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LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25 2010
« on: 06/28/2010 05:37 PM »
Upcoming Minotaur IV SBSS launch from Vandenberg.
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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #1 on: 06/30/2010 05:37 PM »

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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #2 on: 07/02/2010 04:55 AM »
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Boeing_Team_Ships_First_SBSS_Spacecraft_To_Launch_Site_999.html

Jun 02, 2010:  "Boeing and its teammate Ball Aerospace and Technologies has announced that the first Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite has been shipped to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and is scheduled to launch on July 8."

http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htm
Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule As of 2010 June 28
"JUL 8     21:41-21:55     Minotaur IV     SLC-8     Payload is the Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite. Delayed from OCT due to concerns with the launch vehicle. Launch window opens at the end of evening twilight"

But:

http://www.santamariatimes.com/news/local/article_bcca6fec-8466-11df-b41c-001cc4c002e0.html
June 30, 2010: "The base's next launch, a Minotaur 4 rocket carrying the Space-Based Surveillance System, was once planned for July 8, but reportedly has slipped to July 17."
« Last Edit: 07/02/2010 05:31 AM by sdsds »
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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #3 on: 07/07/2010 07:43 PM »
From the VAFB site:

by Staff
Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs

7/6/2010 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif.  -- The launch of the Space-Based Space Surveillance spacecraft planned for July 8, 2010, has been delayed pending resolution of a test anomaly associated with another Minotaur IV launch vehicle undergoing test in the factory.

The testing identified a software issue that is being assessed for implications to the SBSS mission. The integrated government and contractor team is accessing the cause of the software anomaly and potential corrective actions and expects to establish a new launch date as early as next week.

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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #4 on: 07/07/2010 09:33 PM »
AW & ST had the delay in this week's issue............
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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #5 on: 07/08/2010 12:34 AM »
According to MSDB, launch is now NET 27 July, and likely to slip into mid August.

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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #6 on: 08/04/2010 08:38 PM »
I've been scouring the web for updates on this mission.  Spacearchive.info still lists "Aug?" as the launch date, so am I to conclude that it has not yet been officially rescheduled?

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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #7 on: 08/06/2010 07:18 PM »
Some nice info including the mission book PDF at http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/satellite/sbss.html

Launch mass is 1031 kg. I haven't seen anything giving dimensions of the satellite (height, width, solar array span etc)
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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #8 on: 09/24/2010 05:29 PM »
ORBITAL SET TO LAUNCH MINOTAUR IV ROCKET FOR U.S. AIR FORCE

-- First Minotaur IV Orbital Mission to Launch SBSS Satellite to Enhance
Air Force's Ability to Detect and Track Objects in Space --


(Dulles, VA 24 September 2010) - Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB),
one of the world's leading space technology companies, today announced that
it is prepared to launch the first orbital mission of the Minotaur IV
rocket in support of the Air Force's Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS)
satellite, also known as SBSS Block 10.  The Minotaur IV rocket is the
latest in the family of highly reliable, cost-effective Minotaur launches
that Orbital has developed for the U.S. Air Force.  The SBSS mission will
be the 18th to be carried out by Orbital's family of Minotaur vehicles over
the last 10 years.  The previous 17 missions have all been successful.

The Minotaur IV launch vehicle is based on decommissioned Peacekeeper
rocket motors that Orbital has upgraded and integrated with modern avionics
and other subsystems to produce a cost-effective space launcher based on
flight-proven hardware.  Subject to final preparations and favorable
weather conditions, the mission will originate from Space Launch Complex-9
at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, with an available launch window from 9:41
to 9:55 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

SBSS Block 10 will complement an array of ground-based sensors to detect
and track objects in space, such as satellites and orbital debris, to
enhance operations and situational awareness.  NASA may also use
information collected by SBSS Block 10 to maneuver the International Space
Station away from threatening orbital debris.

This mission will be the inaugural orbital flight of the Minotaur IV, which
is capable of carrying out a variety of orbital and suborbital missions for
the U.S. Air Force and other customers.  Orbital currently has eight
additional Minotaur IV launches scheduled, the next of which will launch
STP-S26, a research and development mission for the Air Force that will
carry seven small satellites with 16 experimental payloads into orbit.

