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Discussion thread for the USSF-124 mission.

Launch 14 February 2024, at 22:30 UTC (5:30 pm EST), into low Earth orbit (LEO).  First stage B1078-7 successfully landed at LZ-2.



Awarded on May 26, 2022 under NSSL Phase 2 with a target launch date of within the next two years. USSF-124 is a partnership between the US Space Force (USSF) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

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USSF-124 is a mission being conducted with SSC partners at Missile Defense Agency. It
will be launched onboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the eastern range into low earth orbit.

https://www.ssc.spaceforce.mil/Portals/3/Documents/PRESS%20RELEASES/SSC%20Issues%20Launch%20Task%20Orders%20for%20FY22%20NSS%20Missions.pdf?ver=eR_TvXz3KYJArhCmiTk9TA%3D%3D
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During a briefing for NSSL Phase 3 on July 20, 2023, the following slide was presented which has the current target launch date as September 29, 2023.
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Discussion thread for the USSF-124 mission.

Awarded on May 26, 2022 under NSSL Phase 2 with a target launch date of within the next two years. USSF-124 is a partnership between the US Space Force (USSF) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

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USSF-124 is a mission being conducted with SSC partners at Missile Defense Agency. It
will be launched onboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the eastern range into low earth orbit.

https://www.ssc.spaceforce.mil/Portals/3/Documents/PRESS%20RELEASES/SSC%20Issues%20Launch%20Task%20Orders%20for%20FY22%20NSS%20Missions.pdf?ver=eR_TvXz3KYJArhCmiTk9TA%3D%3D
from the announcement:
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Space Systems Command (SSC) ordered eight National Security Space (NSS) launch services under the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement contract today; five to United Launch Alliance (ULA) for GPS III-7, USSF-23, USSF-43, WGS-11+, and USSF-16 using the Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle, and three to Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) for USSF-124, USSF-62, and one SDA-Tranche 1 mission using the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
In an announcement dated May 2022, I assume "within the next two years" means "before May 2024". That's OK for the three F9 missions, but  what will happen to the Five Vulcan missions? will USSF move them to Falcon 9?

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They're not all happening within two years, and Vulcan missions aren't getting moved unless it's delayed a lot more.

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Keep in mind that the only NSSL mission that has been moved off Vulcan (USSF-51 now scheduled for Atlas V) hasn't even launched yet. There's a lot of work required to move some of these missions between launchers due to the strict requirements they have. Since most of these NSSL payloads are not close to being launched, there is no need to go through the extra effort of changing launchers as it will cause more delays.
Launches Seen: Atlas V OA-7, Falcon 9 Starlink 6-4, Falcon 9 CRS-28,

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They're not all happening within two years, and Vulcan missions aren't getting moved unless it's delayed a lot more.
So national security is so important that they go to great lengths to maintain two suppliers, and then when one supplier cannot deliver, they do not move the missions? I would think they could shift these missions to F9 and then shift some later F9 missions to Vulcan Centaur to compensate, thus getting these valuable assets into service on time.

(Meta: sorry I dragged this off topic. What is an appropriate thread?)

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USSF-124 is a partnership between the US Space Force (USSF) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Possibly HBTSS? (+ SDA Tranche 0 Tracking Layer) HBTSS is set to launch in 2023 but no launch vehicle has been announced.
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5SLS Mission Patch:

Doesn't give us any information about the payload unfortunatly.
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NextSpaceflight (Updated August 18th)
First stage LZ-1 Landing
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961

Also lists the payload going to a polar orbit.
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5SLS Mission Patch:

Doesn't give us any information about the payload unfortunatly.

Yes, it does.  MDA is a clue

5SLS Mission Patch:

Doesn't give us any information about the payload unfortunatly.

