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Title: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: harry2680 on 03/09/2018 01:00 pm
Launch Article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/06/rocketlab-operational-electron-launch-five-payload/ (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/06/rocketlab-operational-electron-launch-five-payload/)

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Rocket-

    Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME"

Satellites-

    Lemur-2 82 (to be 72nd in orbit)
    Lemur-2 83  (to be 73rd in orbit)
    CICERO (?) (to be 6th in orbit)
    IRVINE 01
    NABEO (will stay on second stage to deploy chute)

Launch Date-

    NET July 2018 (As of 29/06/2018)

Articles-
   
    Current Feature:

    Rocket Lab announces new launch date, payloads for Its Business Time Electron flight (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/rocket-lab-new-launch-date-payloads-business-time-electron-flight/)

    Flight 1:

    Rocket Labs Electron conducts inaugural flight from New Zealand (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/05/rocket-labs-electron-inaugural-flight-new-zealand/)

    Flight 2:

    Rocket Lab successfully conducts second Electron launch (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/01/rocket-lab-second-electron-launch/)

    Previous Features:

    Rocket Lab to capitalize on test flight success with first operational mission (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/rocket-lab-capitalize-test-flight-success-first-operational-mission/)
   
    Rocket Lab manifests third flight, aims for expanded flight rate and launch sites (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/rocket-lab-manifests-expanded-flight-rate-launch-sites/)
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There was originally a NOTAM (http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/supplements/aip_supp_1mar18.pdf) from the 1st of March to the 28th, this has been extended in another NOTAM (http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/supplements/aip_supp_29mar18.pdf) till the 25th of April.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 03/10/2018 04:54 am
The NSF article says this launch is expected to carry Outernet Mission 1 and ISILaunch cubesats.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Skyrocket on 03/10/2018 01:38 pm
Apparently four SpaceBEE 1U cubesats were originally planned to be on this launch, but as they did not get a FCC licence in the aftermath of the non-licenced launch of their first four 1/4U SpaceBEE satellites, it is doubtful, that these will be on the third Electron launch.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/satellites/fcc-accuses-stealthy-startup-of-launching-rogue-satellites

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/spacebee-5.htm
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: jamesh9000 on 03/12/2018 03:26 am
According to this article, the launch should be some time in April, along with a couple of other tidbits of information:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/102179660/rocketlab-says-launch-preparations-not-affected-by-rogue-satellite-concern (https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/102179660/rocketlab-says-launch-preparations-not-affected-by-rogue-satellite-concern)

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Rocket Lab spokeswoman Morgan Bailey said the matter was between Swarm and the FCC, and had not caused any delay to preparations for Rocket Lab's next launch, which is tipped to take place in April.

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Rocket Lab, founded by Kiwi Peter Beck, was still finalising the payload for what will be its first commercial launch but would not include any satellites on it that did not have the right regulatory approvals, Bailey said.

Rocket Lab had yet to confirm the launch window for its next flight, but the Electron would be transported to its launch site on the Māhia Peninsula in the next few weeks, she said.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/13/2018 11:04 pm
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It's Business Time at Rocket Lab

Posted on 13 March 2018

Huntington Beach, California. March 13, 2018: US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed its next launch will be the companys first fully commercial flight. Two Lemur-2 cubesats for launch customer Spire Global will be on board the upcoming launch, with the full manifest to be confirmed in coming weeks.

The flights name was put to a vote on social media, with Its Business Time coming out as a clear fan favourite and a continuation of companys previous flight names, Its a Test and Still Testing. 

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck says Its Business Time highlights Rocket Labs agile approach to responsive space. The launch has been manifested weeks out from launch, rather than the many months or years it can typically take under existing launch models.

We came at the challenge of opening access to space from a new perspective. Building to tail numbers and tailoring a vehicle to the payload is a rigid and slow way of getting satellites on orbit. As the satellite industry continues to innovate at a break-neck pace and the demand for orbital infrastructure grows, were there with a production line of Electron vehicles ready to go and a private launch site licensed for flight every 72 hours. Launch will no longer be the bottleneck that slows innovation in space, he says.   

We always set out to test a launch vehicle that was as close to production-ready as possible. To complete a test program so quickly and be flying commercial customers is a great feeling. Its business time, Mr Beck adds.

Rocket Labs third Electron vehicle will be shipped to Launch Complex 1 on New Zealands Māhia Peninsula in coming weeks, where final checkouts will be completed ahead of the Its Business Time launch.

