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Title: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/01/2016 09:46 pm
UPDATE ONLY THREAD for the Falcon 9 launch with Iridium NEXT sats.


Flight 1: NET Jan - on Falcon 9 from SLC-4E at Vandenberg
   
NSF Threads for Iridium NEXT Flight 1: Discussion (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35112.0) / Updates (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=41751.0) / L2 Coverage (Flight 1) (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=41538.0) / ASDS (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=66.0) / Party (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40089.msg1520968#msg1520968) / Viewing the flight from Vandenberg (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=41995.0)
   
NSF Articles for Iridium NEXT Flight 1:
      Booster Prep: SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 test; AMOS-6 investigation narrows (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/10/spacex-prepares-upcoming-falcon-9-amos-6/) (the booster being readied in that article was actually for Iridium)
      Booster Prep: SpaceX prime Falcon 9 rockets for December return (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/11/spacex-rockets-december-return/)
      Pre-Launch: SpaceX set to return to action with RTF Falcon 9 launch of Iridium spacecraft (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/spacex-return-rtf-falcon-9-iridium-spacecraft/)
      Launch: SpaceX Returns To Flight with Iridium NEXT launch – and landing (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/spacex-return-to-flight-iridium-next-launch/)
      Booster Recovery: Landed Falcon 9 booster sails into Los Angeles (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/landed-falcon-9-booster-los-angeles/)


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Iridium and SpaceX Successfully Complete Dispenser Qualification Tests

Trio of Tests Prove Structural Integrity and Durability of Launch Equipment


Iridium Communications Inc. IRDM +0.01%  and SpaceX today announced the successful completion of dispenser qualification testing for the Iridium NEXT constellation. The dispenser is the mission-unique assembly that holds the satellites during launch and manages the perfectly timed separation of each satellite from the rocket, placing each of the satellites into its proper orbit. The testing program, a key milestone in the Iridium NEXT constellation build, included four types of testing on the satellite dispenser: fit check, separation and shock testing, a modal survey, and static loads testing. Overall the tests ensure launch shock environment, mechanical form, fit and function, separation dynamics, fundamental frequency and structural integrity.

SpaceX is charged with delivering the majority of satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation into their low Earth orbit. At each launch, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry 10 satellites. In total, SpaceX will launch 70 satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation over a planned period of two years. Iridium is SpaceX's largest commercial customer, and, with an investment of $453.1 million, the Iridium deal represents the largest single commercial space launch contract in history.
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Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent) (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews) (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/dragon/)  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions) (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0)
   L2 SpaceX Section (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0)

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REMEMBER: This is an update only thread. Please use the discussion thread for questions and non official links.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET December 16 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/01/2016 09:48 pm
Most relevant (and from December 1) update, per the NET and T-0 target...all pending the AMOS-6 investigation being signed off.

Iridium:

Iridium Announces Date for First Iridium NEXT Launch
SpaceX Set for First Launch of Iridium's Next-Generation Global Satellite Constellation
MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today the date for the first launch of its next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.  Iridium will be launching on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2016 at 12:36 p.m. PST. Launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit.

This launch is contingent upon the FAA's approval of SpaceX's return to flight following the anomaly that occurred on September 1, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The investigation has been conducted with FAA oversight. Iridium expects to be SpaceX's first return to flight launch customer.

"We're excited to launch the first batch of our new satellite constellation.  We have remained confident in SpaceX's ability as a launch partner throughout the Falcon 9 investigation," said Matt Desch, chief executive officer at Iridium. "We are grateful for their transparency and hard work to plan for their return to flight.  We are looking forward to the inaugural launch of Iridium NEXT, and what will begin a new chapter in our history."

Iridium NEXT will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest "tech upgrades" in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, at least 70 of which will be launched by SpaceX.  The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.

"We are looking forward to return to flight with the first Iridium NEXT launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX. "Iridium has been a great partner for nearly a decade, and we appreciate their working with us to put their first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit."

Iridium NEXT will enable the development of new and innovative products and solutions across Iridium's vast partner ecosystem. Additionally, Iridium CertusSM, Iridium's next-generation multi-service communications platform enabled by Iridium NEXT, will deliver faster speeds and higher throughputs across multiple industry verticals. A service of this quality and value is unprecedented in the industry, and is poised to disrupt the current market status quo.  Currently, the service is set to be commercially available in 2017 and is undergoing testing on Iridium's existing network.

Iridium's primary launch campaign consists of seven SpaceX Falcon 9 launches, deploying ten Iridium NEXT satellites at a time. These 70 Iridium NEXT satellites are scheduled to be deployed by early 2018. For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.iridium.com.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium® is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET December 16 - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisC on 12/03/2016 02:25 pm
This Iridium tweet is from Dec 1st, same as the proper press release shown above, but just for the record:

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/804301527720534016
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Iridium NEXT first launch date set for Dec 16 at 12:36 PST, pending regulatory approvals #NEXTevolution
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET December 16 - UPDATES
Post by: feynmanrules on 12/07/2016 12:08 am

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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes
Industry officials: looks like SpaceX return to flight w/ 10 IRDM sats from VAFB will slip into early January. Had been set for Dec 16.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/806259747183820800
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET December 16 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/07/2016 12:58 am
Was working this and SpaceX have ruled out December 16 (I asked SpaceX)....but there's no official new launch date target, so likely January.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Dec/Jan - UPDATES
Post by: eweilow on 12/07/2016 02:48 pm
Official update:
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We are finalizing the investigation into our September 1 anomaly and are working to complete the final steps necessary to safely and reliably return to flight, now in early January with the launch of Iridium-1. This allows for additional time to close-out vehicle preparations and complete extended testing to help ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance prior to launch.
http://www.spacex.com/news/2016/09/01/anomaly-updates
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan. 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 12/16/2016 08:46 pm
Picture of Iridium,s booster at Vandenberg

https://mobile.twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/809869365046808576
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/16/2016 08:50 pm
There's a NET January 7 placeholder (L2)....again pending FAA, processing flow, good static fire and LRR.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 12/25/2016 08:00 pm
Matt Desch @IridiumBoss
Our first 10 #IridiumNEXT satellites are all fueled now, tucked in and dreaming of flying in space. Very. Soon. Happy Holidays!
10:29 AM - 25 Dec 2016
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Flying Beaver on 12/25/2016 09:05 pm
Matt Desch @IridiumBoss
Our first 10 #IridiumNEXT satellites are all fueled now, tucked in and dreaming of flying in space. Very. Soon. Happy Holidays!
10:29 AM - 25 Dec 2016

Picture of fairing design attached to that tweet.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/27/2016 07:42 pm
IridiumIR ‏@IridiumIR  12m12 minutes ago
Satellites have been fueled, pressurized & dispenser tiers are being stacked as we move closer to first launch #IridiumNEXT #NEXTevolution
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Flying Beaver on 12/29/2016 09:23 pm

Iridium Corporate - Twitter

Milestone Alert: The first ten #IridiumNEXT satellites are stacked and encapsulated in the Falcon 9 fairing. #NEXTevolution @SpaceX


 

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Flying Beaver on 12/31/2016 04:34 pm
Iriduim CEO Matt Decsh on Twitter

Nice recap. https://t.co/NuOBHxHvKs.  Sorry for mystery about the date - approvals take a bit longer on a RTF. Getting it right!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/02/2017 10:30 am
Static Fire target is NET Tuesday. Could be an announcement from SpaceX today. Looking like a Sunday target for launch...won't update the thread until SpaceX provide the forward plan.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/02/2017 12:08 pm
Tuesday 3rd and Sunday 8th.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Beittil on 01/02/2017 01:10 pm
The word is out!
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SpaceX ‏@SpaceX 9m9 minutes ago

Targeting return to flight from Vandenberg with the @IridiumComm NEXT launch on January 8. Update:
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/815920600258490370

Tweet also contains a link to the anomaly update page with an extensive update:
http://www.spacex.com/news/2016/09/01/anomaly-updates
(jpo234 placed the text in Amos-6 topic)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 7 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/02/2017 01:36 pm
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“Iridium is pleased with SpaceX’s announcement and targeted launch date of January 8 for the first #IridiumNEXT launch. #NEXTevolution

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/815922460612763650 (https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/815922460612763650)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/02/2017 01:48 pm
Article - yeah, I had already written it, was just waiting for the SpaceX release ;)

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/spacex-return-rtf-falcon-9-iridium-spacecraft/

Cool Nathan L2 render to lead it.  8)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/02/2017 02:21 pm
And a reminder, this is for updates only. Moved one post to discussion - lost another (sorry, fat fingers - but it was a short post ;) )

Per updates, next thing to look out for is rollout, no earlier than tomorrow (Tuesday) for the Static Fire.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 - UPDATES
Post by: gongora on 01/02/2017 02:55 pm
Tweet from Matt Desch (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/815947379883044864):
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Our date is now public. Next Sunday morning, Jan 8 at 10:28:07 pst. Iridium NEXT launch #1 flies!
So that should be 18:28:07 UTC
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 (18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 01/02/2017 03:34 pm
So, about 1328.07 Eastern.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 (18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: gongora on 01/03/2017 04:09 pm
Tweet from James Dean: (https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/816329278782640128)
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SpaceX mishap report still "under review" by FAA, which has not yet issued a launch license for Iridium return-to-flight mission.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 (18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/03/2017 04:54 pm
Yeah, you can bet the FAA are watching this Static Fire like hawks. A bit strange as I was told the FAA has no say in mission success.

