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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET July 2021
« Reply #20 on: 07/26/2021 02:10 am »
Rules out July 31, probably.  Re: OFT-2 launch windows:
Apparently they cleared the range conflict for July 31 because those two notices were canceled and new notices issued that now include July 31.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : mid-August 2021
« Reply #21 on: 07/29/2021 11:46 pm »
Next Cape Starlink launch: Mid-August, with no indication of what it will be named/designated.
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/  [updated July 27]
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NET Aug. 10 • Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
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Mid-August • Falcon 9 • Starlink
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a group of Starlink internet satellites.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET August 2021
« Reply #22 on: 08/06/2021 02:38 pm »
SFN changed the launch date from mid-August to "TBD".

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #23 on: 08/10/2021 09:39 pm »
Cross-post; no Starlink launches from CCSFS/KSC between now and August 28:
CRS-23 now listed as the next SpaceX Cape launch:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html [Updated August 10? August 5 in source is outdated.]
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral will launch the CRS-23 Cargo Dragon resupply mission to the ISS from pad 39A on August 28 around 3:30am EDT.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #24 on: 08/16/2021 03:25 pm »
Per spaceflightnow
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/  [updated August 15]

Next florida starlink just says TBD but FWIW placed after a late September launch

(Starlink 2-1 from VSFB says September and TBD.)
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #25 on: 08/20/2021 07:23 pm »
Cross-post:
Some explanation of SpaceX launch hiatus:
I watched Gwynne speak at the Space Warfighting Industry Forum yesterday. 

[…]

Need to get over the chip hump and think they will in October.
Standing down on F9 Starlink launches…waiting on building more sats with newer laser terminals.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #26 on: 08/25/2021 03:19 am »
Cross-post; both Tweets posted August 24.
No indication if the next Starlink launch will be from Cape Canaveral or Vandenberg SFB.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1430302841202089984
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In a LEO constellation panel at Space Symposium,  Gwynne Shotwell confirmed that SpaceX paused Starlink launches until it can get intersatellite links in place on all future Starlink satellites.  Next Starlink launch now planned in about 3 weeks.
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Shotwell says one supply chain issue for SpaceX is a lack of liquid oxygen because of demands to treat COVID-19 patients. Will impact launch plans, she says. #SpaceSymposium

Another thought: Given the temporary transfers of launch campaign staffers from both the Cape and Vandenberg, will the remaining team members have to complete one launch before starting the campaign for the next?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #27 on: 08/30/2021 08:17 pm »
Cross-post:
SFN, SpaceX test-fires rocket before space station cargo mission, dated August 25
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The Starlink launches are scheduled to resume in September from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

There's no statement about the next Cape Canaveral Starlink flight.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #28 on: 09/14/2021 05:14 am »
Spaceflight Now reports "Starlink launches from Florida’s Space Coast are expected to resume as soon as October".

What I'd like to know:

1. Will it be called Starlink 2-2, Starlink 3-1 or something else?
2. Will it be launching to 53.2° or 97.6° inclination?

Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET September 2021
« Reply #29 on: 09/14/2021 02:33 pm »
Spaceflight Now reports "Starlink launches from Florida’s Space Coast are expected to resume as soon as October".

What I'd like to know:

1. Will it be called Starlink 2-2, Starlink 3-1 or something else?
2. Will it be launching to 53.2° or 97.6° inclination?

Is it possible for Florida Starlink launches to the 70 deg inclination?  Launch last night was 2-1, and next FCC filing for SLC-4E states mission 2-3 (https://fcc.report/ELS/Space-Exploration-Technologies-Corp-SpaceX/1423-EX-ST-2021), skipping 2-2.  Could they alternate launches from both coasts and complete the 70 deg shell faster?  Logistically in space it makes sense for sats to be raising at the same inclination, no?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #30 on: 09/14/2021 05:14 pm »
They have not submitted permits for 70 degree from Florida

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #31 on: 09/18/2021 02:01 am »
From the recent Florida Today article:

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Falcon 9's next flight, meanwhile, is tentatively planned for no earlier than late September. A batch of Starlink satellites will fly from KSC's pad 39A or the Cape's Launch Complex 40 followed by a booster landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic.
[article dated September 17]
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #32 on: 09/28/2021 08:28 pm »
From the recent Florida Today article:
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Falcon 9's next flight, meanwhile, is tentatively planned for no earlier than late September. A batch of Starlink satellites will fly from KSC's pad 39A or the Cape's Launch Complex 40 followed by a booster landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic.
[article dated September 17]
I will go out on a limb here and deduce this launch is now NET October.


