Author Topic: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B OTV-4) - May 20, 2015 to May 7, 2017 - UPDATES  (Read 114871 times)

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Coverage thread for the AFSPC-5 mission.

This launch was originally scheduled for February 2015 but is now scheduled for the 6th of May, 2015.
Does anyone know if UltraSat is part of ELaNa-11 or is it a separate payload also hitching a ride on the same rocket?
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #1 on: 12/24/2014 09:54 AM »
I read somewhere here that AFSPC-05 = X-37B OTV-4 (apparently there was a change in the user after the initial 3 flights); is that correct?
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #2 on: 12/24/2014 10:17 AM »
That would explain some conflicting info I've been given. It certainly sounds plausible. If someone could confirm it would be appreciated as there is a little doubt in my mind as it also could be the mission which opened up a slot for Cygnus.

(Thanks to AMSAT VK3 friends for some info)
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #3 on: 12/24/2014 02:33 PM »
I read somewhere here that AFSPC-05 = X-37B OTV-4 (apparently there was a change in the user after the initial 3 flights); is that correct?

Here?  http://spaceflightnow.com/2014/12/19/2015-preview-for-ula/

Their latest schedule just says AFSPC-5
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #4 on: 12/25/2014 02:47 AM »
I read somewhere here that AFSPC-05 = X-37B OTV-4 (apparently there was a change in the user after the initial 3 flights); is that correct?

Here?  http://spaceflightnow.com/2014/12/19/2015-preview-for-ula/

Their latest schedule just says AFSPC-5

Nah, it's here on NSF. I think it was a Jim's Quote (TM).

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #5 on: 12/25/2014 06:13 PM »
ULA's official manifest is also showing AFSPC-5.  That doesn't mean it won't be OTV, just that's what the paperwork says right now.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #6 on: 01/17/2015 09:34 PM »
SFN's launch schedule is now showing this launch slot as AFSPC-6 not 5

It might be worthwhile to change the thread title now
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #7 on: 01/18/2015 12:13 AM »
SFN's launch schedule is now showing this launch slot as AFSPC-6 not 5

It might be worthwhile to change the thread title now
We have plenty of time so let's wait a bit till L2 knows for sure.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #8 on: 01/19/2015 05:30 PM »
Copied from the US Launch schedule thread

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/553778550243749888/photo/1

A few notes...

Mid May looks like an Atlas-501 so X-37B?
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #9 on: 01/19/2015 09:46 PM »
That certainly adds a lot of weight to the topic. It's a 5m fairing and there are no solids. I'm convinced
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #10 on: 01/26/2015 04:27 PM »
The Planetary Society has confirmed, that their LightSail cubesat is on board of the launch - this almost certainly means, that the UltraSat (which contains NASA's ELaNa-11 cubesats) is also onboard.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2015/20150112-lightsail-test-flight.html

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #11 on: 01/26/2015 10:29 PM »
Note that SFN have changed their reference back to AFSPC-5 from 6
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #12 on: 03/11/2015 02:55 PM »
Here is a post by the Planetary.Org about the LightSail cubesat, which hitches a ride on the AFSPC-05 mission.

LightSail flys in the ULTRASAT dispenser, which carries eight 3U P-POD cubesat launchers. Lightsail is the ony NASA sponsored payload on this mission.

Does any one have info, which other cubesats are to fly with ULTRASAT?

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2015/lightsail-arrives-in-florida.html
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #13 on: 03/22/2015 02:09 AM »
Does anyone have the tail number for this launch and a link to it?
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #14 on: 03/22/2015 02:33 AM »
AV-054 is the tail/serial number. This manifest link shows almost all tail/serial numbers through 2019:

http://spaceflightnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/atlas5manifest-646x1024.jpg
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #15 on: 03/22/2015 08:51 AM »
AV-054 is the tail/serial number. This manifest link shows almost all tail/serial numbers through 2019:

http://spaceflightnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/atlas5manifest-646x1024.jpg

NROL-101?  Seems like they skipped lots of numbers...
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #16 on: 03/22/2015 10:53 AM »

That certainly adds a lot of weight to the topic. It's a 5m fairing and there are no solids. I'm convinced

Just wondering in that case why does it say 401 in the thread title, shouldn't it be 501 in that case?

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #17 on: 03/22/2015 03:10 PM »
AV-054 is the tail/serial number. This manifest link shows almost all tail/serial numbers through 2019:

http://spaceflightnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/atlas5manifest-646x1024.jpg

NROL-101?  Seems like they skipped lots of numbers...
Yes, they never seem to launch in numerical sequence. NROL-1 launched years after many NRO missions so this is to be expected.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #18 on: 03/22/2015 03:13 PM »

That certainly adds a lot of weight to the topic. It's a 5m fairing and there are no solids. I'm convinced

Just wondering in that case why does it say 401 in the thread title, shouldn't it be 501 in that case?
Might need a moderator to change the title historically

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #19 on: 03/22/2015 04:18 PM »

That certainly adds a lot of weight to the topic. It's a 5m fairing and there are no solids. I'm convinced

Just wondering in that case why does it say 401 in the thread title, shouldn't it be 501 in that case?
Might need a moderator to change the title historically
Noticed it has been changed now so all is good.:)
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