"Chris! Not an update on the update only thread!" I hear you cry. ;) Sure, but the relevance is the Static Fire. They've been a bit delayed by usual - non rocket - things (Static Fires always have long windows anyway), but we'll know they are close when they start prop loading. That's the update.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 (18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/03/2017 07:22 pm
Not going forward with the Static Fire today. Moving to Wednesday.

Should add, only a minor issue, not with the rocket - but needs to be fixed when the rocket's not vertical. Launch date not impacted by this.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 (18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/04/2017 08:11 pm
Word is they are now going to try on Thursday for the Static Fire.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 8 2017 (18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/04/2017 08:51 pm
This isn't from us, but the above reference to delays with Static Fire could make this fit:

https://twitter.com/VincentLamigeon/status/816656697708187648

#SpaceX Falcon 9 return to flight finally planned on Monday Jan 9th, a little bird told me. Backup dates Jan 11 & 12th

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Now getting word this is indeed now NET 9th, but I'd want SpaceX - or more likely Iridium - to say so.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Salo on 01/05/2017 12:03 pm
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/spacex_falcon_rcoket_launch_at_vandenberg_afb_slips_to_monday
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/05/2017 05:22 pm
F9 is vertical and going for an attempt today.

Will update again if we hear of a firing. HOWEVER, as per usual, only SpaceX (or Iridium as the customer) can declare a good static fire, usually via Twitter. Then it'll be data review and LRR.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/05/2017 08:38 pm
Unconfirmed (because SpaceX are the ones to confirm) that Falcon 9 has come to life at Vandenberg! Wait for SpaceX to confirm, very important, not least how the Static Fire test data looks.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 01/05/2017 08:41 pm
@elonmusk
Hold-down firing of @SpaceX Falcon 9 at Vandenberg Air Force completed. All systems are go for launch next week.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: vandersons on 01/05/2017 08:41 pm
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/817123579343028227
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: rasumner on 01/06/2017 11:06 am
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"The FAA has not yet issued a license to SpaceX for a launch in January," the Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday. "The FAA continues to work closely with SpaceX as they conduct the investigation and prepare for future Falcon 9 launches."
http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/05/news/elon-musk-spacex-launch/ (http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/05/news/elon-musk-spacex-launch/)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Joaosg on 01/06/2017 04:00 pm
World crisis avoided. FAA granted the launch license

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/817414249643438080

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Just got this statement from the FAA. A launch license for SpaceX's Iridium NEXT launch has been granted:
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: techdude06 on 01/06/2017 04:04 pm
Here is the link the the license:

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/licenses_permits/media/SpaceX%20LLS%2017-096%20License%20and%20Orders_01_06_2017.pdf

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (<>18:28:07 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: vanoord on 01/06/2017 05:23 pm
@IridiumComm:

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Iridium is excited to share we're planned to launch on Monday, Jan 9 at 10:22am PST weather permitting. bit.ly/2iZ7mCE #IridiumNEXT
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 9 2017 (18:22 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: old_sellsword on 01/06/2017 06:43 pm
Matt Desch on Twitter:

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Looks like we're good to go for Monday!  Payload/rocket mating underway; we'll just have to see about the weather. Anti-rain dances, anyone?
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (18:22 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/08/2017 12:53 am
Per the Twitter rumors, SpaceX's new launch date for Falcon 9/Iridium is NET January 14 via our sources. Not official as SpaceX or Iridium need to say it.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (18:22 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Wolfram66 on 01/08/2017 12:55 am
Per the Twitter rumors, SpaceX's new launch date for Falcon 9/Iridium is NET January 14 via our sources. Not official as SpaceX or Iridium need to say it.

Definitely a weather component to the delay
http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/eastpac/movies/g9irn/g9irn_loop.html
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: northenarc on 01/08/2017 02:25 am
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/weather_willing_spacex_iridium_hope_for_launch_monday_from_vafb_20170107

'Despite having a Federal Aviation Administration license in hand and an on-pad test complete, a Falcon 9 rocket and its cargo still will have to wait several days longer for the launch  from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Liftoff of the Space Exploration Technologies rocket now is planned for Jan. 14 from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base, according to safety notices revised Saturday evening.'
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/08/2017 05:35 am
This fella's got a big inside track on this one. He absolutely knew before I did:

https://twitter.com/VincentLamigeon

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Precision : Jan 14th is the best case scenario, according to #Iridium
https://twitter.com/vincentlamigeon/status/817937658848522240 (https://twitter.com/vincentlamigeon/status/817937658848522240)

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@apkJeremyK @BrandongTurner Vanderberg Air Force base availability is another issue
https://twitter.com/vincentlamigeon/status/817938935066173440 (https://twitter.com/vincentlamigeon/status/817938935066173440)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 01/08/2017 10:00 am
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/08/2017 01:21 pm
Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  28m28 minutes ago
Can now confirm: new launch date Jan 14 at 9:54am pst.  Bad weather the cause.  Anti-rain dances didn't work - oh well. Cal needs rain?

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/818093020369289216

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The range issue - which is another (albeit less than the bad weather) issue - is an Atlas V doing a WDR next week ahead of a NROL mission that's upcoming after the Falcon 9 launch. WDRs need (and thus book) the range.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: input~2 on 01/10/2017 08:33 am
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 141724Z TO 141838Z,
151719Z TO 151833Z AND 161713Z TO 161827Z JAN
IN AREAS BETWEEN:
A. 32-30N 29-20N AND 119-30W 121-40W.
B. 29-20N 24-40N AND 120-40W 120-20W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 161927Z JAN 17.//

Authority: WESTERN RANGE 080517Z JAN 17.

Date: 100319Z JAN 17
Cancel: 16192700 Jan 17
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: input~2 on 01/10/2017 08:42 am
SOUTH PACIFIC.
DNC 06, DNC 29.
HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 141946Z TO 142012Z,
151941Z TO 152007Z AND 161935Z TO 162001Z JAN
IN AREA BETWEEN
27-43S 73-06S AND 147-18W 138-54W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 162101Z JAN 17.//

Authority: WESTERN RANGE 080517Z JAN 17.

Date: 100319Z JAN 17
Cancel: 16210100 Jan 17
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: catdlr on 01/11/2017 12:45 am
Iridium NEXT Slot Swap

IridiumComm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlNxVNgCXKA?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlNxVNgCXKA
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Beittil on 01/12/2017 12:48 pm
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Matt Desch
‏@IridiumBoss

Still a go for IridiumNEXT launch Saturday morning.  High media interest: SpaceX & Iridium could be on CBS This Morning, Friday ~7:45am est!
https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/819528034189451264
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/12/2017 06:44 pm
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The #IridiumNEXT payload has been secured to the Falcon 9 rocket. T-2 days #NEXTevolution

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/819620255123312640 (https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/819620255123312640)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: jpo234 on 01/13/2017 01:15 pm
CBS Interview with Gwynne Shotwell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoJi9Ht3UT0
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/13/2017 04:08 pm
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Iridium’s Desch, in interview, says weather for tomorrow’s Falcon 9 launch at Vandenberg looks OK, gusty winds the only concern.

https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/819951416869527552 (https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/819951416869527552)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/13/2017 05:48 pm
Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  7m7 minutes ago
Beautiful picture of our ride to space tomorrow on the launch pad this morning!  #IridiumNEXT #SpaceX
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: tleski on 01/13/2017 05:59 pm
The Iridium press kit is up on the SpaceX website (also attached here):

http://www.spacex.com/press/2017/01/13/press-kit-iridium-1-mission
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: JoerTex on 01/13/2017 06:55 pm
The Iridium mission is now on the SpaceX webcast page.  Mars with Elon is gone.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: NaN on 01/13/2017 07:04 pm
Here are the two webcast links for tomorrow.

TECHNICAL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WimRhydggo

HOSTED
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTmbSur4fcs
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Ilikeboosterrockets on 01/13/2017 08:46 pm
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/820019798595682304

"Tracking ground wind for tomorrow's launch attempt of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites. Weather overall 60% favorable"

I included the source image for the rocket picture. 2048x1364 pixels.

Edit: Higher resolution photos available on the SpaceX Flickr page now.

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/13/2017 09:19 pm
First 10 Iridium NEXT Satellites Are on the Launch Pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base

What:    Iridium Communications, in partnership with SpaceX, is prepared to launch its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites tomorrow, January 14th, on the Falcon 9 rocket.  The full payload and rocket have been transported to the launch pad and have completed their launch countdown dress rehearsal and final clearance, otherwise known as a “Launch Readiness Review.”  This will be the first of seven Iridium launches on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Iridium NEXT is the company’s $3 billion next-generation mobile, global satellite constellation scheduled for completion in 2018. Iridium NEXT represents the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organizations worldwide rely upon to drive business, enable connectivity, empower disaster relief efforts and more. Iridium NEXT will introduce new services like the AireonSM space-based ADS-B aircraft surveillance and flight tracking network.  The Iridium NEXT satellites are manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and assembled at Orbital ATK’s facility in Gilbert, Arizona.
 
When:    Launch is Scheduled for, January 14th at 09:54:39 a.m. PST / 17:54:39 UTC

Who:      Iridium Communications and SpaceX
       
Where:    Vandenberg Air Force Base, California – SpaceX launch site
A live feed of the launch will be available starting twenty minutes prior to launch at: http://www.spacex.com/webcast
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Post by: jacqmans on 01/13/2017 09:58 pm
FALCON 9 SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the Iridium NEXT satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:54 a.m. PST.

As of Jan. 13, 12:39 p.m., FAA has removed the final conditions and authorized SpaceX to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing Commander, will be the launch decision authority.

