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SpaceX will try another sea landing tonight (update: scrubbed)

Succeed or fail, there will be fireworks.
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SpaceX announced on Wednesday that it will attempt another sea landing with its reusable Falcon 9 rocket after delivering the SES-9 commercial telecommunications satellite into orbit. The SES-9 will enter geosynchronous orbit and drastically expand the capacity throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This marks SpaceX's fourth attempt at a sea landing.

The company has yet to find success at sea, the last attempt being foiled by a wonky landing strut. And it doesn't look like this time will be much better. According to the SpaceX press release, "given this mission's unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected.​" The delivery will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida during a 90-minute window starting at 6:45pm Eastern.

Update: SpaceX tweeted that it is holding the launch for today, and will try again tomorrow, at the same time of day.

Update 4 (2/28, 6:50PM ET): SpaceX is trying to launch again, but the countdown is currently on hold for a range safety issue (Elon Musk tweeted that a boat entered the edge of the "keep out zone." You can watch the live broadcast right here.

Update 5 (2/28 7:30PM ET): The countdown got all the way to zero before being aborted because of a low thrust alarm. SpaceX has scrubbed all attempts for today, but we don't have a new launch date announced yet.
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