SpaceX, the commercial space exploration company backed by Tesla's CEO Elon Musk, announced that it will launch a new rocket Monday evening, its first following an attempt in June that ended in failure.
The company said in a release that, in a first, its Falcon 9 will attempt to land back on the Florida shores where Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is based. Originally scheduled for Sunday evening, the 60-second launch window will open Monday night instead at 8:34pm EST SpaceX said. The rocket will carry 11 communications satellites.
There's bad news for local residents, however.
"Just as when the Space Shuttle returned from space, there is a possibility that residents of northern and central Brevard County, Fla. may hear a sonic boom during landing," SpaceX said.
"Residents of the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Courtenay, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville in Brevard County, Fla. are mostly likely to hear a sonic boom, although what residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors," it added.
Last summer, a SpaceX craft exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.