SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying GovSat-1/SES-16
is poised for liftoff at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch targeted for Jan. 31, 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/www.kenkremer.com
Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com — 31
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – It a beautiful day for a launch- just
hours ahead of this afternoons scheduled blastoff of the GovSat-1 telecom
satellite on a recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Liftoff of the recycled single stick Falcon 9 carrying GovSat-1 is now scheduled for Wednesday, Jan.
31, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125
GMT) from seaside Space Launch Complex-40
(SLC-40) on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Check out my gallery of new photos of GovSat-1 perched atop the flight-proven
Falcon 9 rocket taken this morning during remote camera setup.
The launch was postponed a day due to a balky transducer in the second
The weather forecast is for 90% favorable conditions at launch time.
launch window at pad 40 extends for a little over two full hours. The window
opens at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) and extends
until closing at 6:46 p.m. EST, or 2346 GMT.
The recycled first stage for the GovSat-1 mission was previously
used to launch the NROL-76 spy satellite on a classified mission for the National
Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from LC-39A
in May 2017.
Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of SpaceX Falcon
9 & Heavy, NASA, ULA and more space mission reports direct
from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing
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