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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : January 30, 2024
« Reply #40 on: 11/20/2023 08:42 pm »
at NAC meeting today, LSP representative said maybe first week of February

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Report on Phys.org: https://phys.org/news/2023-11-nasa-climate-science-spacecraft-pace.html

NASA's PACE spacecraft completed its journey Tuesday, Nov. 14, from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to the Astrotech Spacecraft Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Engineers and technicians arrived ahead of the spacecraft to prepare ground equipment for offloading and processing before fueling and final encapsulation.

PACE, which stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem, is targeted to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early 2024, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will help clarify how the ocean and atmosphere exchange carbon dioxide, improve upon NASA's 20-plus years of global satellite observations of ocean biology and atmospheric aerosols, and continue key measurements related to air quality and climate.

The PACE project is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The agency's Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center, is responsible for managing launch service for the PACE mission.


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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET January 30, 2024
« Reply #42 on: 11/30/2023 05:22 am »
NextSpaceflight (Updated November 30th)
Launch NET February 2024
First Stage LZ-1 Landing (expected given the low mass of the payload)
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/3440
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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET week 1 February 2024
« Reply #43 on: 12/06/2023 06:34 am »
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NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) observatory is inspected and processed on an Aronson Tilt Table in a high bay at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET week 1 February 2024
« Reply #44 on: 12/11/2023 07:01 pm »
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NASA Invites Media to Launch of New Mission to Study Oceans, Clouds
DEC 11, 2023

Media accreditation is open for the upcoming launch of NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud ocean Ecosystem) Earth observing science mission.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Tuesday, Feb. 6, for a Falcon 9 rocket to launch PACE to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : 6 February 2024
« Reply #45 on: 01/03/2024 03:29 pm »
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Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated January 2:
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A Falcon 9 will launch NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite from pad 40 on February 6.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : 6 February 2024
« Reply #46 on: 01/03/2024 04:10 pm »
https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1742593191465869718

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Media was invited to view the NASA PACE satellite (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud,ocean Ecosystem) ahead of final preps for launch. This mission will be collecting an advanced set of climate-relevant data records and has been 20 years in the making.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : 6 February 2024
« Reply #47 on: 01/03/2024 06:33 pm »
https://twitter.com/_mgde_/status/1742629608250360200

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PACE yourself 🛰️

Earlier this morning, members of the media were invited to view NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) spacecraft in a cleanroom environment ahead of fueling and encapsulation before it’s targeted launch date next month.

📸 - @NASASpaceflight

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Re: SpaceX F9 : PACE : CCSFS SLC-40 : 6 February 2024
« Reply #48 on: 01/17/2024 06:12 pm »


https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/1747680179655209381

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Launch is set for an instantaneous liftoff on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 1:30 a.m. EST (0630 UTC) on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

If needed, they have backup opportunities at the same time on subsequent days.
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Does anybody have have an update on which booster will be launching this mission?

TIA

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Which first stage will be used for this launch?
(semi-rhetorical question)

Falcon 9 first stages are now apparently cleared for use up to twenty times for non-crewed launches, although that number is apparently more restricted for Cargo Dragon or Cygnus than these other payloads.

1064.6 and 1065.6 are the Falcon Heavy side boosters for Europa Clipper.

1072.1 and 1086.1 are assigned as the side boosters for GOES-U.  1083.1 is reserved for Crew-8.

1073.13 and 1076.11 may undergo modifications to become Falcon Heavy side boosters for a future launch, but both are currently available for "single-stick" launches.

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1060.18  Sep 24
1078.7    Dec 3
1081.4    Dec 19
1069.13  Dec 29
1076.11  Jan 3
1067.17  Jan 7
1073.13  Jan 15 (maybe)

Edit February 4: It's B1081.4, skipping over B1060.18 and B1078.7.  This is a high-profile Earth sciences mission and NASA may prefer a lower-use first stage over a higher-use first stage.
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Does anybody have have an update on which booster will be launching this mission?
For most Falcon 9 launches, us enthusiasts do not know booster assignments before circa 24 to 48 hours before launch, when SpaceX publishes that launch's vital information on its website.

Exceptions are when the assignment is mentioned in a press briefing, or the hardware is identified during transport to the pad's HIF.
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Cross-post:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/pace/2024/01/29/nasas-pace-spacecraft-mated-to-payload-adapter/
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PACE is set to launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:33 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
= 06:33 UTC
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🛰🚀The PACE is set!

