Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : SES-10 with reuse of CRS-8 Booster SN/1021 : 2017-03-30 : UPDATES  (Read 236204 times)

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No real change to Thursday's forecast, 70% GO, but Friday notably worse at only 40% GO:

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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: 60%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Liftoff Winds

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Couple updates from SES press briefing just now:

- They are running right up on the timeline to make the 30th because once the Falcon 9 and integrated payload are vertical at 39A, they need 13 hours to check out the spacecraft. Might be a slip to 3–31.

- The launch window was shortened to 1800 – 2030 EDT not because of the vehicle or SpaceX, but because the FAA didn't want to close down airspace for a 4hr launch window.

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According to the 45th Space Wing the launch window start on Thursday has moved to 6:27pm local time.

(I posted in discussion initially as their tweet talked about orbit time, but seems they mean launch.)

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Weather now 80% GO on Thursday but still only 40% on delay day.

Hope SpaceX can keep to their challenging timeline.

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According to SFN update, currently still on track for launch Thursday:

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Spaceflight Now‏ @SpaceflightNow 5m5 minutes ago

Technicians have mated the SES 10 telecom satellite with SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket for launch Thursday evening https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/03/24/ses-10-flight-preps/

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/847087028382654465

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Yesterday's SES press briefing


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@ParkerRome keeping my fingers crossed! Hanger door looks to be open to opefully they will be rolling out this evening to check out SES-10.

https://twitter.com/thefavoritist/status/847166400951144448

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Word is they are into rollout operations and should still be good on the schedule to attempt a launch on Thursday (as of right now and no problems during the interim of course).

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SFN confirms that the Falcon 9 is at the pad surface. Not yet vertical.

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

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The Falcon 9 rocket has rolled out to launch pad 39A with the SES 10 satellite on-board, completing the trip to the pad surface just before midnight local time.

The next step will be to hoist the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket vertical.
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, SpaceX SES-11.

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Backup launch slot is Saturday, not Friday:

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SpaceX is targeting launch of SES-10 from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two and a half hour launch window opens on Thursday, March 30, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC. The satellite will deploy approximately 32 minutes after launch. A backup launch window opens on Saturday, April 1, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC.

http://www.spacex.com/webcast

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Awesome banner image from SpaceX.com of today's flight booster along with two others being prepped for future flights.


Saw OG-2 Booster Land in person 21/12/2015.

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Saw OG-2 Booster Land in person 21/12/2015.

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F9 is vertical. 13 hour clock on the payload should have started.
« Last Edit: 03/30/2017 08:13 AM by DaveS »
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I'm hoping this tweet just posted means F9 got vertical in time:

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SES‏ Verified account @SES_Satellites 21s21 seconds ago

The #SES10 launch window opens at 6:27pm EDT. Stay tuned for launch! http://www.spacex.com/webcast

https://twitter.com/SES_Satellites/status/847374979989504001

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video from the other side of SES-10 and Falcon 9 vertical this morning:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSQbUjxDNpw/

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@SpaceX 's previously flown Falcon9 awaits its historic flight for #SES10. Good morning Falcon 🚀 @elonmusk #spacex

https://twitter.com/erdayastronaut/status/847390749213704193

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Good morning Cape Canaveral! #SES10 @SpaceX

https://twitter.com/ses_satellites/status/847412606197309443

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