attempts to launch a satellite payload on behalf of communications satellite services provider Intelsat. Earlier today, however, the Luxembourg-based company tweeted that SpaceX has given it the green light for tonight—the 58-minute launch window will open at 7:37pm EDT.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that there will be no attempt to recover the Falcon 9 rocket that will blast off tonight from Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite will be placed in a high geostationary transfer orbit, and there’s not enough fuel to bring the rocket back to Earth for recovery.

Still, it’ll be fun to watch a hunk of metal take off into Earth’s atmosphere, especially after the mission was scrubbed two days in a row. According to Elon Musk, SpaceX spent the Fourth of July “doing a full review of rocket & pad systems” to prep for tonight’s launch. Sunday’s launch was cancelled due to a computer guidance system error. Monday’s launch is still a bit of a mystery—Gizmodo has reached out to SpaceX for a statement regarding it and will update this post if and when we hear back.

If all goes according to plan, this will mark SpaceX’s third launch in two weeks. Speaking of plans, your hungover ass definitely doesn’t have any tonight, so sit back, relax, and (hopefully) enjoy a nice rocket launch. You can do that below, as soon as the launch window opens:

Space Writer, Gizmodo


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