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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 BDís ISL48, SITAELís uHETSat, D-Orbitís ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systemsí Bane, and PlanetIQís 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)
ĶHETSat (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
« Last Edit: 12/28/2023 11:28 pm by gongora »

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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 560Ī25 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
Also from NextSpaceflight:
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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 ó four synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites and one featuring an electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) telescope ó 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 SpaceXís 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.
« Last Edit: 12/01/2023 03:51 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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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 Irelandís First Satellite Will Capture High Energy Cosmic Bursts, August 16, by Bruce Dorminey
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Irelandís 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 Irelandís 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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Irelandís 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 ó 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 Koreaís 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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