AST SpaceMobile Announces Launch Services Agreement to Deploy 693-Square-Foot Phased Array Spacecraft for Direct-to-Cell Phone Connectivity Testing July 29, 2021 08:02 AM Eastern Daylight TimeMIDLAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTS), the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, today announced an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (“SpaceX”) for the launch of its next prototype spacecraft, BlueWalker 3.“We're pleased to launch with US-based SpaceX, which allows us to deploy BlueWalker 3 from our own backyard,“ said Scott Wisniewski, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of AST SpaceMobile. #5GBlueWalker 3 is expected to launch aboard a SpaceX mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in March 2022. The spacecraft has an aperture of 693 square feet and is designed to communicate directly with cell phones via 3GPP standard frequencies.“We're pleased to launch with US-based SpaceX, which allows us to deploy BlueWalker 3 from our own backyard,“ said Scott Wisniewski, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of AST SpaceMobile. “The spacecraft will be the second prototype to leverage our patented technology.”AST SpaceMobile's mission is to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by today's five billion mobile subscribers moving in and out of coverage zones, and bring cellular broadband to approximately half of the world's population who remain unconnected.Partners in this effort are leading global wireless infrastructure companies, including Rakuten, Vodafone and American Tower. As of June 30, 2021, AST SpaceMobile has entered into agreements and understandings with mobile network operators which collectively cover approximately 1.4 billion mobile subscribers.Click here to learn more about how the technology works.
The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral will launch the CRS-23 Cargo Dragon resupply mission to the ISS from pad 39A on August 28 around 3:30am EDT.
SpaceX manifest updates. The best guess at the current manifest is in this post. There is a corresponding Discussion Thread to talk about the manifest.The first four posts in this thread are maintained1 - Current manifest and some links2 - Past launches3 - Smoliarm's graphical manifest4 - linksDiscussion of the table format should be done here: SpaceX Manifest Table Format DiscussionPrior thread: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4Date: *=Local date differs from UTC date ~=Date has some uncertaintyReturn: L=Land,S=Sea,X=Expendable,N/A=Not ApplicableLaunch Vehicle: F9=Falcon 9, H=Falcon Heavy, F=Falcon 9 or Heavy, SS=StarshipCore: *=FH core numbers in footnotes, N=New, R=ReusedPayload(s): (R) = RideshareMission: Blue number indicates additional information in footnotes.Colors: Successful / Unsuccessful / Mars / Moon / Footnotes / Launch success/payload failureSites: C=Cape Canaveral Spaceport (KSC/CCAFS) (UTC-4 EDT,UTC-5 EST) CCAFS SLC-40: Active for Falcon 9 KSC LC-39A: Active for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy V=Vandenberg (UTC-7 PDT,UTC-8 PST) SLC-4E: Active for Falcon 9 B=Boca Chica (UTC-5 CDT,UTC-6 CST) Site preparation work underwayU.S. daylight saving time starts second Sunday in March, ends first Sunday in November, time changes at 2:00 a.m. local timeNote on F9 Mission numbers: I counted AMOS-6 (lost in pre-launch testing) and did not count IFA (suborbital test flight). Local LV Core Ret- . . Mass . Mis-Est. Date, Time/UTC. S/N urn Payload(s) Orb (kg) Site sion------------------- .