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DISCUSSION thread for WorldView Legion Flight 1

NSF Threads for WorldView Legion: Flight 1, Flight 2

Successful launch 2 May 2024 at 18:36 UTC (11:36 am PDT) from SLC-4E at Vandenberg.  First two Legion satellites delivered to 520-km, 97.6 deg SSO with 10:30 LTDN.  Falcon 9 first stage 1061-20 landed at LZ-4.

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Two new launches:
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Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Selects SpaceX to Launch its Next-generation WorldView Legion Satellites
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The initial block of the multi-satellite WorldView Legion constellation will be launched by two flight-proven Falcon 9 rockets in 2021.
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180314005049/en/Maxar-Technologies%E2%80%99-DigitalGlobe-Selects-SpaceX-Launch-Next-generation

If this is like many other recently designed constellations it could be one launch each from Florida and California?

[SSL 2017-07-06] SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation to DigitalGlobe
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that its subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) was selected to provide a next-generation satellite constellation for high-resolution Earth imaging to DigitalGlobe, the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. Called WorldView Legion, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites will more than double DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution capacity in important regions. The contract is valued at several hundred million U.S. dollars..

[Raytheon] DigitalGlobe selects Raytheon as satellite imaging payload provider for WorldView Legion constellation
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator.

Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-demand areas. Once the WorldView Legion constellation is on orbit, DigitalGlobe's combined constellation will be able to image the most rapidly changing areas on Earth every 20 to 30 minutes, from sunup to sundown. WorldView Legion will begin launching in 2020.

WorldView Legion on Gunter's Space Page
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #1 on: 03/14/2018 03:49 pm »
Does anyone has info, how many WorldView-Legion satellites are on one Falcon-9 launch?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #2 on: 03/14/2018 04:09 pm »
AncientU missed the best part! ;D Should come as no surprise in the 2020 time frame, but still great to hear.
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"SpaceX is proud to partner with DigitalGlobe to launch the WorldView Legion constellation," said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. "We appreciate DigitalGlobe selecting two flight-proven Falcon 9’s to reliably deliver their satellites to orbit.”

Does anyone has info, how many WorldView-Legion satellites are on one Falcon-9 launch?

40 revisits in 24 hours for certain locations would fit well with 6 satellites in an average SSO, I think. Based on the phrasing of the PR and the lowish orbit, I'd bet on 3 satellites per launch. Probably wrong :D
« Last Edit: 03/14/2018 05:42 pm by vaporcobra »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #3 on: 03/14/2018 04:30 pm »
40 revisits in 24 hours for certain locations would fit well with 6 satellites in an average SSO, I think. Based on the phrasing of the PR and the lowish orbit, I'd bet on 3 satellites per launch.

They're not all in SSO, and the revisit rate is for their combined constellation, not just Legion.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #4 on: 03/29/2018 09:13 pm »
[Spaceflight Now] DigitalGlobe books two launches with SpaceX for Earth-imaging fleet
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Turner Brinton, a DigitalGlobe spokesperson, said the WorldView Legion satellites will be the primary payloads on each of the Falcon 9 flights in 2021. But he said the company is open to making the rocket’s excess lift capability available for rideshares, or secondary satellites.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #5 on: 08/13/2018 10:10 pm »
just a link:

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #6 on: 09/20/2018 02:40 am »
SAT-MOD-20180918-00073
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DG Consents Sub, Inc. (“DigitalGlobe”) hereby requests modification of its Earth Exploration Satellite Service (“EESS”) system to add twelve new non-geostationary satellite orbit (“NGSO”) remote sensing satellites. These new satellites (the “WorldView-Legion satellites”) will be organized into two Blocks, increasing the number of satellites licensed under Call Sign S2129 to fifteen.  Block-1 will consist of WorldView-Legion-1 through 6, and Block-2 will consist of WorldView-Legion-7 through 12.
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Each Block of WorldView-Legion satellites will operate in two circular orbital planes. Each Block of six satellites will be placed into orbit on two separate launches. For each Block two of the satellites to be launched will operate in a sun-synchronous orbital plane, and the remaining four satellites will operate in a 45-degree-inclined plane.
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This means that their satellites will operate over an altitude range of 450 to 870 kilometers during the initial part of the mission, and they will converge to nominal altitudes of 763 kilometers (equatorial altitude) for the two sun-synchronous satellites, and 518 kilometers (equatorial altitude) for the four 45-degree-inclined satellites
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Block 1 of the WorldView-Legion satellites are under construction. The launches of WorldView-Legion Blocks 1 and 2 will be staggered and ensure continuity of service to DigitalGlobe’s customers.

As expected this would be one launch each from Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral for WorldView Legion Block 1.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #7 on: 04/11/2019 12:19 am »
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When do the first Worldview Legion satellites launch?

Right now, the publicly released schedule is first quarter of 2021. We’re under contract with SpaceX for two launches. This is the first block of a multi-satellite constellation. We’re looking at ways to possibly pull that into the back end of 2020. We’ve been having meetings with others here today to see if we can pull those back to the left. Right now, we’re still on a path to get to first quarter of 2021, but we’re seeing if there are things we can do pull to the left, into 2020.



I’ve heard rumors that you don’t have enough money for Worldview Legion.

That is completely and utterly false. We’re building it on our own. We have more debt than we want to right now, which we’re working on in terms of getting our capital structure into a different place that would be better for our shareowners on the equity side. But we are fully able to fund the Worldview Legion constellation. This is the highest capex year for it. Raytheon is providing the instrument, a highly designed advanced instrument per our specifications. SpaceX is under contract for launches. We’re building the satellites on our own. I’m absolutely certain we’re going to do. Our credit facilities and other things provide us way more latitude than we need with this program.

https://spacenews.com/jablonsky-maxar-interview/

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #8 on: 06/16/2019 02:04 am »
DigitalGlobe's FCC license for the Legion constellation was approved on June 13.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #9 on: 10/10/2019 06:23 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #10 on: 04/28/2020 02:48 am »
[Raytheon: April 15, 2020] Sharp focus : Next-gen imaging instruments to power WorldView Legion satellites

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Maxar’s WorldView Legion, a fleet of six Earth-observation satellites, will offer a more accurate and timely view of the ground. The satellites will carry a new imaging instrument from Raytheon Intelligence & Space, one of four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies. It will collect high-resolution images from large, contiguous areas. The number of satellites in orbit will make it possible to revisit a particular area in a short amount of time, producing real-time information that can be important to everything from national security to disaster response and environmental monitoring.

