Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 3 : Oct 9, 2017 - UPDATES  (Read 59192 times)

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UPDATE ONLY THREAD for Flight 3 of the Iridium NEXT missions.

Flight 3: October 9, 2017 at 0537 PDT (1237 UTC). (new booster, probably 1041) from SLC-4E at Vandenberg.  Landing of first stage on ASDS is expected.

   Flight 3 will launch into Iridium plane 4.

   NSF Threads for Iridium NEXT Flight 3: Discussion / Updates / L2 Coverage September-October
   NSF Articles for Iridium NEXT Flight 3: 
   SpaceX realign near-term manifest ahead of double launch salvo
   SpaceX preps Falcon 9 for Iridium 3 static fire, Vandenberg manifest realigns
   Launch Article



See the Flight 1 Discussion Thread for more information and links to other Iridium Next threads and articles.

General information for Iridium flights 1-7
   Payload Mass: 8600kg for 10 satellites + 1000kg for dispenser = 9600kg
   Launch orbit: 625km, 86.66 degrees
   Operational orbit: 778km, 86.4 degrees

81 Satellites will be built for Iridium NEXT, with 66 being needed for a fully operational constellation.  All of the satellites will carry ADS-B aviation tracking hosted payloads for Aireon, and 60 of the satellites will carry AIS maritime tracking hosted payloads for exactEarth.



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)
   L2 SpaceX Section

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Full Payload of Satellites for Third Iridium® NEXT Launch are Onsite at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Pre-Launch Processing Nearly Complete in Anticipation of October 4th Launch

MCLEAN, Va. – September 20, 2017 - Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM), today announced that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for the third launch are onsite at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.  Pre-launch processing activities are underway, which includes mating them to the dispensers, fueling and encapsulation within the fairing.  The Falcon 9 rocket stages and fairing components are also onsite and in processing for launch. Scheduled for October 4, 2017 at 6:06am PDT (1:06pm UTC), this early morning launch continues the ambitious deployment pace for the Iridium NEXT program, set to launch a total of 75 satellites on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. A total of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites are being built - 66 are required for the operational constellation, with the remaining 15 serving as on-orbit spares (nine) and ground spares (six).

 

“Our teams, not only in California, but also in Arizona and in Northern Virginia, have maintained a steady and impressive pace when it comes to pre-and-post launch operations,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “We’re setting a new industry standard for satellite deployment, in terms of both time and efficiency. On our end, all systems are go for our coming predawn launch.”

 

The October 4th launch is the third of eight launches for the Iridium NEXT program. Under the lead of Thales Alenia Space (Iridium NEXT System Prime Contractor), the satellites were shipped in pairs from the Orbital ATK Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Arizona to VAFB. The satellites were delivered in specially designed motion and temperature-controlled containers designed to maintain optimal environmental conditions.

 

Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation global satellite constellation scheduled for completion in 2018. Iridium NEXT represents the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organizations worldwide rely upon to drive business, enable connectivity, empower disaster relief efforts and more. Iridium NEXT will introduce new capabilities, such as Iridium CertusSM, the company’s next-generation multi-service communications platform, which will deliver broadband speeds over L-band for aviation, maritime, land mobile, Internet of Things applications for commercial and government organizations. It will also enable the AireonSM space-based ADS-B, real-time, global aircraft surveillance and flight tracking system.

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Iridium pic:

Iridium NEXT satellites undergoing pre-launch processing

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Another image from Iridium

Edit to add:

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T - minus 14 days and counting! Satellites all mated and being fueled today. blog.iridium.com/2017/09/20/ful…

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/910528864807473152
« Last Edit: 09/20/2017 03:44 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Watching the launch date. L2 notes have Static Fire for September 30, but with caveat the launch may be moving to the right by several days (no firm date, not being vague). Iridium CEO Matt is usually pretty good at noting date changes, so keep an eye on his Twitter.

So nothing official, but keep an eye on it.

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Iridium or SpaceX need to post to confirm the change, but the L2 Range has this as NET October 9 now (as in documented, so it's October 9, but the rules are SpaceX or the Customer make it "official"). So I'll characterise this as "We expect SpaceX or Iridium to note IR-3 is now October 9".


