Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Nusantara Satu (PSN VI)/GTO-1/SpaceIL : Feb. 21/22, 2019 - UPDATES  (Read 73049 times)

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UPDATES ONLY Thread for PSN VI (more recently known as Nusantara Satu, which translates as "One
Archipelago") mission.  The main payload is the PSN VI communications satellite.  The secondary payloads as part of a rideshare arranged by Spaceflight Industries include the SpaceIL Beresheet lunar lander, which will separate in a supersync GTO (around 60k km apogee).  The S5 smallsat from the Air Force Research Laboratory will stay attached to PSN VI until it reaches GEO and then separate.  Total mass of the three payloads including the dispensers for the two smaller passengers is 4850kg.  Nusantara Satu is 4100kg, Beresheet is 582kg.

NSF Threads for PSN VI : Discussion / Updates
NSF Articles for PSN VI :
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/news/spacex/
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/10/israels-first-moon-launch-falcon-delayed-weeks/

Successful launch Feb. 21 at 20:45 EST (01:45 UTC on the 22nd) on Falcon 9 booster 1048.3 (previously used for Iridium 7 and SAOCOM 1A) from SLC-40 to supersync GTO.  ASDS landing was successful.  No attempt was made to recover the fairings, possibly because of the weather.



PSN VI is a communications satellite being built for the Indonesian operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara.

SSL Press Release
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 19, 2014 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the contract award previously reported on October 29, 2014, was for the Indonesian satellite operator, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN). The commercial communications satellite, named PSN VI, will provide service throughout South East Asia and includes a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload for service in Indonesia.

With both C-band and Ku-band transponders, PSN VI will be used for voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. PSN is the first private satellite telecommunications company in Indonesia and a leading Asian provider of a full range of satellite-based telecommunication services.

“PSN has a charter to use satellites to provide innovative communications solutions that help improve lives and support economic growth in remote regions,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are very glad to have the opportunity to help PSN further this endeavor by providing, not just a satellite, but a package of services to support its business goals, including launch.”

When launched in early 2017, PSN VI will be located at 146 degrees East longitude. Based on SSL’s proven 1300 satellite platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.

PSN VI was originally going to be a Boeing 702SP satellite that could be dual launched like the Eutelsat/ABS launches, but they could not find another company to share the launch and switched the order to SSL.
SpaceNews: Indonesia’s PSN Switches to SSL after Boeing Unable To Pair Up All-electric Satellite


Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
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   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles
   SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of Nusantara Satu (PSN VI)/GTO-1/SpaceIL from SLC-40 is expected to move to a NET of Feb 21 at 20:45 Eastern per L2 Range information.
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22 February 1:45 UTC = 21 February 20:45 Eastern is now confirmed by https://psn.co.id/nsatu/.
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An interesting detail on one of the payloads:

https://twitter.com/PeterGuggenbach/status/1094943898407968768

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We are going to the moon! A 3D engine mount from RUAG Space will be the first 3D printed part on the moon. Our 3D part will support landing and lift off of Lunar Lander from @TeamSpaceIL. Congrats to our incredible engineers!

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https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/1095009451935961088
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Rideshare launch provider @SpaceflightInc confirms identify of second piggyback payload riding on SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 launch. SpaceIL’s Beresheet lunar lander and the Air Force Research Lab’s S5 smallsat will launch with Indonesia’s PSN 6 comsat no earlier than Feb. 21.

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https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1095364540328542209

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And away we go. Launch hazard area issued for #SpaceX Nusantara Satu mission, also known as PSN-1. In effect on 2/21 from 1845 to 2215 ET (2345 to 0315 UTC). Drone ship landing.

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Some activity at SLC-40 today:



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Published on 15 Feb 2019
Today was the second day in a row the TE Strongback has been raised and lowered without a payload. We are sure they want some practice after being idle for over two months.

