CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX will launch a broadband satellite for Sirius-XM in early Sunday (June 6th) and you can watch the action live online.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket flight is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Station here in Florida. Release is expected at 12:26 EDT (0426 GMT) during a one-hour 59-minute window.
Perched on top of the 70-meter-high Falcon 9 is the powerful Sirius XM-8 (SXM-8) satellite, built by Maxar Technologies for Sirius XM. This is the second of two radio satellites launched by SpaceX for the company as part of efforts to replace the obsolete ones currently in orbit.
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SpaceX announced the launch just minutes after another Falcon 9 rocket successfully took off on Thursday, June 3rd. This vehicle exploded from the Pad 39A, carrying the Dragon cargo ship, complete with NASA supplies and experimental equipment for the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
After taking off on Sunday, the first stage of the rocket is expected to land on the SpaceX drone “Just Read the Instructions”, which is waiting in the Atlantic Ocean. If successful, it will mark the 87th recovery of a first-stage booster for the California-based missile maker.
The rocket, unveiled in Sunday’s launch, will be one of SpaceX’s newer common flyers. Known as the B1061, this flight-proven booster will take its third flight.
To date, the B1061 has carried two different Crew Dragon capsules into space: Dragon Resilience in November 2020 and then Dragon Endeavor in April 2021. For its 3rd flight, it will carry £ 15,432. (7,000 kilograms) satellite in orbit for Sirius XM. The satellite will transmit more than 8,000 watts of content to Sirius subscribers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Currently, the weather is 60% for the possibility of starting on Sunday, and the only concerns about the weather are the clouds of debris left over from the predicted storms on Saturday night and cumulus clouds. On Monday, there is a spare start time, if necessary, and the weather forecast improves to 80% favorable.
If all goes according to plan, this will mark the second launch in three days on the nose. On Thursday (June 3rd), SpaceX launched a modernized cargo spacecraft Dragon for NASA, carrying 7,300 pounds. (3311 kg) research and supplies for the International Space Station.
This launch will also mark the 18th SpaceX rocket launched from Florida’s space coast this year.
Its payload, the SXM-8 satellite, is based on Maxar Technologies’ SSL-1300 satellite bus. It is decorated with two large solar grilles, as well as storage batteries in orbit. The SXM-8 will operate in the S-band spectrum between 2.32 GHz and 2.345 GHz and is part of a pair that SpaceX is releasing for Sirius XM. The other, SXM-7, launched in December, but suffered an anomaly after reaching orbit.
SpaceX conducted a static rocket fire test on Thursday morning, briefly passing the car through the steps as it was attached to the launch pad. These types of tests were common for SpaceX, but are now more of an on-site inspection that is performed only every few launches.
Shortly after the successful take-off of the CRS-22 cargo mission, the company wrote on Twitter that it was about to take the mission off the ground on Sunday morning.
“The next launch will be the SXM-8 mission on Sunday, June 6; the one-hour and 59-minute window opens at 12:26 EDT,” the company said on Twitter.
SpaceX is expected to continue its tradition of restoring the Falcon 9 payload fairing or nose cone in flight on Sunday. To this end, the company has deployed recovery vessels to remove shell-like hardware from the ocean.
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