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Discussion thread for launch of O3B mPOWER satellites 5 and 6.

NSF Threads for O3B mPOWER:
O3B mPOWER program
Flight 1 Discussion (2022-12-16)
Flight 2 Discussion (2023-04-28)
Flight 3 Discussion (2023-11-12)
Flight 4 Discussion (Late-2024)
Flight 5
Flight 6

Launch of a third pair of satellites 12 November 2023 at 21:08 UTC (4:08 pm EST), on Falcon 9 from CCSFS SLC-40, to an equatorial MEO transfer orbit.  The first stage is B1076-9.  First stage landed aboard A Shortfall Of Gravitas.

The operational orbit will be 8000km equatorial.

O3b mPower satellites
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : Florida : June 2023
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2023 11:29 am »
Targeting June 2023:

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First 4 O3b mPOWER satellites launched and next 2 satellites planned to launch in June 2023, paving the way for start of commercial service in late Q3 2023 with customers ramping onto the system through Q4 2023

https://www.ses.com/sites/default/files/2023-05/2305_Q1-2023-Press-Release_FINAL.pdf

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : Florida : June 2023
« Reply #2 on: 05/05/2023 10:42 am »
Early June, specifically, according to Space News:

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The last pair of satellites SES needs to provide upgraded broadband services from medium Earth orbit (MEO) have completed tests ahead of an early June launch, SES said during financial results May 4.

https://spacenews.com/boeing-preparing-to-ship-milestone-o3b-mpower-satellites-for-launch/
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Cross-post:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated May 12:
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A Falcon 9 will launch SES' mPOWER 5&6 communications satellites from pad 40 on early June TBD, in the evening EDT.
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NextSpaceflight (Updated May 18th)
Launch NET June 6th
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6943
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If CRS-28 is on 3 June and Starlink 6-4 is on 30 May and both require droneships
Previous two O3b launches used droneships so presumably needed again for this launch?

Does that make 6 June a bit difficult to have a droneship ready for this launch?

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My extrapolation of Florida ASDS rotation for the next few weeks:
May 19            CCSFS SLC-40   ASOG   Starlink 6-3
May 21            KSC LC-39A       LZ-1      Axiom-2
May 24            CCSFS SLC-40   JRTI      BADR-8
NET May 30   CCSFS SLC-40   ASOG    Starlink 6-4
Jun 3               KSC LC-39A       JRTI       SpX-28
NET Jun 6      CCSFS SLC-40   ASOG    O3b mPower 5/6
NET Jun 12    CCSFS SLC-40   JRTI      Starlink 5-11
NET Jun 17    CCSFS SLC-40   ASOG   Satria
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If CRS-28 is on 3 June and Starlink 6-4 is on 30 May and both require droneships
Previous two O3b launches used droneships so presumably needed again for this launch?

Does that make 6 June a bit difficult to have a droneship ready for this launch?

Why don't they do RTLS on CRS missions now? Shouldn't that be possible if it's doable for crewed launches?

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If CRS-28 is on 3 June and Starlink 6-4 is on 30 May and both require droneships
Previous two O3b launches used droneships so presumably needed again for this launch?

Does that make 6 June a bit difficult to have a droneship ready for this launch?

Why don't they do RTLS on CRS missions now? Shouldn't that be possible if it's doable for crewed launches?

CRS-28 is carrying the shorter nozzle extension on the MVac engine. It won't even do a partial boostback and land downrange like Starlink or GTO missions.

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If CRS-28 is on 3 June and Starlink 6-4 is on 30 May and both require droneships
Previous two O3b launches used droneships so presumably needed again for this launch?

Does that make 6 June a bit difficult to have a droneship ready for this launch?

They should be able to support it droneship-wise but it'll likely entail a couple of quick stays at port like they've done in the past where they arrive, drop the booster, and head out again.

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NextSpaceflight (Updated May 24th)
Launch NET June 9th, 2023 at 19:15 UTC
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6943
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Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated May 24:
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A Falcon 9 will launch SES' mPOWER 5&6 communications satellites from pad 40 on June 9, in the evening EDT. A Falcon 9 will launch the Satria communications satellite for Indonesia from pad 40 on June 19. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches.
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NextSpaceflight (Updated May 31st)
Launch NET June 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6943
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Mention of this launch was removed for this June 1 update.
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated June 1:
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cargo Dragon CRS-28 resupply mission to the ISS from pad 39A on June 3 at 12:35 p.m. EDT. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on June 4 at 5:53 a.m. EDT. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon 9 will launch the Satria communications satellite for Indonesia from pad 40 on June 19. A Falcon 9 will launch the Euclid telescope for the European Space Agency from pad 40 on early July, in the mid-day EDT. 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.

Also noting that there is no news of the satellites' delivery to Florida.  The previous pair were delivered circa one half month before scheduled launch.

I suspect that this launch will be rescheduled shortly after the satellites are delivered.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET July 2023
« Reply #14 on: 06/02/2023 02:57 pm »
Cross-post:
NextSpaceflight, updated June 2:
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O3b mPOWER 5 & 6
Launch Time
NET July, 2023

Edit:
I wonder what happened?  Launch was set for June 9, then poof, it's TBD.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET July 2023
« Reply #15 on: 06/04/2023 03:19 am »
SFN Launch Schedule, updated June 3:
Launch TBD
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : CCSFS SLC-40 : NET July 2023
« Reply #16 on: 06/12/2023 03:44 pm »
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SES CEO Steve Collar announces sudden resignation

June 12, 2023

[...]

SES has been planning to deploy initial services this summer from its upgraded MEO network following an upcoming launch of two more O3b mPower satellites.

Boeing was at one point preparing to ship the fifth and sixth of 11 O3b mPower satellites it is building for SES in May for a SpaceX launch in early June.

However, Ong said the satellites are still at Boeing’s manufacturing facilities in El Segundo, California, so they can complete further tests before being sent to SpaceX’s launchpad in Florida.

SES has not provided an updated launch window for the satellites.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
« Reply #17 on: 07/05/2023 05:24 am »
Listing unchanged as of July 4.  These satellite pairs can launch in less than two weeks after delivery to the Cape.
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NextSpaceflight, updated June 2:
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O3b mPOWER 5 & 6
Launch Time
NET July 2023
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
« Reply #18 on: 07/10/2023 05:01 am »
Given Florida ASDS availability for the rest of July, particularly the need for both ASDS to serve the July 24 Jupiter 3 launch, and given the NET August 3 Galaxy 37 launch that requires one ASDS, then this launch should now be NET August.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : O3b mPower 5/6 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 2023
« Reply #19 on: 07/14/2023 12:27 am »
Given Florida ASDS availability for the rest of July, particularly the need for both ASDS to serve the July 24 Jupiter 3 launch, and given the NET August 3 Galaxy 37 launch that requires one ASDS, then this launch should now be NET August.

NextSpaceflight, updated July 13:
Launch NET August 2023
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