Falcon 9 Block 5 | Nusantara Satu & GTO-1 (Beresheet, S5)

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

Watch Launch Video

SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the GTO-1 (Beresheet, S5) mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission was on Thu, Feb 21st, 2019, 8:45 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 80% 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 booster will attempt to make a landing on OSCILY performing the third landing for this booster.

Mission

GTO-1 (Beresheet, S5)

Spaceflight’s first mission beyond Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) and its first combined launch with SSL. Consists out lunar lander called Beresheet (Hebrew for in the beginning) and AFRL’s S5 satellite.

Nusantara Satu (PSN VI)

Nusantara Satu is an Indonesian geostationary communications satellite built by SSL. Space Systems/Loral (SSL) signed in October 2014 a contract with Indonesian satellite operator, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to build the commercial communications satellite, named PSN VI, which will provide service throughout South East Asia and includes a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload for service in Indonesia. With both C-band and Ku-band transponders, PSN VI will be used for voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. PSN is the first private satellite telecommunications company in Indonesia and a leading Asian provider of a full range of satellite-based telecommunication services.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

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 booster will attempt to make a landing on OSCILY performing the third landing for this booster.

Falcon 9 booster B1048 is a reusable orbital-class Block 5 Falcon 9 first-stage booster manufactured by SpaceX. B1048 was the third Falcon 9 block 5 to fly and the second block 5 booster to re-fly. It became the second orbital-class booster to fly a third time.

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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