A SpaceX Falcon 9 will give SiriusXM a boost as soon as Sunday

A Falcon 9 takes off on August 30.


Following the first high-altitude test flight of its latest spacecraft prototype, which ended with some serious fireworks, SpaceX is back to normal with the upcoming launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, the workhorse.

Elon Musk’s rocket company will push a new SiriusXM satellite into orbit for the Cape Canaveral satellite radio provider in Florida as early as Sunday. The satellite is labeled SXM-7 and will replace the company’s XM-3 satellite.

The launch was originally scheduled for liftoff on Friday, but it was erased with just 30 seconds left on the countdown clock.

“Leaving behind today’s launch attempt to perform additional ground system checks; crews are working for no earlier than Sunday December 13 for the next launch attempt,” the company tweeted.

An official launch window has not been announced yet, but I expect to see another two hour window around noon ET.

The SXM-7 was built by contractor Maxar, which said in a statement that it will “deliver the highest power density of any commercial satellite in orbit, sending more than 8,000 watts of content to the continental United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean”. , increasing signal quality for SiriusXM subscribers. ”

For the job, SpaceX will use a veteran first-stage booster that has flown six previous missions. Half of the fairing, or nose cone, has also previously flown. The thruster is expected to land on the unmanned ship. Just read the instructions in the Atlantic shortly after liftoff, and SpaceX may also attempt to recover both halves of the fairing, a process that is becoming more routine.

As soon as a new live stream and launch window is available, we’ll add them to this post.