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Title: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/22/2018 11:51 AM
UPDATES ONLY THREAD for Flight 5 of the Iridium NEXT missions.

Flight 5 is expected March 30, 2018 at 07:14:51 PDT (14:13:51 UTC) on a reused Falcon 9 (1041.2) from SLC-4 at Vandenberg.

   Flight 5 will send all of its satellites into plane 1.

   NSF Threads for Iridium NEXT Flight 5: Discussion (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44634.0) / Updates (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44734.0) / L2 Coverage / ASDS (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=66.0) / Party (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40089.msg1520968#msg1520968)
   NSF Articles for Iridium NEXT Flight 5: 
      [Jan. 22, 2018]  Iridium-5 to launch in March; government shutdown creates manifest uncertainty (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/01/spacex-iridium-5-launch-shutdown-manifest-uncertainty/)



See the Flight 1 Discussion Thread (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35112.0) for more information and links to other Iridium Next threads and articles.

General information for Iridium flights 1-5 & 7-8
   Payload Mass: 8600kg for 10 satellites + 1000kg for dispenser = 9600kg
   Launch orbit: 625km, 86.66 degrees
   Operational orbit: 778km, 86.4 degrees

81 Satellites will be built for Iridium NEXT, with 66 being needed for a fully operational constellation.  All of the satellites will carry ADS-B aviation tracking hosted payloads (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35112.msg1632414#msg1632414) for Aireon, and 60 of the satellites will carry AIS maritime tracking hosted payloads (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35112.msg1631005#msg1631005) for exactEarth.



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent) (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews) (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles (https://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)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 18, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/22/2018 12:00 PM
SpaceX: Iridium-5 to launch in March; government shutdown creates manifest uncertainty -
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/01/spacex-iridium-5-launch-shutdown-manifest-uncertainty/

- by Chris Gebhardt:

Iridium element was embargoed until the top of the hour (as in now).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 18, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: gongora on 01/22/2018 03:12 PM
Iridium Announces Date for Fifth Iridium® NEXT Launch

First Iridium launch of 2018 set to begin rapid launch cadence targeting completion by mid-year
 
MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that the fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for March 18, 2018 at 8:19 am PDT (15:19 UTC) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The first of four launches planned for 2018, Iridium-5 will deliver 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, bringing the total number of new satellites deployed to 50. This launch will use the same Falcon 9 first stage as the Iridium-3 launch that took place in October 2017 and begin a rapid-cadence launch schedule targeting completion of the Iridium manifest by mid-2018.

“We are entering the home stretch,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, at Iridium. “This is going to be a monumental year for us as we complete our constellation refresh. In addition to four launches, we will continue the testing and validation processes for our new specialty broadband service, Iridium CertusSM, and look forward to its commercial launch later this year. We consider 2017 to be a great success and anticipate this year to be even better.”

The Iridium network is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 operational crosslinked satellites, for a total of 66 satellites in the active constellation. The Iridium-5 launch will deliver the new satellites to orbital plane 1, where all 10 will go directly into service after testing and validation.  Following Iridium-5, the Iridium-6 Rideshare mission is targeted for mid-to-late April.  The Rideshare will carry five Iridium NEXT satellites and the twin satellites for the NASA/German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission. The final four launches will bring a total of 35 new satellites to space, completing the constellation of 66 operational satellites and 9 in-orbit spares.

Iridium NEXT is the company's $3 billion, next-generation, mobile, global satellite network scheduled for completion in 2018. The constellation features 66 active satellites, plus nine on-orbit spares. In total, 81 new satellites are being built, with the six remaining satellites serving as ground spares. Iridium NEXT will replace the company's existing global constellation in one of the largest technology upgrades ever completed in space.  It represents the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organizations worldwide rely on to drive business, enable connectivity, empower disaster relief efforts and more.

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 20, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 02/15/2018 09:51 PM
SpaceX:

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Feb. 15, 2018. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Iridium-5 mission from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The launch is targeted for no earlier than March 20.

A flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 20, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 02/22/2018 12:45 PM
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For @IridiumComm, if @SpaceX launches today OK as planned, the 5th IRDM 10-sat Falcon 9 launch should occur on March 29. Then 6th F9 launch end-April.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/966668323093086209
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 20, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 02/22/2018 02:32 PM
Something else to look forward to with this Iridium launch:

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when's the next attempt to recover a fairing with Mr. Steven?
https://twitter.com/DMOberhaus/status/966695503911116804

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About a month
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/966695975132610560
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 20, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: niwax on 02/22/2018 03:21 PM
Something else to look forward to with this Iridium launch:

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when's the next attempt to recover a fairing with Mr. Steven?
https://twitter.com/DMOberhaus/status/966695503911116804

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About a month
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/966695975132610560

If they really get a shot at recovery about once a month that six months to successful fairing recovery might not be too far off.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: gongora on 02/22/2018 04:25 PM
Tweet from Peter B. de Selding (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/966680850879451136):
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For @IridiumComm @IridiumBoss, liftoff of @spacex means we can start moving our sats into the VAFB facility starting tomorrow.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: WheelsStop on 02/27/2018 09:34 PM
Quoting from the discussion thread, because this feels like an update.  I am a little suspicious however, as this is exactly 1 hour offset from the March 18 launch time in last months press release

Edit: no longer suspicious; it looks like the Iridium launch plane precesses at a rate of about 5.5 min/day:

Tweets:
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Tagnan (https://twitter.com/mrtagnan/status/967536158245883904):
@IridiumBoss approximately what time will Iridium 5 launch at? Close to sunset/sunrise or no?

