A few weeks after the launch, SpaceX is expected to return to action next week due to the collision and launch of Es' hail 2, Qatar satellite communications satellite. SpaceX, meanwhile, is certified to fly the most valuable scientific payloads in NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP).
The last SpaceX launch began on October 6, when Falcon 9 successfully orbited SAOCOM 1A. Space between launches was rare in SpaceX in 2018.
The next week 's mission, Es' hail 2, will link SpaceX' s 18 launches in 2017 to a single year, leaving four more missions in 2018 after four missions over the next year.
Falcon 9 uses a thruster with a Mitsubishi built-in spacecraft to place the Esail hail 2 on a stationary transmission orbit (GTO) before reaching its final destination.
A pre-launch static fire test for the mission is currently scheduled for November 11th.
During a static fire test, a fully fueled Falcon 9 rocket ignites nine Merlin engines for a few seconds to verify that all systems in the vehicle are operating nominally.
After a static launch, SpaceX performs a quick data review before checking the launch date.
If everything goes well, the day is expected to open on November 15th at 20:46 EST, EST at 22:29 EST, Eastern Standard Time EST.
The Es' hail 2 mission will be SpaceX's first assignment on the LC-39A since Bangabandhu-1 in May. Since then, the launch complex has been undergoing renovations to support NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
In particular, the crew approach arm is clearly visible in the Fixed Service Structure (FSS) of the pad.
After the es' hail 2 launch, the 1st stage booster will still land the drones of the course (OCISLY) in the Atlantic.
Just four days later, SpaceX launches Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A mission at Vandenberg. With payload adapters and mission services provided by astronauts, dozens of small satellites will be available for a variety of customers.
Importantly, the first stage booster used to perform the mission is considered B1046.3. If it does, it will make the falcone the first time the falcone is the first step and the third time to fly the function the first time.
While this Falcon 9 Booster can land in Landing Zone 4 on this mission, such a recovery is impossible due to clashes with range.
In this case, the collision is the Delta IV Heavy and NROL-71 payload scheduled for launch on November 29 at SLC-6.
The SLC-6 dropped from SpaceX's SLC-4E launch site.
SpaceX's launch profile is not an important risk factor for the SLC-6, but the landing trajectory pose a significant risk to the download facility.
As a result, landing during SSO-A launch is only allowed if it occurs after delta IV heavy industry launch.
Therefore, SpaceX is planning to restore the first step of the Snoozing Tutorial (JRTI) and is awaiting FCC approval.
SSO-A's instant launch window is 10:32 Pacific (18:32 UTC).
After that mission, SpaceX will return to the East Coast. The CRS-16, a cargo supplement to the International Space Station, will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on December 4 at 13:38 East (18:38 UTC) to the SLC-40.
The team will quickly roll out the SLC-40 launch complex for the December 15 GPS III-1 launch. The window for that mission opens at 9:24 am Eastern Time (14:24 UTC).
The first phase of the mission is not attempted.
Finally, SpaceX will close eight times on December 30th in Van Denver and 2018 with the final Iridium NEXT release. The instantaneous launch time for Iridium 8 is 8:38 Pacific (16:38 UTC).
The first stage booster after launch, B1049.2, will land on JRTI in the Pacific.
Also in December, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell recently commented on AOPA high school flight that Falcon 9, which will launch pilot mission 1 (DM-1), is expected to run vertically on the LC-39A for checkout before launch It's possible. STEM Symposium.
The DM-1 is a pilot flight for NASA's commercial crew program. It will help certify SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rockets to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.
Currently, the DM-1 mission is provisionally scheduled to occur prior to January 8, 2019 per L2 information. The exact target date is expected to be confirmed next week.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft also passed a standard review of NASA's late-October vehicle visit and was an important milestone ahead of the DM-1 launch.
Astronauts are also getting confidence in the Falcons 9 rocket.
NASA LSP recently certified Falcon 9 as a Category 3 launch vehicle.
According to SpaceX, "Category 3 projectiles have been certified to support NASA's most costly and complex science missions."
"LSP Category 3 certification is a major achievement of the Falcon 9 team and another important milestone in our close partnership with NASA," said Shotwell. "We are committed to delivering cost-effective and reliable launch services to the country's most important scientific commodities. I am honored to have the opportunity. "
In order to achieve Category 3 certification, SpaceX had to prove "14 consecutive flights (95% confidence 50% confidence)" of the common launch configuration to provide design validation and flight performance data according to LSP requirements.
This certification allows SpaceX to compete with the United Launch Alliance for the Category 3 mission of the NASA LSP.