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No roll out yet for static fire:

https://twitter.com/uslaunchreport/status/1097185578137911296

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#SpaceX No rollout on Pad 40 so far this weekend. Assuming with recent layoffs overtime may also be limited. 12:25 PM. Israeli Lunar Lander.
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As of 5:15pm rocket ranch time the pad is still empty. KSCVC is between me and LC-40 but when Falcon 9 is vertical on the pad it's easy to see.
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Only L2 note is a reschedule of a Cape Support period that opened this evening, but that does not preclude a potential Static Fire window on Monday.
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https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1097430326400430081

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Signet Warhorse departs Port Canaveral with OCISLY at 4:30am local time. The droneship is heading 663km down range.

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Mr. Steven out at sea right now conducting shakedown tests with its recently re-attached arms, hopefully, it makes a fairing catch attempt this mission!!  ;D
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No weather forecast yet for this one... which is odd if there's still a chance of making Thursday.

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https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/fl/cape-canaveral/32920

The generic weather for February 21st is mostly sunny skies with a high of 78 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there is a 24% chance of rain at exactly 9 PM Eastern. And the exact temperature at that time will be 69 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ground winds at exactly 9 PM Eastern is 8 miles per hour from the south-southeast (SSE).
« Last Edit: 02/18/2019 05:07 pm by ZachS09 »
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And here we go. :)

https://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/L-3%20Forecast%2021%20Feb%20Launch.pdf?ver=2019-02-18-140745-587
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L-3 Forecast

Launch day probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Maximum upper level winds: 70 knots near 40,000 feet

Delay day probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
Maximum upper level winds: 70 knots near 40,000 feet

EDIT: Thanks Orbiter, fixed :)
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GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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SpaceX quick look review complete! Thursday is on!!  ;D

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1097662953950564352
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Video of the Static Fire!:

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There are two new articles about this missions with some new information.

The Planetary Society: What to expect when Beresheet launches to (and lands on) the Moon

Teslarati: SpaceX test fires twice-flown Falcon 9 for world’s first commercial Moon mission

Target orbit seems to be 215 km x 60,000 km (still no idea how they can do this and still land the booster) at which point all three payloads will be deployed as a single unit from F9 second stage, shortly after that Beresheet will be deployed while PSN-6 & S5 will head to graveyard orbit above GEO where the Beresheet adapter will be discarded, then PSN-6 & S5 will go back to a lower orbit, S5 will be deployed and then PSN-6 inserts itself into GEO.

Beresheet will do a bunch of orbital maneuvers (detailed in the Planetary Society article) to land on the Moon.

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Bunch of videos about Beresheet, some of them new:









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L-2 launch forecast, still 80% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule

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Payload all stacked together prior to encapsulation, Nusantara Satu looks like a Christmas ornament!  ;) ;D

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuC5Ifkhd7c/
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Payload all stacked together prior to encapsulation, Nusantara Satu looks like a Christmas ornament!  ;) ;D
Higher quality pic

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Airspace closure area

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PSN-6 Launch Hazard Areas based on NOTMAR message, valid for 22th 01:40-03:09 UTC - alternate 23rd 01:36-03:05 UTC.
Planned booster-droneship landing position 663km downrange.
Mr Steven is now on the way to the area of Fairing 2.0 recovery attempt approx. 790km downrange.

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L-1 launch forecast, no real change - still 80% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule

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Of Course I Still Love You has arrived at the landing zone ahead of tomorrow night's landing out at sea, Mr. Steven is well underway and has moved far out, should arrive tomorrow at some point at its specific fairing catching location. ;D

https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1098299105460318208
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Nice SpaceX mission patch

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Another launch patch
(source: http://spacexpatchlist.space/)

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Fairing recovery boat Mr Steven changed the course to the west and leaving the hazard area towards to port by some reason.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1098637141603696641

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Mr Steven is continuing the charge in the wrong direction and we're confident that fairing recovery is cancelled if launch happens today. SpaceX will likely provide confirmation in tonight webcast with a reason for the fairing recovery abort. Current theory is weather and waves

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OCISLY is also battling rough conditions out at sea, challenging landing it appears...... but we have seen these conditions before with successful landings, so don't count out the booster.

