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Re: SBIRS GEO-4 2018
« Reply #1 on: 10/16/2015 05:59 AM »
That article says FY 2018, which means the payload could fly in 2017.
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Re: SBIRS GEO-4 2018
« Reply #2 on: 10/16/2015 12:57 PM »
That article says FY 2018, which means the payload could fly in 2017.

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Re: SBIRS GEO-4 2018
« Reply #3 on: 10/20/2015 01:00 PM »
The interesting thing is, that this time an Atlas-V(411) instead of the Atlas-V(401) was ordered

SBIRS-GEO has either gained some additional mass or an different orbital injection profile will be used.

https://govtribe.com/project/ja-15-37-for-space-based-infrared-systems-sbirs-geo-flight-4-launch-services

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Re: SBIRS GEO-4 2018
« Reply #4 on: 10/20/2015 05:09 PM »
The interesting thing is, that this time an Atlas-V(411) instead of the Atlas-V(401) was ordered

SBIRS-GEO has either gained some additional mass or an different orbital injection profile will be used.

https://govtribe.com/project/ja-15-37-for-space-based-infrared-systems-sbirs-geo-flight-4-launch-services

It's possible the extra SRB is for increased performance to allow the Centaur to fully de-orbit into the ocean.

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Re: SBIRS GEO-4 2018
« Reply #5 on: 10/20/2015 05:25 PM »
Speaking of SBIRS, Aviation Week an excellent article on the program. Well worth the read:

http://aviationweek.com/space/unprecedented-peek-behind-sbirs-veil
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Re: SBIRS GEO-4 2018
« Reply #6 on: 10/21/2015 04:25 AM »
Thanks. That article says that SBIRS GEO-4 will launch in 2016, while SBIRS GEO-3 has been put in storage and will launch in 2017. That doesn't really make much sense to me and doesn't fit with the earlier information, so I think the 2016 date may be a typo.
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SBIRS GEO Flight 4 in Testing
 

Pictured here, the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 spacecraft in testing and storage at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. Scheduled for launch in 2017, this will be the fourth satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System.

More: www.lockheedmartin.com/sbirs

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Thanks. That article says that SBIRS GEO-4 will launch in 2016, while SBIRS GEO-3 has been put in storage and will launch in 2017. That doesn't really make much sense to me and doesn't fit with the earlier information, so I think the 2016 date may be a typo.
Replying to an old comment here, but the Air Force announced that SBIRS GEO 3 and 4 would swap launch slots right around the time that article was published. The reason is that GEO-4 was ready in time for the GEO-3 launch slot, so this way they only need to transfer one satellite in and out of storage.
http://spacenews.com/sbirs-geo-4-satellite-will-leapfrog-geo-3-to-launchpad/
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Updating thread title. SFN have indicated 27th of October and also list the configuration as a 411. Steven was right up thread

2017 looks like it will be a good year for solids on Atlas V
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Can anyone clarify (confirm) whether GEO-3 and GEO-4 swapped launch slots or not?  The reason that I ask is that there is a patch available (ostensibly for GEO-3) that clearly reads GEO-IV in roman numerals. Was this patch released in error, or does it represent the actual payload? Forgive me for playing devils advocate...

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Can anyone clarify (confirm) whether GEO-3 and GEO-4 swapped launch slots or not?  The reason that I ask is that there is a patch available (ostensibly for GEO-3) that clearly reads GEO-IV in roman numerals. Was this patch released in error, or does it represent the actual payload? Forgive me for playing devils advocate...

The patch is for this mission and thread, GEO-4.  The patch is not for GEO-3. The ebay seller has the wrong name
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Re: Atlas V 401 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #14 on: 08/02/2017 08:44 PM »
[Spaceflight Now] Two U.S. military satellite launches delayed into next year
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Separately and unrelated to AEHF, the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launch is being delayed due to a “SBIRS program prioritization decision.”