"Vandenberg looks forward to the inaugural launch of Iridium NEXT and the return to flight for SpaceX," said Moss. "This is an exciting mission and we have worked closely with our mission partners at SpaceX to ensure a safe and successful launch."

Iridium NEXT will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest "tech upgrades" in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, at least 70 of which will be launched by SpaceX.  The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.

For questions about the booster please contact John Taylor, SpaceX director of marketing communications, at 202-649-2632.

For more information about the Iridium NEXT satellite, visit: www.iridium.com

Note To Editors:
Media planning to put remote cameras in place Friday, Jan. 13, should RSVP to Lt. William Collette at [email protected] no later than Friday, Jan. 13, at 2:30 p.m. The media escort will depart the Vandenberg Visitor Control Center main gate parking lot Friday, Jan. 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Media planning to cover the launch must RSVP to Lt. William Collette at [email protected] no later than Friday, Jan. 13, at 4:00 p.m. The media escort will depart the Vandenberg main base gate parking lot Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8:45 a.m.

Submit all RSVPs by 4:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13. Any names not on the RSVP list will not be allowed on base.

Contact information for 30th Space Wing Public Affairs

Commercial: (805) 606-3595
FAX: (805) 606-4571
DSN: (312) 276-3595

30 Space Wing Public Affairs
867 Washington Ave, Bldg. 12000
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/13/2017 10:25 pm
Feature Article by William Graham!
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/spacex-return-to-flight-iridium-next-launch/
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Post by: daveglo on 01/14/2017 02:25 pm
Launch weather forecast details from the 30th Space Wing at VAFB, posted yesterday:

LAUNCH WEATHER REPORT: High pressure will begin to build into the region Friday with generally fair weather expected leading up to Saturday’s launch attempt.  High pressure will be the dominant feature through the count with lingering stratus from patchy fog overnight expected around 900 feet.  Cooling overnight coupled with offshore flow will enhance winds early in the count that will taper off slightly as the morning progresses.  This will result in northerly winds at 12 ‐ 18 knots with isolated 20 knot gusts possible by T‐0.  Temperatures will range from 49 ‐ 54F and max upper‐level winds will e from the north at 90 knots from 30,000 to 34,000 feet.  The overall POV will be 40% with Ground Winds being the only constraint of concern.

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/Portals/18/documents/13%20Jan%20-%20Launch%20Weather.pdf?ver=2017-01-13-174947-383 (http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/Portals/18/documents/13%20Jan%20-%20Launch%20Weather.pdf?ver=2017-01-13-174947-383)

Current weather appears favorable, winds are light at 6 at the moment, the sun has just risen.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 02:54 pm
L-2 hours and counting. The time now is 15:54:39 UTC, or 7:54:39 AM local time in Vandenberg Air Force Base. In less than an hour, the Falcon 9 will begin its fueling process, but there are some minor steps beforehand.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:09 pm
Now checking the Flight Termination System, which is used to detonate the Falcon 9 in the event of a catastrophic failure.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:24 pm
Excluding the satellite dispenser, the total payload weight for this mission will be 8,600 kilograms: the second heaviest for a Falcon 9. The heaviest Falcon 9 payload so far was the SpaceX CRS-8 mission in April 2016, weighing in at 8,836 kilograms.
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Post by: edkyle99 on 01/14/2017 03:34 pm
Excluding the satellite dispenser, the total payload weight for this mission will be 8,600 kilograms: the second heaviest for a Falcon 9. The heaviest Falcon 9 payload so far was the SpaceX CRS-8 mission in April 2016, weighing in at 8,626 kilograms.
Source for that CRS-8 value?  I have it at greater than 10 tonnes.

 - Ed Kyle
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:36 pm
L-78 minutes. The GO/NO GO poll for prop loading is underway. This also serves as the final GO/NO GO poll for launch because it was combined with the fueling poll having been placed earlier than T-13 minutes.

Also, the blast danger area is clear of all personnel.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:39 pm
Excluding the satellite dispenser, the total payload weight for this mission will be 8,600 kilograms: the second heaviest for a Falcon 9. The heaviest Falcon 9 payload so far was the SpaceX CRS-8 mission in April 2016, weighing in at 8,626 kilograms.
Source for that CRS-8 value?  I have it at greater than 10 tonnes.

 - Ed Kyle

I added up the total number of pounds the cargo weighed (6,914 lbs), the dry mass of Dragon (9,259 lbs), and the propellant mass of Dragon (2,844 lbs) to get 19,017 pounds. I then converted it to 8,626 kilograms using a simple calculator.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:39 pm
Polling is complete and we're GO for launch. Awaiting fuel loading in less than five minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 03:41 pm
William Harwood
‏@cbs_spacenews
F9/Iridium: The team just got a "go" to begin loading RP-1 kerosene rocket fuel; liquid oxygen loading starts at 12:09pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:44 pm
T-70 minutes. The fuel loading is underway in both the first and second stages. This fuel is called Rocket Propellant-1, a highly refined kerosene whose temperature is at -7 degrees Celsius.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:49 pm
The Falcon 9 first stage contains 416,780 kilograms of propellant while the second stage contains 108,670 kilograms of propellant.

You can't put more into the second stage than the first stage, or else the rocket won't launch.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:49 pm
Forgot to mention that the Terminal Count also started at T-70 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:54 pm
T-1 hour. A final weather briefing is underway.

Hopefully, the POV will drop lower than 40%. You never know what Mother Nature will do.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 03:56 pm
If you want to watch either the Hosted Webcast or the Technical Webcast on YouTube, both of them start at 17:20 UTC (9:20 AM local).

In other words, the countdown will be at T-34 minutes at the time the webcasts begin.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:05 pm
15 minutes until the webcast starts up.
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Post by: Rocket Science on 01/14/2017 04:05 pm
https://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel
http://www.spacex.com/webcast
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:09 pm
T-45 minutes. The oxidizer loading of both stages is underway. This oxidizer is liquid oxygen whose temperature is at -207 degrees Celsius.

This is the part where the AMOS 6 explosion occurred, although it was later in the countdown at that time. Let's just hope the second stage stays in one piece.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:09 pm
A reminder, as it always seems to require it. This is for updates only. We have discussion and party threads for everything else, including questions and such. :)

It's a pain to split and merge threads so they will be removed. (I did wait for one above to be answered, so the guy got his answer ;))

OK, and focus!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:14 pm
T-40 minutes. Continuing to see nominal fuel and oxidizer flow rates.

While the coverage will technically not begin at T-34 minutes, it's highly likely that the funky music will start at that time. Then, fourteen minutes later at T-20 minutes, we'll go live.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:21 pm
Webcast isn't up yet; we're a few minutes past 17:20 UTC.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:23 pm
T-30 minutes. Now inside the final half-hour of the countdown.
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Post by: Craftyatom on 01/14/2017 04:27 pm
Funky music has started on the hosted webcast: song is "Return to Flight" by Test Shot Starfish!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:27 pm
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:29 pm
T-25 minutes. The fuel collector pre-valves are closed and the three cryo-helium pumps are active.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:29 pm
Okay, guys. The DJ has arrived and turned on the funky music. Let's dance for a while before the webcast starts, shall we?
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Post by: deltaV on 01/14/2017 04:31 pm
T-25 minutes. The fuel collector pre-valves are closed and the three cryo-helium pumps are active.

How do you know? AFAICT the YouTube hosted stream is showing only elevator music and the YouTube technical feed hasn't started at all.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:31 pm
Just to remind everybody:

This will mark the 29th Falcon 9 launch since its debut in 2010, the 9th use of the Full Thrust configuration, and the third Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg's SLC-4E pad. We should expect the first stage to land on the "Just Read the Instructions" droneship 7 minutes and 49 seconds after launch.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:32 pm
T-25 minutes. The fuel collector pre-valves are closed and the three cryo-helium pumps are active.

How do you know? AFAICT the YouTube hosted stream is showing only elevator music and the YouTube technical feed hasn't started at all.

I have the prelaunch countdown timeline in front of me.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:33 pm
About a minute until the coverage starts.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:34 pm
The Technical Webcast is working now.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:35 pm
From the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, YouTube is proud to sponsor this webcast documenting the Return to Flight for the Falcon 9 rocket, which is carrying 10 Iridium-NEXT satellites into Low Earth Orbit.
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Post by: pikawaka on 01/14/2017 04:35 pm
Webcast is live!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:36 pm
It's a clear blue sky on the first pad shot of Falcon 9.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:36 pm
Technical webcast has begun.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:36 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:37 pm
T-18 minutes. Not sure whether the helium loading has started yet, but it'll be added to the COPVs pretty soon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:37 pm
Don't worry about the venting tutorial.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:38 pm
As you can see, the rocket is venting liquid oxygen via its valves and both stages are iced over due to water condensing on the cold tanks.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:40 pm
T-15 minutes. No technical or weather issues are being reported.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:40 pm
Pending resolution of Contact Alpha at this time.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:40 pm
The Iridium-NEXT satellites are on internal power.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:41 pm
Cameraman looking into the distance. We don't need any wayward boats.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:41 pm
Here's John. No issues in work.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:41 pm
This Contact Alpha problem has to do with the blast danger area.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:42 pm
T-14 minutes. 1 second window. Working no significant issues.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:42 pm
T-13 minutes. We've now passed the countdown recycle point.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:43 pm
Range working on a boat! But expected to be out of the range soon.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:44 pm
T-11 minutes. Still proceeding with the count.