https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1098629667601436672
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Amazing close up photos of the rocket on the pad from Tom Cross:

https://twitter.com/_TomCross_/status/1098734999027752961
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T-38 minutes. Launch director should be verifying go for propellant load about now.
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T-35 minutes. First and second stage RP-1 and first stage LOX loading should be starting about now.
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Venting - per Chris G at the launch site.
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Rough waves still at the LZ, though not as violent as earlier:

https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1098755176838639617
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Usual T-20 min big vent observed. (Chris G)
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Funky music has started, but SpaceIL is showing the rocket!
« Last Edit: 02/22/2019 12:28 am by Steven Pietrobon »
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T-16 minutes. Second stage LOX loading should be starting about now.
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SpaceIL mission control.
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New intro video.
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32 minute window.
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T-10 minutes.
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T-9 minutes. Challenging landing attempt.
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T-8 minutes. First stage fuel nearly loaded.
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T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting now. Tracking no issues.
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T-6 minutes.
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T-5 minutes. PSN VI video.
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T-4 minutes. Takes about two months to reach the Moon.
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T-3 minutes. Range is green.
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T-2 minutes. Stage 2 LOX load closed out.
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T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is in startup.

Go for launch.
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Liftoff!
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Good 1-2 sep and second stage ignition.
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First stage separation.

T+3 minutes.
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Fairing separation.

T+4 minutes.
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Entry burn.

T+7 minutes.
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T+8 minutes. Landing burn.
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Touchdown and second stage cutoff!
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T+10 minutes. Upcoming events.

00:27:03 2nd stage engine restarts
00:28:08 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:33:39 Beresheet deployment
00:44:38 Nusantara Satu and Air Force Research Laboratory S5 deployment
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Entry burn.

Sparks.

Landing.
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T+15 minutes. Over the Atlantic.
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T+20 minutes. Heading towards Africa.
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T+30 minutes. Over Africa.
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SECO-2 was at 36423 km/hr relative velocity, which by my math should yield an apogee of about 68000 km.

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From Musk, sparks was the heat shield base burning, next flight of SAME booster set for April, B1048.4 now!

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1098767597858779136
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Beresheet separation!
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Sun is blocking the view of Beresheet.

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SpaceIL video.
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Nusantara Satu/S6 separation!
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S/C Sep!

Thanks again to Steven for the excellent primary coverage!

William's article updated:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/02/spacex-indonesian-launch-israeli-moon-mission/

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1098771946559422464

Remember, we keep it on updates here these days, so congrats and discussion to the other threads please :)
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Wrapping up and end of webcast.
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Beresheet Launched successfully! We received the first sign of life & data from #Beresheet & the #spacecraft deployed its landing legs as expected.
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I expect we'll see some truly remarkable photos from tonight's launch.  Trajectory went through the end of the cup of the Big Dipper.  The booster burn was directly next to the rising moon over the Atlantic.  Absolutely stunning launch!

Unfortunately my building elevator failed tonight at the last minute so I couldn't make it to the beach in time to setup and had to rush to my balcony.  Got some shaky time lapse of both launch and landing and they were amazing enough that I'm sure that anyone that was prepared tonight got some truly remarkable shots.   

Here's my two crappy ones (visible shake due to hand-holding the shutter release -stupid remote had come loose in my frantic haste).

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#Falcon9 lights up the sky above the Space Coast for the first time in 2019. Here's my long exposure from 321 Boat Club in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo: @marcuscotephoto/ Space Coast Times) #SpaceX #nusantarasatu #beresheet

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Gorgeous #Falcon9 launch photo here by colleague @MalcolmDenemark. Gotta appreciate his one-shot wonders – no compositing, heavy alterations, etc.

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Three cataloged objects launched by this mission:

2019-009A - 259.57/69036.34km/27.55°
2019-009B - 241.63/68844.66km/27.56°
2019-009C - 256.22/68807.66km/27.61°

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February 22, 2019
RELEASE 19-012

NASA Administrator Statement on Israeli Moon Mission
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Thursday’s launch of Israel’s first mission beyond Earth’s orbit. SpaceIL’s lander blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and now is on its way to becoming the first commercial lander to reach the Moon’s surface.