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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/912680164827447296

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Iridium-3 launch slated for 10/9 from Vandenberg, AFB in California—setting up back-to-back launches in early October.

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Here's the time:

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Iridium Corporate‏ Verified account @IridiumComm 3m3 minutes ago

It's an early morning (5:37 am PDT) #ColumbusDay launch from the #NewWorld out of VAFB! #IridiumNEXT #Nina #Pinta #SantaMaria #Falcon9

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/912680882657546241

So 12:37pm UTC

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Matt Desch‏ @IridiumBoss 3m3 minutes ago

Patience everything in spaceflight, but success better than fast!  Our sats are ready and looking fwd to their (very) early morning flight!

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/912691749226729474

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Matt Desch‏ @IridiumBoss  22h22 hours ago
Replying to @ASchweigler
SpaceX needed more time for second stage processing at VAFB.  Ran out of schedule margin.  No problems I'm aware of.

 Matt Desch‏ @IridiumBoss  22h22 hours ago
Replying to @CJDaniels77
Don't have specifics, but no big issues.  SpaceX was running late on second stage processing at VAFB and needed more time.
https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/912703915384242176
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

Falcon 9 Scheduled for Launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -  Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch
the third Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9
rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here Monday, Oct. 9, at 5:37 a.m. PDT.

Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, is the space launch
commander.

"Our mission is to provide assured access to space and to do it safely and
securely. We can't accomplish this without great mission partners like
SpaceX," said Hough. "SpaceX's and 30 SW's ever present 'can-do-attitude'
and job pride will be on display for the Iridium-3 launch."

Due to the early morning launch time, the Hawk's Nest on Hwy 1 south of
Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate will not be open.

- 30 -

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Iridium Corporate‏ Verified account @IridiumComm 22m22 minutes ago

Iridium-3 Update: #IridiumNEXT SVs are mated & stacked in prep for encapsulation! T-5 days to launch @SpaceX @30thSpaceWing #NationalTacoDay

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/915696256693014528


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Window for the Falcon 9 (Iridium NEXT-3) Static Fire opens at the top of the hour.

10 mins from this post time stamp.

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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting October 9 launch of Iridium-3 from Vandenberg AFB in California.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/915932492460380160

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https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/915936031706370049

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Getting real!  Weather currently looks good for Monday morning, and all else is on track.  Busy @SpaceX weekend- rooting for SES-11 on Sat!

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OrbitalATK and Iridium NEXT

Orbital ATK
Published on Oct 5, 2017

Under a contract from Thales Alenia Space, Orbital ATK is assembling and testing the 81 Iridium NEXT satellites at its Gilbert, Arizona satellite manufacturing facility.  Orbital ATK engineers highlight the challenges and rewards of working on this exciting program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwK-HX3JWtw?t=001

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With #Iridium-3 now 6 days away, we're excited to share the official launch patch! Check it out along w/ other gear bit.ly/2yFW0dM

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/915239432869089282

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SpaceX Mission 1339 Launch Hazard Areas visualization for Iridium-3 based on issued NOTMAR and NOTAM.
(It looks like someone drew that ugly NOTMAR area by hand at this time.;) )

Stage 2 debris area is included (identical with Iridium-1 mission).
« Last Edit: 10/06/2017 01:34 PM by Raul »

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Spicy behind-the-scenes peek at 1041, posted an hour ago.
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Other views of hazard zones:

EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 091201Z TO 091336Z OCT,
ALTERNATE 101201Z TO 101336Z OCT
IN AREA BOUND BY
33-00N 121-30W, 33-13N 120-23W,
33-00N 119-20W, 32-52N 119-05W,
32-00N 118-20W, 31-10N 118-16W,
31-00N 118-20W, 29-00N 119-00W,
28-30N 119-20W, 28-23N 119-39W,
28-20N 120-00W, 28-30N 121-11W,
28-50N 121-30W, 30-31N 121-50W,
31-10N 121-50W, 32-50N 121-50W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 101436Z OCT 17.//

Authority: WESTERN RANGE 281841Z SEP 17.

