Falcon 9 Block 5
Es'hail 2

Falcon 9 Block 5 | Es'hail 2

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the Es'hail 2 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Nov 15th, 2018, 3:46 PM EST from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 60% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 5 and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage of the Falcon 9 has successfully landed on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed off the east coast.

Mission

Es'hail 2

Es'hail 2 is a communications satellite operated by a Quatar based company. The satellite will operate at 26 degrees East longitude along a geostationary orbit to provide direct-to-home television services in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 has successfully landed on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed off the east coast.

Falcon 9 booster B1047 is a reusable orbital-class Falcon 9 first-stage booster manufactured by SpaceX. B1047 was the second Falcon 9 block 5 to fly and the third block 5 booster to re-fly.

Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY)

The second ASDS barge, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) services launches in the Atlantic Ocean and was the site of the first landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage during CRS-8, the launch of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS)

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

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