Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : SES-10 with reuse of CRS-8 Booster SN/1021 : 2017-03-30 : UPDATES  (Read 220740 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

Two hours until the window opens for the Static Fire. No documented/official change to the launch date, but per the non-documented* claim from a person in r/SpaceX (discussed in the discussion thread) of a one day slip, that did become a potential scenario per how tight the margins are for this flow since they moved to a Monday static fire.

First thing's first - Static Fire - good test on the data review....then they head into LRR for the launch date (they'll have to book the Range, so that'll come before the LRR. They did have Thursday already pre-booked as a back up date, however). Oh and of course, to add - when the Static Fire is complete, SpaceX usually tweet confirmation of a good test and the launch target, so that'll be likely when Thursday becomes official.

*That's how you class an individual person's comments, over actually seeing a schedule. Just as we do ourselves (Example yesterday: Static Fire delay on Sunday note from two people in L2 an hour or so before local media sites ran with it. Seeing it written down adds confidence to the info).

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http://original.livestream.com/spaceflightnow?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=ui-content&utm_campaign=spaceflightnow&utm_content=spaceflightnow

Offline Chris Bergin

I guess we can class this as "documentation" ;D

45th Space Wing updated their header (but forgot to tweet) Falcon 9 SES-10 launch now NET 30th.

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KSC Security making sure the area is clear.

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https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/846361149532725248

William Harwood‏ @cbs_spacenews  2m2 minutes ago
 F9/SES10: Standing by for hot-fire test at LC-39A to set the stage for launch later this week of the first ‘used’ Falcon 9 first stage

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James Dean‏ Verified account @flatoday_jdean 3m3 minutes ago

Weather 70% "go" for SpaceX's new target launch time of 6pm ET Thurs., March 30, for SES-10 on flight proven F9. Window to 8:30pm.

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/846360980904923136

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Here's the full forecast:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 30%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Layer Rule
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Liftoff Winds

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Here's the updated FAA launch licence for SpaceX. Note this isn't SES-10 specific, it's for F9 v1.2 GTO comms sat launches from KSC.

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Spaceflightnow website says:

T-0 for this engine test now expected no earlier than 2pm EDT (1800 GMT).

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/03/24/ses-10-flight-preps/

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SFN reporting fueling underway:

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03/27/2017 13:07
RP-1 kerosene is confirmed flowing into the Falcon 9 rocket at this time.
Attended space missions: STS-114, STS-124, STS-128, STS-135, Atlas V "Curiosity", Delta IV Heavy NROL-15, Atlas V MUOS-2, Delta IV Heavy NROL-37, SpaceX CRS-9, SpaceX JCSAT-16, Atlas V GOES-R.

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LOX venting.
« Last Edit: 03/27/2017 05:29 PM by ChrisGebhardt »

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More venting.  Getting closer. 
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About T-15 minutes until the earliest opportunity for the test firing. Venting can be seen from the top of the T/E.
« Last Edit: 03/27/2017 05:45 PM by Orbiter »
Attended space missions: STS-114, STS-124, STS-128, STS-135, Atlas V "Curiosity", Delta IV Heavy NROL-15, Atlas V MUOS-2, Delta IV Heavy NROL-37, SpaceX CRS-9, SpaceX JCSAT-16, Atlas V GOES-R.

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Big vent underway.

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From SFN:

03/27/2017 13:57
The clamps at the top of the strongback holding the Falcon 9 rocket appear to have opened. Ignition of the rocket's Merlin main engines could be moments away.

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Static fire!
« Last Edit: 03/27/2017 06:00 PM by ChrisGebhardt »

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« Last Edit: 03/27/2017 06:06 PM by docmordrid »
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Nice big plume for that one!

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SpaceX ‏Verified account @SpaceX 19s19 seconds ago

Static fire test complete. Targeting Thursday, March 30 for Falcon 9 launch of SES-10.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/846428353435332608

« Last Edit: 03/27/2017 06:28 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Lots of Static Fire photos from Brady Kenniston‏ (@TheFavoritist)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradykenniston/sets/72157678598520073

A couple attached. Click the link for the rest and in hi res.

Good man as he was asking us what we wanted, etc.

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Videos of the static fire.



« Last Edit: 03/28/2017 04:51 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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