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AMOS 17 flight on SpaceX Falcon 9 postponed indefinitely



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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacecom's AMOS-17 telecommunications satellite flight has been postponed indefinitely following a tweet from the Air Force Space Command on 3 August. This delay is imminent after SpaceX, the launch service, had announced a missile problem and the need for additional testing.

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  This photograph of a first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 features nine Merlin 1D engines (safely covered). Photo credits: Carleton Bailie / SpaceFlight Insider

This first-stage photo of the SpaceX Falcon 9 features nine Merlin 1D engines (safely covered). Photo Credit: Carleton Bailie / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The flight of Spacecom's AMOS-17 telecommunications satellite has been postponed indefinitely, according to a tweet released by Air Force Space Command on 3 August. This delay is imminent after SpaceX, the launch service, had announced a missile problem and the need for additional testing.

Florida's famous bad weather caused SpaceX to withhold an earlier launch for the mission, which was due to take place in July 24. The next attempt was scheduled for the following day, and this one was also dismissed.

On Wednesday, July 31, the company conducted a static test fire of the nine Merlin 1D engines in the first stage of the rocket. The test fire was conducted in the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Normally, the static test fire is one of the last hurdles faced by the Falcon 9 before the flight.

On Saturday, August 3, Space Coast Daily released an update stating that the launch would wait at least until Monday, August 5, 2019 to replace a "suspicious valve" and a second static one Test to perform the first stage of the rocket and its nine Merlin 1D engines.

After a second static test fire of the Falcon 9 rocket on the evening of Saturday, August 3 the AF Space Command posted the following on Twitter: Update: The AMOS 17 satellite launch has up to one urged not yet announced time. The satellite will provide telecommunications access in the Middle East, Africa and Europe and eventually end in a geostationary orbit around the Earth. The next launch attempt could be made on 6th August.

When the rocket flies, the first stage does not attempt to land on the autonomous spacecraft drone ship "Of course, I still love you" (which is used) by the company when the Falcon 9 sends rockets to geostationary transfer orbits). This is due to the requirements to bring the AMOS-17 satellite into the correct orbit.

Tagged: 45. Space Wing AFSPC Air Force Space Command AMOS-17 Space Station Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 Falcon 9 SpaceX The Range

Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content to outlets such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.


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