Author Topic: Astra R3.3 - LV0009 - S4 CROSSOVER - PSCA LP-3B - March 15 2022 16:22 UTC  (Read 30680 times)

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Launch-staging all good!
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Lost telem right before SECO. awaiting confirmation of deploy. All looked nominal…
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Last view immediately before imagery cut off appeared to show the start of a spin. May be nominal (e.g. if rotation used to aid separation).

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The ground track visualization did show a deviation towards the East at around T+10 m. Might be paralax, might be insignificant, but could have compromised their velocity target by a bit (again...)?


Velocity as separation was 7.598 km/s. Seems orbital for 525 km? Simple application of Kepler's law yields 7.599 km/s for that altitude, so seems to have hit it.
« Last Edit: 03/15/2022 03:57 pm by eeergo »
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I assure you that this is normal for launches from Kodiak and/or Vandenberg.

It takes time before a ground station picks up the vehicle’s signal to confirm payload deployment.

It could be at T+60 minutes or a bit later.
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Based off of the LV0007 launch, the velocity was nominal, maybe a bit short of the target, but definitely orbital. Also, the Virgin Orbit Demo-2 flight was "Out Of Corridor" for the latter stages of flight. I think that the flight was nominal.
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I assure you that this is normal for launches from Kodiak and/or Vandenberg.

It takes time before a ground station picks up the vehicle’s signal to confirm payload deployment.

It could be at T+60 minutes or a bit later.

Separation was expected 10s after SECO. They had TM back then.
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The ground track visualization did show a deviation towards the East at around T+10 m. Might be paralax, might be insignificant, but could have compromised their velocity target by a bit (again...)?


Velocity as separation was 7.6 km/s. Seems orbital for 500 km?

I saw that on the screen when the NSF stream's host said the path was "right down the middle". The downlink from stage two looked choppy, but it seemed like there was oscillation of the Earth limb in the image frame. Perhaps that indicates undamped fuel slosh? Perhaps it was nothing.

The host of the stream mentioned the rocket had exceeded the view of the ground station, making confirmation of payload release difficult. Anyone know when the next ground station pass will be? One full revolution of the orbit, putting them within view of Kodiak again? Maybe earlier from a second site?

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The ground track visualization did show a deviation towards the East at around T+10 m. Might be paralax, might be insignificant, but could have compromised their velocity target by a bit (again...)?


Velocity as separation was 7.6 km/s. Seems orbital for 500 km?

I saw that on the screen when the NSF stream's host said the path was "right down the middle". The downlink from stage two looked choppy, but it seemed like there was oscillation of the Earth limb in the image frame. Perhaps that indicates undamped fuel slosh? Perhaps it was nothing.

The host of the stream mentioned the rocket had exceeded the view of the ground station, making confirmation of payload release difficult. Anyone know when the next ground station pass will be? One full revolution of the orbit, putting them within view of Kodiak again? Maybe earlier from a second site?

I think that it would make since to have a ground station in Alameda, but the rocket might not be in range for coverage.
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I assure you that this is normal for launches from Kodiak and/or Vandenberg.

It takes time before a ground station picks up the vehicle’s signal to confirm payload deployment.

It could be at T+60 minutes or a bit later.

Separation was expected 10s after SECO. They had TM back then.

And the hosts certainly expected to be able to announce it.  Then they *really* rushed "off the air" and to me it sounded like they were about to cry.

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Let's just wait before jumping on conclusions. I remember similar thing happened after Virgin Orbit flight. Took them a while to get confirmation. Spaceflight gets tricky if you reach orbit and lack dishes.

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Some people are saying the payload didn't deploy.

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Some people are saying the payload didn't deploy.
Who?

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Successful deployment!!
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Congrats to Astra for their first successful launch with a customer payload! Next up: TROPICS
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So glad to see them get over the hump! 🍺🙂

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