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Discussion thread for SpaceX's Transporter 8 dedicated rideshare flight.

Discussion thread for SpaceX Rideshare Program

Successfully launched June 12, 2023, at 21:35 UTC (2:35 pm PDT), on Falcon 9 (booster 1071-9) to SSO from Vandenberg.  The first stage successfully landed, performing a Return To Launch Site on LZ-4.



72 total

Exolaunch (32 sats)
   AFR-1 (ABA First Runner) (80kg, Azista BST Aerospace, India)
   AII-DELTA (6U?, Aurora Insight?)
   Ayris-1/2 (2x ?, ?)
   DROID.001 (32kg microsat, Turion Space)
   EIVE (6U, U. of Stuttgart)
   GEI-SAT (16U, Satlantis)
   Grégoire (100kg, Aerospacelab)
   ICEYE 23/25/26/30 (4x microsat, two for ICEYE US)
   MuSat-1 (59kg, Muon Space)
   Spire (one for Ororatech)
      LEMUR 2 EMBRIONOVIS (6U, )
      LEMUR 2 NAZIYAH (6U, )
      LEMUR 2 AADAM-ALIYAH (6U, )
   NewSat 40-43 (4x microsat, Satellogic)
   SpaceBee 168-179 (12x .25U, Swarm)

D-Orbit ION SCV-011 Savvy Simon
   Alba Orbital Cluster 7 (6 total)
      Istanbul (1P, Hello Space) (deployed)
      MRC-100 (3P, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary) (deployed)
      URESAT-1 (1.5P, URE/AMSAT-EA, Spain) (deployed)
      ROM-2 (1P, RomSpace, Romania) (deployed)
      SATLLA-2I (2P, Ariel University) (deployed)
      Unicorn-2I (3P, Alba Orbital) (deployed)
   EPICHyper2 (Dragonette 2) (6U, AAC Clydespace for Wyvern)
   Outpost Mission 1 (3U, Outpost Technologies) (deployed)
   SpeiSat (“Guardian of Hope”) (3U, Vatican/Italy) (deployed)
   Kelpie-2 (3U, AAC Clyde Space for ORBCOMM)
   [undisclosed satellite, probably ELO-4, 6U, Eutelsat]
   (hosted) NaviLEOTM (SpacePNT, GNSS receiver)
   (hosted) ODIN-DU1 (ODIN Space, sensor for small space debris)
   (hosted) UKRI SWIMMR-1 (radiation monitor for space weather monitoring)

Launcher Orbiter SN3 (wet mass witih payloads 223kg) (had attitude control issues and failed early, deployed some payloads early with excessive rotation rates)
   MDQSAT-1C/1D (2x .5U?, Innova Space, Argentina) (deployed)
   Otter Pup (microsat, Starfish Space) (deployed)
   Pleiades-Squared (1U, Bronco Space, Cal Poly Pomona) (deployed)
   (hosted payload) Nightingale 1 (Cesium Astro, Ka-band comm system computer)
   (hosted payload) TRL11-SN3-Demo (TRL11, cubesat deployer)
   (hosted payload) Remora (Millenium Space Systems, GNC system)

W-Series 1 (Winnebago-1) (Varda Space, on Photon bus with reentry capsule)

Maverick
   GHOSt-3 (microsat, Orbital Sidekick)
   FOSSASat FEROX (4x 1.5U?, FOSSA Systems) (IoT) (PlatziSat-1 (Platzi) is another name for one of the FEROX)
   MISR-A-1 (6U, DoD)
   MISR-B-2 (MISR-D?) (6U, DoD)
   Tiger-4 (6U, OQ Technologies) (IoT)
   Tomorrow-R2 (85kg, Tomorrow.io)
   AFRL-XVI (12U, AFRL/Viasat)

Lockheed Martin
   Blackjack Aces 1-4 (?kg microsat, DARPA)

HOTSAT-1 (?kg, Sat Vu)
QPS-SAR-6/AMATERU-III (microsat, iQPS, Japan)
Runner-1/FASat-Delta (90kb, Chilean AF/ISI, Chile/Israel)

Skykraft-3 (5 satellites, 300kg total)
   (Cyanosat hosted payload)

(MWIR Pathfinder) = HOTSAT-1?
(LAYAN-23) = Tiger-4?


