VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Set For April 27
By Space Coast Daily // April 22, 2015
launching satellite for Thales Alenia Space
ABOVE VIDEO: This week’s episode of Inside KSC recaps the launch Tuesday of CRS-6 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Kennedy and highlights the arrival of the first VAB platform segment that will be used for SLS processing.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FLORIDA — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station April 27 carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat satellite.
The time of the launch is is set for 6:14 p.m.
SpaceX is launching this satellite for Thales Alenia Space.
The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat will provide the first national satellite telecommunications systems in Turkmenistan and includes coverage zones across Europe, Central Asia and Africa.
Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit.
Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing.
Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 Rocket.
With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate.