Beautiful Day for Launch of GovSat-1 on Recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 Jan 31: Gallery


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
Jan 2018

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
stage

The weather forecast is for 90% favorable conditions at launch time.

The GovSat-1
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.
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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


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

Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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