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Discussion Thread for the first launch of the 425 Project.  Launch includes various rideshare payloads.

Launch December 1, 2023, at 1819 UTC (10:19 am PST), on booster B1061-17, from SLC-4E at Vandenberg SFB.  First stage successfully landed at LZ-4.

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SpaceX is targeting Friday, December 1 at 10:19 a.m. PT for a Falcon 9 launch of the Korea 425 mission on to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. Watch live.

There are a total of 25 spacecraft on board this mission, including KOREA's 425, Space BD’s ISL48, SITAEL’s uHETSat, D-Orbit’s ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systems’ Bane, and PlanetIQ’s GNOMES-4.

This is the 17th flight of the first stage booster (B1061) supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, and seven Starlink missions. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base.



Payloads delivered to two orbits, approximately 515 x 530km and 560 x 575 km SSO

Payloads (25 total):

425 (? kg, South Korea) (KORSAT-7?)
Bane (136kg, York Space Systems) (aka CACI demosat)
GNOMES-4 (41 kg, PlanetIQ)
µHETSat (70 kg, SITAEL)

D-Orbit ION SCV-015 Daring Diego (560km)
   ALISIO-1 (6U, IAC, Canary Islands, built by Open Cosmos)
   LOGSATS (3U, Patriot Infovention)
   NanoFF (2x 2U, TU Berlin)
   Alba Orbital (2 6P deployers)
      Unicorn-2L/-2M/-2N (3x 3P, Alba Orbital)
      MDQUBESAT-1 (2P, Miota Space)
   (hosted) PONO-1 (Privateer Space) edge computing
   (hosted) RECS (D-Orbit) refueling research
   (hosted) Z01 SuperTorquer (Zenno Astronautics) attitude determination and control
   (hosted) MI: 1 (TRL11) edge computing

ISL48 (ISILaunch/Space BD rideshare mission)
   EIRSAT-1 (2U, UCD, Ireland)
   ENSO (1U, UNIVERSITY OF MONTPELLIER/CSUM) (aka ROBUSTA 1E)
   Hayasat-1 (1U, Armenia)
   KOYOH (43 kg,  Kanazawa University, Japan)
   SpIRIT (6U, U. of Melbourne, Australia)
   Lilium-1 (3U, UNISEC-Taiwan)

Possible Payloads?:

December 1: Two threads merged.



First find of Alba Orbital manifest?  See attached image.
Alba Orbital to launch pocketqube clusters on two Vega-C ridershare missions to SSO, one in Q2 2024 (SSMS #10) and one in Q4 2024 (SSMS #12): http://www.albaorbital.com/launch

Original post follows, from Transporter-9 thread.



ISILaunch
   Kanyini (6U, Myriota et al., Australia)
   SpIRIT (6U, U. of Melbourne, Australia)
Kanyini has been delayed to 2024 and SpIRIT will be launching on 24 November 2023 on a SpaceX rideshare mission that is not a Transporter!
Sounds like SpIRIT could be launching on the same mission as the one listed by Alba Orbital: http://www.albaorbital.com/launch
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Starlink 3-? : VSFB SLC-4E : 24 November 2023
« Reply #1 on: 06/15/2023 11:00 pm »
Sounds like SpIRIT could be launching on the same mission as the one listed by Alba Orbital: http://www.albaorbital.com/launch

The orbit is given as SSO at an altitude of 560±25 km. This is also where Starlink Group 3 satellites have been going. The last launch was Group 3-5 on 27 April.
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Any Starlink satellites launched on this flight would likely be V2 Minis, as the last scheduled v1.5 satellites will be in July.
Starlink 5-15:
1245-EX-ST-2023   Starlink 5-15, Mission
NET July from Florida [July 8]
ASDS North  28  29  11   West  80  32  51



NextSpaceflight (Updated June 20th)
Launch NET 6 July 2023
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7168
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This is the last planned launch of Starlink v1.5 satellites.
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The 425 project consists of an EO/IR and four SAR satellites. The first launch is expected to be the EO/IR satellite in 2023.

SN South Korea hires SpaceX to launch five spy satellites by 2025, 11 April 2022, Park Si-soo

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South Korea has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch five spy satellites by 2025, with the first launch on a Falcon 9 rocket by the end of 2023.

A spokeswoman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed the deal April 11, saying the 2023 launch would deliver an 800-kilogram electro-optical infrared satellite to low Earth orbit.
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Under the project, five satellites — four synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites and one featuring an electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) telescope — will be launched to low Earth orbit between 600 and 700 km by 2025.

The EO/IR launch is currently targeted for November 2023 as of February 2023.

Yonhap News Agency Korea to launch 1st military surveillance satellite in November, 17 February 2023

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South Korea plans to launch its first military surveillance satellite in November under a project to deploy a total of five such satellites by the mid-2020s.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : 425 Project EO/IR : TBD : November 2023
« Reply #4 on: 08/15/2023 02:15 am »
Why is this a thread?  Is there any reason to think it won't be on T9?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : 425 Project EO/IR : TBD : November 2023
« Reply #5 on: 08/15/2023 02:21 am »
Transporter 9 was moved to November from October recently while this has been targeting November for 6+ months.

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Cross-post:
ISILaunch
   Kanyini (6U, Myriota et al., Australia)
   SpIRIT (6U, U. of Melbourne, Australia)
Kanyini has been delayed to 2024 and SpIRIT will be launching on 24 November 2023 on a SpaceX rideshare mission that is not a Transporter!
SpIRIT counting down to launch in the US
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The groundbreaking Australian research nanosatellite is set to blast off with SpaceX’s Transporter-9 mission in November.