“Our instrument collects images and effectively stitches together a panoramic picture of the ground,” said Wallis Laughrey, vice president of Space Systems at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “The amount of images collected will be huge. Each satellite will collect imagery that could cover approximately 700,000 square kilometers – about the size of Texas – every day.”

As a satellite passes an area of interest, it essentially swings back and forth, scanning an area 10 kilometers-wide. The image resolution possible with the new instrument will show a level of detail that was not possible before. Users looking at an image of a parking lot will be able to distinguish between a sedan, an SUV, a motorcycle or truck.

“Say you take an image of a coastal city and a building in this city is obscured by a shadow,” said Earl Choi, WorldView Legion chief engineer for Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “Our instrument can not only clearly reveal the building, but let you see underwater obstructions in the nearby ocean, identify different vegetation and soils in the area and tell you the direction of traveling vehicles.”

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The first set of WorldView Legion satellites will launch in 2021. To meet a one-payload-per-month schedule, RI&S made a significant investment in advanced techniques, including digital, 3D-model-based instructions for assembly, and a software-based, automated telescope alignment system.

“Telescope alignment is incredibly precise, down to nanometers, and keep in mind, the diameter of a human hair is 75,000 nanometers,” said Choi. “Normally, it’s a manual, time-consuming process. Now, we can make minute adjustments at the click of a button, with higher precision and product quality. It’s a big time-saver.” ...


Photo: A Raytheon Technologies engineer positions the instrument's primary mirror using a precise measuring tool called a metrology arm.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : early 2021
« Reply #11 on: 05/04/2020 02:59 pm »
[Space News: May 1, 2020] WorldView Legion remains on track for 2021 launch
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Maxar will begin integrating the satellites and sensors “later this year for a first launch early in 2021 and a second launch in the latter part of 2021,” Walter Scott, Maxar executive vice president and chief technology officer, told SpaceNews.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : early 2021
« Reply #12 on: 08/06/2020 09:35 pm »

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from Maxar earnings call, flight 1 targeting first week of September from Vandenberg, flight 2 about 3-6 months afterwards.
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from Maxar earnings call, flight 1 targeting first week of September from Vandenberg, flight 2 about 3-6 months afterwards.

That’s a six month delay! Any reasons given?

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Will have to listen back later for some details.  Mentioned COVID supplier delays and launch windows around NASA launch.

Said later in call that expect first flight from Vandy but F9 has plenty of performance to do the polar launch from Florida if necessary.

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Sounded like they were delayed building the satellites, and then the first week of September was the first launch window available after DART.  (I'm assuming DART is the NASA mission in question, which would mean that one hasn't slipped much if at all.)  They start environmental testing on the Legion satellites early next year.
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https://spacenews.com/maxar-q3-2020/

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Maxar planned to begin launching WorldView Legion satellites in the first quarter of 2021. Due to the pandemic, however, “some of the vendor hardware is showing up just a little later than we originally planned,” Jablonsky said. Those delays impact the timeline for full integration, which means environmental testing also occurs a little later, he added.

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“We continue to make progress on the integration, assembly and test of all six spacecraft and instruments, and we expect to go into environmental testing early next year,” Dan Jablonsky, Maxar president and CEO, said during a Nov. 5 earnings call. “This is a complex program and many elements need to come together to ensure the level of quality and mission success we expect.”

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #18 on: 11/10/2020 02:00 am »
Does anyone has info, how many WorldView-Legion satellites are on one Falcon-9 launch?

The plan is now for two satellites per launch.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #19 on: 11/10/2020 02:35 am »
Does anyone has info, how many WorldView-Legion satellites are on one Falcon-9 launch?

The plan is now for two satellites per launch.

Two on the first launch, four on the second launch, because two are going to polar orbit and four to mid-inclination

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #20 on: 11/10/2020 04:48 am »
Does anyone has info, how many WorldView-Legion satellites are on one Falcon-9 launch?

The plan is now for two satellites per launch.

Two on the first launch, four on the second launch, because two are going to polar orbit and four to mid-inclination

https://spacenews.com/maxar-q3-2020/
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Maxar plans to launch the second two WorldView Legion satellites approximately three to six months after the first launch, Jablonsky said.

It appears that things have changed, unless Spacenews made a mistake. But it’s been a few days and it would’ve been corrected by now.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : 2021
« Reply #21 on: 11/10/2020 01:54 pm »
https://spacenews.com/maxar-q3-2020/
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Maxar plans to launch the second two WorldView Legion satellites approximately three to six months after the first launch, Jablonsky said.

It appears that things have changed, unless Spacenews made a mistake. But it’s been a few days and it would’ve been corrected by now.

It seems Space News made a mistake.

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On quarterly earning call they said still looking at around the end of September for the first flight (two sats to polar orbit), and talking to SpaceX about potential launch windows for the second flight (4 sats to inclined orbit), probably very early 2022.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : Q4 2021
« Reply #23 on: 05/03/2021 09:11 pm »
expecting Q4 launch (from earnings call).  Still have several items driving schedule risk, including finalizing software, a problem with some supplier components that's affecting several manufacturers, and some mitigation for a production issue found in testing of the optical instrument.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : Q4 2021
« Reply #24 on: 05/04/2021 12:57 pm »
Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky, Q1 2021 earnings call (1700 EDT, 03 May 2021)
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At this point, we're tracking a few critical items that could impact time lines to launch.

