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SPACEX - Telstar 18v Mission

Postby CATO » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:00 pm

SpaceX is targeting launch of the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The four-hour launch window opens at 11:28 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 9, or 3:28 UTC on Monday, September 10. The satellite will be deployed approximately 32 minutes after liftoff.

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Re: SPACEX - Telstar 18v Mission

Postby CATO » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:33 pm

T - 12 minutes
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Impulse:
2018: 14,767 Ns (44% N)
Ns 17: 5,973; 16: 34,558; 15: 35,955; 14: 6,016; 13: 10,208
PB - Gorilla N2717WC, H: 10,260', S: 1.14M

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Re: SPACEX - Telstar 18v Mission

Postby Oldboy » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:49 pm

After seeing the heading ,I wondered why they were launching another car (especially a crap 80's/90's Ford) . :D
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Re: SPACEX - Telstar 18v Mission

Postby Loewen » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:04 pm

I completely missed this launch. SpaceX is launching so often I can't follow everything. haha

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Re: SPACEX - Telstar 18v Mission

Postby OverTheTop » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:43 am

Hi Loewen. Welcome to the forum.

SpaceX was getting up a serious launch cadence for quite a while. It is actually in an unusually quite period currently and will pick up a bit towards the end of the year. I am curious as to what else they are working on that is taking up their time. BFR and Crew Dragon come to mind, and I suspect they are pulling out all stops beat Boeing into space with a crew. I am still not sure why this would impact the launch rate though, unless there is a change to the Block 5 Falcon that needs to be designed, reviewed, tested and rolled into the rocket. IIRC they need seven successful launches of an unmodified design before they can fly crew. The easing of launch rate has to have a particular reason :)
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