SpaceX targeted Thursday, February 21 for launch of
the Nusantara Satu satellite from Space Launch Complex
40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The 32-minute launch window opens at 8:45 p.m. EST, or
1:45 UTC on February 22. Falcon 9 will also deliver the
Beresheet lunar spacecraft and Air Force Research
Laboratory (AFRL) S5 spacecraft to orbit. Deployments
will occur at approximately 33 and 44 minutes after liftoff.
A 32-minute backup launch window opens on Friday,
February 22 at 8:41 p.m. EST, or 1:41 UTC on February
Falcon 9’s first stage for the Nusantara Satu mission
previously supported the Iridium-7 mission in July 2018
and the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018. Following
stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s
first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship,
which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
SSL built the Nusantara Satu satellite for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), a leading Asian provider of
satellite-based telecommunication services. Nusantara Satu is Indonesia’s first high-throughput satellite
that will serve to improve internet connectivity in the region. Additionally, the satellite’s C-band and Kuband transponders will be used for voice and data communications and video distribution throughout the
Indonesian archipelago. In order to bring a secondary payload to orbit, SSL designed Nusantara Satu
using its next-generation electric propulsion system. The launch demonstrates SSL’s ability to take small
rideshare satellites to geostationary orbit efficiently and economically.
SpaceIL’s lunar spacecraft Beresheet (Hebrew for “in the beginning”), which competed in the Google
Lunar XPrize, will be the smallest spacecraft to ever land on the Moon, at only 1,322 lbs, or 600 kgs.
Upon deployment, it will travel to the Moon using its own power, a voyage that will take nearly two
months. Once it arrives, Beresheet will be Israel’s first spacecraft and the world’s first privately-funded
spacecraft to reach the Moon. Its mission is to transmit photos and video of its new home and conduct
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 experimental small spacecraft, developed and integrated
by Blue Canyon Technologies, will carry out a one-year mission. The S5 mission leverages commercial
advances and services in a rapid demonstration of small satellite capabilities.
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