Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Es’hail-2 : Nov 15, 2018 : KSC 39A - UPDATES  (Read 56521 times)

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Updates Thread for Es'hail-2 mission.

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NSF Articles for Es'hail-2 :

Successful launch November 15, 2018 at 2046 GMT (3:46 p.m. EST) on Falcon 9 (booster 1047.2) from LC-39A to GTO.  Successful ASDS landing.



Es'hailSat Satellites
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With the success of Es’hail-1 and the growing demand for a range of satellite services in the MENA region, we are currently working on the manufacture of our second satellite Es’hail-2.

Scheduled for launch in 2018, this high-powered, advanced satellite will further boost broadband delivery, broadcasting and global connectivity in Qatar, the entire region and beyond.

Es’hail-2 is being manufactured in Japan by MELCO (Mitsubishi Electric Corporation).

Es’hail-2 will have Ku-band [24 transponders] and Ka-band [11 transponders] capabilities and support TV distribution, telecoms and government services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers who value broadcasting independence, interference resilience, quality of service and wide geographical coverage. 

The satellite will also provide greater capability for anti-jamming protection and redundancy and back-up for Es’hail-1.

Es’hail-2 will also provide the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) geostationary communication capability that connects users across the visible globe in one single hop and in real-time.

It will allow also the AMSAT community to validate and demonstrate their DVB standard.

[Press Release Sep. 8, 2014] Mitsubishi Electric to Deliver Satellite to Qatari Operator

Es'hail 2 at Gunter's Space Page, Aerospace Technology


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Spaceflight Now has a launch window posted for Es'hail-2...

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Launch window: 2046-2227 GMT (3:46-5:27 p.m. EST)

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Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/


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Cross-post (launch date shifted NET one day later; window unchanged):
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral will launch the Es'Hail-2 communication satellite for Qatar, from pad 39A, on November 15 at the earliest, at 3:46pm EST. The launch window stretches to 5:27pm EST.
« Last Edit: 11/05/2018 08:07 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Es’hail-2 Launch Hazard Area based on issued NOTMAR, valid for Nov 15 (20:46 UTC), alternatively Nov 16 (20:48 UTC).

Appropriate FCC application for SpaceX Mission 1385 states planned ASDS position for booster landing 658km downrange.
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We don't write Static Fire articles for each one as we'd be tripping over our own feet, so a round up that starts with the next milestone (this mission's static fire test).

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1060973553414275072
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I believe the T/E is back in the hangar as of Nov 10! Static fire today is thus still possible, but safer money would be on Monday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqBagsug4WK/

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Heading to the pad, so the test will either be today or probably tomorrow. Launch date will remain the same in either scenario.
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Here she is heading up the ramp, booster looks sooty, guessing this is B1047.2! 8)

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/1061670821368946689
"The Starship has landed"

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As of 7:20pm the lights were still on at the pad but she's still not vertical. Heavily cropped picture taken from 13 mile's away.

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« Last Edit: 11/12/2018 12:52 pm by Orbiter »
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9 AM to 3 PM for the Falcon 9 Static Fire window. Aiming for the opening of the window.
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Looks like they tried at 9 AM and aborted.
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OCISLY departed with HAWK last night in advance of the landing.

https://twitter.com/CowboyDanPaasch/status/1061792549105553408
"The Starship has landed"

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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1062072787496505344


(Chris Edit: Thanks! I thought I posted it, but I posted in the wrong thread ;D)
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T-0 of 8:30pm EST per KSC EOC.
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Booster observed as venting, static fire within minutes.
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Static fire observed!
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Pretty decent photo a few hours prior to ignition.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqGnVIYnFUt/

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Video of static fire test


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Weather forecast 60% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds

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Airspace Closure Area and Launch Hazard Area.
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No real change to weather forecast, still 60% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds

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Press kit attached
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A note about weather today...

Yes, there is a 60% chance of favorable conditions.  But that calculation ONLY takes into account clouds, rain, ground winds, lightning... 

It DOES NOT include the Upper Level Winds, which are forecast to be high at 90 kts at 40,000 feet from the southwest. 

ULW limits are mission-specific, so there's no overall hard scrub limit on those winds.  But bear in mind that ULWs are in play today.  And they are forecasted to get worse tomorrow (Friday).

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Clocks are counting down here at KSC.  T-1hr 41mins and COUNTING.

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T-1hr and COUNTING.  Launch Director's loop is very quiet (which is good).

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Right now, weather is GREEN.

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GO/NO GO fueling poll underway.

