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Astra Rocket 3.3 - LV0010 - TROPICS Flight 1
Launch Date and time: June 12, 2022, 17:43 UTC (1:43 pm EDT)
Payloads: Two TROPICS satellites

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A constellation of identical 3U CubeSats provide sounding (left CubeSat has a temperature profile of a simulated Tropical Cyclone (TC) from a numerical weather prediction (NWP) model) and 12-channel radiometric imagery (center CubeSat has simulated radiances from NWP model and radiative transfer model and the near right CubeSat has a single-channel radiance image of a TC) with a median revisit rate approaching 60 minutes to meet state-of-the-art performance.

The Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission will provide rapid-refresh microwave measurements over the tropics that can be used to observe the thermodynamics of the troposphere and precipitation structure for storm systems at the mesoscale and synoptic scale over the entire storm lifecycle. TROPICS comprises a constellation of CubeSats in three low-Earth orbital planes. Each CubeSat will host a high-performance radiometer scanning across the satellite track at 30 RPM to provide temperature profiles using seven channels near the 118.75 GHz oxygen absorption line, water vapor profiles using 3 channels near the 183 GHz water vapor absorption line, imagery in a single channel near 90 GHz for precipitation measurements, and a single channel at 205 GHz for cloud ice measurements.
More Information: https://tropics.ll.mit.edu/CMS/tropics/Mission-Overview
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LV0010 has arrived at SLC-46 and is being prepared for launch tentatively scheduled for June.https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1531354329554137088
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NASA says first launch in July
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Date: By July 2022
Mission: TROPICS First Launch
https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/
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NASA says first launch in July
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Date: By July 2022
Mission: TROPICS First Launch
https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/

It says "by July", not "in July". Why would Astra wait to launch more than a month after conducting its static fire test?
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https://twitter.com/astra/status/1533924019317051392

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Successful static fire for @NASA TROPICS-1! #AdAstra

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It appears that Astra is targeting the 12th of this month for the launch.https://twitter.com/w_robinsonsmith/status/1533936491944099845
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It appears that Astra is targeting the 12th of this month for the launch.
Per the tweet, I checked the post's website and found no LHAs posted.
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June 12th seems a plausible launch date?
« Last Edit: 06/07/2022 11:17 am by zubenelgenubi »
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NextSpaceFlight TROPICS Flight 1 launch NET June 12, 2022
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Rocket 3 on the pad after static fire  :)
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NGA notice.

Quote from: NGA
010004Z JUN 22
NAVAREA IV 543/22(GEN).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   121600Z TO 121845Z JUN, ALTERNATE
   1600Z TO 1845Z DAILY 13 JUN THRU 18 JUN
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-29.44N 080-32.53W, 28-37.00N 080-07.00W,
      28-50.00N 078-52.00W, 29-30.00N 075-17.00W,
      29-52.00N 071-26.00W, 30-11.00N 066-13.00W,
      30-18.00N 056-04.00W, 29-10.00N 047-01.00W,
      28-52.00N 047-01.00W, 28-51.00N 047-02.00W,
      29-53.00N 056-05.00W, 29-29.00N 071-05.00W,
      29-00.00N 075-35.00W, 28-23.00N 080-23.00W,
      28-25.82N 080-34.27W.
   B. 30-26.00N 067-06.00W, 31-14.00N 063-34.00W,
      31-34.00N 056-44.00W, 30-56.00N 050-59.00W,
      29-57.00N 046-22.00W, 28-51.00N 046-29.00W,
      28-31.00N 050-15.00W, 28-32.00N 055-55.00W,
      28-59.00N 061-51.00W, 29-28.00N 067-00.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 181945Z JUN 22.//

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Chris Kemp said on Bloomberg right now that they expect to get a license this Friday 06/10. If they will get it, they will launch on Sunday 06/12.
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NextSpaceFlight indicates that the launch window is from 16:00 UTC to 18:45 UTC, pointing to the beginning of the launch window.
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Astra has already published information about the mission, including some images like these.https://astra.com/missions/tropics-1/
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NextSpaceFlight indicates that the launch window is from 16:00 UTC to 18:45 UTC, pointing to the beginning of the launch window.

Based on:
NGA notice.

Quote from: NGA
010004Z JUN 22
NAVAREA IV 543/22(GEN).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   121600Z TO 121845Z JUN, ALTERNATE
   1600Z TO 1845Z DAILY 13 JUN THRU 18 JUN
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-29.44N 080-32.53W, 28-37.00N 080-07.00W,
      28-50.00N 078-52.00W, 29-30.00N 075-17.00W,
      29-52.00N 071-26.00W, 30-11.00N 066-13.00W,
      30-18.00N 056-04.00W, 29-10.00N 047-01.00W,
      28-52.00N 047-01.00W, 28-51.00N 047-02.00W,
      29-53.00N 056-05.00W, 29-29.00N 071-05.00W,
      29-00.00N 075-35.00W, 28-23.00N 080-23.00W,
      28-25.82N 080-34.27W.
   B. 30-26.00N 067-06.00W, 31-14.00N 063-34.00W,
      31-34.00N 056-44.00W, 30-56.00N 050-59.00W,
      29-57.00N 046-22.00W, 28-51.00N 046-29.00W,
      28-31.00N 050-15.00W, 28-32.00N 055-55.00W,
      28-59.00N 061-51.00W, 29-28.00N 067-00.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 181945Z JUN 22.//
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Astra Sets Launch Date for TROPICS

Linda Herridge Posted on June 8, 2022

Astra Space Inc. is targeting no earlier than June 12, pending issuance of a launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration, for the first launch of NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS), a constellation of six CubeSats. Two CubeSats, each about the size of a loaf of bread, will launch aboard Astra’s Rocket 3.3 from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

TROPICS will study tropical cyclones like hurricanes, some of the most powerful and destructive weather events on Earth, by measuring storm characteristics with a sensor about the size of a coffee cup. The miniaturized microwave radiometer detects the thermal radiation naturally emitted by the oxygen and water vapor in the air. TROPICS has the potential to provide near-hourly observations of a storm’s precipitation, temperature, and humidity. This data can help scientists increase understanding of the processes driving rapid changes in storm structure and intensity, which will improve weather forecasting models.

Astra will launch the other four TROPICS CubeSats in two separate launches later this summer.

The TROPICS team is led by Principal Investigator Dr. William Blackwell at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington and includes researchers from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and several universities and commercial partners. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will manage the launch service.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2022/06/08/astra-sets-launch-date-for-tropics/

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From the current operations plan advisory:
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ATCSCC ADVZY 033 DCC 06/10/2022 OPERATIONS PLAN

SPACE LAUNCH/RECOVERY OPERATIONS:
ASTRA TROPICS-1 CSS, FL
PRIMARY: 06/12/22   1600Z-1836Z
BACKUP: 06/13-18/22   1600Z-1836Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp
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L-2 weather forecast.  50% -> 20% 'Go' for June 12.  70% -> 50% 'Go' for June 13.  All Additional Risk Criteria are Low.

Note: There was no L-3 weather forecast posted publicly yesterday.

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« Last Edit: 06/10/2022 06:18 pm by josephus »
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