Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES  (Read 317149 times)

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UPDATES ONLY Coverage of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust mission with ORBCOMM-2 (Return To Flight)

Launch December 21 - 20:33 Eastern - NET.

Main Article(s) for RTF (as opposed to CRS-7 Failure):

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/spacex-conducts-falcon-9-improvements-busy-schedule/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/full-thrust-falcon-9-stage-testing-mcgregor/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-orbcomm-2-mission-falcon-9s-rtf/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-fire-full-thrust-falcon-9-first-stage/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/11/falcon-9-first-stage-cape-og-2-mission/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-static-fire-falcon-9-og-2-rtf/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-rtf-core-return-attempt-og2/

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Additional Resources:

SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0

SpaceX News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/

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SpaceX GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=45.0 - please use this for general questions NOT specific to this mission.

SpaceX MISSIONS Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0 - this section is for everything specific to SpaceX missions.

SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - RTF and ORBCOMM Discussion Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=38149.0

ORBCOMM-2 General Discussion (Satellite side):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=18640.0


ORBCOMM-2 Party Thread:
Coming soon.


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L2 SpaceX Section (Contains all relevant CRS-7/RTF/ORBCOMM-2 section)
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0

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SpaceX vid of Static fire test of F9v1.1 Full Thrust (1.2)

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So many threads, need to make sure they are all in line.

Updated the previous article (as I said I would), added images and Elon's comment from Berlin:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/full-thrust-falcon-9-stage-testing-mcgregor/

(And remember to comment in the DISCUSSION thread). Just keeping everything ticking over (Updates, Discussion and McGregor in this case).

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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes 19 minutes ago
SpaceX VP Rosen: Current assessment is a return to flight w/ in 6-8 weeks.#IAC2015

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ORBCOMM gets RTF:

SpaceX statement

“As we prepare for return to flight, SpaceX together with its customers SES and Orbcomm have evaluated opportunities to optimize the readiness of the upcoming Falcon 9 return-to-flight mission.  All parties have mutually agreed that SpaceX will now fly the Orbcomm-2 mission on the return-to-flight Falcon 9 vehicle.

 

“The Orbcomm-2 mission does not require a relight of the second stage engine following orbital insertion. Flying the Orbcomm-2 mission first will therefore allow SpaceX to conduct an on-orbit test of the second stage relight system after the Orbcomm-2 satellites have been safely deployed. This on-orbit test, combined with the current qualification program to be completed prior to launch, will further validate the second stage relight system and allow for optimization of the upcoming SES-9 mission and following missions to  geosynchronous transfer orbit.

 

“This change does not affect the timeline for SpaceX’s return-to-flight mission which is still targeted to take place in the next 6-8 weeks. The SES-9 launch is currently targeted for late December 2015.”


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Converted this into the Update Only Section for the ORBCOMM-2 Falcon 9 RTF mission.

Next milestone will be the full duration static test of the First Stage at McGregor.

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ORBCOMM Announces Launch Window for Second OG2 Mission

October 16, 2015

Rochelle Park, NJ, October 16, 2015 – ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced that ORBCOMM and SpaceX plan to launch eleven OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the next launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket targeted to take place in the next six to eight weeks.

http://www.orbcomm.com/uploads/files/ORBCOMM-ANNOUNCES-LAUNCH-WINDOW-FOR-SECOND-OG2-MISSION.pdf

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Preps for the Full Duration Static Fire are now taking place. Upcoming potentially later this week.

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Just to provide an update:

NET is still in November, but it's too far out to really know for sure. Smart money is on December, but right now NET is November.

Full Duration Static Fire is NET next few days. A successful test will be a major tick on the flow to launch, obviously.

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Static Fire is NET Saturday...but the weather is bad in the area, so we'll just have to keep an eye on it (or an ear as locals should know about this stage firing up for a full duration firing!)

Have an article in draft. Working out if to put it on before or after the Static Fire.

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So we're waiting for the test and I'll update this article when we hear of it. Is NET today, but the weather is apparently dire in the area.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-fire-full-thrust-falcon-9-first-stage/

Putting it on to also cover the latest NET dates for the next three missions, and such.

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Moog has shipped the Satellite Dispenser to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to support ORBCOMM Generation 2 satellites

26 October 2015 

East Aurora, N.Y., 26 October 2015

Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) Space and Defense Group has shipped the Satellite Dispenser to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) to support the launch of eleven ORBCOMM (Nasdaq: ORBC) Generation 2 (OG2) satellites.  The launch will take place in the coming weeks from Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) atop a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9, completing ORBCOMM’s next generation satellite constellation.  A Moog dispenser supported the previous successful launch of six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites on July 14, 2014.

 Both launches rely on a modular Satellite Dispenser built on multiple Moog EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) rings. The Dispenser protects the entire payload “stack” from launch vehicle vibrations and shock using a Moog SoftRide vibration isolation system. In addition, Moog provided the Dispenser electrical harness and will be performing the integration of the Dispenser/spacecraft assembly at the SpaceX CCAFS facility.

 The Moog ESPA, first launched in 2007, has established standards for secondary payloads, spawning the standard of “ESPA class” spacecraft. This versatile design can be used for Ride Share opportunities, multiple payload launches as with OG2, a modular spacecraft structural bus as with LCROSS, or the platform for a “free flyer” as for the Air Force EAGLE program. ESPA has enabled missions from Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to the Moon.

 The Moog SoftRide system has flown over 30 times since 1998 on ten different launch vehicles, isolating spacecraft and payloads from the rough launch vibration, shock, and structure-borne acoustic environment associated with the launch.  The SoftRide system uses a series of isolators ‘tuned’ to the launch vehicle environment and properties of the payload, in this case three ESPAs and eleven OG2 spacecraft. The SoftRide system allows the spacecraft design to be focused on the mission and not the first several minutes of the launch.

 Moog engineers and technicians will be performing launch site integration of the spacecraft to the ESPA/SoftRide Dispenser in the next few weeks.  Moog engineers will perform the mechanical integration of the OG2 spacecraft to the ESPAs and electrical harnessing and checkouts for the dispensing system that deploys the spacecraft into the correct orbits.

Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at www.moog.com.

Additional information about Moog’s Space Sector can be found at www.moog.com/space.

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https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/658913128420384768

SpaceX President Shotwell Oct 27 at CASBAA convention: Current target is early Dec for Falcon 9 v1.2 Full Thrust upgrade w/ Orbcomm sats.

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The first shipment (6 pcs) of Orbcomm’s 11-satellite payload for the Falcon 9 rocket’s first flight since a June launch failure has arrived at Cape Canaveral.
http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/11/06/planning-for-december-falcon-9-launch-orbcomm-ships-satellites/

This picture shows all 11 OG2 satellites inside Sierra Nevada’s factory in Louisville, CO before shipment to Florida.
« Last Edit: 11/07/2015 12:33 PM by pospa »

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I thought that picture was tweeted by ORBCOMM on October 22nd,...

https://twitter.com/SatelliteAIS/status/657170803067363328
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MOOG espa rings stacked and preparing for the integration to #OG2 satellites next week.
https://mobile.twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/661903344349392896
« Last Edit: 11/07/2015 09:21 PM by pospa »

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SpaceX FCC application for Orbcomm launch communications approved (F9-21)

EXPERIMENTAL SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION - https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=169199&x=.

With a NET of 23 November 2015 - https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=168689&x=.

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I know it's an update thread (sorry mods ;D) but in case anyone new gets confused, there's no way this launch is going to be November 23. It'll be December. The NET will be based on pre-requests, etc.

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