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Title: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: Targeteer on 01/11/2017 02:06 AM
I couldn't find an existing thread.

https://www.facebook.com/SpaceandMissileSystemsCenter/photos/ (https://www.facebook.com/SpaceandMissileSystemsCenter/photos/)
a.510159299014789.119698.220248861339169/1398410010189709/?type=3&theater

WGS-9 is loaded on to an Air Force C-17 to be flown to Florida in preparation for its scheduled March 8 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and its international partners.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 01/25/2017 07:10 AM
Delta IV to Launch WGS-9 for the U.S. Air Force

 A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket will launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission for the U.S. Air Force.


Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 121-minute launch window opens at 6:35 p.m. EST.

Live Broadcast: Tune in to ULA’s live launch day broadcast beginning at 6:15 p.m. EST.

Mission Description: WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field. WGS has 19 independent coverage areas, 18 of which can be positioned throughout its field-of-view. This includes eight steerable/shapeable X-band beams formed by separate transmit/receive phased arrays; 10 Ka-band beams served by independently steerable diplexed antennas; and one transmit/receive X-band Earth-coverage beam. WGS can tailor coverage areas and connect X-band and Ka-band users anywhere within its field-of-view. The X-band phased array antenna enables anti-jam functionality without sacrificing performance.

Launch Notes: WGS-9 will mark the seventh flight of the Delta IV in the Medium + (5,4)configuration; all launches in this configuration have delivered WGS missions to orbit. This mission also will be the 35th launch of the Delta IV since its inaugural launch in 2002.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #WGS9 and #DeltaIV

Go Delta! Go WGS-9!
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 02/23/2017 05:22 PM
Apologies for the delayed posting:
From the SFN article Atlas 5 and Delta 4 achieve milestones in parallel on the same morning (http://spaceflightnow.com/2017/01/12/atlas-5-and-delta-4-achieve-milestones-in-parallel-on-the-same-morning/), dated January 12, 2017, and as of January 12:
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Meanwhile, the two-stage Delta 4 rocket was moved from its Horizontal Integration Facility to the launch pad yesterday and then raised vertically this morning, achieving the Launch Vehicle On Stand milestone.
<snip>
In the coming days, four strap-on solid rocket boosters will be installed to the Delta 4’s first stage. The payload will be attached in late February.
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WGS 9 was built by Boeing for the U.S. military’s worldwide communications network. But it was funding from Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and New Zealand that paid for the satellite’s construction as part of an international agreement.

The partner nations bought the satellite in exchange for access to the entire constellation, similar to the groundbreaking deal with Australia that paid for the construction and launch of WGS 6.

And, a revision to the ULA launch announcement, Delta IV to Launch WGS-9 for the U.S. Air Force (http://www.ulalaunch.com/delta-iv-to-launch-wgs9.aspx), regarding timings:
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Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 65-minute launch window opens at 6:48 p.m. EST.

Live Broadcast: Tune in to ULA’s live launch day broadcast beginning at 6:28 p.m. EST.

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Question 1: When is the Wet Dress Rehearsal?  Or did it already happen?

Question 2: When will the payload be attached?
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 02/24/2017 08:05 PM
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ULA, Air Force today hoisted #WGS9 satellite atop Delta IV rocket for March 8 launch from LC37. 65-minute window opens 6:48pm ET.

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/835180862908022784 (https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/835180862908022784)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 02/25/2017 03:28 AM
Question 1: When is the Wet Dress Rehearsal?  Or did it already happen?

Question 2: When will the payload be attached?

Delta 4 receives communications satellite payload for launch into space (http://spaceflightnow.com/2017/02/24/delta-4-receives-communications-satellite-payload-for-launch-into-space/)
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Since rolling from its hangar a month ago, the Delta has undergone attachment of the four solid boosters and a pre-launch testing campaign. A fueling exercise was performed just last week.

EDIT: Added
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The satellite was flown to Florida in early January from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, California. After arriving, it was taken to the commercial Astrotech processing facility to undergo pre-flight preps.

Final testing, loading of maneuvering propellant and encapsulation in the Delta 4’s nose cone was accomplished with the satellite.

According to the Astrotech web site, http://www.astrotechspaceoperations.com/mission-history , all of the WGS satellites have been processed at their Titusville location.

(It's a very neat list!)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: Targeteer on 03/04/2017 04:26 AM
https://www.facebook.com/AirForceSpaceCommand/photos/a.423828302073.203448.78118717073/10155164741952074/?type=3&theater

In case you didn't know that the United States Air Force has been serving America for 70 years, we put it on a rocket and we're launching it on March 8 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Want to follow the launch? Check out our 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.'s Facebook page. Want to know more about our mission and the #WGS9 payload? Check out www.ulalaunch.com. #BreakingBarriers
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 03/04/2017 09:44 AM
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/04/2017 06:21 PM
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Delta IV WGS-9 launch delayed to no earlier than March 14 http://spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=49912 #WGS9 @ULAlaunch

https://twitter.com/spaceref/status/838104130862333952 (https://twitter.com/spaceref/status/838104130862333952)

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The team is actively working to resolve a Delta IV first stage booster issue discovered during standard prelaunch inspections
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 8, 2017
Post by: Sam Ho on 03/04/2017 08:13 PM
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Delta IV WGS-9 launch delayed to no earlier than March 14 http://spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=49912 #WGS9 @ULAlaunch

https://twitter.com/spaceref/status/838104130862333952 (https://twitter.com/spaceref/status/838104130862333952)

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The team is actively working to resolve a Delta IV first stage booster issue discovered during standard prelaunch inspections

Also on the official ULA site:
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(Update: March 4, 2017, 2 p.m. EST:) The launch date for a United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the WGS-9 satellite for the U.S. Air Force is no earlier than March 14. The team is actively working to resolve a Delta IV first stage booster issue discovered during standard prelaunch inspections. This additional time will allow the ULA team to ensure all systems are operating nominally prior to launch. A new launch date will be released once it is established. The Delta IV will lift off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

http://www.ulalaunch.com/delta-iv-to-launch-wgs9.aspx?title=Delta+IV+to+Launch+WGS-9+for+the+U.S.+Air+Force
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/05/2017 05:17 AM
Slightly more specific comment on issue:

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Launch of ULA #DeltaIV carrying #WGS9 is delayed to no earlier than Mar 14 to resolve an engine issue found during prelaunch inspections.

https://twitter.com/smc_cc/status/838189975107596288 (https://twitter.com/smc_cc/status/838189975107596288)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/07/2017 07:39 PM
Mission booklet posted at: http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Mission_Booklets/DIV/div_wgs9_mob.pdf

Interesting change of procedure, now noted in the mission booklet: The DCSS will be de-orbited into the western Pacific Ocean at the end of the mission, as it was at the end of the WGS-8 mission.

