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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #560 on: 05/29/2019 11:56 am »
Regarding PTScientists Moon mission:

http://aufdistanz.de/
http://aufdistanz.de/wp-content/episodes/auf-distanz-0045-ptscientists.mp3

Recorded on May 7, 2019; published on May 28

Translation from German, 11:40–12:00

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Then let's have a look at your Mission to the Moon. When will it start?
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Currently we expect a launch date in 2021. We are still in a world where we have reserved a flight on a Falcon 9, actually made a down payment. We have somewhat changed Alina, our lander ... It will have a mass of 4000 kg (wet) and a payload capacity of up to 300 kg, and with that we are single passenger on a Falcon 9."

The mission is not funded yet, they are preparing a funding round. More here: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=41724.msg1951380#msg1951380

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #561 on: 05/29/2019 01:21 pm »
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Falcon 9 launches 60 Starlink satellites to orbit – targeting up to 6 Starlink launches this year and will accelerate our cadence next year to put ~720 satellites in orbit for continuous coverage of most populated areas on Earth

It seems SpaceX is targeting 12 Starlink launches next year

Very exciting!  The secondary brilliance of Starlink is that it keeps the Falcon 9 busy and will lower the fixed costs for each successive F9 launch. 

One of the knocks about reuseable rockets has been the amount of launches needed to make them viable.  I've liked the idea of Starlink since the start for this reason.
Wildly optimistic prediction, Superheavy recovery on IFT-4 or IFT-5 (Welp a little early on IFT-4, but still have a shot at 5)

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #562 on: 05/31/2019 05:27 pm »
twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1134507415171452929?s=21

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NASA's three commercial providers for Artemis landers: [Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, Orbit Beyobd]

https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1134510811282587648

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Two of three will be flying on SpaceX (F9).

First 2 by July 2021, 3rd by September 2020.

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/1134510859693281280

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Ah a question about launch providers! Orbit Beyond and Intuitive Machines say Falcon 9, and Astrobotic is assessing launch options
« Last Edit: 05/31/2019 05:28 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #563 on: 05/31/2019 06:56 pm »
Orbit Beyond doesn't have contract yet but intends to fly on F9, hasn't said yet if primary passenger.
Astrobotic will announce (probably between Atlas V and F9) in next few weeks.
Intuitive Machines will be primary payload on F9 rideshare, drop other payloads in SSO.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #564 on: 06/03/2019 08:07 pm »
Surprised to see that the Vandenberg itinerary is so light for the next few years.  Apparently, RADARSAT is the last shot of 2019.  Only 3 manifested for 2020.

Sigh...no sign that Falcon Heavy will ever fly out of Vandy.  Probably a larger chance that Starship will.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #565 on: 06/04/2019 02:57 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #566 on: 06/07/2019 03:35 pm »
This would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:

https://twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1137012892191076353

NASA said ISS available for tourist flights from as early as 2020, starting with 2 flights per year.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #567 on: 06/17/2019 10:17 pm »
Here we have another F9 "mystery launch" from LC-40, in September 2019:

http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html

Options are:

- JCSAT-18 / Kacific 1
- Starlink 2
- something we don't know of

My bet is on Starlink.
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #568 on: 06/17/2019 11:27 pm »
Here we have another F9 "mystery launch" from LC-40, in September 2019:

http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html

Options are:

- JCSAT-18 / Kacific 1
- Starlink 2
- something we don't know of

My bet is on Starlink.

It also seems *extremely* unlikely that there will be zero launches in August if SpaceX is to have a chance of reaching Shotwell's expected 18-21 launches (excluding Starlink).
« Last Edit: 06/17/2019 11:28 pm by vaporcobra »

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #569 on: 06/18/2019 12:03 am »
It also seems *extremely* unlikely that there will be zero launches in August if SpaceX is to have a chance of reaching Shotwell's expected 18-21 launches (excluding Starlink).
Not sure what your point is but FWIW, Amos-17 will probably slip into August and IFA might happen in August also.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #570 on: 06/18/2019 02:32 am »
Kacific recently said their satellite will be in operation in December, so can't rule that out as the September launch.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #571 on: 06/18/2019 03:26 am »
SpaceX Falcon 9 wins Korean launch contract as 2019 mystery missions persist..