Date: 040600Z OCT 17
Cancel: 10143600 Oct 17

SOUTH PACIFIC.
DNC 06, DNC 29.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 091401Z TO 091504Z OCT,
ALTERNATE 101401Z TO 101504Z OCT
IN AREA BETWEEN
27-43S 73-06S AND 147-18W 138-54W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 101604Z OCT 17.//

Authority: WESTERN RANGE 281841Z SEP 17.

Date: 040619Z OCT 17
Cancel: 10160400 Oct 17

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Looks like the boat DM Tapper is off shore for the Iridium flight:

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:424351/mmsi:366053000/imo:0/vessel:DM_TAPPER

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Official SpaceX patch for this mission.
« Last Edit: 10/08/2017 06:25 PM by Raul »

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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/917127765555503104

Falcon 9 and Iridium-3 are vertical on SLC-4E at Vandenberg AFB. Weather is 90% favorable for tomorrow's launch at 5:37 a.m. PDT, 12:37 UTC.


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Here's a bit higher res version of the same photo. Really great details :D
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And the VIP pass to get those views, FWIW :)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ_wc29jjOf/
« Last Edit: 10/08/2017 10:12 PM by vaporcobra »
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From the SpaceX.com homepage

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Nice wide shot and the 2nd photo speaks for itself ...

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Setting up remote cameras for the SpaceX/Iridium launch tomorrow

https://twitter.com/dmoberhaus/status/917154958134304768

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On the bus to the press site.  Don’t have access to the LD loop yet, but all appears on track.

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SpaceX‏Verified account @SpaceX 16s17 seconds ago

T-60 minutes until Falcon 9 launch of Iridium-3. Launch webcast will go live ~15 minutes before liftoff → http://spacex.com/webcast

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/917353355638226944
« Last Edit: 10/09/2017 11:40 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
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RP-1 fueling underway.

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LAUNCH area reported clear and ready.

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NSF has Chris G, Philip, Jay and Derrick there. I think we've got this one covered! :)

"Update only thread, Chris!" Sorry! :)

From the L2 photo dump. Philip Sloss caught engineers with B1041:

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LOX load

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T-35 minutes. LOX loading should be starting now.
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Huge LOX vent.  All is well.
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Crystal clear skies!

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Sputnik from Testshot Starfish!
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Coverage has started.
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Second stage has got its vent going on.

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T-14 minutes. Launch at 12:37:01 UTC.
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T-13 minutes. Talking about transporter/erector.
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T-12 minutes. TE reclines before launch. Everything looks good. Not working any significant issues or problems.
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T-11 minutes. LOX loading for both stages continuing.
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T-10 minutes. Spacecraft on internal power. Upper atmosphere winds a little high, but within spec.
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T-9 minutes. 1 second launch window.
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Confirmation of aluminum grid fins due to lower energy trajectory.

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T-8 minutes. Iridium promo.
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T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting now.
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T-6 minutes. 0.5 million connected devices.
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T-5 minutes. Placed on trucks.
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T-4 minutes. First 20 satellites working well.
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T-3 minutes. Lots of venting.
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T-2 minutes. Stage 2 LOX secured. Range is green.
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T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is in startup.
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LD Go for launch
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Liftoff!
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LAUNCH!!

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T+1 minute.
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T+2 minutes.
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Staging 1-2. Second stage onwards. Booster returning.

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Separation.

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Booster re-entry start.

Shutdown.
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Touchdown!
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Grid Fins really worked a lot there. But landed it again! :D

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T+8 minutes.
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T+9 minutes.

SECO.
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T+10 minutes. Upcoming events.

