Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Galaxy 31/Galaxy 32 : CCSFS SLC-40 : Nov. 12, 2022 (16:06 UTC)  (Read 39272 times)

Offline gongora

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9209
  • US
  • Liked: 11592
  • Likes Given: 5181
Discussion Thread for launch of Galaxy 31/Galaxy 32, also knows as Galaxy 23R/Galaxy 17R

Galaxy 31 and 32

NSF Threads for Galaxy 31/Galaxy 32 : Discussion

November 12, 2022 at 11:06am EST (16:06 UTC) on Falcon 9 from CCSFS SLC-40 to GTO.  Booster 1051-14 will be expended.
Both fairing halves on their fifth launch, will be recovered by Bob.



[Maxar, June 15, 2020] Maxar to Build Four 1300-class Geostationary Communications Satellites for Intelsat
Quote
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, today announced it will build four geostationary communications satellites for satellite operator Intelsat. The contract was previously disclosed with Maxar’s 2020 first quarter results.

Intelsat ordered the satellites to transition its existing media distribution and contribution services–uninterrupted–from the 3.7 to 4.0 gigahertz portion of the C-band, to the 4.0 to 4.2 gigahertz portion of the band as part of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to reallocate 300 megahertz of C-band spectrum for 5G terrestrial wireless services.

Under the agreement, Maxar will deliver the Galaxy 31, Galaxy 32, Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 satellites in 2022. The satellites will provide primarily video distribution services to customers in the continental United States.

“Maxar is proud to continue its partnership with Intelsat that goes back more than 40 years,” said Megan Fitzgerald, Maxar’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Space Infrastructure. “Maxar’s 1300-class spacecraft remains the industry gold standard for value, reliability and flexibility, and we look forward to exceeding our customers’ expectations in these regards.”

[Intelsat, June 15 2020] Intelsat Procures New Satellites for C-band Spectrum Transition

[Intelsat, Sep. 17, 2020] Intelsat Finalizes Satellite and Launch Vehicle Contracts for U.S. C-band Spectrum Transition
Quote
Intelsat has contracted with SpaceX and Arianespace to launch these satellites on four separate launch vehicles, beginning in 2022.

[CNBC, Sep. 17, 2020] SpaceX and European competitor Arianespace win $390 million worth of Intelsat launches
Quote
Under the terms of the contract, beginning in 2022 Intelsat will launch four of its satellites on two SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets and two more satellites on an Ariane 5 rocket. The final seventh satellite is contracted with both SpaceX and Arianespace, as a way for Intelsat to make sure it launches on time. Intelsat will award whichever company doesn’t launch the seventh satellite with a contract for a separate later launch, the company told CNBC.

twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1306658362743021578
Quote
Here is how these Intelsat contracts break down, with 7 satellites launching on 4 rockets:
– 2 on Falcon 9 (Q3 '22)
– 2 on Falcon 9 (Q3 '22)
– 2 on Ariane 5 (Q4 '22)
– 1 on either Ariane 6 or Falcon 9 (Q3 '23)
« Last Edit: 11/12/2022 04:16 pm by input~2 »

Offline gongora

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9209
  • US
  • Liked: 11592
  • Likes Given: 5181
SAT-LOA-20210107-00004
Quote
Galaxy 32 is scheduled for launch in mid-2022 and, after traffic transition, will replace Galaxy 17 (S2715), which is currently operating at 91.0º W.L. Galaxy 32 will be collocated with the Intelsat 40e satellite (S3066), a new Ku/Ka-band satellite that is expected to launch and begin providing service from the 91.0º W.L. orbital location in Q3 2022.

Offline zubenelgenubi

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8455
  • Arc to Arcturus, then Spike to Spica
  • Sometimes it feels like Trantor in the time of Hari Seldon
  • Liked: 4996
  • Likes Given: 45177
Apparently, this launch remains Q3 2022; see the in-service date.
2023
March - Galaxy 37 - Ariane 64 - Kourou ELA-4

Galaxy-37 aka Galaxy-13R
This launch order is gone, goes to SpaceX.
https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1229094530086/December%202021%20Quarterly%20Report%20-%20Intelsat%2012-29-2021.pdf
[filing dated December 29, 2021]
« Last Edit: 05/17/2022 05:21 pm by zubenelgenubi »
Support your local planetarium! (COVID-panic and forward: Now more than ever.)
My current avatar is saying "i wants to go uppies!"

Offline zubenelgenubi

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8455
  • Arc to Arcturus, then Spike to Spica
  • Sometimes it feels like Trantor in the time of Hari Seldon
  • Liked: 4996
  • Likes Given: 45177
Cross-post:
The in service date has been postponed, quarterly report from March 31st. (not paying attention  :( )
Support your local planetarium! (COVID-panic and forward: Now more than ever.)
My current avatar is saying "i wants to go uppies!"