Edit/add:  We'll see if this launch continues, in some form, without the only known payload.

Thread locked. 🔒 Thanks, gongora.

Edit December 1: Thread unlocked and two threads merged.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : 425 Project EO/IR : Vandenberg : 2023
« Reply #7 on: 10/30/2023 03:46 pm »
There was an Antonov flight from Incheon to Vandenberg

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Re: SpaceX F9 : 425 Project EO/IR : Vandenberg : 2023
« Reply #8 on: 11/03/2023 10:14 pm »
Yonhap News Agency Defense chief says N. Korea could launch spy satellite in late Nov. with Russian aid, 3 November, by Kim Eun-jung

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In response to Pyongyang's efforts to put its first spy satellite into space, Shin vowed to boost the South Korean military's surveillance capability to fend off North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear threat.

He disclosed the South Korean military's plan to launch its first indigenous reconnaissance satellite on Falcon 9, U.S. aerospace company SpaceX's two-stage rocket, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Nov. 30, as well as a plan to launch a homegrown solid propellant rocket later this year.

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Question cross-post:
Can be piggybacked with CAS500-2 and CAS500-4?
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Crossposting from T9 thread here:

SpIRIT is going to be launched on 30th November by Falcon 9 "425 Project Flight 1"

source: info by a team member in https://gitlab.com/librespacefoundation/satnogs-ops/-/issues/267#note_1634870861

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Alba Orbital might be another passenger on this flight based on the schedule previously posted on their website.

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Cross-post re: EIRSAT-1:
Forbes Ireland’s First Satellite Will Capture High Energy Cosmic Bursts, August 16, by Bruce Dorminey
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Ireland’s first-ever satellite EIRSAT-1, a gamma-ray burst hunting CubeSat, should see launch into low-Earth orbit later this year. Designed and manufactured by Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD), the mission (with costs on the order of a few million euro)* will see launch atop a multi-payload Ariane rocket provided by the European Space Agency (ESA).
This is a payload intially manifested on the long delayed Vega-C rideshare and moved to an Ariane 6 mission. Maybe the same will happen to some of the other orphaned payloads from that rideshare mission.
https://www.esa.int/Education/CubeSats_-_Fly_Your_Satellite/Ireland_s_first_satellite_on_its_way_to_launch
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Ireland’s first satellite on its way to launch

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The satellite has left Ireland and is on its way to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. Launch is currently slated for launch on 29 November on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.



Re: origin of Project 425:
SN Thales Alenia Space to build four radar satellites for South Korea, December 5, 2018, by Caleb Henry
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WASHINGTON — European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space said Dec. 5 it signed separate contracts with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Hanwha Systems Corp. to develop four high-resolution radar satellites for South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development.
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Re: 425 Project EO/IR : VSFB SLC-4E : 29/30 November
« Reply #13 on: 11/07/2023 10:52 pm »
Question cross-post:
Can be piggybacked with CAS500-2 and CAS500-4?
The SSO requirements appear reasonably compatible, with multiple stage 2 firings? 🔥
Could someone do the math, please?

CAS500-1 498 km SSO, from https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/cas500-1.htm

See also: https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/cas500-4.htm
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There have been some ground station filings referencing Falconsat-X (NET November 1) and Bane (NET late November), both to SSO.

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There have been some ground station filings referencing Falconsat-X (NET November 1) and Bane (NET late November), both to SSO.

Falconsat-X appears on SpaceX's Transporter 9 manifest.

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Nov. 30 was the date for USSF-52 for quite a while but not going back to February so it would have to have changed its rideshare while keeping a November date which seems unlikely.

Coincidence on Nov 30 date?

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Launch still on schedule?  This should be the next Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch.



Which first stage will be used for this launch?  (semi-rhetorical question)

The May 16 press briefing revealed Falcon 9 first stages are now cleared for use up to twenty times for Starlink launches.  This would apparently disqualify B1061.17.

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1061.17   Oct 21
1075.8     Oct 29

Edit November 30: It's B1061.17.  Fifteen flight limit for non-Starlink launches lifted.
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Launch still on schedule?  This should be the next Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch.



Which first stage will be used for this launch?  (semi-rhetorical question)

The May 16 press briefing revealed Falcon 9 first stages are now cleared for use up to twenty times for Starlink launches.

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1061.17   Oct 21
1075.8     Oct 29

Maybe its a whole different booster. 4E cadence is increasing, they will need more then 4 boosters out there at some point. When did 1082 leave mcgregor? Or maybe 1078 (which hasnt flown in while from the Cape) has switched coasts? So apart from a new west coast booster we can conclude 1075 will fly this mission.
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Is EIRSAT-1 on this launch?

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Is EIRSAT-1 on this launch?

Yes, see this post upthread
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Also per https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

SPACE-X EOIRSAT VANDENBURG SPACE FORCE STATION, FL (sic)
PRIMARY   -29 NOV 1804Z-1918Z
BACKUP   -30 NOV 1804Z-1918Z
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Two NGA Space Debris notices. The first one is effectively a Rocket Launching notice.

