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https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/2403

NextSpaceflight confirms Landing Zone 1

This has now been changed to ASDS recovery. I suspect additional mass was recently added and RTLS is no longer possible with sufficient margin.

If someone can add up all the payload mass and volume figures there might be some clues there.
Must be quite heavy then. Something around the range of 10 tons or higher? I've read that it can do 10.8 tons to LEO(RTLS), but that isn't SSO.

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You have to factor in the dogleg maneuver. That can easily cut a couple of tons of performance

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I find it hard to believe they would get so many customer payloads that it requires downrange landing. Seems to me the easiest explanation for the switch to ASDS is that this will carry Starlink as their filing to FCC indicated.

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I find it hard to believe they would get so many customer payloads that it requires downrange landing. Seems to me the easiest explanation for the switch to ASDS is that this will carry Starlink as their filing to FCC indicated.
Do we know why SSO-A landed on the droneship? It was estimated at 4 tons, and the previous launch from VAFB, SAOCOM 1A, landed on LZ-4. Really weird since SAOCOM weighs a ton lower than SSO-A. Could be some unforeseen reason.

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I find it hard to believe they would get so many customer payloads that it requires downrange landing. Seems to me the easiest explanation for the switch to ASDS is that this will carry Starlink as their filing to FCC indicated.
Do we know why SSO-A landed on the droneship? It was estimated at 4 tons, and the previous launch from VAFB, SAOCOM 1A, landed on LZ-4. Really weird since SAOCOM weighs a ton lower than SSO-A. Could be some unforeseen reason.
The booster was able to land on LZ-4 but NRO blocked it because they had a valuable payload being prepared at a nearby pad and didn't want it to get damaged by a landing anomaly. So instead, SpaceX landed the booster on JRTI that was positioned very close to shore.

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Ben Cooper is now reporting this as NET Jan 14, around mid-day EST

http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html

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Spaceflight got their FCC permit for the SHERPA-FX on this launch.  Momentus hasn't gotten their license yet.  A government committee on foreign involvement in the communications sector put a hold on license requests for Momentus, Firefly and Astro Digital for a couple weeks in November but then decided not to get involved and said the FCC could continue with their processing.

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https://twitter.com/payamban/status/1338320926421618688
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Shipment from @capellaspace Colorado office to Florida. Kinda importan stuff.

https://twitter.com/payamban/status/1338518696742899721
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Shipment has arrived in Florida:) Two fancy boxes.

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https://twitter.com/D_Orbit/status/1338549632905977857
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A time-lapse video of ION Satellite Carrier being Package to be shipped to Cape Canaveral where it will launch to #space in January 2021. Thanks to @DHLGlobalFoward for taking care of ION in its journey to space! #inorbitnow #spacelogistics
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https://twitter.com/EXOLAUNCH/status/1339256439769067523
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Our team is at Cape Canaveral to start integration of our customer payloads for our next #Falcon9 #rideshare flight in January! Our first mission with @SpaceX in 2021 will set the precedent for our rideshares going forward! #NewSpace #SmallSats

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HAWKEYE 360’S NEXT-GEN SATELLITES SHIP TO CAPE CANAVERAL FOR LAUNCH
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Herndon, Virginia (December 17, 2020) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytics, today announced it has shipped its second cluster of satellites to the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellites are scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than January 2021 as part of Spaceflight Inc.’s SXRS-3 ride share mission. HawkEye Cluster 2 is the first of a series of next generation satellites HawkEye 360 is deploying to complete its baseline constellation.
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The FCC application from Momentus for this flight was withdrawn, which is very odd.  Three days ago they had a blog post on their site that named the mission.  Not sure what their intentions are.

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The FCC application from Momentus for this flight was withdrawn, which is very odd.  Three days ago they had a blog post on their site that named the mission.  Not sure what their intentions are.
there is some Congressional oversight ongoing regarding recent executive branch decisions in regards to Momentus and this might be a temporary result.
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The FCC application from Momentus for this flight was withdrawn, which is very odd.  Three days ago they had a blog post on their site that named the mission.  Not sure what their intentions are.
there is some Congressional oversight ongoing regarding recent executive branch decisions in regards to Momentus and this might be a temporary result.

I haven't seen anything about that, do you have more info?

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The FCC application from Momentus for this flight was withdrawn, which is very odd.  Three days ago they had a blog post on their site that named the mission.  Not sure what their intentions are.
there is some Congressional oversight ongoing regarding recent executive branch decisions in regards to Momentus and this might be a temporary result.

I haven't seen anything about that, do you have more info?

For example:
The CEO of a $1.2 billion space company can’t use its technology
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The Russian founder of a business going public in a $1.2 billion transaction is not allowed to work with his own company’s products because of US rules intended to keep advanced space technology away from geopolitical rivals.

Momentus Space was founded in 2017 to develop a “last-mile” transportation system for satellites launched into orbit, using a novel water-based propulsion system. The company is expected to go public on the NASDAQ in early 2021 after a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, created by the fund Stable Road Capital, purchased it in October.

Investors worry that the transaction may face unusual scrutiny because Momentus CEO Mikhail Kokorich, though credited with a majority of the company’s inventions, is legally barred from accessing the firm’s technology by US national security law, according to a Nov. 2 SEC filing.

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https://twitter.com/exolaunch/status/1341078276392017931

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On our #Falcon9 missions #Exolaunch will utilize its brand-new product, the EXOport: a flexible multi-port adapter designed to enable optimal accommodation of microsats and cubesats. exolaunch.com/products.html #NewSpace #SmallSats

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https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201221005049/en/Exolaunch-Integrates-30-Small-Satellites-for-SpaceX-First-Dedicated-Rideshare-Launch

Exolaunch Integrates 30 Small Satellites for SpaceX First Dedicated Rideshare Launch

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at the moment the team of Exolaunch is performing the final integration of the diverse small satellite cluster with Falcon 9 at SpaceX’s facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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