Author Topic: Eastern Range updates ‘Drive to 48’ launches per year status  (Read 5080 times)


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Starlink’s busy launch schedule is workable, says 45th Space Wing
by Sandra Erwin — January 7, 2020

The 45th Space Wing had forecast to support 48 launches by 2023 but the rapid growth in Starlink missions means the target could be attained in 2020.

https://spacenews.com/starlinks-busy-launch-schedule-is-workable-says-45th-space-wing/

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https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1349046089861758977

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45th Space Wing's Col. Brande Walton says the Eastern Range could see up to 53 launches this year, including three crewed missions and premieres of vehicles like Vulcan. The wing's estimates are usually higher than what we see by the end of the year, but 53 is significant.

I guess the fact that 53 is even being mentioned means the upgrade to 48 a year is done / well in hand?

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Although back-to-back SpaceX launches appear to not now be happening (2nd launch now targeting a day later), the range did approve 2 launches less than 5 hours apart.

Obviously the same rocket type on similar trajectories must help, but still a good sign of range capability.

Someone forgot to tell 45th media team ...

twitter.com/45thspacewing/status/1357041906979639297

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The 45th Space Wing has approved the launch of two SpaceX Falcon 9 missions carrying hundreds of Starlink satellites.  Working extremely close with our FAA, USN, and international partners, Starlink L-17 and Starlink L-18 are approved to launch at 0536L and 0119L, respectively.

https://twitter.com/45thspacewing/status/1357041908355395585

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This is the first time since 11 November 1966 that two launches will lift off from the Eastern Range on the same day. Those previous missions were Gemini 12 and Atlas Agena which lifted off 99 minutes apart from each other. The two Falcons will lift off less than 5 hours apart.

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"Drive to 48" ?

"Accelerate to 48"

"We're off our haunches, go for 48 launches"

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https://spacenews.com/eastern-range-looks-for-ways-to-support-additional-launches/

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Eastern Range looks for ways to support additional launches
by Jeff Foust — March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — As launch activity grows on the Eastern Range in Florida, companies and government agencies are looking at ways to add capacity, largely through incremental improvements.

In a panel discussion at the 47th Spaceport Summit Feb. 23, Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., commander of the 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range, said the range supported 32 launches in the last 12 months. Those launches came from 55 launch attempts that “went to countdown.”

However, there were 297 requested launch opportunities over that period, of which the range approved 225.

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Eastern Range looks for ways to support additional launches
by Jeff Foust — March 3, 2021
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“We came very close” to two launches in one day, said Hans Koenigsmann, senior adviser for build and flight reliability at SpaceX, including an attempt in February where two launches were scheduled for less than four and a half hours apart. “This will happen in the near future, that we launch two vehicles from two pads on the same day. It will only increase from there.”

Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., commander of the 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range, says that the range has set an October 2025 deadline for other vehicle operators to adopt autonomous flight safety systems.

My note: that should allow ULA to launch the remaining Delta IV-Heavy launches at the Cape without upgrading to autonomous flight safety capability.

Also:
"Nibbling away" at weather scrub issues, including downrange at sea.

Procedural modifications.

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Koenigsmann was not concerned. “I just don’t see anybody else doing that level of launches right now” compared to SpaceX, he said, expressing optimism that SpaceX and others can find solutions to any future scheduling issues. “After all, we land on ships, right? How hard can that be.”
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twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/1554998794319699968

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The ULA and SpaceX missions set for liftoff tomorrow will be the 33rd and 34th orbital launch attempts of the year from Cape Canaveral SFS or Kennedy Space Center -- and if successful, the 31st and 32nd to reach orbit.

This chart shows orbital flights from the Cape since 2000.

https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/1554999817667067905

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As the chart shows, SpaceX is driving the surge in launches.

Col. Mark Shoemaker from Space Launch Delta 45 at the Cape notes there have been 42 space launches in the last 365 days -- 32 so far in 2022.

He says the schedule currently shows more than 60 launches for all of 2022.

Full article: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/08/03/cape-canaveral-on-the-cusp-of-new-records-as-blistering-launch-rate-continues/
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It’s been a busy day for the team at @SLDelta45 & @USSF_SSC launching two rockets in less than 13 hours off the Eastern Range. The last time that was done was 1967! Congrats to the entire team for this incredible accomplishment! @SpaceX @ULA #SemperSupra

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It’s been a busy day for the team at @SLDelta45 & @USSF_SSC launching two rockets in less than 13 hours off the Eastern Range. The last time that was done was 1967! Congrats to the entire team for this incredible accomplishment! @SpaceX @ULA #SemperSupra

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https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/08/03/cape-canaveral-on-the-cusp-of-new-records-as-blistering-launch-rate-continues/
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Col. Mark Shoemaker, the vice commander of Space Launch Delta 45, said the range has booked launches on the same day on more than 20 occasions in the last two-and-a-half years. But the launches have been delayed by bad weather or technical issues with the rocket.

“There’s been a ton of hard work across our operations, our infrastructure, our instrumentation, technical pieces, our safety team, just across the board, the entirety of our organization, to get to this point,” Shoemaker said in an interview with Spaceflight Now.

“So the ability to make it happen on Thursday, knock on wood, will be … just a validation to everybody that the areas where we have spent time and effort to improve were the right places, and this just then becomes kind of a normal service capability that we provide to anybody that wants to launch off of Cape Canaveral.”

With another launch doubleheader on the books Thursday, Shoemaker joked that the range team at Cape Canaveral is using a famous baseball superstition: “Nobody talk about the no-hitter until it’s over.”

Congratulations on finally scoring that no-hitter on August 4! 🎊 👏 🥳
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https://www.patrick.spaceforce.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3159915/driving-the-pace-for-space/

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Driving the Pace for Space
By Senior Airman Dakota Raub, Space Launch Delta 45 Public Affairs / Published September 15, 2022

PATRICK SPACE FORCE BASE, Fla. --
In 2017, the ‘Drive to 48’ campaign was a, 45th Space Wing, now known as Space Launch Delta 45, initiative to reach 48 launches in a 12 month time frame from the Eastern Range. In order to accomplish this, the challenge was to launch once a week in order to meet the goal.

On Aug. 27, 2022, a Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sky carrying 54 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., making it the 48th launch in a 12 month time period.

“The ‘Drive to 48’ was a goal set in place in order to advance our space capabilities and inspire innovation to meet growing demand for space launch range capacity,” said U.S. Space Force Col. Mark Shoemaker, Vice Commander for Operations. “It is important to note we were striving for one launch a week and now, that is the new normal here on the Eastern Range.”

While one launch a week was the goal just a few years ago, the range can support two launches in a single day. On Aug. 4, 2022, the Eastern Range supported two launches in a span of 13 hours, the fastest since 1967.

While the ‘Drive to 48’ is in the rearview mirror, the Eastern Range is aiming for more ambitious goals.

“Our goal is to continuously get better and increase our launch pace capacity while preserving public safety and protecting our critical infrastructure,” said Shoemaker. “We are not setting a specific number for this new goal, but getting to 100-200 launches a year is not far out of reach. Our new drive is to speed up, innovate at every level, and continue to show what it means to be the World’s Premier Gateway to Space.”

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https://twitter.com/sldelta45/status/1595610026319970305

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Over 50 launches on the year & counting! Yesterday's successful Eutelsat 10B launch is another tick on the board for a record breaking year on the Space Coast.
📸 : SpaceX

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