Huge vent being shown from the strongback.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:44 pm
Start screen from before.

T-11 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:45 pm
T-10 minutes. The Stage 1 grid fin pneumatics are secured.

Fixing a small Range issue.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:45 pm
T-10 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:45 pm
Big vent from the F9.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:46 pm
T-9 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:46 pm
T-8 minutes, 30 seconds. Standing by to chill down the nine Merlin 1D+ engines.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:47 pm
T-8 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:48 pm
T-7 minutes. Stage 1 engine chilldown is underway.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:48 pm
T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be beginning.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:49 pm
T-6 minutes. The Merlin 1D+ Vacuum engine hydraulics are at the proper bleed pressures.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:49 pm
Still counting down. No holds allowed now due to the window.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:49 pm
T-6 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:49 pm
T-5 minutes, 20 seconds. The flight computers are in self-align.

Falcon 9 is now on internal power; this goes for the first stage, second stage, and the guidance system.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:50 pm
T-4 minutes, 40 seconds. Now pressurizing for strongback retraction.

Gimbal checks of the Stage 2 TVC system are underway.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:50 pm
T-5 minutes. Vehicle on internal power.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:51 pm
T-4 minutes. The strongback cradles are opening. Awaiting retraction momentarily.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:51 pm
Strongback retract coming up. This was a bit naughty during the static fire, the first time around.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:51 pm
T-4 minutes. Valves are open.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:51 pm
T-3 minutes, 30 seconds. Strongback retraction in work. Its final position will be 20 degrees away from the Falcon 9.

The Flight Termination System is now internal.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:52 pm
T-3 minutes. Stage 2 TVC gimbal checks are complete.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:52 pm
T-2 minutes, 40 seconds. The strongback is now fully retracted.

Now arming the Niagara water deluge system. This will be activated at T-7 seconds to help absorb the shock of the 1,710,212 pounds of thrust produced by the Falcon 9.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:52 pm
T-3 minutes. FTS is armed and ready for launch.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:53 pm
T-120 seconds. Range GREEN.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:53 pm
T-2 minutes. Stage 2 LOX is at flight level.

The Range Operations Controller has confirmed that the Western Range is GO for launch.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:53 pm
T-90 seconds. The SpaceX Launch Director has given his GO for launch.

T-80 seconds. The helium loading has stopped and a final purge of the Stage 1 engines is underway.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:53 pm
T-2 minutes. Range is green.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:53 pm
Go for launch
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:54 pm
T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is in start-up mode. Now pressurizing the stage tanks for about 30 seconds.

Also beginning final prelaunch checks.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:54 pm
T-30 seconds. Status check. Go Falcon, Go Iridium.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:54 pm
T-1 minute. Vehicle is in startup.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:54 pm
T-20 seconds. Falcon 9 is secure at flight pressures and is configured for flight.

T-15 seconds. Launch igniters and pyrotechnics are armed.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:55 pm
T-10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, we have Merlin 1D+ ignition, and liftoff! Liftoff of the Return to Flight for Falcon 9, carrying ten new and improved Iridium-NEXT satellites to ensure better cell phone coverage than ever before!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:55 pm
T+15 seconds. Stage 1 propulsion is nominal and pad securing is underway.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:55 pm
Liftoff!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:55 pm
LAUNCH!!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:55 pm
T+25 seconds. Roll and pitch programs have begun to place the Falcon 9 on a 179.2-degree azimuth.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:55 pm
T+40 seconds. All nine first stage engines are burning symmetrically with good chamber pressures. Approaching the transonic range.

And there's Mach 1. Falcon 9 has broken the sound barrier.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:56 pm
1 minute into the flight. We're now passing Max-Q, which is the moment of peak mechanical stress on the launch vehicle.

Attitude disturbances at Max-Q were very light.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:56 pm
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:56 pm
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:56 pm
T+1 minute.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:56 pm
T+90 seconds. The next major event will be MECO-1 at 2 minutes, 24 seconds. There are several more MECO events after this one because the first stage will restart its engines to help guide itself to the JRTI droneship.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:56 pm
MaxQ
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:57 pm
T+2 minutes. Falcon 9 remains on a nominal trajectory. Coming up on MECO-1 momentarily.

And we've passed the CRS-7 milestone at 2 minutes, 19 seconds. We can now exhale a sigh of relief.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:57 pm
T+2 minutes, 25 seconds. MECO-1 confirmed. Stage separation is also confirmed.

And we have M-Vac start. The single Merlin Vacuum engine producing 209,994 pounds of thrust for this first burn.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:57 pm
T+2 minutes. MVAC chill has started.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:58 pm
T+3 minutes. The first stage has entered its flip in preparation for the boostback burn.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 04:58 pm
Staging.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:58 pm
And the fairing separation event has occurred. Beautiful images beaming back from the onboard rocketcams.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:58 pm
T+3 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:58 pm
The first second stage burn will last 6 minutes and 34 seconds from the time of ignition to SECO-1.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 04:59 pm
T+4 minutes, 30 seconds. The first stage boostback burn has started, which will null the velocity of the first stage and place its touchdown point over the droneship's center.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 04:59 pm
T+4 minutes. Stage 2 propulsion nominal.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:00 pm
The boostback burn has shut down. We've got two more to go.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:00 pm
Booster coming home.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:00 pm
Stage 2 propulsion is nominal. The first stage grid fins have deployed; these fins will ensure precise control during the reentry and landing burns.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:00 pm
Fins.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:00 pm
T+5 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:01 pm
T+6 minutes. First stage on the way back while the second stage continues to fire.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:01 pm
The first stage reentry burn has started; the stage is also beginning to reenter the Earth's atmosphere. Continuing to see good pressures in the second stage. The second stage FTS has been safed.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:01 pm
T+6 minutes. Coming up to entry burn.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:01 pm
Entry burn.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:02 pm
And we have shut down of the first stage reentry burn; now safing the first stage FTS.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:02 pm
T+7 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:02 pm
The first stage is now subsonic; standing by for the landing burn.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:02 pm
Should this landing be successful, it will mark the 7th success since the tests began in January 2015 and the 12th overall.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:03 pm
T+7 minutes, 30 seconds. The first stage landing burn has started; the four landing legs have been armed for deployment momentarily.

About 90 seconds left in the first burn of the second stage.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:03 pm
First stage landing legs have deployed. Velocity steady.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:03 pm
Touchdown confirmed! We've read the instructions carefully just as we were told!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:03 pm
T+8 minutes, 20 seconds. Lots of applause and cheering going on behind the SpaceX Control Room in the Hawthorne headquarters.

Standing by for SECO-1.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:03 pm
Falcon has landed!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:04 pm
WOW!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:04 pm
T+9 minutes, 10 seconds. SECO-1 confirmed. The Falcon 9 will now enter a coast phase lasting 43 minutes and 22 seconds. Second stage restart will occur at 52 minutes, 31 seconds.

The second stage avionics, power, and telemetry all look healthy at this time.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:04 pm
T+9 minutes.

SECO1.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:04 pm
Parking orbit.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:04 pm
Vandenberg LOS expected.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:05 pm
10 minutes Mission Elapsed Time.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:05 pm
The webcast has just paused for the time being due to the long coast phase.

So, with that, we'll take a commercial break and when we return, the second stage will finish its job of putting the first ten Iridium-NEXT satellites into their proper orbit. Stay with us, folks. It's going to be exciting.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:05 pm
T+10 minutes. Stage 2 in coast.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:09 pm
OSM reports no indications of fires on the complex.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:09 pm
T+14 minutes. Think I heard "No indications of fire on ASDS".
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:12 pm
T+16 minutes. Here a venting sound and what sounds like running water in the background. Might be from the launch pad.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 05:14 pm
Quote
IRDM CEO says it will take about 75 mins from liftoff to get word on satellite health in orbit after separation

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/820328681386156032 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/820328681386156032)
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:15 pm
Although the initial deployment orbit of the Iridium-NEXT satellites will be at an altitude of 667 kilometers and an inclination of 86.4 degrees to either side of the Equator, the satellites will actually raise their altitude to 780 kilometers once they move a safe distance away from the second stage.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:16 pm
T+20 minutes. Second engine ignition is at T+52 minutes 31 seconds.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:17 pm
22 minutes Mission Elapsed Time.

Falcon 9 will soon pass over the South Pole.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:19 pm
T+24 minutes. Loud venting going on now.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 05:20 pm
Quote
Congratulations @SpaceX on successful first stage landing.

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/820330715451637760 (https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/820330715451637760)
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Post by: Mapperuo on 01/14/2017 05:21 pm
Congratulations on first stage landing, heres to successful deploy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT3iiSVKbcQ
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:21 pm
You can barely see the tip of South America on the top of the screen; looks like Chile and Argentina.

Also, we're coming up on the coast of Antarctica.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:26 pm
T+30 minutes. Coming up over Antarctica. I think the other orbit shown is the day/night terminator.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:27 pm
T+32 minutes. Not much to report because of the coast phase.

Expecting second stage restart in less than 20 minutes.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:31 pm
T+35 minutes. Hear very quiet venting. The graphics near the South Pole look to have some artifacts.

Stage 2 power and telemetry nominal.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:33 pm
T+38 minutes. Just passed over the South Pole.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:34 pm
We also had AOS of the Troll tracking station in Antarctica.
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Post by: Lee Jay on 01/14/2017 05:34 pm
Roughly T+52:30 for S2 restart.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:36 pm
T+40 minutes. The world has rotated 180 degrees. The stage is now heading to the top left of the picture. South Africa is to the left.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:37 pm
Not sure if the second stage is performing a barbecue roll maneuver or not. It has RCS jets, so it could be possible.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:38 pm
Into penguin territory.
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Post by: envy887 on 01/14/2017 05:39 pm
S2 is feet wet over the Indian Ocean.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:39 pm
The venting and running water noises have stopped on the Technical Webcast. Obviously very quiet on the Countdown Net.