Removed:
[? (?U, Endurosat, with Rogue hosted payload) (one of the unknown sats?)]
Earth Observant Inc. demo sat
Momentus Vigoride 7
   TROOP-F2 (6U, NearSpace Launch)
ISILaunch
   SpIRIT (6U, Australia)
Space Machines Optimus OTV
Geometric 2 (@GeometricEnergy) (0811-EX-CN-2022 permit not approved yet)
   MOXY-1 (6U)
   NOCLIP-1 (6U) (@NOCLIPTOKEN)
C R Y P T O 3 (?U, C r y p t o Sat, filed through Germany)
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : April 2023
« Reply #1 on: 05/20/2022 05:27 pm »
Space Machines Readies For Liftoff Securing launch Services Deal With SpaceX

Space Machines Company (SMC), the Australian in-space transportation and  logistics startup, today announced it has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner to carry its Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) to space as part of its April 2023 mission. SMC's Optimus OTV is one of the largest commercial spacecraft designed and manufactured in Australia. It is a testament to the innovation of Australia's space tech sector and the sovereign capability being built by SMC.
The 2023 mission will demonstrate the 270 kg Optimus OTV’s ability to deliver in-space logistics services and will reinforce SMC’s strategy as a last-mile delivery services provider. The 2023 mission will also see SMC deploy solutions for foundation customers..

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : April 2023
« Reply #2 on: 05/26/2022 10:52 pm »
SAT-LOA-20220526-00055
Turion Space Corp., DROID.001 satellite with HEO Robotics payload to image space objects (satellites/debris).  Nanoavionics 42U  bus.  32kg. Launch integrator is Exolaunch.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : April 2023
« Reply #3 on: 06/01/2022 06:29 am »
Orbiter SN1 is launching on Falcon 9 and I presume Orbiter SN2 to SN4 will do the same.

"Orbiter SN1   October 1, 2022 (Full)
Orbiter SN2   January 1, 2023 (Selling Capacity)
Orbiter SN3   April 1, 2023 (Selling Capacity)
Orbiter SN4   October 1, 2023 (Selling Capacity)"

https://newspaceglobal.com/launcher-announces-customers-for-orbiters-inaugural-flight/
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : April 2023
« Reply #4 on: 07/22/2022 05:27 am »
"A satellite designed and built by the University of Melbourne will launch in April 2023 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Officially called the Space Industry Responsive Intelligent Thermal (SpIRIT), it is the first Australian spacecraft granted funding by the Australian Space Agency."

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/satellites/5534-australian-satellite-to-launch-with-spacex-in-april-2023
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #5 on: 08/26/2022 10:35 pm »
Turion Space licensed to sell commercial SSA data [dated Aug. 25]

Quote from: SpaceNews
California startup Turion Space said Aug. 24 it has secured U.S. regulatory approval to sell space situational awareness (SSA) services from its first satellite next year.

SpaceX is slated to fly the venture’s Droid.001 satellite May 15 on a Falcon 9 rideshare mission, Turion Space CEO Ryan Westerdahl said in an interview.

https://exolaunch.com/news-block-54.html
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #6 on: 09/14/2022 10:49 pm »
Earth Observant Inc (EOI Space) Inks Deal with SpaceX

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EOI’s first satellite, a technology demonstrator, is manifested to launch in 2023 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  This demonstration mission will allow EOI to test and validate its technology, ensuring the satellite’s configuration and operational parameters meet the desired mission applications.  Providing imagery at a 15 cm (6-inch) ground sample distance will enable EOI to deliver worldwide high-resolution imagery and location data in a timely manner, never previously seen from commercial satellites.

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EOI is manifested to launch on board SpaceX’s Transporter-8 rideshare mission, which will liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #7 on: 09/22/2022 01:11 pm »
Satellite Vu signs second SpaceX launch contract to accelerate deployment of thermal monitoring capabilities from space

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The deal follows on from their first deal signed with SpaceX in February, which will launch the first of Satellite Vu’s planned constellation of satellites in May 2023; meeting the urgent demand from businesses for data that can assist the energy transition.

Basically, Satellite Vu announced today that their second satellite will launch on Transporter-10, but the press release also mentions that the first satellite (which was originally expected to launch on Transporter-7) was now scheduled for May 2023 (meaning Transporter-8).

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #8 on: 10/26/2022 11:33 am »
Based on this:

SpaceX will the launching the Kanyini cubesat on a 2023 Transporter mission.

https://www.isispace.nl/news/south-australias-first-satellite-kanyini-booked-to-blast-off-in-2023/

"Under the Launch Services Agreement, Myriota has booked a spot for South Australia’s home-grown satellite to blast off on a SpaceX Transporter mission in 2023."

Combined with this from April:

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It’s expected Kanyini will be launched in early 2023.

And the fact that we know ISILaunch will be on Transporter-8 based on the SpiRIT payload announcement, I'm assuming for now that Kanyini is also on this mission.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #9 on: 10/26/2022 02:17 pm »
I think for these Transporter threads I may start listing stuff under "Possible Payloads" on the first flight they could be on, then just slip them to later flights as needed.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #10 on: 11/01/2022 09:23 pm »
Cross-post:

It turns out that Optimus-1 was remanifested to launch on Transporter-8:

Arianespace partners with Australian space tug startup [dated Oct. 31]

Quote from: SpaceNews
Optimus-1, SMC’s first 270-kilogram space tug, is slated to make its debut in the second quarter of 2023 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission to low Earth orbit (LEO).