“Congratulations to SpaceIL and the Israel Space Agency. This is a historic step for all nations and commercial space as we look to extend our collaborations beyond low-Earth orbit and on to the Moon.

“In July, I was in Israel and was very impressed with their commitment to expanding their role in the world’s space community. As we better understand Israel’s capabilities and the innovative work of their private industry, we know they’ll be an even stronger international partner in the future, one vital to the success of extending commercial space to the Moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond. There are terrific opportunities awaiting Israel and all of us in advancing the space frontier.”

Learn more about this mission, and NASA’s role in it, at:

https://go.nasa.gov/2GWotTY

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@SpaceX #Falcon9 re-entry burn could be seen from the beach in Cape Canaveral right as the moon was rising. How many of y’all saw that? Sorry for potato quality. It’s the best I could do on short notice. 😜

Edit to add: another moon shot in 2nd pic of tweet below plus amazing shot of booster plume

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Beautiful launch tonight for #SpaceX! Shame it was just a few minutes from moonrise! Congrats & good luck to @TeamSpaceIL's #Beresheet - now en route to Mare Serenitatis on the surface of the moon! And congrats to @SpaceflightInc, @AFResearchLab & Indonesia's #PSN6 #NusantaraSatu
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Stay safe booster recovery team:

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Hoping all is well out in the 10 ft waves. It may be a while before crew transfer can safely happen from GO Quest to OCISLY to secure the booster and hook up to Signet Warhorse III. Hang on B1048, no boosters overboard tonight! #SpaceXFleet #SpaceX @elonmusk

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Recovery teams are still at the LZ working on securing the booster. They may be here a while as crews wait for a break in the waves that allows them to board the droneship.

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3 objects have been cataloged:

2019-009A/44048 in 260 x 69036 km x 27.55°
2019-009B/44049 in 242 x 68845 km x 27.56°
2019-009C/44050 in 256 x 68808 km x 27.60°

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SSL presser:

Innovative Communications Satellite Built by Maxar’s SSL for PSN Successfully Performing Post-launch Maneuvers

Advanced Satellite improves broadband connectivity in Indonesia, features rideshare service and next-gen electric propulsion

PALO ALTO, Calif. – February 22, 2019 – SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today the Nusantara Satu communications satellite, built for Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. It launched last night aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the SpaceX launch base in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and deployed its solar arrays on schedule. Tomorrow its main thruster will begin to propel the satellite toward its final orbit at 146 degrees East longitude.

Nusantara Satu is a multi-mission satellite that includes Indonesia’s first High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload. Previously called PSN VI, the satellite will also provide voice, data and video distribution service throughout South East Asia. PSN is the first private satellite telecommunications company in Indonesia and a leading Asian provider of a full range of satellite-based telecommunication services.

Nusantara Satu is also one of the first satellites to use SSL’s next-generation electric propulsion system, which provides increased power, flexibility and performance, backed by a long heritage of electric propulsion success.

An integral part of Indonesia’s infrastructure, Nusantara Satu furnishes the most remote islands and villages with reliable, broad-based and affordable broadband to fuel economic growth and opportunity in the region. In addition the satellite’s C-band and Ku-band transponders will be used for voice and data communications and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

“This mission demonstrates the success of SSL’s advanced technologies and how we deliver business benefits to our satellite operator customers, which in turn will provide services that improve quality of life in the region,” said Dario Zamarian, Group President, SSL. “We provided exceptional value to PSN by procuring the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and partnering with Spaceflight and SpaceX to integrate additional missions. This marks the first time that our powerful electric propulsion system will provide orbit raising for both the primary satellite and a small tag-along mission.”

In addition to the satellite for PSN, SSL collaborated with rideshare provider Spaceflight to aggregate additional payloads that will accompany Nusantara Satu to orbit. This includes an experimental small spacecraft for the Air Force Research Laboratory that will deploy near GEO, and a spacecraft for SpaceIL that is the world’s first privately funded lunar lander.

