Falcon 9 to Launch SES 16 / GovSat-1
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is targeting liftoff from Florida on January 31 with SES 16 / GovSat-1 communications satellite for operator LuxGovSat. Embarking on its second mission of the year, Falcon 9 will be flying with the first stage of last year's NROL-76 mission, this time in an expendable configuration for disposal in the Atlantic Ocean (despite the presence of legs & fins). Falcon 9 will be tasked with injecting its four-metric-ton payload into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit.
SES 16 has been commissioned by a joint venture between satellite operator SES and the Government of Luxembourg to provide capacity in the military Ka- and X-Band frequencies for government and institutional use by European states.
|Launch Date: January 31, 2018||Launch Updates|
|Window: 21:25-23:46 UTC||SES 16 / GovSat-1 Overview|
|Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral||Falcon 9 FT|
|Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT||Countdown Timeline|
|Payload: SES 16 / GovSat-1||Launch Profile|
|Target Orbit: Geostationary Transfer Orbit||SpaceX Archive|
|Ascent Duration: 32 Min & 19 Sec|