@EmreKellyLaunch hazard area issued for this weekend's #SpaceX Telstar 18V launch from CCAFS. Teams targeting early Sunday (9/9) for liftoff, followed by OCISLY drone ship landing. LHA in effect from 2115 ET on 9/8 to 0400 ET on 9/9 (0015 to 0800 UTC).https://twitter.com/EmreKelly/status/1037014420717744128
Update to this: 45th's use of 9/9 is based on UTC times, so if you're local, the launch window will actually open on Saturday, 9/8 at 2328 ET (0328 UTC).
Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud RuleDelay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule
#SpaceX 🚀 19V Static Fire 🔥 🚀
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting September 8 launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE from Pad 40 in Florida.
Side note for Saturday's #SpaceX launch: It's not the heaviest #Falcon9 payload to date, which was secured by TELSTAR 19V in July at 7,075 kg, but it's close – TELSTAR 18V's launch mass clocks in at 7,060 kg. Destination is GTO and will serve Asia + Pacific.
F9/Telstar18V: SpaceX confirms a good hot fire test today of a Falcon 9 rocket at CCAFS pad 40; launch of Telstar 18V targeted for 11:28pm EDT Saturday; here's an iPhone view of hotfire test from 10 miles away
Telesat official says the Falcon 9 launch with the Telstar 18 VANTAGE telecom satellite is slipping — was to be Saturday night. No new target launch date has been confirmed.