00:52:02 2nd stage engine restarts
00:52:05 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:57:06 Iridium NEXT satellites begin deployment
01:12:06 Iridium NEXT satellites end deployment
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Just a fun one for the update thread while we're in the coast:

Server demand. Fun "in the bucket" routine for visitors to the site. From the countdown, then people concentrate on the webcast, to post landing and into the coast phase where people surge to discuss what they watched ;D

The *lowest* point in this screenshot (still a lot of people!) is where we would have gone "Bad Gateway" just a few years ago. Thank you to the L2 members, as they've paid for this monster hosting package to allow us to cope with the surges, etc :)

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T+20 minutes. Halfway across the Pacific.
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T+30 minutes. Approaching Antarctica. Still need to fix those artefacts near the South Pole!
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T+40 minutes. Flying over Antarctica.
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Epic view from Harris Grade Road in search of the perfect launch streak shot. All events clearly visible in the dark sky save for the landing burn which was over the horizon.

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T+50 minutes. Heading to Madagascar. About two minutes to second ignition.
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One minute to second ignition.
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Ignition and shutdown! Good orbit.
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Second burn of the Second Stage:

And shutdown. Good orbit.

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Four minutes to first separation.
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Second stage moving to S/C Sep attitude. Will take 15 minutes to release them all.

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That's some view.

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One minute to first separation. Each separates in 1 minute 40 second intervals.

First spacecraft is away!
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Good orbit. Good attitude. 10 spacecraft to sep. First one released (bottom left). What a view.

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Second spacecraft is away, at top of picture.

White lump on engine is solid oxygen.
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Third sat is away. This one is out of view.
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AOS Dubai.
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Clear view of fourth satellite separation.
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Showing that solid oxygen (SOX?) on the engine.
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Fifth satellite away. This one is out of view.
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Sixth satellite deployed.
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Number 7 is on its way. No video.
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Eighth satellite away. Out of view.
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One more to go!
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Final spacecraft deploy confirmed! 10/10.
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Congrats to SX and Iridium.  Thanks to NSF.
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All 10 released!

William Graham's article updated:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/10/spacex-falcon-9-launch-third-set-iridium-satellites/

Thanks to Steven and all for the coverage!

One post each of congrats as per tradition. Just that, discussion and replies to the discussion thread etc :)

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Congratulations to both SpaceX and Iridium. Great show as usual.

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SpaceX signing off.

Congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium for the successful launch!
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Nominal congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium and everyone else involved with the mission. Onwards to SES-11!

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Congratulations to both SpaceX and Iridium! :)

With all these boosters coming back, SpaceX will soon have an issue where to store them... :p

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Congratulations to SpaceX, 30th SW, and Iridium.   8)

Thanks to Steven and Chris for the coverage.   8)
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Congrats to all for the "norminal" success.

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Perfect mission, congrats to SpaceX and Iridium! Thirty deployed, 45 to go.

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Congratulations!

I will be in Orlando for a week in early May.
I am hopeful that with the increased launch cadence I might see my first launch!

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Congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium for no 3 of 8.
Even though it was the 14th SpaceX launch this year I was still excited for liftoff. With Dragon2, FH (most likely) in the next year and BFR on the horizon I do not want any more hickups.
So lets stay that way.
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Congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium, and the Vandenberg folks that make launches possible!

I missed the launch getting my kid fed and out the door, but managed to catch the 9th deployment.  Always amazing to watch the payloads gently wafting away into the void to begin their life.  Really liked the view of the "beads" as I am not sure I've ever personally seen that before.

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Many congrats to SpaceX and Iridium.  Thanks to all here who provided coverage.

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Ten up, one down, just perfect :). Congrats!

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That's how you do it!
See you in a couple of days for the next one :)
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MISSION HIGHLIGHTS: https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/917389596526284800

Incredible footage of the sats deploying!

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Once again many congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium - another flawless launch, recovery and deployment.

Looking forward to the remaining 5  :)

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Gif of the sats deploying. What a view!

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Iridium-3 Mission replay is now up:

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Way to keep making it look easy. Congrats to everyone involved, keep it up! Looking forward to yet another launch in a couple days!


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My personal favorite shot was the first stage cam during second stage ignition #1 - you could see the second stage exhaust plume flowing over the contours of the first stage, like in one of those arcjet facilities where they test heat shields.  Second favorite shot was second stage ignition #2, where you can see some chunks of solid (presumably oxygen) get shaken off during ignition and then obliterated once they hit the exhaust plume.