Matt Desch (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/967537172780810241):
7:20am pst.  That’s about 25 minutes after sunrise.  Hard to terrorize Southern California that way, but we’ll do our best...

Dark Energy (https://twitter.com/Alejandro_DebH/status/967582506664022016):
It is PST or PDT? I think you change the clocks on the 11th there in America, right?

Matt Desch (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/967583418224730112):
How ‘bout we do it this way?:  14:19:49 UTC

That is 7:20am PDT
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/12/2018 12:23 PM
Retweeted by Iridium:

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Les dix satellites de la cinquième grappe d’#IridiumNEXT sont arrivés à Vandenberg. Lancement prévu à la fin du mois sur un #Falcon9 de @SpaceX. @IridiumComm @Thales_Alenia_S

https://twitter.com/StefanBarensky/status/973177015791706113

Microsoft Translation:

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The ten satellites of the fifth cluster @IridiumNEXT have arrived at Vandenberg. Scheduled launch at the end of the month on a @Falcon9 de #SpaceX. #IridiumComm @Thales_Alenia_S
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/12/2018 12:39 PM
Article on this milestone:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/satellites-fifth-iridium-next-launch-arrive-vandenberg/
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/12/2018 12:43 PM
Iridium press release:

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All 10 Satellites for the Fifth Iridium® NEXT Launch Have Arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base
Satellites are Undergoing Pre-Launch Preparation for Late-March SpaceX Launch, the First Iridium Launch of 2018

MCLEAN, Va., March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for its fifth launch have arrived and are in processing at SpaceX's west coast launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This launch will increase the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in space to 50 and is the second Iridium launch to use a "flight-proven" SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Iridium-5 is currently targeted for March 29, 2018 at 7:19 am PDT (14:19 UTC).

The operational Iridium constellation is comprised of 66 interconnected satellites, divided into six polar orbiting planes with 11 satellites in each plane — as well as nine additional in-orbit spares with one or two in each plane. Destined for Iridium orbital plane one, all 10 of the Iridium NEXT satellites deployed during this launch will immediately go into service following rigorous testing and validation. To date, four Iridium NEXT launches carrying 10 satellites each have been completed, and over half of the Iridium NEXT constellation has been put into active service. Iridium has contracted with SpaceX to deliver 75 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit through a series of eight launches.

"Now that we are more than halfway deployed, we can really focus on the impact our next-generation of services will make on the industry," said Iridium CEO, Matt Desch. "Testing of our exciting new L-band broadband service, Iridium CertusSM, has been performing well, and with every successful launch, we are closer to bringing our full suite of Iridium NEXT solutions to life.  With each day, we are meeting key milestones to complete our new network this year, and we can't wait to see this fifth set arrive in space to keep up the momentum."

This fifth launch will use the same Falcon 9 rocket first stage that carried the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit in October of 2017. Upon arrival to the launch site, each Iridium NEXT satellite begins a number of pre-launch processing steps including mating to the dispenser, fueling and encapsulation within the fairing.  The satellites were shipped two at a time, in specially-designed motion and temperature-controlled containers designed to maintain optimal environmental conditions.

Iridium NEXT is the company's $3 billion next-generation mobile, global satellite network scheduled for completion in 2018. Iridium NEXT will replace the Company's existing global constellation in one of the largest technology upgrades ever completed in space.  It 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 enable and introduce new services like the Company's next-generation communications platform, Iridium Certus, and the AireonSM space-based ADS-B aircraft surveillance and flight tracking network. 

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com.

Iridium is exhibiting at SATELLITE 2018 in Washington, DC.  Visit booth #1801 between Tuesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 15th to learn more about Iridium and check out the new Iridium Augmented Reality experience.

http://investor.iridium.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1060507
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/16/2018 08:48 PM
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#Iridium5 Update: Less than 2 weeks from the 5th #IridiumNEXT launch & all 10 satellites have been mated to their dispensers. Next steps include fueling, stacking & encapsulation- What fuel do they use? Check out our blog from last June... bit.ly/2pi6iyy  #freakyfuel

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/974744947780935686?s=21
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/20/2018 08:12 AM
Claimed Iridium, not SpaceX, patch:

https://twitter.com/ticklestuffyo/status/975943975386324992?s=21
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/24/2018 07:04 PM
Just waiting for a spotting of Falcon 9 booster (B1041.2) sat on SLC-4E.