The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem spacecraft is #KeepingPACE and has been attached to the playload adapter. Next up - encapsulation! The mission will improve tracking plankton in the water & particles in the clouds

➡️ http://go.nasa.gov/3SjOAaC

https://twitter.com/NASA_LSP/status/1752732291363701075

(Including additional picture from NASA KSC Flickr)
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https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-sets-coverage-for-ocean-atmosphere-climate-mission/

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NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for its upcoming mission to study how our oceans and atmosphere interact in a changing climate.

Launch of the PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission is targeted for 1:33 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 6, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Once in orbit above Earth, PACE will shed light on the impact of tiny things – microscopic life in water and microscopic particles in the air.

Live launch coverage will begin at 12:45 a.m., Feb. 6, on NASA+, NASA Television, and the agency’s website. Full coverage of this mission including prelaunch activities is as follows (all times Eastern):

Sunday, Feb. 4

9:15 a.m. – NASA Social Panel livestream at NASA Kennedy. Watch live on YouTube, Facebook and X social media channels.

11 a.m. – PACE Science Briefing on NASA+

Monday, Feb. 5

8 a.m. – NASA EDGE will host the PACE rollout show. The rollout show will air live on NASA+, NASA TV, and YouTube.

9 a.m. – PACE Prelaunch News Conference on NASA+ and NASA TV with the following participants:

     NASA Associate Administrator Jim Free
     Karen St. Germain, director, Earth Science Division, NASA
     Tim Dunn, senior launch director, Launch Services Program, NASA
     Julianna Scheiman, director, Civil Satellite Missions, SpaceX
     Brian Cizek, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, U.S. Space Force

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https://twitter.com/nasa_lsp/status/1753072526211846449

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🛰🚀Sealed and soon to be delivered!

The PACE spacecraft is encapsulated in the fairings of a SpaceX Falcon 9. Instruments on board will study plankton in the ocean and aerosols in clouds. Launch is targeted for 1:33am on Feb. 6 from @SLDelta45 in FL!

➡️ https://blogs.nasa.gov/pace/

https://blogs.nasa.gov/pace/2024/02/01/pace-spacecraft-encapsulated-in-payload-fairing/

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PACE Spacecraft Encapsulated in Payload Fairing

NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) spacecraft is now safely encapsulated in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 payload fairings.

The fairing halves protect the spacecraft from aerodynamic pressure and heating during the ascent phase of launch. Approximately three minutes after liftoff, the halves are jettisoned and return to Earth.

Upcoming milestones for PACE include payload integration to the Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the vehicle rolling out to the pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

PACE will extend and improve upon NASA’s more than 20 years of global satellite observations of our living ocean, atmospheric aerosols, and clouds from its destination in a sun-synchronous, polar orbit. Its instruments will observe and measure how ocean ecosystems interact with the atmosphere in a changing climate.

The PACE project is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The agency’s Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center, is responsible for managing the launch service for the PACE mission. 

Liftoff is targeted for no earlier than 1:33 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Author Jamie Groh
Posted on February 1, 2024
Categories Kennedy Space Center, Launch Services Program, NASA, NASA Goddard, PACETags aerosol, algae, Astrotech Spaceflight Operations, climate, cloud, Earth, Falcon 9, Goddard Space Flight Center, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Services Program, LSP, ocean Ecosystem, PACE, plankton, SpaceX

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NASA and SpaceX technicians safely encapsulate NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) spacecraft in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 payload fairings on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The fairing halves protect the spacecraft from aerodynamic pressure and heating during the ascent phase of launch. PACE is set to launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida no earlier than 1:33 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.

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Another East coast SSO RTLS mission.

These are amazing to watch, it's a crazy capability of the F9.
Wildly optimistic prediction, Superheavy recovery on IFT-4 or IFT-5

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🚀Flight Readiness Review complete! 

The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will study tiny particles like phytoplankton and aerosols and their impact on climate.
Launch is set for 1:33 a.m. EST, Feb 6 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from FL.   http://blogs.nasa.gov/pace/

https://twitter.com/NASA_LSP/status/1753173502541049953
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No NGA notices yet, but the FAA ATCSCC Current Operations Plan Advisory now has:

Quote from: NGA
SPACE X F9 PACE (X1817), CCSFS/KSC, FL
PRIMARY:        02/06/24                0625Z-0708Z
BACKUP(S):      02/07/24-02/12/24       0625Z-0708Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp

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