SpaceX’s launch manifest for the remainder of 2018 is beginning to take shape. The company has five launches remaining on its schedule for the year. Executing all of them would take SpaceX’s 2018 launch total to 22 – surpassing the launch provider’s previous record of 18 launches in a single year.
The next mission on SpaceX’s manifest is Es’hail 2. Scheduled for no earlier than November 14th, a Falcon 9 will launch the communications spacecraft from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center for the Qatar Satellite Company.
The Mitsubishi built satellite has already arrived in Florida after shipment from Japan.
Es’hail 2 will be placed into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) – before utilizing its onboard thrusters to reach its final destination.
The launch will be the first from Pad 39A since Bangabandhu-1 on May 11th of this year. Since then, the launch complex has been undergoing renovations to support NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The Fixed Service Structure (FSS) on Pad 39A with the crew access arm and raised Emergency Egress System (ESS). Credit: Nate Barker for NSF/L2
Notable changes include the addition of a crew access arm and raising of the Emergency Egress System (EES).
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