Threats to his heels in his first dedicated mission through the Falcon 9 launch of the SSO-A mission last year, Spaceflight is preparing for its first rideshare mission to the Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The Falcon 9 launch of the primary payload Nusantara Satu (PSN VI) – now to be launched from SLC-40 No. Earlier than (NET) February 21 – includes two passengers using Spaceflight's rideshare option as the company's notes is part of its evolving offerings.
The upcoming launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket ceiling is the Indonesian communications satellite, called Nusantara Satu (PSN VI), heading for its operational destination of 146 degrees east longitude. There, it will provide service throughout Southeast Asia and includes a HTS cargo load for service in Indonesia.
Along the journey, there will be two secondary passengers, led by Spaceflight – rideshare and mission management.
It follows a dedicated launch on a Falcon 9 when SSO-A mission launched 64 unique small batches from 34 organizations from 17 countries in December 2018 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The two Spaceflight rideshare passengers on the upcoming mission are destined for two different tracks.
A payload has been known for some time, with SpaceIL's four-legged liner ships competing in Google Lunar XPrize, the smallest spacecraft to land on the moon.
Named Beresheet Hebrew for "at the beginning"), it will represent Israel's first spacecraft and the world's first privately funded spacecraft to reach the Moon.
It will take a while to get to its moon destination, first encircling the ground before it gradually increases its apogee until it can maneuver to be trapped by the Moon's gravity. It will travel to the Moon's surface under its own power, a journey of nearly two months.
Its mission is to transfer photos and video of its new home and perform scientific measurements. In carrying out the mission, it remains as a moon capsule reminiscent of this historic achievement.
Information for the second spacecraft was released Monday, with Spaceflight noticing it will also start U.S. Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) experimental small satellite, S5.
The AFRL spacecraft, built by Blue Canyon Technologies, remains attached to the Nusantara Satu satellite as they continue their journey to the Geostationary Orbit (GEO). Before the telecommunications satellite reaches its final GEO position, it will separate the S5 spacecraft, which then turns on and starts its mission.
"This is an important mission for Spaceflight as we expand and develop our customer tasks," says Curt Blake, CEO of Spaceflight. "The launches we are pursuing continue to become more sophisticated and demonstrate that our expertise goes beyond identifying and planning launches.
"We also offer valuable integration and deployment services that allow our customers to reach space efficiently and reach their desired circuits. With this mission, Spaceflight demonstrates that the Moon is in reach."
The launch date has moved slightly from its original target to 21st February (20:45 Eastern) – per. The latest update on Eastern Range.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of Nusantara Satu (PSN VI) / GTO-1 / SpaceIL from SLC-40 is expected to move to a NET on February 21 at. 20:45 Eastern. pic.twitter.com/hVj9ZUcvCG
– Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) February 8, 2019
But Spaceflight only classifies the launch date as No. Earlier than mid-February at this time, per. Latest release on Monday.
This mission marks Spaceflight's initial launch of 2019 – and to date, the company has negotiated the launch of more than 200 satellites and has plans for approx. 10 missions in 2019, launching nearly 100 payloads.