Anyways, huge congratulations to everyone involved in today's launch - can't wait to see the next one!
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SPECTACULAR!!

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Particularly liked the shot of the satellite deploying in the foreground with several others in the background and the Earth below.
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Smooth, routine. With some beautiful shots - the plume impingement just after MECO; the ripples in the exhaust during boostback burn, and the string of iridium sats visible on the cam. Congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium and thanks NSF for the coverage!

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Confirmation of Sats talking to the ground:

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/917395576261619714
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Congrats to all once again. :)

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Congrats to SpaceX and NSF for the excellent coverage! this was one of those missions that I had to follow at work, so NSF was the only way to follow the mission  :D

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Congrats to SpaceX and Iridium for another awesome launch/landing.

I missed this one because I needed my sleep.
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NSF has Chris G, Philip, Jay and Derrick there. I think we've got this one covered! :)

And thank you to Steven here on the launch thread to re-live and review the event!  (I was only able to watch T-1 minute to SECO-1 live.)

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Congrats to SpaceX, the range and Iridium and also big thanks to NSF for coverage here and great pics on L2.
A really smooth nighttime launch. I am happy this is a holiday in the US, otherwise, I would have to miss it.

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Congrats to SpaceX and Iridium! Great launch and landing! Great year so far for SpaceX! Hope they can keep it up!

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I had to drive from GR to Dearborn but I had the Youtube streaming on the phone, and when we were at T-2:00 was in a park and ride watching.

WAY to go team. No Matt, we fans are NOT tired of you yet. Today's vid on what Iridium enables was really great... it boggles the mind how many different applications there are.

Congrats to SpaceX, Iridium and all the folks who make this mission possible, as well as for the superb coverage
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Congratulations to all concerned. Make the most of the Falcon 9 whilst you can before it goes away...

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Great work everyone, SpaceX, Iridium, and all the great and newsy coverage we got from all the intrepid NSF citizen journalists! 



« Last Edit: 10/09/2017 05:28 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Congrats to all for a launch that was SOOOOO routine, we need a second one this week to feed our addiction!

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Please tell me the 30th Space Wing didn't throw in a random ICBM launch in there...

EDIT: Replaced with a corrected 30th Wing video.
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She was a beast there on the pad, snorting away with all that venting.  Very cool.  Maybe there'll be some proper photos released?
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Congratulations on launch #14 of the year!

The vehicle was spectacular looking on the pad, the launch was spectacular, good work on the barge landing and the 10 satellite deploy too. Now ready for another F9 launch Wednesday evening, good luck!
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Great launch and satellite delivery. Landing in the dark gives a feel of the reality of the task - a dot on the map that is unerringly hit dead centre by the returning stage. Good work SpaceX and congratulations to all involved, with thanks as usual to all those here at NSF that capture the launch moment by moment.
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A surprisingly nice view, 100 miles from the site.


(1:20 for the sighting)

Many congrats to everyone involved for the successful conclusion of yet another launch campaign.
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Another outstanding launch!  Great job to everyone involved!

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A surprisingly nice view, 100 miles from the site.


(1:20 for the sighting)

Many congrats to everyone involved for the successful conclusion of yet another launch campaign.

Here's another video I stumbled across zoomed in on stage separation and boostback:



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Congrats to all the teams, well done! Thanks for the global team coverage provided by NSF! :)
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congrats to SpaceX and Iridium. And these videos of the separation and boostback burn from a distance ... Beautiful!!! More videos like that please!

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She was a beast there on the pad, snorting away with all that venting.  Very cool.  Maybe there'll be some proper photos released?

VAFB has great pre-launch video.  The snorts, venting, fog, it all so visceral.

Great launch of a  complicated mission.  Another booster to add to the inventory!

Bring on the next one. 
Excited to be finally into the first Falcon Heavy flow, we are getting so close!

