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According to SFN this launch is due the end of August. Interesting it comes very soon after NROL-42 though they're probably in vastly different orbits
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Re: Atlas V 421 - NROL-52 Canaveral SLC-41 - August 31, 2017
« Reply #1 on: 06/09/2017 11:23 AM »
This launch is part of the Phase 1 Block Buy. Does anyone know how many launches remain in the Phase 1 Block Buy following this launch?

http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/734643/air-force-awards-nrol-52-and-nrol-71-launch-services-contract/

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Re: Atlas V 421 - NROL-52 Canaveral SLC-41 - August 31, 2017
« Reply #2 on: 06/30/2017 06:30 PM »
Re: NROL-52 artwork

The ULA Launch Store has short and long-sleeve T-shirts available for this launch.  The artwork features a bald eagle, wings outstretched and talons ready to strike.  The artwork also includes an Atlas V 421.  There's art on the payload fairing, but it's too low-res to identify much other then American flag colors red, white, and blue.

http://www.ulalaunchstore.com/nrol-52/

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There's no sign of "Spike," the reptilian mascot of NROL-61, which is deduced to have carried the previous Quasar payload last year.

Has he returned from his space mission to his family?

If not, is there a bald eagle-naut on NROL-52 preparing for a rescue mission?  :)

Inquiring minds want to know!

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Re: Atlas V 421 - NROL-52 Canaveral SLC-41 - August 31, 2017
« Reply #3 on: 07/19/2017 07:07 PM »
IF the TDRS-M launch is delayed from August 3 (apparently looking more and more likely),

THEN how many days could it be delayed without affecting the NROL-52 launch date?

If the delay is significant enough, could the TDRS-M Atlas/Centaur stack be de-stacked to make way for the hardware for this launch?

Or, (a more naive question) could hardware meant for one launch be re-purposed for another?
« Last Edit: 07/19/2017 07:14 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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