Quote from: NGA
241007Z NOV 23
NAVAREA XII 821/23(18).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   291804Z TO 291918Z NOV, ALTERNATE
   1804Z TO 1918Z DAILY 30 NOV, 01 THRU 05 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   31-56.00N 121-37.00W, 32-15.00N 121-32.00W,
   32-16.00N 121-36.00W, 31-58.00N 121-52.00W,
   31-37.00N 122-07.00W, 31-10.00N 122-17.00W,
   30-57.00N 121-45.00W, 31-27.00N 121-29.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 052018Z DEC 23.//
Quote from: NGA
240647Z NOV 23
HYDROPAC 3709/23(83).
SOUTH PACIFIC.
DNC 06.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   1956Z TO 2102Z DAILY 29 NOV THRU 05 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   33-50.00S 158-36.00W, 33-21.00S 161-06.00W,
   44-44.00S 164-46.00W, 45-12.00S 161-50.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 052202Z DEC 23.//

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Two NGA Space Debris notices. The first one is effectively a Rocket Launching notice.

So RTLS to SSO.

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I wonder when we will see a rideshare manifest? 👀 The day before launch?

Any mention of an Alba Orbital Cluster?

How many payloads that we thought would/might be aboard Transporter-9 will ride this launch instead?
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Yonhap News seems to be reporting a 48 hours slip to this launch (to December 1st UTC/2nd KST) due to weather, although I am not sure Internet translation is accurate - they are likely to have an English version of this article out later - and don't see any changes to related NOTAMs yet (I can't check the marine navigation warnings): https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20231128086300504
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Yonhap News seems to be reporting a 48 hours slip to this launch (to December 1st UTC/2nd KST) due to weather, although I am not sure Internet translation is accurate - they are likely to have an English version of this article out later - and don't see any changes to related NOTAMs yet (I can't check the marine navigation warnings): https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20231128086300504

Well the ESA webcast shown a few posts above also shows a December 1st launch date now, so that's confirmed.
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Yonhap News seems to be reporting a 48 hours slip to this launch (to December 1st UTC/2nd KST) due to weather, although I am not sure Internet translation is accurate - they are likely to have an English version of this article out later - and don't see any changes to related NOTAMs yet (I can't check the marine navigation warnings): https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20231128086300504

Well the ESA webcast shown a few posts above also shows a December 1st launch date now, so that's confirmed.

And reflected on the FAA flight planning page:

SPACE-X EOIRSAT VANDENBERG SFB, FL
PRIMARY   -12/01   1804Z-1918Z
BACKUP   -12/02   1804Z-1918Z
   -12/03   1804Z-1918Z
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Launch Alert

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Wednesday's planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg SFB has been delayed until Friday (December 1). The vehicle is slated to lift off from south base at approximately 10:04 a.m. PST.

SpaceX web site still does not have this Upcoming Mission
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Launch Alert

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Wednesday's planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg SFB has been delayed until Friday (December 1). The vehicle is slated to lift off from south base at approximately 10:04 a.m. PST.

SpaceX web site still does not have this Upcoming Mission

Maybe not until tomorrow or Thursday.
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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1729950843850383553

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This week's busy launch schedule from around the world - via Aaron McCrea (@AaronMc286):

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/11/launch-roundup-112823/

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Armenian satelllite Hayasat will be onboard :

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Le vol du satellite Hayasat-1 de fabrication arménienne dans l’espace a été retardé de deux jours, et il sera envoyé en orbite par la fusée Falcon-9 de la société SpaceX vendredi, à 22h18, heure d’Arménie, rapporte le ministère de l’Industrie de haute technologie d’Arménie.

GT : The flight of the Armenian-made Hayasat-1 satellite into space was delayed by two days, and it will be sent into orbit by the Falcon-9 rocket of the SpaceX company on Friday, at 10:18 p.m. Armenia time, the ministry reports of High-Tech Industry of Armenia.

Source : https://www.armenews.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=110310

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Is there any chance that the other Korean sat CAS500-4 is also on this launch?
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https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=korea425

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SpaceX is targeting Friday, December 1 at 10:19 a.m. PT for a Falcon 9 launch of the Korea 425 mission on to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. Watch live.

There are a total of 25 spacecraft on board this mission, including KOREA's 425, Space BD’s ISL48, SITAEL’s uHETSat, D-Orbit’s ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systems’ Bane, and PlanetIQ’s GNOMES-4.

This is the 17th flight of the first stage booster (B1061) supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, and seven Starlink missions. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Edit: So the idea of >15 flight boosters only flying internal missions didnt last very long lol. Love to see it.
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The Australian-made SpIRIT nanosatellite is scheduled for launch this week, which means we’re getting very close to the in-orbit demonstration of some amazing home-grown technology.

The SpIRIT mission has been led by the University of Melbourne, with key Australian project partners Inovor Technologies, Neumann Space, Nova Systems and SITAEL Australia.

SpIRIT is the first Australian satellite to carry a foreign space agency’s scientific instrument as its main payload, namely the Italian Space Agency’s HERMES X-ray detector.

Check out this video to meet some of the scientists who brought the SpIRIT mission to life.

The Australian Space Agency is proud to support the SpIRIT mission with almost $7 million in funding."

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PDF of online press kit. Unfortunately, as Korea 425 is a military spy satellite, SpaceX will only be showing the landing sequence after fairing separation. Deployment times for the commercial satellites have not been provided.

Can someone post the Twitter livestream link? Thanks.
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Can someone post the Twitter livestream link? Thanks.

