SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Monday, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the Koreasat 5A communications satellite into orbit around 36 minutes later.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket is poised for launch from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:34 p.m. EDT (1934 GMT) Monday at the opening of a 144-minute launch window.
Perched atop the rocket is the Koreasat 5A communications satellite, a spacecraft made by Thales Alenia Space for KTsat, a South Korean company which will use the new telecom relay station to broadcast television, provide Internet connectivity and support maritime services over the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and broad swaths of Asia, including Korea and Japan.
The timeline below outlines the launch sequence for the Falcon 9 flight with Koreasat 5A.
When SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket takes off with 64 small satellites — a payload cache representing 34 customers in 17 nations — it will be just the first act in a nearly five-hour sequence to deftly deploy each of the spacecraft, which range in size from a Rubik’s cube to a refrigerator.
A second satellite duo for Beijing Space View Technology successfully launched Tuesday atop a Long March 2D rocket, doubling the commercial company’s high-resolution imaging capacity for sale on the global market.
Crowned with a European-built communications satellite designed to broadcast television over the Americas, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a previously-flown first stage booster lifted off Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A Wednesday at 6:53 p.m. EDT (2253 GMT).