EDIT in RED
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: Newton_V on 03/07/2017 08:15 PM
Interesting change of procedure: The DCSS will be de-orbited into the western Pacific Ocean at the end of the mission.

It was for WGS-8 as well.  I never looked at the booklet to see if that was mentioned or not.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: Sam Ho on 03/08/2017 05:18 AM
Interesting change of procedure: The DCSS will be de-orbited into the western Pacific Ocean at the end of the mission.

It was for WGS-8 as well.  I never looked at the booklet to see if that was mentioned or not.

WGS-8 booklet ends at spacecraft separation. It also doesn't have the orbit diagram.

http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Mission_Booklets/DIV/div_wgs8_mob.pdf
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/08/2017 07:56 PM
Interesting change of procedure: The DCSS will be de-orbited into the western Pacific Ocean at the end of the mission.

It was for WGS-8 as well.  I never looked at the booklet to see if that was mentioned or not.

WGS-8 booklet ends at spacecraft separation. It also doesn't have the orbit diagram.

http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Mission_Booklets/DIV/div_wgs8_mob.pdf
Sorry, my mistake.  Thank you for catching it.
Reviewing, DCSS de-orbit was mentioned near the end of the WGS-8 launch thread: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40988.msg1617931#msg1617931.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: Lee Jay on 03/09/2017 10:41 PM
So, SpaceX Echostar 23 is on March 14th, this flight is on March 14th, and Cygnus on a 401 is on March 19th?  Something has to give.  Have I missed it?
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: catdlr on 03/10/2017 12:17 AM
https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=x8f7j8g7r7

United Launch Alliance

Published on Mar 9, 2017
The Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite is encapsulated inside a Delta IV 5-meter payload fairing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgYcm1vPGtQ?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgYcm1vPGtQ
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: catdlr on 03/10/2017 12:19 AM
Delta IV WGS-9 Payload Mate

United Launch Alliance

Published on Mar 9, 2017
The Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite, encapsulated inside a 5-meter payload fairing, is mated to its Delta IV booster inside the Mobile Service Tower at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-37.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS0seZ1Wu5Y?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS0seZ1Wu5Y
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: catdlr on 03/10/2017 12:21 AM
Delta IV WGS-9 Mission Profile

United Launch Alliance

Published on Mar 9, 2017
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket will launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission for the U.S. Air Force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5g_8evNTzc?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5g_8evNTzc
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/11/2017 01:05 AM
So, SpaceX Echostar 23 is on March 14th, this flight is on March 14th, and Cygnus on a 401 is on March 19th?  Something has to give.  Have I missed it?

Launch Dates (EDT), as of this post
Echostar 23, March 14
WGS-9, TBD
Cygnus OA-7, March 21

My speculation follows.

Given that a range reset takes 2 days,

IF Delta IV and WGS-9 are ready for launch in the days immediately following March 14,

AND IF there are no other impediments, such as going into support staff overtime pay, or support staff rest periods between launches (I don't know),

THEN WGS-9 could launch on March 17 or 18.

Speculation concluded.

Emotional comment: A 1-2-3 launch cadence like that would be COOL!  8)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 14, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/11/2017 04:20 PM
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Launch update: #DeltaIV #WGS9 launch for @usairforce is scheduled for NET March 17 due to Eastern Range availability bit.ly/div_wgs9

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/840611349000572928 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/840611349000572928)

Edit: added ULA graphic
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 17, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/11/2017 04:25 PM
Update on booster issue status:

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The #DeltaIV team is finalizing closure actions for the booster issue in support of final #WGS9 launch preparations.

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/840611418701479937 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/840611418701479937)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 17, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 03/11/2017 06:26 PM


(Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 11, 2017, noon EST): The ULA Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-9 satellite for the U.S. Air Force is scheduled for no earlier than March 17, due to Eastern Range availability. The launch vehicle team is finalizing closure actions for the booster issue in support of final launch preparations.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 17, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/14/2017 12:10 PM
Weather looking good for Friday (90% GO):

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Launch day overall probability of violating weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Lift-Off Winds

48-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds, Lift-Off Winds
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 17, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/15/2017 01:59 PM
According to updated weather forecast, issued today, launch has moved back a day to Saturday 18th:

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Launch day overall probability of violating weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds
24-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Lift-Off Winds
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 17, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/16/2017 12:04 PM
Just issued updated forcecast attached.

No change in launch probabilities or potential violations from yesterday's forecast, so still 90% GO for Saturday.

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Launch day overall probability of violating weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds
24-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Lift-Off Winds
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: PahTo on 03/16/2017 12:50 PM
Is the launch window the same?
Note previous post mentioned 121 minute window opening at 6:35 EST.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/16/2017 03:00 PM
Finally some confirmation:

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USAF's #WGS9 launch rescheduled for 18 Mar 7 p.m. EST! Here she is getting put to bed for the ride on #DeltaIV. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/513224/b-roll-wgs-9-encapsulation

https://twitter.com/AFSpace/status/842404304807989248 (https://twitter.com/AFSpace/status/842404304807989248)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: PahTo on 03/16/2017 03:03 PM
Finally some confirmation:

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USAF's #WGS9 launch rescheduled for 18 Mar 7 p.m. EST! Here she is getting put to bed for the ride on #DeltaIV. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/513224/b-roll-wgs-9-encapsulation

https://twitter.com/AFSpace/status/842404304807989248 (https://twitter.com/AFSpace/status/842404304807989248)

Thanks--note we're on daylight time now, so still not sure what time liftoff will be...
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: kevin-rf on 03/16/2017 03:24 PM
Finally some confirmation:

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USAF's #WGS9 launch rescheduled for 18 Mar 7 p.m. EST! Here she is getting put to bed for the ride on #DeltaIV. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/513224/b-roll-wgs-9-encapsulation

https://twitter.com/AFSpace/status/842404304807989248 (https://twitter.com/AFSpace/status/842404304807989248)

Thanks--note we're on daylight time now, so still not sure what time liftoff will be...