This year Rocket Lab is increasing its launch cadence and scaling up production of the Electron launch vehicle to meet a growing manifest. The company aims to produce 100 Rutherford engines in 2018 from its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. More than 30 engines have already been completed and are undergoing integration onto Electron vehicles.

Rocket Labs first test launch, Its a Test, was completed in May 2017, with the second test, Still Testing, taking place in January 2018. This flight successfully reached orbit, deployed commercial customer payloads for Planet and Spire Global and circularized an orbit using a previously unannounced kick stage.

For real-time updates in the lead up to Its Business Time, follow Rocket Lab on Twitter @RocketLab

http://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/its-business-time-at-rocket-lab/
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/26/2018 06:14 am
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So I decided my first tweet should share one of my favorite sights - a brand new #Electron being delivered to Launch Complex 1. #ItsBusinessTime is coming soon.

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/978074847614922752?s=21
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 03/28/2018 07:13 am
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Getting ready for #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/978842658054524929 (photo attached)

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Launch window to be confirmed soon!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/978844128468439041
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: deruch on 03/29/2018 05:52 am
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Getting ready for #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/978842658054524929 (photo attached)

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Launch window to be confirmed soon!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/978844128468439041

Oh, man.  Will someone on RocketLab's pad crew please put googly eyes on their clamp.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/03/2018 10:43 pm
Rocket Lab set Friday April 20, 2018 NZT for the first commercial mission with Electron. 14 day window of opportunity. Each day will have a four-hour launch window that will open from 12:30 p.m. NZDT (00:30 UTC).
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/03/2018 10:48 pm
Horrid formatting, but:

Rocket Lab to launch first commercial mission this month


Huntington Beach, California, 3 April 2018:

US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time’, includes manifested payloads for launch customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

 

The 14-day ‘It’s Business Time’ launch window will open on Friday April 20, 2018 NZT. During this time a four-hour launch window will open daily from 12:30 p.m. NZDT (00:30 UTC). ‘It’s Business Time’ will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Licensed to launch every 72 hours, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 is the world’s only private orbital launch facility.

 

Rocket Lab is the only private, dedicated small launch provider globally that has deployed satellites to orbit. ‘It’s Business Time’ marks the fastest transition a private launch provider has made from test program to fully commercial flights. This mission follows just three months after Rocket Lab’s January 21, 2018 launch “Still Testing”, which successfully deployed an Earth-imaging satellite for Planet and circularized the orbit of two weather and AIS ship tracking satellites for Spire Global using Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built kick stage.

 

“It’s Business Time represents the shift to responsive space. We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world’s most frequent launch capability and we’re achieving that in record time,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.

 

“Rocket Lab is the only small launch provider that has reached orbit and delivered on promises to open access to space for small satellites. We can have payloads on orbit every 72 hours and our rapidly expanding manifest shows this is frequency is critical for the small satellite market,” he added.

 

Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.

 

About Spire Global:

Spire is a data and analytics company that collects data for Earth from space, to help business and governments address previously insurmountable problems affecting everyone on the planet. Its constantly improving constellation of LEO satellites uses listening sensors to listen to the planet in real-time, gaining access to rich and untapped data sources totally off-limits to camera-based technology and inaccessible from the ground. To learn more, visit www.spire.com

 

About Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems:

For more about Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, visit www.tyvak.com
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 04/04/2018 06:22 am
Here's a better formatting of the press release.

Rocket Lab to launch first commercial mission this month

Huntington Beach, California, 3 April 2018:

US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company's first fully commercial launch. The mission, named `It's Business Time, includes manifested payloads for launch customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

The 14-day `It's Business Time launch window will open on Friday April 20, 2018 NZT. During this time a four-hour launch window will open daily from 12:30 p.m. NZDT (00:30 UTC). `It's Business Time will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Licensed to launch every 72 hours, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 is the world's only private orbital launch facility.

Rocket Lab is the only private, dedicated small launch provider globally that has deployed satellites to orbit. `It's Business Time marks the fastest transition a private launch provider has made from test program to fully commercial flights. This mission follows just three months after Rocket Lab's January 21, 2018 launch `Still Testing, which successfully deployed an Earth-imaging satellite for Planet and circularized the orbit of two weather and AIS ship tracking satellites for Spire Global using Rocket Lab's in-house designed and built kick stage.

"It's Business Time represents the shift to responsive space. We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world's most frequent launch capability and we're achieving that in record time," said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.

"Rocket Lab is the only small launch provider that has reached orbit and delivered on promises to open access to space for small satellites. We can have payloads on orbit every 72 hours and our rapidly expanding manifest shows this is frequency is critical for the small satellite market," he added.

Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.

About Spire Global:

Spire is a data and analytics company that collects data for Earth from space, to help business and governments address previously insurmountable problems affecting everyone on the planet. Its constantly improving constellation of LEO satellites uses listening sensors to listen to the planet in real-time, gaining access to rich and untapped data sources totally off-limits to camera-based technology and inaccessible from the ground. To learn more, visit www.spire.com

About Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems:

For more about Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, visit www.tyvak.com
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: sanman on 04/04/2018 06:29 am
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Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.


Gee, so can Rocket Lab catch up to the big boys like this? Do they have plans for bigger and better engines and launch vehicles down the road? Will that mainly be dependent upon the pace of evolution of Electron Beam Melting technology?

(I'm assuming that any evolutionary roadmap will be kept under wraps, and that at least in public they'll refrain from talking about anything beyond smallsat launches.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: orulz on 04/04/2018 04:03 pm
Rocket Lab, in their short history, has quite a track record for innovation (Electric pumps, thixotropic monopropellants), pushing the envelope (First to orbit with an all-carbon fiber rocket), and keeping things under wraps (Humanity Star and the Curie Engine/kick stage). They have already filed for a trademark for another type of engine called the "Einstein."  I'm completely certain that they have a "next step" planned which just hasn't been made public yet. And their success with Electron shows that they have the capability to pull it off.

Blue Origin has a well-publicized motto of "Gradually Ferocious".
SpaceX's should be "Mars or Bust!"
Rocket Lab's could be "Speak softly, and carry a big stick."
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/04/2018 08:40 pm
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Vehicle checks almost complete, Team is really getting good at this now!

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/981614120301719553
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: harry2680 on 04/12/2018 09:12 am
Tweet  (https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/984339753284747265)with a nice photo:
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Its Business Time on the pad. Wet dress in the coming days.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: bad_astra on 04/12/2018 06:04 pm
As a Flight of the Conchords Fan, I never thought I'd see something named after them sent into space.
"Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute in heaven" -FOTC "It's Business Time"
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: QuantumG on 04/13/2018 12:14 am
As a Flight of the Conchords Fan, I never thought I'd see something named after them sent into space.
"Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute in heaven" -FOTC "It's Business Time"

It's amazing how many people don't get the reference... even when you link them to the video.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: wardy89 on 04/15/2018 07:24 pm
Apparently Rocket Labs had some issues today while fuelling the rocket for wet dress rehearsal.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12033191
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: CameronD on 04/15/2018 11:27 pm
Apparently Rocket Labs had some issues today while fuelling the rocket for wet dress rehearsal.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12033191

Must have been a little more than "minor" to warrant calling the Fire Service to a site as remote as that.

Fuel spill perhaps?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Phil Stooke on 04/16/2018 01:03 am
I got the impression they were on site anyway, just in case.

Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Robotbeat on 04/16/2018 02:09 am
I got the impression they were on site anyway, just in case.
Indeed, that's pretty normal for rocket launches (or wet dress rehearsals) I believe.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/17/2018 02:41 pm
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This week during wet dress rehearsal the team saw some unusual behavior with a motor controller. With only days between rehearsal & window, we want a little extra time to fully review data, so have decided to roll to the next slot in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/986252799599042561
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: russianhalo117 on 04/25/2018 07:00 pm
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This week during wet dress rehearsal the team saw some unusual behavior with a motor controller. With only days between rehearsal & window, we want a little extra time to fully review data, so have decided to roll to the next slot in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/986252799599042561
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-moves-its-business-time-launch-window/
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Rocket Lab will move the Its Business Time launch, scheduled between 20 April 3 May, to the next available launch window in coming weeks. The shift comes after pad team identified some unusual motor controller behavior during a wet dress rehearsal carried out this week. With just days between rehearsal and window opening, the call to move to the window is a conservative one made to allow the team additional time to review data.

Rocket Lab is able to operate with schedule flexibility and move into different windows as a result of operating its own private orbital launch site.

The new launch window is due to open in the coming weeks with defined dates to be confirmed soon.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: harry2680 on 05/17/2018 10:07 am
Latest tweet (https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/996997715908182017) promises a launch window will be released 'soon'.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Nomadd on 05/17/2018 10:49 am
 I'm driving by there in two days. It looks like I won't see anything but a locked gate and sign threatening dire consequences for trespassing.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Jarnis on 05/17/2018 01:41 pm
I'm driving by there in two days. It looks like I won't see anything but a locked gate and sign threatening dire consequences for trespassing.

