TITUSVILLE, FL – On a horribly hazy and sweltering midsummers day SpaceX engineers successfully completed a static hot fire test today, Aug. 2, of the next Falcon 9 booster that is targeted for a dead of night launch next Tuesday, Aug. 7 from the Florida Space Coast – namely for the Merah Putih comsat for the nation of Indonesia using a 'Flight--Proven' booster!
Liftoff of the Merah Putih telecommunications satellite is targeted for the middle-of-the-night at 1:18 a.m. EDT (0518 GMT) Tuesday, Aug. 7, from seaside Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.
The two-hour long launch window extends until 3:18 a.m. EDT (0718 GMT).
Check out our exclusive Space UpClose photos of the hot fire test – as seen from Titusville along the Indian River Lagoon.
The 5800 kg satellite was built by SSL (formerly Space Systems/Loral) in Palo Alto, Ca., and completed ahead of schedule for Telkom Indonesia, also known as PT Telkom.
The Merah Putih spacecraft built by SSL. Credit: SSL
The new name of Merah Putih is derived from the red and while colors of the Indonesian flag.
The satellite has a design lifetime of 15 years or more.
t will serve the 17,000 islands of the Indonesian archipelago as well India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia. Satellites for the “backbone” of telecommunications in Indonesia, along with other technologies, such as submarine cable.
The Merah Putih satellite for Telkom Indonesia is encapsulated inside the SpaceX payload fairing. Credit: Telkom Indonesia
“Merah Putih, which was completed ahead of schedule, will replace Telkom-1, at 108 degrees East, where it will expand on Telkom’s coverage to serve new markets. Its all C-band payload will enhance both internet and telephone service for populations in remote regions and offload backhaul for cellular service.”
The hold down static fire test is routinely carried by SpaceX to ensure all is ready with the rocket.
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