WATCH: SpaceX Rocket Launches Intelsat IS-40e Mission from Cape Canaveral Early Friday Morning
By Space Coast Daily // April 7, 2023
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ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX Rocket Launches Intelsat IS-40e Mission from Cape Canaveral Early Friday Morning.
ABOVE VIDEO: The 119-minute launch window opens at 12:30 a.m. ET.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX is targeting Friday, April 7 for launch of the Intelsat IS-40e mission to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The 119-minute launch window opens at 12:30 a.m. ET.
If needed, a backup opportunity is available on Saturday, April 8 with a 119-minute window opening at 12:29 a.m. ET
The latest weather report shows conditions are 90-percent favorable, according to the 45th Weather Squadron.
The rocket will launch the Intelsat 40e communications satellite for Intelsat.
Intelsat 40e will join Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet of high-throughput satellites, providing in-flight connectivity and other mobile communications services over North and Central America.
Intelsat 40e is a partial replacement for Intelsat 29e, which failed in 2019. Intelsat 40e hosts NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument to measure atmospheric chemistry and monitor air pollution over North America.
The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.