It is tentatively rescheduled for launch on Jan. 18, 2018.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #15 on: 11/03/2017 01:16 AM »
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SBIRS GEO Flight-4 arrives in Florida, Prepares for January launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program completed a major program milestone October 31, successfully delivering a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite Flight-4 to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

"The delivery, launch, and successful operation of GEO Flight-4 will mark the fulfillment of the original SBIRS baseline constellation and reaffirm our commitment to provide our country, warfighters, and senior leaders with timely, reliable, and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information." said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, SMC commander and Air Force program executive officer for space.

The delivery of GEO Flight-4 sets the path for final checkout of the space vehicle before launch. The satellite will be processed at the Payload Processing Facility located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

A combined government and contractor team is already executing the final ground activities including a Launch Base Confidence Test to verify satellite integrity after shipment, an intersegment test to verify communication compatibility from the satellite to the on-orbit operations center and the final battery reconditioning for launch. Following these activities, the satellite will be fueled and prepared for integration with the Atlas V rocket.

"Finalizing the preparations for the fourth launch of a SBIRS GEO satellite is a big deal" added Col. Dennis Bythewood, director of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. "The entire team understands how significant this is, and we're ready to make it happen." The GEO Flight-4 satellite is scheduled
to launch from Cape Canaveral in January 2018.

The satellite was transported from the Lockheed Martin satellite integration facility in Sunnyvale, California, via a C-5 Galaxy aircraft. The C-5 crew from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, California, ensured the satellite was transported safely and according to the time sensitive schedule. The security support provided by the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, was essential to the success of the mission.

"The safety of the SBIRS satellite was entrusted to the very best, and we are appreciative of the transport and security services provided by the entire government and contractor team," Lt. Gen. Thompson said.

The SBIRS constellation is designed to replace the legacy Defense Support Program satellite constellation. SBIRS will continue to provide significantly enhanced capabilities to support missile warning, missile defenses, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence missions. (U.S. Air Force photos/45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla.)
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Re: Atlas V 401 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #16 on: 11/10/2017 10:33 AM »
SBIRS GEO Flight-4 arrives in Florida, prepares for January launch

By SPACE & MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER (AFSPC) / Published November 02, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- 

The U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program completed a major program milestone on Oct. 31, 2017, successfully delivering a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite Flight-4 to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

“The delivery, launch, and successful operation of GEO Flight-4 will mark the fulfillment of the original SBIRS baseline constellation and reaffirm our commitment to provide our country, warfighters, and senior leaders with timely, reliable, and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, SMC commander and Air Force program executive officer for space.

The delivery of GEO Flight-4 sets the path for final checkout of the space vehicle before launch. The satellite will be processed at the Payload Processing Facility located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. 

 A combined government and contractor team is already executing the final ground activities including a Launch Base Confidence Test to verify satellite integrity after shipment, an intersegment test to verify communication compatibility from the satellite to the on-orbit operations center and the final battery reconditioning for launch. Following these activities, the satellite will be fueled and prepared for integration with the Atlas V rocket.

 “Finalizing the preparations for the fourth launch of a SBIRS GEO satellite is a big deal,” added Col. Dennis Bythewood, director of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. “The entire team understands how significant this is, and we’re ready to make it happen,” The GEO Flight-4 satellite is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in January 2018. 

 The satellite was transported from the Lockheed Martin satellite integration facility in Sunnyvale, California, via a C-5 Galaxy aircraft.  The C-5 crew from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, California, ensured the satellite was transported safely and according to the time sensitive schedule. The security support provided by the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, was essential to the success of the mission.

“The safety of the SBIRS satellite was entrusted to the very best, and we are appreciative of the transport and security services provided by the entire government and contractor team,” Lt. Gen. Thompson said.

 The SBIRS constellation is designed to replace the legacy Defense Support Program satellite constellation. SBIRS will continue to provide significantly enhanced capabilities to support missile warning, missile defenses, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence missions.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #17 on: 11/17/2017 08:42 PM »
SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Delivery Ready for January Launch


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Published on Nov 17, 2017

The U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program completed a major milestone successfully delivering the Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite Flight 4 to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7DDOA2c1BY?t=001

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Re: Atlas V 401 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #18 on: 12/13/2017 01:53 AM »
I happen to be in florida on the 18th with nothing better to do...   Does anyone have launch window information on this flight?

