SpaceX’s commercial launch from Vandenberg in California of the Cassiope satellite has now been set for September 5.

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SpaceX’s commercial launch from Vandenberg in California of the Cassiope satellite has now been set for September 5.

This is actually the first firm launch date I’ve seen for this satellite.


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  • Dick Eagleson

    The launch list on the website had this mission scheduled for July 9 for quite awhile. A month or so ago it changed to just “Summer”. It’s still that way. I’ll keep looking over the next few days to see whether changes to the Sept. 5 date for this mission. For what it’s worth, their list also shows a pair of comsat launches on Falcon 9’s from the Cape still with August dates. As the CASSIOPE mission is supposed to be the first F9R mission, I’m guessing these other missions will be moved further back in the year too.

  • The August dates are not specific dates, just that they hope to launch in August. That’s not the same as a specific date, which we now have for the Cassiope launch.

    I take the latter far more seriously.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Yeah. Me too. But even specific dates on the list have their problems. As of yesterday, they had Orbital and SpaceX launching resupply missions to the ISS a day apart in early December. At least one of these is clearly wrong. The info on this list is looking a lot squishier lately. “Scheduled” launch dates of all kinds seem to be iffier than they used to be.

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