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Offline Zond

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LIVE: Atlas V - PAN - September 8, 09
« on: 05/07/2009 07:13 PM »
This launch is currently scheduled to happen in July. Anybody know what PAN is and for who ULA is launching this?
« Last Edit: 09/08/2009 05:29 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #1 on: 05/07/2009 08:43 PM »
Only thing listed for A-V in July is a DSMP flight.

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #2 on: 05/07/2009 09:07 PM »
This launch is currently scheduled to happen in July. Anybody know what PAN is and for who ULA is launching this?

Nobody seems to know much about this one. What we do know is:
  Launch is scheduled for 17 July, 20:02-23:02 GMT
  Launch will be from LC-41 at Cape Canaveral
  An Atlas V 401 configuration will be used
  WFF is not currently listed for tracking, combined with window this suggests a GTO launch.
  It only appeared on the schedule a few months before its scheduled launch date
  It was originally listed as an "Atlas V Launch Opportunity"
  The satellite has been described by the media (who I do not trust) as being a classified defence payload

Only thing listed for A-V in July is a DSMP flight.

The DMSP has slipped to August.

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #3 on: 05/07/2009 09:25 PM »
Hmmm...at a guess it may be a Mitex follow-on; some kind of on orbit inspection re. DSP 23.

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #4 on: 05/07/2009 09:29 PM »
"PAN" probably stands for something. If we could work out what, it would probably give us a better chance.

Any guesses?
« Last Edit: 05/07/2009 09:30 PM by GW_Simulations »

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #5 on: 05/07/2009 09:39 PM »
"PAN" probably stands for something. If we could work out what, it would probably give us a better chance.

Any guesses?
Don't laugh and not that it will actually help, it actually stands for "Pick A Name".

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #6 on: 05/08/2009 02:33 AM »
"PAN" probably stands for something. If we could work out what, it would probably give us a better chance.

Any guesses?
Don't laugh and not that it will actually help, it actually stands for "Pick A Name".

That is fantastic.  I commend whoever came up with that, and wish the flight the best of luck.
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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #7 on: 05/11/2009 02:05 PM »
So what kind of payload will this be?

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #8 on: 05/11/2009 02:12 PM »
"PAN" probably stands for something. If we could work out what, it would probably give us a better chance.

Any guesses?
Don't laugh and not that it will actually help, it actually stands for "Pick A Name".

That is fantastic.  I commend whoever came up with that, and wish the flight the best of luck.

Works for me!  Just hope this doesn't become a habit -- we could have a PAN-demic on our hands ... ;)

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #9 on: 05/27/2009 08:09 AM »
Secret PAN satellite leads Cape milspace launch surge
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0905/26milspace/

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #10 on: 05/27/2009 01:21 PM »
"PAN" probably stands for something. If we could work out what, it would probably give us a better chance.

Any guesses?
Don't laugh and not that it will actually help, it actually stands for "Pick A Name".

Someone smarter than me made the following observation :

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you know, PAN also translates from the greek as "all" -- pantheon == temple to all gods, pandemic == worldwide epidemic
Of course she is very anti-space...

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #11 on: 05/30/2009 07:35 AM »
Launch has slipped to 4 August, same window.

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #12 on: 05/30/2009 10:39 AM »
Anybody know what PAN is and for who ULA is launching this?

Yes. But if I tell, I`ll have to kill you.

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #13 on: 05/30/2009 01:57 PM »
Anybody know what PAN is and for who ULA is launching this?

Yes. But if I tell, I`ll have to kill you.

Wow, you force me to think - PAN have electronic warfare that can kill anyone by Internet address.  :o ;D

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #14 on: 06/01/2009 01:42 PM »
Anybody know what PAN is and for who ULA is launching this?

Yes. But if I tell, I`ll have to kill you.

Wow, you force me to think - PAN have electronic warfare that can kill anyone by Internet address.  :o ;D

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #15 on: 06/10/2009 06:34 PM »
Now the PAN launch is listed for 12 August, according to:
http://msdb.gsfc.nasa.gov/launches.php

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #16 on: 07/14/2009 08:35 AM »
According to Spaceflight Now (http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av018/090709status.html), there is some little info on the PAN satellite:

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"Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the PAN mission, which includes a commercial-based satellite and launch system solution for the U.S. Government," the company said in a statement.

The Lockheed built commercial-based satellite is likely then a A2100 type satellite.

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #17 on: 07/14/2009 09:02 AM »
So a SDS comm sat (GEO or Molniya)?

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #18 on: 07/14/2009 09:18 AM »
So a SDS comm sat (GEO or Molniya)?

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Who knows? The SDS were reportedly built by Hughes and later Boeing, so this might be a new generation.

Or purely speculative: Somehow the Polar Adjunct for the Milstar network has materialised from some unknown budget...

Or perhaps an experimental meteorological satellite (something like the IOMI payload, which was planned to share a satellite with NASA's GIFTS)

Or... something else

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Re: PAN Atlas V
« Reply #19 on: 07/14/2009 10:02 AM »
Nothing on the WFF operations schedule, which supports my theory that they are launching to GTO.
I don't think this is an NRO payload. NRO are secretive about their missions, but not this secretive. I think this could something completely new, or for an agency that hasn't previously operated its own satellites (or at least not recently).

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