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SpaceX F9 - 16th Reuse - SAOCOM 1A - SLC-4E

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by Grendal, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    Launch Date: Early September
    Launch Window: TBD
    Launch site: SLC-4E Vandenberg
    Booster Recovery: 1st West Coast RTLS to SLC-4W
    Booster Type: B1048.2 - 2nd Reused Block 5
    Mass: 1600 kg (3527 lbs.)
    Orbit: 620 km SSO

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1A for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1A is the first of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements.

    SAOCOM 1A, 1B
    SAOCOM - Wikipedia
    Details of launch:
    SAOCOM 1A ships to Vandenberg as Falcon 9 prepares for the first west coast RTLS – NASASpaceFlight.com

    The first West Coast RTLS will reuse the last Iridium booster from July 25th. So this will be the quickest turnaround for a booster to date if early September holds. The payload is a light one going to SSO which allows for the RTLS.

    17th SpaceX launch of the year.
     
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  2. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for starting this thread. This is the launch and land that I really must go see!

    The SpaceXNow app shows this launch date will be Sep 5. Is there some reason you posted “Early September”?
     
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  3. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    For a while, that was the tentative launch date. Most official launch date sites have modified to Early or Mid September. I chose to be optimistic and put early September. The satellite is at Vandenberg. The booster was parked outside the Hawthorne factory just a couple days ago and is now inside the factory. I expect the official launch date should firm up in the next two or three weeks.

    Good luck and have a great time. According to people that have been to both places, for the public viewing sites, you will be closer to the landing pad at Vandenberg than you can be near to LZ-1 at the Cape. Let's hope it is a beautiful daylight launch and landing with clear weather...
     
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    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    The satellite arrived at Vandenberg.
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