Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES  (Read 140927 times)

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My Ops team is really rocking on shaking out our new Iridium NEXT birds. Just hit 1000 testing activities since launch. Going well!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/824028851353350147

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1st launch sat testing showing great progress.  Just had first cross-link  connectivity between 2 of the new NEXT sats.  Moving right along!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/826450999502053380

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Discovered another video of the launch provided from Brian Webb of LAUNCH ALERT

                           
FALCON LAUNCH FOLLOW UP

Last month, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying several Iridium
Next communications satellites from Vandenberg AFB.

Veteran launch watcher Rick Baldridge posted an interesting video of
the launch online. To see it see below:

Meanwhile, Craig N. provided the following observation of the launch:

"I viewed the launch on a beach outside the Rudder Room in Channel
Islands/Oxnard.  You can have a cold one while watching. I too saw the
orange flames from Goleta Point up until first stage burnout."



SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium-1 VAFB 2017

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Published on Jan 15, 2017
January 14, 2017, launch viewed 4.1 miles from the pad on Renwick Ave., Lompoc, CA. This was the "Return to Flight" launch and the 1st Iridium-Next launch (10 satellites) into polar orbit. 1st stage successfully landed on a barge in the Pacific Ocean 8m10s after launch. Congrats, SpaceX.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlj3VEV-q4Y?t=001


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Here's the webcast paired with some great animations. I really like the charts showing the altitude and velocity of both stages for the duration. I didn't realize it took soooo long for the first stage to get back down to the altitude it had at MECO.


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XB70man

Published on Jan 15, 2017
January 14, 2017, launch viewed 4.1 miles from the pad on Renwick Ave., Lompoc, CA. This was the "Return to Flight" launch and the 1st Iridium-Next launch (10 satellites) into polar orbit. 1st stage successfully landed on a barge in the Pacific Ocean 8m10s after launch. Congrats, SpaceX.

XB70man's Iridium NEXT video is pretty good one to watch after it was stabilized.


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After receiving a 1st signal on Jan. 31, the check-out of the inter-satellite link between 2 #IridiumNEXT satellites is now fully confirmed

https://twitter.com/thales_alenia_s/status/829248812048850944

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Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  2m2 minutes ago

 Beginning ascent today of our first NEXT satellite to go into its slot in our 780km mission orbit. Earlier than expected - great progress!

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/829362171662446592

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Iridium 1 Edited

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Published on Feb 14, 2017
Iridium 1 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, January 14, 2017, edited.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlTg4cvlURk?t=001

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SNOC Report: SV109 is now fully integrated into the network replacing legacy SV77 #NEXTevolution #SlotSwap

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/840668663917215745



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Our first slot swap this weekend! Two Iridium NEXT sats now operational and testing - making great progress.

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/840903994289639425

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As of today, 4 of the 10 @IridiumNEXT sats from 1st launch are in mission. 3 slot swaps so far - 4 more planned for next week! Drifting 2.

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/848224646768054274

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Matt Desch‏ @IridiumBoss 5m5 minutes ago

As of 10am edt, all 8 Iridium NEXT sats are happily in mission! SV105/SV108 start their drifts to Plane 5 Sunday. Batch 2 processing soon!

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/850447669864615936

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Iridium Corporate‏Verified account @IridiumComm 4m4 minutes ago

BIG day @ the SNOC: 2nd dual slot-swap complete! All 8 first launch #IridiumNEXT SVs are active! 2 begin drift this weekend #NEXTevolution

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/850447940959318016

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The 1st #satellites launched for the #IridiumNEXT system have been confirmed to be efficient & performing by @Thales_Alenia_S & @IridiumComm

https://twitter.com/Thales_Alenia_S/status/851804263110062084

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