Offline GWR64

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1444
  • Germany
  • Liked: 1219
  • Likes Given: 779
Q2 status report: The trend of the "in service date" is still negative. For Galaxy-32 it has slipped to 2023.

« Last Edit: 07/02/2022 10:53 am by GWR64 »

Offline crandles57

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 354
  • Sychdyn
  • Liked: 191
  • Likes Given: 76
I am confused.

Quote
Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34, Intelsat’s first two C-band replacement satellites, are due to launch on a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral in October.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-launches-ses-22-c-band-replacement-satellite/
29 June 2022

Offline GWR64

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1444
  • Germany
  • Liked: 1219
  • Likes Given: 779
I am confused.

Quote
Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34, Intelsat’s first two C-band replacement satellites, are due to launch on a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral in October.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-launches-ses-22-c-band-replacement-satellite/
29 June 2022

I think the Launch 1,2,3 label is outdated and doesn't necessarily reflect the actual order anymore.
« Last Edit: 07/02/2022 08:50 pm by GWR64 »

Offline GWR64

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1444
  • Germany
  • Liked: 1219
  • Likes Given: 779
An photo of Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32.
Unfortunately, it doesn't say when it was photographed.

Source SpaceNews: https://spacenews.com/maxars-satellite-business-looks-to-gain-foothold-in-defense-market/

https://spacenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/MAXAR-011-025_10.jpg
« Last Edit: 08/14/2022 08:21 am by GWR64 »

Offline Steven Pietrobon

  • Member
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32478
  • Adelaide, Australia
    • Steven Pietrobon's Space Archive
  • Liked: 21073
  • Likes Given: 3633
An photo of Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32.
Unfortunately, it doesn't say when it was photographed.

The EXIF information says 14 July.

DateTimeOriginal - 2022:07:14 11:05:19
« Last Edit: 08/14/2022 06:02 am by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

Offline GWR64

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1444
  • Germany
  • Liked: 1219
  • Likes Given: 779
An photo of Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32.
Unfortunately, it doesn't say when it was photographed.

The EXIF information says 14 July.

DateTimeOriginal - 2022:07:14 11:05:19

Thanks! So it will take some time before these satellites are ready for launch, am I right?
I believe along with this message:
...
Quote
Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34, Intelsat’s first two C-band replacement satellites, are due to launch on a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral in October.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-launches-ses-22-c-band-replacement-satellite/
29 June 2022
we can assume a launch NET Q4
« Last Edit: 08/14/2022 08:26 am by GWR64 »

Offline gongora

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9209
  • US
  • Liked: 11592
  • Likes Given: 5181
Quote
Intelsat License LLC (“Intelsat”) herein requests 30 days of Special Temporary Authority (“STA”),1 commencing October 20, 2022, to use its Fillmore, California C-band earth station, Call Sign KA391,2 to provide telemetry, tracking, and command (“TT&C”) services during in-orbit testing (“IOT”) of Galaxy 31 (S3076) at 148.95 °W.L.,3 Galaxy 32 (S3078) at 149.05°W.L,4 Galaxy 34 (S3083) at 147.95° W.L.,5 Galaxy 35 (S3143) at 150.05° W.L.,6 and Galaxy 36 (S3148)7 at 149.95° W.L. (the “Galaxy Fleet”). The Galaxy Fleet is expected to launch between October 2022 and December 2022,

Still expected this year

Offline gongora

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9209
  • US
  • Liked: 11592
  • Likes Given: 5181
Quote
Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 are expected to launch together on November 5, 2022.

Offline zubenelgenubi

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8455
  • Arc to Arcturus, then Spike to Spica
  • Sometimes it feels like Trantor in the time of Hari Seldon
  • Liked: 4996
  • Likes Given: 45177
Quote
Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 are expected to launch together on November 5, 2022.

>Probably< another SLC-40 launch, as LC-39A will be occupied supporting the USSF-44 launch, followed by Cargo Dragon SpX-26.  But not definitely.
🐉
« Last Edit: 09/28/2022 09:43 pm by zubenelgenubi »
Support your local planetarium! (COVID-panic and forward: Now more than ever.)
My current avatar is saying "i wants to go uppies!"

Offline gongora

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9209
  • US
  • Liked: 11592
  • Likes Given: 5181
I doubt that Nov. 5 date takes delays from Hurricane Ian into account.
« Last Edit: 09/28/2022 09:48 pm by gongora »

Offline zubenelgenubi

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8455
  • Arc to Arcturus, then Spike to Spica
  • Sometimes it feels like Trantor in the time of Hari Seldon
  • Liked: 4996
  • Likes Given: 45177
Quote
Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 are expected to launch together on November 5, 2022.
>Probably< another SLC-40 launch, as LC-39A will be occupied supporting the USSF-44 launch, followed by Cargo Dragon SpX-26.  But not definitely.
🐉

Cross-post:
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/5058
Quote
Galaxy 31 & 32
...
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA
Support your local planetarium! (COVID-panic and forward: Now more than ever.)
My current avatar is saying "i wants to go uppies!"