Yes, it does.  MDA is a clue

Yes, supports the payload Gewoon mentioned earlier. Also nice to see the polar corridor getting usage again, first for a dedicated military F9 launch.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET 29 September 2023
« Reply #11 on: 08/18/2023 06:17 am »
5SLS Mission Patch:

Doesn't give us any information about the payload unfortunatly.

Yes, it does.  MDA is a clue

Yeah although we already knew that from when the mission was announced, so no new clues
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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET 29 September 2023
« Reply #12 on: 08/22/2023 05:41 am »
NextSpaceflight (Updated August 21/22)
Launch NET November 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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If we needed any more confirmation this was HBTSS. (From Stephen Clark)

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Meanwhile, the Missile Defense Agency plans to launch the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor mission into orbit later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This new sensor will have improved sensitivity to detect and track hypersonic missiles, which have lower heat signatures from their exhaust plumes than larger long-range ballistic missiles, making them more challenging to see with the military's existing missile tracking satellites.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/09/heres-what-we-know-about-a-mysterious-launch-from-florida-this-week/ [Sept 5th]
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Belated cross-post:
SN Space Development Agency to launch 13 satellites in late June
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May 26, 2023
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Four L3Harris Tranche 0 satellites were scheduled to launch [on SDA Tranche 0B] but were taken off the manifest due to production delays, [SDA director Derek Tournear] said. The four satellites will fly to orbit on a separate mission planned by the Missile Defense Agency. MDA is preparing to launch two prototypes — one made by L3Harris and the other by Northrop Grumman — for its Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS). 

SDA and MDA are collaborating closely on missile tracking and missile defense architectures, said Tournear. The agencies agreed to deploy L3Harris’ wide field-of-view satellites made for SDA in the same orbit as the HBTSS medium field-of-view missile defense satellites.
<snip>
MDA has not yet announced a launch date for the HBTSS mission.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124/HBTSS : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
« Reply #15 on: 09/18/2023 06:15 pm »
Scheduled for October according to SpaceNews:

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L3Harris exploring supplier partnerships for its satellite business
September 18, 2023

[...]

Schedule setbacks caused by supplier issues delayed the delivery of four missile-detection tracking satellites L3Harris built for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Development Agency.

These satellites will be part of a large network of sensors in low Earth orbit known as the Transport Layer. They were projected to ride to orbit along with other SDA Tranche 0 satellites in two recent launches but they were not ready. They are now on track to launch in October on USSF-124 with two Missile Defense Agency infrared sensor satellites.

[...]
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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124/HBTSS : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
« Reply #16 on: 09/18/2023 10:00 pm »
Scheduled for October according to SpaceNews:

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L3Harris exploring supplier partnerships for its satellite business
September 18, 2023

[...]

Schedule setbacks caused by supplier issues delayed the delivery of four missile-detection tracking satellites L3Harris built for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Development Agency.

These satellites will be part of a large network of sensors in low Earth orbit known as the Transport Layer. They were projected to ride to orbit along with other SDA Tranche 0 satellites in two recent launches but they were not ready. They are now on track to launch in October on USSF-124 with two Missile Defense Agency infrared sensor satellites.

[...]

NextSpaceflight (Updated September 18th)
Launch NET October 31st
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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NextSpaceflight (Updated August 21/22)
Launch NET November 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961

Scheduled for October according to SpaceNews:
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L3Harris exploring supplier partnerships for its satellite business
September 18, 2023

[...]

Schedule setbacks caused by supplier issues delayed the delivery of four missile-detection tracking satellites L3Harris built for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Development Agency.

These satellites will be part of a large network of sensors in low Earth orbit known as the Transport Layer. They were projected to ride to orbit along with other SDA Tranche 0 satellites in two recent launches but they were not ready. They are now on track to launch in October on USSF-124 with two Missile Defense Agency infrared sensor satellites.

[...]

