SPACEX IS AWARDED LAUNCH OF GERMAN RADAR RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE SYSTEMFalcon 9 rocket will deliver three-satellite SARah Constellation that will serve German Ministry of DefenseHawthorne, CA – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will provide the launch services for Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system. The satellites, provided by OHB System AG and Astrium GmbH, will replace the current constellation and will be delivered to orbit by two Falcon 9 rockets in 2018 and 2019. "SpaceX looks forward to working with OHB and Astrium, and we appreciate their confidence in SpaceX to reliably deliver these satellites to orbit,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO. “These missions are very meaningful for SpaceX as the first contracted for a European government.”OHB will build two passive-antenna synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, and Astrium GmbH will build a larger, phased-array-antenna satellite under contract for OHB. The three-satellite constellation will replace the current OHB-built five-satellite SAR-Lupe constellation.
The German parliament is scheduled to meet the week of June 24 to approve a billion-dollar second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system, with spacecraft to be provided by both of Germany’s satellite prime contractors and launches by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), industry officials said.
Thales has booked an order valued at more than 100 million euros ($136 million) for radar reconnaissance satellite payloads for a European customer.The company did not name the customer, but industry officials have said Thales is building radar payloads for two satellites for the German Defense Ministry under a contract led by OHB AG of Bremen, Germany. A third satellite for the program, called SARaH, also under the OHB contract, is being built by Airbus.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, announced today that it has been awarded two contracts by OHB System AG (OHB) for the design, manufacture and testing of solar array panels for two upcoming satellite missions, SARah and EnMAP. SARah is a follow-on system to the Federal Republic of Germany's SAR-Lupe that provides satellite-based radar reconnaissance.
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system.Northrop Grumman will supply its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit-L (Scalable SIRU™-L) for sensor pointing/stabilization and attitude control on the SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. This contract marks the first international application of the new Scalable SIRU™-L configuration.
Terma has been contracted by OHB System AG in Bremen, to supply power condition and distribution units for the SARah radar satellite reconnaissance system for the German federal armed forces. The SARah satellite constellation consists of three satellites of which OHB will deliver two.
Do we know approximately when these satellites will launch?I have read Q3 and NET September, which have some overlap.
The Germany military said the second and third SARah satellites will share a ride on a Falcon 9 rocket late this year.
With SWOT and EROS-C3, this is almost certainly slipping to 2023.
NextSpaceFlight, updated November 28:NET January 2023First stage landing LZ-4
http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htmQuoteFEB 27 To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the SARah 2 and 3 radar Earth imaging satellites into orbit
FEB 27 To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the SARah 2 and 3 radar Earth imaging satellites into orbit
Quote from: gongora on 01/05/2023 09:17 pm0025-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1439Vandy RTLS, NET mid-February [Feb 11]SARah 2 & 3?
0025-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1439Vandy RTLS, NET mid-February [Feb 11]
Any new news, such as satellites delivered to Vandenberg for launch processing?
Launch TimeNET April, 2023
NextSpaceflight, updated April 17:NET June 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/?page=1&search=spacex updated 8 JuneAugust 2023Not sure if that is based on anything or just doesn't seem soon
All three August Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch slots are spoken for:Aug 8 UTC Starlink 6-20Aug 17 UTC Starlink 7-1late Aug SDA T&TL 0BCross-post:Quote from: spacenuance on 08/11/2023 01:25 pmLatest space news article has this launch still scheduled for late August. SN Space Development Agency shaking up how the military buys satellites [Aug 11]QuoteAnother Falcon 9 had been scheduled to launch 13 more Tranche 0 satellites in June — 10 made by Lockheed Martin and three by York Space — but the mission has been delayed to late August.I think the SARah and WorldView Legion launches are now NET September.🤔
Latest space news article has this launch still scheduled for late August. SN Space Development Agency shaking up how the military buys satellites [Aug 11]QuoteAnother Falcon 9 had been scheduled to launch 13 more Tranche 0 satellites in June — 10 made by Lockheed Martin and three by York Space — but the mission has been delayed to late August.
Another Falcon 9 had been scheduled to launch 13 more Tranche 0 satellites in June — 10 made by Lockheed Martin and three by York Space — but the mission has been delayed to late August.
1794-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1366 from SLC-4ERTLS
FCC filing for this launch has appeared, so it should be coming up soon.Quote from: gongora on 09/04/2023 06:41 pm1794-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1366 from SLC-4ERTLS[NET September 25]
1794-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1366 from SLC-4ERTLS[NET September 25]
Federal Armed Forces start operational use of the satellite-based reconnaissance system SARah with the first satelliteBremen, 5. October 2023 ...The two SARah radar satellites realized by OHB are currently close to completion and will also be launched into their target orbit in the near future. These are based on a further development of the reflector technology of the SAR-Lupe constellation. SAR-Lupe is the Federal Armed Forces' first space-based reconnaissance system and has been operated by OHB System in cooperation with OHB Digital Connect for 15 years.
The launch is not in the next few weeks, I think.
Corrected version: Bundeswehr starts partial operation of the first SARah satellite05.10.2023[...]According to current plans, the two remaining reflector satellites will be launched into space this year to complete the SARah system.