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #19 on: 12/14/2017 03:07 AM »
I happen to be in florida on the 18th with nothing better to do...   Does anyone have launch window information on this flight?

If one checks the US Launch Schedule thread, the most recent posting shows:
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2018
NET January 19 - SBIRS-GEO 4 - Atlas V 411 (AV-076) - Canaveral SLC-41 - 00:40-01:20

Changes on December 5th
...which equals 7:40-8:20 pm January 18 Eastern Standard Time.
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
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SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite fueling operations authorized;
Prepares for encapsulation

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- Preparations for the January 2018 launch of the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, commonly called GEO Flight-4, are underway at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Having verified satellite integrity after successful delivery from Sunnyvale, California to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the SBIRS team was approved to start fueling operations for GEO Flight-4.

Proper fueling is crucial to the mission team's efforts to use GEO Flight-4's satellite propulsion system to guide the satellite to its geosynchronous orbit following separation from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The GEO Flight-4 space vehicle will be loaded with sufficient fuel to reach its intended orbit and to maintain its proper orbit over its design life of twelve years.

The SBIRS constellation is designed to replace the legacy Defense Support Program satellite constellation. SBIRS will continue to provide significantly enhanced capabilities to support missile warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence missions.

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #21 on: 12/29/2017 07:43 AM »
SBIRS GEO Flight 4
 

SBIRS GEO Flight 4, the next Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite to join the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) during assembly and test at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #22 on: 12/31/2017 05:31 PM »
Rocket and satellite preps on track for next Atlas 5 launch, December 29

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The Atlas 5’s first stage was stacked on top of a mobile platform inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 41 launch pad early last week. It was to be followed by the hoisting of the Atlas 5’s Centaur upper stage and a single strap-on solid rocket booster.

This paragraph is written in past tense.  Is the CCB + Centaur + single booster integrated as of Dec. 29?


Re: change of SBIRS-GEO launches from 401 to 411 launch configuration:
The interesting thing is, that this time an Atlas-V(411) instead of the Atlas-V(401) was ordered

SBIRS-GEO has either gained some additional mass or an different orbital injection profile will be used.

https://govtribe.com/project/ja-15-37-for-space-based-infrared-systems-sbirs-geo-flight-4-launch-services

It's possible the extra SRB is for increased performance to allow the Centaur to fully de-orbit into the ocean.

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The change will allow the Centaur upper stage to make a controlled de-orbit and re-entry after it releases the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 satellite, a measure to prevent the flight from adding to space debris in Earth orbit.

So, we should see NOTAMs/NOTMARs for the Centaur disposal as the launch date approaches.
Kudos to c3i's insight!
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Not addressed in the article:
Will there be a WDR?  (I remember that NSF experts have commented that WDRs are no longer performed as Standard Operating Procedure for Cape launches of the 401 variety.  Does that extend to all 4x1 configurations?  I assume also that if the customer chooses to pay for a WDR, that supersedes ULA SOP.)
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #24 on: 01/01/2018 09:39 PM »
Interesting discussion of SBIR HEO/GEO coverage with graphs of sensor visibility...
  https://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/2017/12/where-to-hide-your-nuclear-missile.html

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #25 on: 01/10/2018 02:31 AM »
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SBIRS GEO Flight-4 encapsulation completed

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite completed encapsulation today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

This encapsulation event is a significant milestone in GEO Flight-4's launch process as it marks the satellite's completion of all major testing milestones prior to launch.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, GEO Flight-4 will make the journey to Space Launch Complex-41, where it will be mated with its Atlas V-411 rocket. It is scheduled for launch on Jan. 18, 2018, at 7:52 p.m., Eastern (4:52 p.m. Pacific).