Photo or didn't happen :D
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Nomadd on 05/18/2018 09:03 am
 What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because apparently, some people consider "Rocket nut" rude.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: deruch on 05/18/2018 09:26 am
What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because, apparently, some people considered "Rocket nut" rude.

Well, now I really want to know whether unlicensed cafes are a problem in NZ?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: envy887 on 05/18/2018 01:31 pm
What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because, apparently, some people considered "Rocket nut" rude.

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: launchwatcher on 05/18/2018 02:19 pm
What I could get from a little hill 2 miles away. I almost got to a spot 1 mile away, but two guys moving a large flock of bald sheep politely hinted that the job would be easier if I wasn't there.
 At least I got a good dinner. The place was closed, but the owner saw me and insisted on feeding me and bringing the whole family in for conversation.
 She reminded them to use the term "Rocket enthusiast" because, apparently, some people considered "Rocket nut" rude.

Well, now I really want to know whether unlicensed cafes are a problem in NZ?
Whether it's a problem depends on what you like to drink with dinner.

(I believe it's the local shorthand for "licensed to serve alcohol").


Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Nomadd on 05/19/2018 11:19 am

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: john smith 19 on 05/19/2018 04:23 pm

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
You'll probably be alright.

It's an American launch site and you're an American.   :)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: TrevorMonty on 05/19/2018 06:17 pm

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
I'm not sure RL would appreciate term goat track, considering how much money was spent upgrading it.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: CameronD on 05/22/2018 01:55 am

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
I'm not sure RL would appreciate term goat track, considering how much money was spent upgrading it.

By international (American anyways) standards, I'd reckon most New Zealand roads would be considered goat tracks.  Fortunately, there aren't all that many goats to hit whilst driving on them.. :)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: MATTBLAK on 05/22/2018 02:18 am
South Island highways are excellent. North Island highways are okay, but suburban roads are atrocious 'goat tracks' full of potholes; particularly Auckland :(
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: russianhalo117 on 05/22/2018 02:28 am

That's a lot of rocket sheep (and rocket cows). :D
Also, several rocket horses.
 
 All I could get from the locals was that launch day travel by non residents down the 30km goat track to the site was strongly discouraged by the authorities. A phrase that means many things depending on where you are.
I'm not sure RL would appreciate term goat track, considering how much money was spent upgrading it.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday.

But thats where the Rocket Goats are  ;)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: CameronD on 05/22/2018 04:30 am
Hmm..  With all this talk of Mahia wildlife and a rocket that's taking it's jolly-old-time going anyplace, I do wonder what a stowaway possum might do to the rocket's trajectory if not spotted prior to lift-off.

How about bird poo? Can the avionics compensate for that??
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Nomadd on 05/22/2018 07:12 am
 The road upgrades were actually the biggest problem. They're in progress and there are a few sections where you have to grind uphill through six inches of loose aggregate.
 I just wish launch time would have been closer. The sheep station crew a mile from the pad was friendly but busy. They seemed interested that I was their Texas counterpart and I probably could have swung a perch on a hill a mile from the pad on launch day.
 Woulda, coulda, shoulda.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/22/2018 06:42 pm
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Shane Fleming, Rocket Lab: fixed issue with motor controller son Electron that postponed launch last month. Shipping vehicle back to the launch site in the coming weeks. #SpaceTechExpo

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/998995887526367232
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/25/2018 04:02 pm
ARTICLE: Rocket Lab announces new launch date, payloads for Its Business Time Electron flight -
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/05/rocket-lab-new-launch-date-payloads-business-time-electron-flight/

- By Chris Gebhardt

Thanks to Rocket Lab for working with us on this, giving us an embargoed release to myself and Chris G (and personally, as opposed to those nameless bulk e-mails). Really nice touch.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: gongora on 05/26/2018 01:32 pm
FCC filing for IRVINE01.

FCC File Number: 0108-EX-CM-2018   IRVINE01
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: noogie on 06/09/2018 03:19 am
As a Flight of the Conchords Fan, I never thought I'd see something named after them sent into space.
"Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute in heaven" -FOTC "It's Business Time"

It's amazing how many people don't get the reference... even when you link them to the video.

