january, 2018

31jan21:25Falcon 9 • SES 16 / GovSat 1

Event Details

Launch Date: January 31, 2018
Launch Window: 21:25-23:46 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Block 3)
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: SLC-40 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Payload: SES 16 / GovSat 1
Payload Type: Communications
Payload Operator: LuxGovSat


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 16 / GovSat 1 satellite for commercial telecommunications provider SES and the government of Luxembourg under a joint venture. The four-metric-ton satellite hosts a X- and Ka-Band payload operating in the military frequency bands and employing encryption to provide secure communications via fully steerable, high-power spot beams. Much of the satellite’s capacity will be used for NATO traffic while the remaining capacity will be made available for governmental and institutional customers. A unique aspect of SES 16 is the presence of a port to host a an add-on payload that will launch on a future SES satellite, then detach and maneuver itself for docking with SES 16. The purpose of the 200kg add-on payload has not been disclosed.


Mission Resources:

Mission Updates

📺 Live Launch Coverage

🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

🛰 Payload Overview: SES 16 / GovSat-1

Countdown Timeline

Flight Profile

Launch Weather

📍 Launch Site Schedule


(Wednesday) 21:25 UTC


Space Launch Complex 40

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA