Author Topic: FAIL: Astra R3.3 - LV0008 - NASA VCLS Demo-2A - CCSFS SLC-46 - Feb 10, 2022  (Read 68039 times)

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NGA notice:

Primary Day = Saturday, February 5 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).
Backup Day = Monday, February 7 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).

Quote from: NGA
010427Z FEB 22
NAVAREA IV 112/22(GEN).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   051800Z TO 052142Z FEB, ALTERNATE
   071800Z TO 072142Z FEB IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-30-19N 080-32-57W, 28-36-00N 080-23-00W,
      30-00-00N 077-50-00W, 31-46-00N 074-28-00W,
      34-25-00N 068-23-00W, 37-13-00N 060-38-00W,
      38-44-01N 054-19-11W, 39-41-11N 048-50-21W,
      39-28-11N 048-45-22W, 38-34-02N 053-22-15W,
      37-05-00N 059-38-01W, 35-09-00N 065-47-00W,
      32-23-00N 072-39-00W, 30-23-00N 076-48-00W,
      28-42-00N 079-46-00W, 28-34-00N 080-01-00W,
      28-27-00N 080-14-00W, 28-24-00N 080-32-00W,
      28-25-49N 080-34-16W.
   B. 36-05-00N 065-19-00W, 36-47-00N 064-41-00W,
      38-04-00N 062-28-00W, 39-23-00N 057-58-00W,
      39-34-00N 055-50-00W, 39-27-00N 054-18-00W,
      38-10-00N 053-49-00W, 36-47-00N 055-29-00W,
      35-10-00N 061-22-00W, 34-59-00N 063-00-00W,
      35-16-00N 065-02-00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 072242Z FEB 22.

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NGA notice:

Primary Day = Saturday, February 5 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).
Backup Day = Monday, February 7 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).

Quote from: NGA
010427Z FEB 22
NAVAREA IV 112/22(GEN).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   051800Z TO 052142Z FEB, ALTERNATE
   071800Z TO 072142Z FEB IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-30-19N 080-32-57W, 28-36-00N 080-23-00W,
      30-00-00N 077-50-00W, 31-46-00N 074-28-00W,
      34-25-00N 068-23-00W, 37-13-00N 060-38-00W,
      38-44-01N 054-19-11W, 39-41-11N 048-50-21W,
      39-28-11N 048-45-22W, 38-34-02N 053-22-15W,
      37-05-00N 059-38-01W, 35-09-00N 065-47-00W,
      32-23-00N 072-39-00W, 30-23-00N 076-48-00W,
      28-42-00N 079-46-00W, 28-34-00N 080-01-00W,
      28-27-00N 080-14-00W, 28-24-00N 080-32-00W,
      28-25-49N 080-34-16W.
   B. 36-05-00N 065-19-00W, 36-47-00N 064-41-00W,
      38-04-00N 062-28-00W, 39-23-00N 057-58-00W,
      39-34-00N 055-50-00W, 39-27-00N 054-18-00W,
      38-10-00N 053-49-00W, 36-47-00N 055-29-00W,
      35-10-00N 061-22-00W, 34-59-00N 063-00-00W,
      35-16-00N 065-02-00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 072242Z FEB 22.
Are you sure that it is related with astra? We have a heck of spacex activity after weather and cruise ship delays.

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Are you sure that it is related with astra?
Yes, we're sure.

Note the launch window matches the previous notices for this Astra launch.

It doesn't match the pattern of the launch times for Starlink 4-7, 20 to 22 minutes earlier per day.

There are no other Space Coast launches scheduled.
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If anyone still has any doubt whether it's Astra, here's the L-4 weather forecast.  70% 'Go' for February 5.  Upper-Level Wind Shear Risk is Low.  No forecast provided for February 7.

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https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1488513952313057281

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Astra expects @faanews to issue its first-ever Part 450 Launch License to Astra by Fri., Feb. 4. We have secured Sat., Feb. 5 with @SLDelta45 to launch @NASA’s ELaNa 41 mission #AdAstra

https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1488514319184662529

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Live launch coverage will begin at 9:00am PT on Sat., Feb. 5 with @NASASpaceflight:
https://astra.com/livestream/

https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1488514505466281987

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Part 450 is a new launch licensing regulation to streamline commercial launches in the United States

https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1488514612483878912

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Astra’s new license, issued in just three months, will, with planned modifications, make it easier to launch at a higher frequency out of more launch sites in the United States

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Kennedy Space Center blog entry:

Launch Date Set for NASA CubeSat Mission

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NASA’s first mission under the agency’s Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) Demonstration 2 contract is scheduled to launch four CubeSats to space no earlier than Feb. 5, 2022. The CubeSats, which make up the agency’s 41st Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission, will be the first VCLS launch from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida and Astra Space Inc’s first operational satellite launch aboard its Rocket 3.3.

“As the first VCLS mission to lift off from Florida’s Space Coast, this launch is ushering in new opportunities for CubeSat developers and small class launch vehicle providers,” said Hamilton Fernandez, mission manager supporting the Launch Services Program. “Through our commercial partners, NASA is providing dedicated rides to space for CubeSats, which helps meet the agency’s objectives of transporting smaller payloads and science missions into orbit.”

Three universities and one NASA center developed the CubeSats, which are a type of small satellite. They are:

   * BAMA-1– University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

BAMA-1 is a technology demonstration mission that will conduct a flight demonstration of a drag sail module by rapidly deorbiting the satellite. Spacecraft equipped with drag sail technology will be able to deorbit reliably and rapidly, thus reducing space debris and the risk to operational satellites, space stations, and crewed vehicles.

   * INCA– New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

INCA (Ionospheric Neutron Content Analyzer) is a scientific investigation mission that will study the latitude and time dependencies of the neutron spectrum in low-Earth orbit for the first time to improve current space weather models and mitigate threats to space and airborne assets. The measurements will come from a new directional neutron spectrometer, which is being developed in conjunction with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of New Hampshire.

   * QubeSat– University of California, Berkeley

QubeSat is a technology demonstration mission. It will test and characterize the effects of space conditions on quantum gyroscopes using nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond. Nitrogen-vacancy centers are nitrogen defect points in diamond with quantum properties that allow scientists to form gyroscopes that measure angular velocity. Nitrogen-vacancy center-based technologies are particularly well suited for space because of their high accuracy, small form factor, and radiation tolerance.

   * R5-S1 – NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston

R5-S1 is intended to demonstrate a fast and cost-effective way to build successful CubeSats in addition to demonstrating some technologies that are important to in-space inspection, which could help to make crewed space exploration safer and more efficient. R5-S1 could prove a cheaper way to demonstrate crucial technologies like high-performance computers, cameras, algorithms, and a new way for satellites to transmit pictures to the ground.

The ELaNa 41 mission CubeSats were selected through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) and were assigned to the mission by NASA’s Launch Services Program based at Kennedy. CSLI provides launch opportunities for small satellite payloads built by universities, high schools, NASA Centers, and non-profit organizations.

To date, NASA has selected over 200 CubeSat missions, over 100 of which have been launched into space, with more than 30 mis­sions scheduled for launch within the next 12 months. The selected CubeSats represent participants from 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 102 unique organizations.

Stay connected with these CubeSat missions on social media by following NASA’s Launch Services Program on Facebook and Twitter.

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NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 contracts to launch small satellites (SmallSats) to space, including CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites. The first mission under the contract will lift off from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida in February 2022. Credits: NASA

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I haven't yet received a new NGA notice for this ...

https://twitter.com/Kemp/status/1488529991964975123

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Correction. Our current backup day is now the 6th instead of the 7th.

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I received the new cancel-and-replace NGA notice.  Both February 6 and February 7 are Backup Days.

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012122Z FEB 22
NAVAREA IV 115/22(GEN).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   051800Z TO 052142Z FEB, ALTERNATE
   1800Z TO 2142Z DAILY 06 AND 07 FEB IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-30-19N 080-32-57W, 28-36-00N 080-23-00W,
      30-00-00N 077-50-00W, 31-46-00N 074-28-00W,
      34-25-00N 068-23-00W, 37-13-00N 060-38-00W,
      38-44-01N 054-19-11W, 39-41-11N 048-50-21W,
      39-28-11N 048-45-22W, 38-34-02N 053-22-15W,
      37-05-00N 059-38-01W, 35-09-00N 065-47-00W,
      32-23-00N 072-39-00W, 30-23-00N 076-48-00W,
      28-42-00N 079-46-00W, 28-34-00N 080-01-00W,
      28-27-00N 080-14-00W, 28-24-00N 080-32-00W,
      28-25-49N 080-34-16W.
   B. 36-05-00N 065-19-00W, 36-47-00N 064-41-00W,
      38-04-00N 062-28-00W, 39-23-00N 057-58-00W,
      39-34-00N 055-50-00W, 39-27-00N 054-18-00W,
      38-10-00N 053-49-00W, 36-47-00N 055-29-00W,
      35-10-00N 061-22-00W, 34-59-00N 063-00-00W,
      35-16-00N 065-02-00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 112/22
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 072242Z FEB 22.

