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Successful launch September 10, 2018 at 00:45 EDT (04:45 UTC) on Falcon 9 (new booster 1049) from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral.  Payload mass 7060kg.  ASDS landing was successful.

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Telesat Press Release
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Telesat: Telstar 18 Vantage page

[SpaceNews Dec. 25, 2015] Telesat, APT Partner on Replacement of Joint Satellite
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Satellite fleet operators Telesat of Canada and APT Satellite Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong have agreed to divide the cost of a new satellite to replace their jointly owned Telstar 18/Apstar-5 at 138 degrees east, with the successor, called Telstar 18 Vantage/Apstar-5C, to be built by Space Systems Loral and launched in early 2018.

The satellite will carry 63 C- and Ku-band transponders, including both regional Ku- and C-band beams and a high-throughput (HTS) Ku-band payload. It will be Ottawa-based Telesat’s third Ku-band HTS-equipped satellite...

In a Dec. 24 statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, APT said it would be paying a London-based subsidiary of Telesat a total of $118.83 million for a 57.47 percent share of the satellite’s resources, which the company said is equivalent to 36.2 transponders. The satellite will be capable of generating 14 kilowatts of power to its payload at the end of its service life of more than 15 years.

Telstar 18 Vantage/Apstar-5C on Gunter's Space Page
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APSTAR-5C satellite entered into AIT phase
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18/08/2017

As of Aug 2017, the construction of the APSTAR-5C satellite has made significant progress. System CDR was conducted successfully in September 2016, the result showed the performance of the satellite is in line with specifications. Currently the satellite has entered into the AIT (assembly, integration and test) phase, mating process of SM (service module) and CM (communication module) has been conducted successfully. Installation and testing for each subsystem is under way.

Current schedule shows that APSTAR-5C will be ready for shipment in the first half of 2018, then be launched by SpaceX’s Falcon-9, and replace the in-orbit APSTAR-5 satellite in the second half of 2018. Through APSTAR-5C, we will be able to maintain highly reliable services for our existing customers on APSTAR-5 satellite, assuring their businesses not be interrupted by the replacement. Meanwhile, APSTAR-5C satellite will carry more transponders, and expand to broader service areas, especially its high-throughput (HTS) capacities will satisfy growing market demand in Southeast Asia.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (From SSL)

June 21, 2018

Maxar’s SSL ships first of three advanced communications satellites scheduled to launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 this summer

Commercially driven advances help SSL customers to connect people and transform lives around the world

Palo Alto, Calif. – SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR, TSX: MAXR), today announced it shipped the first of three satellites that SSL will deliver to the SpaceX launch base at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida over the next month. Driven by commercial advances, the three satellites will bring communications capability to connect people and transform lives around the globe.

Telstar 19 VANTAGE, an advanced high throughput satellite (HTS) built for Telesat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, marks the 50th SSL-built communications satellite to launch this decade. It arrived safely at the launch base this week for a launch scheduled next month.

Two more SSL communications satellites are scheduled to ship to SpaceX launch base over the next month including a second HTS for Telesat, Telstar 18 VANTAGE, and the Merah Putih satellite (previously known as Telkom-4), for Indonesia’s largest telecommunication and network provider, PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

“SSL has a long legacy of leveraging its commercial mindset to provide satellite operators with spacecraft systems that address their requirements and enable global transformation,” said Dario Zamarian, group president, SSL. “The cadence this month of shipping out three satellites for launch demonstrates our ongoing market leadership and commitment to quality, reliability, and performance.”

Telstar 19 VANTAGE

Telstar 19 VANTAGE is one of a new generation of Telesat spacecraft designed to serve today’s bandwidth intensive applications. It will support a range of services, including advanced broadband connectivity for consumer, enterprise and mobility users across the Americas and Atlantic from its prime orbital location of 63 degrees West, the same location used today by Telesat’s Telstar 14R.

Like all Telesat VANTAGE satellites, Telstar 19 VANTAGE combines broad regional beams and powerful HTS spot beams enabling customers to maximize throughput and spectral efficiency while optimizing network performance. Its Ka-band HTS capacity will serve Telesat customers operating in Northern Canada, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic Ocean, and South America. Additional Ku-band HTS spot beams will serve growing South American markets in Brazil and the Andean region. Telstar 19 VANTAGE will also bring new Ku-band broadbeam capacity over the North Atlantic Ocean enhancing Telesat’s coverage of this important mobility market.

Telstar 18 VANTAGE

Telstar 18 VANTAGE, the third HTS in Telesat’s global fleet, will be located at 138 degrees East, an ideal position for connecting Asia to the Americas. It will replace and expand on the capabilities of Telesat’s Telstar 18 satellite through its extensive C-band coverage of Asia, its Ku-band HTS spot beams over Indonesia and Malaysia, and its six additional Ku-band regional beams. These high performance beams will enable Telstar 18 VANTAGE to meet growing demand for mobility, enterprise networks and telecom services across the Asia region. As previously announced, Telesat has partnered with APT Satellite of Hong Kong in the design and procurement of this spacecraft, which APT calls Apstar-5C. 

“Telesat has worked closely with SSL and the Maxar family of companies for many years and we are pleased to have collaborated with them on our newest Telstar VANTAGE high throughput satellites,” said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. “These state-of-the-art spacecraft are going to provide important competitive advantages for our customers across the Americas and Asia. It’s great news that Telstar 19 VANTAGE is now at the launch base and that Telstar 18 VANTAGE is nearly finished and in the queue to ship.”