I must admit I didn't see the reference until now  :D
May as well include a link to the music video clip in this thread. Too bad 23 June isn't a Wednesday  ::)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPlW9DiCRDM
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/14/2018 03:45 pm
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Its Business Time, again

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1006994936338702336
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: jamesh9000 on 06/16/2018 05:14 am
WDR for "It's business time" complete!

https://www.facebook.com/RocketLabUSA/?hc_ref=ARSM3C1E4AONIy2o9vlEjOyQYI9e0PvbRF9gNu77OsdfjxVE4J7AVJYr0E04tM3ukH0&fref=nf (https://www.facebook.com/RocketLabUSA/?hc_ref=ARSM3C1E4AONIy2o9vlEjOyQYI9e0PvbRF9gNu77OsdfjxVE4J7AVJYr0E04tM3ukH0&fref=nf)

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The team conducted a perfect wet dress rehearsal today at Launch Complex 1. #ItsBusinessTime is ready for flight next week!

Launch window opens 12:30 pm, Saturday 23 June (00:30 UTC).

The live webcast will be available approximately 15 minutes prior to launch at www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream

Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: russianhalo117 on 06/19/2018 04:56 pm
Press Kit released: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/Its-Business-Time-Press-Kit.pdf
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/22/2018 07:40 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
Jun 19

The team is ready. Electron is primed. T-3 days. #ItsBusinessTime. Another stunning shot from launch team member @Kieran__Fanning

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009203455519481856
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/22/2018 07:43 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
Jun 20

T-2 days. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009552151964602368
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/22/2018 07:53 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
6 hours ago

We're launching the incredibly exciting @irvinecubesat satellite on #ItsBusinessTime, built by high school students in Irvine, California. It's such a privilege to open access to orbit for projects like this.

@IPSFinfo #CubeSats #TimeToFly

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009982334123180032
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/22/2018 07:54 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
9 hours ago

T-1 day. Electron is ready. Team is ready. Weather is looking good. #ItsBusinessTime

Launch window opens 12:30 pm, 23 June NZT (00:30 UTC)

Livestream at http://www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream , on our YouTube channel & http://www.facebook.com/RocketLabUSA . Webcast begins approx 20 mins before target T-0

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1009925164937588736
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/22/2018 08:05 am
Here's the weather report from the NZ MetService.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1806/S00060/metservice-on-site-for-planned-rocket-lab-launch.htm

"Locals, spectators and the team at Rocket Lab should experience some settled weather and sunshine on Saturday as the company prepares for its second orbital launch off the Mahia Peninsula."
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/22/2018 08:11 am
Marine Exclusion Zone. Hopefully the boaters will be paying attention this time!

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/launch/mahia-information/marine/

"A Marine Safety Zone could be active between 11:00am - 5:00pm from from Saturday 23 June - Friday 6 July 2018."
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: input~2 on 06/22/2018 08:24 am
and NOTAMs
B3640/18 -  TEMPO RESTRICTED AREA NZR494 (MAHIA, HAWKE'S BAY) ACT. REF AIP SUP 59/18. SFC - 13500FT AMSL, 23 JUN 00:00 2018 UNTIL 23 JUN 05:05 2018. CREATED: 17 JUN 22:58 2018

B3639/18 -  DANGER AREA NZD493 (MAHIA, HAWKE'S BAY) ACT. REF AIP SUP 59/18. SFC - FL999, 23 JUN 00:00 2018 UNTIL 23 JUN 05:05 2018. CREATED: 17 JUN 22:56 2018
B3638/18 -  DANGER AREA NZD023 (EAST AUCKLAND OCEANIC FIR) ACT. REF AIP SUP 59/18. SFC - FL999, 23 JUN 00:00 2018 UNTIL 23 JUN 05:05 2018. CREATED: 17 JUN 22:54 2018
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/22/2018 04:13 pm
Launch article by Chris Gebhardt:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/06/rocketlab-operational-electron-launch-five-payload/
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/22/2018 08:18 pm
Webcast link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOG-pQ4aJhE

The live webcast will begin approx 20 minutes prior to target T-0 time.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Kryten on 06/22/2018 08:19 pm
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010247318396796928
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Welcome to launch day! We're currently targeting liftoff no earlier than 12:50 pm NZST (00:50 UTC). Live webcast starts approx 20 mins prior to target T-0 at http://www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream
#ItsBusinessTime #Electron
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Michael Baylor on 06/22/2018 09:17 pm
Rocket Lab does not have a NOAA remote sensing license. I wonder if they will have to cut the second stage feed right before they reach orbit?
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/22/2018 09:53 pm
If we're still on the timeline (which we should be as Rocket Lab hasn't tweeted an update to the 12:50 UTC launch time), we're just under 3hrs to go.  Teams should be fueling Electron with RP-1 at this time.

