- SpaceX is expected to launch their Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday night. The satellite operator said in 2017 that its launch of Amos-17 would be fully covered by credits from the unfulfilled mission.
The launch window opens at 7:23 p.m.
As such this Falcon 9 has been stripped of its grid fins and touchdown legs, and is destined to finish its service by splashing down within the ocean.
SpaceX has announced a dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program that will allow customers to launch payloads of up to 150 kilograms into a sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) for as little as $2.25 million. Last week, SpaceX discovered an issue with one of the rocket's valves.
SpaceX was initially supposed to launch AMOS-17 on July 24th, but poor weather forced a delay. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the five AJ-60A solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage. Tuesday's launch was the company's 10th this year.
"Static fireplace take a look at of Falcon 9 full - group is now working towards August 6 for launch of AMOS-17 from Pad 40 in Florida, pending Vary availability", firm representatives wrote in a Twitter replace.
Spacecom tasked Boeing with building Amos-17 in December 2016 under a $161 million contract. Once in orbit, the satellite will provide commercial communication services like television and internet for sub Saharan Africa.
AMOS-17 is planned to be in operation for a minimum of 20 years. Hopefully, the SpaceX repairs are done, and the weather supports the launch.
However earlier than the mission can get off the bottom, SpaceX wants approval from the Air Power's Japanese Vary.
Another mission, Atlas 5, is scheduled to take off Thursday.
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