SpaceX Launches Israeli Communications Satellite

07 Août, 2019, 06:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • SpaceX Launches Israeli Communications Satellite

Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. It's the start of a busy launch week on Florida's Space Coast.

This was a makeup launch for Spacecom, the Israeli satellite operator that lost its Amos-6 spacecraft when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in 2016. AMOS-17 is set to provide telecommunications access to the countries of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

The rideshare option will be offered on a regular, defined schedule, and SpaceX says that it's designed for flexibility, offering customers the ability to pre-book a spot, and ensuring that if they're ready to launch when their rideshare comes up, the rocket will indeed go up - with or without other payloads also booked that may not be ready in time.

But SpaceX did catch the rocket fairing in a boat called "Ms Tree".

The mission will send an Israel communications satellite into space. Concerned about the weather, SpaceX opted to push back tonight's liftoff time to 7:23 p.m. EDT (the original opening of the launch window was 6:53 p.m. EDT). The Air Force's 45th Space Wing forecasts about a 40 percent chance of favorable weather for launch.

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The launch was initially planned for Saturday, but it was rescheduled after crews detected a valve issue during testing.

SpaceX has announced a dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program that will allow customers to launch payloads of up to 150 kilograms into a sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) for as little as $2.25 million. During this process, the company ignites a Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on the launchpad for a short period.

The Israeli satellite, built by Boeing, was expected to deploy into orbit about 31 minutes after liftoff. First launched in July 2018, it carried the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite tv for pc, then in November 2018, the booster deposited Qatar's Es'hail 2 communications satellite tv for pc into orbit.

The AMOS-17 will be launched to replace the AMOS-5 satellite, which was launched in 2011.

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