The SpaceX web site has not posted the actually broadcast link on the mission web link of:

https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=korea425

I'll try again later tonight at midnight my time.  I will not be up (maybe) for this launch.  I will post the other video links I have later tonight.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1730376332922830937
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Targeting Friday, December 1 for a Falcon 9 launch of the Korea 425 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E in California → http://spacex.com/launches



µHETSat originally was manifested aboard a Virgin Orbit LauncherOne flight, followed by a Vega SSMS rideshare:
NET April 2021. SSMS rideshares include

PRETTY
RadCube
SUNSTORM
uHETSat

https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/corporate/DGPressConf2021JosefAschbacher.pdf

µHETsat was originally booked on a Virgin Orbit LauncherOne flight.

However, µHETSat was not on VV19 launch manifest:
Rideshares are:
- BRO-4 (Unseelabs)
- RADCUBE
- SUNSTORM
- LEDSAT

And, it was carried forward as a future Arianespace piggyback or rideshare payload afterwards:
2022
Piggybacked:

TBD - µHETsat - Vega / Vega C - Kourou ZLV

Changes on August 6th

MDQUBESAT-2 (apparently) not onboard Transporter-9:
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MDQUBESAT-2 is a 2P PocketQube launching with us in Q4 2023 as part of a picosat constellation for global IoT data services ▶️ https://ow.ly/bBK350PG7nx

Lynk Tower 5 and 6 not onboard Transporter-9:
Lynk has two sats launching this month.  Not entirely sure which flight.
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Lynk plans to launch the remaining five satellites in the constellation by April 2024.

L3Harris RapidEO satellite (apparently) not onboard Transporter-9:
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Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (“KSAT”) provides this information pursuant to Section 25.120 of the Commission’s rules1 to supplement its request for 30 day special temporary authority (“STA”) for its earth station in Maui, Hawaii (“Station”) to provide launch and early operation support for the RapidEO satellite (“Satellite”) a satellite operated by L3Harris Technologies Inc. (“L3Harris”) for a U.S. government classified program.

The Satellite is scheduled to be launched on the SpaceX Transporter 9 mission, planned for November 7, 2023. Grant of the STA by November 6, 2023 is needed to meet the communication needs for this classified satellite program.

GNOMES-4:
GNOMES 4 license was granted on November 6, but that seems kinda late to be on [Transporter-9].
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There are a total of 25 spacecraft on board this mission, including KOREA's 425, Space BD’s ISL48, SITAEL’s uHETSat, D-Orbit’s ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systems’ Bane, and PlanetIQ’s GNOMES-4.
The ION SCV could be -012; that serial number was skipped over for the Transporter-9 payload.

Several cubesats and/or pocketsats could be aboard the "Daring Diego," including perhaps an Alba Orbital Cluster?

What is ISL48?
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KOYOH satellite from Kanazawa University onboard

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2023/12/20231201-1_e.html
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National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) hereby announces that Kanazawa University’s micro small satellite “KOYOH”, which is selected as one of demonstration themes of JAXA Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-3, will be launched via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as follows.

1.Launch Date/ Time   December 2, 2023/ 3:19 (JST)
December 1, 2023/ 10:19 (PST)
The time is the 24-hour clock.
2.Launch Site   Vandenberg Space Force Base (California, U.S.A)

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Equipped with a wide-field X-ray imaging detector, the system uses X-rays to image and observe sudden celestial objects such as gamma-ray bursts accompanied by gravitational waves, identifying the time and direction of occurrence, and transmitting this information in near real time to both domestic and overseas ground sources. - Report to space observation facilities.

size   493mm×450mm×488mm
Weight   43kg
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  The "other" Mission Patch!

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https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=korea425
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There are a total of 25 spacecraft on board this mission, including KOREA's 425, Space BD’s ISL48, SITAEL’s uHETSat, D-Orbit’s ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systems’ Bane, and PlanetIQ’s GNOMES-4.
The ION SCV could be -012; that serial number was skipped over for the Transporter-9 payload.

Several cubesats and/or pocketsats could be aboard the "Daring Diego," including perhaps an Alba Orbital Cluster?
Gunter lists this as ION SCV-012.

2023 Launch Chronology

ION SCV-002 and up
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ENSO radio amateur satellite/mission by University Space Center of Montpellier (CSUM) is also in this launch.

source: https://community.libre.space/t/spacex-f9-425-project-eo-ir-vsfb-slc-4e-2023-12-01-18-19-utc/10997/13

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ENSO radio amateur satellite/mission by University Space Center of Montpellier (CSUM) is also in this launch.

source: https://community.libre.space/t/spacex-f9-425-project-eo-ir-vsfb-slc-4e-2023-12-01-18-19-utc/10997/13
From the same thread source:
a.k.a. ROBUSTA 1E
Deployed from ISISpace's deployer.



FYI, the Alba Orbital manifest table is gone from their website.
First find of Alba Orbital manifest?  See attached image [in original post].
Alba Orbital to launch pocketqube clusters on two Vega-C ridershare missions to SSO, one in Q2 2024 (SSMS #10) and one in Q4 2024 (SSMS #12): http://www.albaorbital.com/launch
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Less than one hour until Falcon 9’s launch of the Korea 425 mission from California. All systems and weather are looking good for liftoff

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Should be T-20 minutes.

EIRSAT-1 webcast has begun.  No launch delay at this time.  Full-size? satellite model on table.

Loving the addition of Irish brogue to spaceflight! 🇮🇪
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Thank you.