NextSpaceflight (Updated September 18th)
Launch NET October 31st
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961

I know there's been quite a lot of confusing jumps on the schedule of certain classified missions for SpaceX. This is not just for them but also ULA and such and if you remember it's also been a problem for a while as well (see USSF-44 being delayed 2 years). Not sure what's going on but it doesn't look like military payloads have had the best of luck lately trying to be on schedule.

This is in relation with the USSF-124 mission jumping back and forth on nextspaceflight from NET November to NET October 31st, etc. We'll see what happens with that mission - same with USSF-52 and friends.

NextSpaceflight, updated September 21:
Launch NET November
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NextSpaceflight (Updated October 11th/12th)
Launch NET December 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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NextSpaceflight (Updated October 28th)
Launch NET December 17th, 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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NextSpaceflight (Updated October 28th)
Launch NET December 17th, 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961

Any info on where this info came from? I did some searching and I can't find any sources. <insert complaint about nextspaceflight never giving any kind of clarification how certain they are of dates>
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NextSpaceflight (Updated October 28th)
Launch NET December 17th, 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961

Any info on where this info came from? I did some searching and I can't find any sources. <insert complaint about nextspaceflight never giving any kind of clarification how certain they are of dates>

Noted.

Do you complain about Ben Cooper not meeting your information standards?
https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html
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UPDATED NOVEMBER 1, 2023
...
FALCON 9

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on November 3 around 7 p.m. EDT or later. A Falcon 9 will launch the CRS-29 resupply mission to the ISS from pad 39A on November 7 at 9:16 p.m. EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch on November 7 around 11 p.m. EST or later. A Falcon 9 will launch the mPOWER-C internet satellites for SES from pad 40 on November 12 at 4:08 p.m. EST. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon Heavy will launch the USSF-52 mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on December. The side boosters will land back at the Cape eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch the USSF-124 mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 40 on mid-December. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.

ATLAS V & VULCAN

The first flight of the Vulcan rocket will send the Astrobiotic Peregrine lunar lander to the moon on December 24 at 1:49 a.m. EST. If the launch does not take place by December 26, the next opportunity will be in January. Check back for info on the next Atlas V launch.

Ditto regarding Spaceflight Now?
SFN Launch Schedule, updated October 9:
Launch TBD (listed with other TBD end of 2023 launches)

And, see Alex's cross-posting five posts above this post: He admits that his sources regarding national security launches have changed information several times recently.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=59301.msg2526232#msg2526232

Yes, I assume NextSF uses reliable confidential sources, just as Ben Cooper, Stephen Clark, Jeff Foust, and other spaceflight journalists do.
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NextSpaceflight (Updated November 14th)
Launch NET December 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961

Expected with Ovzon-3 scheduled for December 15th. Given a minimum 4-day turnaround for SLC-40, launch is NET December 19th at the earliest.
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NextSpaceflight (Updated November 15th)
Launch NET February 2024
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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Dr. Tournear gave an "early 2024" estimate for the launch today

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Dr. Tournear gave an "early 2024" estimate for the launch today

https://spacenews.com/space-development-agency-aims-high-for-2024-after-strong-2023-start/

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Tournear said SDA’s immediate priority early next year will be to launch these four L3Harris missile-tracking satellites. They are scheduled to fly to orbit alongside other Missile Defense Agency satellites on the USSF-124 Space Force mission but no launch date has yet been announced.
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Delayed to Q2 2024 due to a technical issue with one of the HBTSS satellites:

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Pentagon agencies team up in upcoming launch of hypersonic tracking satellites
Satellites developed by the Missile Defense Agency and the Space Development Agency will be part of a national security space mission currently projected for the second quarter of 2024

December 28, 2023

The Missile Defense Agency confirmed that a national security space mission that had been projected to launch in December 2023 is being delayed until the second quarter of 2024 due to technical issues with one of the spacecraft.

“One vendor’s space vehicle was ready to support a December 2023 launch; however, the launch was delayed to no earlier than the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 due to technical issues encountered by the other vendor during final integration testing,” MDA spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement.

[...]

