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Discussion Thread for launch of four Astranis satellites.

2024 on Falcon 9 to some form of GTO

Four Satellites:
NuView-A and NuView-B (Anuvu)
Peru
Utilitysat
AGILA (Philippines)



[TechCrunch: April 5, 2022] Astranis is contracting an entire Falcon 9 rocket to launch four satellites next year
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“We’re actually using substantially less than the max capability of a Falcon 9,” Astranis CEO and founder John Gedmark explained. “This is just four small satellites that [will be] on there. So we’re actually able to use all of that extra performance to put those four satellites much closer to GEO than you would normally be able to do with with this kind of launch.”
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The four satellites that will launch on the Falcon 9 next summer also have dedicated customers: one will deliver broadband internet access to rural Peru in a $90 million agreement with Latin American telecom company Grupo Andesat; and two will be leased to Anuvu, a company that provides internet connectivity on airplanes and cruises. A separate customer that has yet to be announced will lease the bandwidth from the fourth satellite.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #1 on: 04/05/2022 03:29 pm »
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"Astranis’ first satellite, called Arcturus, will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy ride-share mission sometime this spring.

USSF-44?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #2 on: 04/05/2022 04:04 pm »
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"Astranis’ first satellite, called Arcturus, will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy ride-share mission sometime this spring.

USSF-44?
It's Viasat-3
www.nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/971
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #3 on: 08/23/2022 09:18 pm »
AstranisAero West: SAT-PPL-20220823-00094
AstranisAero East: SAT-PPL-20220823-00093

These two sats will be co-located at 83.1W.  The west and east in the names reflect what part of the US they will be serving. Ku- and Ka-band.

ITU filing is ARRAKIS-1 satellite network.  Astranis set up a wholly owned subsidiary, Spacing Guild UK, to license these sats through the UK instead of the US.

Dry mass 277kg

The gateway earth station supporting the provision of services will be located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The satellite is three-axis stabilized, uses monopropellant chemical propulsion for north-south station-keeping, and uses a xenon Hall thruster for east-west station-keeping.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #4 on: 10/28/2022 08:38 pm »
https://twitter.com/Astranis/status/1586056890043301888
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We're just months away from our flagship satellite, Arcturus, launching on a Falcon Heavy.

A few months after that we'll be back on the pad launching a Falcon 9.

We're just getting started.

Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #5 on: 11/01/2022 02:49 pm »
https://twitter.com/Astranis/status/1586056890043301888
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We're just months away from our flagship satellite, Arcturus, launching on a Falcon Heavy.

A few months after that we'll be back on the pad launching a Falcon 9.

We're just getting started.

Arcturus is a secondary payload?  USSF-67 or ViaSat-3?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #6 on: 11/01/2022 03:18 pm »
Viasat-3. I thought public name was meant to be Aurora-4A with Arcturus being an internal name, but Arcturus seems to be used a lot.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #7 on: 11/01/2022 03:54 pm »
Aurora-4A is the original name and what the government filings were made under, and will continue to appear that way in those documents.  Arcturus is the newer name they call it in public.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #8 on: 11/08/2022 09:34 pm »
Started a thread for Astranis the company: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=57628.0

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #9 on: 02/07/2023 05:44 pm »
Anuvu Selects Telesat to Provide Antennas and Ground-Station Infrastructure for the Anuvu Constellation

LOS ANGELES and OTTAWA, CANADA, February 7, 2023 – Anuvu, the leading provider of high-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions for demanding worldwide mobility markets, today announced it will lease new antennas and ground-station infrastructure from Telesat (NASDAQ and TSX: TSAT), one of the world’s largest and most innovative satellite operators, to support the development of the Anuvu Constellation.

The facilities will support Tracking, Telemetry and Control (TT&C) of Anuvu’s first two MicroGEO satellites built by Astranis Space Technologies Corp. Anuvu and Astranis remain on track to launch the first two satellites for the Constellation in mid-2023, with entry into commercial service by year-end.

