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Falcon 9: SES-12 commsat (mission thread)

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DocM    13,876

Another regular customer, 

 

Payload: SES-12 commsat
Customer: SES S.A. 

 

Launch date: May 24
Window: 0029-0127 EDT (0429-0527 UTC) 
Core: B1040.2 (X-37B OTV-5)
Pad: KSC LC-40
Stage landing: expended (F9 Block 4)

 

Satellite bus: Airbus Eurostar-3000EOR
Orbit: Geostationary Transfer Orbit
GEO position: 95° East
Transponders: 54 Ku band (S. Asia, Asia-Pacific) 
Power: 19kw
Propulsion: OKB Fakel SPT140D electric (Russian)
Mass: 5,300kg

 

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DocM    13,876

The Eastern Range is down from May 29 - June 8 for scheduled maintenance.  

 

Launch date: NET May 31 

Launch window: abt. 0029-0127 EDT (0429-0527 GMT)

 

If the NET date holds its likely SpaceX can launch because of their Autonomous Flight Safety System not needing the closed range assets.

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DocM    13,876

 

Window: 1100-1700 EDT (1500-2100 

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Unobscured Vision    2,352

Yep, they aren't even saving the Block-IV's for Falcon Heavy now. As expected. We called it, gents. So far we're 5/6. Only thing we missed was expecting them to build BFR/BFS stuff at the Cape, which SpaceX is apparently not going to do going forward (unless NASA foots the bill for the LF).

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DocM    13,876

 

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anthdci    180

All these expended launches feels weird even though it’s totally understandable. 

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DocM    13,876

Yeah, feels odd, but gotta empty the barns for F9 Block 5.

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Unobscured Vision    2,352

Yep. They're gonna have more Block 5's than they'll know what to do with, and BFS/BFR fab is going to become SpaceX's primary focus in very, very short order. There's a mad dash to hire/reassign personnel right now. They're actually quite short-handed atm.

 

Starlink dev is in full swing too. First several hundred birds need to be in the sky to do Phase 2 testing ASAP. SpaceX needs that generating revenue so that they have the needed capital for the full-monty BFS/BFR stuff. That can't happen quickly/efficiently unless Starlink is doing it's thing.

 

It might appear off-topic but these things are very interconnected with one another. SpaceX want/need to retire Falcon 9 by the late 2020's. There might (might) be one more revision to the Falcon 9 family if there are enough advances to warrant backporting from BFR/BFS dev, however unlikely that scenario plays out. (I personally doubt it, though; but hey, never say never!)

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