By Eric Ralph Posted on June 17, 2019

SpaceX has silently announced that Falcon 9 won a contract for a South Korean military communications satellite, currently scheduled to launch from the company’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) LC-40 pad no earlier than November 2019.

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-wins-falcon-9-launch-contract-manifest-mystery/

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #572 on: 06/20/2019 03:49 pm »
FEATURE ARTICLE: Station mission planning reveals new target Commercial Crew launch dates -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/06/station-planning-new-crew-launch-dates/

- By Chris Gebhardt


https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1141733691565191168
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #573 on: 06/20/2019 11:02 pm »
https://twitter.com/kor_spaceflight/status/1141225081588158464

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There might be a delay of the Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter launch by @SpaceX falcon 9 in December 2020.

Likely now to be 2022. The interview quote in the tweet attachment is quite something ...

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"Although we kept pointing out that the design was impossible for the mission since last year, the satellite chief or the project manager failed to properly deal with the problem. Administrations related to the KPLO mission have also failed to come up with effective measures due to lack of expertise and experience."
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #574 on: 06/20/2019 11:23 pm »
They added a link to a news story (although it's not the one in his first tweet).  I'll make it NET 2021 for now.

https://twitter.com/Kor_Spaceflight/status/1141843604270280704

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #575 on: 06/23/2019 08:48 am »
This would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:

twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1137012892191076353

NASA said ISS available for tourist flights from as early as 2020, starting with 2 flights per year.

Are those linked in some way to the previously shown Bigelow "contract for unspecified payload" (see bottom of first post table) that's on the SpaceX public manifest since years? Or those tourism flights are additional/separate?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #576 on: 06/23/2019 01:31 pm »
This would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:

twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1137012892191076353

NASA said ISS available for tourist flights from as early as 2020, starting with 2 flights per year.

Are those linked in some way to the previously shown Bigelow "contract for unspecified payload" (see bottom of first post table) that's on the SpaceX public manifest since years? Or those tourism flights are additional/separate?

It's possible if they had an earlier contract/option they didn't have a firm use for yet they could have used it towards the tourist flights.  I haven't seen any information about that.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #577 on: 06/26/2019 07:08 pm »
May need to check this out...or maybe I'm late to the party...

https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/1143911579693527041

 ref

https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/1143906691207127040

//edit to add lower info
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #578 on: 07/03/2019 03:06 pm »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1146432919285747712
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Space Norway contracts w/ @Inmarsat to launch 2 @northropgrumman-built triple-band satellites to HEO orbit on a @SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2022; @usairforce to provide EHF payload; Inmarsat will use Ka-band & Space Norway X-band for Arctic coverage.
« Last Edit: 07/03/2019 03:40 pm by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates Thread 5
« Reply #579 on: 07/03/2019 10:49 pm »
This would be quite an impressive step forward if/when it happens:

twitter.com/BigelowSpace/status/1137012892191076353

NASA said ISS available for tourist flights from as early as 2020, starting with 2 flights per year.

Are those linked in some way to the previously shown Bigelow "contract for unspecified payload" (see bottom of first post table) that's on the SpaceX public manifest since years? Or those tourism flights are additional/separate?

It's possible if they had an earlier contract/option they didn't have a firm use for yet they could have used it towards the tourist flights.  I haven't seen any information about that.

I have been tracking the SpaceX Manifest for a decade and a half.
Bigelow had a launch, on a Falcon 5 no less, among the first five posted launches.
While it switched to a Falcon 9 as plans for it emerged, that launch remained near the end of the manifest as long as SpaceX had it posted.
It remains on my list among the “orphans” of announced launches about which nothing has been posted for years, to my knowledge.
The funny part is that after all these years Bigelow’s yet undeveloped systems still don’t include one that fits in the existing Falcon fairing.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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