Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GovSat-1 (SES-16) : Jan 31. 2018 - Discussion  (Read 111281 times)

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No update thread so will post this here... Govsat may potentially launch before FH according to SpaceX PAO-

https://mobile.twitter.com/AmericaSpace/status/950464308017811457

That would not be surprising, since FH still has a lot of test milestones to complete before it can launch and they are tentatively scheduled within 1 day of each other.

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GovSat-1 telecom sat owned by @SES_Satellites /Lux govt JV GovSat, built by @OrbitalATK, arrives at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for planned Jan 30 @SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/951363834576502784

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GovSat-1 Arrives at Cape Canaveral for SpaceX Launch
11/01/2018
GovSat’s first satellite GovSat-1 will offer highly secure capabilities for governments and institutions
 
Luxembourg, 11 January 2018 – The GovSat-1 spacecraft has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, which is a brand operated by a joint venture between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES. It is scheduled for launch at the end of this month on board a SpaceX flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket.

The multi-mission satellite was built by Orbital ATK and is designed for the exclusive use of governments and institutions. Located at the 21.5 degrees East orbital slot, GovSat-1 will serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including substantial maritime coverage over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Patrick Biewer, CEO of GovSat, said, “We are committed to our mission of providing secure satellite communication services for governments and institutions. GovSat-1, with its highly flexible payload featuring advanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities, will further secure the connectivity for our users’ applications. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming launch of this satellite.”

https://www.govsat.lu/news/govsat-1-arrivesat-cape-canaveral-for-spacex-launch
« Last Edit: 01/11/2018 02:30 PM by gongora »

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State-owned Antonov, Ukraine's only aircraft manufacturer, has applied to U.S. Department of Transportation for an emergency exemption to operate a single one-way all-cargo charter flight by An-124-100 Ruslan transporting outsized rocket hardware manufactured by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX).
https://economics.unian.info/2340258-ukraines-antonov-applies-for-us-permit-to-haul-spacexs-cargo.html

The article later states that two fairing halves are the cargo.
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And looks like the An-124 is on its way to LAX:

https://www.flightradar24.com/ADB251F/1018f832

That plane already flew from LAX to Titusville today.

edit:  See posts in SpaceX General Discussion starting here.
« Last Edit: 01/11/2018 06:29 PM by gongora »

The mystery is finally solved - B1032 (NROL-76) booster will be launching this satellite.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/01/11/after-zuma-spacex-keeps-pace-in-preps-for-next-falcon-9-launch/

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I thought B1032 was mothballed after NROL-76.
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GovSat-1 Arrives at Cape Canaveral for SpaceX Launch
11/01/2018
GovSat’s first satellite GovSat-1 will offer highly secure capabilities for governments and institutions
 
Luxembourg, 11 January 2018 – The GovSat-1 spacecraft has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, which is a brand operated by a joint venture between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES. It is scheduled for launch at the end of this month on board a SpaceX flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket.

The multi-mission satellite was built by Orbital ATK and is designed for the exclusive use of governments and institutions. Located at the 21.5 degrees East orbital slot, GovSat-1 will serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including substantial maritime coverage over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Patrick Biewer, CEO of GovSat, said, “We are committed to our mission of providing secure satellite communication services for governments and institutions. GovSat-1, with its highly flexible payload featuring advanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities, will further secure the connectivity for our users’ applications. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming launch of this satellite.”

https://www.govsat.lu/news/govsat-1-arrivesat-cape-canaveral-for-spacex-launch
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I thought B1032 was mothballed after NROL-76.

There was no real logic to it, other then it being stored out in the open.
It was one of the first cores to be stored outside. Hence the conclusion then.
Given it had a real easy profile, it should be perfect for re-use and next in line.

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I thought B1032 was mothballed after NROL-76.

I assume you’re talking about the picture of the two cores behind Hangar M from last August?

Those were actually 1029 and 1021. We haven’t seen 1032 since it landed at LZ-1.

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http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/falcon9ft.html

The reason why I believed B1032 to be mothballed was because in the Falcon 9 Stage Serial Number Log, Ed Kyle listed that the core was mothballed following touchdown.

However, I am aware that it WILL change within this month.
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http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/falcon9ft.html

The reason why I believed B1032 to be mothballed was because in the Falcon 9 Stage Serial Number Log, Ed Kyle listed that the core was mothballed following touchdown.

However, I am aware that it WILL change within this month.
No. It is because the Core was stored outside instead of in a hanger like normal.

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http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/falcon9ft.html

The reason why I believed B1032 to be mothballed was because in the Falcon 9 Stage Serial Number Log, Ed Kyle listed that the core was mothballed following touchdown.

However, I am aware that it WILL change within this month.
No. It is because the Core was stored outside instead of in a hanger like normal.

Where was it stored?

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http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/falcon9ft.html

The reason why I believed B1032 to be mothballed was because in the Falcon 9 Stage Serial Number Log, Ed Kyle listed that the core was mothballed following touchdown.

However, I am aware that it WILL change within this month.
No. It is because the Core was stored outside instead of in a hanger like normal.

Where was it stored?
Mainly at Hanger AM.
« Last Edit: 01/12/2018 09:59 PM by russianhalo117 »

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So I may have missed it, but has it been declared one way or the other if this mission will utilize OCISLY or will they dispose of the old Block 3 stage? Given the desire to launch FH in the next week to week and a half, that doesn't leave much of any room to land, return to port and then go out again for the drone ship in the amount of time that SpaceX is talking about for FH, and makes me think they'll get rid of the old stage...

It also makes me wonder if at some point they'll buy/rent another drone ship for the East Coast given the many launches from those two pads that may otherwise necessitate throwing away even Block V cores if the schedule demands it...

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I haven't seen it announced.

They only have about a dozen east coast flights this year that would need the drone ship.  If the future internet constellation launches can RTLS there really won't be a reason for two drone ships at the Cape.
« Last Edit: 01/25/2018 03:11 AM by gongora »

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So I may have missed it, but has it been declared one way or the other if this mission will utilize OCISLY or will they dispose of the old Block 3 stage? Given the desire to launch FH in the next week to week and a half, that doesn't leave much of any room to land, return to port and then go out again for the drone ship in the amount of time that SpaceX is talking about for FH, and makes me think they'll get rid of the old stage...

It also makes me wonder if at some point they'll buy/rent another drone ship for the East Coast given the many launches from those two pads that may otherwise necessitate throwing away even Block V cores if the schedule demands it...
Since this will be the second flight for this core I imagine they'll be expending it. From a testing standpoint that center core from FH will be extremely valuable.

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Since this will be the second flight for this core I imagine they'll be expending it. From a testing standpoint that center core from FH will be extremely valuable.
Plus, there is one (?) centre core at the moment, and many used boosters.

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From the updates thread:
M1389 GovSat-1 Launch Hazard Areas visualization based on issued NOTMAR.

I couldn't find the issued NOTMAR, but I am not sure where I should look for it, actually. What launch date does the NOTMAR show? Is it still Jan 30th? AFAIR, previously SpaceX required at least 4 days between a static fire and a launch, so they should conduct a static fire NLT tomorrow if they still want to launch on Jan 30th.

EDIT:
I managed to find the NOTMAR here (PDF attached): https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=7
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Primary launch day: 30 / 2118Z thru 31 / 0037Z Jan 18. Preferred T-0 is 2123Z.
Backup launch day: 31 / 2118Z thru 01 / 0037Z Feb 18. Preferred T-0 is 2123Z.

So the planned launch date seems to be unchanged, at least for now.
« Last Edit: 01/25/2018 02:09 PM by Elthiryel »
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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