The first of these is completion and validation of flight software, which is complex and continued simulation and testing of this spacecraft and its components and subsystems. Next, there's an industry-wide issue with some aspects of Honeywell electronic components that have been identified and need to be corrected. We're using these Honeywell electronic components on the first of our Legion satellites.

As I noted, the entire satellite industry is being impacted. Notably, Maxar's Legion program, though, has been designated as a high priority defense mission and has formally received a DX rating under the Defense Production Act. We're basically front of the line alongside other DX-rated programs that are close to it and preferential treatment and resolving this issue. And at this point, we're optimistic that this is not a pacing item.

Finally, we put our satellites and systems through a rigorous set of environmental testing to validate the engineering, the design, the quality and construction and work that goes into the build. We and our suppliers do that as additional validation measures. During April, one of our suppliers, Raytheon, had been conducting those same sorts of tests on the high-precision optical instruments. They unexpectedly encountered an issue during testing not related to design but due to some workmanship in an assembly of a supporting component.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : Q4 2021
« Reply #25 on: 05/06/2021 07:41 pm »
 SAT-MOD-20210506-00060
Maxar requested some adjustments to the orbital parameters (this flight is Block 1 SSO).

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : Q4 2021
« Reply #26 on: 08/03/2021 03:48 pm »
Maxar made an FCC filing that updates the orbit for the first two SSO sats to 518km, 97.47deg.  I really wouldn't be surprised if they end up sitting on top of the Transporter 3 stack.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : Q4 2021
« Reply #27 on: 08/05/2021 12:06 am »
Delayed until the March-June timeframe (which happens to be the timeframe of two other Transporter launches, so I'm still guessing that might be what they'll use).  Program is running a couple months behind schedule (delayed hardware deliveries with second optical instrument not expected until September now, testing, software, etc).

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : H1 2022
« Reply #28 on: 09/09/2021 10:40 pm »
Another license modification request adjusting the orbits of future flights:

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : H1 2022
« Reply #29 on: 11/04/2021 11:12 am »
Maxar Q3 2021 Financial Report

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“Importantly, we also signed a contract with a fifth U.S. ally to upgrade the country’s ground infrastructure to be Legion ready and we were awarded contracts to build two new GEO satellites for Sirius XM. Finally, we advanced the Legion construction program and continue to expect the launch of the first two satellites in the March to June 2022 window.”

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Maxar still confident Legion constellation will be in orbit in 2022

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1471047457576562691

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Maxar’s John Cartwright says at a #WSBW panel this morning they’re expecting to launch the first set of WorldView Legion satellites in the second quarter of 2022, with the second set 3-6 months later.

I asked if the six Legion satellites would be launched in batches of three, or two on one launch and four on the other; Cartwright declined to say. The company has previously said two on the first and four on the second.

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Huh, I really thought these would end up on a Transporter launch.


[Press Release] Maxar Reserves May 15 - June 13 Window for First WorldView Legion Launch
Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), provider of comprehensive space solutions and secure, precise, geospatial intelligence, today announces it has reserved a window of May 15, 2022 - June 13, 2022 with SpaceX to launch the first two WorldView Legion satellites.
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“We continue to execute against our plan to complete the WorldView Legion program to the highest possible standard of quality,” said Chris Johnson, Maxar SVP of Space. “Testing of the first satellites is underway and given the criticality of this mission and a potentially crowded SpaceX manifest this spring, it was important to secure this launch window. I am proud of the team’s progress this year as we make WorldView Legion’s game-changing capabilities a reality for our government and commercial customers in 2022.”

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : NET May 2022
« Reply #32 on: 01/22/2022 04:30 pm »
Latest amendment for the constellation shows the planes still as:
2 satellites in SSO, ~510km altitude
4 satellites at 57deg inclination, ~540km altitude
4 satellites at 45deg inclination, ~520km altitude
2 satellites in SSO, ~590km altitude
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Spaceflight Now lists this launch from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral
Launches Seen: Atlas V OA-7, Falcon 9 Starlink 6-4, Falcon 9 CRS-28,


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https://finance.yahoo.com/m/fdbb391d-31a3-3a97-8e51-ad41c56f26fa/westminster-based-maxar-s.html
[Feb 23, not paywalled]
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The company said the first pair of WorldView Legion satellites is now likely to launch on a SpaceX rocket in June or July, and the remaining four satellites, under construction now, are now slated to launch in two missions three and six months later.

This is seems to confirm there is a Legion-3 mission planned for December 2022 or later. Originally, we thought there would be only two launches.
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SFN Launch Schedule update, March 25 (one of many):
WorldView Legion 1 and 2 pair launches in June 2022 from Cape Canaveral SFS SLC-40.
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[Space News] Maxar eager to launch new satellites amid soaring demand for imagery over Ukraine
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Most recently, the launch of the first two satellites that had been projected for early summer could be pushed to the right again because of a shortage of Ukrainian Antonov cargo aircraft used to transport spacecraft from factory to launch site.

The first two satellites will be transported by truck from Maxar’s manufacturing plant in Northern California to SpaceX’s launch facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. That could add a couple of extra weeks to the schedule, said Jablonsky.

Maxar initially had booked two SpaceX launches for the Legion constellation: one for the first two satellites and the second for the other four. But it later decided to add a third, splitting the constellation in pairs to be launched in three-month intervals, said Jablonsky.

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SFN Launch Schedule update, April 20 (one of many):
WorldView Legion 1 and 2 pair launches in July 2022.
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The launches are now scheduled for September, December 2022 and March 2023.

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/maxar-six-satellite-legion-constellation-delayed-1st-launch-now-set-for-september-work-on-7th-8th-legions-begins/ [May 10]
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Maxar Technologies has delayed the launch of its first two WorldView Legion optical imaging satellites by 2-3 months, to September, following a wrongly designed satellite test sequence that will add about $20 million to the program’s cost.