The satellite will join three others launched since 2011 to complete the deployment of the initial SBIRS fleet, which provides early warning of missile launches heading for the United States and its allies, including those potentially carrying nuclear weapons.

The Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

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The Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite stands ready for encapsulation Jan. 9, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.


Technicians prepare for the encapsulation of the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018.



Technicians make last-minute preparations for the encapsulation of the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018.



Technicians point out details on the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite prior to its final encapsulation at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018.


With one half of a payload fairing in place, technicians move the remaining half of the protective shroud to completely encapsulate the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018.


A unique, low angle image shows the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite just after its final encapsulation at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018.


An artist's concept of the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite on station, providing early warning of missile launches heading for the United States and its allies, including those potentially carrying nuclear weapons. (Courtesy graphic)
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
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News Release Issued: Jan 11, 2018 (8:07am EST)


Sealed Up, Ready to Go: U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO Flight-4 Missile Warning Satellite Encapsulated for Launch

Current SBIRS' constellation continues to deliver outstanding infrared surveillance performance

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force's fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was encapsulated on Jan. 9. The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is now ready for its planned Jan. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

During encapsulation, SBIRS GEO Flight-4 was sealed in its launch fairing, an aerodynamic, nose-cone shell that protects the satellite during launch. In the coming days, the fairing with the satellite enclosed will be mounted on top of the Atlas V rocket as launch preparations continue.

SBIRS GEO Flight-4 is the latest satellite to join the Air Force's orbiting network of satellites equipped with powerful scanning and staring infrared surveillance sensors. The sensors collect data for use by the U.S. military to detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense, expand technical intelligence gathering and bolster situational awareness on the battlefield.

Back on the ground, a sophisticated new SBIRS ground control system serves as the nerve center for the entire SBIRS satellite constellation and receives large amounts of data from the satellites' powerful sensors. The SBIRS control system and its operators convert this data into actionable reports for defense, intelligence and civil applications.

"SBIRS provides our military with timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information," said Tom McCormick, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared systems mission area. "We look forward to adding GEO Flight-4's capabilities to the first line of defense in our nation's missile defense strategy."

Lockheed Martin manufactured the SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite at its Sunnyvale, California, facility. The satellite was delivered to Florida on Oct. 31, 2017. 

Building on SBIRS
The Air Force's SBIRS program continues to grow resilient, persistent, space-based infrared surveillance capabilities.

The planned launch of SBIRS GEO Flight-4 comes just 12 months after the launch of SBIRS GEO Flight-3, which in March 2017 sent its first images back down to Earth in a milestone known as "first light." These two satellites join SBIRS' GEO-1 and GEO-2, which received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance in 2013, and have performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds, requirements.

The next SBIRS satellites, GEO-5 and GEO-6, will bring increased resiliency, production efficiency and the ability to add new advanced sensor suites to the constellation using Lockheed Martin's modernized LM 2100 satellite bus. In September, a system Critical Design Review for the modernized design for GEO 5 and 6 was conducted with the Air Force, authorizing the satellites to enter into the manufacturing and integration phase.

At the center of SBIRS is its ground control system, which receives and processes a vast amount of satellite data. In late 2016, the Air Force operationally accepted "SBIRS Block 10," a new control system developed by Lockheed Martin, which includes enhancements like faster data collection times, improved threat detections, and improved target tracking and infrared information to enable troops to see dimmer targets faster.

SBIRS Block 10 also provides the Air Force with greater efficiency by consolidated ground control for the legacy Defense Support Program, as well as SBIRS satellites and payloads in GEO and Highly Elliptical Orbits.

For additional SBIRS information, photos and video visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/sbirs.