I would vote they ment 7pm EDT.... 23:00 GMT.

The EST/EDT thing throws many for a loop.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/16/2017 03:59 PM
Here's a hopefully rather more precise notification:

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ULA ‏Verified account @ulalaunch 5m5 minutes ago

Rocket fans! The ULA #DeltaIV #WGS9 mission for the @usairforce is scheduled for March 18. Launch window is 7:44-8:59 p.m. EDT.

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/842418577961545728 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/842418577961545728)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: input~2 on 03/17/2017 11:57 AM
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
182344Z TO 190134Z MAR,
ALTERNATE 2344Z TO 0134Z COMMENCING DAILY
19 AND 20 MAR IN AREAS:
A. BOUND BY
28-35N 080-35W, 28-35N 080-00W,
28-34N 079-55W, 28-30N 079-52W,
28-27N 079-55W, 28-26N 079-58W,
28-29N 080-34W, 28-34N 080-35W.
B. BETWEEN
28-35N 28-10N AND 078-47W 078-07W.
C. BETWEEN
27-26N 27-01N AND 068-20W 067-20W.
D. BOUND BY
24-05N 052-14W, 23-15N 049-43W,
22-54N 049-54W, 23-40N 052-24W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 206/17, 211/17.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 200234Z MAR 17.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 161326Z MAR 17.

Date: 161537Z MAR 17
Cancel: 20023400 Mar 17
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: input~2 on 03/17/2017 12:00 PM
and upper stage re-enter zone:

WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
DNC 12.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 191157Z TO 191312Z MAR,
ALTERNATE 1156Z TO 1312Z DAILY 20 AND 21 MAR
IN AREA BOUND BY
16-58N 153-50E, 13-38N 159-01E,
11-22N 158-00E, 14-40N 152-15E.
2. CANCEL HYDROPAC 906/17.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 211412Z MAR 17.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 161715Z MAR 17.

Date: 161723Z MAR 17
Cancel: 21141200 Mar 17
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 17, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/17/2017 12:49 PM
Updated forecast issued today attached.

No change in launch probabilities or potential violations, so still 90% GO for Saturday.

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Launch day overall probability of violating weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds
24-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Lift-Off Winds
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/17/2017 02:05 PM
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45th Space Wing @‏45thSpaceWing 2m2 minutes ago

The @usairforce celebrates #afb70 TOMORROW when we launch our #WGS9 from @ulalaunch #DeltaIV!

https://twitter.com/45thSpaceWing/status/842752916150738944 (https://twitter.com/45thSpaceWing/status/842752916150738944)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/17/2017 02:57 PM
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ULA's Launch Readiness Review is complete. #DeltaIV #WGS9 is set to launch March 18. Window opens at 7:44pmEDT bit.ly/div_wgs9

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/842764133246418944 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/842764133246418944)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 03/17/2017 03:28 PM
March 17, 2017

 MEDIA ADVISORY
 RELEASE #031717

 Launch Window Opens: 7:44 p.m.

 45th SW to support Delta IV WGS-9 launch
 By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing will support the United Launch Alliance Delta IV WGS-9 launch March 18 from Space Launch Complex 37 here with a launch window opening at 7:44 p.m. ET.

The ULA Delta IV rocket is carrying the Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM communication spacecraft. WGS provides anytime, anywhere communication for soldiers, sailors, Airmen, Marines, and international partners through broadcast, multicast, and point-to-point connections. The WGS constellation is the highest-capacity military communications system in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal.

WGS supports a wide variety of missions for Combatant Commanders around the world to perform missions, from search and rescue efforts to military operations.

Due to safety and security restrictions associated with this launch, 45th SW Public Affairs' typical media viewing location on the ITL Causeway is closed. Media are invited to cover the launch from an alternate location on CCAFS near the 5th Space Launch Squadron building off Philips Parkway at the northern edge of the Industrial Area.
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 03/17/2017 03:50 PM
ULA WGS-9 Launch New Date

Main Visitor Complex Viewing Only

 The launch of United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the WGS-9 satellite for U.S. Air Force Space Command has been rescheduled again. The new launch date is Saturday, March 18 at 7:44 pm.

 Due to the newly announced confirmation of date and time, special launch viewing areas are no longer available. Launch viewing is available at Kennedy Space Center main visitor complex only. The main visitor complex viewing area with bleacher seating and launch commentary is included with daily admission.

Rocket Launch Location

 Launch viewing transportation tickets purchased for WGS-9 special launch viewing at LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center are no longer valid for the new date. Ticket holders will be automatically refunded of their credit card purchase within 7-10 days.


https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/17/2017 07:08 PM
Interesting that AF will live stream:

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#WGS9 launches on #DeltaIV Saturday at 7:44 p.m. EST will live stream on af.mil. @usairforce @45thSpaceWing

https://twitter.com/afspace/status/842829420918456320 (https://twitter.com/afspace/status/842829420918456320)
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/17/2017 08:07 PM
ULA:


ULA LRR was completed today and everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV launch carrying the WGS-9 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The mission is set to lift off on a ULA Delta IV rocket on Saturday, March 18 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. Today’s L-1 forecast shows a 90 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The March 18 launch window is 7:44-8:59 p.m. EDT.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Lyn

 

Delta IV WGS-9 mission book attached.

