SpaceX Update - Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express

Status Report From: SpaceX
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018

SpaceX is now targeting launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low Earth orbit on Monday, December 3 from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Carrying 64 payloads, this mission represents the largest single rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle to date. The mission will also be the first time SpaceX has launched the same booster a third time. Falcon 9’s first stage for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission previously supported the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission in May 2018 and the Merah Putih mission in August 2018.

The launch window remains the same, opening at 10:32 a.m. PST, or 18:32 UTC, and closing at 11:00 a.m. PST, or 19:00 UTC.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

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