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Discussion Thread for SARah 2/3 mission.

NSF Threads for SARah 2/3 : Discussion
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Launch 24 December 2023, at 13:11:00 UTC (5:11 am PST) launch on Falcon 9 from Vandenberg to polar orbit.  First stage 1075-8 successfully landed at LZ-4.  SARah 2 & 3 are expected to use an 88.2°, 500 km circular orbit.

SARah 1 Discussion Thread



http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/08/spacex-awarded-european-government-contract-sarah-missions/
SPACEX IS AWARDED LAUNCH OF GERMAN RADAR RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE SYSTEM

Falcon 9 rocket will deliver three-satellite SARah Constellation that will serve German Ministry of Defense

Hawthorne, CA – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will provide the launch services for Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system. The satellites, provided by OHB System AG and Astrium GmbH, will replace the current constellation and will be delivered to orbit by two Falcon 9 rockets in 2018 and 2019.

"SpaceX looks forward to working with OHB and Astrium, and we appreciate their confidence in SpaceX to reliably deliver these satellites to orbit,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO. “These missions are very meaningful for SpaceX as the first contracted for a European government.”

OHB will build two passive-antenna synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, and Astrium GmbH will build a larger, phased-array-antenna satellite under contract for OHB. The three-satellite constellation will replace the current OHB-built five-satellite SAR-Lupe constellation.



The SARah 2/3 passive radar imaging satellites are being built for the German government by OHB as part of the three satellite SARah constellation, a follow-up to the SAR-Lupe radar sat constellation.  The SARah 1 satellite is being constructed by Airbus.  The SARah 2/3 satellites will mass about 1800 kg each.

[Space News June 21, 2013] OHB, Astrium To Share Work on German Radar Satellites
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The German parliament is scheduled to meet the week of June 24 to approve a billion-dollar second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system, with spacecraft to be provided by both of Germany’s satellite prime contractors and launches by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), industry officials said.

Space News July 25, 2014
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Thales has booked an order valued at more than 100 million euros ($136 million) for radar reconnaissance satellite payloads for a European customer.

The company did not name the customer, but industry officials have said Thales is building radar payloads for two satellites for the German Defense Ministry under a contract led by OHB AG of Bremen, Germany. A third satellite for the program, called SARaH, also under the OHB contract, is being built by Airbus.

SolAero Technologies Awarded Dual Satellite Missions from German Company OHB System AG for the SARah and EnMAP Programs
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, announced today that it has been awarded two contracts by OHB System AG (OHB) for the design, manufacture and testing of solar array panels for two upcoming satellite missions, SARah and EnMAP.  SARah is a follow-on system to the Federal Republic of Germany's SAR-Lupe that provides satellite-based radar reconnaissance.

Northrop Grumman to Provide Navigation System for German Satellite
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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system.

Northrop Grumman will supply its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit-L (Scalable SIRU™-L) for sensor pointing/stabilization and attitude control on the SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. This contract marks the first international application of the new Scalable SIRU™-L configuration.

Terma powers SAR radar satellite system for German federal armed forces
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Terma has been contracted by OHB System AG in Bremen, to supply power condition and distribution units for the SARah radar satellite reconnaissance system for the German federal armed forces. The SARah satellite constellation consists of three satellites of which OHB will deliver two.


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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : SARah 2/3 (2019) : Vandenberg
« Reply #1 on: 02/08/2019 03:40 pm »
Now NET 2021: http://dipbt.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/072/1907253.pdf

"Die Satelliten werden voraussichtlich im Zeitraum November 2020 bis September
2021 in die Umlaufbahn gebracht" -- The satellites (SARah 1-3) will presumably brought to orbit in the timespan of November 2020 to September 2021.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Vandenberg : SARah 2/3 : H2 2022
« Reply #2 on: 06/17/2022 11:27 pm »
Do we know approximately when these satellites will launch?

I have read Q3 and NET September, which have some overlap.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Vandenberg : SARah 2/3 : H2 2022
« Reply #3 on: 06/18/2022 12:32 pm »
Do we know approximately when these satellites will launch?

I have read Q3 and NET September, which have some overlap.

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The Germany military said the second and third SARah satellites will share a ride on a Falcon 9 rocket late this year.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/06/17/german-military-radar-satellite-ready-for-spacex-rocket-ride/

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : SARah 2/3 : Vandenberg : late 2022
« Reply #4 on: 12/04/2022 02:57 am »
With SWOT and EROS-C3, this is almost certainly slipping to 2023.

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Was: NET December:
With SWOT and EROS-C3, this is almost certainly slipping to 2023.

