August, 14, 2016 for ET (eastern time) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 40.
The rocket launch is SpaceX JCSAT-16. Its mission is carrying the JCSAT-16 communication satellite for Tokyo’s sky Perfect JSAT, to continue enabling stable satellite services. This satellite aboard Falcon 9 supports current exposures in the Ku and Ka band for the Japanese Market. When the Space System Local-built comm SAT launches, it will mark the 8 mission this year carried out by Hawthorne, California based SpaceX.
This flight makes the second time Space X has lofted a payload on behalf of Japanese Corporation Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. The first was JCSAT-14 launched May,6,2016.
Once JCSAT-16 on orbit, it will be controlled by the JSAT telecommunications firm. According to NASASpaceFlight.com it is based on the SSSL-1300 bus and was constructed by Space Systems Loral.
It is targeted to reside at 162 degrees east longitude in a geostationery orbit. It’ll employ its array of Ku and Ka band transponders and antennas to provide communications services across Asia. Serving as backup for JSAT’s Superbird B2 Satellite (launched on an Ariane 4 booster in 2000).
This Space X Falcon 9 mission includes a secondary objective of landing the first stage on OCISLY (❤Of Course I Still Love You❤) the droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.
–Astrophysics Angie (12:35am EDT)