--- ------ .--- ---------------------------- --- .----- ----- ----2021-01-07*2115/-5F91060.4STürksat 5AGTO3500C-401042021-01-20 0802/-5F91051.8SStarlink v1.0 L16LEO~16kC-39A1052021-01-24 1000/-5F91058-5SSpaceX Transporter-1SSO.C-401062021-02-04 0119/-5F91060-5SStarlink v1.0 L18LEO~16kC-401072021-02-15*2259/-5F91059-6SStarlink v1.0 L19LEO~16kC-401082021-03-04 0324/-5F91049-8SStarlink v1.0 L17LEO~16kC-39A1092021-03-11 0313/-5F91058-6SStarlink v1.0 L20LEO~16kC-401102021-03-14 0601/-4F91051-9SStarlink v1.0 L21LEO~16kC-39A1112021-03-24 0428/-4F91060-6SStarlink v1.0 L22LEO~16kC-401122021-04-07 1234/-4F91058-7SStarlink v1.0 L23LEO~16kC-401132021-04-23 0549/-4F91061-2SCCtCap Crew-2LEO.C-39A1142021-04-28*2344/-4F91060-7SStarlink v1.0 L24LEO~16kC-401152021-05-04 1501/-4F91049-9SStarlink v1.0 L25LEO~16kC-39A1162021-05-09 0242/-4F91051-10SStarlink v1.0 L27LEO~16kC-401172021-05-15 1856/-4F91058-8SStarlink v1.0 L26 (R)LEO~16kC-39A1182021-05-26 1459/-4F91063-2SStarlink v1.0 L28LEO~16kC-401192021-06-03 1329/-4F91067-1SCRS2 SpX-22LEO.C-39A1202021-06-06 0026/-4F91061-3SSiriusXM SXM-8GTO~7kC-401212021-06-17 1209/-4F91062-2SGPS III-5MEO4331C-401222021-06-30 1531/-4F91060-8LSpaceX Transporter-2SSO.C-40123------------------- --- ------ --- ---------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----2021-08-28 0337/-4F9.SCRS2 SpX-23LEO.C-39A.2021F9.SStarlink (next Vandenberg)LEO~16kV.2021F9.SStarlink (next Florida)LEO~16kC.2021F9.SStarlinkLEO~16kC/V.2021F9.SStarlinkLEO~16kC/V.2021-09-15F9.SInspiration4 DragonLEO.C-39A.2021F9.SStarlinkLEO~16kC/V.2021F9.SStarlinkLEO~16kC/V.2021-Q4F9..O3B mPOWER 1-3MEO~5kC.2021-10HNNNSXSUSSF-44GEO.C-39A(H4)2021-10-31 (NET)F91067.2SCCtCap Crew-3LEO.C-39A.2021-11-17F9R.IXPELEO337C-39A.2021-11 (NET)F9R.DARTESC~500V-4E.2021-Q4F9.STürksat 5BGTO4500C.2021-12F9..SpaceX Transporter-3SSO.C .2021-12F9..CRS2 SpX-24LEO.C-39A.2021 (NET)SS..Starship Orbital Test 1LEO.B.2021 (NET)F9..SARah 1SSO~2200V-4E.2021 (NET)F9..SARah 2/3SSO~3600V-4E .2022F9RSGPS III-6MEO4400C2022-01F9..Axiom AX-1 (crewed)LEO.C-39A.2022-02F9N.NROL-87SSO?V-4E .2022-Q1F9..O3B mPOWER 4-6MEO~7kC.2022-Q1F9..Intuitive Machines IM-1.?C-39A .2022-03F9..SpaceX Transporter-4SSO.C .2022-03(NET)F9R.Legion F1 (maybe rideshare)SS).C/V.2022HN.USSF-52GTO.C-39A(H5)2022-04-midF910xx.xSCCtCap Crew-4LEO.C-39A.2022-04F9..Nilesat-301GTO4100C-40.2022-05F9..CRS2 SpX-25LEO.C-39A.2022-06F9..SpaceX Transporter-5SSO.C/V .2022-Q3F9..Galaxy 31/32GTO.C.2022-Q3F9..Galaxy 33/34GTO.C.2022-Q3F9R.Intelsat 40e with TEMPOGTO.C.2022-H2F9.SAmazonas NexusGTO4500C.2022-08HN.PsycheESC.C-39A(H7)2022-08F9..Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter?678C.2022-09F9..CRS2 SpX-26LEO.C-39A.2022-09F9..SDA Tranche 0 Flight 1PLR~6kV-4E .2022-Q3H..USSF-67..C-39A.2022-Q3F9..SES-18 / SES-19GTO.C.2022F9R.WorldView Legion flight 2LEO.C.2022-H2F9..O3B mPOWER 7-9MEO~7kC.2022-10 (NET)F910xx.xSCCtCap Crew-5LEO.C-39A.2022-10F9..SpaceX Transporter-6SSO.C/V .2022-11F9..SWOTLEO2000V-4E.2022-lateF9..Space NorwayHEO4kV .2022F..Inmarsat I-6 F2 (GX6B)GTO.C.2022-Q4F9..Intuitive Machines IM-2.?C-39A .2022 (NET)F9.SSpace Adventures DragonLEO.C-39A.2022 (NET)F9N.NROL-85LEO?V-4E .2023-01F9..CRS2 SpX-27LEO.C-39A.2023-03F9..SDA Tranche 0 Flight 2PLR~6kV-4E .2023-Q1F9..USSF-36.?C .2023-06F9..CRS2 SpX-28LEO.C-39A.2023-Q3F9..NROL-69.?C .2023-Q4F9..SatriaGTO.C.2023-10F9..CRS2 SpX-29LEO.C-39A.2023-11...Masten MM1 (R?)?.C.2023-11-30 (NET)F9R.PACESSO1700C-40.2023H..Astrobotic Griffin/VIPERTLI.?.2023F9..Firefly Blue GhostTLI?.?.2023 (NET)SS..#dearMoonTLI.?.2023 (NET)SS..Starship Lunar Lander TestTLI.?.2023 (NET)F910xx.xSCCtCap Crew-6LEO.C-39A.2024-Q1F9..Intuitive Machines IM-3.?C .2024SS..MarsTMI.?.2024-06 (NET)F9..SPHERExSSO.V-4E.2024-10H..Europa Clipper..C-39A(H9)2024-H2F9..O3B mPOWER 10-11MEO~7kC.2024 (NET)SS..Starship Lunar LanderTLI.?.2024 (NET)H..PPE/HALO..C-39A(H8)2025-02F9..IMAPESC~500C-40.TBD (2020-2024)F9..Commercial Crew (5 flights)LEO.C-39A.2021+...Starlink Deployment (many)LEO.C/V.2021+F9..SSO Rideshares (couple/year)SSO.C/V.TBD (2021-2024)F9..CRS-2 (4+ flights)LEO.C.TBD (2022-2023)H..one of the ViaSat 3 satsGEO6400C-39A(H6)TBDF9..AX-2..C-39A.TBDF9..AX-3..C-39ATBDF9..AX-4..C-39A.TBD mid-2020'sH..Gateway LogisticsTLI.C-39A.NOTES:(H4) USSF-44 - Serial Numbers: Side1:1064.1 Center:1065.1 Side2: 1066.1(H5) USSF-52 - Serial Numbers: Side1:10xx.1 Center:10xx.1 Side2: 10xx.1(H6) Viasat 3 - Serial Numbers: Side1:10xx.1 Center:10xx.1 Side2: 10xx.1(H7) Psyche - Serial Numbers: Side1:10xx.1 Center:10xx.1 Side2: 10xx.1(H8) PPE/HALO - Serial Numbers: Side1:10xx.1 Center:10xx.1 Side2: 10xx.1Companies that appear to have launch contracts for unspecified payloads:Eutelsat, Inmarsat, BigelowRideshare Program ThreadRideshare payloads (which flight it's on may not be known yet) Local LV . . Mass . Est. Date, Time/UTC. Payload(s) Orb (kg) Site ------------------- --- .---------------------------- --- .----- ----- 2022-earlyFHAstranis Arcturus (Aurora-IV)GTO..2022F9ispace HAKUTO-R...2022-10F9MethaneSat...2023F9OSAM-2 (on Transporter?)SSO..2023.South Korea EO sat (on Transporter?)SSO~500.Possible future payloads:Competitions for future payloads:Air ForceCanceled payloads: ABS-8, AMOS-8, GiSat-1, PTScientists, Ovzon-3, Bigelow Tourism to ISSL2 notes on manifest:Upcoming Mars Launch Windows: 2020-06, 2022-08, 2024-09, 2026-11, 2029-01SpaceX Mission Paperwork / Raul's MapStarlink Index Thread / Commercial Space Index ThreadL2 SpaceX CRS External CargoL2 Level SpaceX Falcon 9 Stage Watch / Public Core SpottingSpaceX Launch Log (past launches) / Wikipedia Falcon LaunchesViewing flights from Vandenberg / Ben Cooper's Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral / Viewing Flights from KSC/CCAFSUpcoming SpaceX Talks / General Industry TalksSpaceX Falcon Mission SimulationsSpaceX Eastern Range Landing FacilitiesNSF Manifest Threads: U.S. / Russian / Arianespace / Japanese / Chinese / Indian / Rocket Lab / ConsolidatedRecent Edits:Aug 10 Added IM-3 in 2024-Q1Jul 24 Added Europa Clipper in 2024Jun 21 Added Amazonas Nexus in second half 2022May 20 Added Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander in 2023May 19 Moved USSF-44 to late 2021, USSF-52 