SpaceX sets February 18 for next Falcon 9 launch


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SpaceX has scheduled its next launch, and first from Florida since the September 1 launchpad explosion, for February 18.

This will also be the company’s first launch from the former Apollo and shuttle launchpad that it now leases.

7 comments

  • Orion314

    Can’t wait…if the weather cooperates , I’ll see it from my backyard :]

  • C Cecil

    I am wondering if Space X will live feed the first stage burning in to the ocean.

  • Kirk

    C Cecil, they shuffled the order and this Saturday’s 10:01 EST launch will be the SPX/CRS-10 resupply mission, with the first stage set to return to launch site. If successful, it will be the third landing at their LZ-1 a.k.a. LC-13, and their first daylight one. The Echostar 23 launch with the expendable first stage is now set for early March.

  • Kirk

    … and I just read that they have optimistically moved the Echostar 23 NET up to Feb 28 (0027– 0257 Eastern). That would be a quick turnaround on LC-39A of only ten days.

  • Kirk

    Orion314, observers believe that the X-37B mission OTV-4 has maneuvered for a possible landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility soon, after spending nearly 21 months in orbit. Reports of range activity suggest it might happen in the next few days. Tomorrow morning at about 11:10 is one possibility, but the AF isn’t talking and NOTAMs don’t mention it yet, so perhaps Wednesday morning at about 11:25 is more likely.

    Perhaps you will hear the sonic booms.

  • Kirk

    New for this first SpaceX launch from LC-39A is the Falcon Heavy capable Transporter Erector. Part of its design is that instead of retracting several minutes prior to launch, it remains in place until T-0 when it rapidly retracts in a “throwback” maneuver. This allows for shorter umbilicals and is expected to result in less launch damage, cutting refurbishment efforts.

  • Kirk

    … and back to the X-37B, here is NSF’s article on its expected landing: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/02/air-forces-x-37b-landing-kscs-slf/

    It does mention the Air Force’s statement that it is simply “conducting a regularly scheduled exercise”, but there is a NOTAM for the restriction of airspace around the Shuttle Landing Facility from 0800 to 1600 local today, and it has been extended for the same times tomorrow, though perhaps it is unrelated to the X-37B.

    A good way to follow this is on NSF’s forum thread for the mission: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36415

    (And don’t put much stock in the time predictions from my previous post. I don’t know how reliable their source is.)

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