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Discussion thread for launch of O3B mPOWER satellites 1 and 2.

NSF Threads for O3B mPOWER flight 1: Discussion
O3B mPOWER program
discussion in Manifest thread: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43418.msg1990545#msg1990545

Launching first pair of satellites NET November 2022 on F9 from CCSFS SLC-40 to an equatorial MEO transfer orbit.

O3b mPower satellites


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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : Q3-2021
« Reply #2 on: 05/07/2021 03:36 pm »
https://spacenews.com/intelsat-and-ses-on-course-for-mammoth-c-band-payments/
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SES-17 and O3b mPOWER secured $180 million worth of backlog in 2021, according to SES, increasing their gross backlog to $740 million.

The company said these satellite launches had been pushed from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of this year, adding that it does not expect a significant change in operational service date as a result.

Delayed to Q4

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : end of 2021
« Reply #3 on: 08/20/2021 09:36 pm »
Cross-post; my bold:
https://spacenews.com/o3b-mpower-get-first-cloud-customer-on-track-for-launch-even-as-covid-19-issues-loom/

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Steve Collar, CEO of SES who also joined the virtual press event, said the company decided to launch mPOWER satellites in batches of three initially, even though it is possible to fit four on a Falcon 9.

“We’re still hoping we’ll get [the first three] off at the very end of this year,” Collar said.

“It might be touch and go. It could be a Christmas or a New Year gift.”

He added: “[T]hen the second three will launch sometime in the first quarter. And actually we have a little bit more oomph on the second launch, and that’ll allow the … two sets of satellites to get to orbit roughly at the same time — so, the middle of the year, and that’ll allow us to do a full orbital check out on the first six, which is what we will be basing kind of the launch service on.

“And then the … remaining satellites will get launched through 2022 and 2023.”
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : end of 2021
« Reply #4 on: 10/08/2021 03:16 am »
I'm wondering if this insertion altitude is a typo or not.  The FCC request is for NET December 16.

https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-STA-20211007-00130
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O3b is scheduled to launch the first three of its next generation mPOWER satellites in December 2021, and the next
three in early 2022. The first three satellites will be launched from an insertion altitude of 300.3
km and the next three will be launched from 2,000.0 km. Once the satellites reach O3b’s
authorized operational altitude, O3b will test the communications payload on each satellite.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : end of 2021
« Reply #5 on: 10/11/2021 09:08 am »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1447447523715686404

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Launch of 3 @SES_Networks #O3bmPower sats on @SpaceX slips to early 2022 for final tests at  @BoeingSpace. SES: Mid-2022 service start still good. 2nd 3-sat Falcon 9 in 2022 is expendable, drops sats closer to destination.  All 6 to arrive at ~ same time.https://bit.ly/2YGp6fK

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : early 2022
« Reply #6 on: 12/24/2021 02:31 pm »
Official SES website showing Q1 2022 for the first launch and H2 2022 for the second launch (presumably).

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : early 2022
« Reply #7 on: 12/25/2021 07:20 am »
SES Q3 2021 Financial Results press release contains an updated launch schedule:

SES YTD 2021 RESULTS [dated Nov. 4]

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O3b mPOWER (satellites 1-3)   : Q1 2022
O3b mPOWER (satellites 4-6)   : Q2 2022
O3b mPOWER (satellites 7-8)   : H2 2022
SES-18 & SES-19                    : H2 2022
SES-20 & SES-21                    : H2 2022
SES-22                                   : H2 2022
O3b mPOWER (satellites 10-11): 2024

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #8 on: 12/31/2021 05:11 pm »
Article in Via Satellite says two launches in 2022, Q1 and Q2.
https://www.satellitetoday.com/launch/2021/12/30/top-satellite-launches-to-watch-in-2022/

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #9 on: 12/31/2021 08:53 pm »
Article in Via Satellite says two launches in 2022, Q1 and Q2.
https://www.satellitetoday.com/launch/2021/12/30/top-satellite-launches-to-watch-in-2022/