“SSL has been a collaborative partner in helping us make Nusantara Satu a success,” said Adi Rahman Adiwoso, Chief Executive Officer of PSN.“SSL is a leader in broadband satellites and has designed and built a next-gen spacecraft solution that will advance our aspiration to improve lives and create new opportunities for economic growth in remote regions of Indonesia.”
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Usual fab shots from John Kraus

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Fiery Falcon Fury! SpaceX successfully launched the #Beresheet moon lander and #NusantaraSatu / S5 satellites at 8:45 P.M. yesterday evening. Here’s a dramatic view from SLC-40 as Falcon 9 climbed toward space.

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Laser beam! SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches the #Beresheet moon lander and #NusuntaraSatu / S5 satellites, as seen in this 30-second exposure taken from SLC-40.

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Here's another frame from the Falcon 9 / #NusantaraSatu mission. I love how the plume perfectly encapsulates the flame, and how the engines are just barely in the frame at the top. Definitely a pleasant surprise hidden later in the sequence.

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WORLD’S FIRST PRIVATELY FUNDED LUNAR SPACECRAFT LAUNCHES SUCCESSFULLY ABOARD SPACEX ROCKET

Israeli moon lander Beresheet launched from Cape Canaveral on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. ET

Mission control room in Israel established communication with the spacecraft at 9:23 p.m. ET

Beresheet's legs deployed, as planned, at 9:25 p.m. ET
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 22 – Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) today announced that Israel’s inaugural voyage to the moon – the world’s first privately funded lunar mission – launched successfully on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8:45 pm. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Once Beresheet ("in the beginning") completes its lunar mission, Israel would join superpowers China, Russia and the United States in landing a spacecraft on the moon.

The spacecraft successfully disengaged from the SpaceX Falcon 9 at around 60,000 kilometers above Earth’s surface, beginning, under its own power, a two-month voyage to the Moon’s surface. Beresheet communicated for the first time with the mission’s control center in Yehud, Israel, at 9:23 p.m. ET, and the spacecraft's legs deployed two minutes later.

As of Friday morning, the spacecraft was 69,400 km above Earth, and is starting its way back to begin its first orbit around Earth.

In the meantime, the engineers at the SpaceIL and IAI control room have been conducting many in-orbit tests, and have identified high sensitivity to blinding by the sun’s rays in the star trackers, though this issue is being checked.

On Sunday the spacecraft is expected to conduct its first maneuver around Earth.

Morris Kahn, President of SpaceIL: "The successful launch positions Israel on the map. History has been made. We look forward to an amazing seven-week journey that will mark yet another historic even. We cross our fingers for Beresheet. Thank you to the amazing teams of SpaceIL and IAI. Israel is now on the space map.”

Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL: “We arrived at the launch with a fully tested spacecraft on its way for a highly challenging mission. I am proud of SpaceIL and IAI teams who made this accomplishment possible with professional work, perseverance and collaboration. In the next two months, Beresheet will continue its challenging journey until it lands on the moon.”

Nimrod Sheffer, CEO, Israel Aerospace Industries: "This Friday morning (Israel time), SpaceIL and IAI, the partners in the Beresheet project, announced the successful launch of the spacecraft. Initial data was received in the control room in Yehud, the spacecraft’s legs deployed as planned and Beresheet started in-orbit tests while cruising to the moon. After all sub-systems are tested, Beresheet will start its first maneuver and begin circling the Earth within nine hours."
Jacques :-)

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Hopefully a sign all is now well:

https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1099007190441082881

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I do believe the #SpaceXFleet is heading home to Port Canaveral. As of 10:50 am EST there is forward movement of 5.6 kn from both Signet Warhorse III a d GO Quest.

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Definately coming back to port.
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It appears, per @SpaceXFleet, that Mr. Steven was damaged at sea - would explain the aborted attempt at fairing recovery.

