The SpaceX SES-11/Echostar 105 Launch Delayed.

The SpaceX SES-11/Echostar 105 launch on October 7th has been delayed a few more days. According to sources, the reason for the delay is, SpaceX needs a few more days to make minor adjustments to the Falcon 9 rockets engines. It also does not hurt because the weather at the Cape has not been great for launching multi-million dollar satellites into orbit. Earlier this week, United Launch Alliance postponed its NROL-52 launch twice due to poor weather at the launch complex. 

The SES-11/Echostar launch is scheduled for no earlier than Wednesday October 11.

SpaceX warehouse at launch complex 39A
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits at launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the NROL-76 payload. Credit: Space News 360

SpaceX confirmed the delay in a tweet. “The shift gives us extra time to complete final launch preps with the bonus of bypassing some bad weather headed for the Cape this weekend,” a SpaceX spokesperson said.

SES-11/EchoStar 105 rendering by SES
SES-11 EchoStar 105 rendering. Credit: SES

About the SES-11/Echostar 105 Payload

SES-11/Echostar 105 was manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space and based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will support the continued development of the U.S. orbital arc media distribution neighborhood and provide coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. The spacecraft’s Ku-band capacity will replace AMC-15 at 105° W, an orbital position where EchoStar has been an anchor customer for SES since 2006. The spacecraft’s C-band capacity will provide replacement capacity for AMC-18 at the same position. The spacecraft will have an life expectancy of 15 years. The EchoStar 105 satellite weighs approximately 11,900 pounds (5,400 kilograms) at liftoff.


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