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Thread for the Starlink 6-32 group launch.

NSF Threads for Starlink 6-32: Discussion

Launch 23 December 2023, at 05:33:00 UTC (12:33 am EST), from Canaveral SLC-40, on booster 1058-19.  The first stage successfully landed aboard Just Read the Instructions.

Now it's B1058-20!

Payload 23 Starlink V2 Mini satellites to 43 degree inclination orbit on a southeastern trajectory.  Initial orbit 285 x 293 km.

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1936-EX-ST-2023  Mission 1907 Starlink Group 6-32
[NET October 20]
ASDS    North  25  41  37   West  75  5  42
Obvious (at least to me) from the get-go that launch would be NET December.

My bold:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated November 24:
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on  November 27 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon Heavy will launch the seventh OTV X-37B spaceplane mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on December. The side boosters will land back at the Cape eight minutes after launch.



The SLC-40 Starlink mission following the Starlink 6-31 launch is likely to launch in early December.  Assuming that SpaceX continues to launch its Florida Starlink Group 6's in ascending numerical order, this launch will be 6-32.  It is currently listed with launch NET December, from either Kennedy LC-39A or Canaveral SLC-40.

However, LC-39A will not be available due to launch preparations for the Falcon Heavy USSF-52 launch.

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7315



Starlink 6-29 is successfully launched November 22 UTC, with the first stage successfully landing aboard ASOG.

Starlink 6-30 is currently scheduled to launch November 28 UTC, with the first stage landing aboard JRTI.  (Includes time off for Thanksgiving and commercial aviation Thanksgiving holiday travel days?)

Starlink 6-31 could launch circa December 2, with the first stage landing aboard ASOG.
(4 day SLC-40 turnaround, 8 day ASDS turnaround)

Starlink 6-32 could launch circa December 6, before the USSF-52 launch December 8 UTC from LC-39A, with the first stage landing aboard JRTI.  (4 day SLC-40 turnaround, 8 day ASDS turnaround)

(Foul weather and sea states will break the perfect pattern: Murphy's Law.)
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Two NGA Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different Navigational Areas). No Rocket Launching notice yet.

Note that these are multi-launch notices which run through the end of December (which unfortunately makes it harder to know when future launches are scheduled).

Ignore the "CANCEL HYDROLANT 2683/23(35)" in the first notice. This is not a cancel-and-replace of a prior Space Debris notice. HYDROLANT 2683/23 is an unrelated notice which was sent out without an expiration date, so for some reason they chose to cancel it as part of this notice instead of sending out a standalone cancellation.

Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROLANT 2733/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL HYDROLANT 2683/23(35).
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.
Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROPAC 3743/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on  December 1 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch on December 5 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later.

http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html
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That's actually Starlink Group 6-33 according to NOTAMs. Another good old SpaceX Starlink switcheroo

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7315

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Starlink Group 6-32
Launch Time
NET Dec 10, 2023
Location
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA

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Starlink 6-32 likely also delayed 1 day to December 11 UTC.

Will this interfere with the Ovzon-3 launch campaign immediately following? 🤔

Or not?  Ovzon-3 will use LZ-1 for first stage recovery.  Can SLC-40 be turned around in 3 days: December 11 to 14?
https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=sl-6-31
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SpaceX is targeting Saturday, December 2 for a Falcon 9 launch of 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for 11:00 p.m. ET, with additional opportunities available until 11:59 p.m. ET.
<snip>
2 3 December 04:00 to 04:59 UTC

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Starlink 6-32 delayed until after Ovzon-3.
NextSpaceflight, updated December 4:
Launch NET December 10

Starlink 6-32 skipped over again.
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SLC-40 launches hypothetical:
Ovzon 3: Dec 17, before Starlink 6-34?
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-34: December 21 13, 14 UTC, after Ovzon-3?
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-32: NET Dec 25 🎄, 21, 22 UTC
Probably NET Dec 26 UTC
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-36: NET Dec 30 UTC NET Dec 25? UTC 🎄, maybe NET Dec 26 UTC
Or will the first HSF launch from SLC-40 require more time, moving this launch after Axiom-3?
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-37: NET Dec 30? UTC
I suspect Or will the first HSF launch from SLC-40 require more time, moving this launch after Axiom-3?
+ 12 days
Axiom-3: Jan 10 11 UTC

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Given the weather delays, at the Cape and the Starlink southeast sea recovery site, I wonder if Starlink 6-32 will be the final 2023 SLC-40 launch? 🌊
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SLC-40 launches hypothetical:
Starlink 6-34: December 18 UTC
+ 4 days
Ovzon 3: Dec 22
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-32: NET Dec 26 UTC
+ 15 days
Axiom-3: Jan 10 UTC, 3 day window
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-36: likely NET mid Jan
+ 4 days
Starlink 6-37: NET mid Jan
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Starlink 6-32 launch vehicle?  My bold:
Booster that is very likely for this mission headed to pad 40 today [Ovzon-3].
NSF Space Coast Live.
Looks like it's a converted Falcon Heavy Side Booster, so should be B1073-12 or B1076-10.
[Responding to spacenuance] No, it already has a vehicle on it [Ovzon-3].
No [responding to GL] you are seeing a black interstage with the second stage already mated with it.
[Responding to RH]
That's not what I'm trying to suggest. What I'm trying to say is that because is doesn't have a livery on the side pointing towards the camera, that it's a booster that was built as a Falcon Heavy Side Booster, but has been converted to a Falcon 9. For the East Coast that leaves 2 options: B1073 & B1076. (Also B1072 but that booster hasn't flown yet so can be ruled out in this instance).
That F9 second stage has the velcro pads for the Starlink rods so that's for a Starlink mission unless they've repurposed the whole rocket for this mission.
B1073.12 or B1076.10.

Edit December 22: No, not for this launch.
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As it turns out Ovzon-3's launch has been delayed for some reason and the vacancy was promptly taken by this Starlink group some hours later:

F4346/23 NOTAMN
Q) YMMM/QWMLW/IV/BO/W/000/999/1526S08312E720
A) YMMM
B) 2312230550 C) 2312291044
D) DAILY 0550-1044
E) ROCKET LAUNCH WILL TAKE PLACE
FLW RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
HAZARDOUS OPS WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR ATMOSPHERIC RE-ENTRY AND
SPLASHDOWN OF LAUNCH VEHICLE FALCON-9 STARLINK 6-32 WI THE FOLLOWING
AREAS:

20 33S 075 00E
07 46S 089 27E
08 53S 092 28E
24 22S 075 00E TO BEGINNING

PRIMARY LAUNCH 23 DECEMBER
BACKUP AS PER FIELD D
F) SFC G) UNL


A4600/23 NOTAMN
Q) FAJO/QWMLW/IV/BO/W/000/999/4205S02620E999
A) FAJO B) 2312230550 C) 2312291044
D) DLY 0550-1044
E) AREA BOUNDED BY (4256S 00224W, 4045S 00221W, 3210S 05700E, 3515S
05700E): SPACEX STARLINK 6-32 ROCKET RE-ENTRY OPS TAKING PLACE.
APPLICABLE AIRSPACE DOWNGRADED TO CLASS G.
F) SFC G) UNL
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NGA Rocket Launching notice.

Quote from: NGA
110211Z DEC 23
NAVAREA IV 1471/23(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   230400Z TO 230831Z DEC, ALTERNATE 0400Z TO 0831Z
   DAILY 24 THRU 29 DEC IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-31.00N 080-09.00W, 28-39.00N 080-28.00W,
      28-39.00N 080-37.69W, 28-29.35N 080-32.49W,
      28-23.00N 080-16.00W, 28-15.00N 079-53.00W,
      28-21.00N 079-53.00W.
   B. 25-36.00N 074-03.00W, 26-06.00N 074-58.00W,
      26-15.00N 076-00.00W, 25-58.00N 075-59.00W,
      25-18.00N 075-00.00W, 25-08.00N 074-38.00W,
      25-06.00N 074-16.00W, 25-09.00N 074-01.00W,
      25-23.00N 073-53.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 290931Z DEC 23.

For reference, the two multi-launch NGA Space Notices also included near the top of this topic (the same notice for two different Navigational Areas).

Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROLANT 2733/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL HYDROLANT 2683/23(35).
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.
Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROPAC 3743/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.

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NGA Rocket Launching notice.

Identical to 6-28, 6-29, 6-31, 6-33 and 6-34. ASDS 630km downrange.

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Just Read the Instructions droneship departed Port Canaveral last night to support Starlink 6-32. Tug Kurt J Crosby is towing, replacing tug Crosby Skipper.

Kurt J Crosby + JRTI departed PC on Dec 19 @ 1:33am ET

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https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

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SPACEX STARLINK 6-32, CAPE CANAVERAL SFS, FL
PRIMARY: 12/23/2023   0400Z-0831Z
BACKUP:  12/24-26/2023   0400Z-0531Z
    12/27-29/2023   0400Z-0831Z

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L-1 weather forecast. 70%->60% 'Go' for December 22/23. 80% 'Go' for December 23/24. Upper-Level Wind Shear risk is Moderate for December 22/23 and Low-Moderate for December 23/24. All other Additional Risk Criteria are Low.

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Which first stage will be used for this launch (semi-rhetorical question)?

The May 16 press briefing revealed Falcon 9 first stages are now cleared for use up to twenty times for Starlink launches.  As of the Project 425 rideshare launch, non-Starlink launches apparently qualify as well.

1064.5 and 1065.5 are the Falcon Heavy side boosters for USSF-52.  They will be used next to launch Europa Clipper.

1080.5 is held for Axiom-3.

1072.1 is reserved for Cygnus NG-20.

1073.12 and 1076.10 may undergo modifications to become Falcon Heavy side boosters for a future launch, but both are currently available for "single-stick" launches.

Starlink 6-32 launch vehicle?  My bold:
<snip>
B1073.12 or B1076.10.

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1060.18  Sep 24
1058.19  Nov 4
1073.12  Nov 8
1076.10  Nov 12
1069.12  Nov 18
1067.16  Nov 22
1062.18  Nov 28
1078.7    Dec 3 (maybe)

Edit December 22: It's B1058.19!  A new high-reuse record!  B1060.18 skipped over.
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