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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for blastoff at 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT) Saturday with the Eutelsat Hotbird 13F television satellite. The 100th mission launch by SpaceX will mark from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida.
Built by Airbus, the 9,868-pound (4,476-kilogram) Hotbird 13F broadcasts hundreds of television and radio channels across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Hotbird 13F is the first satellite to be built on the new Eurostar Neo-Airbus space design, incorporating upgrades in propulsion, thermal control, and electrical systems.
The 116 minute window opens at 11:26 pm EDT Friday (0326 GMT Saturday) and runs until 1:22 am (0522 GMT). Forecasters from the US Space Force’s 45th Weather Wing predict a 90% probability of good weather for liftoff, with only a slight chance of cumulus clouds that pose a lightning threat.
A frontal boundary will move through Central Florida by Friday.
“Cooler air with higher winds percolating from the north into the fall front should disrupt any significant rain coverage this weekend and result in fair launch conditions for both primary and backup launch opportunities,” the weather team wrote in the book. official launch weather forecast.
SpaceX delayed the launch Friday night to the end of the launch window to allow additional space for data reviews. The company has not developed an audit trail.
Friday night’s launch marks the fourth flight of the Falcon 9 rocket this month, following three Falcon 9 launches in as many days next week.
In preparation for Friday night’s launch, SpaceX crews ground the Falcon 9 rocket and commercial satellite payload to the pad, then lifted it vertically over the flame trench earlier Friday. On Friday’s countdown, the 229-foot (70-meter) launcher will be filled with millions of pounds of kerosene and liquid oxygen propellant in the final 35 minutes before liftoff.
After the technical teams and weather parameters are all “green” for launch, the nine main engines of the Merlin 1D will flash to life in the first stage of the run with the help of an ignition fluid called triethylaluminum/triethylborane or TEA-TEB. When the engines ramp up to full throttle, the hydraulic latches will open to launch the Falcon 9 into space.
The nine main engines produce a thrust of 1.7 million pounds for about two and a half minutes, propelling the Falcon 9 and the Eutelsat Hotbird 13F communications satellite into the atmosphere. Then the race stage – tail number B1069 in the SpaceX fleet – will close and separate from the Falcon 9’s upper stage.
the course of the titanium grid will extend the fins and the pulsating pulsation of the cold gastrons will be oriented towards itself for the first entry of the tail into the atmosphere, before its reigning guns to burn the braking and the last port will burn, unless the vertical descent to the drone of the ship “Just read the instructions” located about 400 miles (about 640 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral.
The successful landing of the rocket on the spacecraft will mark the third flight course to complete the space flight, to be launched next December on a cargo mission to the International Space Station and then on August 27. with a batch of Starlink internet satellites.
The runner was damaged, apparently due to rough seas, after landing on the first mission in December. SpaceX built the rocket and returned it to the active rotation of the Falcon 9 boosters in August.
On Friday night’s launch, the Falcon 9 rocket will fire its upper stage with two engines on the 13F spacecraft Hotbird to launch it into an elliptical geostationary orbit with an apogee, or top, more than 20,000 miles above Earth.
Hotbird 13F will separate from the Falcon 9 rocket about 36 minutes into the mission.
After flying without its SpaceX crew, the Hotbird 13F will deploy its solar panels and process the plasma thruster system for several months of orbital lifting to reach a circular geostationary orbit more than 22,000 feet (nearly 36,000 kilometers) above the equator. Orbital-excitation using electric propulsion takes longer than runs based on conventional rocket engines.
Hotbird 13F orbits in phase with Earth’s rotation at 13 degrees east longitude.
By the middle of next year, Hotbird 13F should be ready to enter commercial service to begin a 15-year mission that broadcasts programming to Eutelsat television customers. Hotbird 13G, launched in November on another Falcon 9 rocket, will follow about a month later with a double satellite, seeking the same position in geostationary orbit.
“Hotbird 13F is the first of two satellites to be deployed at Eutelsat’s flagship location 13 degrees east, so this is an important event for us,” said Pascal Homsy, Eutelsat’s chief technical officer. “It will be the first satellite based on the Eurostar Neo-electric platform from Airbus, fostering innovation and competitiveness in the European space industry.”
Because of improvements in satellite communications technology, Eutelsat will only need two new Hotbird satellites to replace the three aging Hotbird satellites operating at 13 degrees east.
Homsy said the Hotbird fleet at 13 degrees east will form the highest capacity satellite expansion system covering Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa regions, delivering 1,000 TV channels to more than 160 million homes. Hotbird 13F and 13G will broadcast signals on Ku-band frequencies.
“We have something like over 600 pay TV channels, 300 free to air channels, 450 high definition TV channels, and 14 ultra high definition channels from this flagship 13 degree east position,” said Homsy. “We can also provide 500 radio stations and multimedia services.”
ROCKET: Falcon 9 (B1069.3)
PAYLOAD: Hotbird 13F communications satellite
Send Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Station, Florida
SEND DATE: 14/15, 2022
SEND WINDOWS: 11:26 pm – 1:22 am EDT (0326-0522 GMT)
STORMS ARE FORECASTED: 90% probability of favorable weather
RECOVERY BOOSTER: “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship
SEND AZIMUTH: the east
PARMA ORBITS: Geostationary transfer orbit
- T+00:00: Liftoff
- T+01:12: Maximum aerodynamic pressure (Max-Q)
- T+02:32: First stage main engine interval (MECO)
- T+02:35: Time of separation
- T+02:42: Second stage engine ignition
- T+03:22: Fairing jettison
- T+06:29: First stage entry fire (three guns)
- T+06:57: The first scene of the burning border entry
- T+08:07: Second stage engine interval (SECO 1)
- T+08:22: First stage port fire burning (one engine)
- T + 08:45: First port scene
- T+29:12: Second stage engine restart
- T+30:10: Second stage engine interval (SECO 2)
- T+36:11: Hotbird 13F separation
- 181st launch of the Falcon 9 rocket since 2010
- 189th launch of the Falcon rocket family since 2006
- 3 Launch Falcon 9 course B1069
- 155th Falcon 9 launch from Florida’s Space Coast
- 100th Falcon 9 launch from pad 40
- 155th overall from pad 40
- 122nd flight from the pole guilty of 9 courses
- 3 SpaceX launch for Eutelsat
- 47th Falcon 9 launch of 2022
- 47th launch by SpaceX in 2022
- 45th orbital launch attempt from Cape Canaveral in 2012
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