Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 3 : Oct 9, 2017: DISCUSSION  (Read 37364 times)

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

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While we await the next Iridium launch here’s a cool visualisation of the Iridium fleet:

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@pbdes Hi, just finished pre-final version of https://www.iridium.online - just a webgadget for Iridium fans....
https://twitter.com/challengepm/status/896168399755239424

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While we await the next Iridium launch here’s a cool visualisation of the Iridium fleet:

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@pbdes Hi, just finished pre-final version of https://www.iridium.online - just a webgadget for Iridium fans....
https://twitter.com/challengepm/status/896168399755239424

Just to credit the original creator of the website, https://www.iridium.online is modified version of http://stuffin.space/ created by James Yoder.

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Doesn't work for Linux Browsing in Chrome.

Error:  Iridium.online requires WebGL and Web Worker support.

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Doesn't work for Linux Browsing in Chrome.

Error:  Iridium.online requires WebGL and Web Worker support.

Does fine on Kubuntu in Firefox, at least.
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Tweet from Matt Desch:
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Formosat-5 now off “our” pad. @SpaceX informs us they need a few more days, so our L3 now Oct 4, 6:06am local. Ship 1st 2 sats tomorrow!

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Is the 39A pad that much better armored that it can do two week turns but this pad already needs over a month?

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I think its the throwback feature. Which I think will be implemented at LC40.
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Is the 39A pad that much better armored that it can do two week turns but this pad already needs over a month?

We don't actually know that the pad is the only reason for the slip.  Could be launch vehicle, dispensers, etc.

The record turnaround time for this pad so far is 2 months, before June of this year they had only launched from the pad 3 times.  By the end of 2018 that count could be 15+.  They should get much better at turning around that pad as the flight rate increases.

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Iridium-3 Update: Excited to share that 2 of 10 #IridiumNEXT SVs for launch 3 arrived to @SpaceX VAFB facility & started launch processing

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/902595992419258368

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7th and 8th sats for Launch #3 just pulled out to head towards VAFB.  I feel better knowing there's a guard riding along to protect them!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/904853448960696320

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It looks like there's a dog driving as well.  No wonder SpaceX can undercut the competition: they pay in dog-food and treats!

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It looks like there's a dog driving as well.  No wonder SpaceX can undercut the competition: they pay in dog-food and treats!
That's the passenger side, we drive on the other side of the road ;-)

He's just along for the ride as the AI takes the rig for a spin.
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I was referring to what looks like the ear of a second doggy visible on the driver's side.  I did spend most of the 90's driving on the wrong side of the road (UK), but now I drive on the right side!

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Must not live in the country, the bigger the SUV, the more likely it will be driving down the center of both lanes...

btw. When I blow up that image, I'm pretty sure it's a cat, not a dog in the drivers seat.
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Must not live in the country, the bigger the SUV, the more likely it will be driving down the center of both lanes...

btw. When I blow up that image, I'm pretty sure it's a cat, not a dog in the drivers seat.

It's a dog. As if cats can drive. lol.

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Perhaps the Party Thread would be a more appropriate place to discuss the driving skills of cats and dogs.

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An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

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I was wondering why the long turnaround between the OTV flight and this one.  What's the reason for the sudden drop in launch frequency? Basically a month of no launches by SpaceX.

I thought the aim was to pick up the pace rather than slow it down in the 2nd half of the year.

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They seem to have a launches lined up for early and mid-October on the East coast, so their rate really isn't going down.  The target rate for this year is almost twice a month (20-24 launches).

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They seem to have a launches lined up for early and mid-October on the East coast, so their rate really isn't going down.  The target rate for this year is almost twice a month (20-24 launches).
IF (notice the IF) Irma takes a route over Florida, with the eyewall passing over KSC/CCAFS or to the West of it, there will be so much damage that even the lower number of 20 launches will go out the window.

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