You know, something's telling me that they've been doing less callouts for the Full Thrust config than the v1.1 config. I mean, the altitude, downrange distance, and velocity are not read out loud.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:41 pm
Troll LOS expected.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:41 pm
A bit premature, but still....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

FALCON 9 LAUNCH SUCCESS

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -  Team Vandenberg supported the
successful launch of the Iridium NEXT satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
from Space Launch Complex-4 here Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:54 a.m. PST.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing Commander, was the Launch Decision
Authority.

"Team Vandenberg takes pride in supporting the launch of Iridium NEXT and
SpaceX's return to flight," said Moss. "Today's launch is a testament to the
professionalism and commitment to mission assurance, public safety, and
mission success on the Western Range."

Iridium NEXT will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network
of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest "tech
upgrades" in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the
manufacturing, assembly and testing of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, at least
70 of which will be launched by SpaceX. The process of replacing the
satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never
been completed before.

- 30 -

Contact information for 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:42 pm
T+45 minutes. We've now left Antarctica. Africa is to the bottom left with Madagascar above it. We should be in darkness. I can still hear very quiet venting on the Technical webcast.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:42 pm
Under five minutes to the second stage restart.

Make sure to hold your applause until the 10th and final satellite is deployed.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:44 pm
South Africa AOS.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:45 pm
Vehicle remains on a precise trajectory.

Altitude 619 kilometers, velocity 7409 meters per second.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:46 pm
T+50 minutes. Mauritius AOS. Two minutes 31 seconds to engine start. Burn is only three seconds.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:46 pm
T+51 minutes. There are two rocketcams looking at the M-Vac engine, positioned 180 degrees apart, and one more looking forward at the payloads.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:47 pm
1 minute to engine start.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:47 pm
T+52 minutes. Standing by for the second stage restart. This last burn will have a duration of only 3 seconds.

Altitude 626 kilometers, velocity 7402 meters per second.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:47 pm
And there's second stage restart and SECO-2. Both events looked good. Powered flight is complete.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:48 pm
Starting at 59 minutes, 16 seconds and ending at 74 minutes, 16 seconds; the Iridium-NEXT satellites will be deployed from the second stage. It's a 15-minute process in which each satellite will be released every 90 seconds.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:48 pm
MVAC ignition and shutdown!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:48 pm
The second stage's Burn 2 was nominal.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:49 pm
Second stage, second burn, complete. Cheers from the upper stage folk in Hawthorne could be heard! Good orbit.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:49 pm
Altitude 626 kilometers, velocity 7528 meters per second.

Still getting good video from the second stage rocketcams.

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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:49 pm
T+53 minutes 30 seconds. Stage 2 performance nominal. Separations begin at T+59 minutes 16 seconds.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:50 pm
T+55 minutes. About four minutes to spacecraft separation sequence start.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:50 pm
T+54 minutes 30 seconds. Getting a picture on the TV.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:51 pm
T+55 minutes 30 seconds.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:51 pm
Long process of deploy. Per tradition, we allow for one post each of congrats (only that, no discussion, that belongs on the discussion thread), but WAIT until after all sats deployed! :)
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:52 pm
T+57 minutes. Two minutes to go.

Altitude 624 kilometers, velocity 7531 meters per second.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:53 pm
2 minutes to first separation. Separation occurs over a 15 minute interval.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:53 pm
1 minute to first separation.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 05:54 pm
T+59 minutes, 10 seconds. And we've begun the spacecraft separation sequence. As I said before, each satellite is released in 90-second intervals.

South Africa LOS expected.
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Post by: Joey S-IVB on 01/14/2017 05:54 pm
First satellite confirmed deployed.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:55 pm
First payload deploy confirmed, but we didn't get to see it.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 05:55 pm
Every 100 seconds from here on in.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 05:59 pm
T+1 hour 3 minutes. Not hearing if the next satellites have deployed, but that might be due to expected loss of signal.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 06:00 pm
T+65 minutes. With each satellite flying from the second stage, the mission nears its end. So far, so good.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:00 pm
T+1 hour 5 minutes. Channel still silent.
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Post by: spacetraveler on 01/14/2017 06:02 pm
Only first deployment confirmed due to LOS, pending confirmation of the others.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:02 pm
T+1 hour 7 minutes. Channel still quiet.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:04 pm
T+1 hour 9 minutes. Flying over the Middle East.
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Post by: spacetraveler on 01/14/2017 06:06 pm
Problem with the ground station has impacted confirmation of sat deployment.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:06 pm
Quote
@elonmusk: Mission looks good. Started deploying the 10 Iridium satellites. Rocket is stable on the droneship.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/820346008068452352 (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/820346008068452352)
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 06:06 pm
Only the first sat is confirmed as deployed. Ground station issue. 10 mins to a second string to get telemetry.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 06:07 pm
T+72 minutes. The Countdown Net is so silent.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:07 pm
T+1 hour 11 minutes. Last separation should be at T+1 hour 14 minutes 16 seconds.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:08 pm
T+1 hour 13 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 06:09 pm
T+74 minutes, 16 seconds. We've passed the planned end of mission.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:10 pm
Last satellite should be separating now.
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Post by: rory on 01/14/2017 06:11 pm
AOS! All payload deploys confirmed.

EDIT: Congrats to all at SpaceX on a fantastic launch and landing!
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:12 pm
T+1 hour 16 minutes.

Have AOS!

All payload deploys have been confirmed!
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 06:12 pm
We've had AOS.

All payloads have been deployed! Congrats to Iridium and SpaceX on a successful launch and landing for this very special Return to Flight mission! Next up will be the EchoStar 23 mission from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A on January 26, 2017 at 05:00 UTC.
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 01/14/2017 06:12 pm
Happy controllers in the front row high-fiving. I don't know if that's significant!
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Post by: TrueBlueWitt on 01/14/2017 06:12 pm
Some hand slapping and high fives.. Re-acquisition and success?
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:13 pm
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All 10 Iridium satellites confirmed deployed from the Falcon 9 rocket as signals are acquired from Svalbard, Norway spaceflightnow.com/2017/01/14/fal…

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/820347670342631424 (https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/820347670342631424)
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Post by: toruonu on 01/14/2017 06:13 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX on the successful return to flight! To many launches this year!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:13 pm
I keep missing the empty deployer!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Davp99 on 01/14/2017 06:13 pm
Yea Elon, Yea Falcon9, Yea Iridium1, Yea SpaceX  ;-)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Jarnis on 01/14/2017 06:13 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX - that's how you do a return to flight (and return-to-landing!)

 8)
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 06:13 pm
10 for 10!! All is good!

William's article updated:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/01/spacex-return-to-flight-iridium-next-launch/

Many thanks to Steve and Zach for the excellent coverage and all those who helped with the updates!

One post each of congrats....GO ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Lee Jay on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm
Congratulations on RTF, SpaceX!  Best Rocketcam video ever!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: NaN on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX on RTF and a good start to the year. Congratulations to Iridium on starting their new constellation upgrade.
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Post by: Kaputnik on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm
Fantastic to have Falcon back in the air, in the scheme of things this short outage was just a minor blip. Here's to an incident free 2017!
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Post by: kcrick on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm

Congrats to SpaceX on a successful Return to Flight!   :)
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Post by: ZachS09 on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm
The SpaceX webcasts now coming to a close. I will also sign off for today. Have a nice day, everyone, and I'll see you during the launch night of EchoStar 23.
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Post by: chad1011 on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm
Outstanding work SpaceX!!  10 for 10 on sats, on time launch, great orbit, and an awesome landing!  Congradulations SpaceX and Iridium!
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:14 pm
There we go. A nice empty deployer!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
John pops in at the end ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Dante80 on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
Congratulations to everyone involved. A superlative RTF, and a very good start for 2017!
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Post by: cartman on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
Congrats to SpaceX and Iridium for a perfect RTF mission! Loved that S1 rocketcam :)
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Post by: llanitedave on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
A hearty congratulations to the SpaceX team.  They came back from the brink in fine style!
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Post by: punder on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
Whew. Congrats SpaceX!!!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: oldAtlas_Eguy on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
Congratulations SpaceX, on flawless Launch, Landing and satellite deployment. And a special congratulations to the SLC-4 team for a flawless launch with 0 scrubs!!!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:15 pm
Many congratulations SpaceX, flawless :D

Your RTFs are a sight to behold and I hope I never see another one ...
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Post by: AndrewM on 01/14/2017 06:16 pm
Congratulations to everyone involved and looking forward to the next one.
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Post by: montyrmanley on 01/14/2017 06:16 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium on a successful mission!
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 01/14/2017 06:16 pm
Webcast ending.

Congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium for the successful launch! Only six more to go.
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Post by: Silmfeanor on 01/14/2017 06:16 pm
Congrats SpaceX on a nice, smooth RTF. Awesome footage of the first stage, and nice that the webcast stayed on for Sat deploy confirmation, as that is the main mission.

Onto the next dozen!
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Post by: Keeval on 01/14/2017 06:16 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium and Vandenberg AFB ... that's the way to do a RTF... and that view of the S1 landing - Amazing!

