Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Psyche - KSC LC-39A - 13 October 2023 (14:19 UTC)  (Read 191582 times)

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https://twitter.com/_mgde_/status/1712869150601691241

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A tango of 27 Merlins.

This @CanonUSAimaging 80D and lens battled the onslaught of torrential rain and thunderstorms for two days - survived to photograph Falcon Heavy embarking on its battle with Earth’s gravity.

Psyche is on its way!

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https://twitter.com/spacebrandonb/status/1712850776769347761

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Beating Friday the 13th, Falcon Heavy punched through the clouds beginning an interplanetary journey to unlock the mysteries of the early solar system

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I heard you guys are a fan of the center core throttle down! In that case, have even more!!

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https://twitter.com/trevormahlmann/status/1712885779913941163

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Falcon Heavy launches Psyche🚀

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Forgive me if this was mentioned before.  Did the second stage perform a disposal burn after spacecraft separation, so as to keep it from interfering with Psyche?  Or is venting residuals enough?
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https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1712911383329669409

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Grateful to SpaceX for the opportunity to set cameras at Landing Zone 1 for today’s Falcon Heavy launch and booster landings.

Rain got the best of me (and most of us) with neither of my two cameras producing usable imagery. Live, learn, improve, and onto the next one 🤙

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KSC-20231013-PH-CSH01_001


NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, soars into the sky after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A in Florida at 10:19 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. This daytime long exposure photo was taken from Kennedy’s Press Site near the historic countdown clock. The Psyche mission will study a metal-rich asteroid with the same name, located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This is NASA’s first mission to study an asteroid that has more metal than rock or ice. Riding with Psyche is a pioneering technology demonstration – NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) experiment – which will be the first test of laser communications beyond the Moon. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston
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https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1712934888285110321

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Slo-mo video of Falcon Heavy launching off the pad

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Launch today of NASA’s Psyche mission on Falcon Heavy:



Psyche deployment:

« Last Edit: 10/13/2023 10:14 pm by Star One »

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Quite an angle on the booster as it comes in to land:

https://twitter.com/johnpisaniphoto/status/1712954153876553999

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What goes up eventually comes back down. If you're a Falcon 9, you're likely landing somewhere. And if you're the #Psyche spacecraft, you've just embarked on a ~2.2 billion-mile journey to the main asteroid belt for science and discovery—two pillars of NASA's mission.

Congratulations to @NASA & @MissionToPsyche for persevering along the long and winding road to launch. You've made it! May you have fair winds and following seas on your cosmic journey.

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A Highlights video prepared by JPL

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Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Psyche - 39A - July 2022
« Reply #432 on: 10/14/2023 03:24 am »
How did the mission go from "Hell No preflown boosters" to  "Sure, three prior flights is OK"?

I probably missed a memo, could someone point it out to me?

And what about GewoonLukas question about new nosecones on side boosters?

SpaceX particularly noting launch vehicle reliability required

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1233502921469370368

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Falcon Heavy will launch @NASAPsyche! The mission, for which @NASA requires the highest level of launch vehicle reliability, will study a metal asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to help humanity better understand the formation of our solar system’s planets go.nasa.gov/2VCFdap

Edit to add: interesting ...

https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/1233507408502251521

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NASA says the launch of Psyche will NOT utilize previously-flown boosters on the Falcon Heavy.

Falcon Heavy has arrived at the pad (NSF Spacecoast Live View)

Again, new nosecones for B1064 and B1065 (also happened on ViaSat-3 Americas and EchoStar XXIV / Jupiter-3). Are there some reusability issues with the Falcon Heavy nosecones?

Edit to add: SpaceX' "Falcon Heavy in the hangar at LC-39A" Tweet / X Post shows soot on the nosecones, indicating they've flown before.
« Last Edit: 10/14/2023 03:27 am by markbike528cbx »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Psyche - 39A - July 2022
« Reply #433 on: 10/14/2023 03:30 am »
How did the mission go from "Hell No preflown boosters" to  "Sure, three prior flights is OK"?
SpaceX flew a lot of reused boosters.  A lot.  When you’re flying 15th flights of boosters routinely three seems mundane.
« Last Edit: 10/14/2023 03:30 am by abaddon »

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Second launch this year direct to solar orbit, and the first from the U.S.  The other launch was JUICE by Ariane 5 VA-260 during April. 

There have only been 15 direct to heliocentric launches during the past 10 years, by the following vehicles.

Atlas 5  (5)
Ariane 5 (2)
Falcon Heavy (2)
H-2A (2)
Delta 4 Heavy (1)
Proton (1)
CZ-5B (1)
Falcon 9 (1)
 
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« Last Edit: 10/14/2023 03:32 pm by edkyle99 »

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Here is the launch as broadcast on NASA UHD encoded in AV1. Starts at T minus 1 minute and ends shortly after booster separation.

(rename to .webm to view in any modern browser)
« Last Edit: 10/14/2023 05:37 am by jackvancouver »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Psyche - 39A - July 2022
« Reply #436 on: 10/14/2023 05:56 am »
I probably missed a memo, could someone point it out to me?

It’s been a gradual process as SpaceX has reused more times and NASA has analysed more data.

So there have been multiple statements by NASA over the last couple of years or so. They will all have been posted on the relevant mission threads, which are linked from the manifest thread:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43418.msg1702572#msg1702572

You might find some posts on the older customer views of reuse thread:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42685.0

Here’s a story on when NASA first announced Dragons and boosters could be reused for crewed missions:

https://spacenews.com/nasa-to-allow-reuse-of-crew-dragon-spacecraft-and-boosters/

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Parking orbit appears to have been 797 x 157 km inclined 30 degrees:

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CelesTrak has GP data for 2 objects from the launch (2023-157) of Psyche atop a Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral on Oct 13 at 1419 UTC: https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/10/13/falcon-heavy-launches-nasas-psyche-asteroid-probe/. Data for the launch can be found at: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/table.php?INTDES=2023-157.

https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1713095963261518255
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In his Stop Press edition of Jonathan's Space Report, Jonathan McDowell wrote the following.

"The second stage reignited at 1513 UTC to reach an Earth escape trajectory of 794 x -36991 km x 30.1 deg.  Coasting on this hyperbola, Psyche and rocket stage will leave the Earth's gravitational sphere of influence on Oct 16 and enter a 1.0 x 2.5 AU x  1.1 deg solar orbit en route to a Mars flyby in 2026."

I wonder if anyone can explain the nomenclature here, specifically the "-36991 km" on a hyperbolic trajectory. 

 - Ed Kyle
« Last Edit: 10/14/2023 02:52 pm by edkyle99 »

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In his Stop Press edition of Jonathan's Space Report, Jonathan McDowell wrote the following.

"The second stage reignited at 1513 UTC to reach an Earth escape trajectory of 794 x -36991 km x 30.1 deg.  Coasting on this hyperbola, Psyche and rocket stage will leave the Earth's gravitational sphere of influence on Oct 16 and enter a 1.0 x 2.5 AU x  1.1 deg solar orbit en route to a Mars flyby in 2026."

I wonder if anyone can explain the nomenclature here, specifically the "-36991 km" on a hyperbolic trajectory. 

 - Ed Kyle

This page has a fairly good explanation.  It is from Bryan Weber's notes for a course he taught at the University of Connecticut.

https://orbital-mechanics.space/the-orbit-equation/hyperbolic-trajectories.html

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Notice that the distance to apoapsis is negative, since e > 1. This is how we determine that the apoapsis lies on the virtual trajectory, to the right of the occupied trajectory.

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