Falcon 9: Inmarsat-5 4F (KSC mission)


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BIG commsat

 

Launcher: Falcon 9 Expendable
Launch site: LC-39A
Launch Date: May 15
Launch Window: 1920-(2020?) Eastern
Stage Landing: no

 

Satellite Bus: BSS-702HP
Beams: 89 Ka-band
Propulsion: 4x Hall effect (electric)
Reaction mass: Xenon
Power: 15 kW
Satellite Mass: 6,070 kg

 

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I was hoping this was going to stay closer to the original launch window at the end of this month since I was going to be down there around then. Too bad.

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Wow. Pretty heavy bird, and capable too. :yes: Should have a good, long service life if nothing goes wrong with any of the systems.

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If spacexstats.xyz can be trusted (which I think they can) then this will be their heaviest satellite yet, with the current one being Echostar 23 coming in at 5,500 kg.

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GEO bird yeah, and an expendable F9 could do 8+ tonnes to GEO. A fully loaded Dragon pushes almost 10 tonnes, and Dragon 2 even more. The heaviest payload Atlas V has ever pushed uphill was Enhanced Cygnus OA-4 at 7.492 tonnes. 

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