Looking forward to the rest of the launches this year - may they all be "Nominal" :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
Apart from the loss of a ground station and the resulting sweaty palms, a perfect mission and a perfect RTF! Now onto Echostar in a couple of weeks time!

Well done to the teams at Iridium, SpaceX and Vandenberg AFB!
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Post by: EspenU on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
Congratulations SpaceX and Iridium. Keeping us at the edge of our seats until the very end.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Orbiter on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
Glad they finally got around to reading the instructions... :)

Welcome back to flight, SpaceX!
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
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@elonmusk: All satellites deployed

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/820347961427173376 (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/820347961427173376)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Toastmastern on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
Big congratz to everyone involved in the launch \o/ Finaly I can relax again, for like a week or so before it's time for Echostar-23 :D

//Toastmastern
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Greg Hullender on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
Good job, SpaceX. Now give us a 2017 to remember!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ey on 01/14/2017 06:17 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX on the successful RTF and that sweet livestreamed landing!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: HKS on 01/14/2017 06:18 pm
Congratulation to SpaceX on return to flight and return to landing! :)
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Post by: Robotbeat on 01/14/2017 06:19 pm
Congrats, SpaceX! :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: macpacheco on 01/14/2017 06:19 pm
Picture perfect launch !
To infinity and beyond !
Go SpaceX ! Go Falcon 9 !
Looking forward to LC39 launches, Falcon Heavy triple landing ballet and so much more !
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Bubbinski on 01/14/2017 06:20 pm
Great work on RTF SpaceX! Loved the rocketcam view of landing. More importantly new polar orbiting comsats for Iridium have been deployed successfully, places like Point Barrow, AK, Spitsbergen, Amundsen Scott station at the South Pole and other polar regions have better communications options.

Very good start to 2017 :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: baldusi on 01/14/2017 06:20 pm
Congratulation to SpaceX, Iridium, the Western Range and Thales Alenia on the successful launch of this first batch of Iridium NEXT.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Alastor on 01/14/2017 06:20 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX ! Each new launch provides us with an even better experience. We could almost forget how hard space is, given how easy you make it look !!!
A successfull launch, a succesfull landing, and (almost) all of that retransmitted in direct for all of us to watch all the way up to space and all the way down to the ground ?
You're spoiling us !!!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: daveglo on 01/14/2017 06:20 pm
Well done, SpaceXers!  Now, quit making changes and get some hardware in orbit!

"There comes a time in the history of any project when it becomes necessary to shoot the engineers and begin production."
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: wardy89 on 01/14/2017 06:21 pm
amazing! Congrats to SpaceX for a fully successful mission, it looked so smooth!

That live streamed landing form onboard the first stage jut incredible!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Craftyatom on 01/14/2017 06:21 pm
Brilliant!  It's been a grueling few months without the Falcon 9, but now that it's back, everyone can go back to the boring business of launching and landing rockets.

Congratulations to everyone involved, and here's hoping for a wonderful launch-filled year to come!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Perchlorate on 01/14/2017 06:23 pm
Roger, SpaceX.  We copy 10 in orbit and one on JRTI.  You had a bunch of guys and gals about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:24 pm
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Iridium is in contact with seven of 10 satellites launched today. Three more to be acquired at next ground station. spaceflightnow.com/2017/01/14/fal…

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/820349677329584129 (https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/820349677329584129)
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Post by: ppb on 01/14/2017 06:26 pm
Well done, SpaceXers!  Now, quit making changes and get some hardware in orbit!

"There comes a time in the history of any project when it becomes necessary to shoot the engineers and begin production."

Don't shoot 'em, just spank 'em  ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Seamus on 01/14/2017 06:27 pm
Congrats on a great launch, landing, and deployment of sats!  Looking forward to a whole lot more this year!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: dawei on 01/14/2017 06:28 pm
Hearty congrats to SpaceX.  Kudos for finding a way to make the stage 1 landing video work better.  Big kudos for keeping the webcast going all the way to all deployments confirmed.  Way to go!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Hankelow8 on 01/14/2017 06:28 pm
Back on track with a perfect launch and landing.

Lots to look forward to in 2017.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:29 pm
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F9/Iridium: Iridium reports acquisition of signal from all 10 satellites

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/820351970435276800 (https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/820351970435276800)
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Post by: CyclerPilot on 01/14/2017 06:30 pm
Congratz SpaceX and all involved.  Great coverage all around. (NSF and webcasts)

Here is to a great 2017: Many more landings, 1st reused core, Falcon Heavy.

Clear that manifest!
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Post by: Rocket Science on 01/14/2017 06:30 pm
Welcome back to space Falcon! 8) Congrats to SpaceX, Iridium and to many more behind the scene... :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: pospa on 01/14/2017 06:31 pm
Congrats to all SpaceX teams! Great success! RTF as we all hoped for.
Please continue this way at least whole 2017 and beyond. :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: ChrisWilson68 on 01/14/2017 06:31 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium, and everyone else involved!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: The_Ronin on 01/14/2017 06:34 pm
Way to go, SpaceX and Iridium!  Welcome back to the fold!

Now, let's nail that every other week launch cadence you keep talking about!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Herb Schaltegger on 01/14/2017 06:34 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium, Thales Alenia and the Western Range ... Well done! Good luck to the fine folks of "DockX" with the still-new West Coast booster recovery and return operations!

And of course, congratulations as well to the poor, long-suffering JRtI on FINALLY catching a Falcon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Elmar Moelzer on 01/14/2017 06:36 pm
Congrats to SpaceX and everyone involved with this picture perfect launch! It is great to see them back in the game!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Pasander on 01/14/2017 06:37 pm
Damn.. It looked in the graphics like the satellites would be flying almost right above me on the next orbit. But it's overcast and I don't know if they would be in the sunlight anyways..  It would have been soooo cool to see a group of 10 dots (or 11 if the second stage is still with them) fly past.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:41 pm
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So, so excited - finally breathing again! Thanks for all the great vibes - I felt it!  All 10 sats deployed; good orbit; good telemetry! WOW

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/820354888198541312 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/820354888198541312)

So a happy customer  8)
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Post by: Sohl on 01/14/2017 06:42 pm
Great to see this today!  Congrats all around.  :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: somepitch on 01/14/2017 06:43 pm
Huge congrats to SpaceX - way to go!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: MattMason on 01/14/2017 06:45 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium! Welcome back (again)!
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Post by: Rebel44 on 01/14/2017 06:46 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX on the successful return to flight!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Llian Rhydderch on 01/14/2017 06:47 pm
Congratulations SpaceX.  Back in the air, and space, and flying again.

And don't forget landings too.

Awesome vision to get the launch vehicles back.  Awesome execution!
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Post by: Skamp_X on 01/14/2017 06:50 pm
More nervous then usual watching the launch , but it went flawless.
The uninterrupted live feed all the way from space to the drone ship was a nice bonus  8)
Congratz SpaceX , really hoping you have a good year.
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Post by: Endeavour_01 on 01/14/2017 06:50 pm
Congrats to SpaceX on the successful launch and landing. Great way to start off the new year.  :D Hoping for many more successes in the next 11 months.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Skylab on 01/14/2017 06:50 pm
Congrats to all involved, especially SpaceX! A great return to flight, yet again.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Semmel on 01/14/2017 06:54 pm
Congrats to SpaceX and Iridium! Also, fantastic coverage everyone.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Star One on 01/14/2017 06:55 pm
Congratulations to all involved in their successful return to flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - NET Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 06:58 pm
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Thanks @elonmusk - a perfect flight!  Loved watching sats deploy with you in the control room.  More to go, but now to celebrate!!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/820357658607632384 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/820357658607632384)
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Post by: watermod on 01/14/2017 07:00 pm
Congrats to all.
Now awaiting to see how the Market treats Iridium on Tuesday.
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Post by: pmenstrom on 01/14/2017 07:13 pm
Congratulations SpaceX and everyone involved in the launch and landing!

Looking forward to this becoming routine.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Mark McCombs on 01/14/2017 07:22 pm
Congrats to SpaceX, Iridium, 30th SW and all others for the wonderful launch and deployment.

 8)
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Post by: zubenelgenubi on 01/14/2017 07:25 pm
Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  7m7 minutes ago
Beautiful picture of our ride to space tomorrow on the launch pad this morning!  #IridiumNEXT #SpaceX
Beautiful sunrise landscape/seascape/"skyscape" picture including setting full moon!
(Oh yes, beautiful rocket in the foreground!  ;) )

EDIT: I couldn't watch the launch/satellite deploys live today, so thank you to the NSF contributors for this excellent update thread!  And, congratulations to SpaceX, Iridium, Thales Alenia, Orbital ATK, and Vandenberg AFB + Western Test Range on a magnificent RTF launch campaign and 1st stage recovery!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Greg Pecchia on 01/14/2017 07:29 pm
Congrats SpaceX, you made my day and many others!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Barrie on 01/14/2017 07:30 pm
I second all the thanks and congratulations, and thanks to Matt Desch for his outreach in recent weeks, inviting us to share his excitement and joy.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: Halidon on 01/14/2017 07:35 pm
Congrats to all the SpaceX team on RTF, and congrats to Iridium on getting their new constellation started. Very pretty flight to watch
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: CorvusCorax on 01/14/2017 07:44 pm
Congrats, SpaceX, Iridium, Range, and of course NSF on some excellent coverage
(Thanks ZachS09 , that was great! )

This RTF was awesome! Shining and flawless.

But then, there can't be any stand-downs in 2017. Every single mission will have to be just as flawless as this one. And with more missions than anyone has ever flown in one year.