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L-3 weather forecast.  60% 'Go' for February 5 and February 6.  Upper-Level Wind Shear risk is Low for both days.

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Astra has updated their Livestream webpage for this mission.

Media Kit: NASA’s ELaNa 41 Mission

NSF webcast (video id XEYS7d1CHso):


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L-2 weather forecast.  60% 'Go' for February 5.  Down to 40% 'Go' for February 6.  Upper-Level Wind Shear risk is Low for both days.

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L-1 weather forecast.  60% 'Go' for February 5.  40% 'Go' for February 6.  Upper-Level Wind Shear risk is Low for both days.

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I'm looking for a hazard area map for this launch. Anybody have enough info to do that yet? Just trying to get an idea as to what direction/trajectory this will take.

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Coast Guard security zones for Astra's first launch from Cape Canaveral..

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1489641925351251968

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Here's a map from the Patrick SFB website that shows the trajectory a little better.

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Launch license achieved!

https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1489734934633746433

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📝 We have received our license. @NASA’s ELaNa 41 mission is scheduled for Sat., Feb 5. Launch window opens at 10:00am PT (06:00pm UTC). Stay tuned for updates. http://astra.com/livestream #AdAstra

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https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1489768576852447235

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Astra is thrilled to be the first company with a Part 450 launch license — streamlining launch licenses in the future. Thank you @faanews for the partnership in support of our goal to expand access to space: http://astra.com/news/astra-receives-450-launch-license #AdAstra

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Astra Receives First Part 450 Launch License from FAA

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By Tom Marotta, Principal Launch Licensing Manager

Today, we’re proud to announce that Astra is the first company to receive a Part 450 license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Our ELaNa41 mission for NASA (and first launch out of Cape Canaveral) will be conducted under this license. 

Part 450
Part 450 is a launch licensing structure for commercial space flight launch and reentry operations that consolidates Parts 415, 417, 431 and 435 under a single licensing regime. The FAA introduced Part 450 from a directive of the National Space Council to encourage American leadership in space commerce.

Part 450 is performance-based, allowing for a higher launch cadence and greater regulatory flexibility. Under previous licenses, an operator typically had to wait years before receiving authorization to conduct multiple launches. Now, an operator can apply for and receive a single authorization to conduct multiple launches of the same vehicle or a family of vehicles.

Responsive Launch, Schedule Availability and Lower Cost
Part 450 licenses can be modified to add additional sites, saving the time and expense of applying for a new license as Astra expands its rocket and spaceport fleet. This same cost efficiency is realized on a per-mission basis, with streamlined regulatory compliance for each subsequent flight under Part 450.

Thanks to advancements in technology, space is now accessible to the private sector in ways that it never has been before, enabling a new generation of entrepreneurs. The revolution happening in the space industry is akin to the birth of the internet – tens of thousands of satellites are planned to be built and launched in the coming decade.  The new Part 450 rule was introduced to support greater innovation and help lay the foundation for the FAA to keep pace with the dramatic increase in the cadence and complexity of commercial space transportation operations.

Industry-wide Benefits: Enabling Rapid Iteration and Innovation
The rapidly growing commercial space industry is developing some of the most advanced technology in the world, and is a key strategic and economic differentiator for our country. Flexibility is critical to the commercial space industry—and especially to Astra, as we work towards our goal of daily launches. Astra applauds the FAA for taking steps to introduce more flexibility with Part 450, paving the path to greater innovations in spaceflight. 

Expanding Access to Space
Astra is proud to be the first company to receive a Part 450 license, and we plan to continue leveraging the full potential of Part 450’s flexibility. Our existing license can be modified to add more launch sites, along with new launch vehicles. Additionally, we intend to work closely with the FAA to further streamline per-mission compliance activities as we work towards daily space delivery.

Massively expanding access to orbit is essential for Astra to fulfill its ongoing mission of improving life on Earth from space. Part 450 is a critical step on the path to that goal.

Note: Astra also holds a Part 417 license to conduct launches from Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska on Kodiak Island through 2026. FAA considers Astra’s Kodiak launches as legacy operations which will be allowed to continue under Part 417.

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Here's a pdf conversion of the online press kit.
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The latest weather forecast for @Astra's ELaNa 41 launch for @NASA sees the probability of violation decrease to 30% (was 40%).

https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1489968428832079876

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