MDA did not disclose which of the two HBTSS payloads is having technical issues. A source close to SDA said “any delay at this point is not related to the L3Harris” Tracking Layer satellites.

[...]
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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124/HBTSS : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET Q1 2024
« Reply #28 on: 12/28/2023 04:03 pm »
SN article headline and lede poorly edited; Federal Government fiscal Q2 2024 = chronological year Q1 2024 = January through March.  MDA is a federal agency.

My bold:
Delayed to Q2 2024 due to a technical issue with one of the HBTSS satellites:

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Pentagon agencies team up in upcoming launch of hypersonic tracking satellites
Satellites developed by the Missile Defense Agency and the Space Development Agency will be part of a national security space mission currently projected for the second quarter of 2024

December 28, 2023

The Missile Defense Agency confirmed that a national security space mission that had been projected to launch in December 2023 is being delayed until the second quarter of 2024 due to technical issues with one of the spacecraft.

“One vendor’s space vehicle was ready to support a December 2023 launch; however, the launch was delayed to no earlier than the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 due to technical issues encountered by the other vendor during final integration testing,” MDA spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement.

[...]

MDA did not disclose which of the two HBTSS payloads is having technical issues. A source close to SDA said “any delay at this point is not related to the L3Harris” Tracking Layer satellites.

[...]
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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124/HBTSS : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET Q1 2024
« Reply #29 on: 12/30/2023 03:29 pm »
i ask about HBTSS will be launch with astra 1p
or ses 24  same unclear yet
it true will be move q2 2024

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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124/HBTSS : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET Q1 2024
« Reply #30 on: 02/08/2024 05:38 pm »
NextSpaceflight (Updated February 8th)
Launch NET February 15th, 2024, at 00:51 UTC
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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Here are the 2nd stage re-entry NOTAMs in the Indian Ocean that confirms the date:

F0526/24 NOTAMN
Q) YMMM/QWMLW/IV/BO/W/000/999/3449S07715E250
A) YMMM
B) 2402150051 C) 2402210444
D) 2402150051 TO 2402150514
   2402160051 TO 2402160514
   2402170051 TO 2402170444
   2402180051 TO 2402180444
   2402190051 TO 2402190444
   2402200051 TO 2402200444
   2402210051 TO 2402210444
E) ROCKET LAUNCH WILL TAKE PLACE
FLW RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
HAZARDOUS OPS WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR ATMOSPHERIC RE-ENTRY AND
SPLASHDOWN OF LAUNCH VEHICLE FALCON-9 USSF-124 WI THE FOLLOWING
AREAS:
32 08S 75 00E
34 15S 81 00E
37 30S 79 00E
36 12S 75 00E TO BEGINNING
F) SFC G) UNL


A0030/24 NOTAMN
Q) FIMM/QRALW/IV/NBO/W/000/999/2530S06515E999
A) FIMM
B) 2402150051 C) 2402210444
D) 15 0051-0514
16 0051-0514
17 0051-0444
18 0051-0444
19 0051-0444
20 0051-0444
21 0051-0444
E) STATIONARY ALTITUDE RESERVATION FOR HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS FROM SFC
TO UNL FOR ATMOSPHERIC RE-ENTRY AND SPLASHDOWN OF LAUNCH VEHICLE
SPACEX USSF-124 STAGE 2 WI AN AREA BOUNDED BY FLW COORD:
2830S 05800E
2515S 06015E
3208S 07500E
3612S 07500E TO BEGINNING
PRIMARY RE-ENTRY BTN 0051 AND 0514 ON 15 FEBRUARY 2024. BACK UP
RE-ENTRY BTN 16 FEBRUARY 2024 AND 21 FEBRUARY 2024 AS PER FIELD D.
F) SFC G) UNL
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NGA Rocket Launching notice.

