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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1280 on: 02/21/2024 12:08 am »
Cross-post; see this thread for discussion:
MINISTRY OF TOURISM, INVESTMENTS & AVIATION SECURES HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH SPACEX TO PROPEL BAHAMAS INTO THE SPACE TECHNOLOGY & TOURISM FRONTIER
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SpaceX, a pioneer in space exploration, is currently finalizing mission designs where one of the company’s autonomous drone ships will serve as a Falcon 9 landing location east of The Exumas, offering a spectacle that will be visible only in The Bahamas. This unique opportunity sets the stage for tourists to witness awe-inspiring space events from cruise ships, resorts, and various tourist hotspots, solidifying The Bahamas' position as a key player in the emerging space tourism industry.

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In the attached Google Maps the red circle is Exumas, so the landing zone would be the area east of that (in orange).  Currently, Starlink launches from the Cape have to do a right dog leg to avoid a Bahamas flyover.  With this agreement, a flyover would allow a straight ground track (and possibly save fuel by eliminating the Delta-V?)

The first use of the new landing zone.

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45440.msg2569679#msg2569679
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1281 on: 02/22/2024 07:42 pm »
Is Falcon 9 version that fly now still "v1.2 FT Block 5"?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1282 on: 02/25/2024 11:26 pm »
Is Falcon 9 version that fly now still "v1.2 FT Block 5"?

Yes although the continue to tweak the vehicle so recent ones aren't the same as early Block 5s.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1283 on: 02/29/2024 06:03 am »
Near-term not-Starlink launch schedule; also noting LC-39A use:

✅️ Crew Dragon Crew-8 (Mar 4 3, LC-39A)

✅️ Transporter-10 (Mar 4, SLC-4E)

✅️ Starlink 6-44 (Mar 16 13, LC-39A)

✅️ Cargo Dragon SpX-30 (Mar 21 12 15, SLC-40)

✅️ Starlink 6-42 (Mar 23/24 21 22/23, LC-39A)

✅️ Eutelsat 36D (Mar 30 late 29/, LC-39A SLC-40)

Bandwagon-1 (Apr 7 1 3 7 early?, LC-39A SLC-40)

Galileo L12 (FM25 & FM27) (Apr 22, SLC-40)

USSF-62 (Apr NET late Mar, SLC-4E)

WorldView Legion Flight 1 (NET Apr Q2, SLC-4E)

EarthCARE (May, SLC-4E)

GOES-U (Jun 25 NET May, LC-39A)

Astranis Block 2 (midyear, SLC-40)

Polaris Dawn (summer, LC-39A?)



With SpX-30 conditionally confirmed at SLC-40, LC-39A is open to Starlink launches after Crew-8 through March and, perhaps, early April, before reconfiguration for Falcon Heavy and GOES-U in May.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1284 on: 02/29/2024 06:34 am »
Near-term not-Starlink launch schedule; also noting LC-39A use:

Crew Dragon Crew-8 (Mar 3, LC-39A)

Transporter-10 (Mar 4, SLC-4E)

Cargo Dragon SpX-30 (Mar 12, SLC-40)

USSF-62 (NET late Mar, SLC-4E)

WorldView Legion Flight 1 (NET Apr, SLC-4E)

GOES-U (NET May, LC-39A)

Astranis Block 2 (midyear, SLC-40)

Polaris Dawn (summer, LC-39A?)

Also:

Galileo L12 (FM25 & FM27) (Apr 22, SLC-40)

EarthCARE (May, SLC-4E)

GSAT-20 / GSAT-N2 (Q2, presumably SLC-40)

Turksat 6A (July 8 Midyear, presumably SLC-40)

AST SpaceMobile BlueBird Block 1 (Q3 Q2, presumably SLC-40)

Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (Q3 Midyear, SLC-4E)

Nusantara Lima (5) (Midyear, presumably SLC-40)

Astra 1P / SES-24 (Summer, presumably SLC-40)
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1285 on: 03/01/2024 12:38 pm »
That’s a lot of Starlink launches:

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1763513405564969280

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1286 on: 03/22/2024 08:41 pm »
GRACE-C – German-US-American environmental mission has been extended

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Twenty-two years later, the German Space Agency at DLR and NASA have extended this highly successful mission for the second time with GRACE-C, which succeeds GRACE Follow-On (GRACE-FO).