Edit: I'm back.
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F9/425 Project: Now presumably 10 minutes to launch; this will be the 88th F9-family launch of '23 and the 278th single-stick F9 flight overall; booster B1061 is making its 17th flight; a successful Vandenberg recovery would be SpaceX's 14th in California and its 251st overall

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F9/425 Project (correction): A successful 1st stage landing would be SpaceX's 250th overall, not 251st (was looking ahead to the next Starlink launch!)
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Watch Falcon 9 launch the Korea 425 mission to orbit
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T-9 minutes. No Vandenberg fog this time!

No coverage of second stage per the request of some of the customers
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Working no technical issues. Watching some ground level winds though
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Landing Zone-4 which B1061 will be aiming for
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LIFT-OFF!!!!
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Liftoff of the "425 Project Flight 1" mission.

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Stage 1 boostback start-up and shutdown. Fairing separation has also been confirmed
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Stage Separation confirmed. B1061 will now attempt landing 17.

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Nice view of Earth. "Both stages continue on a nominal trajectory"
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Webcast wrapping up. No coverage of second stage at the request of some of their customers (Meanwhile B1061 is enjoying the California sun 8) )
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No coverage of second stage per the request of some of the customers
This includes no second stage speed velocity readout in the webcast, unfortunately.  :-\

MECO and Stage Separation!
Regular length Merlin Vac nozzle.

(No surprise) There is no TS Kelso pre-launch tweet listing the payloads and planned initial orbits.

Launch appears to have been at 18:19:00 UTC; William Harwood includes the seconds value when known and not :00.
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Missed this as I was watching SpaceX' webcast, but during ESA's webcast they said that EIRSAT-1 was set to deploy from the second stage about 18 to 19 minutes after lift-off, so no second burn to circularize the orbit is planned? (Meaning that the second stage launched directly to the circular orbit, which could explain the longer MVac nozzle?)
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Missed this as I was watching SpaceX' webcast, but during ESA's webcast they said that EIRSAT-1 was set to deploy from the second stage about 18 to 19 minutes after lift-off, so no second burn to circularize the orbit is planned? (Meaning that the second stage launched directly to the circular orbit, which could explain the longer MVac nozzle?)
Yes.
Deploy starts 45 minutes timer.
+45 minutes after satellite deploy, the satellite antennas deploy, and it can begin transmitting.

Team ground stations in Ireland will interrogate the satellite for first acquisition of signal.

One of the Irish ground stations.
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EIRSAT-1 posted this TLE before launch:
EIRSAT-1
1 99320U 23001A   23335.82164560 .000000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    11
2 99320  97.4530  39.7374 0001272  81.2690 356.0680 15.16306867    16

If the online calculator I found is correct, that's 516km circular.

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EIRSAT-1 video from webcast.
Deployer logos blurred to conceal the identity of the other cubesats inside.
Poem composed for EIRSAT-1 read at the end of the video.
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Falcon 9 first stage takes flight and lands for the 17th time for the Korea 425 mission out of Vandenfogless SFB.

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Missed this as I was watching SpaceX' webcast, but during ESA's webcast they said that EIRSAT-1 was set to deploy from the second stage about 18 to 19 minutes after lift-off, so no second burn to circularize the orbit is planned? (Meaning that the second stage launched directly to the circular orbit, which could explain the longer MVac nozzle?)

I distinctly heard the webcast announcer state there would be a second AND third relight of the second stage engine.  She did not mention the timing.

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Some reusability stats for this launch (Korea 925 EO/IR):

Booster B1061.17 turnaround time: 41 days 9 hours 56 minutes
(its previous mission was Starlink Group 7-5 on Oct 21, 2023 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for Falcon 9 / Heavy boosters is currently 54.12 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches, excluding new first stages.

Launchpad SLC-4E turnaround time: 11 days 7 hours 49 minutes
(the previous launch from this pad was Starlink Group 7-7 on Nov 20, 2023 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for SLC-4E is currently 13.17 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches.

The same type of stats for previous SpaceX launches may be found on this spreadsheet online.

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A @SpaceX #Falcon9 rocket blasted off from @SLDelta30 Friday morning at 10:19am lofting the first of five spy satellites for South Korea. This launch also carried the first satellite for the country of Ireland & plus 25 other spacecraft’s will be deployed. 12-01-23

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EIRSAT-1 deployment confirmed, awaiting acquisition of signal:

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Exciting Update: @EIRSAT1 is deployed to orbit! 🚀🙌

🛰 The satellite has now started its space journey, and we are waiting for the first signal together with the team in California and at the EIRSAT-1 Mission Control Room at @ucddublin @UCD_Research! 📡

https://twitter.com/ESA__Education/status/1730688898936754314



Missed this as I was watching SpaceX' webcast, but during ESA's webcast they said that EIRSAT-1 was set to deploy from the second stage about 18 to 19 minutes after lift-off, so no second burn to circularize the orbit is planned? (Meaning that the second stage launched directly to the circular orbit, which could explain the longer MVac nozzle?)

I distinctly heard the webcast announcer state there would be a second AND third relight of the second stage engine.  She did not mention the timing.

It's possible that they fly a similar profile to Transporter-7: Go directly to the first deployment orbit, and then perform 2 additional burns to raise the orbit to deploy the remaining payloads
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Falcon 9 launches 25 spacecraft to orbit aboard the Korea 425 mission from California

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Other payloads flying on the mission include KOYOH, a MicroSat from Kanazawa University in Japan; Ireland’s first satellite, a 2U CubeSat called EIRSAT-1 (Educational Irish Research Satellite) built by students and faculty at University College Dublin; and a CubeSat for the company Privateer Space called “Pono,” which was described before the launch as “an edge compute, storage, machine learning, and data transmission module available to satellite operators as a hosted payload.”

