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    Default F9: HisdeSat PAZ, SpaceX StarLink test

    Launch site: Vandenberg SLC-4E
    Launch date: February 17, 2018
    Launch window: 0922 Eastern, 0622 Pacific (1422 UT)
    Core: B1038.2 (FormoSat-5)
    Stage recovery: no

    3 major payloads

    PAZ: HisdeSat (Spanish govt)
    Builder: Astrium España
    Type: X-Band synthetic aperture radar
    Mass: ~1,400kg
    Orbit: 505km sun-synchronous polar orbit

    StarLink: MicroSat 2a and 2b
    Builder: SpaceX
    Type: data constellation test
    Mass: ~386kg (each)
    Size: ~1.1×0.7x0.7m
    Solar: ~2×8m (x2)
    Comms: Ku-Band, laser
    Propulsion: Hall effect electric thrusters
    Orbit: 514×514km
    Inclination: 97.44°

    PAZ
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    Rolled out for static fire.

    Static fire complete. Waiting for results. Sounding good.
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    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/962784246128558080

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    Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete targeting February 17 launch of PAZ from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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    SpaceX has changed the insertion altitude for MicroSat 2a and MicroSat 2b. Instead of 514x514km they'll inject to a 511x511km orbit at 97.44°. They'll then use Hall effect plasma thrusters to raise their orbits to 1,125km.
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    Stephen Clark @StephenClark1
    With the one-day delay to Sunday, launch of Paz + Microsats moves a minute earlier to 6:16am PST (9:16am EST; 1416 GMT). https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/s...73366311288832
    12:52 AM - Feb 16, 2018
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    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Standing down today due to strong upper level winds. Now targeting launch of PAZ for February 22 at 6:17 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
    9:07 AM - Feb 21, 2018
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    PAZ deployed

    Video at link

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations
    10:56 AM - Feb 22, 2018

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/966703261699854336

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Tintin A & B will attempt to beam "hello world" in about 22 hours when they pass near LA

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Don't tell anyone, but the wifi password is "martians"
    11:11 AM - Feb 22, 2018
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