Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : NROL-87 : SLC-4E Vandenberg : 2 February 2022 (20:27 UTC)  (Read 71529 times)

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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting February 2 for launch of the NROL-87 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Anyone who saw the Static Fire and is free to talk: which first stage?

One would not even need to read markings or perform photographic analysis.  1063.4 wears some soot.  1071.1 would be clean as a cyborg baby's bottom. 👶 🤖

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« Last Edit: 01/27/2022 03:04 am by zubenelgenubi »
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From this week's USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners.  Times are PST (UTC-08:00).

Quote from: USCG
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-VANDENBERG AFB-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS

Hazardous operations will be conducted from Vandenberg AFB, CA starting at 8:37am on 02 February, 2022 until 1:38pm on 03 February, 2022.
Hazardous operation areas are bounded by the following coordinates:
34-42-00N 120-41-00W
34-41-00N 120-32-00W
34-31-00N 120-26-00W
34-18-00N 120-30-00W
33-40-00N 120-53-00W
32-10-00N 121-24-00W
31-25-00N 121-27-00W
31-07-00N 121-40-00W
31-09-00N 121-55-00W
31-35-00N 121-52-00W
32-17-00N 121-27-00W
34-29-00N 120-46-00W
Mariners are advised to remain clear of these areas for the duration of operations. For more details or comments contact Vandenberg AFB at 805-606-0002.

The new USCG District 11 weekly Local Notice to Mariners has a different start time.  The times are PST (UTC-08:00).  So the old start time (see above) was 16:37 UTC.  The new start time (see below) is 19:07 UTC.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-VANDENBERG AFB-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS

Hazardous operations will be conducted from Vandenberg AFB, CA starting at 11:07am on 02 February, 2022 until 1:38pm on 03 February, 2022.
Hazardous operation areas are bounded by the following coordinates:
34-42-00N 120-41-00W
34-41-00N 120-32-00W
34-31-00N 120-26-00W
34-18-00N 120-30-00W
33-40-00N 120-53-00W
32-10-00N 121-24-00W
31-25-00N 121-27-00W
31-07-00N 121-40-00W
31-09-00N 121-55-00W
31-35-00N 121-52-00W
32-17-00N 121-27-00W
34-29-00N 120-46-00W
Mariners are advised to remain clear of these areas for the duration of operations. For more details or comments contact Vandenberg AFB at 805-606-0002.

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Quote from: SpaceX
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting February 2 for launch of the NROL-87 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Anyone who saw the Static Fire and is free to talk: which first stage?

One would not even need to read markings or perform photographic analysis.  1063.4 wears some soot.  1071.1 would be clean as a cyborg baby's bottom. 👶 🤖

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I have seen a photo (private) where he looks cleaner than ever and leggs. I don't know if NRO requested it new or it was coinicidence.
« Last Edit: 01/27/2022 12:27 pm by Conexion Espacial »
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Quote from: SpaceX
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting February 2 for launch of the NROL-87 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Anyone who saw the Static Fire and is free to talk: which first stage?

One would not even need to read markings or perform photographic analysis.  1063.4 wears some soot.  1071.1 would be clean as a cyborg baby's bottom. 👶 🤖

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I have seen a photo (private) where he looks cleaner than ever and leggs. I don't know if NRO requested it new or it was coinicidence.
then b1071.1

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NGA notice.  Note that it has the same later 19:07 UTC start time to the warning period as in the revised USCG notice.

Quote from: NGA
280731Z JAN 22
NAVAREA XII 45/22(17,18,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS:
   A. 1907Z TO 2138Z DAILY 02 AND 03 FEB
      IN AREA BOUND BY
      34-42N 120-41W, 34-41N 120-32W,
      34-31N 120-26W, 34-18N 120-30W,
      33-40N 120-53W, 32-10N 121-24W,
      31-25N 121-27W, 31-07N 121-40W,
      31-09N 121-55W, 31-35N 121-52W,
      32-17N 121-27W, 34-29N 120-46W.
   B. 2110Z TO 2249Z DAILY 02 AND 03 FEB
      IN AREAS BOUND BY
      54-00N 144-30W, 50-45N 134-30W,
      29-15N 140-00W, 32-30N 150-30W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 032349Z FEB 22.

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Quote from: SpaceX
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting February 2 for launch of the NROL-87 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Anyone who saw the Static Fire and is free to talk: which first stage?

One would not even need to read markings or perform photographic analysis.  1063.4 wears some soot.  1071.1 would be clean as a cyborg baby's bottom. 👶 🤖

Edited
I have seen a photo (private) where he looks cleaner than ever and leggs. I don't know if NRO requested it new or it was coinicidence.
NextSpaceFlight also states that it is B1071
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NGA notice.  Note that it has the same later 19:07 UTC start time to the warning period as in the revised USCG notice.
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Launch time is revealed to be within the window, but not at the opening.
Cross-post:
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
Update January 28
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Feb. 2 • Falcon 9 • NROL-87
Launch time: 2018 GMT (3:18 p.m. EST; 12:18 p.m. PST)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
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National Reconnaissance Office  1m

 ·One of the coolest jobs at the NRO is being Mission Manager of a launch.
In an exclusive interview with #NROL87 Mission Manager Maj. Emily Stanhouse, we take an inside look at the role, the mission, and the hard work it takes to successfully put a payload on orbit.
Stay tuned to hear the interview on the next episode of The Dish podcast airing later this week.
« Last Edit: 01/31/2022 04:30 am by Targeteer »
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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On missions like this, are people restricted to vantage points so far away that they can't really experience the launch?

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Here's the NRO Press Kit.
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Spaceflight Now says that B1071 will fly another NRO mission later this year, maybe NROL-85?
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It will mark the fourth landing of a Falcon rocket booster at Vandenberg. SpaceX plans to refurbish the booster for another flight later this year for the NRO, an agency spokesperson told Spaceflight Now.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/31/spacex-preps-for-launch-of-spy-satellite-payload-from-california-this-week/
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Departure! NRC Quest is outbound for the Pacific Ocean to recover the fairing during the upcoming NROL-87 mission.

Booster will RTLS to LZ-4.

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1488321661539606532

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Tomorrow’s forecast looks ideal: zero cloud cover, humidity dropping significantly around noon.

Anyone heading to Lompoc for this?

I'm going to take the drive up with a camera and a big lens. Will be somewhere in that mishmash of roads west of Lompoc, wherever I can get. I know about the roadblocks, so hopefully I can find a nice spot regardless.
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Tomorrow’s forecast looks ideal: zero cloud cover, humidity dropping significantly around noon.

Anyone heading to Lompoc for this?

I am planning on heading from the Bay Area, first Falcon launch first time at Vandenburg. Desperate for recommendations on where is the best place to view from considering usual road blocks. Flying blind here so any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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Tomorrow’s forecast looks ideal: zero cloud cover, humidity dropping significantly around noon.

Anyone heading to Lompoc for this?

I am planning on heading from the Bay Area, first Falcon launch first time at Vandenburg. Desperate for recommendations on where is the best place to view from considering usual road blocks. Flying blind here so any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
This dedicated thread will help you: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Last Edit: 02/01/2022 03:56 pm by russianhalo117 »

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Tomorrow’s forecast looks ideal: zero cloud cover, humidity dropping significantly around noon.

Anyone heading to Lompoc for this?

I am planning on heading from the Bay Area, first Falcon launch first time at Vandenburg. Desperate for recommendations on where is the best place to view from considering usual road blocks. Flying blind here so any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
This dedicated thread will help you: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing

That link is broken - fixed here: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing

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Is anyone live-streaming this?
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