april, 2018

18apr22:51Falcon 9 • TESS

Event Details

Launch Date: April 18, 2018
Launch Window: 22:51 UTC (30sec Window)
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT Block 4
1st Stage Recovery: Drone Ship Landing
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: SLC-40 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Payload: TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)
Payload Type: Exoplanet Science
Payload Operator: NASA


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) – the next-generation exoplanet hunter designed to detect planets from Earth’s size to the largest gas giants orbiting stars outside our Solar System. Built by Orbital ATK, the 350-Kilogram TESS hosts an array of telescopes designed for an all-sky survey focused the nearest 200 Light Years from Earth to identify exoplanet candidates via transit photometry for future observation by other telescopic assets like JWST. The relatively compact spacecraft will operate from a lunar resonance orbit of 17 by 59 Earth Radii.


Mission Resources:

Mission Updates

? Live Launch Coverage

? TESS Mission: IntroductionSpacecraft Platform Instrument Orbit Design

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

Countdown Timeline

Flight Profile

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


(Wednesday) 22:51 UTC


Space Launch Complex 40

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA