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Japanese Launchers / Re: Japanese launch schedule
« Last post by zubenelgenubi on Today at 09:42 pm »
Cross-posts
Next Epsilon launch:
Launch time is 00:47 - 00:58 UTC, 7 October 2022.

The payload are RAISE-3 and 5 other microsatellites chosen by JAXA (MAGNARO, MITSUBA, KOSEN-2, WASEDA-SAT-ZERO, FSI-SAT), plus QPS-SAR-3 and 4 flying on a commercial contract.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1557754907901304834
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Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
A couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:
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Next Japanese Epsilon launch is scheduled for October; first Epsilon S launch in 2023. [Aug 11]
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Cross-post:
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1557754907901304834
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Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
A couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:

- Moog says its SL-OMV tug is on track for launch in 1st quarter of 2023 on ABL’s RS1 from SaxaVord on the UK Pathfinder launch. [Aug 11]
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Tower clear is no longer a relevant call


Wasn't "Tower Clear" used at one time to mark the moment when control shifted from KSC to JSC?  Or does the shift now occur a at pre-defined number of seconds after liftoff?  Perhaps SLS has its own timer for this.
I believe Shuttle did at pad release/liftoff. Because by then it is no longer on the pad but a vehicle in flight. Once it was released KSC had no way of controlling it beside having the range blow it up.

If there was a pad abort during Apollo, KSC (not JSC) controllers would communicate with the astronauts all the way through splashdown and recovery?  As Overwatchfan123 says, we'll just have to see what the KSC-to-JSC protocol is for SLS.  (I promise not to drag out this thread any further!)
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Other US Launchers / Re: US Launch Schedule
« Last post by Salo on Today at 09:37 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1557754907901304834
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Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
A couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:

- Moog says its SL-OMV tug is on track for launch in 1st quarter of 2023 on ABL’s RS1 from SaxaVord on the UK Pathfinder launch.
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August 11th 2022 Updates:  Long duration B7 static fire

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1557815777654235136
Tweet Contents:  About to attempt long duration engine firing to test autogenous pressurization

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1557839580979535872
Tweet Contents:  Full duration 20 second static fire of Super Heavy Booster 7
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Suborbital Missions / Re: The suborbital thread!
« Last post by russianhalo117 on Today at 09:34 pm »
RockSat-X Day 4 (first day scrubbed before countdown so third broadcast launch attempt)

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NSF have wound down their commentary stream for now.

Cars are back to pad, but roadblock is still up. Focus seems to be on the suborbital tank farm. (Per LabPadre Rover 2)
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https://investors.rocketlabusa.com/news/news-details/2022/Rocket-Lab-Announces-Second-Quarter-2022-Financial-Results-and-Guidance-for-Third-Quarter-2022/default.aspx

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Rocket Lab Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Guidance for Third Quarter 2022

08/11/2022

Record revenue of $55.5 million, representing 36% sequential quarter-on-quarter growth and 392% Year-on-Year quarterly revenue growth
Third quarter revenue expected to range between $60 million and $63 million

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a global leader in launch services and space systems, today shared the financial results for its fiscal second quarter of 2022, ended June 30, 2022.

“In the second quarter of 2022 our team upheld our track record of relentless execution, delivering three successful launches, more than any other small launch provider for the entire year so far. Electron retains its position as the industry’s reliable small launch vehicle, delivering satellites to orbit for a range commercial constellation operators and NASA in the second quarter, quickly followed by back-to-back national security launches for the National Reconnaissance Office after the second quarter end,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck. “We continue to push the boundaries with our launch and spacecraft technology, a strategy that also saw us successfully launch the CAPSTONE mission to the Moon for NASA. The highly complex two-phase mission encompassed a flawless launch on Electron and successful deployment to ballistic lunar transfer orbit by our in-house designed and built Lunar Photon spacecraft, paving the way for future deep space missions to Mars and Venus.”

“We are encouraged by broad-based momentum that continued across our space systems business which comprised 66% of our revenue in the second quarter. Space Systems continues to be a significant growth area, with construction of our satellite constellation production facility in Long Beach substantially complete. This production facility will support the manufacturing of contracted spacecraft builds in backlog for a range of customers including Varda Space Industries, Eta Space, the University of California, Berkeley and seventeen 500 kg spacecraft buses for Globalstar as part of a $143M subcontract awarded to Rocket Lab by MDA in the first quarter of this year.”

Second Quarter 2022 Business Highlights:

Launched three successful Electron missions in the second quarter, more than any other U.S. small launch provider for the entire year so far. The missions included the CAPSTONE mission to the Moon for NASA, as well missions that deployed satellites for four commercial constellation companies; BlackSky, Unseenlabs, E-Space, and Swarm, three of which are repeat Electron launch customers.

Successfully launched the CAPSTONE mission to the Moon for NASA - the first mission of NASA’s historic Artemis program to return humans to the Moon. This highly complex two-phase mission encompassed a flawless launch on Electron and successful deployment to ballistic lunar transfer orbit by Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built Lunar Photon spacecraft. The mission was an impressive display of capability across launch and space systems, paving the way for future deep space missions to Mars and Venus.

Signed a multi-launch contract with HawkEye 360 to launch 15 satellites across three Electron missions between late 2022 and 2024. The first of the three missions is scheduled to be Rocket Lab’s inaugural mission from Launch Complex 2 in Virginia in December 2022.

Completed the first mid-air capture of an Electron booster with a helicopter, advancing the company’s rocket reusability program.

Selected to manufacture Solar Array Panel for NASA’s GLIDE spacecraft, the first mission dedicated to surveying changes in the exosphere, the outermost layer of Earth’s atmosphere.

Commenced construction on the Neutron launch vehicle production complex in Virginia.

Surpassed 50 missions with the company’s MAX Flight Software, a leading off-the-shelf software platform used by aerospace prime contractors, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. DOD organizations, NASA, and commercial spacecraft developers and operators.

Since June 30, 2022 Rocket Lab also:

Launched two successful back-to-back missions for the National Reconnaissance Office in just over three weeks, demonstrating responsive launch for the national security community.
Introduced the Company’s Responsive Space Program to enable rapid call-up launch and spacecraft capabilities.
Selected to supply solar power for the United States Space Force’s new missile warning satellites

Third Quarter 2022 Guidance

For the third quarter of 2022, Rocket Lab expects:

Revenue between $60 million and $63 million
Launch Services revenue of approximately $23 million
Space Systems revenue of between $37 million to $40 million
GAAP Gross Margins between 12% to 15%
Non-GAAP Gross Margins between 22% to 25%
GAAP Operating Expenses $41 million to $43 million
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses $27 million to $29 million
Expected Interest expenses (Income), net $2 million expense
Adjusted EBITDA loss of $8 million to $12 million
Basic Shares Outstanding 471 million

Conference Call Information

Rocket Lab will host a conference call for investors at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) today to discuss these business highlights and financial results for our second quarter, to provide our outlook for the third quarter ending September 30, 2022 and other updates. The live webcast and a replay of the webcast will be available on Rocket Lab’s Investor Relations website: https://investors.rocketlabusa.com/events-and-presentations/events
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Tower clear is no longer a relevant call


Wasn't "Tower Clear" used at one time to mark the moment when control shifted from KSC to JSC?  Or does the shift now occur a at pre-defined number of seconds after liftoff?  Perhaps SLS has its own timer for this.
I believe Shuttle did at pad release/liftoff. Because by then it is no longer on the pad but a vehicle in flight. Once it was released KSC had no way of controlling it beside having the range blow it up.
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