That should be soon if they are going for a NET Sunday morning Static Fire test ahead of Iridium NEXT-5. As always, subject to change.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Scylla on 03/24/2018 08:23 PM
Claimed Iridium, not SpaceX, patch:

https://twitter.com/ticklestuffyo/status/975943975386324992?s=21

Is the patch from Iridium. Posted on their twitter.
https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/976458898461876224?s=20
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/25/2018 12:09 AM
ARTICLE: Falcon 9 readying at Vandenberg for static fire ahead of the fifth Iridium NEXT mission - https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/falcon-9-vandenberg-static-fire-fifth-iridium-next-mission/

- By Ian Atkinson
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 03/25/2018 09:36 AM
Comparing Planet Satellite imagery of SLC-4 for March 23rd vs 24th, the TEL is not on the pad on the 23rd, but IS on the 24th (and likely has the Falcon 9 on it for the static fire)

23rd vs 24th below, respectively

https://goo.gl/ADFXdq

Edit: turned it into a gif do you can see it better
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/25/2018 02:26 PM
Static Fire complete!
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/977913864820895744
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/25/2018 07:48 PM
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Everything is currently looking green for launch on Thursday morning.  Satellites are all happy and buttoned up and ready to go.  An early view of the weather is very positive too...  Beginning my prelaunch rituals and happy thoughts #pleaseohpleaseohplease

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/977993684166893568?s=21
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/27/2018 02:34 AM
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how are the winds looking ….
https://twitter.com/shorealonefilms/status/978456059659485184?s=21

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Looks pretty good so far from my personal weather sources, but haven't seen an official Air Force upper level winds forecast yet.
https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/978456809546665984?s=21
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Raul on 03/27/2018 06:56 AM
M1341 Iridium-5 Launch Hazard Areas (https://goo.gl/L9HXtj) visualization based on issued NOTMAR and also NOTAMs.

NOTAMs- northern green and sidecut yellow area on boundary of Mexican airspace.
MOTMARs- red and general rectangular orange area - booster splashdown usually in northern part, fairing recovery by Mr. Steven in southern part of this area.
Big white stage2 debris reentry NOTAM/NOTMAR area after first orbit.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 03/27/2018 03:22 PM
Comparing Planet Satellite imagery of SLC-4 for March 23rd vs 24th, the TEL is not on the pad on the 23rd, but IS on the 24th (and likely has the Falcon 9 on it for the static fire)

23rd vs 24th below, respectively

https://goo.gl/ADFXdq

And as of Yesterday, 26th March, the TEL/rocket is off the pad, almost certainly going to the HIF for satellite/plf integration:

https://goo.gl/dQbqmM
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 29, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/27/2018 06:47 PM
So Iridium CEO's Twitter account just had a statement that launch is slipping to NET 3/31 or into next week due to issue with 1 of the 10 sats.  Tweets has since been deleted.  Posting here so everyone has the heads up.

CONFIRMED:

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@IridiumBoss
We are having an issue with 1 of the 10 satellites in prep for #Iridium5.  Our supplier and launch team is resetting for NET 3/31, with potential to shift into next week, if not resolved quickly. Launch success is priority #1! Will provide more info as available

Let's preempt some questions:
1. Odds of this effecting CRS-14 = Almost no chance
2. Station will take priority for Visiting Vehicle schedule
3. 2 days btw 2 launches is totally doable.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 31, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/27/2018 07:30 PM
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Should be approximately 7:08am local if it goes on 3/31.

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/978711815269036032
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 31, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/28/2018 12:57 AM
New Tweet: Matt Desch @Iridium Boss, (apparently) 5:45 pm PDT

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/978795278118653952
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Positive update to our satellite and launch delay.  Just been apprised there has been a technical resolution; satellites and F9 are in great shape and ready to go!  Was ground harness test cable issue - now fixed.  Launch now pulled back to Friday, 3/30 at 7:14am pdt! #GoTeam!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/28/2018 06:40 AM
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Forgive me if I'm wildly wrong, this is a guess. Does this mean the satellite didn't have a fault itself and there was a faulty connection to get the data?

https://twitter.com/jrascagneres/status/978803838672044032

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Yes, that's pretty close to the problem.  Satellites were always fine; just couldn't talk to one - but it was a ground testing cable problem.

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/978805937552191489
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/28/2018 03:28 PM
Mr Steven is still in port but according to MarineTraffic.com at about midnight (UTC) last night it moved from the East side of the port to the East Channel where recovered boosters usually dock on return to port.

So hopefully it’s being prepared for another fairing recovery attempt.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/28/2018 06:23 PM
Precise launch time for Friday's attempt is 07:13:51 PDT (10:13:51 EDT; 14:13:51 UTC).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Elthiryel on 03/28/2018 10:05 PM
Press kit and launch webcast are now available!

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/iridium-5_press_kit.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0TW8vkCLg
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/29/2018 05:04 AM
NRC Quest left port about 8 hours ago and appears to be heading out to a recovery area.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lewis007 on 03/29/2018 06:39 AM
Iridium-5 launch patches
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Raul on 03/29/2018 11:45 AM
Mr Steven is just leaving the port toward fairing recovery.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Michael Baylor on 03/29/2018 07:07 PM
Mr. Steven is heading to "Iridium 5."  ;)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/29/2018 07:17 PM
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Weather forecast looks excellent for our launch tomorrow morning.  Light northeasterly winds should hopefully hold the marine layer offshore for a takeoff about 15 minutes after dawn. #GoIridiumL5!

https://twitter.com/iridiumboss/status/979414289541771264
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Raul on 03/29/2018 08:18 PM
NRC Quest already reached northern part of appropriate hazard area "destination LZ 005 (https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-120.3/centery:30.7/zoom:8)" and is waiting in this "landing zone" for B1041.2 splashdown.
High Speed Fairing Boat Mr.Steven is heading to southern part of area.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Raul on 03/29/2018 11:47 PM
Iridium5 Falcon is vertical.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 01:56 AM
FEATURE ARTICLE: Iridium NEXT-5 satellites set to ride on SpaceX Falcon 9 -
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/iridium-next-5-satellites-spacex-falcon-9/

- By William Graham.

Features photos from NSF's Philip Sloss and Jack Beyer.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Michael Baylor on 03/30/2018 04:03 AM
The booster is carrying a special message from Iridium CEO Matt Desch.

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A few weeks ago, @Iridiumboss made a special visit to our old friend from #Iridium3, in the midst of preparations for #Iridium5. In the soot of the #Iridium3 booster the most eloquent, compelling and Shakespeare-esque message was written, destined for space... #IridiumRocks!!

https://twitter.com/IridiumComm/status/979026027690242050
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 04:40 AM
Close-up from SpaceX website
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 05:35 AM
Photos by Pauline Acalin:

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Man that was some FAST movin' fog today at Vandenberg! Only 1 of 3 remote camera sites were visible, so we shall see how those shots turn out lol. Iridium-5 launch tomorrow morning 7:13am PST! #SpaceX

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/979538158328078336
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/30/2018 08:24 AM
Looks like there won't be any jellyfish this time with the launch about 20 minutes after sunrise.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 12:57 PM
3 mins to the start of fueling.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:00 PM
Fueling poll underway.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:01 PM
NO constraints for propellant loading.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:03 PM
Fueling has started!  RP-1 now beginning to flow into the Falcon 9's first stage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:07 PM
Fuel bleed for Stage 2 has started.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:10 PM
Stage 1 fuel flow rates are nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:14 PM
Stage 2 RP-1 load now underway.

Flight Area and Range are CLEAR for launch.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:16 PM
AFTS downrange tracking station reporting GREEN and ready to support.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:17 PM
Stage 2 fuel tank pressing for RP-1 bleed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:19 PM
RP-1 Stage 1 bleed complete.  "Getting into nominal Stage 1 load." -- per LD loop.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:20 PM
RP-1 bleed, Stage 2, has now stated.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:23 PM
RP-1 bleed, Stage 2, complete.  Stage 2 RP-1 load now proceeding to nominal levels.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:27 PM
Stage 1 and 2 fuel flow rates are nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:34 PM
Range is GO for launch!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:36 PM
Stage 1 RP-1 load has reached initial target and has now stopped for LOX load operations of Stage 1.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:37 PM
Teams being asked to report any issues that would constrain the start of LOX load.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:37 PM
ECS systems configured for Stage 1 LOX load.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:38 PM
T-35mins.  Stage 1 LOX load has started under the automated sequence.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:42 PM
Stage 1 LOX flow rates are nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:44 PM
Stage 1 cryo helium topping has now started.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:45 PM
Stage 2 cryo helium ops has stared. 

ECS is configured for Stage 2 LOX load.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:49 PM
T-25mins: All remains GO at this time.  There are no technical or weather issues being worked at this time.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 01:53 PM
Flight Proven music to start the morning.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:54 PM
T-20mins.  All is quiet on the LD loop.  Good sign.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:54 PM
Stage 2 LOX load as started.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:56 PM
Stage 1 & 2 LOX flow rates are nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 01:58 PM
T-15mins.  All still on target.  No issues.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:00 PM
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:00 PM
T-14 minutes. Restricting broadcast to just after engine shutdown due to restrictions from NOAA.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:01 PM
Hmmm, so NOAA restrictions mean this will be a short webcast and ending before S/C Sep.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:01 PM
T-13 minutes. Not planning to recover first stage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:02 PM
T-12 minutes. Attempting recovery one half of fairing.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:03 PM
T-11 minutes. Loading propellants since T-70 minutes. Fuel loading almost complete.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:04 PM
T-10 mins.  All still well.  Fuel flow rates nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:04 PM
TAE-TAB spin setting up for flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:04 PM
T-10 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:05 PM
TVC systems setting up for final verifications.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:05 PM
T-9 minutes. Keeping eye on upper level winds.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:06 PM
T-8 minutes. Each satellites weighs about 600 kg.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:07 PM
M1D engine chill has started.

