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SpaceX set for consumed Falcon 9 Block 5 launch attempt after 48 hours of scrubbing

Following a reported bug of Falcon 9 booster sensors that triggered a launch break on the morning of December 18, SpaceX has alleviated these problems and is ready to try again, hopefully placing the first of 10 new USAF GPS III satellites shortly after one 9:03 AM EST (14:03 UTC) liftoff on December 20th. Aside from being the first time SpaceX has launched a committed USF mission won by a competitive procurement, launched the GPS III Space Vehicle 1 (SV01) will also be the first time SpaceX has deliberately deployed a new Falcon 9 booster sedan July 2017, like the first time ever a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster will be used without attempting to land. 1 9659003] The team is working against the launch of GPS III SV01 tomorrow 20 December. Weather is still a challenge; Currently forecast to 20% beneficial during the 26-minute launch window that opens at 9:03 AM EST, 2:03 PM UTC. – SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 20, 2018 Vertical Vertical on SpaceX Launch Complex 40 (LC-40), Block 5 Booster B1054 looks exclusively incomplete or just of without net fins and landing legs installed, like toast without butter or a Tesla with a V8 instead of its electric motors. The fact that Falcon 9 B1054 is a brand new booster just throws salt on the wound. However, the usable configuration serves as a reminder that SpaceX launchers with the same amount of turn as the air force ultimately have a large (if not final) rocket launcher. If…

Following a reported bug of Falcon 9 booster sensors that triggered a launch break on the morning of December 18, SpaceX has alleviated these problems and is ready to try again, hopefully placing the first of 10 new USAF GPS III satellites shortly after one 9:03 AM EST (14:03 UTC) liftoff on December 20th.

Aside from being the first time SpaceX has launched a committed USF mission won by a competitive procurement, launched the GPS III Space Vehicle 1 (SV01) will also be the first time SpaceX has deliberately deployed a new Falcon 9 booster sedan July 2017, like the first time ever a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster will be used without attempting to land. 1

9659003] The team is working against the launch of GPS III SV01 tomorrow 20 December. Weather is still a challenge; Currently forecast to 20% beneficial during the 26-minute launch window that opens at 9:03 AM EST, 2:03 PM UTC.

– SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 20, 2018

Vertical Vertical on SpaceX Launch Complex 40 (LC-40), Block 5 Booster B1054 looks exclusively incomplete or just of without net fins and landing legs installed, like toast without butter or a Tesla with a V8 instead of its electric motors. The fact that Falcon 9 B1054 is a brand new booster just throws salt on the wound. However, the usable configuration serves as a reminder that SpaceX launchers with the same amount of turn as the air force ultimately have a large (if not final) rocket launcher.

If a customer requires an almost ridiculous level of redundancy, SpaceX probably will not say in that decision, even if it means a brand new Falcon 9 Block 5 booster – designed to start anywhere 10-100 times below Its lifetime – will have to be discarded in the ocean after just one. While the performance-based decision to execute Falcon 9 appears to be much more of a security filing than a practical necessity, it still serves as a reminder that some exceptionally heavy payloads and / or high energy rates will inevitably rule out Falcon 9 or even Falcon Heavy from to try booster landings. On the way, major NASA or national security loads are likely to continue to require usable configurations, at least until BFR (Starship / Super Heavy) can take over Falcon 9 and Heavy.

Although SpaceX seems to be a serious Thursday launch attempt, weather conditions are far from desirable due to the forecast presence of “Electric Field, Cumulus / Thick Cloud, Disturbed Weather,” as well as the likelihood of strong winds in the upper level near the Florida coast. With only 20% chance of weather conditions enabling a launch and a short 26-minute opportunity, SpaceX has little or no space to wait for a figurative break in the clouds and another scrub seems extremely likely. 19659002] If the weather forces SpaceX to interrupt Thursday’s attempt, further opportunities appear to be Friday (60% favorable) and Saturday (80% favorable). At the moment, however, Falcon 9 B1054 seems to have bought a few extra days to continue to be an intact and (mostly) dry rocket. Catch the clock live on the link below.


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