Maxar has scheduled three SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for the six Legion satellites. Under the scheduled that Maxar updated on May 9, the launches would now occur in September, December and March.
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Any new news, particularly regarding the shipment of the first two satellites to Florida?
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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
WorldView Legion satellites update
The first two WorldView Legion satellites have completed environmental testing and are essentially ready for the first launch
from a hardware perspective. However, in July 2022, we encountered delays during software validation and testing, which led
to further delays from our expected timetable. We are continuing with the software validation process, and now estimate the
first launch of the WorldView Legion satellites to be in the fourth quarter of 2022 assuming no major issues arise. The second
launch of the WorldView Legion satellites is now expected to be approximately two months after the first launch.

https://d18rn0p25nwr6d.cloudfront.net/CIK-0001121142/e79b5df8-e383-47dd-b350-a1bbc58be3f8.pdf

That is todays 10-Q. Good time to ask ;)
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@Maxar 1st Legion sats delayed to Q4 on software issues; no Legion rev in 2022; co hopes to catch w/ more closely spaced @SpaceX Legion launches; @SemperCitiusSDA contract w/ @L3HarrisTech for 14 sat buses is 1st payoff for proliferated LEO investment.https://bit.ly/3BWpt7e [Aug 10]
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Any updates on Legion 1-2 from Cape Canaveral? Latest public statement from MAXR was end of Q4 2022?
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Any updates on Legion 1-2 from Cape Canaveral? Latest public statement from MAXR was end of Q4 2022?

I split/merged your post to the relevant launch thread.

Apparently, there is no new news, but sometimes a well-timed question shakes loose an answer.

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Belated cross-post:
NextSpaceFlight, updated October 1:
NET December

Any updates on Legion 1-2 from Cape Canaveral? Latest public statement from MAXR was end of Q4 2022?
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You are a little early asking this time. Quarterly report expected 5pm ET today.  ;)

Last quarterly report said
"now estimate the first launch of the WorldView Legion satellites to be in the fourth quarter of 2022 assuming no major issues arise. The second launch of the WorldView Legion satellites is now expected to be approximately two months after the first launch."
Less official lines indicated late 2022 for first launch.

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NextSpaceFlight, updated December 22:
NET February 2023
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NextSpaceflight (Updated February 7th)
Launch NET March 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/107


Sounds to me like this is gonna be "NET Next Month", until it suddenly isn't
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Sounds to me like this is gonna be "NET Next Month", until it suddenly isn't

yep

Could this FCC App be for WorldView 1?

0131-EX-ST-2023
Mission 1860
RTLS from Florida NET late February (O3B Flight 2?)

No ASDS listed, but app states "SpaceX Mission 1860 (RTLS option)".  I've never seen that before.
Also, it states "This application uses information from previous grant 1955-EX-ST-2022", which was OneWeb 2.  OneWeb 2 "used information from" OneWeb 1, so decent chance this is OneWeb 3.

Follow up FCC app with same Mission #

0136-EX-ST-2023
Mission 1860 (downrange droneship landing option), SLC-40 or LC-39A
Operation Start Date 2023 Feb 24 (same as 0131-EX-ST-2023)
ASDS North 23 39 28  West 79 16 30 (southeast polar orbit landing approx 550km downrange)
"Uses information from" 0788-EX-ST-2022 (aka. USA 328-331 + Globalstar FM15).  Maybe some Starshield sats?  Any ideas?

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Sounds to me like this is gonna be "NET Next Month", until it suddenly isn't

yep

This would seem to agree too.

https://s22.q4cdn.com/683266634/files/doc_financials/2022/q4/MaxarTechnologiesInc_20230222_10-K-(FY-2022).pdf
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WorldView Legion satellites update
Due to our pending Merger Agreement, we are no longer providing forward-looking updates on the timing of the
launches of our WorldView Legion satellites. We are continuing integration testing for the WorldView Legion
satellites, and launch of the satellites will occur following completion of that process. As previously disclosed in our
public filings, and as more completely described in the Merger Agreement, no effect relating to or arising from the
Company’s WorldView Legion satellite program can constitute or contribute to a material adverse effect, and the
Closing is not conditioned on the absence of any such effect or the success of the WorldView Legion program.
[Signatures dated Feb 22]
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
« Reply #53 on: 03/21/2023 05:31 pm »
SpaceflightNow (Updated March 21)
Launch NET April
Launch site moved from Cape Canaveral to Vandenberg

Could it finally be happening?

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
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SpaceflightNow (Updated March 21)
Launch NET April
Launch site moved from Cape Canaveral to Vandenberg

Could it finally be happening?

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

Back to SLC-40 again, but still listed for April:

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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SpaceflightNow (Updated March 21)
Launch NET April
Launch site moved from Cape Canaveral to Vandenberg

Could it finally be happening?

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

Back to SLC-40 again, but still listed for April:

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

This entry is a copy/paste from the O3B launch just upwards, Cape mention seems to be a mistake linked with this.

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The next piece of news towards launch should be shipping the satellites to Vandenberg. 🛰 🛰

Edit/add: Estimate of satellite mass?

First stage landing at LZ-4?
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https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/107

now says June 2023 with est of 1500kg mass

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https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/107

now says June 2023 with est of 1500kg mass

NET June 2023 = NET (remainder of) Q2 2023 = NLT June 2023 in NextSF terminology.

Also, the NextSF listing continues to state the launch site is SLC-40.
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Officially targeting summer, which fits NET June

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Maxar eyes summer launch of WorldView Legion imaging satellites

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April 24, 2023

After years of delays, Maxar Technologies is preparing for the first launch this summer of its next-generation imaging satellites WorldView Legion.