Stage 1 RP-1 topping to final target.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:07 PM
T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting now.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:07 PM
RP-1 Stage 1 closed out for flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:08 PM
F9 is in self-align.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:08 PM
T-6 minutes. Showing Iridium promo.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:08 PM
T-5mins.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:09 PM
Prop tanks pressing for strongback retract.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:09 PM
Strongback retract has started.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:09 PM
T-5 minutes. Iridium chief.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 03/30/2018 02:09 PM
reminder, updates only, and congratulations to the party thread
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42585.0
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:10 PM
Umbilical winch load nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:10 PM
T-4 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:10 PM
T-3mins.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:11 PM
Stage 1 LOX closed out for flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:11 PM
Strongback retract complete.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:11 PM
T-3 minutes. Strongback retracted. Stage 1 LOX closed out.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:11 PM
RANGE is GREEN.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:12 PM
Under 2mins.

Stage 2 LOX closed out for flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:12 PM
T-2 minutes. Range is green. Stage 2 LOX closed out.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 03/30/2018 02:12 PM
strongback retraction
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:12 PM
T-1min!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:13 PM
F9 in start up.

Tanks pressing for flight.

LD GO FOR LAUNCH!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 03/30/2018 02:13 PM
strongback vent
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:13 PM
T-1 minute. Go for launch.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:13 PM
LAUNCH!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:14 PM
Pitching downrange
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:14 PM
S1 propulsion nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:14 PM
Liftoff!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:14 PM
Power/telemetry nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:15 PM
LAUNCH!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:15 PM
Supersonic.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:15 PM
MAx-Q
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:15 PM
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:15 PM
T+1 minute. MaxQ.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:16 PM
MVac engine chill has begun.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 03/30/2018 02:16 PM
liftoff
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:16 PM
T+2 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:16 PM
Staging!

MVac IGNITION!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:16 PM
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:17 PM
Staging.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:17 PM
Fairing SEP!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:17 PM
Stage 2 trajectory nominal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:17 PM
Separation.

T+3 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:18 PM
Fairing separation.

T+4 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:19 PM
Smooth sailing.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:19 PM
T+5 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 03/30/2018 02:19 PM
live Coverage ends at T+9ish due to NOAA restrictions, as noted in the thread.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:20 PM
T+6 minutes. Fifth launch using three rockets for Iridium.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:21 PM
Stage 1 AFTS has safed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:21 PM
T+7 minutes. Stage 1 AFTS safed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:22 PM
T+8 minutes. LOS Vandenburg expected.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:22 PM
Stage 2 terminal guidance.  AFTS has safed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 02:23 PM
Stage 2 cutoff!  Stage 2 is in obit.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:24 PM
T+9 minutes.

SECO.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:24 PM
End of webcast thanks to NOAA!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 03/30/2018 02:25 PM
ending
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 03/30/2018 02:27 PM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/979726332320915462

Fairing falling back!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:27 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
3 minutes ago

Second stage and @IridiumComm NEXT satellites now in coast phase.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979725919148388357
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/30/2018 02:29 PM
A reminder to all, all "post launch" congrats into the discussion and party threads. Let's keep this on updates. And more so with no webcast now, so the official twitter accounts will be the source.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: jimmiemac on 03/30/2018 02:33 PM
CBS Bill Harwood (edited to the direct source):
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/979724382221291521

F9/Iridium5: NOAA public affairs officer says he's not aware of any NOAA restriction on Falcon 9 rocketcam video
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:36 PM
Upcoming Events

T+            UTC 
00:52:05 15:05:56 2nd stage engine restarts
00:52:16 15:06:07 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:57:16 15:07:07 Iridium NEXT satellites begin deployment
01:12:03 15:25:54 Iridium NEXT satellites end deployment
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 02:41 PM
Nice launch shots by Rome Strach:

https://twitter.com/romn8tr/status/979725520765050885?s=21
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 02:44 PM
Elon Musk
‏Verified account @elonmusk
7 seconds ago

Mr Steven is 5 mins away from being under the falling fairing (don’t have live video)

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/979730904087068672
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 02:44 PM
Quote
Have you seen the #Iridium5 patch? Here's an explanation of all the hidden messages  https://www.iridium.com/blog/2018/03/30/iridium-phoenix-decoding-5th-launch-patch/ #PhoenixRising

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/979728654761648129?s=21
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 03/30/2018 02:46 PM
According SFN (http://spaceflightnow.com/2018/03/30/falcon-9-iridium-5-mission-status-center/)

03/30/2018 07:25 (PDT)
A NOAA spokesperson tells CBS News that he is unaware of the image restrictions.

