Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES  (Read 134461 times)

Online docmordrid

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So, about 1328.07 Eastern.
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Offline gongora

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Tweet from James Dean:
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SpaceX mishap report still "under review" by FAA, which has not yet issued a launch license for Iridium return-to-flight mission.

Online Chris Bergin

Yeah, you can bet the FAA are watching this Static Fire like hawks. A bit strange as I was told the FAA has no say in mission success.

"Chris! Not an update on the update only thread!" I hear you cry. ;) Sure, but the relevance is the Static Fire. They've been a bit delayed by usual - non rocket - things (Static Fires always have long windows anyway), but we'll know they are close when they start prop loading. That's the update.

Online Chris Bergin

Not going forward with the Static Fire today. Moving to Wednesday.

Should add, only a minor issue, not with the rocket - but needs to be fixed when the rocket's not vertical. Launch date not impacted by this.


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This isn't from us, but the above reference to delays with Static Fire could make this fit:

https://twitter.com/VincentLamigeon/status/816656697708187648

#SpaceX Falcon 9 return to flight finally planned on Monday Jan 9th, a little bird told me. Backup dates Jan 11 & 12th

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Now getting word this is indeed now NET 9th, but I'd want SpaceX - or more likely Iridium - to say so.

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« Last Edit: 01/05/2017 12:08 PM by Chris Bergin »

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F9 is vertical and going for an attempt today.

Will update again if we hear of a firing. HOWEVER, as per usual, only SpaceX (or Iridium as the customer) can declare a good static fire, usually via Twitter. Then it'll be data review and LRR.

Online Chris Bergin

Unconfirmed (because SpaceX are the ones to confirm) that Falcon 9 has come to life at Vandenberg! Wait for SpaceX to confirm, very important, not least how the Static Fire test data looks.

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@elonmusk
Hold-down firing of @SpaceX Falcon 9 at Vandenberg Air Force completed. All systems are go for launch next week.

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"The FAA has not yet issued a license to SpaceX for a launch in January," the Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday. "The FAA continues to work closely with SpaceX as they conduct the investigation and prepare for future Falcon 9 launches."
http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/05/news/elon-musk-spacex-launch/

Offline Joaosg

World crisis avoided. FAA granted the launch license

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/817414249643438080

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Just got this statement from the FAA. A launch license for SpaceX's Iridium NEXT launch has been granted:
« Last Edit: 01/06/2017 04:01 PM by Joaosg »


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@IridiumComm:

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Iridium is excited to share we're planned to launch on Monday, Jan 9 at 10:22am PST weather permitting. bit.ly/2iZ7mCE #IridiumNEXT

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Matt Desch on Twitter:

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Looks like we're good to go for Monday!  Payload/rocket mating underway; we'll just have to see about the weather. Anti-rain dances, anyone?

Online Chris Bergin

Per the Twitter rumors, SpaceX's new launch date for Falcon 9/Iridium is NET January 14 via our sources. Not official as SpaceX or Iridium need to say it.

Offline Wolfram66

Per the Twitter rumors, SpaceX's new launch date for Falcon 9/Iridium is NET January 14 via our sources. Not official as SpaceX or Iridium need to say it.

Definitely a weather component to the delay
http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/eastpac/movies/g9irn/g9irn_loop.html

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https://www.noozhawk.com/article/weather_willing_spacex_iridium_hope_for_launch_monday_from_vafb_20170107

'Despite having a Federal Aviation Administration license in hand and an on-pad test complete, a Falcon 9 rocket and its cargo still will have to wait several days longer for the launch  from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Liftoff of the Space Exploration Technologies rocket now is planned for Jan. 14 from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base, according to safety notices revised Saturday evening.'

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This fella's got a big inside track on this one. He absolutely knew before I did:

https://twitter.com/VincentLamigeon

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Precision : Jan 14th is the best case scenario, according to #Iridium
https://twitter.com/vincentlamigeon/status/817937658848522240

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@apkJeremyK @BrandongTurner Vanderberg Air Force base availability is another issue
https://twitter.com/vincentlamigeon/status/817938935066173440

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