The 'C' stands for 'Continuity', which recognises the consistency of the measurement series of these environmental missions.

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The launch of the new GRACE-C satellite pair is scheduled for 2028, on board a Falcon 9 rocket from the US company SpaceX.

US, Germany Partnering on Mission to Track Earth's Water Movement

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The mission will be composed of a pair of identical satellites flying one behind the other, roughly 60 to 190 miles (100 to 300 kilometers) apart, in a polar orbit. The spacecraft will fly at an altitude of roughly 300 miles (500 kilometers).

According to Gunter’s each of the GRACE-FO satellites has a mass of 580 kg.
At a combined mass of ~1200 kg, isn’t it likely that the GRACE-C satellites will fly on a Transporter mission, rather than a dedicated launch?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1287 on: 03/22/2024 08:53 pm »
According to Gunter’s each of the GRACE-FO satellites has a mass of 580 kg.
At a combined mass of ~1200 kg, isn’t it likely that the GRACE-C satellites will fly on a Transporter mission, rather than a dedicated launch?

The GRACE satellites aren't in SSO

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1288 on: 03/22/2024 09:10 pm »
According to Gunter’s each of the GRACE-FO satellites has a mass of 580 kg.
At a combined mass of ~1200 kg, isn’t it likely that the GRACE-C satellites will fly on a Transporter mission, rather than a dedicated launch?

The GRACE satellites aren't in SSO

The inclination for a 500 km SSO is 97.4 degrees.  (I read the GRACE inclination as 98 deg, but it’s really 89 deg, ever so slightly prograde.)
GRACE-FO was launched on a (gasp!) expendable Falcon 9 with a 5 co-manifested Irridium-Next satellites. 
I guess technically a rideshare to a nearly Sun synchronous orbit isn’t a “Transporter”
Thanks for helping me notice that.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1289 on: 03/22/2024 09:26 pm »
This one says the Germans were responsible for the launch contract again, which I would guess increases the chance of a rideshare if they can find an appropriate partner.

https://grace.jpl.nasa.gov/news/154/us-germany-partnering-on-mission-to-track-earths-water-movement/
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The German contributions are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The German Space Agency at DLR will manage the German contributions to GRACE-C, providing the LRI optics subsystems; mission operations; telemetry, tracking, and command; the ground data system; the laser retroreflectors to help with satellite positioning; the launch vehicle; and launch services.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1290 on: 03/23/2024 03:58 am »
This one says the Germans were responsible for the launch contract again, which I would guess increases the chance of a rideshare if they can find an appropriate partner.
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IIRC, Iridium still has 6 Iridium NEXT ground spares.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1291 on: 03/23/2024 01:41 pm »
This one says the Germans were responsible for the launch contract again, which I would guess increases the chance of a rideshare if they can find an appropriate partner.
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IIRC, Iridium still has 6 Iridium NEXT ground spares.

I thought they only had one left?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1292 on: 03/23/2024 06:36 pm »
This one says the Germans were responsible for the launch contract again, which I would guess increases the chance of a rideshare if they can find an appropriate partner.
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IIRC, Iridium still has 6 Iridium NEXT ground spares.

I thought they only had one left?

Ok, I stand corrected. There is only one Iridium NEXT ground spare left. However if Iridium wants to get it to orbit, a rideshare with the GRACE-C mission seems the way to go.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1293 on: 03/23/2024 08:50 pm »
I'm curious what Starlink group SpaceX will choose to launch from Florida after 6-47.

Continue with group 6?

Start in with group 7?

Or interleaving groups?

And, of course, there's the offshore Exuma Island option for group 7. 🏝

And, how long will there be access to LC-39A before the GOES-U launch campaign begins?
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1294 on: 03/26/2024 02:50 pm »
I'm curious what Starlink group SpaceX will choose to launch from Florida after 6-47.
After 6-45.

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Continue with group 6?

Start in with group 7?

Or interleaving groups?
Interleaving groups?

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And, of course, there's the offshore Exuma Island option for group 7. 🏝
Yep!

