Author Topic: SpaceX FH : USSF-52 (X-37B OTV-7) : KSC LC-39A : 28/29 December 2023 01:07 UTC  (Read 199864 times)

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I must have missed the source for side boosters not being RTLS.
Source is here (SpaceLaunchNow).  I have no idea how good their inside track sources are.

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NextSpaceflight (Updated April 30th)
Launch NET July 2023
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LOL, right on schedule, there goes that plan :)

And sorry to be driving this thread up to the top and collecting eyeballs intended for the FH launch that's happening this evening (we hope).  I suppose I could have waited until the Viasat-3 mission had lifted off and was out of mind, but didn't think of that ...
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do we still assume that this payload is <6350kgs going to GTO or do we think addon meant its a GTO+ or GEO

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SFN Launch Schedule update, May 5:
July 7, 2023
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Is there any source at all for this mission being to GEO?
No, it's an inference.  We know the core is to be expended, but the sides are not RTLS.  FH with RTLS sides and expended center already put a heavier satellite (Arabsat-6) into a quite super-synchronous orbit.    This implies the target orbit for USSF-52 is higher energy than even a very aggressive GTO.  The guess is GEO, but presumably it could be some other type of high-energy orbit.

I must have missed the source for side boosters not being RTLS. There's not even an FCC permit for the mission yet. We got surprised by Viasat-3 being all expendable, I think it's wise to just wait for that to drop and then make assumptions cause otherwise we might get surprised again.

And right on cue... the mission is double RTLS not double ASDS. See below

1005-EX-ST-2023
Falcon Heavy, Mission 1491
NET June
RTLS side cores, expendable center core

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Confirmation regarding launch date and LZ-1/2 use:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated May 23:
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The next Falcon Heavy will launch the USSF-52 mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on July 7. The two side boosters will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.
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Graphic-deleted when I noticed it might be copyrighted...
« Last Edit: 05/31/2023 04:34 pm by Targeteer »
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Cross-post:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated June 18:
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The next Falcon Heavy will launch the USSF-52 mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on July 7 at the earliest.
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NextSpaceflight, updated June 20:
NET July
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NextSpaceflight, updated June 22:
NET September
Center core = 1074.1

Swapping launch slot and center core with Jupiter 3.
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NextSpaceflight, updated June 22:
NET September
Center core = 1074.1

Swapping launch slot and center core with Jupiter 3.

Does this have implications for Psyche too, since they are supposedly using the same side boosters? Would possibly be a <1 month turnaround as Psyche is NET Oct 5th. Also NXSF has 1064 and 1065 listed for their 3rd flight on both USSF-52 and Psyche, probably a mistake.

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NextSpaceflight, updated June 22:
NET September
Center core = 1074.1

Swapping launch slot and center core with Jupiter 3.

Does this have implications for Psyche too, since they are supposedly using the same side boosters? Would possibly be a <1 month turnaround as Psyche is NET Oct 5th. Also NXSF has 1064 and 1065 listed for their 3rd flight on both USSF-52 and Psyche, probably a mistake.
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NextSpaceflight, updated June 22:
NET September
Center core = 1074.1

Swapping launch slot and center core with Jupiter 3.

Does this have implications for Psyche too, since they are supposedly using the same side boosters? Would possibly be a <1 month turnaround as Psyche is NET Oct 5th. Also NXSF has 1064 and 1065 listed for their 3rd flight on both USSF-52 and Psyche, probably a mistake.

The flight number is a common error on the backend code of the app that sadly only the software developers can solve. Not much in the hands of the folks that update the app with info like me 😅

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In the latest flyover video of the Kennedy space center from NasaSpaceFlight:
They note that pad 39A is being reconfigured for falcon heavy. The video is from the 23rd but on this day we also got news that USSF-52 was pushed to September. The next falcon heavy should therefore be Jupiter-3, but that has a NET for the 8th of august, so have they stopped reconfiguring pad 39A confirming that USSF-52 indeed has been pushed?
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NextSpaceflight, updated July 1:
NET November
Still 1064 and 1065 sides, 1074 core

After Psyche
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With all the delays on this mission,  I'm thinking it's a good thing that SpaceX is grabbing SLC-6 for west coast missions.
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NextSpaceflight (Updated July 19th)
Launch NET October 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/110
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NextSpaceflight (Updated July 19th)
Launch NET October 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/110

Guess 26 day turnaround of side boosters 1064 & 1065 is possible, (RTLS helps).

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Tonight's launch will be the third of five Falcon Heavy missions scheduled this year. NASA's Psyche mission is slated to launch no earlier than Oct. 5.

The Space Force confirmed this week that the USSF-52 mission, originally slated for this month, is now in Q4.

https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/1685111630361681920?t=n0rmXVjgIet6TPa2KwbQDg&s=19
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NextSpaceflight (Updated August 3rd)
Launch NET 30 November 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/110
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