Quote from: NGA
090947Z FEB 24
NAVAREA IV 146/24(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   142230Z TO 150300Z FEB, ALTERNATE
   2230Z TO 0230Z DAILY 15 THRU 20 FEB
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38.28N 080-37.18W, 28-45.00N 080-18.00W,
      28-43.00N 080-09.00W, 28-36.00N 080-07.00W,
      28-28.00N 080-20.00W, 28-27.11N 080-31.61W.
   B. 29-58.00N 077-39.00W, 30-42.00N 076-26.00W,
      31-00.00N 075-43.00W, 30-34.00N 075-28.00W,
      30-21.00N 075-53.00W, 29-53.00N 077-35.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210330Z FEB 24.//

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IM-1 scheduled 16 hours before. Is that enough time for analysis or is a delay to one or other assured/probable?

Edit I thought I had read somewhere here that it got applied to all govt launches not just crew launches but perhaps that was DoD launches not space force launches or something like that? or I could be completely mistaken.
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Here are the 2nd stage re-entry NOTAMs in the Indian Ocean that confirms the date:

NGA Rocket Launching notice.

Maps from the NOTAM and NGA notices. Fairing splashdown some 480km downrange.

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I think this NGA Space Debris is probably for this launch, though the times and coordinates don't exactly match the S2 NOTAM posted above.

Quote from: NGA
081626Z FEB 24
HYDROPAC 483/24(61).
INDIAN OCEAN.
FRENCH SOUTHERN AND ANTARCTIC LANDS.
DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   0056Z TO 0519Z DAILY 15 THRU 21 FEB
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   36-40.00S 078-41.00E, 34-50.00S 079-51.00E,
   26-27.00S 060-32.00E, 28-17.00S 059-28.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210619Z FEB 24.

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I think this NGA Space Debris is probably for this launch, though the times and coordinates don't exactly match the S2 NOTAM posted above.

True, they don't. But the NGA area (red) fits very neatly within the NOTAM area (yellow), so it probably is for this launch.

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PRIMARY:   02/14/24   2230Z-0300Z
BACKUP:      02/15/24   2230Z-0300Z
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IM-1 scheduled 16 hours before. Is that enough time for analysis or is a delay to one or other assured/probable?
Flight data analysis of proceeding F9 launch is only required for upcoming Crew Dragon launch, AIUI.

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I noticed this in Ben Cooper's latest schedule updates:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide [probably late Feb 7 or just before PACE launch Feb 8]; his bold:
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite from pad 40 on February 8 at 1:33 a.m. EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch the Intuitive Machines & NASA IM-1 Nova-C commercial lunar lander from pad 39A on February 14 at 12:57 a.m. EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch from pad 40. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon 9 will launch the Telkomsat communications satellite for Indonesia from pad 40 on mid-late February TBD. A Falcon 9 will launch the next crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station, Crew-8, from pad 39A on February 22 at the earliest, around 3 a.m. EST, or around February 29-March 1 at midnight (the latter date if IM-1 proceeds as planned). The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.

This was originally a Starlink launch (6-39, see that thread where NOTAMs around the Cape has just been retracted), but I really wonder if something else is launching that goes RTLS as the next SLC-40 launch...sometimes this is a typo and sometimes it isn't.

The obvious candidate is USSF-124 which has been noted to launch in the first quarter for quite some time (delayed from late last year), the missile warning satellites payload seems light enough for RTLS (previous sources indeed list it going RTLS and polar orbit, just like PACE today) too. So...

Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide; updated February 8 after PACE launch; my bold:
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Intuitive Machines & NASA IM-1 Nova-C commercial lunar lander from pad 39A on February 14 at 12:57 a.m. EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch the USSF-124 mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 40 on February 14 in the late afternoon to evening EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch the Telkomsat communications satellite for Indonesia from pad 40 on February 20. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon 9 will launch the next crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station, Crew-8, from pad 39A on late February at the earliest, around 12-1 a.m. EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.

