CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an AMOS-17 Israeli communications satellite is scheduled to liftoff on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The launch window opens at 6:52 p.m. and closes at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Weather 40% “GO”
The latest forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron gives a 40% chance of overall acceptable launch weather conditions.
Lightning and thick clouds are the primary weather concerns on launch day.
No Attempted Landing
SpaceX will not attempt to land this Falcon 9 first stage on land or sea.
The satellite’s heavy payload and Geo Stationary Transfer Orbit requires the first stage rocket to reach a significantly higher altitude than other recovered missions with less fuel to slow its descent.
AMOS-17 is a replacement launch for the AMOS-6 satellite that was destroyed in a fiery explosion during a Space static test fire in September 2016.
AMOS-17 will provide Ka-band, Ku-band and High Throughput in C-Band (HTS) communications in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
The Boeing-built AMOS-17 satellite is owned by Spacecom.
The satellite weighs 6,500 kilograms and will be placed in Geo Stationary Orbit.
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—team is now working toward August 6 for launch of AMOS-17 from Pad 40 in Florida, pending Range availability
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 4, 2019