16 July 2018
Florida Today reported that according to the newest US Air Force launch schedules, SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. EDT on Sunday, July 22. The rocket will carry the “Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite for Canada-based Telesat from Launch Complex 40, though a precise liftoff time has not yet been released by SpaceX.” The Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron is expected to issue a weather forecast Tuesday. The Telstar 19V mission will be the second launch of a Block 5 Falcon 9, and SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket’s booster on its Of Course I Still Love You unmanned ship offshore “kicking off the first of at least 10 re-flights with minimal refurbishment, according to CEO Elon Musk.” If the boosters are successfully refurbished, Block 5 Falcon 9s “could fly up to 100 times, meaning SpaceX will only need 30 to 50 total boosters in rotation until its next-generation vehicle, known as Big Falcon Rocket, enters into service in the early 2020s.” (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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