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SpaceX Rocket Launch Today Of SiriusXM Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying SiriusXM satellite is targeted to liftoff at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 13, 2020, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The launch window closes at 1:21 p.m. EST.

Launch Weather 80% ‘GO’

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for launch.

Attempted Landing On Drone Ship

Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 will attempt a landing on an autonomous drone ship Just Read The Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean.

SXM-7 Payload

SXM-7 will deliver the highest power density of any commercial satellite on-orbit, sending more than 8,000 watts of content to the continental U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, increasing the quality of signal for SiriusXM subscribers.

Once in orbit, SIRIUSXM will use the SXM-7 satellite to ensure continuous and reliable delivery of SiriusXM’s entertainment and data services to tens of millions of subscribers across North America.

SXM-7 weighs almost 7,000 kg and will be carried to geostationary orbit.

The satellite is built on Maxar’s 1300-CLASS PLATFORM and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

Once in orbit, the satellite will deploy a large unfurlable antenna reflector, which will enable broadcasts to mobile radios, such as those in moving vehicles.

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