Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-6 Rideshare : CCSFS SLC-40 : 3 January 2023 (14:56 UTC)  (Read 123629 times)

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0634-EX-CN-2023
ROCCI-2 from Orion Space, 18kg
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The first RROCI satellite launched on Transporter 6 on January 3, 2023, but it was never deployed from the launch vehicle, so RROCI is not on orbit. It met its demise when the launch vehicle returned to earth.
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After the demise of RROCI, the US Space Force issued a follow-on contract to Atmospheric to build, launch, and operate RROCI-2. Atmospheric had some additional components to be able to build a second satellite, which it is doing on an expedited timeframe. Atmospheric recognizes that the federal review process of satellite applications can be lengthy, however, the launch slot in January 2024 is available, and so Atmospheric is trying to finish all of the engineering and regulatory work in time to meet the December 2023 integration date for the launch in January 2024.

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Momentus’ New Spacecraft Engine Continues Successful In-Space Testing

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“We have been doing multiple burns that raise the orbit of the spacecraft. Without propulsion, the spacecraft’s altitude decreases by about 50 meters per day. Now that we have been performing these burns, the spacecraft’s altitude has increased by nearly a kilometer and is growing,” said Momentus Chief Executive Officer John Rood. “We have been increasing the frequency of these burns and we are raising the orbit to a target value of 538 km circular altitude. We will use this orbit to release the Zeus satellite for our Qosmosys customer – marking the first time Momentus will achieve a custom orbital delivery service.”

Momentus has incrementally been increasing the duration of each MET firing and has reached its goal of 5-minute firings. The electrical power system, including batteries and solar arrays have been supporting the high power (1000+ Watts) operation of the MET. The spacecraft's heat management system has operated effectively, keeping all critical component temperatures well below their maximum thresholds.

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https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1647940329570541574
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Orbital Focus @OrbitalFocus

Iceye X-22 is also among the missing
Space-Track shows 2x Iceye but the company announced three sats on theflight
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Yes, not counting that because I've had it privately confirmed that it didn't separate.

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https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1655818564417224705

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The Vigoride-5 satellite's (modest) orbit raising using an H2O thruster, e.g. as reported in this article by @dvorsky, can be seen in this plot based on the TLE data.

https://gizmodo.com/momentus-space-tug-raises-orbit-water-based-propulsion-1850414663

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I was going through the payloads of this launch once again and I have some doubts:
- what happened to the 4 Astrocast cubesats that were on one of the ION carriers?
- has it been confirmed that Guardian Alpha and Pushan Alpha are actually the same spacecraft?
- has it been confirmed that the US government payloads manifested through Maverick Space were just hosted ones?

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ZEUS-1 was released by Vigoride in May.  The Astrocast satellites riding aboard ION have still not made an appearance in tracking data.  Space-Track is up to 100 objects.  Celestrak still shows 99 for some reason.  Orbiter SN1 has been identified in the satellite catalog.  Star Vibe is still named on Celestrak but not Space-Track.

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I was going through the payloads of this launch once again and I have some doubts:
- has it been confirmed that the US government payloads manifested through Maverick Space were just hosted ones?

I'm not aware of any payloads manifested through Maverick being hosted ones?  One of them (RROCI) didn't separate from the launch vehicle.

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I was going through the payloads of this launch once again and I have some doubts:
- has it been confirmed that the US government payloads manifested through Maverick Space were just hosted ones?

I'm not aware of any payloads manifested through Maverick being hosted ones?  One of them (RROCI) didn't separate from the launch vehicle.

It's just because when Geometric Space Corporation removed its manifested cubesats for this launch said that the port would've been used for US government payloads manifested by Maverick Space (here: https://medium.com/@xiprotocol/gec-missions-and-xi-updates-d656c132e140), and the plural got me thinking that maybe there were some hosted ones since the only free-flying one seemed to be RROCI.

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https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1647940329570541574
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Orbital Focus @OrbitalFocus

Iceye X-22 is also among the missing
Space-Track shows 2x Iceye but the company announced three sats on theflight
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Jonathan McDowell @planet4589
Yes, not counting that because I've had it privately confirmed that it didn't separate.

late: ICEYE indirectly confirms the loss of one satellite.
https://www.iceye.com/press/press-releases/iceyes-four-new-generation-3-satellites-launch [6/13/2023]
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ICEYE has now deployed 27 satellites since 2018, including both commercially available and dedicated customer missions. ICEYE plans to launch four additional SAR satellites in 2023.
If you add up all the launched ICEYE satellites, you get 28.

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Very confusing,
Exolaunch wrote: 37 satellites deployed, 9 Microsats (9 CarboNIX), 28 Cubesats
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=54928.msg2446755#msg2446755
That's one microsat more than listed in the opening post. (3xICEYE + 4xNewSat + YAM-5)
Which satellite is missing?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=54928.msg2297586#msg2297586
In addition, one CarboNIX has not released the ICEYE X22 satellite.
The cause of the failure may have been at Exolaunch or at SpaceX.
« Last Edit: 06/17/2023 11:08 am by GWR64 »

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Epic Aerospace used a Carbonix separation system

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Epic Aerospace used a Carbonix separation system
Thanks, EXOlaunch names Epic Aerospace in a Tweet as customer.  :-[
Chimera LEO 1 has been separated but isn't either cataloged (at Celestrak).
And none of the unknown objects performed maneuvers as I would have expected a tug to do.

In the launch video: At the time when ICEYE X22 should be separated, nothing happens.
Suspicious: The commentator called the subsequent ICEYE X21 as the "first ICEYE satellite"
and later ICEYE X27 as the "second ICEYE satellite". All other payloads are called by their correct names.

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Still no news about the four Astrocast cubesats? Weird that neither D-Orbit nor Astrocast released info about them. Also about this launch: was the PACE-2 cubesat onboard or not? I've seen conflicting information about that. And it's still not clear to me if Guardian Alpha and Pushan Alpha are the same spacecraft or not, and where did they go since they also didn't show up in the tracking services.

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A ground station filing for continued support of Vigoride 5 mentions RROCI not getting deployed (they were supporting both missions).

The ZEUS 1 Vigoride payload also was not identified by Space-Track. Complete failure of the tug?
"Never, never be afraid of the truth." -- Jim Bridenstine

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A ground station filing for continued support of Vigoride 5 mentions RROCI not getting deployed (they were supporting both missions).

The ZEUS 1 Vigoride payload also was not identified by Space-Track. Complete failure of the tug?

ZEUS 1 deployement was confirmed by Momentus:

https://twitter.com/momentusspace/status/1659203785238130688?s=20

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A ground station filing for continued support of Vigoride 5 mentions RROCI not getting deployed (they were supporting both missions).

The ZEUS 1 Vigoride payload also was not identified by Space-Track. Complete failure of the tug?

RROCI also wasn't on Vigoride.

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https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1735150351051874635

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I had given up on the four Astrocast satellites on the  @d_orbit ION SCV008 tug which was launched in January, but two new objects from the launch have just been cataloged which appear to have separated from ION on around Nov 28 and Dec 5 - they are likely two of the Astrocasts.

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https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1735466581243617741
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And http://Space-Track.org confirms the two objects are Astrocast-0401 and -0402.

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Confirmed by Space-Track that 55111  and 55112, cataloged the other day, are indeed the Astrocast-0403 and 0404 satellites deployed from the ION tug launched over a year ago.
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