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Can anyone provide information regarding the other payloads on this ride share mission? It is currently set to launch NET August 2021.
https://spacenews.com/l3harris-to-begin-pre-launch-work-on-wide-field-of-view-missile-defense-satellite/
[article dated April 11, 2020]
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Re: Atlas V 551 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - CC SLC-41 - August 2021
« Reply #1 on: 04/21/2020 09:04 pm »
Can anyone provide information regarding the other payloads on this ride share mission? It is currently set to launch NET August 2021
https://spacenews.com/l3harris-to-begin-pre-launch-work-on-wide-field-of-view-missile-defense-satellite/
Nowadays they are manifested much closer to launch based on primary sats mission profile and Space Vehicles (SV) declared available for launch.

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Re: Atlas V 551 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - CC SLC-41 - NET 2022?
« Reply #2 on: 02/16/2021 07:30 pm »
Has USSF-12 been delayed NET 2022?
Edit: By process of elimination, USSF-12 launches 2022.

Cross-post:
https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1339644451900239873
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10 missions on ULA's 2021 manifest:

- 4 Space Force/NRO missions throughout the year
- 3 for NASA: Landsat 9, Lucy and a GOES satellite
- 3 commercial missions: Boeing's Starliner OFT2 and crewed Starliner flight, then Vulcan's debut in Q4 carrying Astrobotic's Peregrine lander.

I count 5 SF and NRO missions.  Which one is delayed beyond 2021?
Scheduled:
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

2021
February 26 - STP-3: STPSat-6, small satellite (x6) - Atlas V 551 - Canaveral SLC-41 (or Q1)
(UUSF, first ULA launch in 2021)

March 29 - CST-100 Starliner (unmanned test) (Boe-OFT 2) - Atlas V N22 (AV-082) - Canaveral SLC-41
(commercial)

Early or NET March - NROL-82: KH-11 18 (Crystal 18, Block 5 #2) (TBD) - Delta IV-H [D-386] - Vandenberg SLC-6
(NRO)

March or Spring - USSF-8: GSSAP 5, GSSAP 6 - Atlas V 511 (AV-085) - Canaveral SLC-41
(USSF)

Q2 - SBIRS-GEO 5 - Atlas V 421 - Canaveral SLC-41
(USSF)

June - CST-100 Starliner (crewed test) (Boe-CFT) - Atlas V N22 (AV-0??) - Canaveral SLC-41
(commercial)

NET August - USSF-12: WFOV (Wide Field of View Testbed missile-warning satellite), ESPA - Atlas V - Canaveral SLC-41
(USSF)

September - Landsat 9, ELaNa 34: CUTE, CuPID - Atlas V 401 - Vandenberg SLC-3E (or NLT November)
(NASA)

October 16 - Lucy [Discovery 13] - Atlas V 401 - Canaveral SLC-41 (or November)
(NASA)

December 7 - GOES-T - Atlas V 541 - Canaveral SLC-41 (or January 2022)
(NASA)

Q4 - Peregrine 1 (Astrobotic’s Lunar Lander), CubeRover - Vulcan Centaur 522 (first launch) - Canaveral SLC-41 (NET June)
(commercial)

Late - ViaSat-3 Americas - Falcon Heavy / Atlas V 551 - Kennedy LC-39A / Canaveral SLC-41

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Launch news from SFN:
SpaceX planning launch of two Falcon Heavy missions in summer and fall, dated February 15
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SpaceX plans two Falcon Heavy launches this year for the U.S. Space Force in July and October, and United Launch Alliance has four national security space missions on its 2021 schedule, according to a military spokesperson.
SBIRS-GEO 5     Atlas V 521          May 2021
NROL-82           Delta IV-Heavy     NET spring 2021 = Q2?
USSF-44            Falcon Heavy       July 2021
STP-3                Atlas V 551          mid-year 2021
USSF-8             Atlas V 511          August 2021
USSF-52           Falcon Heavy       NET October 2021
GPS III-6          Falcon 9               2022

Also: USSF-67 may use Falcon Heavy.
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We had reference upthread here to four USSF/NRO launches this year; the same is true for the article quoted above, but with missions listed.

Has the WFOV launch on USSF-12 been delayed beyond 2021?
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Re: Atlas V 551 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - CC SLC-41 - 2022
« Reply #3 on: 09/08/2021 05:16 am »
Belated cross-post:
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/397
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USSF-12 (WFOV)
Launch Time
NET January, 2022

Note: The exact Atlas V configuration has not been confirmed. However, it is most likely a 541 or a 551 based on it being a GSO mission.
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Re: Atlas V 551 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - CC SLC-41 - April 2022
« Reply #4 on: 12/16/2021 03:36 am »
Cross-post:
SFN Launch Schedule update:

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April | Atlas 5 • USSF 12

Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the USSF 12 mission with Wide Field Of View, or WFOV, experimental missile warning satellite for the U.S. Space Force. WFOV hosts a new type of infrared staring sensor in geosynchronous orbit to detect the heat from missile launch plumes. The USSF 12 mission will include additional rideshare payloads. [Dec. 14]
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SFN Launch Schedule, updated January 28:
Launch vehicle is an Atlas V 541.
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Have the Atlas and Centaur for this launch been delivered to the Cape?

Edit March 1: Next ULA launch.

Edit/add March 7:
What is the tail number for this LV?

Is it the "swap-out" AV-082?

Or, is AV-082 re-assigned back to OFT-2 and AV-085 assigned to CFT?

