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43. Description. (Summarize the nature of the application and the services to be provided).Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission 1 will deliver government and commercial science payloads andinstruments to the surface of the Moon. Peregrine will be delivered to a trans lunar injectionorbit on a ULA Vulcan launch vehicle. Once separated from the Vulcan Centaur upper stage,Peregrine’s trajectory will include one elliptical loop around the Earth before intersecting thelunar orbit. After the initial highly elliptical lunar capture orbit, Peregrine will enter a lowerelliptical orbit where subsystem checkouts will occur. The last orbit is a 100 km circular orbitin preparation for landing. The landing site on the Moon is in the Lacus Mortis basin and thelanding coordinates are 43.85 Deg. North and 25.17 Deg. East. Peregrine’s X−Band communicationsystem will be supported during all phases of the mission by NASA’s Deep Space Network DSN. DSNwill receive Telecommands from Astrobotic’s Mission Control Center and deliver them to Peregrinealong with ranging information using an X−Band uplink. DSN will receive Telemetry and rangingsignals from Peregrine’s X−Band transmitter. Peregrine’s mission will last a minimum of 17days anda maximum of 78 days from launch date depending on the timing of the launch. After landing on theMoon, Peregrine will begin its surface operations phase, providing the payloads withpower/communications services for attached payloads and communications services for deployedpayloads. Peregrine is designed to provide the services for one lunar day, after which time thespacecraft will shut down and arrive at End of Mission EOM.
Looks like #VulcanRocket’s first flight Centaur V has finished up in final assembly and is making its way to the HPTC to verify all the helium plumbing.
Sorry, yes "Centaur V" that is awesome!! So much power and control. The best 2nd stage on the planet. The nozzle configuration looks strange?
The fixed nozzle extensions go on at the Cape
Lacus Mortis was an early choice for Peregrine landing A new landing site was chosen called Gruinhuisen Domes at edge Mare Imbrium.Have they gone back to the earlier choice of Lacus Mortis?
<snip>OTOH, they don’t even have a placeholder for IFT-2 for Starship.
Do we have something like an “aspirational” date for this launch? SFN just has a placeholder for a date of Q4 2023.OTOH, they don’t even have a placeholder for IFT-2 for Starship.
I'm guessing from Tory's comment about aiming for December launch that Peregrine may be planned for lunar landing just 1-3 days before Christmas Day to allow for maximum amount of solar illumination time at landing site during its surface operations ?Pholl
.@ulalaunch is targeting Christmas Eve for its maiden Vulcan Centaur rocket flight https://www.cnbc.com/2023/10/24/ula-ceo-inaugural-vulcan-rocket-launch-slated-for-christmas-eve.html@cnbc @cnbcevents #ManifestSpace
KEY POINTSUnited Launch Alliance plans to launch the inaugural flight of its Vulcan rocket on Christmas Eve, CEO Tory Bruno told CNBC on Tuesday.ULA is currently working to build and qualify the upper stage of the rocket, running those tasks “in parallel,” Bruno said, with both expected to “get done in November.”In the event ULA misses the December window due to shipping delays or bad weather, the company — a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin — will move back the launch to January.
My full interview with @ulalaunch @torybruno here:Podcast:
ULA's #VulcanRocket first certification mission (#Cert1) is planned to launch on Sunday, Dec. 24, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. #CountdowntoVulcan https://www.ulalaunch.com/rockets/vulcan-centaur/countdown-to-vulcan-centaur
Bruno said there are launch opportunities on Dec. 24, 25 and 26. If the launch does not take place on those days, there is a backup window in January, but Bruno did not state when in the month that would be.
A cynic would say ULA is not exactly prioritizing their employees, or those in the Space Force, by having them work on the 24th as well as the week leading up to it...