SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA carries a planet-hunting space telescope launch.
Edited by Trixia Abao. Footage by Reuters.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. Lift off. The SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying TESS, a planet-hunting spacecraft that will search for new worlds beyond our solar system.
SpaceX ascent commentary. the trajectory of the rocket.
Status at stage 1.
Stage 1 propulsion is nominal.
That's SpaceX Falcon 9. The Falcon 9 will reach transonic speed and pass through Max Q. That's the point where mechanical stress on the rocket reaches its peak.
The vehicle is supersonic.
And the vehicle is supersonic.