After separating from the rocket, Optimus-1 is due to carry Australian customer payloads to their final orbital destinations as it gains flight qualification.

SMC has not released technical details for Optimus-1, which was originally due to launch in 2022 on a small launch vehicle being developed by Gilmour Space, another Australian startup.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #12 on: 11/25/2022 06:13 am »
https://www.geekwire.com/2022/starfish-space-satellite-docking-orbit/

The relevant text from the article.

"The plan calls for sending up the Otter Pup, which is about the size of a microwave oven, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as a piggyback payload that’s mounted onto Launcher Space’s Orbiter space tug. The operation would be part of SpaceX’s Transporter-8 mission, which is currently due to launch an assortment of payloads in the April-May time frame." [Nov 9]
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Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #13 on: 11/30/2022 11:16 pm »
OroraTech raises funding for additional thermal mapping satellites [dated Nov. 30]

Quote from: SpaceNews
Thomas Grübler, chief executive of OroraTech, said in an interview that second satellite is slated for launch in May 2023 on a SpaceX Transporter rideshare mission and, like the first, is being developed in cooperation with Spire.

OroraTech’s first satellite launched in January on another SpaceX Transporter mission to demonstrate the company’s thermal infrared camera.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #14 on: 12/08/2022 02:26 am »
Tomorrow-R1 (weather radar)
2020-EX-ST-2022
85kg, built by Astro Digital with Corvus-XL bus

Tomorrow-R2 on this flight

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #15 on: 12/31/2022 12:21 am »
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20221230005194/en/Momentus-Celebrating-a-Year-of-Progress-with-More-to-Come-in-2023
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In addition, technology development to support Rendezvous and Proximity Operations has advanced, including a successful design review in October with Momentus’ technology partners. The team is looking forward to a flight demonstration with Vigoride-7 targeted to launch on the SpaceX Transporter-8 mission, slated for June 2023. Rendezvous and Proximity Operations will enable future Vigoride vehicles to interact with other objects in space, paving the way for a next-generation reusable OSV and in-space services such as debris removal, end-of-life de-orbit, relocation, and mission enhancement.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #16 on: 01/12/2023 03:34 pm »
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230111005988/en/Momentus-to-Deliver-FOSSA-Systems-Next-Generation-Satellites-to-Orbit

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Momentus Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTS) ("Momentus" or the "Company"), a U.S. commercial space company that offers transportation and other in-space infrastructure services, has signed a contract with FOSSA Systems ("FOSSA"), a Spanish company that offers global low-power Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and in-space services through its satellite constellation, to place its latest generation of satellites, FOSSASat FEROX, into low-Earth orbit on two Vigoride Orbital Service Vehicle missions starting in 2023.

The first group of FOSSA's next-generation satellites is slated to launch on a Vigoride Orbital Service Vehicle on the SpaceX Transporter-8 mission no earlier than June 2023. This mission will demonstrate the satellites’ new design features and act as a demonstration for a second batch of satellites expected to launch onboard a follow-on Vigoride vehicle on a later SpaceX Transporter mission, kicking off the deployment of a new constellation of FOSSA satellites.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : May 2023
« Reply #17 on: 01/12/2023 03:46 pm »
Given the slips to T6 and T7, June would still be a surprise to me

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : NET June 2023
« Reply #18 on: 01/19/2023 01:31 am »
https://twitter.com/VardaSpace/status/1615865649003102213
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The world's 1st manufacturing satellite and re-entry vehicle getting ready with our partner @RocketLab for our launch in June on Transporter-8

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-8 Rideshare : NET June 2023
« Reply #19 on: 01/26/2023 03:05 pm »
Varda 1751-EX-ST-2022
Iridium    0181-EX-ST-2023

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Iridium Satellite LLC (“Iridium”) requests special temporary authority (“STA”) for a period of one-hundred eighty days, between April 1, 2023 and September 30, 2023, to transmit in the 1618.725–1626.5 MHz band from its space stations to the Winnebago-1 satellite and return capsule operated by Varda Space Industries, Inc. (“Varda”). Iridium requests that the STA be issued by March 15, 2023, to satisfy the requirements  of the launch integrators.

The Winnebago-1 is a satellite mission to be conducted by Varda to gain flight heritage for on-orbit and re-entry systems. It culminates with the separation of a return capsule from the bus that will return to Earth under parachute at the Utah Test and Training Range (“UTTR”). After the return capsule separates from the bus, it will initiate communications of GPS location data to Varda mission operations via an Iridium 9602 modem. Although the modem will provide real time information about the return capsule’s location as it deorbits and lands, primary vehicle tracking and vehicle recovery will be conducted by UTTR.

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