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

·         9:30 a.m.: Remote camera photographers meet at Cape Canaveral Space and History Center to caravan to SLC-37

 

Launch Forecast Summary:

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 10%

Primary concerns: Cumulus Clouds

 

Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 20%

Primary concern: Liftoff Winds

 

ALL TIMES EASTERN TIME

 

LAUNCH

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

BARS + TONE – 6:54 P.M.

PROGRAM START – 7:24 P.M.

LAUNCH WINDOW—7:44 P.M. – 8:59 P.M.

 

DIGITAL SATELLITE C-BAND DOWNLINK
HD FORMAT
SATELLITE — SES 3
TRANSPONDER — 23
BAND — C-BAND DIGITAL
ORBITAL POSITION — 103°W
HD BANDWIDTH — 18 MHz (HALF TRANSPONDER`CD’)
UPLINK — 6394.000 V
DOWNLINK — 4169.000 H
SYMBOL RATE — 13
FEC — ¾
DATA RATE — 17.9705
DVBS – QPSK
MPEG 2
AUDIO EMBEDDED
Title: Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/18/2017 05:19 AM
Moved for live coverage.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 03/18/2017 06:46 AM
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: TJL on 03/18/2017 11:44 AM
ULA WGS-9 Launch New Date

Main Visitor Complex Viewing Only

 The launch of United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the WGS-9 satellite for U.S. Air Force Space Command has been rescheduled again. The new launch date is Saturday, March 18 at 7:44 pm.

 Due to the newly announced confirmation of date and time, special launch viewing areas are no longer available. Launch viewing is available at Kennedy Space Center main visitor complex only. The main visitor complex viewing area with bleacher seating and launch commentary is included with daily admission.

Rocket Launch Location

 Launch viewing transportation tickets purchased for WGS-9 special launch viewing at LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center are no longer valid for the new date. Ticket holders will be automatically refunded of their credit card purchase within 7-10 days.


https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events
What would the reason be for restricting launch viewing areas for a one day delay? Thank you.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 12:47 PM
Quote
Looking good for tonight. Pgo at 90%. #WGS9

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843094657684840448 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843094657684840448)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 01:53 PM
Feature article by William Graham!
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/03/ula-delta-iv-wgs-9-launch/
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 02:25 PM
Quote
The #DeltaIV with #WGS9!  Mobile Service Tower will roll back in about 30 mins. Launch @ 7:44ET TONIGHT! @BoeingDefense @usairforce

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/843119633708302337 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/843119633708302337)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 02:32 PM
Here's a clearer image of WGS-9:

Quote
TODAY ~7:44 pm EDT: #Boeing-built #WGS9 satellite launch window opens. WATCH: http://www.ulalaunch.com/delta-iv-to-launch-wgs9.aspx

https://twitter.com/boeingdefense/status/843115147673587714 (https://twitter.com/boeingdefense/status/843115147673587714)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 03:01 PM
Quote
#DeltaIV emerges as the Mobile Service Tower rolls back. #WGS9 mission to launch tonight! Launch window is 7:45-8:59pmEDT

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/843128646265180162 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/843128646265180162)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/18/2017 03:17 PM
ULA WGS-9 Launch New Date

Main Visitor Complex Viewing Only

 The launch of United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the WGS-9 satellite for U.S. Air Force Space Command has been rescheduled again. The new launch date is Saturday, March 18 at 7:44 pm.

 Due to the newly announced confirmation of date and time, special launch viewing areas are no longer available. Launch viewing is available at Kennedy Space Center main visitor complex only. The main visitor complex viewing area with bleacher seating and launch commentary is included with daily admission.

Rocket Launch Location

 Launch viewing transportation tickets purchased for WGS-9 special launch viewing at LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center are no longer valid for the new date. Ticket holders will be automatically refunded of their credit card purchase within 7-10 days.


https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events
What would the reason be for restricting launch viewing areas for a one day delay? Thank you.

Not sure.  But same thing happened with media viewing, too.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: jacqmans on 03/18/2017 04:46 PM
ULA WGS-9 Launch New Date

Main Visitor Complex Viewing Only

 The launch of United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the WGS-9 satellite for U.S. Air Force Space Command has been rescheduled again. The new launch date is Saturday, March 18 at 7:44 pm.

 Due to the newly announced confirmation of date and time, special launch viewing areas are no longer available. Launch viewing is available at Kennedy Space Center main visitor complex only. The main visitor complex viewing area with bleacher seating and launch commentary is included with daily admission.

Rocket Launch Location

 Launch viewing transportation tickets purchased for WGS-9 special launch viewing at LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center are no longer valid for the new date. Ticket holders will be automatically refunded of their credit card purchase within 7-10 days.


https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events
What would the reason be for restricting launch viewing areas for a one day delay? Thank you.

Not sure.  But same thing happened with media viewing, too.

Not sure. But could be that wind direction is a factor.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 04:46 PM
Quote
#WGS9 on #DeltaIV sits on the pad; @AF_SMC & mission partners @ulalaunch @BoeingDefense @45thSpaceWing continue prep for tonight's mission

https://twitter.com/smc_cc/status/843154627042267137 (https://twitter.com/smc_cc/status/843154627042267137)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 06:56 PM
Quote
#DeltaIV #WGS9 cryogenic fueling operations underway! Launch at 7:44pmEDT; broadcast at 7:24pmEDT. bit.ly/div_wgs9

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/843179933061058565 (https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/843179933061058565)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/18/2017 07:52 PM
From Ted Molczan on Seesat-l:
WGS 9 search elements (http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2017/0106.html) and revision (http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2017/0110.html)

MECO-2 orbit (payload): 434 km x 44372 km x 27.0 deg
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 08:07 PM
Quote
Looking good for tonight. #WGS9

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843203669646438400 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843203669646438400)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 08:10 PM
MST rollback photos:
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 08:10 PM
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 08:39 PM
Quote
Tanking continues. Delta is carbo loading for her big run. #WGS9

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843215015205208065 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843215015205208065)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 09:37 PM
Quote
Cryo loading is complete.  Board is green

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843225985378000896 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843225985378000896)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 09:46 PM
Youtube stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyFXqIskFBw&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 10:13 PM
Quote
T-4 and holding for the planned 30 min hold #WGS9