Then:
NextSpaceFlight, updated November 28:
NET January 2023
First stage landing LZ-4

Now:
NextSpaceFlight, updated December 22:
NET February 2023

Payloads apparently have not yet been delivered to Vandenberg--no news of such.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : Vandenberg : NET February 2023
« Reply #6 on: 12/28/2022 03:06 am »
Cross-post:
http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htm
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FEB 27    To be announced    Falcon 9    SLC-4E    Vehicle will launch the SARah 2 and 3 radar Earth imaging satellites into orbit
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I should note that this source is not one of our orbital launch primary sources.  My personal recollection is that this source rarely, if ever, scoops our recent trusted public sources quoted on this forum.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : Vandenberg : NET February 2023
« Reply #7 on: 01/05/2023 10:09 pm »
Cross-post:
0025-EX-ST-2023  Mission 1439
Vandy RTLS, NET mid-February [Feb 11]

SARah 2 & 3?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : Vandenberg : NET February 2023
« Reply #8 on: 01/20/2023 09:45 pm »
Any new news, such as satellites delivered to Vandenberg for launch processing?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : Vandenberg : NET February 2023
« Reply #9 on: 01/25/2023 07:48 pm »
Any new news, such as satellites delivered to Vandenberg for launch processing?

NextSpaceflight (Updated January 25th)
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Launch Time
NET April, 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/91
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : Vandenberg : NET April 2023
« Reply #10 on: 03/26/2023 11:40 pm »
Any new news regarding satellites' delivery?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET June 2023
« Reply #11 on: 04/19/2023 08:42 am »
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET June 2023
« Reply #12 on: 06/09/2023 03:29 am »
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/?page=1&search=spacex updated 8 June

August 2023

Not sure if that is based on anything or just doesn't seem soon

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET June 2023
« Reply #13 on: 06/09/2023 07:12 am »
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/?page=1&search=spacex updated 8 June

August 2023

Not sure if that is based on anything or just doesn't seem soon

It says NET August, 2023. That could also be 2024, for example.  :-\

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET 2023
« Reply #14 on: 08/12/2023 04:09 am »
Cross-post:
All three August Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch slots are spoken for:
Aug 8 UTC       Starlink 6-20
Aug 17 UTC    Starlink 7-1
late Aug           SDA T&TL 0B

Cross-post:
Latest space news article has this launch still scheduled for late August.
SN Space Development Agency shaking up how the military buys satellites [Aug 11]
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Another Falcon 9 had been scheduled to launch 13 more Tranche 0 satellites in June — 10 made by Lockheed Martin and three by York Space — but the mission has been delayed to late August.

I think the SARah and WorldView Legion launches are now NET September.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET 2023
« Reply #15 on: 08/13/2023 11:12 pm »
NextSpaceflight, updated August 13:
NET October
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET 2023
« Reply #16 on: 09/04/2023 06:57 pm »
FCC filing for this launch has appeared, so it should be coming up soon.

1794-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1366 from SLC-4E
RTLS
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET October 2023
« Reply #17 on: 09/23/2023 04:38 pm »
FCC filing for this launch has appeared, so it should be coming up soon.

1794-EX-ST-2023 Mission 1366 from SLC-4E
RTLS
[NET September 25]

Any new news?

There are three possibilities for the next Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch after Starlink 7-3: Starlink 7-4, Starlink 8-1, and SARah 2/3.

I set aside WorldView Legion, given recent news.

Edit/add: Starlink 7-3 launched successfully September 25.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : NET October 2023
« Reply #18 on: 10/06/2023 02:26 pm »
The launch is not in the next few weeks, I think.

https://www.ohb.de/en/news/federal-armed-forces-start-operational-use-of-the-satellite-based-reconnaissance-system-sarah-with-the-first-satellite

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Federal Armed Forces start operational use of the satellite-based reconnaissance system SARah with the first satellite

Bremen, 5. October 2023
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The two SARah radar satellites realized by OHB are currently close to completion and will also be launched into their target orbit in the near future. These are based on a further development of the reflector technology of the SAR-Lupe constellation. SAR-Lupe is the Federal Armed Forces' first space-based reconnaissance system and has been operated by OHB System in cooperation with OHB Digital Connect for 15 years.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SARah 2/3 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2023
« Reply #19 on: 10/08/2023 07:12 am »
The launch is not in the next few weeks, I think.

Still scheduled for this year:

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Corrected version: Bundeswehr starts partial operation of the first SARah satellite
05.10.2023

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According to current plans, the two remaining reflector satellites will be launched into space this year to complete the SARah system.
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