SpaceX's Falcon 9 To Send Satellite During Daylight Launch
16 Novembre, 2018, 11:56 | Auteur: Therese Cote
Today's launch was the 18th for SpaceX this year. matching last year's record with more than a month still to go.
SpaceX is targeting launch of the Es'hail-2 satellite on Thursday, November 15 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The primary launch window opens at 3:46 p.m. ET and closes at 5:29 p.m. ET.
To get there, the satellite's on-board propulsion system will be used to raise the low-point of the orbit and maneuver the spacecraft into the proper orbital slot where it can provide government and private-sector communications across the Middle East, including direct-to-home television and data services. Both Es'hail satellites are operated by Qatar's state-owned Es'hailSat telecom venture.
Falcon 9's first stage for the Es'hail-2 mission previously supported the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018. The Falcon 9 rocket was then successfully landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships for reuse at a later date.
There's a busy week of liftoffs ahead, including a Russian Progress cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station that's due to start on Friday, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply mission that's now set for launch early Saturday, and a West Coast SpaceX launch on Monday that's aimed at delivering more than 60 small satellites to orbit as part of a dedicated-rideshare mission facilitated by Seattle-based Spaceflight. The rocket experienced some serious problems along the way, but the company's number of successful launches has nearly made them boring over the past few years.
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