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    Default Falcon 9: PSN VI & Sparrow lunar lander

    Customer: Indonesia's PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara

    Static Fire: Feb 14
    Launch date: Feb 18
    Launch time: 2058 EST (0158 GMT Feb 19)
    Recovery: ??

    Payload: HTS commsat (high throughput)
    Mass: 4,735 kg
    Satellite bus: SSL 1300
    Orbit: supersynchrous transfer orbit
    SSTO: ~185x60,000 km
    Position: 146° East
    Region: South East Asia

    Secondary payload 1: released in GEO, purpose not announced (US govt)

    Secondary payload 2: Sparrow, a 585 kg (1,290 lb) lunar lander from Israeli non-profit SpaceIL. Rideshare organized by Spaceflight Industries.
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    Israel's SpaceIL Sparrow lunar lander seems ready,

    SpaceIL @TeamSpaceIL
    News! SpaceILs CEO Dr. Ido Anteby says, "The #SpaceIL team & @ILAerospaceIAI have successfully completed the testing stage of the #spacecraft for refueling & assembling the launcher.... we are looking forward to the launch & the challenging journey ahead..."
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    Jim Bridenstine ✔ @JimBridenstine
    Israels first Moon lander, named Beresheet, has arrived in Florida to launch on a @SpaceX Falcon 9 in mid-February. Last year @NASA signed an agreement to cooperate on the mission. More: https://go.nasa.gov/2sZL4qI
    2:08 PM - Jan 31, 2019
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    Launch: Feb. 21 (Thursday)
    Time: 2045 Eastern (0145 UT Feb. 22)
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