The new Telesat-managed antennas and ground-station infrastructure will enable Anuvu’s satellite operations from Telesat’s flagship Allan Park, Ontario teleport, with fully redundant operations at its Calgary, Alberta teleport. Telesat will equip each site with new 9-meter Ku-band and 9.2-meter Ka-band antennas as a gateway for inflight connectivity and maritime services, connecting to Anuvu’s co-located Dedicated Space™️ hub infrastructure in a 24/7 managed carrier-class environment, with redundant fiber connectivity to internet Points of Presence.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #10 on: 05/14/2023 11:01 pm »
Any new news?
NextSpaceflight, updated ??:
NET June 2023
= Q2 2023?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #11 on: 05/28/2023 09:01 pm »
NextSpaceflight, updated May 27:
Launch NET July 2023

I suspect the NET launch month will advance one month per month until Astranis releases new information, such as announcing shipping the satellites to Florida.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #12 on: 05/28/2023 09:12 pm »
NextSpaceflight, updated May 27:
Launch NET July 2023

I suspect the launch month will advance one month per month until Astranis releases new information, such as announcing shipping the satellites to Florida.

Yes sounds like "not next month, so NET the month thereafter"
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #13 on: 07/05/2023 05:50 am »
NextSpaceflight, updated July 4:
Launch NET October 2023, either LC-39A or SLC-40
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : 2023
« Reply #14 on: 07/11/2023 03:21 pm »
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/07/11/astranis-satellite-internet-coming-to-the-philippines-next-year.html

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Astranis launched its first satellite in May. Its currently preparing to launch two more batches of satellites – which Astranis calls “Block 2” and “Block 3.” Block 2 is launching in the fourth quarter and will feature four satellites, one of of which is for Peru, and Block 3 is launching in mid-2024 and will feature five satellites, one of which is for the Philippines.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : Q4 2023
« Reply #15 on: 07/21/2023 02:18 pm »
Final satellite will be "UtilitySat", which will temporarily replace Arcturus, which suffered a solar array malfunction.

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Astranis internet satellite malfunctions before beginning Alaska service, backup planned for spring

JUL 21 2023

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Astranis will launch the previously unannounced “UtilitySat” as part of its batch of four satellites that are set to fly later this year. Gedmark described it as “the Swiss Army Knife of satellites.”

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : Q4 2023
« Reply #16 on: 08/09/2023 03:18 pm »
Final satellite will be "UtilitySat", which will temporarily replace Arcturus, which suffered a solar array malfunction.

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Astranis internet satellite malfunctions before beginning Alaska service, backup planned for spring

JUL 21 2023

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Astranis will launch the previously unannounced “UtilitySat” as part of its batch of four satellites that are set to fly later this year. Gedmark described it as “the Swiss Army Knife of satellites.”

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : Q4 2023
« Reply #17 on: 09/22/2023 06:31 pm »
Any new news?  4th quarter is days away.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Astranis (4 sats) : Florida : Q4 2023
« Reply #18 on: 09/22/2023 09:08 pm »
Any new news?  4th quarter is days away.

Sounds like it was delayed to late this year due to the solar array drive assembly failure on Arcturus:

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We are moving forward with a backup plan and this plan is unique in our industry — it involves a special, multipurpose satellite that can operate as an on-orbit spare and bridge us to a full replacement satellite. We call this satellite UtilitySat. It can operate anywhere in the world, on multiple frequency bands, with the flexibility of a software-defined satellite. UtilitySat has been in the works for over a year, is in the final stages of integration, and is manifested on our very next launch that will take place at the end of this year.

https://twitter.com/Gedmark/status/1682402713945128960

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A vendor-supplied component for our Arcturus satellite has had an anomaly, so we'll have to delay starting service in Alaska and repurpose the satellite for secondary missions. All Astranis-designed hardware on the spacecraft works perfectly.

UtilitySat is our backup plan.

Also... Astranis is refering to this mission as "Block 2", so perhaps the thread can be renamed to "Astranis Block 2"?

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/07/11/astranis-satellite-internet-coming-to-the-philippines-next-year.html

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Astranis launched its first satellite in May. Its currently preparing to launch two more batches of satellites – which Astranis calls “Block 2” and “Block 3.” Block 2 is launching in the fourth quarter and will feature four satellites, one of of which is for Peru, and Block 3 is launching in mid-2024 and will feature five satellites, one of which is for the Philippines.
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NextSpaceflight, updated September 23:
Launch NET November 2023, either LC-39A or SLC-40

LC-39A is not likely to be available for launches other than those that must use it, for the rest of 2023 and into Q1 2024.
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