"Building upon the success of our first Minotaur IV launch earlier this
year, a suborbital mission for DARPA, we are excited to begin executing our
backlog of Minotaur IV orbital missions, beginning with the SBSS mission,"
said Mr. Ron Grabe, Orbital's Executive Vice President and General Manager
of its Launch Systems Group.  "By developing all the Minotaur systems using
existing, flight-proven components, we have been able to provide reliable
and cost-effective launch services for a wide range of government missions
for the past decade."

About Minotaur IV

The Minotaur IV space launch vehicle leverages the flight-proven heritage
of Orbital's Minotaur I, Pegasus and Taurus space launch vehicles to
provide a highly reliable, capable and cost-effective space launcher.  It
utilizes three government-furnished solid rocket motors from decommissioned
Peacekeeper ICBMs and, in certain configurations, commercial solid rocket
upper stages.  The Minotaur IV rocket is capable of launching payloads up
to 4,000 lbs. (1,820 kgs.) to low-Earth orbit.

About Orbital

Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space
systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.  The
company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including
low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration
spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense
missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other
missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into
orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target
vehicles.  Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related
technical services to U.S. Government agencies and laboratories. More
information about Orbital can be found at http://www.orbital.com.

# # #

Note to Editors:  High-resolution images of the Minotaur IV rocket can be
found at:
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/ImagesMultimedia/Images/SpaceLaunch

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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #9 on: 09/25/2010 05:28 AM »
Some nice info including the mission book PDF at http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/satellite/sbss.html

Launch mass is 1031 kg. I haven't seen anything giving dimensions of the satellite (height, width, solar array span etc)

SBSS is GO for launch!

Some other resources to look at for your questions...

Ball Aerospace pages on SBSS:

http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=234

http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=189

Orbital will be webcasting the launch starting 30 minutes prior:

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurIV_SBSS/index.shtml

Weather yesterday, today, tomorrow and Sunday is/should be very favorable.  Today was a beautiful day.

This is the 2nd launch campaign for SBSS, and all of the teams are very excited to finally see this great asset on orbit and the whole system up and running.

We've got a lot of work to do tomorrow, so no more posts from me aside from hopefully a yeah-hoo Saturday night.

GO SBSS!!

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #10 on: 09/25/2010 05:46 AM »
This thread will be moved for live coverage Saturday afternoon. Article will be on site Saturday afternoon-ish.
« Last Edit: 09/25/2010 05:48 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #12 on: 09/26/2010 02:58 AM »
Note to all, this will become the live update thread for this launch. Any changes to the scheduled launch time will be noted here.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #13 on: 09/26/2010 03:21 AM »
Apparently some sites are having difficulty getting updates on this launch. 

I also tried picking up the countdown net on my scanner...no joy :(...

(We're not concerned about other sites - Andy).
« Last Edit: 09/26/2010 03:29 AM by Andy USA »
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #14 on: 09/26/2010 03:26 AM »
So our only hope is the Orbital Webcast starting at 9:10 p.m. PST ?
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #15 on: 09/26/2010 03:34 AM »
Link to the Orbiital webcast please?
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #16 on: 09/26/2010 03:38 AM »
Link to the Orbiital webcast please?

See jimvela's post on the previous page
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #17 on: 09/26/2010 03:41 AM »
Orbital will be webcasting the launch starting 30 minutes prior:

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurIV_SBSS/index.shtml

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #18 on: 09/26/2010 03:49 AM »
What's the delay on webcasts?  I remember there being a delay...having my scanner and launch webcast on at the same time, I remember there being quite a delay between the call on my scanner and the same call on the webcast.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #19 on: 09/26/2010 03:50 AM »
Orbital will be webcasting the launch starting 30 minutes prior:

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurIV_SBSS/index.shtml

It sounds like it (the webcast) isn't happening, due to a problem on the Air Force side of things. 

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