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #29 on: 01/11/2018 11:00 PM »
Does anyone have the patch artwork seen on the PLF?  (I saw it also on the banner in the delivery imagery.)
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #30 on: 01/14/2018 01:54 PM »
AtlasV to Launch SBIRS GEO Flight 4 for the U.S. Air Force

Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Mission Overview

•Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Mission ArtworkRocket: Atlas V 411
•Mission: Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4
•Launch Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
•Launch Time: The 40-minute launch window opens at 7:52 p.m. EST
•Live Broadcast: Tune in beginning at 7:32 p.m. EST
•Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Mission Description: SBIRS, considered one of the nation's highest priority space programs, is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands in four national security mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The SBIRS team is led by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

Launch Notes: ULA also launched the first three SBIRS GEO missions. SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission will mark ULA’s 125th mission overall since the company was founded in 2006. It’s also the 75th Atlas V launch since the rocket’s inaugural flight in 2002.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #AtlasV #SBIRS.


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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #31 on: 01/14/2018 02:11 PM »
Does anyone have the patch artwork seen on the PLF?  (I saw it also on the banner in the delivery imagery.)

Can't find a higher-res version at the moment...

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #32 on: 01/14/2018 02:37 PM »
Does anyone have the patch artwork seen on the PLF?  (I saw it also on the banner in the delivery imagery.)

Can't find a higher-res version at the moment...

Coincidence between world view/coverage area on the patch and current SBIRs coverage graphic?  Me thinks not...
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #33 on: 01/14/2018 08:05 PM »
Is the eagle carrying a rocket in its talons?

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« Reply #34 on: 01/15/2018 06:46 AM »
Is the eagle carrying a rocket in its talons?

Yes it is.

That’s not an eagle I’d want to meet that’s for certain!
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #35 on: 01/15/2018 07:55 AM »
Here's the press kit.
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #36 on: 01/15/2018 12:09 PM »
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Looking good for Thursday’s #AtlasV launch from the Cape. Pgo of 80%, cumulus clouds. #SBIRS

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/952890292574699521

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #37 on: 01/15/2018 12:14 PM »
Here's the forecast Tory referred to, 80% GO:

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Launch day overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds

24-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #38 on: 01/15/2018 03:54 PM »
Always enjoy watching the goofy-looking 411s blast off

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #39 on: 01/15/2018 04:10 PM »
Is the eagle carrying a rocket in its talons?

Yes it is.

That’s not an eagle I’d want to meet that’s for certain!

Looks like a giant Kryptonian eagle: able to fly in outer space, catch and grip missiles in its talons, and destroy missiles in flight with heat vision.

Can we assume it is a sentient being from Krypton, and not "merely" trained to perform martial feats?

What a great companion for the son of Jor-El!

DC Comics: Please make it so!  With classic narration by the great Bill Woodson! (I see he died last year at the age of 99, so I guess we don't get that.)


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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #40 on: 01/15/2018 08:05 PM »
Hoping this launches on time. I'm in Florida for a few days and I have tickets to watch from the LC-39 observation gantry! This will be my first launch in person! I will post pictures after. Hoping to get some snaps of FH if it is on the pad

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #41 on: 01/16/2018 04:56 AM »
Mission overview document from ULA website

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #42 on: 01/16/2018 03:55 PM »
Launch forecast issued today is still 80% GO:

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Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds

24-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #43 on: 01/16/2018 05:28 PM »
Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Mission Profile


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Published on Jan 16, 2018

An Atlas V 411 rocket will launch the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41. SBIRS, considered one of the nation's highest priority space programs, is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st-century demands in four national security mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUaGSFND0no?t=001

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Quick error of the mission profile video:

Even though the launch footage correctly depicts a night launch, the model shown is wrong since the 411 config lifts off faster and leaves a smoke trail thanks to the AJ-60A SRB.
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #45 on: 01/17/2018 08:36 AM »
The interesting thing is, that this time an Atlas-V(411) instead of the Atlas-V(401) was ordered

SBIRS-GEO has either gained some additional mass or an different orbital injection profile will be used.

https://govtribe.com/project/ja-15-37-for-space-based-infrared-systems-sbirs-geo-flight-4-launch-services

It's possible the extra SRB is for increased performance to allow the Centaur to fully de-orbit into the ocean.
Looks like you were right, as per the mission booklet and the NOTAMs, the Centaur upper stage will be de-orbited on this mission.
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #46 on: 01/17/2018 12:05 PM »
Tory's confirmation of the 411 vs 401 question:

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For prior missions, this customer preferred to place the expended Centaur in the designated disposal orbit (junkyard, from which stages slowly decay into reentry). On this flight, the SRB provides enough energy to allow Centaur to be immediately deorbited.