“We’ve got everything we need at this point” to get the first pair of WorldView Legion high-resolution imaging satellites to orbit, the company’s president and CEO Daniel Jablonsky told SpaceNews April 20 at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

The Earth-observation satellites, equipped with Raytheon-made imaging payloads — are scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Maxar plans to send six WorldView Legions into sun-synchronous and mid-inclination orbits on three separate Falcon 9 rockets.

The WorldView Legion constellation is years behind schedule due to hardware supplier problems and other setbacks, including delays in the delivery of the imaging instruments, production shutdowns during the covid pandemic and a shortage of Ukrainian Antonov cargo aircraft used to transport spacecraft from the factory to the launch site.

Jablonsky said the new technology in the Legion satellites also caused additional delays. “It’s a first of its kind, complicated space program,” he said. “It’s a very exquisite type of technology.”

As the launch date nears, he said, “it’s been more about finalizing all of the preflight checks, completing the flight software and getting all of our last testing before we go downrange and put them on a rocket.”

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NextSpaceflight, updated May 27:
Launch NET July
Also, the NextSF listing continues to state the launch site is SLC-40.
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Fleet Space plans to launch three 12U and one 41U satellite on a Falcon 9 NET January 2023. Deployment altitude 550-600 km, inclination 45 degrees. This is the second application I found targeting 45 degrees inclination. The first one lists clearly periodic rideshare missions. Looks like Transporters are going to 45 degrees inclination occasionally, right?

The filing was made in Aug 2022.

This line from the ODAR gives quite a clue:
"SpaceX Falcon 9 (Maxar satellite dedicated launch)"

Worldview Legion is split between SSO and 45-degrees.
(not sure which flight these will actually be on, but want to keep track of the info)
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NextSpaceflight, updated July 4:
Launch NET August, LZ-4 first stage landing
Also, the NextSF listing has been corrected to launch site SLC-4E.
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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

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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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NextSpaceflight, updated August 13:
Launch NET September
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NextSpaceflight, updated September 5:
Launch NET October
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I hope this launch happens soon, but . . .

https://spacenews.com/maxar-technologies-to-reorganize-under-two-separate-businesses/ [Sept 20]

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The launch of the six-satellite Legion constellation is years behind schedule due to supplier problems and other setbacks. Maxar in recent months has declined to provide updates on when the first Legion satellites will get to orbit. Having these satellites in operation is key to the future of the company, which currently relies on three legacy WorldView and one GeoEye optical imaging satellites. According to industry sources, further delays are expected in the Legion program.

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FWIW, SFN currently has this launch TBD, placed between two October launches: SFN Launch Schedule, updated September 19.

To paraphrase: "This pandemic war is going to last a lot longer than the duration."
I hope this launch happens soon, but . . .
Maxar Technologies to reorganize under two separate businesses [Sept 20]
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The launch of the six-satellite Legion constellation is years behind schedule due to supplier problems and other setbacks. Maxar in recent months has declined to provide updates on when the first Legion satellites will get to orbit. Having these satellites in operation is key to the future of the company, which currently relies on three legacy WorldView and one GeoEye optical imaging satellites. According to industry sources, further delays are expected in the Legion program.
Or, has Maxar made other missteps delaying first launch?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2023
« Reply #70 on: 10/09/2023 06:12 am »
SFN Launch Schedule, updated October 7: TBD, binned with other TBD Q4 or end of year launches.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2023
« Reply #71 on: 11/26/2023 05:23 am »
Open question: Launch delayed into 2024?

Edit December 13: Still no news--I suspect yes.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2024
« Reply #72 on: 12/23/2023 03:35 am »
Open question: Launch delayed into 2024?

Edit December 13: Still no news--I suspect yes.

Update date was sometime in the last few days, maybe when the SARah 2/3 launch popped up.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2024
« Reply #73 on: 01/09/2024 07:30 pm »
Q1 2024 out of play:
NextSpaceflight, updated January 9:
Launch NET April 2024
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2024
« Reply #74 on: 03/01/2024 07:02 pm »
Flight 1 is targeted for the first half of the year, with Flight 2 & 3 targeted for the second half of the year:

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14th February 2024

Technology and satellite company Maxar has said it expects to launch two Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) observation satellites within the next four months with another four in the second half of the year to create its WorldView Legion constellation.

[...]

The satellites will orbit at 450km, each measuring 3mx2mx2m without solar array and weighing approximately 625kg, with an expected lifespan of 10 years. The constellation will provide up to 15 revisits per day with a daily collection capacity of five million square kilometres.

Some new info, finally...
[NLT June]
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2024
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[NLT June]

NextSpaceflight; updated March 7 or 8?:
Launch NET June 2024
(likely NET Q2 2024 in NextSF jargon)
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Re: SpaceX F9 : WorldView Legion Flight 1 : VSFB SLC-4E : 2024
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The first two Legion satellites have arrived at Vandenberg.

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https://spacenews.com/maxar-eyes-spring-launch-of-long-delayed-worldview-legion-satellites/ [Mar 18]
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First Two WorldView Legion Satellites Arrive at Launch Base
03.18.2024

Two WorldView Legion satellites built by Maxar Space Systems for Maxar Intelligence arrived and are preparing for launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. These satellites will ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into orbit as soon as April.

These are the first two of six planned WorldView Legion satellites, which will enhance Maxar Intelligence’s constellation by delivering industry-leading resolution and accuracy. When all six WorldView Legion satellites are launched, it will triple Maxar Intelligence’s capacity to collect 30 cm-class and multispectral imagery. The full Maxar constellation of 10 electro-optical satellites will image the most rapidly changing areas on Earth as frequently as every 20 to 30 minutes, from sunup to sundown.

“WorldView Legion will extend the quality and capability of our industry-leading constellation, redefining Earth observation constellation performance and providing customers with unprecedented access to timely, actionable insights that help drive mission success,” said Dan Smoot, Maxar Intelligence CEO.