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And, how long will there be access to LC-39A before the GOES-U launch campaign begins?
Through the end of May, presumably.
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/news/nasa-spacex-target-new-launch-date-noaa-weather-satellite
[Mar 26]
NASA, SpaceX Target New Launch Date for NOAA Weather Satellite

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting Tuesday, June 25, for the launch of GOES-U, the fourth and final satellite in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series. The new launch date allows time for teams to fully repair and test the Falcon Heavy core booster after a liquid oxygen leak was identified during routine new booster testing in February. NASA and SpaceX teams have resumed preparation of the GOES-U launch. GOES-U will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NOAA oversees the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA office, managing the ground system, operating the satellites, and distributing their data to users worldwide. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center manages the acquisition of the spacecraft and instruments and also built the Magnetometer instrument for GOES-T and GOES-U. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center manages the launch services for the GOES missions. Lockheed Martin designs, builds, and tests the GOES-R series satellites. L3Harris Technologies provides the primary instrument, the Advanced Baseline Imager, along with the ground system, which includes the antenna system for data reception.
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1295 on: 04/01/2024 02:02 pm »
SpaceX Falcon 9/dragon overview as of Apr 1, 2024

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1774797029790646383

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1774797035620757679

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1774797040574246933

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1774797121658462646

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1774797127522111696

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1774797044839776516



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#SpaceX's #Falcon9 & #FalconHeavy flightworthy boosters overview as of Apr 1, 2024

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Statistics of #SpaceX's #Falcon9 & #FalconHeavy booster missions as of Apr 1, 2024

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#SpaceX's #Dragon2 fleet overview as of Apr 1, 2024

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@elonmusk's 144 launches plan as of Apr 1, 2024

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#SpaceX's #Starlink missions as of Apr 1, 2024

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#SpaceX launches of March 2024
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1296 on: 04/11/2024 09:34 pm »
Near-term not-Starlink launch schedule; also noting LC-39A use:

✅️ Bandwagon-1 (Apr 7, LC-39A)

✅️ USSF-62 (Apr 11, SLC-4E)

✅️ Starlink 6-51 (Apr 17, LC-39A)

WorldView Legion Flight 1 (Apr TBD mid 17, SLC-4E)

Starlink 6-53 (Apr 22, LC-39A)

Galileo L12 (FM25 & FM27) (Apr 28 H2, LC-39A or SLC-40)

<Starlink (LC-39A)>

EarthCARE (May, SLC-4E)

GOES-U (Jun 25, LC-39A)

GSAT-20 / GSAT-N2 (Q2, presumably SLC-40)

Turksat 6A (July 8, presumably SLC-40)

Astranis Block 2 (midyear, SLC-40)

Nusantara Lima (5) (midyear, presumably SLC-40)

Polaris Dawn (summer, LC-39A?)

Astra 1P / SES-24 (summer, presumably SLC-40)

AST SpaceMobile BlueBird Block 1 (Q3, presumably SLC-40)

Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (Q3, SLC-4E)

Edited through April
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1297 on: 04/12/2024 04:55 pm »
Here are a couple NGA Space Debris notices that I don't know what they are. They are not necessarily related to each other, though they came out around 15 minutes apart. I don't know whether either or both are even SpaceX.

The first is Vandy.  The second is in the Eastern North Pacific running from well off the coast of California up to off the coast of British Columbia.

Quote from: NGA
120940Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 248/24(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1830Z TO 1924Z DAILY 17 THRU 23 APR
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-42.00N 120-43.00W, 34-42.00N 120-28.00W,
   34-30.00N 120-28.00W, 33-41.00N 120-53.00W,
   31-26.00N 121-51.00W, 31-15.00N 122-04.00W,
   31-15.00N 122-34.00W, 31-45.00N 122-37.00W,
   32-01.00N 122-24.00W, 33-51.00N 121-11.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 232024Z APR 24.//
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120954Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 249/24(17,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1958Z TO 2046Z DAILY 17 THRU 23 APR
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-33.00N 146-18.00W, 34-06.00N 143-55.00W,
   51-12.00N 138-08.00W, 51-39.00N 141-17.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 232146Z APR 24.//

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1298 on: 04/12/2024 05:01 pm »
Here are a couple NGA Space Debris notices that I don't know what they are. They are not necessarily related to each other, though they came out around 15 minutes apart. I don't know whether either or both are even SpaceX.

The first is Vandy.  The second is in the Eastern North Pacific running from well off the coast of California up to off the coast of British Columbia.

WorldView Legion 1 & 2, those match a SSO trajectory
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Reply #1299 on: 04/13/2024 04:47 am »
Another F9 (either 1060 or 1061) will fly for the 20th time next week.


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Another one next week!
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