MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE, FL – On a blistering hot day, SpaceX finally completed a successful static hot fire test of their newly upgraded Falcon 9 booster late this afternoon after drenching rain squalls and thunder claps inundated Cape Canaveral and delayed the critical test – thereby paving the path for an overnight Florida launch this weekend July 22 of the Telstar 19 comsat.
Liftoff of the Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite is targeted for the middle-of-the-night at 1:50 a.m. EDT (0550 GMT) Sunday, July 22. The four-hour long launch window extends until 5:50 a.m. EDT (0950 GMT).
Telstar 19 VANTAGE is an advanced high throughput satellite (HTS) built for Telesat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators.
Check out our exclusive Space UpClose photos of the hot fire test.
Long exposure streak shot of spectacularly beautiful and successful launch of SpaceX Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force. It is Dragon CRS-15 Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
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|Telstar 19 VANTAGE comsat|
Pad 40 sits empty prior to erection of SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com