SpaceX tested a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday night at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, paving the way for a launch on Thursday with the Qatar's Q & A communications satellite, the first daily Florida Florida Coast takeoff in more than six months
The nine engines Merlin 1D of the first rocket lit at 8:30 p.m. These Mondays (0130 GMT Tuesday) and fired for several seconds while maintenance restrictions kept Falcon 9 based on Pad 39A, the old historical starting point for numerous launches of space shuttles and Moon Saturn 5.
SpaceX recovered from an apparent open hotfire attempt on Monday morning, re-loaded kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the launcher and carried out static fires after Monday night.
The two-stage rocket extended with a first-stage explosion that was recovered in the SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after the launch of the Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite on July 22.
The rocket will be returned to the hangar, connected to its commercial satellite cargo and returned to pad 39A in time to open a launch window at 3:46 p.m. EST (2046 GMT) Thursday.
SpaceX is expected to try another rocket landing after leaving Thursday afternoon, aboard the "Of Course I Still Love You" ship several hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral.
The payload for Thursday's launch is Es & # 39; hail 2, built in Japan by Mitsubishi Electric Corp and owned by Qatar's national satellite communications company, Es & # 39; hailSat. Equipped with Ku band and Ka band transponders, Eshail 2 will provide television broadcasts, broadband connectivity and government services to Qatar and neighboring parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
The spacecraft also has the first two amateur radio antennas to fly in geostationary orbit, linking fans to a third of the Earth's surface in a single jump from the west to Brazil and to the east as well as India.
In a statement earlier this year, HailSat said the new satellite has "sophisticated anti-interference capabilities" to stop interference and significantly expand the offers of the company currently offered by Es & # 1; hail 1, which it launched in 2013 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
The Thursday launch will mark the 63rd flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and the 18th SpaceX of the year.
He will also finish a night races race in Cape Canaveral that goes back to May 11, when a Falcon 9 rocket passed from Pad 39A. A series of Cape Canaveral launches by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance during the summer and autumn occurred throughout the night.
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