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/953606591244390400
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #47 on: 01/17/2018 01:26 PM »
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« Reply #48 on: 01/17/2018 02:09 PM »
They're adding the cost/complexity of an SRB just to be able to de-orbit the upper stage faster?  What is the reason for that?  Is this new policy, to be able to target specific disposal areas?

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #50 on: 01/17/2018 02:55 PM »
Launch forecast now improved to 90% GO.

(Thanks to https://twitter.com/NASA_Nerd/status/953655577103814656, updated forecast is not yet on the 45th webpage)

Edit to add:

45th have now uploaded to web, forecast now attached
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
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United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket is on the move toward Cape Canaveral’s Complex 41 launch pad. The rocket is rolling out ahead of launch with a US Air Force satellite Thursday night. https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/01/17/av-076-mission-status-center/

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #52 on: 01/17/2018 04:38 PM »
They're adding the cost/complexity of an SRB just to be able to de-orbit the upper stage faster?  What is the reason for that?  Is this new policy, to be able to target specific disposal areas?

I’d turn the question around and ask what is wrong with taking the responsible course of action, especially if anyone knows about the growing clutter in orbit it’s the USAF.

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #53 on: 01/17/2018 04:47 PM »
They're adding the cost/complexity of an SRB just to be able to de-orbit the upper stage faster?  What is the reason for that?  Is this new policy, to be able to target specific disposal areas?

I’d turn the question around and ask what is wrong with taking the responsible course of action, especially if anyone knows about the growing clutter in orbit it’s the USAF.

The issue is less about junk in orbit (GTO orbits generally decay in a few months or years) and more about controlling where any debris will fall after surviving reentry.

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #54 on: 01/17/2018 06:03 PM »
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The Atlas 5 rocket has arrived at its launch pad at Cape Canaveral ahead of liftoff Thursday evening with a US Air Force missile-warning satellite. There is a 90% chance of favorable weather for launch. spaceflightnow.com/2018/01/17/av-…

https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/953691359919165442

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #55 on: 01/17/2018 06:16 PM »
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 190052Z TO 190207Z JAN,
ALTERNATE 200048Z TO 200203Z JAN
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 28-38N 080-39W, 28-40N 080-33W,
28-40N 080-11W, 28-35N 079-40W,
28-30N 079-11W, 28-23N 079-13W,
28-32N 080-35W.
B. 24-03N 056-45W, 24-13N 056-35W,
23-33N 054-15W, 23-22N 054-25W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 200303Z JAN 18.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 061534Z JAN 18.

Date: 150338Z JAN 18
Cancel: 20030300 Jan 18

Centaur re-entry area:

NORTH PACIFIC.
DNC 12, DNC 13.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 191014Z TO 191057Z JAN,
ALTERNATE 201010Z TO 201053Z JAN
IN AREA BOUND BY
13-53N 175-27E, 14-20N 174-34W,
12-26N 174-33W, 11-59N 175-34E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 201153Z JAN 18.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 091816Z JAN 18.

Date: 150403Z JAN 18
Cancel: 20115300 Jan 18
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #56 on: 01/17/2018 06:19 PM »
Rollout video and photos:

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GEO Flight-4 has rolled out to the launch pad today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The…https://www.instagram.com/p/BeD7aymHdYo/

https://twitter.com/af_smc/status/953702253533253632
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« Reply #57 on: 01/17/2018 09:57 PM »
Rollout photos from ULA
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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
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Beautiful evening at @ulalaunch Space Launch Complex 41, where an Atlas V 411 rocket is poised to launch the @usairforce SBIRS GEO-4 satellite tomorrow night at 7:52pm. Photo: @johnkrausphotos / @AmericaSpace.