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BREAKING: Mr Steven returned to Port Canaveral at 4am this morning local time with only 2 arms installed. The ship looks to have suffered damage at sea. Cranes are attending to the ship in port now. The abort is now clear.

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Booster landing photo from SpaceX

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Of Course I Still Love You and B1048.3 are halfway home, should be back in port tomorrow morning.

https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1099358786962112512
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2019-009B
PAYLOAD
ISRA
2019-02-22
AFETR

1374.93
27.59
68920
242

TLE | OMM
44048
NUSANTARA SATU
2019-009A
PAYLOAD
INDO
2019-02-22
AFETR

1373.99
27.56
68887
237

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https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/1098993073281851392

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SpaceIL Beresheet update: The optional first apogee burn was not required, SpaceX's Falcon 9 gave the lander a "perfect" trajectory. Apogee Maneuver 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 11:29 UTC.

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Booster waiting outside port for various cruise ships to enter:

https://twitter.com/baserunner0723/status/1099614084541149184

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First image of B1048.3 standing tall on Of Course I Still Love You:

https://mobile.twitter.com/marcuscotephoto/status/1099644432285093888
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https://twitter.com/marcuscotephoto/status/1099654625400107008

Edit to add: this distant shot is ... wow

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GO Quest has completed crew transfers onto OCISlY, heading in right now.

https://mobile.twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1099659813011771392
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Pilot boat is currently doing transfers with OCISLY, meanwhile, tugs Florida, Eagle, and Christine S are outbound to assist OCISLY on the way in.
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Welcome home B1048.3! After completing a successful launch of Nusantara Satu and landing on OCISLY in the most challenging conditions to date, B1048.3 has returned home.

Next step will be berthing at the SpaceX dock.
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Falcon on the Orlando Princess Webcam (Which no longer looks at the SpaceX dock, sadly)
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Great shot:

https://twitter.com/cygnusx112/status/1099683182209835008

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Caught the #SpaceX booster sailing past the Dragon test article on Go Searcher. #SpaceXFleet
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Not hanging around today:

https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1099682747575164929

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With the fleet having to turn and burn for DM1, the cap is being raised  to begin the booster lift process.#SpaceXFleet

Edit to add: fantastic close-up

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#SpaceX is moving the lifting cap to move the booster off of #OCISLY.
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Great comparison shots:

https://twitter.com/_tomcross_/status/1099688043009753088

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Booster 1048 after its third flight and landing compared with @w00ki33 photos from its first flight and landing. It’s a bit scorchy! Booster 1048.1 was the Iridium-7 mission (July 2018) and Booster 1048.3 is the recent PSN VI (Feb 2019). It launched Saocom 1-A in Oct. 2018 too.

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Aerial views of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 B1048.3 and the SpaceX fleet at Port Canaveral this morning!

B1048.3 successfully launched its third mission, Nusantara Satu, Thursday evening.

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Presser:

 Feb. 24 – Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) today announced the following update:

Today at 1:29 p.m. Israel time (6:29 a.m. EST), Beresheet's first maneuver was completed successfully by SpaceIL and IAI's engineering team. The planned maneuver took into account the problems that were identified in the star trackers after launch.

This was the first time Beresheet's main engine was activated. The 30-second maneuver was made at a distance of 69,400 km from Earth and will increase the spacecrafts's closest point of approach to Earth to a distance of 600 km.

Beresheet continues its course according to plan and the next maneuver is scheduled for Monday night.
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Nice close-ups of booster and cap is on:

https://twitter.com/_tomcross_/status/1099743690644426753

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Falcon 9 with recovery crew @PortCanaveral #falcon9 #block5 #psn6

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Booster was lifted from the droneship just after 1PM EST and is now on the booster stand for leg removal.

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Thrice flown/landed @SpaceX #Falcon9 goes airborne again 135PM ET after craning off #OCISLY droneship (at left)-As oblivious tourists fling by in @PortCanaveral Spent booster floated into Port 9AM-2.5days after launching #Beresheet @TeamSpaceIL lunarlander 2 #Moon. More pics soon
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SpaceX - In Port Cap Attach - B1048.3 02-24-2019

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This booster flown three times looks great. Apparently, SpaceX has given up on lifting the legs for now. Our Computer is old and having a hard time putting out 4K. Sorry If we have to do several different videos. Next Booster lift.



