After the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket two weeks ago, going back to launching a single core of a Falcon 9 rocket may seem like something of a letdown.
But the next SpaceX launch, presently scheduled for early Wednesday morning, is worth tuning into.
The instantaneous launch window opens (and closes) at 9:17am ET Wednesday, and weather conditions forecast for the launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, are 90-percent favorable.
The primary mission on Wednesday is the launch of the PAZ satellite to low Earth orbit.
This is a synthetic aperture radar satellite that can generate high-resolution images of the Earth's surface, regardless of whether there are clouds covering the ground.
The customer is Hisdesat, a Spain-based commercial satellite company.