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November 19-25, 2018 / Vol 37, No 47 / Hawai`i Island, USA

16 Nov 2018, 19:59 UTC
November 19-25, 2018 / Vol 37, No 47 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Spaceflight SSO-A Launching 71 Satellites via Falcon 9 Booster on its 3rd Reuse

Multinational launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express mission on SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg AFB CA is scheduled at 10:32 PST on November 19. This will be the 19th launch this year for SpaceX, and the largest single rideshare mission from a USA-based launch vehicle to date deploying 71 payloads. India holds the world record for 104 payloads launched. SSO-A is intended to reach Sun-Synchronous circular orbit with an altitude of 575 km. The Integrated Payload Stack consists of two major elements – the Upper Free Flyer and Lower Free Flyer – which will autonomously deploy a satellite at an interval of ~5 minutes, with some separations set as short as 15 seconds. The mission payloads are 75% commercial / 25% government from customers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. The primary payloads on the craft are two 100-kg SkySats owned by Planet. With this launch, SpaceX is aiming for another first by successfully reusing Falcon 9 core B1046 for a third time. It completed a launch in May, ...

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