Next major milestone is at T-2hrs 30mins when personnel will evacuate the pad ahead of the start of LOX load at T-2hrs.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: russianhalo117 on 06/22/2018 10:41 pm
Rocket Lab does not have a NOAA remote sensing license. I wonder if they will have to cut the second stage feed right before they reach orbit?
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html
It depends if it applies to launches from Foreign soil.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: rory on 06/22/2018 10:53 pm
Rocket Lab does not have a NOAA remote sensing license. I wonder if they will have to cut the second stage feed right before they reach orbit?
https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/licenseHome.html
It depends if it applies to launches from Foreign soil.

It should, for the same reason they need an FAA launch license. NOAA says:

Quote from: NOAA Website
Who is Required to Apply for a License?
It is unlawful for any person who is subject to the jurisdiction or control of the United States, directly or through any subsidiary or affiliate to operate a private remote sensing space system without possession of a valid license issued under the Act and the regulations.

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

Beck said in his Reddit AMA two months ago:

Quote from: Peter Beck on Reddit
We're working with NOAA to understand where it all sits.

https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/8a1wwy/i_am_peter_beck_ask_me_anything_about_rocket_lab/dwvciws/

Maybe they can piggyback on the Lemur license (https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/files/spire_global_lemur2_publicly_releasable_summary.pdf)?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/22/2018 10:54 pm
Under 2hrs now.  At this point, Rocket Lab's Launch Control teams should be stepping into LOX loading of Electron.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: lrk on 06/22/2018 11:28 pm
If we're still on the timeline (which we should be as Rocket Lab hasn't tweeted an update to the 12:50 UTC launch time), we're just under 3hrs to go.  Teams should be fueling Electron with RP-1 at this time.

Next major milestone is at T-2hrs 30mins when personnel will evacuate the pad ahead of the start of LOX load at T-2hrs.

Livestream is set to start at 12:50 UTC, does that indicate a launch time of around 1:10?  Or is it just counting down to the actual scheduled launch? 
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ulm_atms on 06/22/2018 11:32 pm
It is counting down to the "expected/targeted" launch time.  However with past times....the actual launch is very fluid.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/22/2018 11:50 pm
T-1hr and counting. At this time, the New Zealand aviation authority will start advising pilots of the aerial launch hazard areas for today's launch of Electron -- effectively closing airspace around the pad and the down-range flight trajectory.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 12:04 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
3 hours ago

Electron is vertical on the pad at Launch Complex 1. Mahia putting on a stunning day for launch. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010261550790164480
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 12:05 am
Spire
‏ @SpireGlobal
3 hours ago

@RocketLab's Electron is vertical, and our #smallsats are ready to fly! Watch it live, 5:50 PST https://buff.ly/2lrPGSA

https://twitter.com/SpireGlobal/status/1010270291673563136
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 12:07 am
Peter Beck
‏ @Peter_J_Beck
59 minutes ago

So incredibly proud of the team, they are ready to take us to orbit again.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1010298085707091968
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 12:07 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
27 seconds ago

LOX fill is underway. Currently targeting a T-0 of 14:27 NZST (02:27 UTC). We had a brief hold this morning while we waited for some vehicle components to warm up. It's a chilly day at LC1! ❄️

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010313173256138754
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/23/2018 01:34 am
@RocketLab
 7m7 minutes ago
More
Electron looking frosty on the pad at LC-1 as it's filled with LOX. Currently at T-1 hour. #ItsBusinessTime
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 06/23/2018 01:43 am
@RocketLab
 7m7 minutes ago
More
Electron looking frosty on the pad at LC-1 as it's filled with LOX. Currently at T-1 hour. #ItsBusinessTime

Image from the above tweet.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 01:46 am
Here's a higher resolution version. I click on the image and then save the image to my computer.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010333373938610176
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/23/2018 01:57 am
T-30 minutes. Webcast should begin in fifteen.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: TrevorMonty on 06/23/2018 02:03 am
Already dressed up  for launch and Wednesday night.

Hope launch is not scrubbed otherwise there are going to be lot of smelly feet at RL. See 2nd photo.


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180623/f9677b0baf0fa7cb625888beda59fa57.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180623/6a1e5dbf6c3b2f70c13a7b94f6448e05.jpg)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 02:07 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
8 seconds ago

Holding at T-23 minutes while we configure a down range telemetry asset. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010343336522072065
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/23/2018 02:07 am
HOLD.

Down-range telemetry asset.


https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010343336522072065

@RocketLab
   
Holding at T-23 minutes while we configure a down range telemetry asset. Hold
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 02:19 am
Still holding, but YouTube is still counting down to previous launch time.