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GO for prop load.

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T-35mins and COUNTING!

Launch auto has started.  Fueling of the Falcon 9 has begun!

Teams have received their standard "what to do if the need to urgently abort the auto-sequence occurs" briefing.

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T-30mins. 

All going well with initial stages of fueling.

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T-25mins.

All still good with count and fueling and weather.

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Funky music has started.
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T-20mins

No issues.

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T-16mins

2nd stage LOX load has started.

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Es-Hail 2 is on internal power.

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Webcast has started.
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And the webcast is live.
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Drone ship.
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T-13 minutes. Second launch for this vehicle.
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T-12 minutes. No fairing recovery attempt today.
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T-11 minutes. Saying Go/no-go for propellant loading was at T-1 hour.
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T-10mins.  LD loop still very quiet.  No issues.  No constraints.

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T-10 minutes.
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T-9 minutes.
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T-8 minutes. Talking about Radio amateur payload.
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T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting now.
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T-6 minutes.
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T-5 minutes. Es'hail 2 on internal power. Weather is go for launch.
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T-3 minutes. Stage 1 LOX closed out.
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T-2 minutes. Stage 2 LOX load complete.
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T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is in startup.
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Liftoff!
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T+1 minute.
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T+2 minutes.
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Separation.

T+3 minutes.
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Fairing separation.

T+4 minutes.
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T+5 minutes.
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T+6 minutes.
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Entry burn.

T+7 minutes.
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T+8 minutes.

SECO!
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Touchdown!
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On ship.

In space.

T+10 minutes. Upcoming events.

00:26:34 2nd stage engine restarts
00:27:29 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:32:29 Es’hail-2 satellite deployment
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T+15 minutes. Over the Atlantic.
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T+20 minutes. Heading towards Africa.
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AOS Gabon.

T+25 minutes. Over Africa.
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One minute to second ignition.
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Nozzle and satellite.
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T+30 minutes. Separation in 2 minutes 29 seconds.
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One minute to separation.
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Separation!
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And another job done!

Many thanks to Steven (and others) for the coverage. Huge help, allows me to edit the launch article, social media and guard the server hamsters. ;D

As always, post launch congrats on the party thread, etc. We keep this pure updates these days on this update thread.

Updated article, photos from Brady Kenniston.

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1063179603223764997
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Was there an issue with the separation?
Induced rotation.
Like caused by bad timing of release mechanism.
Or is it just me?
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First SpaceX launch in November. Webcast has ended.
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launch highlights

satellite separation

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SpaceX - Es"hail 2 - Launch And Track 11-15-2018

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Two cataloged objects launched by this mission:

2018-090A   2018-11-15 22:50 UTC - 201/37688km/25.02°
2018-090B   2018-11-15 22:43 UTC - 194/37539km/24.99°

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Was there an issue with the separation?
Induced rotation.
Like caused by bad timing of release mechanism.
Or is it just me?

Yes, there was rotation of the payload post separation. But nothing outside of allowed parameters.

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Rotation per request, tuned by different spring force.


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SpaceX Es'hail-2 Launch - UP CLOSE VIEWS


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So will hopefully see soon why the recovery fleet took nearly a day before starting to return.

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Tanker entering port right now, and GO Quest has pulled ahead of HAWK and will enter first:

https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1064545370741587969
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GO Quest has arrived!
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Tally Ho!
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Getting closer!
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The legs have been removed per the Orlando princess webcam
Guess we will have to wait on legs being folded for now.........
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Booster is currently going horizontal
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About halfway there.
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Now horizontal
This has to be one of, if not the fastest times to go horizontal after arrival!
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A few pictures I took of the move this morning.

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Per the Orlando Princess webcam, B1047.2 has departed port, it will now be refurbished for a third flight!

Link- https://50.30.56.25:8081/mjpg/video.mjpg
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https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1068567439561056256

Edit: SpaceX have now posted higher res images - attached
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[email protected] Qatar Satellite Co's Es'hail-2, built by #MitsubishiElectric, launched by @SpaceX mid-Nov, completes testing & starts service at 25.5/26deg E. Ka-, Ku- spot beams, and amateur-radio payload. Expected 16 yrs service life.

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Remote cameras now being collected:

twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1063450497305190402

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1063452290244386816

twitter.com/marcuscotephoto/status/1063451996580179968

twitter.com/joroulette/status/1063453093432606721

twitter.com/thefavoritist/status/1063455891352113153

John has tweaked his wide shot:

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1172500041451364353

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