These Maxar Space Systems-built satellites are the first MAXAR 500™ SERIES BUSES to complete production at the company’s satellite manufacturing locations in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. The Maxar 500 series bus is a mid-size platform that can be tailored for multiple missions and orbits. As part of the WorldView Legion program, Maxar invested to create a bus with better stability, agility and pointing accuracy; future Maxar 500 customers can benefit from this technology for their missions.

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Targeting Mid-April:

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Our first two WorldView Legion satellites are being prepared for a mid-April launch. Once operational, they’ll provide high-resolution #satelliteimagery for our customers’ critical missions. See what’s coming: https://maxar.com/worldview-legion
#ittakesalegion

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Next Vandenberg Falcon 9 launches:
Starlink 8-1
WorldView Legion Flight 1?
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Does anybody know what this is?

Quote from: NGA
030817Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 231/24(18,83).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS:
   A. 1354Z TO 1504Z DAILY 11 THRU 17 APR
      IN AREA BOUND BY
      30-49.00N 121-55.00W, 31-49.00N 121-55.00W,
      31-00.00N 122-44.00W, 30-11.00N 122-55.00W,
      30-04.00N 122-30.00W, 30-08.00N 122-15.00W.
   B. 1603Z TO 1636Z DAILY 11 THRU 17 APR
      IN AREA BOUND BY
      15-00.00N 149-34.00W, 15-30.00N 151-53.00W,
      06-26.00N 153-53.00W, 05-56.00N 151-38.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 171736Z APR 24.

Seems plausible for Worldview Legion or NROL-174, but I haven't found anyone making "let's go" posts, so no clear association.

There's a dogleg: the ascent is on a 201 deg heading, while the 2nd stage splash zone is aligned to 192 deg heading. (I think the latter is still consistent with a sun-sync orbit, right?)
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Does anybody know what this is?

Trajectory goes to SSO, which matches this flight
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Seems plausible for Worldview Legion or NROL-174, but I haven't found anyone making "let's go" posts, so no clear association.
USSF-62 is also launching to SSO.
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Seems plausible for Worldview Legion or NROL-174, but I haven't found anyone making "let's go" posts, so no clear association.
USSF-62 is also launching to SSO.

Thanks, zubenelgenubi, it looks like you’re a winner:
From https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp
Quote from: FAA
USSF-62 VANDEBERG, CA
PRIMARY:      04/11/24.      1200Z-1636Z
BACKUP(S):   04/12-04/17  1200Z-1636Z

So, is there a SpaceX/USSF-62 thread?

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USSF-62 launched successfully earlier today.

Is this the next Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch?  My bold:
Quote from: Maxar Technologies tweet
Our first two WorldView Legion satellites are being prepared for a mid-April launch. Once operational, they’ll provide high-resolution #satelliteimagery for our customers’ critical missions. See what’s coming: https://maxar.com/worldview-legion
#ittakesalegion
[Apr 2]

Or, will it be Starlink 8-2 or 7-19?
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Cross-post:
Here are a couple NGA Space Debris notices that I don't know what they are. They are not necessarily related to each other, though they came out around 15 minutes apart. I don't know whether either or both are even SpaceX.

The first is Vandy.  The second is in the Eastern North Pacific running from well off the coast of California up to off the coast of British Columbia.

Quote from: NGA
120940Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 248/24(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1830Z TO 1924Z DAILY 17 THRU 23 APR
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-42.00N 120-43.00W, 34-42.00N 120-28.00W,
   34-30.00N 120-28.00W, 33-41.00N 120-53.00W,
   31-26.00N 121-51.00W, 31-15.00N 122-04.00W,
   31-15.00N 122-34.00W, 31-45.00N 122-37.00W,
   32-01.00N 122-24.00W, 33-51.00N 121-11.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 232024Z APR 24.//
Quote from: NGA
120954Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 249/24(17,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1958Z TO 2046Z DAILY 17 THRU 23 APR
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-33.00N 146-18.00W, 34-06.00N 143-55.00W,
   51-12.00N 138-08.00W, 51-39.00N 141-17.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 232146Z APR 24.//
WorldView Legion 1 & 2, those match a SSO trajectory.
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Which first stage will be used for this launch?  (semi-rhetorical question)

Falcon 9 first stages are apparently now cleared for use up to twenty times for non-human spaceflight missions, although that number is apparently more restricted for Cargo Dragon and Cygnus than these other payloads.

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1061.20   Feb 23
1063.18   Mar 11
1075.11   Mar 19

Edit May 1: It's B1061.20.
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Possibility B1061.20?:
Another F9 (either 1060 or 1061) will fly for the 20th time next week.
https://twitter.com/edwards345/status/1779004912720081170
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LHA map for #DigitalGlobe-1 mission from VSFB SLC-4E NET 17 Apr ~18:30 UTC, alternatively 18 to 23 Apr based on issued NOTAM/NOTMARs. LZ-4 landing for booster. Estimated fairing recovery position approx. 367km downrange. S2 debris reentry in North Pacific. http://bit.ly/LHA-35
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On https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp

the mission seems to be called "DIGITAL GLOBE 1"

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LAUNCH/REENTRY:
SPACEX DIGITAL GLOBE 1, VANDENBURG SFB, CA
PRIMARY:   04/17/24   1830Z-2046Z
BACKUP:     04/18-23/24   1830Z-2046Z
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On https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp

the mission seems to be called "DIGITAL GLOBE 1"

DigitalGlobe is the name of the company who was originally developing the WorldView Legion constellation. Maxar acquired DigitalGlobe in 2017.
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NSF Launch Roundup: SpaceX to reach its 40th Falcon 9 flight of 2024, April 15, by Martin Smith

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1779985718690893850
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Upcoming launches, including SpaceX set to pass 40 launches in 2024 milestone...in April.

Overview by Martin Smith.
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Postponed TBD. The NGA notices are canceled TBD.

