Falcon 9: Telstar 18 Vantage/APStar-5C


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DocM

Big commsat for Telstat (Canada) and APT Satellite (Hong Kong), covering China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean.

 

Date: August 17, 2018
Time: 2335-0335 EDT (0335-0735 GMT August 18)
Pad: KSC LC-40
Core: ????
Recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You
Coordinates: ????

 

Payload: Telstar 18 Vantage/APStar-5C
Payload mass: >5,400 kg
Propulsion: 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Insertion orbit: GTO
Target orbit: 138° East

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Unobscured Vision

Yep, another heavy GTO payload. Nothing the new Block-V's can't deal with -- and I wanna see it get ANGRY:punk:

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DocM

Big slip. We'll see why.

 

Date: September 9
Time: TBD

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Unobscured Vision

Yeah. Heard about that yesterday. Something's up.

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DocM

Date: September 8 

Time: 2323-0323 Eastern

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anthdci
41 minutes ago, DocM said:

Date: September 8 

Time: 2323-0323 Eastern

any update on the reasoning for the slip?

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DocM

Nope

 

ISTM; rocket issues usually leak, but if it's a non-govt. satellite issue you'd expect confidentiality unless the owner spills the beans. Iridium is very open, others not so much.

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Draggendrop

Weekend is almost over and....

 

TE has been in the HIF at LC-40 since last week. Should see SF activity Tues/Wed, Tues gives 4 days for review if Sat night still on.

 

Weekend weather looks iffy....hopefully clears.

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#SpaceX will be conducting a Static Fire Test of their #Falcon9 rocket at LC-40 on #CCAFS tomorrow, 9/5/18. The test run is scheduled to occur within a 6-hour test window, currently scheduled for 1000 - 1600 Eastern Time.

 

https://twitter.com/AstroHardin/status/1037116056689627140

 

ASDS OCISLY left this afternoon.... (Video below)

 

https://twitter.com/spacecoast_stve/status/1037075590766047234

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Unobscured Vision

.. aaaaand it's delayed again. :no: Arrgh.

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Beittil

Yeah, guess I will just go with the recap when I wake up monday ?

 

Getting up at 5am for this just isn't worth it anymore ?

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3 hours ago, Beittil said:

Yeah, guess I will just go with the recap when I wake up monday ?

 

Getting up at 5am for this just isn't worth it anymore ?

no it not. It was when they were experimenting with the S1 landing, now it's just the norm which I suppose is a good thing.

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DocM

The late night launch of many commats is so they're in full sun, other side of the world, when the solar arrays open. 

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4 hours ago, DocM said:

The late night launch of many commats is so they're in full sun, other side of the world, when the solar arrays open. 

... and weather in Florida :)

 

Just because a launch looks routine or easy never means that it is. Complacency is what can get people hurt and you better believe we fight hard against it. Luckily we are all space enthusiasts and the prospect of getting up early (or staying up late in this case) to work a launch is thrilling. Even if it is your 50th launch, it just never gets old. Besides, this launch has the added fun of a hurricane literally chasing the booster back to port.

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DocM

Mass: 7,060kg

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Jim K

 

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Jim K

 

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Jim K

 

...and pushed back again.  Well...I'm going to have to sit this one out.

 

Stupid weather...  ? 

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Draggendrop

Fueling underway for 12:45 EDT.

 

Weather dicey

 

//webcast 15 min prior

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SpaceX FM running on webcast

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