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LIVE: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - Feb 11, 2013
« on: 10/03/2007 09:08 PM »
Oct. 3, 2007


CONTRACT RELEASE: C07-050

NASA SELECTS LAUNCH SERVICES PROVIDER FOR EARTH IMAGERY SATELLITE

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Launch Services Program office at the
Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial
Launch Services of Littleton, Colo., for launching of the Landsat
Data Continuity Mission.

The $124 million contract award is a competed firm-fixed-price task
order. It includes launch services for an Atlas V model 401 rocket,
payload processing, launch vehicle integration, and the necessary
tracking, data and telemetry support. The spacecraft is scheduled to
be placed into a 428-mile-high polar sun synchronous orbit in July
2011, lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission will extend the more than 30-year
record of high-quality land surface measurements from previous
Landsat satellites. NASA researchers use these unique data products
to study, understand and predict the consequences of land surface
changes.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages
procurement and acquisitions for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission
in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological
Survey will manage the satellite after launch and in-orbit checkout.

For more information about the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, visit:

http://ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov
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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #1 on: 10/03/2007 10:43 PM »
Someone, other than me, needs to state what this means

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #2 on: 10/04/2007 12:01 AM »
Not sure if LMCLS vs. ULA means anything, but this sounds like "Delta II is going away".
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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #3 on: 10/04/2007 12:36 AM »
ULA still needs support from the parent companies.  Correct on second part

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #4 on: 10/04/2007 03:10 AM »
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Someone, other than me, needs to state what this means

LMCLS still holds the NLS Contract through which Juno and Landsat were procured.  NLS hasn't been novated over to ULA.  So NASA's Press Release simply reflects that fact.  ULA will provide the Atlas Launch Services for these missions.

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RE: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #5 on: 10/04/2007 08:44 AM »
$ 124 millon for an Atlas V401 launch service in 2011. Compare this with a Delta IIH launch service for MER-B in 2003 ($ 68 million inflated with 3% gives $ 86 million today). There for sure is a need for a Delta II class vehicle in the (old) Delta II cost range. Go Orbital!

Atlas V401 could loft Terra, a $ 1+ billion satellite. I doubt Landsat DCM will be in this price (or mass or science payload) range which means the costs of the launch service are a growing fraction of the total satellite program costs. It should be the other way arround. Delta II may today cost almost as much as an EELV (V401), but not because EELV has achived its promised cost reduction (in half if I remember correctly), but because Delta II costs were rising because of the switch to EELVs. I understand this mechanism, but I still don't see the savings.

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #6 on: 10/04/2007 11:27 AM »
You are ignoring SLC-2 or SLC-17 costs which were funded separately and not included in the launch service.  Especially for this mission, there aren't any west coast missions for many years.

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #7 on: 10/04/2007 12:23 PM »
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(1) You are ignoring SLC-2 or SLC-17 costs which were funded separately and not included in the launch service.
(2) Especially for this mission, there aren't any west coast missions for many years.

(1) Did NASA pay for SLC-17B (MER-B) seperatly from the launch service?
(2) I don't understand this part.

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #8 on: 10/04/2007 01:36 PM »
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Jim - 4/10/2007  1:27 PM

(1) You are ignoring SLC-2 or SLC-17 costs which were funded separately and not included in the launch service.
(2) Especially for this mission, there aren't any west coast missions for many years.

(1) Did NASA pay for SLC-17B (MER-B) seperatly from the launch service?
(2) I don't understand this part.

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1.  No, the USAF did, so MER didn't see those charges and now NASA has to pay them
2.  NASA maintains SLC-2 and didn't charge the users.  Not any more, any new users have to pay the yearly costs, even if there is no flights

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #9 on: 10/04/2007 02:39 PM »
Is there excess performance on this bird, a la DMSP?  Someone in the know can PM me if it's not an open topic.
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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #10 on: 10/04/2007 03:27 PM »
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Is there excess performance on this bird, a la DMSP?  Someone in the know can PM me if it's not an open topic.

I don't know the numbers, but I'm sure there is excess since Delta II could orbit this payload.  If you assume that LDCM is at the limits of the Delta II capability for a sun-synchronous orbit (3000 kg per the ULA proposal for COTS), that's a lot less than the 6700 kg capability of a 401.
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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #11 on: 10/05/2007 07:46 AM »
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Is there excess performance on this bird, a la DMSP?  Someone in the know can PM me if it's not an open topic.

Probably, but as not even the spacecraft bus has been selected, it is hard to say. The excess performance might save some money in spacecraft construction, as there are pretty large mass margins.

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - July 2011
« Reply #12 on: 10/10/2012 02:56 PM »
First stage was erected on SLC-3 Tuesday morning.

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #13 on: 10/10/2012 03:59 PM »
Go Atlas!
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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #14 on: 10/15/2012 09:00 PM »
Centaur was erected Friday.

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #15 on: 10/15/2012 09:17 PM »
Does anyone know the serial number of the vehicle?

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #16 on: 10/16/2012 02:38 PM »
Does anyone know the serial number of the vehicle?

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #17 on: 10/19/2012 08:46 PM »
LSP update:

Atlas V on Launch Pad for Landsat Mission
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:02:12 PM UTC

The Atlas V rocket for NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is now on the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as preparations begin for a launch targeted for February 11, 2013. The launch vehicle is enclosed inside the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 3.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #18 on: 10/25/2012 08:48 PM »
RELEASE: 12-376

NASA INVITES 80 SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS TO NEXT LANDSAT LAUNCH

WASHINGTON -- NASA will invite 80 of the agency's social media
followers to a two-day NASA Social Feb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg
Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., for the launch of the Landsat Data
Continuity Mission.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the
agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.
The event is expected to culminate in the launch of the Landsat
spacecraft no earlier than Feb. 11 aboard a United Launch Alliance
Atlas V rocket.

Registration for the NASA Social opens at noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, and
closes at noon Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Eighty participants will be
selected from online registrations. Because space is limited, those
selected to attend may not bring a guest. Each participant must be
age 18 or older.

Participants will have unique behind the scenes experiences, which
they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite
social networks. Guests will view the launch, tour facilities at
Vandenberg, speak with representatives from Landsat science and
engineering teams, view the launch pad, and meet fellow space
enthusiasts who are active on social media and members of NASA's
social media team.

Landsat satellites have provided the longest continuous global record
of Earth's surface. The first Landsat satellite launched from
Vandenberg in 1972, as will this mission, the eighth in the series.
This satellite, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, continues
Landsat's critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing our
resources of food, water and forests.

For more information on NASA Socials and to register, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/social

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials,
follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/connect

For information about NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/landsat

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Re: Landsat DCM - Atlas-V-401 - NET Feb 11, 2013
« Reply #19 on: 11/27/2012 08:03 PM »
Update:

Payload Fairing Arrives for LCDM Mission
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:17:28 PM UTC

The Atlas V payload fairing for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for launch. The launch team will carry out a "wet" dress rehearsal on Dec. 4 which is a countdown test with the Atlas V fully fueled on Space Launch Complex 3. The LDCM spacecraft currently is scheduled to arrive at Vandenberg on Dec. 19.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html

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