I would love ❤ to be proven wrong. I wonder what the "state of the art" minimum advance notice can be for a Falcon 9 launch?

NOTAM publication?
Launch vehicle erected on the pad/no Static Fire?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #33 on: 10/01/2021 02:40 am »
Cross-post:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html. [dated September 30]
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FALCON 9

Upcoming launches include a Falcon 9 from pad 39A carrying the next four astronauts to the International Space Station on the Crew Dragon Crew-3 mission on October 30 at 2:43am EDT. And a Falcon 9 will launch the next batch of Starlink satellites from pad 40 on TBA.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #34 on: 10/08/2021 02:25 am »
Cross-post:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html. [dated September 30]
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FALCON 9
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And a Falcon 9 will launch the next batch of Starlink satellites from pad 40 on TBA.
Are there enough SpaceX employees remaining in Florida for launch campaigns at 2 launch complexes?

Some are working at Boca Chica on the Starship launch campaign.  The launch campaign for Crew-3 is underway.

My hypothesis is there are currently only enough SpaceX employees to handle one launch campaign at a time.

SpX-23           August 29 UTC
Inspiration4  September 16
Crew-3           October 30
CSG-2            November 18
IXPE               December 9
SpX-24          late December
Turksat 5B    late 2021

(Same situation at Vandenberg for the duration.)

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #35 on: 10/08/2021 03:02 am »
I think the slow flight rate now is from the Starlink model change.  SpaceX has at least 5 non-Starlink flights in December/January from Florida.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #36 on: 10/13/2021 06:24 am »
SpX-23           LC-39A    August 29 UTC
Inspiration4  LC-39A    September 16
Crew-3           LC-39A    October 30
CSG-2                             November 18
IXPE               LC-39A    December 9
SpX-24           LC-39A   late December
Turksat 5B                     late 2021
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Launch Photography, dated October 12; my bold:
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FALCON 9

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry the next four astronauts to the International Space Station from pad 39A on the Crew Dragon Crew-3 mission on October 30 at 2:43am EDT. Other upcoming launches include Falcon 9 with the next batch of Starlink satellites on TBA. A Falcon 9 will launch the CSG-2/CosmoSkyMed satellite for Italy as early as November 18 at 6:11pm EST. A Falcon 9 from pad 39A will launch NASA's Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft on December 9. And a Falcon 9 from pad 39A will launch the CRS-24 Dragon resupply mission to the ISS in late December, in the middle of the night EST. Other upcoming launches include a Falcon 9 with the Turksat 5B communication satellite in late 2021.

We're approaching the middle of October, with no announcement of the next Florida Starlink launch. 

There is also a lack of launches from SLC-40 after the completion of the Eastern Range maintenance.

The next Starlink launch could be NET November, or even later.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #37 on: 10/15/2021 02:41 am »
We're approaching the middle of October, with no announcement of the next Florida Starlink launch. 

There is also a lack of launches from SLC-40 after the completion of the Eastern Range maintenance.

The next Starlink launch could be NET November, or even later.
I forgot: Given current operations at KSC/CCSFS, are simultaneous pad operations allowed at the adjacent SLC-40 and SLC-41?

Could SpaceX wheel out a Starlink-laden Falcon 9 to SLC-40, but only after Lucy launches from SLC-41?
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #38 on: 10/15/2021 08:57 am »
We're approaching the middle of October, with no announcement of the next Florida Starlink launch. 

There is also a lack of launches from SLC-40 after the completion of the Eastern Range maintenance.

The next Starlink launch could be NET November, or even later.
I forgot: Given current operations at KSC/CCSFS, are simultaneous pad operations allowed at the adjacent SLC-40 and SLC-41?

Could SpaceX wheel out a Starlink-laden Falcon 9 to SLC-40, but only after Lucy launches from SLC-41?

If Atlas stays under the VIF, yes, unless the rules changed. When AMOS-6 exploded, Atlas V was under the HIF with Osiris Rex already installed. If Atlas is already out there could be issues, but on the other hand I think Atlas has already launched when Falcon 9 was out at the pad.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink : Florida : NET October 2021
« Reply #39 on: 10/15/2021 03:45 pm »
"The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket" is "CREW3" per
http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html

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