Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1/2 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 16 December 2022 (22:48 UTC)  (Read 54751 times)

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✅ Our first #O3bmPOWER satellite completed its third & final environmental test!

This #BTS look shows the satellite undergoing vibration testing at @Boeing
 to ensure the satellite can withstand the rigors of launch & the harsh environment of space.

https://twitter.com/SES_Satellites/status/1587101228449800194

The ion engine doesn't look like Boeing's XIPS. It appears to be a Safran PPS®5000.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1/2 : CCSFS SLC-40 : December 2022
« Reply #41 on: 11/03/2022 08:33 am »
First launch with 2 satellites still expected in December of this year. Second launch delayed to January 2023, third launch delayed to February 2023. All 3 launches were originally expected to launch in Q4 2022.

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Launch schedule for @SES_Satellites #O3bmPower medium-Earth-orbit Ka-band broadband sats slips again. All on @SpaceX: 1st 2 sats in Dec, second pair in Jan, third pair in Feb. Commercial service w/ 6 sats starts in Q3. Ground segment operational now w/ 1st-gen O3b.


https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1588100256608157702
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPOWER 1/2 : CCSFS SLC-40 : December 2022
« Reply #42 on: 11/03/2022 03:12 pm »
First launch with 2 satellites still expected in December of this year. Second launch delayed to January 2023, third launch delayed to February 2023. All 3 launches were originally expected to launch in Q4 2022.

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Launch schedule for @SES_Satellites #O3bmPower medium-Earth-orbit Ka-band broadband sats slips again. All on @SpaceX: 1st 2 sats in Dec, second pair in Jan, third pair in Feb. Commercial service w/ 6 sats starts in Q3. Ground segment operational now w/ 1st-gen O3b.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1588100256608157702

1st launch of 2 satellites scheduled for December 15th per Q3 Financial Results Press Release

https://www.ses.com/press-release/solid-ytd-2022-results [Nov 3]

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Any news of the satellites being delivered to the Cape? 🛰 🛰
If no, then a December 15 launch is very much NET.
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Any news of the satellites being delivered to the Cape? 🛰 🛰
If no, then a December 15 launch is very much NET.

Given that Ben Cooper lists Transporter-6 NET Mid-December, it seems to suggest this launch would be NET Late-December at the earliest
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In this interview from a week ago, SES CTO Ruy Pinto says the first 2 satellite are scheduled to launch in the week of December 12th, with the next 6 satellites following in January, February and March 2023.

Timestamp: 09:54 - 12:20

https://www.lightreading.com/satellite/ses-cto-on-launching-software-defined-satellites/v/d-id/781918  [posted Nov 22]
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https://www.ses.com/sites/default/files/2022-11/2211_Q3-2022-Press-Release_FINAL.pdf

says scheduled for Dec 15.

Week of Dec 12 indicates this hasn't slipped ... (at least not officially yet).

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Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated November 30 evening EST:
A Falcon 9 will launch a pair of internet satellites for SES on December TBD.



No mention of launch date or launch complex.
Shipment from California to Florida will most likely be by truck?

Important assumption:  That the notice does not refer to SES-18 and 19.
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Any news of the satellites being delivered to the Cape? 🛰 🛰
If no, then a December 15 launch is very much NET.

Sounds like they have arrived at Cape Canaveral:

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It's on! #10moresleeps #O3bMPOWER @SES_Satellites

https://twitter.com/steviecSES/status/1599039889940500482
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Ben Coopers Rocket Launch Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral (Updated 3 December)

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A Falcon 9 will launch a pair of internet satellites for SES on December 13, in the afternoon EDT.

https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html
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What first stage will launch this flight?

Available first stages and most recent landing date:
1052.8    Sep 5 (last use before modifications to return to a Falcon Heavy side booster to launch ViaSat-3 Americas NET January)
1058.15  Sep 11
1060.15  Oct 8
1062.11  Oct 20
1067.8    Nov 3

Edit December 15: It's 1067.8.
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https://boeing.mediaroom.com/news-releases-statements?item=131182

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Boeing Delivers First Two O3b mPOWER Satellites to SES
- 702X-based satellites offer new technology that Boeing is delivering on commercial and government programs.
- Each satellite is equipped with more than 5,000 steerable, flexible beams capable of allocating power wherever it is needed – a first-of-its-kind capability.