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NORAD cataloged 10 sats

42955~42964/2017-061A~K: 612 x 627 km x 86.68 deg.
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SpaceX are being unusually slow in releasing launch photos, apart from the attached on their website

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Woke my kid up to see this one.  Watched the sats deploy over breakfast. Great launch.

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Some rough seas are apparently delaying crew from boarding JRTI.

Edit: I should clarify, as of ~24 hours ago.
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Found some clearer waters, and an owl that apparently made a horrible mistake and wound up 300 miles off the coast of CA :)

Edit: FWIW, another poster (an employee) said that we should "stay tuned for more pictures of the actual launch", so hopefully that means the lack of official photos is temporary!
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Third Set of Iridium® NEXT Satellites Arrive in Orbit and Provide Telemetry

MCLEAN, Va. – October 11, 2017 - Iridium Communications announced today that the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, launched Monday by SpaceX, are functioning nominally and have begun the testing and validation process. This batch of 10 satellites was launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, increasing the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in space to 30.

“Since Monday’s success, all things are pointing positive,” said Scott Smith, chief operating officer at Iridium. “The team at the Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) is ready and has already been working around the clock since their deployment Monday.  Unlike previous launches, where some satellites were sent drifting to their operational orbital plane, all 10 satellites from this launch will go directly into operation once testing is completed. This phase of satellite maneuvers and testing is where the Iridium satellite network operations teams truly shine.”

Now, and for approximately the next 45 days, these newly launched satellites will undergo a series of testing and validation procedures, ensuring they are ready for integration with the operational constellation.  Once testing is completed, Iridium will also hand over control of Aireon’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast hosted payload, to the team at Aireon’s Hosted Payload Operations Center (HPOC), also in Leesburg, Va.

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.

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Stunning full collection in L2 (Starts here: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43935.msg1735616#msg1735616 - which is an amazing thread as it includes Chris G, Philip Sloss, Helo and Jay with his crazy telescope camera of launch day), but have to share a couple of these from NSF member Sam Sun. You all know Sam's photos are of the aerial variety. ;D

Falcon 9 B1041, riding on the SpaceX ASDS JRTI, sailing past Catalina Island.

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Some SpaceX launch photos (finally!)

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More photos from SpaceX that I don’t think have been posted before

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Recovered SpaceX booster rocket arrives at the Port of Los Angeles

By SANDY MAZZA | Daily Breeze
PUBLISHED: October 12, 2017

http://www.dailybreeze.com/2017/10/12/recovered-spacex-booster-rocket-arrives-at-the-port-of-los-angeles/

I observed 10 Iridium satellites in Japan(October 10, 2017 19:25 UT).

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The #IridiumNEXT-3 booster back at port in San Pedro this morning from its Oct 9 launch and landing at Vandenberg AFB. #SpaceX

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/918588007191543809

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Ouch.... they are not burnt... ablative coating?

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Ouch.... they are not burnt... ablative coating?

The hot ones were on the SES flight from Florida.

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Leg pistons are off acording to this Instagram post:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaPKMCuh6sE/

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I just visited @JRTIDroneShip again here are some pics then the rest can be found on imgur: https://imgur.com/gallery/0yEis

https://twitter.com/slc4_lz2/status/919355184534339584

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Iridium NEXT Powering New Capabilities


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Published on Oct 16, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho3JcjVURLw?t=001

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Per this video, landing legs are off:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaZ6w7igY7G/
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A quiet midnight visit to Iridium 3 shows her still standing in port on late friday night/early saturday morning 20/21 October. They are in no hurry to get her back to the shop. Looks like she was the backdrop for a SpaceX party over the weekend according to the sign.

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Nice video from Iridium for this launch! Couple of good screenshots below.

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Launch 3 SV change-outs continue to go well.  Today's replacement of SV5 and SV6 mean no SVs from 1st launch 20 yrs ago in network anymore!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/927965718762676224

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Launch 3 sat activities progressing well on schedule. By tomorrow, 6 of 10 will be carrying traffic; all 10 by next weekend. SV8 and SV51 deboosted with 4 more by YE. #IridiumNEXT

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/928985199114903552

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