Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Starlink group 4-37 : KSC LC-39A : 17 December 2022 (21:32 UTC)  (Read 42432 times)

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NextSpaceFlight, updated December 2:
Launch NET December



Might this launch move to LC-39A in mid December, before the January launch campaigns begin?
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Might this launch move to LC-39A in mid December, before the January launch campaigns begin?

Ben Cooper's site still says this is launching from SLC-40. But interestingly, it also says Transporter-6 is still planned for a mid-December launch without specifying the pad, so maybe T-6 is going to launch from LC-39A?

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A Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch a batch of Starlink satellites on December TBD around 7-8 p.m. EST. A Falcon 9 will launch a pair of internet satellites for SES on December 13, in the afternoon EDT. A Falcon 9 will launch the Transporter-6 smallsat rideshare mission on mid-December TBD, in the daytime EST.

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SFN Launch Schedule, updated December 5:
Launch date TBD.  (No change to the Starlink 2-2 listing.)



Is this launch now NET January?
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Next Spaceflight says that Starlink 4-37 will launch from Pad 39A NET December 17th. AFAIK, this was updated within the last ~24 hours.

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7015

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For Starlink 4-37 or O3b mPower 1 and 2?
https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1601278933064089601

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Just now on Space Coast Live, a Falcon 9 is rolling down the road to one of SpaceX's launch pads. The booster, B1058-15, is one of the life leaders of the fleet and it is set to perform a record 15th flight next week!

Watch live: nsf.live/spacecoast
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I should have received a standalone Operations Completed cancellation notice from the NGA for HAKUTO-R.  Instead, I received this cancel-and-replace NGA notice that cancels the HAKUTO-R notice and replaces it with this information for what appears to be a Starlink launch.  But not on December 17.  The primary day is December 16, at almost the same time as O3b mPOWER 1-2.

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110834Z DEC 22
NAVAREA IV 1337/22(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   162139Z TO 162316Z DEC, ALTERNATE
   172117Z TO 172255Z, 182056Z TO 182233Z,
   192034Z TO 192212Z, 202012Z TO 202150Z,
   211951Z TO 212128Z AND 221929Z TO 222107Z DEC
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-39.47N 080-38.01W, 29-09.00N 080-02.00W,
      29-03.00N 079-55.00W, 28-53.00N 080-02.00W,
      28-35.00N 080-22.00W, 28-30.72N 080-33.14W.
   B. 31-52.00N 076-56.00W, 32-51.00N 076-06.00W,
      33-20.00N 074-59.00W, 33-14.00N 074-54.00W,
      32-32.00N 075-11.00W, 31-42.00N 076-46.00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 1320/22.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 222207Z DEC 22.

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<snip> But not on December 17.  The primary day is December 16, at almost the same time as O3b mPOWER 1-2.
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Might SpaceX be hedging their bets by setting up notice for a December 16 Starlink launch if something between the 11th and (perhaps) the 15th delays the mPower launch?

If the mPower launch is not delayed, then this Starlink launch proceeds on the 17th.

(Also noting there are 3 Falcon 9 launches scheduled 15th-16th-17th.)
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Cross-post:
https://twitter.com/kristinaverner/status/1602024834774536192
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@SpaceOffshore A Shortfall of Gravitas is headed out for duty from @PortCanaveral

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Therefore, the Starlink 4-37 launch will use Just Read The Instructions.
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Ben Cooper updated just now:

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A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 39A on December 16 around 5-6 p.m. EST
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Ben Cooper updated just now:

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A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 39A on December 16 around 5-6 p.m. EST

39 minutes apart... ??

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Ben Cooper updated just now:

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A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 39A on December 16 around 5-6 p.m. EST

39 minutes apart... ??


It seems so... A screenshot of another part of the page:
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Ben Cooper updated just now:

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A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 39A on December 16 around 5-6 p.m. EST

39 minutes apart... ??


It seems so... A screenshot of another part of the page:

NextSpaceflight (Updated 12 December) now also reporting 16 December, 22:00 UTC. So yes, it does look like SpaceX is targeting back-to-back launches from both of their East Coast launch pads only 39 minutes apart. (Which is CRAZY)

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7015
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Ben Cooper updated just now:

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A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 39A on December 16 around 5-6 p.m. EST

39 minutes apart... ??


It seems so... A screenshot of another part of the page:

NextSpaceflight (Updated 12 December) now also reporting 16 December, 22:00 UTC. So yes, it does look like SpaceX is targeting back-to-back launches from both of their East Coast launch pads only 39 minutes apart. (Which is CRAZY)

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7015

That is unless they delay either launch from out of left field.
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Ben Cooper updated just now:

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A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 39A on December 16 around 5-6 p.m. EST

39 minutes apart... ??


It seems so... A screenshot of another part of the page:

NextSpaceflight (Updated 12 December) now also reporting 16 December, 22:00 UTC. So yes, it does look like SpaceX is targeting back-to-back launches from both of their East Coast launch pads only 39 minutes apart. (Which is CRAZY)

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7015

That is unless they delay either launch from out of left field.

That's always the case with targeted launch dates  :)
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Next Spaceflight has moved it...6 minutes to the left with the launch time now at 21:54 UTC.

I think we will have to wait to see if SpaceX really plans to have both launches on the same hour, it does seems a bit tough to pull this out.
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Next Spaceflight has moved it...6 minutes to the left with the launch time now at 21:54 UTC.

I think we will have to wait to see if SpaceX really plans to have both launches on the same hour, it does seems a bit tough to pull this out.

Didn’t Elon once make a long-term goal way back then to have two Falcon 9 launches occur on the same hour?
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Next Spaceflight has moved it...6 minutes to the left with the launch time now at 21:54 UTC.

I think we will have to wait to see if SpaceX really plans to have both launches on the same hour, it does seems a bit tough to pull this out.

If they want launch Starship with Tanker flights back to back. This would be good test compagine.

Next Spaceflight has moved it...6 minutes to the left with the launch time now at 21:54 UTC.

I think we will have to wait to see if SpaceX really plans to have both launches on the same hour, it does seems a bit tough to pull this out.
i remember 25 minutes apart by soyuz U in 1969 so pretty close
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Ben Cooper:
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Falcon 9, December 16 @ 4:21-5:49 p.m. EST (pad 40) and Falcon 9, December 16 @ 4:54-5:13 p.m. EST (pad 39A)


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If both launches take place, it will beat the 1966 Cape Canaveral orbital launch record of ~99-103 minutes apart set by Geminis 8, 10, 11 & 12 and their Agena docking targets for closest back-to-back launches.
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Doug departed Port Canaveral last night towing Just Read the Instructions droneship downrange for the upcoming Starlink 4-37 mission.

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1602691061314306054

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