This launch date/time was apparently based on the second stage NOTAM:
NextSpaceflight (Updated February 8th)
Launch NET February 15th, 2024, at 00:51 UTC
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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NextSpaceflight (Updated February 11th)
First stage B1078-7
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
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NextSpaceflight (Updated February 11th)
First stage B1078-7
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
LZ-1  or LZ-2? Like that sole LZ-2 F9 landing in clash during oneweb launch

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First stage B1078-7
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
LZ-1  or LZ-2? Like that sole LZ-2 F9 landing in clash during oneweb launch

Yeah, likely the first one goes to LZ-1, and second one goes to LZ-2.

Also booster passed by the VAB earlier, its got a greyband on the second stage. Gonna be a long mission I guess.

Max got some great snaps of the booster as well.

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Casual Sunday at KSC - B1078.7 rolling past the VAB, onwards to SLC-40 for the USSF-124 mission later this week.

But what’s not so casual is the appearance of the mission extension kit on the second stage, first time we’ve seen this on Falcon 9 in quite some time.

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NextSpaceflight, updated February 11:
First stage B1078-7

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:
1078.7    Dec 3
1069.13  Dec 29
1076.11  Jan 3
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1073.13  Jan 15
1080.6    Jan 18
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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.
What does "cleared for use" mean?  Who is the clearing authority? Does the launch customer have any input into this? Does anybody except SpaceX and the launch customer have any input?

In the case of Starlink, SpaceX is both launch service provider and the customer.

Given this specific thread, USSF is the customer. Have they "cleared for use" a twenty-timer for this launch?


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What does "cleared for use" mean?  Who is the clearing authority? Does the launch customer have any input into this? Does anybody except SpaceX and the launch customer have any input?

In the case of Starlink, SpaceX is both launch service provider and the customer.

Given this specific thread, USSF is the customer. Have they "cleared for use" a twenty-timer for this launch?

Could be DoD (NSSL) or NASA (LSP) or the payload owner. Who has cleared what for a specific payload is not public information.

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NextSpaceflight, updated February 11:
Launch time corrected to 14 February 22:30 UTC.
= 5:30 pm EST
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>95% GO for February 14th
Upper-Level Wind Shear & Solar Activity risks are Low-Moderate

90% GO for February 15th
Upper-Level Wind Shear risk is Low-Moderate
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SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET for Falcon 9’s launch of the USSF-124 mission to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. If needed, a backup opportunity is available Thursday, February 15 at the same time.

A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. Watch live.

This will be the seventh launch of the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, and four Starlink missions (=B1078-7). Following stage separation, the first stage will land on Landing Zone 2 (LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
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PDF of online press kit.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : USSF-124 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET 29 September 2023
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5SLS Mission Patch:

Doesn't give us any information about the payload unfortunatly.
Is it official patch?

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MDA, SDA Announce Upcoming Launch of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor and Tranche 0 Satellites
Feb. 14, 2024

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Development Agency (SDA) announce the upcoming launch of six satellites into low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

Today's planned launch will include two satellites for MDA's Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) and the final four SDA Tranche 0 (T0) Tracking Layer satellites of its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). As part of the National Security Space Launch program, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the satellites to orbit.

"This launch represents a pivotal time for MDA as we enter a new phase of missile warning, tracking and defense," said Lt. Gen. Heath Collins, director of MDA. "These HBTSS satellites are an essential step forward in our efforts to stay ahead of our adversaries."

MDA, the U.S. Space Force and SDA are collaborating to develop HBTSS as a space sensor prototype demonstration providing fire control quality data required to defeat advanced missile threats. Ultimately, this data is critical to enabling engagement by missile defense weapons, including engagement of hypersonic glide-phase weapons. This "birth-to-death" tracking by HBTSS will make it possible to maintain custody of missile threats from launch through intercept regardless of location.

