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SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - Amos 6 - SLC-40

Grendal

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Next up:

Falcon 9 • Amos 6
Launch window: September 4th through 11th
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 6 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel. Amos 6 will provide communications and broadcast services over a coverage area stretching from the U.S. Coast to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Amos 6 will also support the Israeli government’s satellite communications needs. Delayed from 3rd quarter of 2015, 1st quarter of 2016, May and July. [July 19]

Amos-6 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This will another GTO launch. So this will be another ASDS landing attempt in the Atlantic similar to the JCSAT 16 we just had. The Amos 6 satellite is 2000 lbs heavier though. So that might have an effect on launch and landing.
 
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evp

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..... annnnnnd -- nailed the landing once again! Elon now owns six used first stages. I wonder if he's going to start selling them as lawn ornaments.
 

Grendal

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The details for this launch have firmed up:

September 3rd - Saturday - Falcon 9 • Amos 6
Launch window: 0700-0900 GMT (3:00-5:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Amos 6 will be the heaviest satellite that SpaceX has launched so far. Yet another middle of the night launch and attempt at landing.

The rocket has been static fired in Texas and has arrived in Florida in preparation for launch a while back.
 

Grendal

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Well both the rocket and satellite were lost. This happened sometime during the early phases of the static fire test. More than likely something went wrong in the loading process.

"SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today's static fire, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload. Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries."
 

Johan

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Oops :)

I had to check in here when I heard the news. Been overloaded with work + family business lately so I have tons of Tesla and SpaceX stuff to catch up on.
 

ecarfan

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"SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today's static fire, there was an anomaly on the pad..."
So the engines were not firing when the explosion occurred. So something happened during propellant loading.

It's a real blow, but SpaceX will figure it out and make sure it doesn't happen again. No doubt the launches scheduled for the rest of this year will be rescheduled.
 

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