The pressure is on, for SpaceX!
Iridium1 can be crossed off, now on with Echostar, from SC39a no less!
Exciting times, will keep me off my seat this year :) I'm cheering for you!
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Post by: input~2 on 01/14/2017 07:46 pm
3 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM

2017-003A/41917 in 618 x 627 km x 86.66°
2017-003B/41918 in 601 x 618 km x 86.67°
2017-003C/41919 in 606 x 616 km x 86.65°

edit: 3 more:

2017-003D/41920 in 605 x 622 km x 86.68°
2017-003E/41921 in 605 x 620 km x 86.68°
2017-003F/41922 in 608 x 620 km x 86.67°

edit: and the last 5

2017-003G/41923 in 611 x 617 km x 86.66°
2017-003H/41924 in 607 x 622 km x 86.67°
2017-003J/41925 in 605 x 622 km x 86.67°
2017-003K/41926 in 609 x 623 km x 86.68°
2017-003M/41927 in 608 x 623 km x 86.68°
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: abaddon on 01/14/2017 07:56 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX for a flawless RTF, and Iridium for finally getting their birds on orbit.

Lots of milestones ahead for both, but always good to start things with a (controlled) bang.

Was fun watching the first stage land in real time, and also nice to see JRTI catch its first Falcon.  Will be interesting to see what recovery and processing look like on the west coast after watching so many landing on the east coast.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: WindyCity on 01/14/2017 07:57 pm
The landing was as exciting as the first time they nailed it. What incredible video! As for the satellites, I was relieved when the S2 got ridium. Congrats, SpaceX! You people rock.
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Post by: Darkseraph on 01/14/2017 08:02 pm
I was relieved everything went so smoothly! Congratulations to all the team at SpaceX!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 08:07 pm
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Iridium Announces Successful First Launch of Iridium NEXT Satellites
Iridium NEXT Constellation Refresh Begins — First Ten Satellites Delivered to Low- Earth Orbit

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company's next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe — the largest commercial satellite constellation in space.

This is the start of a series of Iridium NEXT launches scheduled over the next 18 months, and marks the beginning of one of the biggest "tech refreshes" in history, completely replacing the only satellite constellation providing 100-percent truly global communications coverage.  Once fully deployed, Iridium NEXT will enable a new broadband multi-service capability called Iridium CertusSM, while providing the technical flexibility to support innovative new services and technologies from Iridium's extensive partner network. Among those technologies is a unique hosted payload from Iridium's partner Aireon, which will provide a real-time global aircraft surveillance service, extending aircraft visibility across the planet.

The first ten Iridium NEXT satellites were delivered to a 625 kilometer (km) temporary parking orbit where they will be tested and exercised by Iridium over the coming weeks. Upon meeting testing and validation requirements, the satellites will then be moved into their 780km operational orbit and begin providing service to Iridium's customers.  One-by-one, the new satellites will be positioned near a current generation satellite, each moving at approximately 17,000 miles per hour as testing begins. Iridium's unique inter-satellite communication links from nearby satellites will be repositioned to point to the new Iridium NEXT satellite as it prepares to take over service.  Existing satellites will eventually be de-boosted and de-orbited.

"Today Iridium launches a new era in the history of our company and a new era in space as we start to deliver the next-generation of satellite communications," said Matt Desch, chief executive officer of Iridium. "We have been working endless hours for the last eight years to get to this day, and to finally be here with ten Iridium NEXT satellites successfully launched into low-Earth orbit is a fulfilling moment.  We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work from our team, as well as our partners, to help us achieve this milestone."

Both Thales Alenia Space, System Prime Contractor for the program, and their subcontractor for production, Orbital ATK, have been integral in the development of the Iridium NEXT program, from the design and manufacturing of the Iridium NEXT satellite vehicles to managing an 18-station, state-of-the-art assembly line production system.

"Leading a worldwide team to manufacture, assemble, test and prepare each satellite for this moment has been incredibly exciting," said Bertrand Maureau, executive vice president of telecommunications at Thales Alenia Space.  "We are very proud to have conducted such a unique program, in terms of scale and complexity as well as to have successfully completed the end-to-end whole constellation on-ground validation. The system is fully tested, and the compatibility of Iridium NEXT with the Block-1 operating satellites has been perfectly demonstrated. It has truly been an honor, and we are looking forward to completing the rest of the Iridium NEXT constellation through 2017 and early 2018."

"We are proud to be a part of this revolutionary satellite program," said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group.  "Seeing these first ten satellites launch successfully into space is the result of a unique assembly-line process at our satellite manufacturing facility that represents a remarkable achievement. We look forward to seeing the innovative solutions these satellites, which are great examples of leading-edge technology and manufacturability, will enable."

In addition to partnering with Thales Alenia Space as System Prime Contractor, Iridium has partnered with SpaceX for the launch of 70 Iridium NEXT satellites on its Falcon 9 rocket.

"We are very proud to be chosen as the launch provider for the entire Iridium NEXT program and are excited about today's successful first launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. "Iridium was one of SpaceX's first customers, and working alongside them to deliver one of the largest aerospace projects underway is an exciting moment for us at SpaceX."

Iridium and SpaceX are partnered for a series of seven launches, deploying ten Iridium NEXT satellites at a time. The next major milestone will be the completion of on-orbit testing of these satellites, to validate performance requirements are met. The second Iridium NEXT launch will be scheduled after this testing is completed, in April. The entire Iridium NEXT network is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018. For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.iridium.com.

http://investor.iridium.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1007978 (http://investor.iridium.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1007978)
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Post by: rickl on 01/14/2017 08:36 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX and Iridium.


The webcasts continue to improve.  I remember that they used to end them with SECO-1, but now they continue to spacecraft deployment.  And the live rocketcam video from Stage 1 was spellbinding!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2017 08:41 pm
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Post by: Davp99 on 01/14/2017 08:44 pm
So who was worried ? Not this Guy  <----- Congrats to All Involved, Cheers it was Brilliant !!
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Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 01/14/2017 08:48 pm
Well, it was at times nail biting, but in the end SpaceX ticked off the counters like the pro they are... Thanks to SpaceX, The 30th Wing, Iridium and their Partners, and to Chris, Mark, Steven and Zach, and all the L2 members, without whom this space would not be available for us space nerds.... you are all Super Stars!!!
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Post by: ChrisC on 01/14/2017 08:57 pm
Webcasts now available to re-watch:

They've been available to rewatch since the moment the live webcast ended -- Youtube automatically converts the archived live event to a regular video, immediately.  I checked it seconds after the live webcast ended and it was there.

What we're still waiting on is SpaceX's "trim" of the video.  Sometime today they will edit the leading 10 minutes off that video, and maybe some of the intermediate ~40 minutes of coast.  Then we'll need to update our various social media posts telling our friends to "jump to MM:SS" to see various milestones ...
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/14/2017 09:08 pm
SpaceX launch photos
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 01/14/2017 10:15 pm
Congrats to SpaceX on their successful Return to Flight.....and here's to hoping I NEVER have to type "Return to Flight" again!!
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Post by: Oersted on 01/14/2017 10:37 pm
Congrats SpaceX. Hoping for a boring year without surprises from you.
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Post by: ehb on 01/14/2017 11:13 pm
Congratulations all involved with this launch. A special thank you to SpaceX for making my childhood Sci-Fi dreams into reality.  Amazing landing footage, don't know if I can take a triple landing, but bring it on, hopefully this year!

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Post by: catdlr on 01/14/2017 11:46 pm
Falcon 9 Launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base

AiirSource Military

Published on Jan 14, 2017
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with an Iridium NEXT satellite launches from Space Launch Complex-4, Jan. 14, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Iridium NEXT will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest “tech upgrades” in history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt0Hqna7WbY?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt0Hqna7WbY
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Post by: Flying Beaver on 01/15/2017 04:44 am
NUMBERED CORES ARE REAL!!!!!!!

First flight of '29 today, wont be the last xD.

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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/15/2017 06:05 am
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Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  7h7 hours ago
Great picture of our launch today.  Next time (April) they'll make sure Iridium NEXT logo on fairing pointed my way!

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/820422206228340736 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/820422206228340736)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/15/2017 06:06 am
A few more launch photos from SpaceX
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Post by: catdlr on 01/15/2017 07:19 am
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch - Vandenberg - Iridium NEXT

AIRBOYD

Published on Jan 14, 2017
"Today is a landmark moment in history for global air traffic surveillance, air traffic safety and the aviation industry as a whole," said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. "This successful first launch brings us one step closer to changing the way the world flies by enabling the ability to track aircraft anywhere on the planet. Once our global ADS-B surveillance service is fully deployed, every ADS-B equipped aircraft can have its precise location accounted for 24/7."

Satellite based ADS-B http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aireon-announces-successful-first-launch-for-space-based-ads-b-network-300391110.html

Iridium NEXT https://www.iridium.com/network/iridiumnext

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with an Iridium NEXT satellite launches from Space Launch Complex-4, Jan. 14, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base Calif. Iridium NEXT will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest “tech upgrades” in history. With multiple organizations working toward the same goal of mission success, strong working relationships among organizations are paramount.

Video by Jan Jones, Staff Sgt. Kaleb Mayfield and Tech. Sgt. Kurt Villavicencio 30th Space Wing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd0MLCJM4Ko?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd0MLCJM4Ko
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Post by: moralec on 01/15/2017 10:12 am
Congratulations to SpaceX! Flawless mission!