"Launching our Tracking satellites into the same orbit with the MDA HBTSS satellites is a win for both agencies," said Derek Tournear, director of SDA. "We'll be able to look at test targets from the same orbit at the same time, so that we can see how the two sensors work together. In Tranche 1, SDA will fly both sensor types as an operational system – medium-field-of-view demonstrating fire control, based on HBTSS design, and wide-field-of-view doing warning and tracking, based on T0 tracking design."

Operationally, the missile defense capability, developed through MDA's HBTSS demonstration program, will inform SDA's PWSA and will detect hypersonic, ballistic, and other advanced threats earlier than terrestrial radars, providing hypersonic threat tracking data for hand off through linked missile defense weapons. SDA will build upon the fire-control capability successes learned from HBTSS and proliferate those fully developed capabilities in the spiral approach to future tranches.

SDA, part of the U.S. Space Force, previously deployed 23 Tranche 0 satellites on-orbit in 2023, including Transport and Tracking Layer satellites, from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. The four Tracking Layer satellites that will launch with MDA's HBTSS were delivered by L3Harris Corps. and represent the final satellites in the Tranche 0 program bringing the on-orbit constellation to 27.

MDA initiated the HBTSS program in 2018. In January 2021 MDA awarded Other Transaction Agreements to L3Harris Technologies Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The pending launch of the two prototype systems will be followed by two years of on-orbit testing. Over the next few weeks, MDA and SDA engineers will run a series of tests and checkout procedures to ensure the satellites are operating and integrating with the Missile Defense System and other mission areas.

Please direct all MDA-related media queries to Mark Wright at 571-231-8212, [email protected] or Nancy Jones-Bonbrest at 571-363-0782, [email protected].

For more information on MDA please visit mda.mil.

Please direct all SDA-related media queries to Jonathan Withington at 202-468-4553, [email protected]. For more information on SDA, contact [email protected] or visit https://www.sda.mil.

A live feed of the launch can be found at: https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=ussf-124.
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Less than one hour until Falcon 9 launches USSF-124 to orbit. All systems are looking good and weather is lovely for liftoff → spacex.com/launches

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T-35 minutes. First stage LOX loading and first and second stage RP-1 loading should be starting about now.
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T-30 minutes. Vapour coming off first stage LOX tank.
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T-20 minute vent. Second stage RP-1 loading should be completed about now.
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T-16 minutes. Second stage LOX loading should be starting about now.
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T-15 minutes. SpaceX stream has started.
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HBTSS satellites. Payloads are healthy.
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Business end.

T-10 minutes. All systems are go.
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T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting about now.
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T-6 minutes. First stage RP-1 loading should be complete about now.
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T-4 minutes. Strongback is retracting. First stage RP-1 load is complete.
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T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is in startup.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 B1078-7 launches USSF-124 from SLC-40.

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First stage separation.

Ignition.

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Fairing separation (not shown).

T+4 minutes.
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Entry burn.

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Landing burn.

Touchdown!
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Later launches for today.

End of webcast.
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Falcon 9 has landed at LZ-2!

https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1757897503993684395

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Booster shoves Upper Stage and passenger into space. Booster comes home ready to fly again.

This Is The Way.

youtube.com/watch?v=kdpbgy…

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Heck yeah, captured SpaceX's Falcon 9 entry burn coming to an end this afternoon as the first stage prepared to reenter Earth's atmosphere and softly touch down at Landing Zone-2.

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First stage separation.

Ignition.

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Lots of observations of the St2  deorbit burn over eastern US around 0020-0030 UTC
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First stage B1078-7
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
LZ-1  or LZ-2? Like that sole LZ-2 F9 landing in clash during oneweb launch

Yeah, likely the first one goes to LZ-1, and second one goes to LZ-2.

Also booster passed by the VAB earlier, its got a greyband on the second stage. Gonna be a long mission I guess.
forgot to ask Was USSF-124 using medium or long coast mission-extension kit any word from SpaceX?

