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SpaceX Prepping - Third Time's the Charm???

Clint Bradford
 

The following is an announcement from SpaceX issued December 1, 2018 at 1:03 p.m:

WATCH LIVE: SPACEFLIGHT SSO-A: SMALLSAT EXPRESS

SpaceX is targeting launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low Earth orbit on Sunday, December 2 from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Carrying 64 payloads, this mission represents the largest single rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle to date. The mission will also be the first time SpaceX has launched the same booster a third time. Falcon  9’s first stage for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission previously supported the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission in May 2018 and the Merah Putih mission in August 2018.

The primary launch window on December 2 opens at 10:32 a.m. PST, or 18:32 UTC, and closes at 11:00 a.m. PST, or 19:00 UTC. A backup launch window opens on Monday, December 3 at 10:32 a.m. PST, or 18:32 UTC, and closes at 11:00 a.m. PST, or 19:00 UTC.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

To watch the launch live or learn more about the mission, visit  www.spacex.com/webcast .

Clint Bradford
 

SpaceX is now targeting Monday, December 3rd for launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch window opens at 10:32 a.m. PST, or 18:32 UTC, and closes at 11:00 a.m. PST, or 19:00 UTC. A series of six deployments will occur approximately 13-43 minutes after liftoff, after which Spaceflight will begin to command its own deployment sequences. Spaceflight’s deployments are expected to occur over a period of six hours. 

Falcon 9’s first stage for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission previously supported the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission in May 2018 and the Merah Putih mission in August 2018. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean. You can watch the live launch webcast below, starting about 15 minutes before liftoff, and find out more about the mission in our press kit.

Clint Bradford
 

Standing down from (Sunday’s) launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3. -SpaceX Tweet