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Post by: jacqmans on 01/15/2017 01:42 pm
Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg

By Staff Sgt. Shane M. Phipps, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published January 14, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 
Team Vandenberg, alongside SpaceX and Iridium partners, recently launched the Iridium NEXT satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4, here, Jan. 14.

Iridium NEXT will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest “tech upgrades” in history. With multiple organizations working toward the same goal of mission success, strong working relationships among organizations are paramount.

“The strong relationship that SpaceX has with the Air Force is incredibly important to shared mission success,” said Lars Hoffman, SpaceX Senior Director of Government Sales. “The SpaceX team is made stronger by our partnership with the Air Force. As one of two launch providers certified by the Air Force for national security space missions, SpaceX is greatly appreciative of the confidence that the Air Force has placed in us to support efforts to deliver critical national security payloads to space, and our strong partnership is essential in doing so.”

Vandenberg Airmen agree fostering strong relationships with all partners, including SpaceX, is critical in the launch business.

“SpaceX is a valued partner and we look forward to their continued success moving forward, beginning with this successful launch,” said Lt. Col. Jarod Martin, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron commander.

With Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, acting as the launch decision authority, the Air Force supported and enabled the launch from start to finish.

“From launch scheduling to range support, SpaceX works closely with the Air Force on preparations for the execution of every mission,” said Hoffman. “The Air Force also performs fleet surveillance as part of SpaceX’s (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) certification.”

Working closely with SpaceX during preparation of the launch, Vandenberg’s 1st Air and Space Test Squadron Airmen witnessed SpaceX personnel’s dedication and determination first-hand.

“The tireless efforts of SpaceX culminated in a successful static fire on Jan. 5, demonstrating the F9-30 rocket’s ability to put the Iridium-1 payload into orbit,” said Capt. Nathan Snow, 1st ASTS mission integrator for SpaceX. “The 1st ASTS launch team was highly motivated to support this launch.”

Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, at least 70 of which will be launched by SpaceX. The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.

“All launches are important to SpaceX,” said Hoffman. “The payloads for this return-to-flight launch are the first 10 of at least 70 Iridium NEXT satellites that SpaceX will be launching for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation by early 2018. As the world’s only global satellite constellation reliably covering 100 percent of the Earth’s surface, the implementation of the Iridium NEXT satellites will mark a significant achievement in mobile satellite communications, and SpaceX is looking forward to helping make it happen. Iridium-1 is also SpaceX’s first mission since the anomaly on Sept. 1. Getting back to flight safely and reliably has been our top priority, and the data gathered from our investigation, which included participation from the Air Force, NASA, and the FAA, will result in an even safer and more reliable vehicle for our customers and partners. We’re looking forward to fulfilling our manifest for them in 2017 and beyond.”
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Post by: Lar on 01/15/2017 04:34 pm
Congrats to SpaceX, thanks for continuing to improve the coverage, this was a picture perfect launch and the rocket cam was amazing. Loved seeing the droneship get bigger and bigger...

Congrats to everyone else involved too. So glad the RTF went so well.
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Post by: subzero788 on 01/15/2017 09:50 pm
Congrats Elon and team!
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Post by: Raul on 01/16/2017 03:18 pm
Mission patch by Iridium.
https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/820739797849346050
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Iridium launch #1 patches, pins etc available now - there will be at least 7... http://www.iridium.com/store . Collect them all!
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Post by: rpapo on 01/16/2017 05:00 pm
Just spotted this on the net, and I don't remember seeing anybody posting it on NSF yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD4X8CKGU5s
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Post by: deruch on 01/17/2017 02:24 am
Congrats SpaceX and Iridium on a great first launch of the NEXT constellation!  Special congratulations to the SpaceX teams which worked on designing and building the new dispensers.  Great to demonstrate new capabilities!


Thanks to Steven, Zach, and Chris for posting your updates.
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Post by: NX-0 on 01/17/2017 06:08 pm
Booster is back in Cali
http://spaceflightnow.com/2017/01/17/falcon-9-booster-first-recovered-off-west-coast-back-in-port/
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Post by: ChrisC on 01/17/2017 07:46 pm
Reminder to all that we are watching the Long Beach dock operations in this thread:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42052.40
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/18/2017 06:46 pm
Holy moly!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex

Photos now they've got the reel of film back from the ASDS:

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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/18/2017 09:22 pm
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We are ahead of schedule w/ testing of #IridiumNEXT sats. We will start ascending them into storage orbit by tmrw 2 complete payload testing

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/821843609821605888 (https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/821843609821605888)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/21/2017 12:53 pm
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One week since Launch 1. Over 100 orbits and >27 million miles already - and IoT testing complete. 1st orbit raise to payload test underway!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/822788898740899840 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/822788898740899840)
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Post by: OneSpeed on 01/22/2017 07:12 am
Holy moly!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex

And a few more for good measure:
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/25/2017 05:36 am
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My Ops team is really rocking on shaking out our new Iridium NEXT birds. Just hit 1000 testing activities since launch. Going well!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/824028851353350147 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/824028851353350147)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/31/2017 02:34 pm
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1st launch sat testing showing great progress.  Just had first cross-link  connectivity between 2 of the new NEXT sats.  Moving right along!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/826450999502053380 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/826450999502053380)
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Post by: catdlr on 02/02/2017 11:35 pm
Discovered another video of the launch provided from Brian Webb of LAUNCH ALERT

                           
FALCON LAUNCH FOLLOW UP

Last month, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying several Iridium
Next communications satellites from Vandenberg AFB.

Veteran launch watcher Rick Baldridge posted an interesting video of
the launch online. To see it see below:

Meanwhile, Craig N. provided the following observation of the launch:

"I viewed the launch on a beach outside the Rudder Room in Channel
Islands/Oxnard.  You can have a cold one while watching. I too saw the
orange flames from Goleta Point up until first stage burnout."



SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium-1 VAFB 2017

XB70man

Published on Jan 15, 2017
January 14, 2017, launch viewed 4.1 miles from the pad on Renwick Ave., Lompoc, CA. This was the "Return to Flight" launch and the 1st Iridium-Next launch (10 satellites) into polar orbit. 1st stage successfully landed on a barge in the Pacific Ocean 8m10s after launch. Congrats, SpaceX.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlj3VEV-q4Y?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlj3VEV-q4Y
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Post by: mnelson on 02/04/2017 01:08 am
Here's the webcast paired with some great animations. I really like the charts showing the altitude and velocity of both stages for the duration. I didn't realize it took soooo long for the first stage to get back down to the altitude it had at MECO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGL2FEMxDE0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGL2FEMxDE0)
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Post by: Jdeshetler on 02/06/2017 05:10 am
XB70man

Published on Jan 15, 2017
January 14, 2017, launch viewed 4.1 miles from the pad on Renwick Ave., Lompoc, CA. This was the "Return to Flight" launch and the 1st Iridium-Next launch (10 satellites) into polar orbit. 1st stage successfully landed on a barge in the Pacific Ocean 8m10s after launch. Congrats, SpaceX.

XB70man's Iridium NEXT video is pretty good one to watch after it was stabilized.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP_Kz8SMEh0
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 02/08/2017 08:17 am
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After receiving a 1st signal on Jan. 31, the check-out of the inter-satellite link between 2 #IridiumNEXT satellites is now fully confirmed

https://twitter.com/thales_alenia_s/status/829248812048850944 (https://twitter.com/thales_alenia_s/status/829248812048850944)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 02/08/2017 03:14 pm
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Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  2m2 minutes ago

 Beginning ascent today of our first NEXT satellite to go into its slot in our 780km mission orbit. Earlier than expected - great progress!

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/829362171662446592 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/829362171662446592)
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Post by: catdlr on 02/09/2017 12:04 am
Iridium NEXT Slot Swap

IridiumComm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsxWqRiC7m8?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsxWqRiC7m8
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Post by: catdlr on 02/14/2017 07:28 pm
Iridium 1 Edited

IridiumComm

Published on Feb 14, 2017
Iridium 1 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, January 14, 2017, edited.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlTg4cvlURk?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlTg4cvlURk
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/12/2017 12:59 pm
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SNOC Report: SV109 is now fully integrated into the network replacing legacy SV77 #NEXTevolution #SlotSwap

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/840668663917215745 (https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/840668663917215745)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TsxWqRiC7m8 (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TsxWqRiC7m8)

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Our first slot swap this weekend! Two Iridium NEXT sats now operational and testing - making great progress.

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/840903994289639425 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/840903994289639425)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/01/2017 06:23 pm
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As of today, 4 of the 10 @IridiumNEXT sats from 1st launch are in mission. 3 slot swaps so far - 4 more planned for next week! Drifting 2.

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/848224646768054274 (https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/848224646768054274)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/07/2017 08:45 pm
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Matt Desch‏ @IridiumBoss 5m5 minutes ago

As of 10am edt, all 8 Iridium NEXT sats are happily in mission! SV105/SV108 start their drifts to Plane 5 Sunday. Batch 2 processing soon!

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/850447669864615936 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/850447669864615936)

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Iridium Corporate‏Verified account @IridiumComm 4m4 minutes ago

BIG day @ the SNOC: 2nd dual slot-swap complete! All 8 first launch #IridiumNEXT SVs are active! 2 begin drift this weekend #NEXTevolution

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/850447940959318016 (https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/850447940959318016)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/11/2017 02:42 pm
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The 1st #satellites launched for the #IridiumNEXT system have been confirmed to be efficient & performing by @Thales_Alenia_S & @IridiumComm

https://twitter.com/Thales_Alenia_S/status/851804263110062084 (https://twitter.com/Thales_Alenia_S/status/851804263110062084)