SpaceX affirms it has effectively started up a Falcon 9 rocket in the wake of swapping two of its first stage (booster) motors, putting the company’s third US military GPS satellite dispatch in the groove again after about a month of delays.
Known as GPS III Space Vehicle 04 (SV04), SpaceX was at first booked to dispatch the upgraded civil and military navigation satellite as ahead of schedule as September 30th yet had to remain down as contender United Launch Alliance (ULA) worked through its own issues with a different US military mission.
SpaceX was at last ready to move only two seconds from takeoff on October second before Falcon 9 naturally prematurely ended the endeavor, closing down every one of the nine Merlin 1D promoter motors subsequent to distinguishing odd startup behavior.
In the a month since that prematurely end, SpaceX has figured out how to establish a broad investigation, eliminating and testing influenced motors in Texas to reproduce the gas generator issue saw on the platform, narrowing down potential causes, fixing what was eventually a quality confirmation disappointment, and retesting similar fixed motors without issue.
Hawk 9 B1062’s effective October 31st static fire (the supporter’s second) further affirms that the fix was a triumph and gratitude to that broad exertion, SpaceX says it’s presently prepared for its second GPS III SV04 dispatch endeavor no sooner than (NET) 6:24 pm EST (23:24 UTC), Thursday, November fifth.
Fully expecting the next attempt, drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) withdrew Port Canaveral under tow on October 31st to guarantee an on-time landing in Falcon 9 B1062’s arrival zone around 635 km (~395 mi) downrange.
Backing transport GO Quest followed not long after, while it is not yet clear if fairing catchers Ms. Tree and Ms. Boss will be prepared to help GPS III SV04 fairing recuperation in the wake of enduring minor harm during their generally effective Starlink-13 gets.
Simultaneously, subsequent to being compelled to restore the GPS III satellite – typified inside a Falcon 9 fairing – to a payload handling office (PPF) for an imaginable battery energize, the satellite and fairing indeed made the outing from the PPF to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Launch Complex 40 (LC-40).
Following Falcon 9’s fruitful static fire, the rocket will be brought flat and moved down to LC-40’s fundamental shed, where the typified satellite will be introduced on its upper stage.
Obviously, SpaceX will have an official dispatch webcast that will start approximately 15 minutes before liftoff. Stay tuned for more dispatch updates as we close to T-0.
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