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SpaceX F9 : SDA T1TL-A : VSFB SLC-4E : late 2024
« on: 11/06/2023 04:38 pm »
Discussion thread for the US Space Development Agency’s first Tranche 1 Transport Layer mission.

SDA LEO Constellations Discussion Thread

Awarded on May 26, 2022 under NSSL Phase 2 with a target launch date of within the next two years. This is the first of 6 Tranche 1 Transport Layer missions launching on a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg. The mission will carry 21 satellites.

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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 SDATranche 1 mission using the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

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The SDA mission is the first of six missions launched by the Space Development Agency for the Tranche 1 Transport Layer. It will be launched onboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the western range into a polar orbit.

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These missions are planned to launch over the next two years and focus on a multitude of mission areas.

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
« Last Edit: 04/01/2024 03:11 pm by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SDA T1TL-A : VSFB SLC-4E : September 2024
« Reply #1 on: 11/06/2023 04:42 pm »
The launch date was refined to by September 2024 by the SDA in a press release on February 28, 2022.

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SDA has awarded three protoftype agreements worth approximately $1.8 billion to establish the foundation for Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL), a mesh network of 126 optically-interconnected space vehicles (SV) that will provide a resilient, low-latency, high-volume data transport communication system, and ready for launch by September 2024.

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The first plane of the T1TL constellation will be launched by September 2024 with the launches of subsequent planes following on one month intervals. After launch, each plane has three months to obtain operational orbit and complete a verification on orbit test using the offeror’s facilities. operations centers, including the offeror’s installed NEBULA operations – Vendor Architecture (NOVA) ground system.

https://www.sda.mil/space-development-agency-makes-awards-for-tranche-1-transport-layer/

York Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems are manufacturing the 126 satellites, with 42 satellites each.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SDA T1TL-A : VSFB SLC-4E : September 2024
« Reply #2 on: 11/06/2023 05:05 pm »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SDA T1TL-A : VSFB SLC-4E : September 2024
« Reply #3 on: 12/10/2023 07:37 pm »
Still tracking September 2024.

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Starting in September next year, the goal is to get 161 satellites into orbit in less than a year, Tournear said.

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

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SDA T1TL-A : VSFB SLC-4E : September 2024
« Reply #4 on: 04/01/2024 03:02 pm »
Still targeting September 2024 for first launch but SDA is only committing to one launch in 2024. The goal has changed from one launch each month to a launch every other month.

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Awarded in February 2022, contracts for Tranche 1 call for satellites ready to launch by September 2024, and Tournear said he intends to stick to that schedule.

“We don’t expect to—we will launch Tranche 1 satellites in 2024,” he promised.

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“At least” one of those launches will come this calendar year, Tournear said, with the remainder going up at a rate of about one launch every two months. By summer 2025, there should be enough of the satellites in orbit to declare initial operational capability for the PWSA.

https://www.airandspaceforces.com/link-16-laser-comms-launch-2024-sda/
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« Last Edit: 04/01/2024 06:26 pm by zubenelgenubi »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SDA T1TL-A : VSFB SLC-4E : September 2024
« Reply #5 on: 04/01/2024 03:05 pm »
Recently they've been saying CY24, not FY24. I think just bad wording in that story.

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