Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Starlink Group 4-4 : VSFB SLC-4E : 18 December 2021 (12:41 UTC)  (Read 72598 times)

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I just noticed the article at
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/spacex_rocket_ready_to_launch_vandenberg_sfbs_second_starlink_mission
which says that this launch has slipped to early Saturday morning but I've not seen it
reported anywhere else.

can anybody confirm or deny this report?

Carl

This information from the article:
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A mariner’s notice issued recently advised boaters to remain out of the area of SLC-4 between 1:16 a.m. and 5:33 a.m. Friday. However, early Thursday morning, the notice was revised to note the delay and new date, with the launch now sete to occur between 12:54 a.m. and 5:11 a.m.
... does not match the NGA notice.  (Of course mariner's notices are issued by other organizations as well.)

I'm assuming the times are given are local (PST, UTC-8:00).  The one NGA notice that came out Saturday is for Friday and Saturday, from 12:54am to 6:14am PST.  At this point I have not received a new notice to replace it.

I'm not seeing anything in the NGA or FAA notices to indicate a delay.

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I guess someone crunched numbers and saw that the 53.2 degree shells have more revenue.

Do we know for certain they have the inter satellite links sorted?  They could be waiting for improvements before filling the polar orbits.

Yes, otherwise they would be launching more satellites and not just 52.

I just noticed the article at
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/spacex_rocket_ready_to_launch_vandenberg_sfbs_second_starlink_mission
which says that this launch has slipped to early Saturday morning but I've not seen it
reported anywhere else.

can anybody confirm or deny this report?

Carl
NexSpaceFlight also has the launch for Saturday at 09:24 UTC.
I publish information in Spanish about space and rockets.
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Offline Ken the Bin

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I just noticed the article at
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/spacex_rocket_ready_to_launch_vandenberg_sfbs_second_starlink_mission
which says that this launch has slipped to early Saturday morning but I've not seen it
reported anywhere else.

can anybody confirm or deny this report?

Carl
NexSpaceFlight also has the launch for Saturday at 09:24 UTC.

09:24 UTC does match the time that I had calculated based on a Friday launch time of 09:46 UTC, so if it has slipped to Saturday, the time is right.

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An airspace NOTAM associated with the launch previously effective for Dec 17 has been cancelled:

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!CARF 12/141 ZLA AIRSPACE DCC 2 ROPS AIROP D0-2118 STNR ALT
RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 343800N1203100W TO 335100N1194500W
TO 320000N1181600W TO 315600N1182500W TO 332100N1193500W TO
341800N1202400W TO 343800N1204000W TO POINT OF ORIGIN
SFC-UNL
2112170839-2112171414
( Cancel Date UTC: 12/16/2021 1619 )

Corresponding NOTAMs for Dec 18 and 19 (12/146, 12/155) are still up.

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New cancel-and-replace NGA notices for December 18 through December 20 ...

Quote from: NGA
162339Z DEC 21
NAVAREA XII 705/21(19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0818Z TO 1352Z DAILY
   18 THRU 20 DEC IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-34N 120-39W, 34-40N 120-39W,
   34-28N 120-12W, 34-08N 119-52W,
   33-16N 119-16W, 30-54N 117-23W,
   30-40N 117-00W, 29-16N 115-56W,
   29-05N 116-14W, 29-53N 117-05W,
   30-42N 117-30W, 33-03N 119-19W,
   34-23N 120-34W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA XII 696/21.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 201452Z DEC 21.
Quote from: NGA
162356Z DEC 21
NAVAREA XII 706/21(16,19).
NORTH PACIFIC.
BEARING SEA.
ALASKA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 1017Z TO 1450Z DAILY
   18 THRU 20 DEC IN AREA BOUND BY
   49-00N 179-00W, 51-38N 175-30W,
   51-45N 171-45W, 47-00N 159-00W,
   35-00N 141-00W, 32-00N 146-00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA XII 697/21.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 201550Z DEC 21.

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This Falcon 9 launch is at December 18 09:24 UTC.

18 hours, 34 minutes later, the Turksat 5B Falcon 9 will launch at Dec 19 03:58 UTC.

54 hours, 12 minutes after the second launch, the Dragon SpX-24 Falcon 9 will launch at Dec 21 10:06 UTC.
« Last Edit: 12/17/2021 09:43 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Today is the first day ever that SpaceX has had all three of its autonomous spaceport droneships deployed offshore for missions simultaneously.

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1471951315798573062

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SFN, SpaceX to set new company records with back-to-back weekend launches [dated Dec 17]
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SpaceX has a backup launch opportunity available at 7:41 a.m. EST (4:41 a.m. EST; 1241 GMT) for the mission, named Starlink 4-4 in the company’s launch schedule.
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« Last Edit: 06/07/2022 06:34 pm by ZachS09 »
Liftoff for St. Jude's! Go Dragon, Go Falcon, Godspeed Inspiration4!

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Repost/update:
This Falcon 9 launch is at December 18 12:41 UTC.

15 hours, 17 minutes later, the Turksat 5B Falcon 9 will launch at Dec 19 03:58 UTC.

54 hours, 12 minutes after the second launch, the Dragon SpX-24 Falcon 9 will launch at Dec 21 10:06 UTC.
« Last Edit: 12/18/2021 02:28 am by zubenelgenubi »
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From Mission Audio, the launch auto sequence has started.


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Successful launch, ascent, and staging.
« Last Edit: 12/18/2021 11:50 am by RocketLover0119 »
"The Starship has landed"

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Stage 1 entry burn.
"The Starship has landed"

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Stage 1 has landed, and nominal orbital insertion.

No ground coverage of deploy, so confirmation will will come at T+50 minutes.
« Last Edit: 12/18/2021 11:54 am by RocketLover0119 »
"The Starship has landed"

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AOS and confirmation of deploy!
"The Starship has landed"

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During the webcast the presenter said that this was the third flight for one of the fairing halves an the fourth flight for another one.
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Deployment of 52 Starlink satellites confirmed

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1472192947324014592

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During the webcast the presenter said that this was the third flight for one of the fairing halves an the fourth flight for another one.

The active fairing half is clearly the one from Sentinel 6A and Starlink v1.0 L20 (see attached comparison photo). But we didn't get a clear shot or any photos of the passive half, so I'm not sure it's possible to determine which one it actually is. There are too many options and SpaceX didn't specify anything about the fairings on the official website this time.
« Last Edit: 12/18/2021 01:21 pm by scr00chy »

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