Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - Jason 3 - SLC-4E Vandenberg - Jan 17, 2016 - UPDATES  (Read 160880 times)

Online Chris Bergin

UPDATE ONLY thread for Falcon 9 v1.1 launch with Jason-3. There won't be many posts in this thread until closer to the launch, but it provides a one stop status page with less than a month to go for a mission. We have other threads that have covered Jason-3 for nearly a year.

Target is January 17 from Vandy.

Static Fire Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/spacex-preparing-west-coast-jason-3-launch-with-last-falcon-9-v1-1/ - by Chris Gebhardt

Feature Launch Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/spacex-launch-jason-3/ - by William Graham

Jason-3 DISCUSSION THREAD:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29457.0

Jason-3 Party Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=39139.0


Additional Resources:

SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0

SpaceX News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/

Dragon Articles:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/dragon/

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SpaceX GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=45.0 - please use this for general questions NOT specific to this mission.

SpaceX MISSIONS Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0 - this section is for everything specific to SpaceX missions.

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L2 Members:

L2 SpaceX Section - A dedicated full section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0

L2 Jason-3 Coverage (extensive)
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=37596.0

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« Last Edit: 01/17/2016 04:46 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Stage 1 Drone Ship Landing FCC application has been filed:

https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=initial&application_seq=69074&RequestTimeout=1000

A couple key elements:

Experimental offshore recovery operation, following launch from Vandenberg AFB.

North  32  7  44    West  120  46  43    BOAT, within 10 nautical miles
North  32  7  44    West  120  46  43    BARGE, within 10 nautical miles

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From Google Maps
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

Online Chris Bergin

Expecting rollout and static fire this week, per L2 (subject to all staying within the timeline). Will be writing an article for it, so when confirmation of events (next being rollout), I'll get an article on ahead of the firing....then update when the firing is confirmed.

Online Chris Bergin

Weather has been delaying rollout, but the Static Fire has only slipped one day:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2016/01/07/jason-3-flight-readiness-review-and-encapsulation-tomorrow-static-fire-planned-for-saturday/?


L2 has it Sunday now, again due to the weather, which isn't looking great. FRR tomorrow will be a nice milestone, however.
« Last Edit: 01/07/2016 11:32 PM by Chris Bergin »

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The latest is the SpaceX TEL is now inside the Vandenberg SLC-4 HIF to greet the Falcon 9 v1.1. FRR and rollout next. Falcon 9 will rollout "headless" - as Jason-3 is mated after the Static Fire. Last check was Sunday for Static Fire (if they rollout today they may look for the best weather window, so we'll keep an eye on any movement either side of Sunday.

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Reports are SpaceX will try to land on ASDS.

https://twitter.com/TheLurioReport/status/685221140441231360

(We'd assumed they would, just wasn't sure if it was reported as official yet.)
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https://twitter.com/larsblackmore/status/685259250369601537

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Now, let's nail a droneship landing!

Lars Blackmore is a Principal Rocket Landing Engineer for SpaceX.

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Article by Chris Gebhardt -

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/spacex-preparing-west-coast-jason-3-launch-with-last-falcon-9-v1-1/

Will update the article for events like rollout and Static Fire that is expected to take place over the weekend.

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From the SpaceX instagram account.

"El Niņo induced rainbows at our California launch pad"


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Article updated - as Rollout is now finally occurring. Complete, article has photos from a collection in L2 during rollout and erection.

Also note, from the L2 FRR notes this will be a slightly longer Static Fire tomorrow, due to the time that has passed since she came to life during testing at McGregor.
« Last Edit: 01/11/2016 11:00 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Coming up on the window opening for the Falcon 9 static fire at Vandenberg (top of the hour).  Remember, they have a long window for static fires and just aim for sometime inside that window. T-0 in 90 minutes to two hours is the current estimate (subject to change, per how static fires work).

When we hear of ignition I'll pass it on into here. Also then remember that the data review needs to be good and then they go into the LRR.

Edit: Going through the window. Rocket is loaded but is being a bit naughty. Still trying.
« Last Edit: 01/11/2016 11:46 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Static FIRE! :) Her noisy end has come to life. Data Review and LRR to come, of course. Updated the article again.

Online Chris Bergin

And there's your confirmation and a pretty picture :)

SpaceX ‏@SpaceX  2m2 minutes ago
Full-duration static fire complete at our California pad. Preliminary data looks good in advance of Jason-3 launch.

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Confirmation from NASA blog:

At Space Launch Complex 4 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the static test fire of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the upcoming Jason-3 launch was completed Monday at 5:35 p.m. PST, 8:35 p.m. EST. The first stage engines fired for the planned full duration of 7 seconds.  The initial review of the data appears to show a satisfactory test, but will be followed by a more thorough data review on Tuesday.  With this test complete, the next step in prelaunch preparations is to mate the rocket and the Jason-3 spacecraft, which is encapsulated in the payload fairing. This also is planned to occur as soon as Tuesday.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/jason-3/?linkId=20283012

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And:
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/686743696469954560

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Aiming to launch this weekend and (hopefully) land on our droneship. Ship landings needed for high velocity missions

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From the Facebook page of the 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.)
https://www.facebook.com/30thSpaceWing/posts/10154635865789897

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FALCON 9 LAUNCH SCHEDULED
30th Space Wing Public Affairs
1/11/2016 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the U.S.-European Jason-3 satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10:42 a.m. PST.
Col. Shane Clark, 30th Space Wing Vice Commander, will be the Launch Decision Authority.
"Vandenberg is excited to welcome 2016 with this launch," said Clark. "Our mission is to provide unique capabilities for assured access to and from space for our nation. We have worked diligently with our mission partners at NASA and SpaceX to ensure a safe and successful launch."
Jason-3 is an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnering with NASA, CNES (the French Space Agency) and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. The mission will continue the ability to monitor and precisely measure global sea surface heights, monitor the intensification of tropical cyclones and support seasonal and coastal forecasts. Jason-3 data will also benefit fisheries management, marine industries and research into human impacts on the world's oceans. The mission is planned to last at least three years, with a goal of five years.
For questions about the booster please contact Emily Shanklin, SpaceX director of marketing communications, at 310-363-6733.
For more information about the Jason-3 launch, visit: http://nesdis.noaa.gov/jason-3/ or call George Diller from NASA at 805-605-3051.

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Alright here's another one of these. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zXmjsQgIEPtk.kepC8N1d3UEg Click the wave icons for buoy weather info and ship icon to track the American Islander (Hopefully that's the one they use this time). Green area appears to be for the deorbit burn.

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Jason-3 Spacecraft Batteries Charged
Posted on January 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Anna Heiney.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2016/01/13/jason-3-spacecraft-batteries-charged/
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At Vandenberg Air Force Base is California, the Jason-3 spacecraft batteries have been charged and the satellite is scheduled to be mated to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket today. Other prelaunch preparations continue at Space Launch Complex 4 for a launch on Sunday, Jan. 17. The 30-second launch window opens at 10:42:18 a.m. PST. The Launch Readiness Review is scheduled to be held on Friday.
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