to 2022May 3 Moved SWOT to Nov '22. Moved PACE to Nov 2023. Added SpX-27/28/29 in 2023. Worldview Legion to Q4.Apr 23 Moved Intuitive Machines IM-1 to Q1-2022Apr 13 Added Astrobotic Griffin with VIPERMar 9 Added NROL-69, USSF-36Feb 17 Moved DART from July to NovemberFeb 9 Added PPE/HALOFeb 4 Added SPHERExFeb 1 Added Inspiration4 (crewed Dragon LEO free-flight)Jan 14 Added I-6 F2, Intuitive Machines F2Jan 1 Added SDA Tranche 0 (2 Flights)Nov 30 Moved IMAP from Oct 2024 to early 2025Nov 5 Worldview Legion delayed until September 2021All comments and updates are welcomed! Thank you to all contributors!
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.”
I watched Gwynne speak at the Space Warfighting Industry Forum yesterday. […]Need to get over the chip hump and think they will in October.Standing down on F9 Starlink launches…waiting on building more sats with newer laser terminals.
EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) will be the first German optical earth remote sensing mission in orbit. It will acquire high quality hyperspectral image data with 230 spectral channels in the solar-reflectance range on a frequent basis with high geometric resolution. The major objectives of the mission are to measure, derive, and analyze numerous diagnostic parameters which describe vital processes on the earth’s surface relating to agriculture, forestry, soil and geological environments, as well as coastal zones and inland waters. During operations the mission will provide information about the status of different ecosystems and their response to natural or man-made changes in the environment. The mission management is led by the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The scientific aspects of the mission are covered by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The OHB-System AG is responsible for the development, production, and launch of the satellite. The establishment and operation of the ground segment is performed by the DLR entities Earth Observation Center (EOC) and Space Operations and Astronaut Training (RB) . The ground segment is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).EnMAP in a nutshell:Size of satellite: 3.1 m × 2.0 m × 1.7 mLaunch mass of satellite: 980 kg (including 55 kg hydrazine)Launcher: Falcon 9 (SpaceX)Launch site: East Coast of USALaunch date: 2022Operational lifetime: > 5 yearsOrbit altitude: 653 kmRepeat cycle: 27 days and 398 orbits (polar, sun-synchronous)Local time descending node: 11:00 h ± 18 min.Revisit: 4 days (±30° off-nadir tilt) 27 days (±5° off-nadir tilt)Spectral range: 420 nm - 2450 nmSpectral sampling distance: 6.5 nm (420 nm - 1000 nm; VNIR) 10 nm (900 nm - 2450 nm; SWIR)Radiometric resolution: 14 bitsGeometric resolution: 30 m × 30 m (swath: 30 km) (5000 km per day with 512 Gbit on-board mass memory)Communication: 4 Kbit/s (S-band uplink) 32 Kbit/s (S-band downlink) 320 Mbit/s (X-band downlink)
Yahsat has selected SpaceX to launch its next-generation Thuraya mobile connectivity satellite in 2023, the companies announced Sept. 8.A Falcon 9 will launch the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite, being built by Airbus Defence and Space for UAE-based Yahsat, in the second half of 2023.
