SpaceX Launch Information

  • Dear All,


    Just as a reminder:


    ** We will not publish or discuss any launch dates for P4-A / Es'hail-2 in this in this AMSAT forum, unless the information is provided by an official source (directly from SpaceX or Es'hailSat) including a link to the original information **


    We also expect that it might take minimum 1-2 month after the launch, before the amateur radio transponders will be activated and available. Certainly other payloads on the spacecraft have higher priorities. ;-)


    Thanks for your understanding.

  • Dear friends,


    without (!) having an official launch date one can certainly say: we are getting close now. On various places in the internet different launch dates are being listed and on this occasion I would like to communicate or clarify a few things on behalf of the Phase4-A team.


    - There is NO official launch date yet. As of today (October 29th) there are only NET data (not earlier than), which are derived from different indications, which can be found from more or less official places in the internet.

    - NET means: certainly not before. But also means: probably later, unless EVERYTHING goes smoothly.

    - For various reasons (last but not least respect towards our 'hosts') AMSAT-DL will not participate in such speculations (and nothing less are NET data for us).


    - SpaceX will (as usual) perform a static fire test about 5-7 days before the launch attempt without payload. The launcher is lifted on the pad and the engines are ignited for a few seconds. If this test does not reveal any problems, SpaceX will officially announce the date for the launch attempt shortly afterwards (a few hours).

    - The rocket is then taken off the pad, the payload is mounted and back it goes. Of course delays can pop up at any time...



    Personal note: I plan (with a few team members) to go to Florida to the launch. I haven't booked any flights or hotels yet, maybe this gives you a feeling how feel about the rumors right now.



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    Spoiler alert: for the next AMSAT-DL Journal I am writing an article about how SpaceX gets a satellite (NOT Es'hail-2) from the pad into the transfer orbit and how it continues from there. This is based on existing data of an already launched payload. Also here: no info about Es'hail-2... because there are none.


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    Let's all take a deep breath and enjoy the launch... SpaceX will offer as always a great webcast.


    73s Achim, DH2VA

  • The Falcon 9 rocket which will launch Es'hail-2 with the AMSAT P4-A payload on it was rolled out of SpaceX's hangar and up the ramp at pad 39A yesterday (Sunday).


    If the Static Test fire goes as planned today (Monday), the rocket will be rolled back to the hangar, with installation of the Es'hail-2 satellite, and returned to pad 39A in time for a launch window opening at 2046 UTC on Thursday.


    Live coverage is available from Spaceflight Now:

    https://spaceflightnow.com/201…-at-kennedy-space-center/