Pono was one of the spacecraft hosted on the D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier Vehicle dubbed “Daring Diego,” the 13th mission for D-Orbit.

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The drama continues to unfold here at @ucddublin. Just minutes after our broadcast, the team at @eirsat1 Mission Control got some exciting news. We weren’t live but the cameras kept rolling…

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a mission! 🇮🇪☘️🛰

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CelesTrak has GP data for 3 objects from the launch (2023-185) of Korea 425 and 24 ride shares atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg SFB on Dec 1 at 1819 UTC: https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/12/01/live-coverage-spacex-to-launch-ride-share-mission-with-south-korean-reconnaissance-satellite-first-irish-satellite/. Data for the launch can be found at: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/table.php?INTDES=2023-185.

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Unicorn-2j now phoned home! Unicorn-2L, 2M, 2N and a rideshare customer 2p successfully launched to orbit this evening on the @SpaceX Korea 425 mission

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I updated the known passengers in the top post, looks like we have 15 out of 25 so far?

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A bit of “sound on” footage of the Korea 425 mission’s launch and landing as seen from Lompoc, CA. Perching my phone on the roof of my Tesla created a neat reflection.

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A bit of “sound on” footage of the Korea 425 mission’s launch and landing as seen from Lompoc, CA. Perching my phone on the roof of my Tesla created a neat reflection.

Boy that brings memories of viewing these from Lompoc long ago, especially the Delta-II's.
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6 sats cataloged to date from today's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch for the Korea 425 project. Three are in 560 x 575 km sun-sync orbit at 10:00 LTDN; three are in 515 x 532 km orbit.

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🚀 We're thrilled to announce the successful launch of the 13th commercial mission of our OTV, ION Satellite Carrier!
 
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Am Freitag, den 1. Dezember 2023 sind zwei Kleinstsatelliten der TU Berlin erfolgreich von der Vandenberg Space Force Base in Kalifornien mit einer Falcon 9 der Firma SpaceX in den Erdorbit gebracht worden.

On Friday, 1 December 2023, two smallsats of TU Berlin have sucessfully been brought to earth orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California by a Falcon 9 of SpaceX.

https://www.tu.berlin/ueber-die-tu-berlin/profil/pressemitteilungen-nachrichten/nanoff-satelliten [Dec 1]

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In a historic event yesterday (Friday), the Canary Islands have made their first step into space exploration with the successful launch of their inaugural satellite, ALISIO-1, aboard a SpaceX rocket.

At approximately 6:19pm local time in the Canary Islands, ALISIO-1 embarked on its journey to Earth's orbit from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. The launch proceeded seamlessly, with no reported difficulties or unfavourable weather conditions.

https://www.canarianweekly.com/posts/VIDEO-First-Canarian-satellite-ALISIO-1-successfully-launched-into-space

Logsats - Patriot Infovention

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ALISIO-1 is 6U, built by Open Cosmos for IAC with DRAGO-2 infrared imager from IAC and a laser communications terminal, deployed from ION.

https://www.open-cosmos.com/launches/alisio-1
https://www.iac.es/en/outreach/news/second-phase-alisio-1-mission-which-will-take-latest-version-drago-infrared-camera-space-gets-under-way

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During SpaceX's 250th Falcon 9 landing, I captured a few frames of the rocket's signature "green flash" during the landing burn ignition sequence at Vandenberg SFB.

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The usual D-Orbit mission booklet is out, with the list of payloads onboard:
- LOGSATS (3U, Patriot Infovention, Thailand)
- NanoFF A/B (2x 2U, TU Berlin, Germany)
- ALISIO-1 (6U, IACTEC, Spain)
- RECS (hosted, Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
- Z01™ SuperTorquer (hosted, Zenno Astronautics, New Zealand)
- MI:1 (hosted, TRL11, US)
- Pono 1 (hosted, Privateer, US)
- Albapods (hosted, Alba Orbital, UK) carrying the three Unicorns and MDQubesat-1 by Miota Space (weirdly different to the previously announced MDQUBESAT-2 by Innova Space)

EDIT: Innova Space is owned by Miota Space so it's just a designation issue for the last pocketqube

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I think that brings us to 18 out of 25

Go Beyond (fka. Go Crusader) returned to PoLB on Dec 3 @ 8:17pm PT / 11:17pm ET
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Since launching on Friday, EIRSAT-1 has circled the Earth 34 times! Signals from EIRSAT-1 have been acquired both at our own ground station and by many brilliant radio enthusiasts all around the world. @AmsatUK @SatNOGS @SDRadioClub

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We have also sent commands from our ground station that were successfully received by the spacecraft. Data from the satellite show it experienced a nominal deployment from the rocket and the antennas deployed successfully.

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The battery remains in good condition and is being charged by the solar arrays. The onboard software continues to function without issue. In the coming days we will begin commissioning of the spacecraft to prepare for science operations.

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It sounds like BANE is the "CACI demosat" that we initially expected to be on Transporter 7...



York Space Systems Establishes Successful Communications with BANE Commercial Mission Hours After Launch

DENVER, Dec. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- York Space Systems (York), the Denver-based aerospace company dedicated to the rapid deployment of complete space mission solutions, is reporting successful deployment and successful contact with its BANE spacecraft hours after launch. The satellite was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base on December 1; York confirmed successful first contact -- on the first attempt -- within three hours following launch/deployment and all spacecraft systems are healthy and safe.