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843238338693808128 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843238338693808128)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:16 PM
15 minutes to start of webcast.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 10:25 PM
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:26 PM
Webcast has begun. Not working any issues.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 10:26 PM
In the T-4 hold, all go at the moment.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:27 PM
Perfect weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:27 PM
Talking about WGS.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/18/2017 10:27 PM
Quote
Pgo holding at 100%.  The board is green.  #WGS9

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843240233785151489 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843240233785151489)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 10:28 PM
Super weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:28 PM
WGS partners.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:29 PM
Showing WGS-9 mission profile video.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:30 PM
L-15 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:32 PM
L-14 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:33 PM
L-13 minutes. Showing launch preparations.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:34 PM
L-11 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:35 PM
L-10 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:36 PM
L-9 minutes. Talking about international partners.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:37 PM
L-8 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 10:37 PM
Polling GO.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:38 PM
Performing poll.

L-7 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:39 PM
Go for launch.

L-6  minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Craftyatom on 03/18/2017 10:39 PM
SFN reports a red alarm and thus hold extension.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:40 PM
L-5 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:41 PM
T-3 minutes 56 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 10:42 PM
Still holding. Problem with the swing arms.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:42 PM
Clock has gone.

Back to T-4 minutes and holding. Something about the swing arm.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 10:43 PM
Swing Arm system issue.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:43 PM
Fairing logos.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:44 PM
Clock is back. Holding at T-4 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:45 PM
Still looking at the issue. Will pass on more information in a few minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:51 PM
Engineers still looking at a ground issue. Launch window to 8:59 pm EDT.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:53 PM
Back in the office.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:55 PM
Engineers continue to work ground issue. Will pass on additional information as it is received. 1 hour 5 minutes left in window.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Craftyatom on 03/18/2017 10:57 PM
Great shot up the business end of the Delta IV.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 10:59 PM
Interesting view while we wait. 1 hour 1 minute left in window.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:01 PM
The planned hold continues to be extended. Will pass on more information as it is received. 59 minutes left in window.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:06 PM
Evaluation shows launch arm system is healthy. Recommendation is to proceed with the count.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:07 PM
No issue with swing arms themselves. No further interaction required. Pins already pulled. Launch directors concurs.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 11:08 PM
Loop suggests this issue is instrumentation. Hopefully they will be clear to start the count again.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:08 PM
New T-0 is 00:18:00 UTC (20:18 local)

L-10 minutes
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:09 PM
The launch team has resolved the issue and working for a new T-0.

00:18:00 Zulu new T-0. 8:18 pm EDT.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:11 PM
Polling again.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:11 PM
Master script running.

L-8 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:12 PM
Poll complete. All go. Permission to launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:13 PM
L-6 minutes.

Board is green! Proceeding with the count.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:13 PM
Swing arms reported ready. S/C configured for launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:14 PM
L-5 minutes. Spacecraft ready for launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:14 PM
Out of the hold. T-4 minutes and counting.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:15 PM
Vehicle transfer internal complete.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:15 PM
T-3 minutes 59 seconds. Vehicle transferring to internal.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:16 PM
T-3 minutes. Vehicle ordnance arming.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:17 PM
T-2 minutes. Hydraulic press at 4000.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:17 PM
T-60. Still all go.

Range green
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:18 PM
Go Delta! Go WGS-9! Green board.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:18 PM
T-1 minute. Range green.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:18 PM
Liftoff
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:19 PM
Liftoff!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:19 PM
Mach 1
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 11:19 PM
LAUNCH!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:19 PM
T+46 seconds, Max-Q
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:20 PM
T+1 minute.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:20 PM
SRM burnout and sep
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 11:21 PM
Booster sep:
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:21 PM
SRB separation.

T+2 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:21 PM
Upper stage boost phase chilldown
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:21 PM
Fairing separation
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:22 PM
T+3 minutes.

Fairing jettison.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:22 PM
Throttling down, and BECO.

Edit: Added parameters at BECO (note typo in filename - image is correct)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:22 PM
First stage separated, RL10 nozzle deploying and second stage ignition.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 11:22 PM
1-2 Sep.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:24 PM
T+4 minutes.

Stage separation.

Second stage ignition.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:25 PM
T+6 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:26 PM
T+7 minutes. Memorandum signed with five countries in 2012.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:27 PM
T+8 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:28 PM
T+9 minutes. Talking about test and integration.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:29 PM
T+10 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:30 PM
T+11 minutes. Trajectory is nominal.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:31 PM
T+12 minutes. LH2 and LOX pressures looking good. Trajectory right down the middle.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:32 PM
T+13 minutes. MECO in about four minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:33 PM
T+14 minutes. WGS promo video. How to make satellites more resilient to jamming using phase array antennas.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:34 PM
T+15 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:35 PM
T+16 minutes. RL-10 engine parameters continue to look good.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:36 PM
T+17 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:36 PM
Vehicle is now orbital
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:37 PM
T+18 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:38 PM
MECO-1. Entering the coast phase
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:38 PM
T+19 minutes. Telemetry about five seconds behind real time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:39 PM
MECO!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:39 PM
Boeing payload systems engineer.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:42 PM
T+22 minutes 8 seconds.

Upcoming events.

MES2: T+29:27
MECO2: T+32:35
Separation: T+41:46
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: edkyle99 on 03/18/2017 11:43 PM
Looks like a roughly 100 x 3,285 nmi x 27.6 deg parking orbit.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:44 PM
T+25 minutes. Solar arrays using 30% larger cells which are more efficient as well. Saves mass and increases power.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:46 PM
3 minutes to MES2.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:46 PM
2 minutes to MES2.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:47 PM
1 minute to MES2.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:47 PM
Ignition for the second burn
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:48 PM
RL10 operating parameters looking good
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:48 PM
MES2!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/18/2017 11:49 PM
MES-2
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:49 PM
MES2+1 minute.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:50 PM
MES2+2 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:51 PM
MECO-2 has occurred
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:51 PM
MECO2!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/18/2017 11:52 PM
@Rocket_AtlasV - the unofficial Atlas V twitter - wins the Atlas V trivia question
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:54 PM
Trivia questions and answers.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:55 PM
ULA promo.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:56 PM
T+37 minutes 1 second.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:58 PM
Sep-3 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/18/2017 11:59 PM
Sep-2 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/19/2017 12:00 AM
Sep-1 minute.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: William Graham on 03/19/2017 12:00 AM
WGS-9 has separated. Congratulations to ULA on another successful launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/19/2017 12:01 AM
Spacecraft separation!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Mapperuo on 03/19/2017 12:01 AM
Congratulations ULA and the US Air Force!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOk4ZbWb9dk
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/19/2017 12:01 AM
S/C Sep! Congrats to all involved.