I see AV-089, 094, and 098 and above unassigned.  AV-097 is assigned to SBIRS GEO-6.
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Re: Atlas V 551 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - CC SLC-41 - April 2022
« Reply #7 on: 03/02/2022 07:49 pm »
Cross-post:
SFN Launch Schedule update:

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April | Atlas 5 • USSF 12

Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the USSF 12 mission with Wide Field Of View, or WFOV, experimental missile warning satellite for the U.S. Space Force. WFOV hosts a new type of infrared staring sensor in geosynchronous orbit to detect the heat from missile launch plumes. The USSF 12 mission will include additional rideshare payloads. [Dec. 14]

With OFT-2 scheduled to launch on May 20, and given that it apparently takes about 1 month minimum to turnaround an Atlas V launch campaign at SLC-41, then this launch should be NLT circa April 20.

Added:
https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/next-launch/atlas-v-ussf-12
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Atlas V to Launch USSF-12

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket will launch the USSF-12 mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC). Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

Launch Date and Time: TBD

Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go USSF-12!
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Cross-posts; my bold:

http://www.avionics-intelligence.com/articles/2013/08/ai-wfov-rfi.html

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=384ad1486b11ed87cfec32dd9b1a51eb&tab=core&_cview=0

The US has 2 SBIRs GEO satellites, 2 SBIRs HEO payloads, and several DSPs on orbit with four more GEO and HEO birds/payloads on order.  Why does the AF need to host OPIR sensors on a commercial satellite?  ???

Sounds like they want to reduce the number of expensive dedicated platforms. If a commercial entity can pay for part of the platform cost, they save money.

Interesting...

Air Force Awards Launch Services Contracts to SpaceX and ULA
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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The Air Force announced today the award of two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts.  Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has been awarded a $290,594,130 firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver three GPS III missions (1 base and 2 options) to the intended orbit.  United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been awarded a $351,839,510 firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8 and AFSPC-12 satellites to the intended orbit.  Both contracts provide the Government with a total launch solution for these missions, which includes launch vehicle production, mission integration, launch operations, and spaceflight certification.  These missions are planned to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

This is the fourth competition under the current Phase 1A procurement strategy.  These launch service contract awards strike a balance between meeting operational needs and lowering launch costs through reintroducing competition for National Security Space missions.

“The competitive award of these two EELV launch service contracts directly supports Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC’s) mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our Nation while maintaining assured access to space,” said Lt Gen John F. Thompson, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and SMC commander.

The three GPS III missions will deliver sustained, reliable GPS capabilities to America’s warfighters, our allies, and civil users. GPS provides positioning, navigation, and timing service to civil and military users worldwide.  The GPS III missions are planned to launch between late 2019 and 2020.

The AFSPC-8 mission comprises two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites, known as GSSAP 5 & 6. AFSPC-8 is planned to launch in 2020 into a geosynchronous orbit.

The AFSPC-12 mission comprises a forward space vehicle (SV) and an aft SV.  The forward SV is known as the Wide Field of View (WFOV) Testbed and the aft SV is a propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) that hosts auxiliary payloads.  AFSPC-12 is planned to launch in 2020 into a geosynchronous orbit.

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

Media representatives can submit questions for response regarding this topic by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

I'm kinda expecting those GPS launches to slip to the right, but I'll use their dates for now.
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The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket carrying the USSF-12 mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) has been delayed due to a customer request. We will continue to work with SSC to determine USSF-12’s next launch opportunity.
ULA’s next launch is the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) for Boeing and NASA planned for May.
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Re: Atlas V 541 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - Canaveral SLC-41 - TBD
« Reply #10 on: 03/12/2022 09:31 pm »
Belated confirmation of when this launch was scheduled, approximately the same as NET April 1, NLT April 20.
SFN, March 11, Boeing Starliner test flight next on ULA's launch schedule
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The USSF 12 mission was set to launch in the first half of April with two Space Force payloads heading for geosynchronous orbit...

A succinct description of the WFOV satellite follows.  The article does not name or describe the second satellite.

Is this a reference to LDPE-2?
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Re: Atlas V 541 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - Canaveral SLC-41 - TBD
« Reply #12 on: 03/30/2022 01:44 am »
Atlas V Eastern Range [SLC-41]:
May 20                          OFT-2
June 18                         SBIRS GEO-6
<H2 July launch opportunity for USSF-12/WFOV?>
August                          SES-20 & 21
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Re: Atlas V 541 - USSF-12 (WFOV) - Canaveral SLC-41 - TBD
« Reply #14 on: 05/21/2022 10:37 pm »
Atlas V Eastern Range [SLC-41]:
June 29                         USSF-12
(NET late) July             SILENT BARKER
(NET late) August       SES-20 & 21
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Welcome to Cape Canaveral and the start of another #AtlasV launch campaign! Follow along today as we begin stacking the rocket to launch the @SpaceForceDOD #USSF12 mission directly into geosynchronous orbit 22,000 miles (36,000 km) above Earth on June 29. bit.ly/av_ussf12

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An #AtlasV 541 with four side-mounted boosters will perform this U.S. national security launch for @USSF_SSC. The rocket is launching the @SpaceForceDOD's Wide Field of View (WFOV) Testbed satellite and a multi-manifest payload for the @DeptofDefense.

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Have the Atlas and Centaur for this launch been delivered to the Cape?
At some point, obviously yes.

Tail number?

AV-001 through 084  launched

085  Starliner CFT?

086, 087, 088  launched

089  unassigned

090, 091, 092, 093  launched

094  unassigned

095, 096  launched

097  SBIRS-GEO 6

098 and above  unassigned
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The SRBs and Centaur have been stacked and the tail number is AV-094

https://blog.ulalaunch.com/blog/ussf-12-ula-stacks-atlas-v-rocket-for-space-force-launch
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USSF-12 mission profile
Launches Seen: Atlas V OA-7, Falcon 9 Starlink 6-4, Falcon 9 CRS-28,

 

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