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The BANE mission carries two commercial payloads one from CACI International Inc. —a Resilient Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) system and the other is an Optical Communications demonstration.

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🚀 #Beyond, our 13th orbital transportation mission, launched on Dec 1.

As per D-Orbit's tradition, we named the ION launched after a randomly-selected employee... so we're happy to introduce ION SCV Daring Diego!
 
✨ And here's the patch designed for this mission!

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Introducing the passengers of the Beyond mission!
Starting from ALISIO-1, by @IAC_Astrofisica, that features a DRAGO-2 camera for high-quality multispectral images and optical laser communication capabilities, to send its images to any optical station on Earth.

Welcome on board!

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Check out the deployment of Ireland’s first satellite into space! Keep an eye on the lower left of the video 🛰️👀

#irelandsfirstsatellite #flyyoursatellite #irelandinspace

Edit to add: couple of screen grabs
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Any idea what could be the cubesat-like object above the Eirsat-1 pod?

It looks like a stuck cubesat that failed to be deployed. However it could be also a hosted payload or something similar

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Any idea what could be the cubesat-like object above the Eirsat-1 pod?

It looks like a stuck cubesat that failed to be deployed. However it could be also a hosted payload or something similar

The door on the deployer?
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According to my calculations ISL48 consists of six satellites:
-Koyoh
-Hayasat
-EIRSAT
-SpIRIT
-ENSO
-?

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7138463564364738562/

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🚀 ✨  ISL48 mission: exciting update from Space! ✨ 🚀

Our ISL48 mission has been another huge success! Following successful launch and deployment, all our customers have established good contact with their satellites and are currently in the middle of commissioning. This brings the total number of satellites we brought to orbit through our services to an astonishing 667! And, following earlier ones, we are delighted to have again been a part of getting the first national satellites to orbit for two countries - Ireland and Armenia.
Check out the following separation clip with breathtaking views from another SpaceX Falcon9 launch. A special thanks to our partner, Space BD Inc., for their trust, hard work and dedication to this mission together. There's more to come, so stay tuned!
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According to my calculations ISL48 consists of six satellites:
-Koyoh
-Hayasat
-EIRSAT
-SpIRIT
-ENSO
-?

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7138463564364738562/

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🚀 ✨  ISL48 mission: exciting update from Space! ✨ 🚀

Our ISL48 mission has been another huge success! Following successful launch and deployment, all our customers have established good contact with their satellites and are currently in the middle of commissioning. This brings the total number of satellites we brought to orbit through our services to an astonishing 667! And, following earlier ones, we are delighted to have again been a part of getting the first national satellites to orbit for two countries - Ireland and Armenia.
Check out the following separation clip with breathtaking views from another SpaceX Falcon9 launch. A special thanks to our partner, Space BD Inc., for their trust, hard work and dedication to this mission together. There's more to come, so stay tuned!
#SpaceBD #SpaceX #Falcon9 #Ireland #Armenia #France #Taiwan #Japan #Australia #Innovation #SpaceExploration #DreamBig #Teamwork



ISL48 KOYOH Deployment

Looking at the hashtags below the LinkedIn post it looks like the missing one is a Taiwanese satellite

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https://twitter.com/eirsat1/status/1732753499383844940

Any idea what could be the cubesat-like object above the Eirsat-1 pod?

It looks like a stuck cubesat that failed to be deployed. However it could be also a hosted payload or something similar

That looks like a stuck payload to me as well. You can see after the deployment that there's a "plunger" that over-extends outside of the payload bay canister that is used to push the satellites out. As compared to that it doesn't look anything like it. It doesn't look like a door or anything else. You can see it has a rectangular prism-like shape as well as what looks like solar panel solder points shining out as white spots. I rotated the image and enlarged it.
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LEO is the ocean, not an island (let alone a continent). We create cruise liners to ride the oceans, not artificial islands in the middle of them. We need a physical place, which has physical resources, to make our future out there.

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Communication was reported to have been successful with the X-ray sudden object monitoring and reporting satellite ``KOYO'', which was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket on December 2nd. congratulations.

Satellite "Koyou" developed by Kanazawa University successfully communicates with the ground!

https://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/rd/134118

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Satellite "Koyou" developed by Kanazawa University successfully communicates with the ground!
Publication date: 2023-12-8

Satellite “Koyou” developed by Kanazawa University successfully communicates with the ground!

 It has been confirmed that the X-ray sudden object monitoring and reporting satellite "KOYO" (Kanazawa University Satellite No. 1) will be able to send and receive data using all of its onboard communication systems by December 6, 2023. At the same time, analysis of data received on the ground confirmed that the satellite autonomously deployed its solar array paddles as planned and maintained the orientation of the solar arrays towards the sun.

 This satellite was selected as one of the demonstration themes for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Unit 3, and was launched onboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the early hours of December 2, 2023, Japan time. It was done. We are currently adjusting the bus equipment in preparation for operation in the scientific observation phase.

 This result was achieved after the satellite was launched by students from the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology and the School of Science and Engineering, under the guidance of faculty members.

 The Advanced Space Science and Engineering Research Center of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering has established a system to provide education on everything from design and development to testing and operation of artificial satellites, based on its operational experience in the Koyo satellite project. Our university will continue to strive to develop space science and engineering personnel based on practical experience.