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/953791900221308929

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #59 on: 01/18/2018 07:15 AM »
Another launch patch

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Overnight photos from ULA
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Couple views from camera setups with the @ulalaunch #AtlasV, set to deliver the fourth critical #SBIRS missile defense satellite to orbit tonight for the US Air Force. STORY - http://www.americaspace.com/2018/01/18/atlas-v-to-launch-high-priority-missile-defense-satellite-tonight-from-florida

https://twitter.com/KillianPhoto/status/953985687812034561


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Latest weather briefing shows a 90% chance of favorable weather for #AtlasV #SBIRS GEO Flight 4 this evening!

https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/954073741855617024


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Tory's confirmation of the 411 vs 401 question:

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For prior missions, this customer preferred to place the expended Centaur in the designated disposal orbit (junkyard, from which stages slowly decay into reentry). On this flight, the SRB provides enough energy to allow Centaur to be immediately deorbited.

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/953606591244390400

This is a bit surprising because on previous missions - e..g SBIRS GEO-3 - NOTAMs were taken to imply that
an immediate Centaur deorbit was done. Maybe those NOTAMs were not actually related to the missions in question.
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The ULA team has given the go to begin cryogenic fueling! On track for #AtlasV #SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launch at 7:52pmEST; broadcast begins at 7:32pmEST. http://bit.ly/av_sbirsgeo4
https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/954124231268237312

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Re: Atlas V 411 - SBIRS GEO-4 - Jan 18, 2018 - Canaveral SLC 41
« Reply #68 on: 01/18/2018 10:06 PM »
Tory's confirmation of the 411 vs 401 question:

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For prior missions, this customer preferred to place the expended Centaur in the designated disposal orbit (junkyard, from which stages slowly decay into reentry). On this flight, the SRB provides enough energy to allow Centaur to be immediately deorbited.

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/953606591244390400
What's the deal with so many Centuar's going to GTO ending up with 2-9000km perigee's vs F9's sub mostly sub 350km perigee's? Comparatively low thrust of the RL-10? Inclination change burns?
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Centaur LO2 at 98%. All looks good.  #SBIRS
« Last Edit: 01/18/2018 10:30 PM by pb2000 »
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and now per SFN, launch will not be at the start of the window-

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/954138076237967360
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« Reply #72 on: 01/18/2018 10:54 PM »
Tory's confirmation of the 411 vs 401 question:

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For prior missions, this customer preferred to place the expended Centaur in the designated disposal orbit (junkyard, from which stages slowly decay into reentry). On this flight, the SRB provides enough energy to allow Centaur to be immediately deorbited.

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/953606591244390400
What's the deal with so many Centuar's going to GTO ending up with 2-9000km perigee's vs F9's sub mostly sub 350km perigee's? Comparatively low thrust of the RL-10? Inclination change burns?
Atlas has a number of mission profiles that reduce ∆V to GSO and leave the spacecraft in a high-perigee orbit.

For a supersynchronous transfer, excess performance goes to apogee, then inclination, and then perigee once inclination reaches around 20°.

There are two different long-coast profiles that use an elliptical parking orbit, putting the argument of perigee at 0° or 180°.

The 3-burn profile leaves a high perigee, since the third burn is an apogee burn.

Source: Atlas V Users Guide

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The #AtlasV #SBIRS GEO 4 launch is scrubbed for the day.
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Webcast is showing a 24 hour scrub. The 11:00 am is my local time.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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pending the fixed valve, another attempt will be made tommorrow-

https://twitter.com/ExploreSpaceKSC/status/954146720463568896
"The Falcon has landed"

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Scrub. LOX fill and drain valve acting up. Need to go out to the pad to check it out
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(Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 18, 2018)– The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission was scrubbed today due to a ground issue associated with the booster liquid oxygen system.

The launch is planned for Friday, Jan. 19, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The forecast shows a 90 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 7:48 p.m. ET.

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