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 5, 2022— Over the weekend, Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the first two O3b mPOWER satellites to SES, a leader in global content connectivity solutions. The all-digital satellites are being prepared in Florida for launch to Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), 8,000 km from Earth, where they will provide low-latency, high-throughput connectivity to users around the world.

The satellites combine Boeing’s flight-proven 702 platform, Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab’s custom-designed solar arrays built to withstand harsh MEO radiation, and, most critically, the 702X software-defined payload providing more than 5,000 steerable beams per satellite.

“SES's O3b mPOWER system is a true gamechanger and will transform the way people think about connectivity,” said Ruy Pinto, Chief Technology Officer at SES. “Delivering performance above all, O3b mPOWER will offer connectivity services to government organizations and enterprises based in the most remote regions. In times of natural disasters, when networks are disrupted, O3b mPOWER’s low-latency services can quickly restore critical communications networks.”

Instead of relying on fewer, larger, fixed beams or a proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation covering vast regions – systems that struggle to fulfill high-density demand – the software-driven O3b mPOWER system is equipped with shapeable beams that can be repositioned based on real-time data from SES customers’ terminals, delivering a superior end-user experience.

With Boeing contracted to deliver 11 O3b mPOWER satellites to SES, Boeing continues production, integration and testing of the remaining nine spacecraft.

“SES approached us with a vision to create global equity, by providing people with high-speed connectivity where it wasn’t economically or physically feasible to build fiber infrastructure,” said Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Space and Launch at Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “We partnered to create a super computer constellation in space to meet that goal, and we can’t wait to see what SES does as the 702X platform’s first user.”

The O3b mPOWER satellites are also flexible in their launch configuration, with the ability to launch two or three satellites at a time. To learn more about O3b mPOWER, visit ses.com/O3b-mPOWER.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Join our team and find your purpose at boeing.com/careers.

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Signed. Sealed. DELIVERED!

Over the weekend, we delivered the first two #O3bmPOWER spacecraft to
@SES_Satellites


SES' CTO, Ruy Pinto, says it will "transform the way people think about connectivity."

Read more, here: https://bit.ly/3FqQAs9

https://twitter.com/BoeingSpace/status/1599798818979160065
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SFN Launch Schedule, updated December 5:
December 13 ~21:20 UTC = ~4:20 pm EST



Edit Dec 6:
Either HAKUTO-R launches first from SLC-40, and the mPower launch is delayed;
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mPower launches as scheduled, near or on the 13th, and the HAKUTO-R launch takes a place behind it in line at SLC-40;
OR
a launch moves from SLC-40 to LC-39A.
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Potential delay incoming:

Ben Cooper (Updated December 6 14:00 UTC)

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A Falcon 9 will launch a pair of internet satellites for SES on December TBD, around 4 p.m. EDT.

https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html
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https://twitter.com/ses_satellites/status/1600127638126960642

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Our first two #O3bmPOWER satellites have reached #CapeCanaveral 🙌

They mark a new era of scale, performance and flexibility for #satellite communications across the globe 🛰

Stay tuned to find out more about their journey to space! 🚀

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HAKUTO-R is now planned for Dec 11.

So unless the O3b launch has been moved to LC-39A, it will need to be delayed by several days.

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Even if it is from the other pad, the 13th doesn't seem likely.

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SFN Launch Schedule, updated December 7:
Mid December ~21:20 UTC = ~4:20 pm EST.  Launch remains at SLC-40.



This launch is scheduled to follow the HAKUTO-R launch at SLC-40.
Edit Dec 6:
Either HAKUTO-R launches first from SLC-40, and the mPower launch is delayed;
OR
mPower launches as scheduled, near or on the 13th, and the HAKUTO-R launch takes a place behind it in line at SLC-40;
OR
a launch moves from SLC-40 to LC-39A.
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