Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sirius SXM-8

Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sirius SXM-8

Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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SXM-8

SXM-8 is a large high power broadcasting satellite for SiriusXM's digital audio radio service (DARS). Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) got in July 2016 the contract to build the two satellites based on their SSL-1300 bus - SXM-7 and SXM-8. Satellite design operates in the S-band spectrum. Each satellite will generate more than 20-kW of power and will have a large unfurlable antenna reflector, which enables broadcast to radios without the need for large dish-type antennas on the ground. SXM-8 is meant to replace the XM-4 satellite. SXM-7 was meant to replace the XM-3, but suffered a failure in orbit 6 weeks after its launch.

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Falcon 9 Block 5


Height 70.00 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 8300 kg

Liftoff Thrust 7607 kN

Diameter 3.65 Meters

Mass To LEO 22800 kg

Liftoff Mass 549 Tonnes


Launch Success 74

Consecutive Success 74

Maiden Flight 2018-05-11

Launch Failures 0


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Serial B1061

Status Active

Flight Proven Yes

Flights 4


Landing Attempt Yes

Landing Success Yes

Type ASDS

Location JRTI


Updates

scottm3

2021-06-06T12:38:13+0000

Launch successful via @Maxar twitter.

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Nosu

2021-06-05T15:01:47+0000

Weather 70%

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Nosu

2021-06-03T18:31:52+0000

Setting GO

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Nosu

2021-06-03T14:21:08+0000

Weather 60%

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Cosmic_Penguin

2021-05-29T00:45:06+0000

New launch date.

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Cosmic_Penguin

2021-05-26T00:52:44+0000

Launch apparently slipped to early June TBD.

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Cosmic_Penguin

2021-05-06T14:59:54+0000

Added launch time.

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