Eric Berger ✔ @SciGuySpace
 SpaceX says the restrictions were definitely put into place by NOAA. So I'm going back to them.
10:37 AM - Mar 30, 2018
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:00 PM
Per timeline, we're 5 minutes away from Stage 2 restart.


I've still got the live call-in number. So I've got live updates.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:03 PM
AOS South Africa
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:05 PM
Second ignition should be happening now, with cutoff 11 seconds later (based on the published timeline).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:07 PM
First satellite separation should be happening now (based on the published timeline).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:07 PM
Engine RESTART.  Orbit circularization burn underway.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:07 PM
Engine SHUTDOWN. 
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:08 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
38s seconds ago

Final second stage engine burn underway.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979736830085029888
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:11 PM
Spacecraft 1 sep confirmed!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: abaddon on 03/30/2018 03:11 PM
Launch replay:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0TW8vkCLg
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:12 PM
Spacecraft 2 is away.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:13 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
1m minute ago

Second stage burn 2 complete. First satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979738100350898178
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:14 PM
Spacecraft #3 separation confirmed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:14 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
30s seconds ago

Second Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979738549254684673
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:16 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
24s seconds ago

Third Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979738893670014976
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:16 PM
Spacecraft #4 is away.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:17 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
37s seconds ago

Fourth Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979739251167281152
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:17 PM
Spacecraft #5 has separated.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:19 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
25s seconds ago

Fifth Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979739689899900928
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:19 PM
Spacecraft #6 deployment confirmed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:20 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
34s seconds ago

Sixth Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979740010344628225
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:21 PM
Spacecraft #7 is off the payload adapter and deployed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/30/2018 03:21 PM
NOAA Communications
 
@NOAAComms

We are looking into questions on the broadcast interruption of this morning’s @SpaceX launch of #Iridium5. We will be in touch when we know more.

https://twitter.com/NOAAComms/status/979738481231650817 (https://twitter.com/NOAAComms/status/979738481231650817)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:22 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
29s seconds ago

Seventh Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979740423869513728
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:22 PM
Spacecraft #8 is away.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:23 PM
SpaceX
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Eighth Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979740825583206402
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:24 PM
Spacecraft #9 is now deployed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:25 PM
SpaceX
‏Verified account @SpaceX
15s seconds ago

Ninth Iridium NEXT satellite deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979741375389319168
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2018 03:26 PM
Spacecraft #10 is away.

MISSION SUCCESS!!!

10 new baby satellites will now undergo post-orbit insertion checkouts and be readied for decades of active service!
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Post by: Star One on 03/30/2018 03:28 PM
All deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979742157580849152?s=20
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/30/2018 03:28 PM
SpaceX
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10s seconds ago

Successful deployment of all 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/979742157580849152
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 03:55 PM
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So here’s the NOAA issue:

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/979748665479876609?s=21
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/30/2018 04:59 PM

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/979764513233715200


Elon Musk
@elonmusk

GPS guided parafoil twisted, so fairing impacted water at high speed. Air wake from fairing messing w parafoil steering. Doing helo drop tests in next few weeks to solve.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 06:36 PM
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Fifth Successful Iridium® NEXT Launch Completed as Iridium Surpasses 1 Million Subscribers
50 Iridium NEXT Satellites Are Now in Orbit as Iridium Nears Completion of New Global Communications Network

MCLEAN, Va., March 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that at 7:13:51 am PDT (14:13:51 UTC) SpaceX successfully launched the fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  All 10 new satellites have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center and are preparing to begin testing.  Shortly before launch, the Iridium network met a major milestone as it surpassed 1 million active subscribers. This continues a trend of significant growth and serves as a testament to the reliable, resilient and uncompromising nature of the Iridium network.

Paving the way for Iridium's growth is the Internet of Things (IoT), where Iridium has established itself as the satellite network of choice to keep "things" connected beyond the limits of cellular coverage.  More than half of the subscribers on the Iridium network are IoT devices, delivering a wide variety of solutions by hundreds of licensed technology partners. These devices are designed to do everything from tracking endangered species and monitoring power lines to controlling shipping container temperature levels or serving as tsunami warning systems. Further positioning the company for success is the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which is now well more than half way completed. Once fully deployed later in 2018, the constellation will blanket the entire earth with its new capabilities like the Iridium CertusSM L-band broadband service and AireonSM global aircraft surveillance and tracking.