NASA picks SpaceX's Falcon Heavy for $152.5 million to launch the agency's GOES-U weather mapping satellite in April 2024, per statement.
Sep 10, 2021CONTRACT RELEASE C21-025NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for GOES-U MissionNASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) mission. GOES-U will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment, as well as real-time mapping of total lightning activity and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.The total cost for NASA to launch GOES-U is approximately $152.5 million, which includes the launch service and other mission-related costs.The GOES-U mission is targeted to launch in April 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. GOES-U is the fourth and final spacecraft in the GOES-R Series of geostationary weather satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The GOES-R Series is a joint effort between NASA and NOAA and includes GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-T, and GOES-U.NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch vehicle program management of the SpaceX launch service. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the GOES-R Flight Projects office, which oversees the acquisition of the GOES-R series instruments and spacecraft. A collaborative NOAA and NASA team manages the GOES-R Program.For more information about the GOES satellite network, visit:www.nasa.gov/goes-end-
Turkey's transport and infrastructure ministry has selected SpaceX/Falcon 9 for #Turksat6A, the country's first domestically built comms satellite. Completion in late 2022 followed by launch from KSC/Cape in 2023.Of course this news breaks while I'm on vacation in...Turkey.
CSG-2 is listed by most manifests as launching on Vega-C. A recent filing for ground station support shows it as launching on a Falcon 9 from Florida NET November. A document on the Italian Space Agency's site that has a 2021 date shows it as launching before the end of 2021.
...The second COSMO SkyMed Second Generation satellite (CSG-2) was planned to be launched with VEGA-C within 2021, but the launcher development has been impacted by the VV15 and VV17 failures and, above all, by the COVID pandemic. The delays, postponing the VEGA-C Maiden Flight to Q1 2022, with a consequent tight schedule of launches in 2022, made the launch period of CSG-2 no longer compatible with the needs of the COSMO Mission. Since Arianespace backlog was already full on Soyuz and Ariane systems in 2021, it was not possible to have a European back-up solution compliant with the CSG-2 schedule, thus an alternative solution with the US provider SPACE X has been adopted allowing to keep the CSG-2 launch within the current year. ...
Varda Space announced Oct. 11 it signed a launch services agreement with SpaceX for that smallsat, which will be part of a Falcon 9 rideshare mission scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. The companies did not disclose the terms of the contract.The spacecraft will spend up to three months in orbit to test space manufacturing technologies. At the end of that mission, a reentry capsule will return to Earth the material produced in orbit.
The UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre announced at a press conference during #IAC2021 that it’s selected SpaceX to launch its MBZ SAT imaging satellite on a Falcon 9 in 2023.
MBRSC team completed the structure model and initial tests of MBZ-SAT along with the completion of the engineering and Flatsat qualification module. The team will now begin preparations to manufacture the flight model.
UK @DefenceHQ's Skynet 6A satellite will be launched into GEO orbit in 2025 by a @SpaceXFalcon 9 rocket, UK MoD said at @SMi_Group @GlobalMilSatCom. Decision based on value for money & schedule credibility, prime contractor @AirbusSpace said.
SEOUL, South Korea — Contec, a ground station services provider here, has signed a contract with smallsat mission integrator NanoAvionics for an Earth observation satellite that will launch in the second half of 2023 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Under the deal announced Oct. 27, the U.S.-based NanoAvionics will provide a modular 16U satellite bus that will consist of Contec’s laser communication terminal (LCT) and an integrated imager with 1.5-meter resolution, supplied by South Africa’s Simera Sense.
Smallsat mission integrator NanoAvionics has signed a contract with Contec that includes supplying a 16U nanosatellite as well as mission integration and launch services to the Korean company. The launch of the Earth observation (EO) nanosatellite is planned for the first half of 2023.
New SSO rideshare dates:https://rideshare.spacex.com/searchTransporter-7: 04/2023Transporter-8: 06/2023Transporter-9: Q4 2023