 The operational status of the "Koyo" satellite will be updated on the university's official website.

 "Koyo" was selected as one of the demonstration themes of JAXA's innovative satellite technology demonstration unit 3, "Development of a microsatellite system that combines science and engineering and X-ray observation of gravitational wave objects," and students from Kanazawa University This is a microsatellite developed mainly by With this launch, we will contribute to the development of aerospace human resources through satellite operations that integrate science and engineering, and to the creation of cutting-edge scientific results in the field of multi-messenger astronomy.
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https://twitter.com/eirsat1/status/1732753499383844940

Any idea what could be the cubesat-like object above the Eirsat-1 pod?

It looks like a stuck cubesat that failed to be deployed. However it could be also a hosted payload or something similar

That looks like a stuck payload to me as well. You can see after the deployment that there's a "plunger" that over-extends outside of the payload bay canister that is used to push the satellites out. As compared to that it doesn't look anything like it. It doesn't look like a door or anything else. You can see it has a rectangular prism-like shape as well as what looks like solar panel solder points shining out as white spots. I rotated the image and enlarged it.

No, I am pretty sure it is the door of the ISIPod deployer. The bright spots (screws) and the angle to the deployer appear to be pretty typical

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That's pretty convincing but it seems to not quite match given that it looks like it's got another "side". In other words it looks like it's a rectangular prism.
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That looks like a stuck payload to me as well. You can see after the deployment that there's a "plunger" that over-extends outside of the payload bay canister that is used to push the satellites out.

I am not an expert on cubesat deployers but I will note the plunger sticking out was with a 2U satellite, it may not look the same with a 3U.

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Korsat-7 = the Korean reconnaissance satellite/primary payload? 🇰🇷 🛰
What is Object B?

https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1734671709616369753
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Yes, we know there are now 2 objects identified as KORSAT 7 (58469 just added), based on the @18thSDS data on @SpaceTrackOrg. We have notified Space Track and are awaiting update.
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According to @18thSDS, Catalog Number 58463 should be OBJECT B and 58469 is KORSAT 7.
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A surprise passenger from Taiwan:

2023-185F = Lilium-1

This is a 3U cubesat by Unisec - University of Space Engineering Consortium. "Lilium-1 CubeSat mission is focus on demonstrate intelligent remote sensing operation and IoT S&F operation."

http://unisectaiwan.ee.ncku.edu.tw/
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Spectacular footage of our ION SCV Daring Diego deployment from Falcon 9!

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Cataloging of objects from the Falcon 9/Korea-425 launch continues. The launch deployed satellites in two groups, at 517 km and 560 km. Object N, just cataloged, is in the higher orbit group and was probably deployed from the @D_orbit ION tug around 1200 UTC on Dec 22.

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Space Sciences & Engineering, LLC, d/b/a PlanetiQ (“PlanetiQ”) hereby requests that the
Space Bureau modify the company’s license to authorize operations by the GNOMES-4 satellite
at orbital altitudes up to 560 km.1 PlanetiQ is authorized to deploy the GNOMES-4 satellite at
an altitude up to 545 km and operate at an altitude up to 525 km.2 The slightly higher operating
altitude will allow PlanetiQ to operate in the approximate orbital altitude in which it was
deployed and enhance service to customers by operating longer in the current solar environment.
The GNOMES-4 satellite was launched on December 4, 2023, and is currently operating
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Object 58665, cataloged today, seems to have separated from ION SCV015 at the same time as 58642; I conclude the pair of objects are Unicorn-2N and MDQubesat-2.  Still waiting for the Lemur satellite (ejected later) to get TLEs.

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Object 58665, cataloged today, seems to have separated from ION SCV015 at the same time as 58642; I conclude the pair of objects are Unicorn-2N and MDQubesat-2.  Still waiting for the Lemur satellite (ejected later) to get TLEs.
Noting it's ION SCV-015, not 012 as was previously thought.

Gunter agrees: https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/ion-scv-2.htm

Skipped over 012 and 014.
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Lynk has already completed construction of Lynk Towers 5 and 6 and both satellites were scheduled to be launched in November 2023. However, due to an unexpected incident while in transit on November 15, 2023, the satellites were damaged and required repairs and additional environmental testing, which have since been completed. Due to this unforeseen delay, Lynk Towers 5 and 6 are now scheduled to launch on the SpaceX Transporter 10 mission on March 1, 2024. Although Lynk worked to get the satellites on an earlier launch prior to March 1, Lynk has submitted final paperwork for SpaceX review and is awaiting permission to deliver the satellites for integration.

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Lynk has already completed construction of Lynk Towers 5 and 6 and both satellites were scheduled to be launched in November 2023. However, due to an unexpected incident while in transit on November 15, 2023, the satellites were damaged and required repairs and additional environmental testing, which have since been completed. Due to this unforeseen delay, Lynk Towers 5 and 6 are now scheduled to launch on the SpaceX Transporter 10 mission on March 1, 2024. Although Lynk worked to get the satellites on an earlier launch prior to March 1, Lynk has submitted final paperwork for SpaceX review and is awaiting permission to deliver the satellites for integration.

Maybe those were the missing pieces? Putting together all the deployable spacecrafts, the four hosted payloads on ION-SCV and the two Lynk satellites we would get the announced total of 25 payloads onboard. Since it seems to have been a very last minute decision to keep those two out, whoever was in charge of the social media accounts might've been relying on outdated info.

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