Quote from: NGA
170100Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 257/24(17,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CANCEL NAVAREA XII 249/24 AND THIS MSG,
OPERATIONS CANCELED.
Quote from: NGA
170115Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 258/24(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
CANCEL NAVAREA XII 248/24 AND THIS MSG,
OPERATIONS CANCELED.

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Postponed TBD. The NGA notices are canceled TBD.
This explains why we had no launch announcement from SpaceX, when they announced the Starlink 6-51 launch, also on April 17, this afternoon EDT. 🤔
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Go Beyond returned to PoLB on Apr 16 @ 4:41pm PT / 7:41pm ET
Launch delayed long enough not to keep Go Beyond at sea.
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This launch has been removed from FAA ATCSCC Current Operations Plan Advisory. Only Starlink Group 6-51 and Starlink Group 6-52 are currently listed.

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp

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If the delay grows beyond a few days, SpaceX may slide in a Starlink launch instead.
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If the delay grows beyond a few days, SpaceX may slide in a Starlink launch instead.

A. If Go Beyond returned the port we already know that the delay is more than a few days.
B. If the want to slip in another starlink, Go Beyond would not return to port.

Catch 22 logic.

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If the delay grows beyond a few days, SpaceX may slide in a Starlink launch instead.

A. If Go Beyond returned the port we already know that the delay is more than a few days.
B. If the want to slip in another starlink, Go Beyond would not return to port.

Catch 22 logic.

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New NGA Space Debris notices for this launch. The first one is effectively a Rocket Launching notice.

Quote from: NGA
190933Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 265/24(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1830Z TO 1924Z DAILY 24 THRU 30 APR
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-42.00N 120-43.00W, 34-42.00N 120-28.00W,
   34-30.00N 120-28.00W, 33-41.00N 120-53.00W,
   31-26.00N 121-51.00W, 31-15.00N 122-04.00W,
   31-15.00N 122-34.00W, 31-45.00N 122-37.00W,
   32-01.00N 122-24.00W, 33-51.00N 121-11.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 302024Z APR 24.//
Quote from: NGA
190943Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 266/24(17,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1958Z TO 2046Z DAILY 24 THRU 30 APR
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   34-33.00N 146-18.00W, 34-06.00N 143-55.00W,
   51-12.00N 138-08.00W, 51-39.00N 141-17.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 302146Z APR 24.//

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The FAA ATCSCC Current Operations Plan Advisory now lists this launch again.

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp

Quote from: FAA
SPACEX DIGITAL GLOBE 1, VANDENBERG SFB, CA
PRIMARY:        04/24/24                1830-2046Z
BACKUP(S):      04/25/24-04/30/24       1830-2046Z

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Upcoming launches, including one where SpaceX is set to achieve the 300th landing of a Falcon 9 booster.

By Martin Smith.
NSF Launch Roundup: SpaceX to land its 300th booster, NASA tests a solar sail, and China launches three more taikonauts, April 22, by Martin Smith
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Launch is supposed to be in ~5.5 hours.  No news is...?  Implied as a delay?
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Launch is supposed to be in ~5.5 hours.  No news is...?  Implied as a delay?

NOTAMs for today have been canceled, now NET tomorrow:

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!CARF 04/280 ZLA AIRSPACE DCC SX DIGITAL GLOBE-1 24-15 AREA A STNR
ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 343900N1204200W TO
343900N1203200W TO 343400N1203200W TO 334100N1205300W TO
320400N1214900W TO 321600N1220000W TO 334600N1210800W TO POINT OF
ORIGIN SFC-UNL 2404251830-2404251922
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Any ideas why there's a scrub today? I wonder what caused the week long delay, and if pushing it until tomorrow is realistic or if it'll be another week delay.

Any longer and they'll have to swap with starlink.

Seems like this mission has had basically zero information recently.
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All of the NGA notices for this launch and also for Starlink Group 8-2 have been canceled TBD.

Here are the cancellations for this launch:

Quote from: NGA
241922Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 279/24(17,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CANCEL NAVAREA XII 266/24 AND THIS MSG.
Quote from: NGA
241930Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 280/24(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
CANCEL NAVAREA XII 265/24 AND THIS MSG.

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Whither Go Beyond?  Returning to port?
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Whither Go Beyond?  Returning to port?
Go Beyond departed PoLB on Apr 22 @ 10:39pm PT / Apr 23 @ 1:39am ET

Returned to Port of Long Beach: (GO Crusader is the old name of GO Beyond)
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Skipping over WorldView Legion Flight 1 to go forward with Starlink 8-2?
Rescheduled for Star Wars Day (May 4th) according to this NOTAM:
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R0071/24 NOTAMN
Q) SCIZ/QRDCA/IV/BO/W/000/999/2300S09700W715
A) SCIZ B) 2405040438 C) 2405100855
D) MAY 04 0438-0906/ 05 0439-0907/ 06 0427-0855/07 0427-0855
MAY 08 0427-0855/ 09 0427-0855/ 10 0427-0855
E) ZONE ...D... SECT WEST PACIFIC DUE TO RE-ENTRY FALCON 9 STARLINK
8-2
STAGE 2 REENTRY ACTIVITY. THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY GEO COORD:
1500S 10724W
1500S 10441W
3122S 09024W
3420S 09024W
1500S 10724W
INSTRUCTIONS: SANTIAGO OCEANIC CONTROL 10024 KHZ FANS 1A EQUIPPED
ACFT LOG ON SCEZ
INFO PROVIDED BY SPACE X OPS, USA
F) SFC G) UNL

A0618/24 NOTAMR A0603/24
Q) SEFG/QXXLW/IV/NBO/AE/000/999/0010S11654W005
A) SEXX B) 2405040438 C) 2405100855
D) MAY 04 0438-0906, MAY 05 0439-0907 AND MAY 06-10 0427-0855
E) SPACEX FALCON 9 STARLINK 8-2 STAGE 2 REENTRY AND SPLASHDOWN IN THE
UNASSIGNED FIR, SECT DELIMITED BY THE FOLLOWING COORD 0119S 11654W,
0010S 11517W, 1500S 10441W, 1500S 10724W, 0119S 11654W. CTN
F) SFC G) UNL
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Skipping over WorldView Legion Flight 1 to go forward with Starlink 8-2?