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Since saturday Nusantara Satu obit elements have already recorded start perigee raising with inclination lowering.

Last orbit elements:
2019-009A - NUSANTARA SATU - 2019-02-24 00:14 UTC - 8364.04/68870.94km/12.13°

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These raw data from http://live.spaceil.com could be useful to play a bit with Excel:
http://live.spaceil.com/data/data_s1.txt (22/2 - 12/4)
http://live.spaceil.com/data/data_m.txt  (22/2 - 16/12)
http://live.spaceil.com/data/data_s2.txt (4/4 - 12/4)
Probably they will be updated at each maneuver to fit to new calculations.

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Problem via the latest update:

Feb. 26 – Last night at around 12 a.m. Israel time, another maneuver was planned for Beresheet as it passed near Earth, in an area without communication.

During the pre-maneuver phase the spacecraft computer reset unexpectedly, causing the maneuver to be automatically cancelled.

The engineering teams of SpaceIL and IAI are examining the data and analyzing the situation. At this time, the spacecraft’s systems are working well, except for the known problem in the star tracker.

Communication between the control center and the spacecraft remains as planned, and Beresheet continues its previous orbit until the next maneuver. We will continue to provide updates regularly.
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I've warned you before, Chris Bergin, there's a mission thread for this and updates on the above nature should be posted here:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47217.0

Honestly, some people! ;)

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#Falcon9 has been placed on the transporter. Unfortunately, I showed up too late for it to be included in my time lapse, but here’s a shot for y’all to see. @SpaceXFleet

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SpaceX - Third Lift For A Three-Time Flown Booster - B1048 - 02-24-2019

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We sped up the beginning. In total, the lift took about 40 minutes. This is filmed and rendered in 4K, we are having trouble with our current rendering computer.



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It takes the crane operators and crew around 6 hrs to load and make ready for transport.

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And Nusantara Satu just reached GEO today and slowly approaching its final position at 146°E.

Last TLEs:
2019-009A - NUSANTARA SATU - 2019-03-01 17:07 UTC - 36116.3/36133.46km/0.08°
2019-009B - BERESHEET - 2019-02-28 10:01 UTC - 622.66/69028.45km/27.66°
2019-009C - FALCON 9 R/B - 2019-02-27 07:10 UTC - 238.03/68650.7km/27.56°

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And Nusantara Satu just reached GEO today and slowly approaching its final position at 146°E.

Last TLEs:
2019-009A - NUSANTARA SATU - 2019-03-01 17:07 UTC - 36116.3/36133.46km/0.08°
2019-009B - BERESHEET - 2019-02-28 10:01 UTC - 622.66/69028.45km/27.66°
2019-009C - FALCON 9 R/B - 2019-02-27 07:10 UTC - 238.03/68650.7km/27.56°

Just a quick reminder that the plan was to pause around GEO graveyard to dispose of Spaceflight hardware before dropping down to PSN-6's operational altitude, with S5 deployment somewhere in the middle.

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Fantastic video with close-up shots of the booster being transported:

« Last Edit: 03/04/2019 09:29 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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March 5 – SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) shared today that Beresheet's camera took a selfie photo for the first time, from a distance of 37,600 km (23363.5 miles) from Earth. The spacecraft transmitted the photo to the control room in Yehud, Israel, which is staffed 24/7 by SpaceIL and IAI engineers.

In the photo of Earth, taken during a slow spin of the spacecraft, Australia is clearly visible. Also seen is the plaque installed on the spacecraft, with the Israeli flag and the inscriptions "Am Yisrael Chai" and "Small Country, Big Dreams."

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Video of #Beresheet's landing leg deployment, recorded shortly after separation from the Falcon9 second stage on February 22. In the background, the launcher with the main payload, making attitude correction. Also in the background, the Moon.
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