"It's a unique coincidence that we passed the one million subscribers mark right at this launch, and it's particularly exciting because we've surpassed this milestone earlier than we had anticipated," said Matt Desch, chief executive officer at Iridium. "The new satellites and services we're launching and continued strong subscriber growth are cementing our position as an industry leader and critical global communications platform and underscore the significant transformation we've undergone as a company over the last 10 years. This truly is a testament to the trust our partners and customers have in our network, which is only going to continue growing as the deployment of the Iridium NEXT constellation nears completion."

To date, Iridium has completed five launches of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, all with SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A total of eight Iridium NEXT launches are currently planned with SpaceX delivering a total of 75 new satellites to orbit. In total, 81 satellites are being built, with 66 in the operational constellation, nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares.

The first stage booster for today's launch was previously flown during Iridium-3 in October 2017, making this the second Iridium NEXT launch to use a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket.  Each launch strategically delivers new satellites to specific orbital planes to ensure the earliest possible completion of the constellation. The Iridium network is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 operational, crosslinked satellites, for a total of 66 in the active constellation.  The 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched today were successfully delivered to orbital plane one where they will replace first generation satellites over the next 30 days.

Iridium NEXT is the company's $3 billion, next-generation, mobile, global satellite network scheduled for completion in 2018. Iridium NEXT will replace the company's existing global constellation in one of the largest technology upgrades ever completed in space.  It represents the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organizations worldwide rely on to drive business, enable connectivity, empower disaster relief efforts and more.

For more information about Iridium Certus, please visit https://www.iridium.com/network/iridium-certus/

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com

http://investor.iridium.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1062399
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 07:47 PM
Launch photo from SpaceX website
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 08:06 PM
More great shots by Pauline Acalin

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What an absolutely beautiful launch at Vandenberg this morning. Congratulations to SpaceX on another successful mission accomplished! #SpaceX #Iridium5 @Teslarati

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/979776492602253312
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 08:44 PM
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NOAA backs up SpaceX's claim from this morning

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/979819143233974274

Edit to add: link to NOAA press release

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-statement-on-todays-broadcast-of-spacex-iridium-5-launch
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/30/2018 08:56 PM
More SpaceX launch photos
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Post by: envy887 on 03/30/2018 09:26 PM
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NOAA backs up SpaceX's claim from this morning

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/979819143233974274

Edit to add: link to NOAA press release

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-statement-on-todays-broadcast-of-spacex-iridium-5-launch

The NOAA ACRESS panel, which deals with this regulation, is meeting on April 3rd, 2018 in Silver Spring, MD. Meeting should be open to public comment, I think.

https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/accresMeetings.html
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Post by: deruch on 03/30/2018 09:48 PM
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NOAA backs up SpaceX's claim from this morning

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/979819143233974274

Edit to add: link to NOAA press release

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-statement-on-todays-broadcast-of-spacex-iridium-5-launch

The NOAA ACRESS panel, which deals with this regulation, is meeting on April 3rd, 2018 in Silver Spring, MD. Meeting should be open to public comment, I think.

https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/accresMeetings.html

Yes, open to the public but the RSVP deadline (March 27th) has already passed, so anyone suddenly interested in attending may not be able.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/16/2018-05360/meeting-of-the-advisory-committee-on-commercial-remote-sensing

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The meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Section 10(a)(1) of the FACA. During the meeting, the Committee will receive updates on NOAA's Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs activities and discuss updates to the commercial remote sensing regulatory regime. The Committee will also discuss updates in the regulations and new technological activities in space. The Committee will be available to receive public comments on its activities.

Any member of the public who plans to attend the open meeting should RSVP to Samira Patel at (301) 713-7077, or [email protected] by March 27, 2018. Any member of the public wishing further information concerning the meeting or who wishes to submit oral or written comments should contact Tahara Dawkins, Designated Federal Officer for ACCRES, NOAA/NESDIS/CRSRA, 1335 East West Highway, G-101, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; (301) 713-3385 or [email protected] Copies of the draft meeting agenda can be obtained from Samira Patel at (301) 713-7077, or [email protected]

ACCRES expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously-submitted oral or written statements. In general, each individual or group making an oral presentation may be limited to a total time of five minutes.  Written comments sent to NOAA/NESDIS/CRSRA on or before March 27, 2018 will be provided to Committee members in advance of the meeting. Comments received too close to the meeting date will normally be provided to Committee members at the meeting.


But, don't worry too much.  I'm sure this will get taken care of by the involved parties very quickly.  Most likely reason for SpaceX not to have a license already is that the restriction was recently imposed for the first time and they didn't have enough time to get a blanket license for their launches before this one went up.  A bit of added bureaucratic hassle, but hopefully not a lasting one.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: Lewis007 on 03/31/2018 06:55 AM
Launch pics posted by VAFB
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Post by: GWR64 on 03/31/2018 09:53 AM
10 satellites 2018-030A - J with similar orbits:

2018-030A : 607 x 627 km x 86,68 deg
RAAN is 104,2 deg , that is currently Iridium-Plane 1 (Iridium 64 .....)