Given that service planned for mid 2022 per https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1447447523715686404
has in that article slipped to "by the end of the year" and SES website
https://www.ses.com/our-coverage/launches
says H2 2022 per scr00chy post 24 Dec above

I am a little sceptical of that Q2 2022, but what am I missing?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #10 on: 01/18/2022 10:59 pm »
SES continues to hedge on the launch window for this mission:

SES absorbs SES Networks in streamlining effort [dated Jan. 18]

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The operator has contracted SpaceX to launch the O3b mPOWER constellation on a total of four Falcon 9 rockets.

The first three satellites were slated to launch together on a Falcon 9 at the end of 2021, before being pushed to the first quarter of 2022 — however, SES vice president of external communications Suzanne Ong said the company is now “looking at Q1/Q2 2022” in an email.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #11 on: 02/09/2022 05:55 pm »
Cross-posts:
https://www.ses.com/our-coverage/launches
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Launch date | Q1 2022
O3b mPOWER
Medium Earth Orbit
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Satellite manufacturer: Boeing Satellite System

Launch date | H2 2022
O3b mPOWER
Medium Earth Orbit
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Satellite manufacturer: Boeing Satellite System

https://www.satellitetoday.com/launch/2021/12/30/top-satellite-launches-to-watch-in-2022/
[article dated December 30, 2021]
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SES is planning to launch two batches of its anticipated O3b mPOWER constellation in 2022. The first batch of three satellites is set to launch in the first quarter of 2022, and the second batch of three satellites in the second quarter 2022, SES confirmed to Via Satellite. The O3b mPOWER constellation will start service by the end of the year with those six satellites.

My next question: When will the first triplet be delivered to the Cape?

Add Feb 21: Will this be an ASDS landing?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3B mPOWER 1-3 : Florida : Q1 2022
« Reply #12 on: 02/26/2022 06:42 am »
From SES-18 / SES-19 thread.

O3b mPOWER 1-3 is now NET Q2 2022.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET May 2022
« Reply #13 on: 03/28/2022 05:18 am »
SFN Launch Schedule update, March 25 (one of many):
O3b mPower 1-3 launches NET May 2022 from Cape Canaveral SFS SLC-40, with ASDS landing.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #14 on: 04/08/2022 12:46 am »
When will the first triplet be delivered to the Cape?
Delivery by not-An-124 heavy cargo plane, or trucked cross-country?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #15 on: 04/08/2022 01:19 am »
When will the first triplet be delivered to the Cape?
Delivery by not-An-124 heavy cargo plane, or trucked cross-country?

Almost all large commercial satellites made in North America and launched from the Cape or Vandenberg go by truck, even before the current situation in Ukraine.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #16 on: 04/08/2022 02:16 am »
When will the first triplet be delivered to the Cape?
Delivery by not-An-124 heavy cargo plane, or trucked cross-country?

Almost all large commercial satellites made in North America and launched from the Cape or Vandenberg go by truck, even before the current situation in Ukraine.

Not true.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #17 on: 04/08/2022 02:36 am »
Not true.

Which planes do they go on?  I rarely see any on an Antonov within North America.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : Q1 2022
« Reply #18 on: 04/08/2022 07:10 pm »
Not true.

Which planes do they go on?  I rarely see any on an Antonov within North America.
DoD use C-5 Galaxy (at least two units have special mods for this purpose). Smaller ones could use whatever. I do know that we needed an AN-124 from Patagonia to the Cape (SAOCOM) and to Kourou (ARSAT). But those birds were huge and the distance was long like 4800 miles). But the smaller SAC-D (a collaboration with NASA) used a C-17 Globemaster.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1-3 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET June 2022
« Reply #19 on: 04/20/2022 10:35 pm »
SFN Launch Schedule update, April 20 (one of many):
O3b mPower 1-3 launches NET June 2022.
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