Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Starlink v0.9 : May 23, 2019 - DISCUSSION  (Read 233679 times)

Offline scr00chy

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Actually the shortest turnaround on SLC-40 was 13 days:
Apr 14, 2015 --- Dragon CRS-6
Apr 27, 2015 --- TurkmenSat 1
Although this was for Falcon 9 v1.1; don't know if it makes things easier or not.
Thanks for the correction! It's actually closer to 12 days (12d 2h 53m). And it's even more impressive considering they did it with the old T/E.

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Thanks for the correction! It's actually closer to 12 days (12d 2h 53m). And it's even more impressive considering they did it with the old T/E.

This was back in the days when they did the static fire with payload attached. Though I guess since Starlink is an internal payload, they may do the static fire with payload already mated.

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This was back in the days when they did the static fire with payload attached. Though I guess since Starlink is an internal payload, they may do the static fire with payload already mated.
TurkmenAlem52E didn't have payload attached during SF.
« Last Edit: 05/04/2019 09:45 am by scr00chy »

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We are only a little over a week away from mid May, range closed this week and still we don't have a date for the launch. That is a bit odd isn't it?

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This is a fairly low profile launch. SpaceX doesn’t really have anything to gain from promoting Starlink until the Constellation is deployed and they’re ready to sign up consumers.
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There is a likelihood that SpaceX will release pictures of sats and dispenser but only after a specific launch date. These releases would likely coincide with the LRR. As far as when the date will likely be toward end of May, possibly in the beginning of the last week of May or about 24th. In between is a VAFB launch 16th if the date holds.

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There is a likelihood that SpaceX will release pictures of sats and dispenser but only after a specific launch date. These releases would likely coincide with the LRR. As far as when the date will likely be toward end of May, possibly in the beginning of the last week of May or about 24th. In between is a VAFB launch 16th if the date holds.

The RCM launch moved to June.

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https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1125845602024161283

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Shotwell: Starlink launch now scheduled for May 15; will have “dozens” of satellites on board (but is not more specific). #SATShow

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1125847207847051264

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Shotwell: first Starlink satellites is a “demonstration set” for us; upcoming launches will depend on how they work. Could have two to six Starlink launches this year. #SATShow
« Last Edit: 05/07/2019 07:44 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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So I guess we'll find out which booster it is when it rolls out this week.  They'll have to SF by Saturday to launch next Wed per previous flows.
I'm still hoping for a 4th booster flight.  Has to happen sometime...

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https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1125848683348725760
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@SpaceX Shotwell: at least 2 Starlink missions beyond the mid-May launch. We are still seeing strong uptake of our launch services, and Starlink would be on top of that. The Starlinks going up May 15 have no intersat links, they are test [email protected]

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https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1125848683348725760
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@SpaceX Shotwell: at least 2 Starlink missions beyond the mid-May launch. We are still seeing strong uptake of our launch services, and Starlink would be on top of that. The Starlinks going up May 15 have no intersat links, they are test [email protected]
Welp, Ill give you that one, gongora. However, since they’re just test satellites, that makes it sound like the initial constellation will still use intersatellite links.

Still think you deserve that win tho.
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So I guess we'll find out which booster it is when it rolls out this week.  They'll have to SF by Saturday to launch next Wed per previous flows.
I'm still hoping for a 4th booster flight.  Has to happen sometime...

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/04/spacexs-crew-dragon-spacecraft-anomaly-static-fire-testing/

suggests B1048.4 but I guess they might change plans and switch again with anomaly.

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It is believed that B1048 has instead been manifested for the first dedicated mission of SpaceX’s Starlink internet constellation scheduled for no earlier than May.

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https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/04/spacexs-crew-dragon-spacecraft-anomaly-static-fire-testing/

suggests B1048.4 but I guess they might change plans and switch again with anomaly.


This tweet from today suggests they might use B1049.3 instead:

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In terms of the core for this mission, B1049-3 is my latest understanding. However, they have been shuffling cores a lot lately, so the press kit (which usually notes prior first stage missions) will likely be needed for confirmation.

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[Space News] SpaceX to launch “dozens” of Starlink satellites May 15, more Starlink launches to follow
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“This next batch of satellites will really be a demonstration set for us to see the deployment scheme and start putting our network together,” she said at the Satellite 2019 conference here. “We start launching satellites for actual service later this year.”
« Last Edit: 05/07/2019 11:34 pm by gongora »

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Are they flying a reused payload fairing on this flight?
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Are they flying a reused payload fairing on this flight?

We don't know.

I'd guess no, just for inspection sakes, but we haven't heard anything from the only source that matters.
Starships are meant to fly

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http://www.spaceflightfans.cn/event/falcon-9-rocket-launch-starlink-satellites?instance_id=2517

According to this chinese article the good aunt Shotwell has said it at the sat conference.

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http://www.spaceflightfans.cn/event/falcon-9-rocket-launch-starlink-satellites?instance_id=2517

According to this chinese article the good aunt Shotwell has said it at the sat conference.

2 to 6 launches, that’s some spread, but very interesting either way.
Superheavy + Starship the final push to launch commit!

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I wrote an article about the recent Starlink-1 news and I'm also speculating that SpaceX might soon stop doing static fires before Starlink launches.

https://www.elonx.net/falcon-9-will-launch-dozens-of-starlink-satellites-and-there-could-be-up-to-7-such-launches-this-year/

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