Peter Beck
‏ @Peter_J_Beck
3 minutes ago

Just holding for a few minutes to check out some down range tracking  assets.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1010345744681713664
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: russianhalo117 on 06/23/2018 02:28 am
and now per Youtube it is the Rocket Lab Webcast waiting game.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 02:30 am
Its a four hour window, which ends in two hours time. Hopefully, plenty of time to get this baby off the ground.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 02:51 am
One hour delay.

Peter Beck
‏ @Peter_J_Beck
34 seconds ago

Looking like it will be an hour. Tracking dish on one of our remote sites.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1010354455340961792
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 03:23 am
Rocketlab YouTube clock has started. Showing T-37 minutes. T-0 is 0401 UTC.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/23/2018 03:31 am
And we're back at the T-30 minute mark per the YouTube clock.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/23/2018 03:32 am
Rocketlab YouTube clock has started. Showing T-37 minutes. T-0 is 0401 UTC.

Are we 100% sure that's official confirmation?  Why have they not said anything publicly in the 10 mins that have followed this?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/23/2018 03:36 am
Unless there's a tweet from Rocket Lab, this "T0" is currently unofficial.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Michael Baylor on 06/23/2018 03:40 am
Yeah, they could have just pushed the webcast about an hour and landed on that.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/23/2018 03:40 am
Rocket Lab confirms there is no target T0

@RocketLab
Replying to @WhaangaPeter
Still holding. Window remains open until 04:30 UTC
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/23/2018 03:42 am
With Rocket Lab still holding at T-23mins, the count will have to resume by 04:07 UTC (00:07 EDT) in order to make the window today.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 03:42 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
13 seconds ago

Still holding. Window remains open until 04:30 UTC

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010367278452432898
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/23/2018 03:57 am
At this point, the teams have 10 minutes left to resolve the issue and resume the count to make an end-of-window attempt.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 03:59 am
Webstream has gone live, but is only showing RocketLab logo.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/23/2018 04:00 am
Mission Control Auckland has confirmed a scrub for today.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 04:00 am
We got a picture.

Its a Scrub!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Craftyatom on 06/23/2018 04:00 am
Downrange ground station in the Chatham Islands has caused a SCRUB for the day.  Evaluating weather options for upcoming days.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 04:02 am
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
48 seconds ago

Scrubbed for the day.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 04:03 am
Webcast has ended.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 04:04 am
Peter Beck
‏ @Peter_J_Beck
35s seconds ago

Electron is healthy but we have not been able to resolve an issue with one of our down range tracking dishes in the Chatham Islands. Ironically this is also required for a solid live stream.

Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 04:05 am
In case you were wondering where Chatham Islands are. Looks to be South East of launch site.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_Islands
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: SciNews on 06/23/2018 04:10 am
In case someone missed the short broadcast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAMI1IoMow0
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: MATTBLAK on 06/23/2018 04:10 am
I'm not surprised by the scrub. If it had been delayed another hour or so; it would be a night launch.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 23, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/23/2018 04:53 am
Next attempt is this Monday.

Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
16 minutes ago

No launch attempt tomorrow. Team is standing down due to weather. Meantime, crews are on their way to Chatham Islands with spare parts for the dish that caused today's scrub. Next attempt on Monday 25 June NZST, weather pending.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010381159606378496
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 25, 2018
Post by: SciNews on 06/24/2018 09:34 am
Rocket Lab:
"It's Business Time launch update: The down range tracking dish is now up and running, but weather conditions for Monday 25 June NZST are unfavorable so no launch attempt tomorrow. Now targeting no earlier than 12:30 pm, Tuesday 26 June NZST (00:30 UTC) for launch"
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1010798687356792834
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/25/2018 01:45 am
Now the 27th:

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1011058187833708546
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/25/2018 11:02 pm
Here's the Weather Map from the above tweet.

"Forecast poor weather continues tomorrow, so we're going to take it as a rest day to give us wider windows later in the week. Currently targeting no earlier than 12:30 pm (00:30 UTC) Wednesday 27 June for launch. #EverythingIsJustRightOnAWednesday"

Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/25/2018 11:03 pm
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
1 hour ago

T-1 day. #ItsBusinessTime
Another stunning snap at Launch Complex 1 from @Kieran__Fanning
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/26/2018 07:03 pm
Launch in a few hours still looks on (at least according to one RocketLabs person):

