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SWOT launch now targeting Friday 16

Launch is now targeting 3:46 a.m. PST on Friday, December 16.

After SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket went vertical on the pad at Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, teams identified moisture in two Merlin engines on the rocket’s first stage booster. Teams completed inspections of the rocket’s engines today, but will use the additional time to complete data reviews and analysis before a launch attempt.

The SWOT satellite is healthy, and the weather forecast remains favorable for liftoff on Friday morning.

Watch the launch with CNES

CNES live coverage of the launch will start at 12:15 PM (CET) on Twitch and YouTube. More information on CNES’s website at: https://cnes.fr/fr/swot-vigie-des-eaux

Watch the launch with NASA

NASA live coverage of the launch will begin at 3 AM PST on NASA YouTube, Twitter, the NASA app. More information on NASA’s website at: https://www.nasa.gov/live