Thanks to Steven and William for the coverage.

William's article updated to S/C Sep:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/03/ula-delta-iv-wgs-9-launch/
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/19/2017 12:03 AM
Webcast ending.

Congratulations to ULA and USAF for the successful launch! Also happy 70th birthday to USAF!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: robertross on 03/19/2017 12:10 AM
Congrats ULA!

I had a reminder on the TV while watching the 12 hours of Sebring auto race, that it was launching within a minute. They showed the rocket going up, and solids separation (it was spectacular on the TV!). Unfortunately they mistakenly thought it was a NASA launch, but I'll forgive them...

Just then the cars were pitting under a yellow flag, and many of th teams were looking at the rocket going up - forgetting that their cars were coming in!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/19/2017 12:34 AM
Nice ULA photos!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/19/2017 12:34 AM
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Rocket Science on 03/19/2017 12:49 AM
Congrats to all and a Happy 75th Birthday to the USAF, way to light the candle! :) They showed the launch on the TV broadcast of the 12 Hours of Sebring race and they said thank you for waiting for a full course caution to launch so all could watch... ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Ronpur50 on 03/19/2017 01:00 AM
Congrats to the USAF and ULA on a very spectacular launch!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: MATTBLAK on 03/19/2017 01:09 AM
The Delta IV always was one heck of a booster - one of my favourites. I wish it were sticking around in the future and with upgrades :(
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: catdlr on 03/19/2017 01:27 AM
full launch replay

LIVE Launch Broadcast: Delta IV WGS-9

United Launch Alliance

Streamed live March 18, 2017
Watch live as ULA's Delta IV rocket lifts off with the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission for the U.S. Air Force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyFXqIskFBw?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyFXqIskFBw
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: ZachS09 on 03/19/2017 01:45 AM
Congrats to ULA, the U.S. Air Force, and the five participating international partners on the success of WGS-9.

I was going to help cover this launch, but I had to attend some sort of expo with my father, so I was out.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: marshal on 03/19/2017 02:41 AM
Congrats ULA! Nice Job !

 ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/19/2017 05:36 AM
John Kraus takes fantastic launch photos:

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Closeup image I took of of the RS-68A engine and four GEM-60 SRBs on #DeltaIV launch of #WGS9. cc: @torybruno. Photo for @AmericaSpace

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843299763747479553 (https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843299763747479553)

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Long exposure photo I took of tonight’s stunning post-sunset launch of @ulalaunch #DeltaIV and #WGS9 satellite for @usairforce

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843256417427578880 (https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843256417427578880)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/19/2017 05:39 AM
Quote
118

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843266827971047424 (https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/843266827971047424)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/19/2017 05:44 AM
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45th Space Wing supports successful Delta IV WGS-9 launch
By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published March 18, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla.
The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the WGS-9 spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 here March 18, 2017, at 8:18 p.m. ET.
 
The Air Force has been breaking barriers since 1947 and the successful WGS-9 launch marks an important occasion for the Wideband constellation as it is a major milestone in a 20-year multilateral partnership.
 
In January 2012, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding with the United States, agreeing to fund the procurement of the ninth WGS satellite. The U.S. is responsible for funding the launch, operation and sustainment of WGS-9. International partners will receive a proportional share of the bandwidth provided by the WGS constellation based on financial contribution.
 
The WGS constellation is the highest-capacity military communications system in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal. WGS supports a wide variety of missions for Combatant Commanders around the world to perform missions, from search and rescue efforts to military operations.  Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center is the Air Force's center for acquiring and developing military space systems.
The addition of WGS-9 to the constellation will increase speed, reliability, and effectiveness for the warfighter, which enables the U.S. and international partners to more efficiently coordinate on missions in the air, on land and by sea.
 
According to Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and mission Launch Decision Authority, the fourth major launch operation on the Eastern Range this year, and second successful launch in just two and a half days, culminates many long hours and hard work by the entire mission team.
 
“Thanks to the amazing commitment, focus on the mission, and teamwork the men and women of the 45th Space Wing share with our mission partners at SMC and ULA, we successfully launched the next satellite in the WGS constellation,” he said. “This mission demonstrates the Air Force’s commitment to deliver secure and reliable satellite communications around the globe to U.S. forces and our allies.  It also once again showcases why the 45th Space Wing is the ‘World's Premiere Gateway to Space.’”

http://www.patrick.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1123151/45th-space-wing-supports-successful-delta-iv-wgs-9-launch (http://www.patrick.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1123151/45th-space-wing-supports-successful-delta-iv-wgs-9-launch)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/19/2017 05:56 AM
A happy customer:

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Thanks @ulalaunch @Boeingdefense @45thSpaceWing for helping us celebrate 70 yrs of USAF service to America with successful  #WGS9 launch

https://twitter.com/smc_cc/status/843277278092058624 (https://twitter.com/smc_cc/status/843277278092058624)

Many congratulations to UKA and the US Air Force on yet another successful launch. Here's to many more to come.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: Star One on 03/19/2017 08:42 AM
Congratulations to all concerned.

Any word on the upper stage disposal being as this mission used a different final orbit to allow this I believe.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: catdlr on 03/19/2017 12:39 PM
Delta IV WGS-9 Launch Highlights
United Launch Alliance

Published on Mar 18, 2017
A Delta IV rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 with the Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-CRpiKTZ4Y?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-CRpiKTZ4Y
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/19/2017 03:30 PM
Last night after the launch, General Monteith of the 45th Space Wing came to speak to the press.  I asked him about the 30min delay.  This was his answer.