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First stage B1078-7
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6961
LZ-1  or LZ-2? Like that sole LZ-2 F9 landing in clash during oneweb launch

Yeah, likely the first one goes to LZ-1, and second one goes to LZ-2.

Also booster passed by the VAB earlier, its got a greyband on the second stage. Gonna be a long mission I guess.
forgot to ask Was USSF-124 using medium or long coast mission-extension kit any word from SpaceX?
is it medium coast kit since long coast kit is for 6-12 hour duration and S2 Deorbited within 3 hours. Or did they flew a long coast kit on a medium coast mission. I remember  CRS-18 for testing and another on a starlink mission named group 5-7 (SpaceX didn't announce medium coast kit until next FH mission after that) uselessly. So I am fearing of using speculation

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The six missile tracking sats launched by Falcon 9 earlier tonight have  been cataloged in 1000 km circular orbits at an inclination of 40.0 deg.

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MDA, SDA Confirm Successful Launch of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor and Tranche 0 Satellites
Feb. 15, 2024

On Wednesday, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Development Agency (SDA) confirmed the successful launch of six satellites to low-Earth orbit at 5:30 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

The satellites, which include two satellites for MDA's Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) and the final four SDA Tranche 0 (T0) Tracking Layer satellites of its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA), were safely delivered to orbit and are conducting initial testing and checkout.

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Some reusability stats for this launch (USSF-124/HBTSS):

Booster B1078.7 turnaround time:
73 days 18 hours 30 minutes
(its previous mission was Starlink Group 6-31 on Dec 3, 2023 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for Falcon 9 / Heavy boosters is currently 50.16 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches, excluding new first stages.

Launchpad SLC-40 turnaround time:
6 days 15 hours 57 minutes
(the previous launch from this pad was PACE on Feb 8, 2024 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for SLC-40 is currently 5.56 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches.

The same type of stats for previous SpaceX launches may be found on this spreadsheet online.

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The six missile tracking sats launched by Falcon 9 earlier tonight have  been cataloged in 1000 km circular orbits at an inclination of 40.0 deg.

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1757989715062464716

Almost circular :)

58955    OBJECT A   2024-028A   UNKNOWN      105.09   39.99   1006   992      
58956    OBJECT B   2024-028B   UNKNOWN           105.08   40.00   1003   993      
58957    OBJECT C   2024-028C   UNKNOWN           105.08   40.01   1002   994      
58958    OBJECT D   2024-028D   UNKNOWN           105.04   39.98   1004   989      
58959    OBJECT E   2024-028E   UNKNOWN           105.08   39.99   1005   992      
58960    OBJECT F   2024-028F   UNKNOWN           105.07   39.99   1004   991
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Lots of observations of the St2  deorbit burn over eastern US around 0020-0030 UTC

https://twitter.com/nolanwpeterson/status/1757926175727403474/photo/1
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

Doug returned to PC on Feb 15 @ 11:51pm ET

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USSF-124 launch up close
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Four fairing halves were delivered back to Florida today as SpaceX recovery ships Bob and Doug returned from the IM-1 and USSF-124 missions! 📸http://nsf.live/spacecoast
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Hello everyone! A few days ago on February 14th, at approximately 7:22 PM EST, I took some images with my phone of an object moving fast overhead that passed near The Moon and Jupiter. Based on the time it happened, my current theory is that it was the exhaust from a SpaceX F9 second stage rocket firing.

Likely from the USSF-124 mission that had launched a few hours earlier. Also because a few minutes later, the small point had expanded into a larger, cloud-like formation before fading away. If you've also seen it and can confirm this was indeed what I observed, or if it was actually another space object, please reply to this post. I've also included some images taken by some other people who observed the same object.

And if anyone else took images of the object as well, it would be great if you could post them here so everyone else can take a look at them. :)
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As per Bill Harwood's usual practice, if launch is on the :00 second, it is truncated.
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