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CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – After weather and rocket checking delays a recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is poised to launch a Spanish communications satellite for Space-based Hispasat Monday evening, Feb. 6, from Florida’s Space Coast on an easterly trajectory.
The massive 5 ton Amazonas Nexus satellite owned by Madrid based Hispasat will launch aboard a flight proven Falcon 9 to a geosynchronous transfer orbit and will connect all of the America’s – providing internet connectivity on land, at sea and in the air and to remote communities.
It will replace Amazonas 2 and orbit 22,300 mi (>36,000 km) above Earth when fully functioning in a circular geostationary orbit over the equator.
A small pathfinding payload from the U.S. Space Force was also integrated aboard the satellite
Liftoff of the veteran 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 on the Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission is targeted for 5:32 p.m. ET Monday, February 6, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Enjoy our UpClose prelaunch photos of the SpaceX Falcon 9 integrated with the Hispasat Amazonas Nexus taken during our media remote camera setup on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The Amazon Nexus satellite will cover the entire American continent from North to South America, Greenland and the North and South Atlantic corridors and will be focused on connectivity services in remote areas and in air and maritime mobility environments, according to Hispasat.
The Spanish owned and operated satellite was built by France based Thales- Alenia Space
The window stretches for four hours total and will take place partway into the window to complete ‘vehicle verifications’ – after SpaceX finally publicly announced the launch delay late Monday afternoon.
The original launch attempt on Sunday at 5:32 p.m. was scrubbed in the face of very poor launch weather on land and booster recovery conditions at sea.
The Falcon 9 booster is designated with tail number booster B1073.6 and has so far successfully launched and landed 5 times. This will be the sixth
Overall this launch will marked the 202nd successful Falcon 9 launch the 143rd recycled booster and the 170th successful landing
Some 70% of the Falcon 9s have used recycled 1st stage boosters!
The first stage booster B1073.6 supporting this mission previously launched SES-22, ispace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1, and three Starlink missions.
Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the ‘Just Read the Instructions’ (JRTI) droneship, which is stationed downrange in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Bahamas.
“This satellite represents a new era for the services provided by HISPASAT, as it is equipped with a state-of-the-art Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that will allow it to increase its geographic flexibility in the event of changes in the commercial scenarios initially proposed,” says Hispasat.
“HISPASAT has reached multiple business agreements to lease the long-term capacity Amazonas Nexus with operators and service providers in the governmental and connectivity fields for the aviation sector and in remote areas.”
The Amazonas Nexus satellite stands nearly 20 feet (about 6 meters) tall
The SpaceX Falcon 9 will place the 9,140 pounds (4,146 kg) Amazonas Nexus in its transfer orbit about thirty five minutes after liftoff.
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