“The short delay we had today was because of an anomaly detected on the swing arm.  One sensor, when we were retracting the pins that would allow the gantry to move back, demonstrated an anomaly.  We went through it, made sure we understood what the anomaly was, pulled the pins again, and the anomaly did not recreate itself.  And that suggested to us that we were absolutely safe to launch.  And so we determined a new T0 and pressed forward.”  --General Monteith
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/19/2017 08:09 PM
A few shots from last night's launch.

(NOTE: I'm not a photographer, so the fact the rocket was in frame is a success.)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/19/2017 08:11 PM
And one more of the ascent.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: launchwatcher on 03/19/2017 08:36 PM
John Kraus takes fantastic launch photos:

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Closeup image I took of of the RS-68A engine and four GEM-60 SRBs on #DeltaIV launch of #WGS9. cc: @torybruno. Photo for @AmericaSpace

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843299763747479553 (https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843299763747479553)

Looking at the big copy on johnkrausphotos.com, I noticed that some of the SRB's have a collar of sorts extending down around the nozzle, and others don't.   Is that by design or did something fall off?

Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/19/2017 08:42 PM
John Kraus takes fantastic launch photos:

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Closeup image I took of of the RS-68A engine and four GEM-60 SRBs on #DeltaIV launch of #WGS9. cc: @torybruno. Photo for @AmericaSpace

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843299763747479553 (https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/843299763747479553)

Looking at the big copy on johnkrausphotos.com, I noticed that some of the SRB's have a collar of sorts extending down around the nozzle, and others don't.   Is that by design or did something fall off?


They recently changed the design of the SRBs for the Delta IV. Some are steerable, others are not. That's the difference you're seeing in the design.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: catdlr on 03/19/2017 10:40 PM
a video from our friends at US Launch Report...

WGS-9 - 4K Launch - Delta IV 5-4 03-18-2018

USLaunchReport

Published on Mar 19, 2017
Hope you can view the 4K. We post the entire flight until over the horizon. ULA does not. The second stage is hundreds of miles across the Atlantic in Space. The ability to track a Florida Launch for this length is rare. Thousands of people watching all around the Cape.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7NaQbTZmN0?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7NaQbTZmN0
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: catdlr on 03/19/2017 10:47 PM
ULA's Anton Kolomiets discusses Delta IV's DCSS in SFI exclusive

SpaceFlight Insider - Official Page

Published on Mar 19, 2017
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance Mechanical Engineer AntonKolomiets spoke with SpaceFlight Insider regarding the March 18, 2017, flight of a Delta IV Medium+ 5,4 rocket and its payload of the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite that it carried. More specifically, Kolomiets discussed the Delta IV's Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAnj193Easw?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAnj193Easw
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: catdlr on 03/19/2017 10:49 PM
REMOTE CAMERA VIDEO - ULA Delta IV Blasts Off With WGS-9 For The Air Force

Matthew Travis

Published on Mar 19, 2017
REMOTE CAMERA VIDEO - ULA Delta IV Blasts Off With WGS-9 For The Air Force

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPOZC5rnHZ8?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPOZC5rnHZ8
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: Sam Ho on 03/20/2017 05:08 AM
Clip from 12 hours of Sebring coverage. Also mentioned on Jalopnik.

http://blackflag.jalopnik.com/watch-a-424-million-military-satellite-launch-over-the-1793410864

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFfUvJdY3TE
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: jacqmans on 03/20/2017 05:10 PM
Orbital ATK Technologies Support Delta IV Launch of WGS-9 Spacecraft

Company Provided Propulsion, Large Composite Structures for the Rocket and Critical Components on the Satellite

(Dulles, Virginia 20 March 2017) – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket and the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite that was launched Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

“Orbital ATK’s is proud to contribute a number of key technologies to ULA’s Delta IV launch vehicle,” said Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “A launch like this one clearly demonstrates the breadth of our product lines in the launch and satellite sectors.”

Both the satellite and Delta IV launch vehicle use cutting-edge technologies from multiple Orbital ATK facilities. For the WGS-9 satellite, Orbital ATK produced both loop heat pipes and standard heat pipes, which provide payload, spacecraft bus and battery thermal management, at its Beltsville, Maryland, facility. Additionally, Orbital ATK manufactured the payload pallet boom tubes at its Magna, Utah, location and the payload module at its San Diego, California, site.

For the Delta IV rocket, Orbital ATK provided four 60-inch diameter Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM-60). The 53-foot-long solid rocket boosters burned for 90 seconds and provided more than 1.1 million pounds of thrust, more than the combined thrust of four 747 jet aircraft. Orbital ATK produced the solid rocket motors at its Magna, Utah, facility, where it has manufactured 84 GEM-60s in support of the 36 Delta IV launches since the initial flight in 2002.

In addition to the GEM-60 propulsion, Orbital ATK supplied a combined eighteen Delta IV and GEM-60 key composite structures, which provide lower weight and higher performance. The largest composite structures are five meters in diameter, range from one to fourteen meters in length, and are produced using either advanced wet winding or hand layup, machining and inspection techniques at Orbital ATK’s manufacturing facilities in Iuka, Mississippi, and Clearfield, Utah.

Orbital ATK also manufactured the propellant tank for the Delta IV upper stage roll control system at the company’s Commerce, California, facility, and it designed and manufactured the nozzles for Delta IV's RS-68A liquid engine and GEM-60 solid motors at its Promontory, Utah, facility. Orbital ATK also designed and produced the nozzle's thermal protection material, which is capable of shielding the nozzle from the extreme heat of launch, when external temperatures can exceed 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The WGS-9 satellite is part of a larger system that increases military communications capabilities for U.S. and allied forces deployed worldwide. As the backbone of the U.S. military's global satellite communications, WGS provides flexible, high-capacity communications for the Nation's warfighters through procurement and operation of the satellite constellation and the associated control systems. WGS provides worldwide flexible, high data rate and long haul communications for marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, the White House Communication Agency, the US State Department, international partners, and other special users.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: catdlr on 03/20/2017 09:07 PM
Aerial Views of Delta IV WGS-9

United Launch Alliance

Published on Mar 20, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDk08pZY5y8?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDk08pZY5y8
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: jacqmans on 03/21/2017 11:19 AM
Ninth Boeing-Built Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to Expand Military Communications Capabilities for U.S., Allies

The communications satellite will increase interoperability among the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 18, 2017 – Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite launched into orbit today and will provide the United States and six allied nations with increased communications capabilities to prevent, protect against and respond to attacks.

