Skip to comments.Falcon 9 rocket set for launch Monday from Cape Canaveral
Posted on 11/24/2013 4:27:05 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
Technicians are in the final stages of readying a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for launch Monday on its first mission to geostationary transfer orbit with a commercial communications satellite for television broadcasters in India and Southeast Asia.
Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1
Payload: SES 8
Launch date: November 25, 2013
Launch time: 5:37 p.m. EST/2:37 p.m. PST (2237 GMT)
Launch window: 66 minutes
Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Mission Status Center (launch can be viewed here)
Launch can also be followed here.
Falcon 9 Countdown Timeline
Falcon 9 Launch Timeline
SES 8 satellite pics
Mission press kit
SES 8 satellite press kit
SES 8 wiki
Have they fixed their problems with the Merlin 1D vacuum engine?
Falcon 9 engine restart glitch blamed on thermal conditions
SpaceX says frozen fluid lines prevented the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage engine from re-igniting on a Sept. 29 test flight, but engineers are confident extra insulation will resolve the thermal problem on the Falcon 9’s next mission set for liftoff Monday on the company’s first launch to geostationary transfer orbit.
The aborted engine restart on the Falcon 9 test flight was caused when fluid lines for the second stage Merlin engine’s igniter fluid froze after long exposure to cold oxygen, according to Emily Shanklin, a SpaceX spokesperson.
“This never happened on the ground, because ambient air kept the lines warm,” Shanklin said in a statement. “We’ve added insulation and made sure that cold oxygen can’t impinge on the lines.
Anyone know how much SpaceX pays NASA for the use of Cape Canaveral?
I have no idea.
Thanks Jack Hydrazine.
A California designed and produced launch vehicle!
Go Falcon 9 !!
Tour of the launch site.
Is this the big heavy lift booster? The possible moon rocket?
When they add the strap-on boosters to the Falcon 9 it will be called the Falcon Heavy.
Falcon Heavy is the worlds most powerful rocket, a launch vehicle of scale and capability unequaled by any other currently flying. With the ability to lift into orbit over 53 metric tons (117,000 lb)—a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel—Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and
reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate nearly 4 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.
Wish I had a falcon rocket...
That is Cape Canaveral AFS. Why is Air Force left off these civilian pages?
Thanks, Jack Hydrazine. The rocket would require an awful lot of fuel to go up 18000 miles to geostationary orbit ... the physics courses I took so long ago ...
Be more specific.
Excellent. I’ll look for the video.
if the winds remain as they are now i doubt it will launch today
Countdown clock stopped at T- 13:00 so they can work an issue on a valve in the 1st stage. Launch window is 65 minutes, starting at 5:37pm ET.
UPDATE: Space X says it looks like they’re close to getting the issue with the valve worked out. Weather still looks good even well into the launch window.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Clock re-started to launch at 5:53pm ET
T - 10:00 AND COUNTING.....
COUNT ABORTED AT T-6:11....UNKNOWN REASON.
Still have not announced a reason, no decision yet made as to whether there will be a scrub or a recycle of the count to T-13:00. Awaiting word from Launch Director at the this time. Launch window is 66 minutes long, so there is still a chance to lift off tonight.
Count is being recycled to T-13:00. Possibility that the problem was a ‘limit’ was reached on a telemetry with the 1st stage. Launch Control is currently figuring out a new T-:00 time and will announce it shortly.
Looks lime we MAY still have a chance to launch tonight. Cross your fingers....
Make that ‘telemetry reading’.
AAAAAND...We have a clock RESTART for new launch time of 6:30pm ET.
So....let’s take one more shot at this tonight.....
Launch Team has polled one MORE time and says we’re ready for launch.
T-10:00 (Take 2) and counting.....
T-5:00 and counting....
HOLD AT 3:40.....!@#e$%^&!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Computer didn’t start... D’OH!
*EXTREMELY FOUL EXPLETIVE DELETED*
No launch. Maybe Thursday.
Next possible attempt on Thursday (Thanksgiving? Really???) at 5:38pm ET.
Still don’t know what the heck it was that caused the hold.
Thanks for the heads up. Appreciate it.
Bet they push it out to next week...Black Friday, and the weekend coming up...
Called my bookie in Vegas...I put $10 on next Monday, $50 on next Tuesday...
Weather folks may need a better forecast for that timeframe...
It’s entirely possible that it’s the client’s wishes to get that bird in the air ASAP. Remember not EVERYONE celebrates Thanksgiving.
SCRUB. Launch will not happen today, and the next try is likely Thursday, Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
Oh...I read an article as to why they are going to attempt to launch on Thanksgiving.
It turns out the FAA will not issue a permit for a launch today or tomorrow....because both days are the biggest travel days of the year. Too many planes in the air. Go figure.
I guess we could call this launch attempt on Thursday a turkey shoot!
Those of us here on the Space Coast will have a nice view and entertainment with our turkey!!
I also heard that there is too much air travel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Every north/south bound flight to/from the east coast of Florida goes up along the coast and fly within the ranges of the Cape and Air Station.
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