Nope.

NGA Space Debris notices. The first one is effectively a Rocket Launching notice.

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260005Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 283/24(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
UNITED STATES.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1830Z TO 1924Z DAILY 01 THRU 07 MAY
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   33-41.00N 120-53.00W, 34-30.00N 120-28.00W,
   34-42.00N 120-28.00W, 34-42.00N 120-43.00W,
   33-51.00N 121-11.00W, 32-01.00N 122-24.00W,
   31-45.00N 122-37.00W, 31-15.00N 122-34.00W,
   31-15.00N 122-04.00W, 31-26.00N 121-51.00W,
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 072024Z MAY 24.
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260026Z APR 24
NAVAREA XII 284/24(17,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1958Z TO 2046Z DAILY 01 THRU 07 MAY
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   51-12.00N 138-08.00W, 51-39.00N 141-17.00W,
   34-33.00N 146-18.00W, 34-06.00N 143-55.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 072146Z MAY 24.

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NGA Space Debris notices. The first one is effectively a Rocket Launching notice.

Map from the NGA notices. Like USSF-62, there appears to be a second stage dogleg at some point.

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https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

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SPACEX DIGITAL GLOBE 1, VANDENBERG SFB, CA
PRIMARY:   05/01/24      1830Z-2046Z
BACKUP:      05/02-06/24      1830Z-2046Z

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SPACEX DIGITAL GLOBE 1, VANDENBERG SFB, CA
PRIMARY:   05/02/24      1830Z-2046Z
BACKUP:      05/03-06/24      1830Z-2046Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp
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Interestingly, tug Kelly C also departed within a few minutes of Go Beyond, and accompanied it within a few miles separation all the way around the south end of Catalina.
They were both traveling about 9 knots, well above the usual speed with OCISLY. Curious what Kelly C is out there to accomplish.

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NET 18:36 UTC
Booster B1061-20

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SpaceX is targeting Thursday, May 2 for launch of the Maxar 1 mission to orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The 14-minute window opens at 11:36 a.m. PT. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on Friday, May 3 at the same time.

A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. Watch live.

This will be the 20th flight for the Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, Korea 425, and nine Starlink missions. After stage separation, the first stage will land on Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=maxar1

https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1YqJDgypdRDGV

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Later that morning, Falcon 9 will launch the @Maxar 1 mission from SLC-4E in California → http://spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=maxar1
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PDF of online press kit.
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We’re less than 24 hours from launching our first two WorldView Legion satellites! The mission patch includes a nod to our launch provider, @SpaceX, and @RTX_News, who manufactured our instrument!

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SpaceX Broadcast Link on Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1YqJDgypdRDGV

Space Affairs YouTube (Re-broadcast):  https://youtube.com/watch?v=q5hf7QpVB_w

Replay supplied by The Space Dev's (15 min after the broadcast end):  https://youtube.com/@thespacedevs/videos

Summary Video provided by SciNews (15 min after the broadcast ends):  https://youtube.com/@SciNewsRo/videos
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Propellant load has begun for Falcon 9’s launch of the @Maxar 1 mission from California. All systems and weather are currently go for launch

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https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/1786099959177028094

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/1786100031696568793

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F9/WorldView: SpaceX is fueling a Falcon 9 rocket for launch from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base to boost Maxar's first 2 World View Legion Earth-observation satellites into orbit. Liftoff from pad 4E is targeted for 2:36pm EDT (1836 UTC)
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F9/WorldView: This will be the 44th F9 launch so far this year, the 329th since the rocket's debut in 2010 and the 13th so far this month; 1st stage B1067 is making its 19th flight and will attempt a return-to-launch-site landing, the 18th at Vandenberg and the 302nd stage recovery overall
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F9/WorldView: SpaceX is fueling a Falcon 9 rocket for launch from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base to boost Maxar's first 2 World View Legion Earth-observation satellites into orbit. Liftoff from pad 4E is targeted for 2:36pm EDT (1836 UTC)
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Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on Landing Zone 4 – completing this booster’s 20th launch and landing!
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Some reusability stats for this launch (WorldView Legion Flight 1):

Booster B1061.20 turnaround time:
69 days 14 hours 25 minutes
(its previous mission was Starlink Group 7-15 on Feb 23, 2024 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for Falcon 9 / Heavy boosters is currently 39.80 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches, excluding new first stages.

Launchpad SLC-4E turnaround time:
21 days 4 hours 11 minutes
(the previous launch from this pad was USSF-62/WSF-M 1 on Apr 11, 2024 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for SLC-4E is currently 10.97 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches.

The same type of stats for previous SpaceX launches may be found on this spreadsheet online.

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FIRST TWO WORLDVIEW LEGION SPACECRAFT PERFORMING WELL AFTER LAUNCH
05/02/2024

Maxar Intelligence, provider of secure, precise geospatial intelligence, today confirmed the first two WorldView Legion satellites are performing well after being launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earlier today from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

Shortly after launch, the satellites deployed their solar arrays and began receiving and sending signals. These satellites will undergo commissioning, and Maxar Intelligence expects first images from the spacecraft later this spring.

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Worldview Legion 1 and 2 cataloged in 516 x 521 km x 97.6 deg, 10:15 LDTN sun-synchronous orbit after launch from Vandenberg on a Falcon 9

Orbit path consistent with deorbit of stage 2 in the preannounced NOTAM area S of Alaska at about 2016 UTC at end of first orbit.
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Ground base video of launch provided by our friend in San Barbara, olivervision.  Due to clouds and launch trajectory, the launch was obscured.  But great bird chirping.

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Go Beyond returned to PoLB on May 5 @ 11:38pm PT / May 6 @ 2:38am ET

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