The WGS-9 satellite was funded through an agreement between the United States and Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and will also serve Australia (which funded the WGS-6 satellite). Each partner country gains access to the capabilities provided by the full WGS system, which include flexible and secure communication transmissions in the X- and Ka-band frequencies.

“This unique international collaboration increases military interoperability and expands affordable high-data-rate communications for U.S. and allied partners around the globe,” said Rico Attanasio, executive director, Boeing Department of Defense/Civil Satellite Programs. “WGS-9 is among the most capable military communication satellites on orbit today.”

WGS-9 launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket. Boeing is on contract for 10 WGS satellites, the last of which is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2018.

The eighth, ninth and tenth WGS satellites include upgraded digital channelizers that nearly double the available bandwidth of earlier satellites in the series.

A Boeing video about WGS’s anti-jam capabilities is available at www.boeing.com/features/2016/11/innovation-wgs-11-16.page.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/22/2017 04:22 PM
From Ted Molczan on Seesat-l:
WGS 9 search elements (http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2017/0106.html) and revision (http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2017/0110.html)

MECO-2 orbit (payload): 434 km x 44372 km x 27.0 deg
Further revision by Ted Molczan (http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2017/0114.html), using actual launch time.

And a possible WGS 9 observation by Brad Young (http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2017/0116.html) early March 20, UTC.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/27/2017 06:30 AM
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Another photo I took of @ulalaunch Delta IV / @usairforce WGS-9 launch eight days ago. @torybruno

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/846125027456110593 (https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/846125027456110593)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: Targeteer on 07/26/2017 02:07 AM
http://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1252142/first-4-sops-handover-of-wgs-satellite/

 SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 4th Space Operations Squadron assumed control of its first wideband global SATCOM satellite during a ceremony July 14.

While there are eight other WGS satellites currently orbiting in the constellation managed by 4 SOPS, WGS-9 marked the first time the newly merged squadron assumed control of one. Previous assumptions of control happened under the recently deactivated 3rd Space Operations Squadron.

“Similar to what the F-35 is to the flying community, the WGS spacecraft is the new thing in military satellite communications – it’s the top of the line,” said Lt. Col. Armon Lansing. “There is no other spacecraft in the world that does what this one does.”

As the backbone of the U.S. military's global satellite communications, WGS provides flexible, high-capacity communications for the nation's warfighters through procurement and operation of the satellite constellation and the associated control systems.

WGS provides worldwide flexible, high data rate and long-haul communications for marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, the White House Communication Agency, the U.S. State Department, international partners and other special users.

“Wideband communication provides the capability to send a large amount of data through space,” Lansing said. “Just like your typical ground systems: dial-up versus broadband versus fiber optic … as you step up your capability, you can get more data through the system. One WGS satellite has as much data throughput as the former defense support communication satellite system had in the entire constellation.”

1st Lt. Steven Ramos, 4 SOPS satellite engineer, is impressed by the capabilities brought on by the new satellite.

“WGS increases the bandwidth of that constellation by about 13 percent,” Ramos said. “Just having that additional bandwidth allows us to support more users. Having more users to be able to get the mission done on the ground is a huge advantage to the warfighter.”

The satellite’s acquisition was not without significant effort from multiple parties, with Boeing having launched it in March. The spacecraft underwent rigorous orbit and payload testing before being handed over to the Air Force.

“To look across all the effort and work that it took, from the contractor who built it, to the people who launched it, to us receiving it, there is a lot of pride in bringing on this capability,” Lansing said. “It’s not just here comes number nine. It’s the ninth time we’re doing it, but a first for us.”

According to Lansing, an additional advantage the satellite brings is the ability to put more military users on a military satellite.

“The majority of our satellite communications even within the military have to rely on commercial satellites,” Lansing said. “We just have so much need that there isn’t enough capability up there. The introduction of WGS-9 allows us more capability to put those military users on a military network. Even as we increase capability, it’s very difficult to keep up with the need. While it won’t detract from what we need on the commercial side, it gives us more capability on the military side.”

The Air Force originally ordered six of the satellites from Boeing, but the speed, success and demand drove the purchase of four additional satellites.

“Advanced extremely high frequency would be at DSL speeds, this is beyond fiber optic speeds,” Lansing said.

Lansing saw the assumption of control as a way his newly merged team to crystalize.

“I think it’s going to be a pride thing for the entire crew,” Lansing said. “With the pride and comradery, the crews are very excited. I think the satellite vehicle operators take particular pride in this satellite.”

Ramos agreed with his commander.

“The comradery is definitely there, especially now that we’re all on the same ops floor,” Ramos said. “We talk back and forth as we learn about each other’s systems. There is a sense of team in that we’re all supporting similar missions.”

Senior Airman Elisha Patterson, 4 SOPS space vehicle evaluator, had the opportunity to send the first contact to the satellite.

“It was a great feeling,” Patterson said. “It went very smoothly. It was an honor to have that type of privilege.”

The Air Force is scheduled to receive its 10th WGS satellite sometime in 2018.

Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-9 - March 18, 2017 (EDT)
Post by: gongora on 09/06/2017 04:45 PM
Mention of fairing decals in another thread reminded me of this ULA contract item I ran across, a fine example of our tax dollars at work:

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$10.9k    1/6/17    Supplemental Agreement For Work Within Scope

AIR FORCE 70TH ANNIVERSARY DECAL FOR WIDEBAND GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATION -9 MISSION

Space stickers are expensive.