Congratulations to Spacex and Iridium!
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/31/2018 05:08 PM
Another fab shot:

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That foggy ocean... here is my 2nd remote cam shot from the Iridium-5 launch at Vandenberg yesterday. #spacex @Teslarati

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/980074403495952384
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Post by: vaporcobra on 04/01/2018 02:08 AM
I did not expect this - Iridium-5's fairing half rolled into Port of San Pedro before dawn this morning (https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-recovers-fairing-half-mr-steven-clawboat-iridium-launch/), by all appearances intact. Elon had me assuming it had been smashed to pieces on the ocean surface ;D Direct all thanks to Pauline Acalin for heading down to the port before dawn on a Saturday :D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: vaporcobra on 04/02/2018 03:53 AM
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@Teslarati @13ericralph31 @w00ki33 Oh yeah, forgot to mention it actually landed fine, just not on Mr Steven (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/980647734888681472)

Pardon me while I have a mild stroke
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Post by: gwiz on 04/02/2018 04:31 PM
All satellites now identified, 2018-30A to J are Iridiums 148, 149, 157, 140, 145, 146, 144, 150, 142 and 143.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/03/2018 12:05 PM
Iridium Presser:

Fifth Set of Iridium® NEXT Satellites Begin Pre-Operational Testing

 

MCLEAN, Va. – April 3, 2018 – Iridium Communications announced today that the fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, launched Friday by SpaceX, are functioning nominally and have begun the testing and validation process. Not only did this fifth launch increase the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in space to 50, but it was also the second Iridium NEXT launch to use a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket.

“Once testing is complete, we will be just 25 Iridium NEXT satellites shy of completing this historic tech refresh. It’s inspiring to think about how we’re doing this for a second time and no one else has accomplished a feat of this magnitude in Space even once.” said Scott Smith, chief operating officer at Iridium. “I’m beyond proud of our team at the Satellite Network Operations Center, which has been operating like a well-oiled machine. Tests and diagnostics began just minutes after the new satellites deployed, and all systems are functioning nominally.”

The Iridium constellation is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 operational crosslinked satellites, for a total of 66 satellites in the active constellation.  This unique architecture creates a web of coverage around the earth, enabling Iridium to provide real-time communications over the oceans and from even the most remote locations.  Three more Iridium NEXT launches are scheduled for 2018, to bring Iridium’s total to 75 new satellites in orbit, including nine spares.

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/03/2018 07:26 PM
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SpaceX camera question: SpaceX application was received 4 days before launch, did not want to delay-- agreed to waive several reqs, but couldn't approve livestream in 3 days (Tahara Dawkins, NOAA)

https://twitter.com/theresejones0/status/981165377890717696
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Post by: tleski on 04/03/2018 07:32 PM
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Dawkins: Previous SpaceX mission camera feeds weren't licensed, but SpaceX was the one who came to us and asked us for a license for Iridium launch

https://twitter.com/theresejones0/status/981166025918967808
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/03/2018 07:33 PM
I did not expect this - Iridium-5's fairing half rolled into Port of San Pedro before dawn this morning (https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-recovers-fairing-half-mr-steven-clawboat-iridium-launch/), by all appearances intact. Elon had me assuming it had been smashed to pieces on the ocean surface ;D Direct all thanks to Pauline Acalin for heading down to the port before dawn on a Saturday :D

Another amazing shot by Pauline Acalin:

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Mr Steven and a half-fairing after pulling into a foggy port. So menacing! #spacex #iridium5 #mrsteven

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/981032766996283392
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/04/2018 04:45 AM
Some new quotes/info from NOAA:

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NOAA explains restriction on SpaceX launch webcast
by Jeff Foust — April 3, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A cutoff of live video on a recent SpaceX launch reflects new awareness by regulators of the imaging capabilities of onboard cameras on launch vehicles and requirements for companies to adhere to laws that some in the industry believe are outdated.

http://spacenews.com/noaa-explains-restriction-on-spacex-launch-webcast/ (http://spacenews.com/noaa-explains-restriction-on-spacex-launch-webcast/)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/04/2018 05:21 AM
Another great Pauline Acalin shot:

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Super crop of a remote photo from Iridium-5 last week. That thrust tail whip...  #SpaceX #Iridium5

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/981350041091637248
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/10/2018 11:02 AM
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Vandenberg pad still drenched about an hour after launch. I looove how the tilt-shift affect visually shrinks this monstrous structure into a little model-like setup.
#spacex #iridium5

https://twitter.com/w00ki33/status/983597694655475712
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/20/2018 07:24 PM
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SNOC Report: The first 2 #IridiumNEXT satellites from #Iridium5 have been activated and are carrying traffic, with the remaining eight planned for integration in the days ahead. All six orbital planes now have #Iridium NEXT SVs that are providing service!  #FridayFeeling

https://twitter.com/iridiumcomm/status/987402225101213697