SpaceX Aims for Thursday Night Launch from Florida with Israeli Moonlander and Payloads for USAF, Indonesia

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch off SLC-40. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their first Florida mission of 2019 on Thursday evening, targeting liftoff from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with their second three-times-used Falcon 9 booster (designated B1047) at 8:45 p.m. EST, at the opening of a 32-minute window.

Laden with a powerful Indonesian communications satellite and multitude of rideshare customers – including an Israeli lunar lander and an experimental U.S. Air Force payload – the launch will mark SpaceX’s second flight of 2019, following the completion of the Iridium NEXT constellation back in January, and mark the first ‘Block 5’ Falcon to fly three missions to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) – some 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above Earth.


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