SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying GovSat-1/SES-16 is poised for liftoff at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch targeted for Jan. 31, 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/www.kenkremer.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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You can watch the launch live on a SpaceX dedicated webcast starting about 15 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. EDT (2025 GMT) liftoff time.
Watch the SpaceX broadcast live at: SpaceX.com/webcast
The GovSat-1 launch window at pad 40 extends for a little over two full hours. The window opens at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) and extends until closing at 6:46 p.m. EST, or 2346 GMT.
GovSat-1 will be located at the 21.5 degrees East orbital slot.
It will serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including substantial maritime coverage over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
In contrast to most recent launches, this ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 will not be recovered.
However it is equipped with a quarteet of grid fins and landing legs and will guided to carry out the descent recovery sequence and make a soft ocean landing - minus the drone ship.
The recycled first stage for the GovSat-1 mission was previously used to launch the NROL-76 spy satellite on a classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from LC-39A in May 2017.
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