Falcon 9: Telstar 19 Vantage commsat (mission)


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Medium size GEO commsat

 

Second of a run-n-gun, after Iridium NEXT #7

 

Date: July 22, 2018
Time: 0150 Eastern (05:50 UTC) 
Pad: KSC LC-40
Core: B1047.1 (Block 5)
Recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You
Coordinates: 28°17'45" N  73°53'39" W

 

Payload: Telstar 19 Vantage commsat
Payload mass: 3,031kg (dry)
Propulsion: 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Insertion orbit: GTO
Target orbit: 63° West (Northern Canada, the Caribbean, Brazil, the Andes and North Atlantic)

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On track

 

 

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Slipped 1 day

 

@AstroHardin
#SpaceX will be conducting a Static Fire Test of their Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 on CCAFS tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18th.  The test is currently scheduled for 1000 - 1600 Eastern Time. ?

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Good static fire.

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The SpaceX Armada has set sail for stage recovery ops

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telstar-19-testing.jpg

 

SpaceX patch

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USAF Drive to 48 (launches/year) patch

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HOLY MOLEY!!

 

Mass (wet): 7,076 kg (15,600 lbs)

 

With recovery!!!! 

 

F9 Block 5 is a monster!

 

SFN...

 

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Telstar 19 VANTAGE will become the heaviest commercial communications satellite ever launched, eclipsing a record set by the TerreStar 1 telecom spacecraft, which weighed 15,234 pounds (6,910 kilograms) when it rode an Ariane 5 rocket into orbit July 2009.
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Oooohhhh ... 

 

Let's see ... what should we name this achievement ...?

 

"Pegasus (Recoverable)" (+100,000 space pts./+1,000 reputation)

Place a medium-mass object (6,500 kg ~ 9,500 kg) into GTO or GSO and recover at least part of your launch vehicle.

 

(And the heavy-mass object version of the achievement would be, obviously ...)

 

"Galactica (Recoverable)" (+1,000,000 space pts./+5,000 reputation)

Place a heavy-mass object (9,501 kg+) into GTO or GSO and recover at least part of your launch vehicle.

 

:laugh:

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Go for prop load

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Flow rates nominal
 

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Funky music starts, webcast soon. 

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Webcast start

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T-10 min

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T-5 min

 

Props loaded

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LIFTOFF!! 

 

MaxQ

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MECO

 

SEP

 

S2 Start

 

Fairing sep

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S1 reentry burn

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S1 landing burn

 

TOUCHDOWN!!

 

SECO - in coast

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S2 Start 2

 

 

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SECO 2

 

Satellite deploy

 

Just. Like. Clockwork.

 

(Except for the ground station & ASDS dropouts, but those aren't the rocket)

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Aaahhhh darnit. I missed it. Got up and was getting on to watch it too. Arrrrrggghh.

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Good grief I wanted those engines angry and I got angry. AND the Block-5 looked like it had power to SPARE. Wow!

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It staged right when others before it did, but with seven-freaking-tonnes on top.

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