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SES-8 Falcon 9 First GEO Transfer Mission
SpaceX successfuly completes first mission to geostationary transfer orbit! Read the full press release here:http://www.spacex.com/press/2013/12/03/spacex-successfully-completes-first-mission-geostationary-transfer-orbit
Falcon 9 is GO for launch today, Tuesday December 3. Launch window opens at 5:41pm EST. Watch the launch live at www.spacex.com/webcast.
LAUNCH UPDATE: All known rocket anomalies have been resolved. The team will spend another day rechecking to be sure. Currently targeting launch on Tuesday with Wednesday as a back-up day. The window for Tuesday is 22:41 UT to 23:47 UT (5:41 pm EST to 6:47 pm EST).
LAUNCH UPDATE: Thursday's abort was caused by oxygen in the ground side igniter fluid (TEA-TEB). Rocket engines are healthy, but cleaning turbopump gas generators will take another day. Earliest possible launch attempt is Monday evening.
LAUNCH UPDATE: We observed unexpected readings with the first stage liquid oxygen system so we decided to investigate. The launch vehicle and satellite are in great shape and we are looking forward to the next launch opportunity on Thursday at 5:38 pm EST.
SpaceX is targeted to launch the SES-8 telecommunications satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket this Monday November 25, from Cape Canaveral. SES-8 will be SpaceX’s first launch to a geostationary transfer orbit – 80,000 km from Earth – and most challenging mission to date.
Launch window opens at 5:37pm EST on Monday. Watch the launch live at www.spacex.com/webcast.