— SpaceUpClose.com — 21 July 2018
– A massive Canadian commercial communications
satellite is set for a post-midnight blastoff early Sunday morning July 22 on
an upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
moment and the Florida Space Coast has been inundated with drenching rain storms
and strong bolts of lightning periodically throughout the day and early evening.
communications satellite is targeted for the middle-of-the-night at 1:50
a.m. EDT (0550 GMT) Sunday, July 22 on what is only the second production unit
of the upgraded Block 5 version of the Falcon 9.
GMT). The long window will help increase the prospects of a launch. But as
always there are no guarantees.
the heaviest payload launch by a Falcon 9 to date. It will be delivered to a geosynchronous
transfer orbit (GTO).
Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications
satellite undergoes testing at SSL prior to planned SpaceX Falcon 9
launch on July 22, 2018 from Cape Canaveral. Credit: SSL
prepositioned in the Atlantic Ocean.
Up Close view of landing
legs for SpaceX Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket at Space Launch Complex-40 slated to launch
19 VANTAGE comsat from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 22, 2018. Credit: Ken
the launch live on a SpaceX hosted webcast that starts about 15 minutes prior
to the opening of the nominal launch window at:
cleared on Wednesday afternoon July 18 after
SpaceX engineers finally completed a successful static hot fire test of their
recently upgraded Falcon 9 booster at 5 PM after another day of drenching rain
squalls and thunder claps inundated Cape Canaveral and delayed the critical
rolled out this afternoon to pad 40 with Telstar 19 encapsulated inside the payload fairing and was raised
the raised rocket at the pad taken this evening at sunset during our remote
camera setup after a weather and lightning delay and our exclusive photos of
the earlier static fore test.
forecasters with the Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 60 percent
chance of favorable conditions during the window.
primary concerns are for the Thick Cloud Layer Rule and the Cumulous Cloud
case of a delay for any reason a back up launch opportunity exists on Monday, July
23 at the same time.
weather odds remain at 60 percent GO.
communications satellite, designed as an
advanced high throughput satellite (HTS) providing broadband services.
Systemes/Loral) for Telesat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators.
degrees West, the same a Telstars highly utilized 14R satellite.
over a time space about a month apart at the Cape.
only the 2nd one for the new Block 5 version.
easier to turnaround with minimal maintenance, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. His
goal is to relaunch a recovered Block 5 a second time within 24 hours by
sometime next year.
the Falcon 9 booster which replacing the older, now discontinued Block 4.
Dragon CRS-15 resupply mission to the ISS.
static fire test is routinely carried by SpaceX to ensure all is ready with the
engines were ignited for several seconds.
horizontally and rolled back down the ramp and
returned to the pad 40 hanger to attach the Telstar 19 spacecraft.
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Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and more space and mission reports direct
from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.
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