SpaceX & Orbital ATK Launches Set for Next Week

SpaceX launched its 12th resupply mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Credit: NASA Television)

SpaceX and Orbital ATK are scheduled to conduct launches on opposite sides of the country on Monday and Tuesday.

SpaceX will start things off on Monday with the Falcon 9 launch of the Koreasat 5A communications satellite for KTsat. The flight will be conducted from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The launch window is 3:34–5:58 p.m. EDT (1934-2158 GMT). This will be SpaceX’s third launch in October and 16th launch in 2017.

An Orbital ATK Minotaur-C booster is set to launch six SkySat Earth observation satellites for Planet and several CubeSats on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5:37 p.m. EDT (2:37 p.m. PDT/2137 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Minotaur-C is an upgraded version of the Taurus satellite launcher.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    I wonder if Elon Musk will attend the launch? It would be a welcome distraction for him after being castigated by a ROBOT declared to be a citizen of Saudi Arabia.
    Crazy week! …. I am not a bot, BTW.
    25 + 17 = 42. Oh! Robots can now add.

  • Jeff2Space

    Last news report on Elon showed him camping on top of the Gigafactory because it was faster to do that than it would have been to drive to a hotel. Seriously.

  • duheagle

    Probably true. The place is so damned big it’s probably at least a 10 or 15 minute ride on some sort of electric conveyance just to get from most places inside to the nearest exit door. Probably even longer to get to the exit nearest where one’s car is parked in the lot. Throw in a few more minutes to get to said car, clear the property and get to a public road. Just staying put probably does save at least an hour a day if one was planning to come back anyway on the morrow.

    First World problems – industrial billionaire tycoon division.