— SpaceUpClose.com — 6 August 2018
FL – SpaceX has erected their recycled rocket and is ready for the 1st
re-flight of the upgraded Block 5 model of their workhouse Falcon 9 and is targeting
a middle-of-the-night launch Tuesday, Aug. 7 from the Florida Space Coast. The
payloas is the Merah Putih comsat for the nation
system are GO ! And the weather outlook is quite good at the moment Monday afternoon.
will attempt to recover the booster by soft-landing off shore on a drone ship.
witnessed the rocket vertical at 12:25 p.m. EDT at pad 40 on Cape Canaveral – as
seen from Titusville. Check out our Space UpClose gallery of images
SpaceX Falcon 9 raised erect on pad 40 on Aug. 6, 2018 for
Merah Putih launch on Aug. 7. Credit: Ken
of the Merah Putih telecommunications satellite is slated for
the dead of night at 1:18 a.m. EDT (0518 GMT) Tuesday, Aug. 7 from seaside
Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
a.m. EDT (0718 GMT).
the launch live on a dedicated SpaceX hosted webcast that starts about 15
minutes prior to the opening of the nominal launch window at:
an 80% chance of acceptable conditions at launch time.
later Wednesday morning in case of a delay for any reason technical or weather
related. The odds are 70% GO on Wednesday.
orbit and an altitude some 22,000 miles (36,000 km) above Earth.
successfully completed a static hot fire test today, Aug. 2, of the Falcon 9
booster flying in less than 24 hours.
all nine Merlin 1D first stage engines took place at about 12:46 p.m. EDT (1646
GMT) at pad 40.
– as seen from Titusville along the Indian River Lagoon.
confirmed a good outcome for the test by twitter several hours later.
Falcon 9 complete—targeting August 7 launch of Merah Putih from Pad 40 in
of a Block 5 model Falcon 9 booster in just two and a half weeks. It will also count as the 15th
SpaceX launch of 2018.
as the first stage of the very first Block 5 model that launched the
Bangabandhu-1 comsat only 4 months ago in May 2018.
indicating its very likely a ‘flight-proven’ vehicle.
pad 40 and will post images online.
ship platform several hundred miles (km)
off the East Coast of Florida.
The Merah Putih satellite for Telkom Indonesia is encapsulated
inside the SpaceX payload fairing. Credit: Telkom Indonesia
in Palo Alto, Ca., and completed ahead of schedule for Telkom Indonesia, also
known as PT Telkom.
as a replacement for Telkom-1 which mysteriously failed in orbit in August 2017.
colors of the Indonesian flag.
|The Merah Putih spacecraft built by SSL. Credit: SSL|
The satellite has a design lifetime of 15 years or more.
well India and other parts of South and
Southeast Asia. Satellites for the
“backbone” of telecommunications in Indonesia, along with other technologies,
such as submarine cable.
telecommunications infrastructure,” said Mr. Mr. Zulhelfi Abidin, Chief
Technology Officer of Telkom, in a statement.
and has completed the satellite construction ahead of schedule. We look forward
to traveling to Florida to see the satellite launch later this summer.”
1300 series bus. which provides the
flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.
be used in Indonesia and the rest will be used for the Indian market.
“Merah Putih, which was completed ahead of schedule, will replace Telkom-1, at
108 degrees East, where it will expand on Telkom’s coverage to serve new
markets. Its all C-band payload will enhance both internet and telephone service
for populations in remote regions and offload backhaul for cellular service.”
The hold down static fire test is
routinely carried by SpaceX to ensure all is ready with the rocket.
engines were ignited for several seconds.
fire test, the rocket’s first and second stages were fueled with liquid oxygen
and RP-1 propellants just like an actual launch, and a simulated countdown is
carried out to the point of a brief engine ignition.
down engine test with the erected Falcon 9 rocket involved the ignition of all
nine Merlin 1D first stage engines generating some 1.7 million pounds of thrust
at pad 40 while the two stage rocket was restrained on the pad – minus the Merah
Putih payload to keep it safe in case of a mishap.
rocket was then lowered and rolled back down the ramp
and returned to the pad 40 hanger to attach the Merah Putih spacecraft.
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