Merah Putih

Merah Putih, a name which represents the red and white of the Indonesian flag, will be integrated into Telkom’s greater telecommunications network to provide service throughout the 17 thousand islands of the Indonesian archipelago, as well as India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia. Satellite forms the telecommunications backbone that connects Indonesia, along with other technologies, such as submarine cable.

Merah Putih, which was completed ahead of schedule, will replace Telkom-1, at 108 degrees East, where it will expand on Telkom’s coverage to serve new markets. Its all C-band payload will enhance both internet and telephone service for populations in remote regions and offload backhaul for cellular service.

“Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure,” said Mr. Mr. Zulhelfi Abidin, Chief Technology Officer of Telkom. “SSL has been an excellent spacecraft supplier and has completed the satellite construction ahead of schedule. We look forward to traveling to Florida to see the satellite launch later this summer.”

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. – July 14, 2018. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is targeted for no earlier than August.
 
A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver Telstar 18 VANTAGE to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. – July 14, 2018. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is targeted for no earlier than August.
 
A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver Telstar 18 VANTAGE to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Accreditation is due by August 13th, so second half of August is a good bare-minimum NET.

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. – July 14, 2018. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is targeted for no earlier than August.
 
A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver Telstar 18 VANTAGE to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Accreditation is due by August 13th, so second half of August is a good bare-minimum NET.

To give a little more clarity, earliest would be NET 19 August based on passed accred deadlines for US citizens (6 days before launch) -- which also fits with 17 July as the deadline for Foreign Nationals (as those requests have to be in no later than 30 days before launch).
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Launch is on the Range for NET 17 August per L2 info and what is now live on site in the Parker Solar Probe update article.
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Any word on whether SSL has actually shipped the satellite to the Cape yet?

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Do we know which booster yet?

B1047.2 ? same as Telstar 19V? 22 July 18 to 17/18 August, less than a month? Possible with block 5?

B1046.2 ? Flew May 11 but was going for months of tests.

B1048.2 ? flying from Vandenberg so more likely reuse also from Vandenberg with SAOCOM July 25th to Sept 5th

B1050 ? B1049 flying 2 Aug, so doesn't seem like B1050 would be ready?


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Do we know which booster yet?

B1047.2 ? same as Telstar 19V? 22 July 18 to 17/18 August, less than a month? Possible with block 5?

B1046.2 ? Flew May 11 but was going for months of tests.

B1048.2 ? flying from Vandenberg so more likely reuse also from Vandenberg with SAOCOM July 25th to Sept 5th

B1050 ? B1049 flying 2 Aug, so doesn't seem like B1050 would be ready?

No, not known yet.
My money would be on 1050, with 1046-2 resurfacing at West coast for SOACOM-1A.
But this is a wild guess, based on currently available info and trends.

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B1049 arrives at SLC-40

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It looks so clean!  It feels strange that the sight of a new booster arriving will pretty shortly be a rarity.

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That's strange. It's out at the pad next to the TEL. Maybe they're taking it in through the door on the pad side for some reason?
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That's strange. It's out at the pad next to the TEL. Maybe they're taking it in through the door on the pad side for some reason?

Isn't that normal at SLC-40?  It's set up different from LC-39A, there is a (seldom-used) payload processing space on the back of the hangar.

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Yes, I knew that processing space was at the back of the hangar but I thought it was isolated from the entrance on that side. Anyway, thanks for that.
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B1049 arrives at SLC-40
Visual confirmation it actually is 1049?
And where did it come from? LC39A-HIF?
Same as one seen heading into Florida last week? Or certain it was here earlier?

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One of the engineers of this satellite told on reddit that this satellite's mass is about 3000lbs less than Telstar 19V, so that's a mass of ~5.7 metric tons, similar to Telkom 4.

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About 3000 lbs less than T19V.

I could have had exact but really my only concern is temps and pressure, I trust the propulsion team to know their target weights.

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B1049 arrives at SLC-40
Visual confirmation it actually is 1049?
And where did it come from? LC39A-HIF?
Same as one seen heading into Florida last week? Or certain it was here earlier?

Wasting no time in reloading the hangar.  Seems they could launch quicker than the payloads are ready.

Curious, the landing legs are not attached.  It's a new core and they don't ship across the country with the legs on, but I thought we might start seeing them on the boosters.
Needing a copy of 'Tales of Suspense #39'

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B1049 arrives at SLC-40
Visual confirmation it actually is 1049?
And where did it come from? LC39A-HIF?
Same as one seen heading into Florida last week? Or certain it was here earlier?

Yes, it's B1049.  It was clearly marked.  The camera I had with me (how knew this was gonna happen) wasn't strong enough to capture the small serial number where the grid fins will be, but other cameras were.  It's B1049.

And it was coming from the LC-39A HIF.
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Prelaunch campaign @SpaceX #Telstar18v staticfiretest for launch NET Aug23 has begun!Evidenced by TE up at #pad40 noon today-minus booster. By 1245PM lowered,planes flew overhead/landed.I saw 1st stage arrive last week during #merahputih . @ken_kremer spaceupclose.com

https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/1030149501263245312

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