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Offline Chris Bergin

UPDATES ONLY Thread for the launch of NROL-76 mission.

NSF Threads for NROL-76 : Discussion / Updates / L2 March/April 2017 / ASDS / Party
NSF Articles for NROL-76 :
   SpaceX Static Fire spy sat rocket and prepare to test Falcon Heavy core
   SpaceX Falcon 9 launches first NRO mission with NROL-76
Successful launch on May 1, 2017 at 7:15am EDT (1115 UTC).  First stage, core 1032, landed at LZ-1.


Start here for attempt 2:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42639.140


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Offline Chris Bergin

Update only thread.

Per L2, Static Fire NET is April 12. Pending 39A shakedown report on pad status/repairs required (been holding up great so far).

Launch date NET is April 16 with the window opening at 7am local, for around two hours.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 16, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #2 on: 04/07/2017 10:21 AM »
Air Force show the Atlas-V as the next launch, so looks like the Falcon is delayed.....

Offline Chris Bergin

Yep, we've been waiting for the new date to become documented and now it is via L2 KSC/Cape scheduling.

NET April 30, same window.

Static Fire on April 26.

No reasons given, so likely the payload (which isn't talkative as we're talking about a NROL bird).

Offline Flying Beaver

Looks like we have rollback into the HIF for the Strongback and Launch Table, per Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BS1lppZAYXU/?tagged=spacex

Good progress given 1 1/2 weeks to Static Fire.
Saw OG-2 Booster Land in person 21/12/2015.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #5 on: 04/14/2017 07:59 PM »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #6 on: 04/21/2017 03:50 PM »
http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Apr-2017/0155.html

The launch hazard chart for the region near the launch site reveals that the trajectory will follow the northeast coast
of North America; therefore, the target orbit is a quasi-60 degree LEO, or a Molniya.

http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Launch%20Hazard%20Area%20Maps/4-30-2017%20LHA.pdf?ver=2017-04-20-154754-750

Per my earlier posts in this thread, since the return of the Falcon 9's first stage is targeting the launch site, the
payload is either headed for LEO, or is a fairly low in mass and headed for Molniya.

If LEO, I suspect it is a replacement or follow-on to the experimental USA 193, which was launched on NROL-21, and
failed upon reaching its 58.5 deg, 360 km orbit.

If Molniya, then I suspect it is a new generation of SDS Molniya, built on Boeing's BSS-702SP bus.

Molniya SDS seems more likely.

Ted Molczan
« Last Edit: 04/21/2017 04:18 PM by Targeteer »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #8 on: 04/24/2017 07:22 AM »
Next ship leaving port.


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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #10 on: 04/25/2017 02:07 PM »
F9 is vertical ;D
http://original.livestream.com/spaceflightnow

Better link added.
« Last Edit: 04/25/2017 05:33 PM by Carl G »
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Offline Chris Bergin

Test window is now open, for six hours. No sign of venting yet, so may be a while off....but it's rare they fire up as the window opens during a Static Fire test.

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For those staring at the webcast and scanning for venting, L2's latest is a T-0 of 3pm local (7pm UTC), meaning prop load should be soon. They aren't understood to be working issues, just behind on the timeline.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #13 on: 04/25/2017 06:33 PM »
Venting visible as of around 2:30 PM EDT.  From the pad if not from the vehicle.  (The view is obstructed.)

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« Last Edit: 04/25/2017 06:34 PM by edkyle99 »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #14 on: 04/25/2017 06:51 PM »
Venting can be seen by the RSS. 9 minutes away from 3pm.
Attended space missions: STS-114, STS-124, STS-128, STS-135, Atlas V "Curiosity", Delta IV Heavy NROL-15, Atlas V MUOS-2, Delta IV Heavy NROL-37, SpaceX CRS-9, SpaceX JCSAT-16, Atlas V GOES-R, SpaceX SES-11.

Offline Flying Beaver

One more big vent from S2 location.
Saw OG-2 Booster Land in person 21/12/2015.

Offline Chris Bergin

STATIC FIRE!!
http://original.livestream.com/spaceflightnow


Next: Quick look data review.
SpaceX usually tweet if that looked good.
Then preps to LRR.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #17 on: 04/25/2017 07:08 PM »
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F9/NROL76: Hot-fire test conducted at ~3:02pm EDT; not as much smoke as usual, but that could be due to wind/direction

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/856947412505694208

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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/856950895388401664?s=04

"Static fire test complete. Targeting Falcon 9 launch of NROL-76 on Sunday, April 30."
« Last Edit: 04/25/2017 07:23 PM by Flying Beaver »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #19 on: 04/25/2017 07:41 PM »
Bit higher-res shot

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