Offline zubenelgenubi

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8455
  • Arc to Arcturus, then Spike to Spica
  • Sometimes it feels like Trantor in the time of Hari Seldon
  • Liked: 4996
  • Likes Given: 45177
Likely for Galaxy 31 and 32?
1679-EX-ST-2022
SpaceX Mission 1631 from LC-40 at CCAFS or LC-39A at KSC
Launching east
ASDS North  28  26  10   West  73  41  32
NET end of October [October 28]

Edit: No, this launch will expend the first stage.
« Last Edit: 10/10/2022 04:28 pm by zubenelgenubi »
Support your local planetarium! (COVID-panic and forward: Now more than ever.)
My current avatar is saying "i wants to go uppies!"

Offline Josh_from_Canada

As per Spaceflight Now , this launch is going to use an expendable booster

Quote
Dual satellite launch for Intelsat next on SpaceX’s launch schedule

October 6, 2022 Stephen Clark
...
Intelsat has five more C-band satellites left to launch after Galaxy 33 and 34. The next pair of C-band satellites, Galaxy 31 and 32, are scheduled to launch as soon as Nov. 5 from Cape Canaveral on another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

For that mission, SpaceX will not recover the Falcon 9 booster, committing all of the rocket’s propellant to sending Galaxy 31 and 32 into as high of an orbit as possible. “Those satellites, Galaxy 31 and 32, are built by Maxar. They’re a little heavier, so we decided go for an expendable launch to get the extra performance,” Froeliger said.

“You pay extra when it’s expendable,” Froeliger said. “From a business point of view, you may also get a booster that has flown many times that they may retire anyhow, but you’re still paying because you pay for the expendable.”
...
Launches Seen: Atlas-V OA-7,

Offline scr00chy

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1048
  • Czechia
    • ElonX.net
  • Liked: 1465
  • Likes Given: 1127
As per Spaceflight Now , this launch is going to use an expendable booster

Quote
Dual satellite launch for Intelsat next on SpaceX’s launch schedule

October 6, 2022 Stephen Clark
...
Intelsat has five more C-band satellites left to launch after Galaxy 33 and 34. The next pair of C-band satellites, Galaxy 31 and 32, are scheduled to launch as soon as Nov. 5 from Cape Canaveral on another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

For that mission, SpaceX will not recover the Falcon 9 booster, committing all of the rocket’s propellant to sending Galaxy 31 and 32 into as high of an orbit as possible. “Those satellites, Galaxy 31 and 32, are built by Maxar. They’re a little heavier, so we decided go for an expendable launch to get the extra performance,” Froeliger said.

“You pay extra when it’s expendable,” Froeliger said. “From a business point of view, you may also get a booster that has flown many times that they may retire anyhow, but you’re still paying because you pay for the expendable.”
...

Maybe they'll use B1051.14 which is the second oldest active booster?

The oldest one is B1049.11 but that one is expected to be expended on an Eutelsat mission, unless the plans have changed.

Offline zubenelgenubi

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8455
  • Arc to Arcturus, then Spike to Spica
  • Sometimes it feels like Trantor in the time of Hari Seldon
  • Liked: 4996
  • Likes Given: 45177
Maybe they'll use B1051.14 which is the second oldest active booster?

Cross-post:
https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1579444259337666560

Quote
For the first time in over 3 years SpaceX will expend a Falcon booster on purpose. But it's not just one, it'll be three boosters. If schedules hold, the order will be B1066, then B1051-14, and finally B1049-11.
nextspaceflight.com/launches/agenc…

Here goes a 🧵

https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1579444265658494977

Quote
B1051-14 is a Falcon 9 booster set to fly the Galaxy 31&32 mission. It first flew on the Demo-1 mission, Crew Dragon's first flight into orbit, and it was the first booster to reach 10 flights. It'll push both Galaxy satellites into a more energetic GTO.

https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1579444271123685376

Quote
It'll be sad to see these three boosters go and it's been a long time since SpaceX intentionally expended one but at least they'll go out doing just what Falcon does best... which is putting stuff into orbit.
« Last Edit: 10/10/2022 04:26 pm by zubenelgenubi »
Support your local planetarium! (COVID-panic and forward: Now more than ever.)
My current avatar is saying "i wants to go uppies!"

Offline lenny97

Ben Cooper:

Quote
A Falcon 9 will launch the Galaxy 31 & 32 communication satellites from pad 40 on November 5.


https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html

Tags:
 

Advertisement NovaTech
Advertisement SkyTale Software GmbH
Advertisement Northrop Grumman
Advertisement
Advertisement Brady Kenniston
Advertisement NextSpaceflight
Advertisement Nathan Barker Photography
0