Quote
It's Wednesday. You know what time is it. #ItsBusinessTime

https://twitter.com/lisastoj/status/1011685505832894466
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: pb2000 on 06/26/2018 08:26 pm
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1011704684887699457
Quote
Electron is vertical on the pad! Winds are high at LC-1, but forecast to ease closer to the window. Today's 4-hour launch window opens at 12:30 pm NZST (00:30 UTC). Livestream at http://www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream  . Webcast starts approx. 20 mins prior to target T-0.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/26/2018 10:06 pm
Peter Beck

 
@Peter_J_Beck
 3m3 minutes ago
More
T-0 set to 02:10 UTC, weather improving.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 06/26/2018 11:48 pm
LOX load underway!

https://mobile.twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1011757650055315457
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/27/2018 12:00 am
Livestream.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHPtSfjoF8A
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/27/2018 12:03 am
Here's the photo that Peter Beck posted.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/27/2018 01:13 am
We should be -- if all is on schedule -- at T-57mins and COUNTING at this point.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/27/2018 01:39 am
We're at T-30 minutes, according to the livestream timer.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/27/2018 01:44 am
SCRUB.


@RocketLab
Following Following @RocketLab
More
The team has identified an issue with the motor controller, so we're scrubbing for the day to review data. Stay tuned for updates!

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1011787184200749057
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 06/27/2018 01:54 am
@Peter_J_Beck
Following Following @Peter_J_Beck
More Peter Beck Retweeted Rocket Lab
Looks like we did not totally resolve the controller from last attempt. Similar behaviour.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1011789360323104768
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/27/2018 01:57 am
Here's the photo that went with Rocketlab's tweet.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. June 27, 2018
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 06/27/2018 05:54 pm
Judging by the fact we hadn't heard anything so far today, I would assume there will be no launch attempt tonight?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET June 28, 2018
Post by: Kryten on 06/27/2018 09:11 pm
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1012077664822128640
Quote
No launch attempt today. The team is taking the day to review data from yesterday's motor controller issue.  New target T-0 is being assessed.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET June 28, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/28/2018 06:32 am
Hopefully this means quicker than the previous delay:

Quote
Will be back on the pad shortly. #OnlyPerfectIsGoodEnough

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1012219566317944832
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET June 28, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 06/28/2018 07:56 am
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1012210728663519233
Quote
The team is standing down from this launch window to take a closer look at the motor controller behavior again. We're still not happy with the data, and as we all know, the only metric that counts in the launch business is 100% mission success.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET June, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/28/2018 01:24 pm
Rocket Lab media release:

Its Business Time: Launch Update

Huntington Beach, California. June 27, 2018: Rocket Lab is standing down from the Its Business Time launch window following identification of an issue with motor controller behavior during pre-launch checks on 27 June 2018, NZST.
 

The motor controller behavior was similar to that previously identified during wet dress rehearsal operations in April. This issue was analysed and corrective measures in place, however a similar issue presented during yesterdays pre-launch operational checks. All systems had previously performed nominally during a wet dress rehearsal on 16 June NZST.  A motor controller is a device that governs commands given to selected hardware and software systems throughout the launch vehicle.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said the team will take additional time to review data before a new launch window will be confirmed.

Our test program was about making it to orbit and deploying our first customer satellites. Having achieved that and moved into commercial operations, mission assurance is our focus for every customer flying on Electron, he said. Theres only one measure that matters in the launch industry and thats 100 per cent mission success. Well take some time to review the data and tweak whatever we need to ahead of a new launch window to make sure we achieve that.

Rocket Lab will confirm a new launch window once the data review is complete.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET June 28, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/28/2018 11:03 pm
For those wondering what a motor controller is, this article has a good summary. Basically it is a circuit board that has digital electronics like a PIC microcontroller chip and analogue electronics like MOSFET transistors. You send digital signals to the PIC which then controls the MOSFETs which then sends high voltages and currents to your electrical motors. Presumably, the Rocketlab motor controller are the ones for the Rutherford fuel and oxidiser pumps. The motor controller also has the ability to monitor the currents and voltages going to the motor and this is presumably where the anomalous signals are being seen. Hard to say what is going wrong, but since the signals were OK in the first test and not OK in the second test, it could be that something in the test procedure is damaging the electronics.

https://core-electronics.com.au/tutorials/motor-drivers-vs-motor-controllers.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI4bUJDV2ok
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET July, 2018
Post by: edzieba on 06/29/2018 01:20 pm
To be extra-super-double-pendantic, at high motor powers the 'motor controller' is split into two parts:
- The 'brains' of the controller that take "I want speed X" and determines what sequence of voltages and currents need to energise which windings at which times in order to achieve that commanded speed without releasing the magic blue smoke.
- Multiple power amplifiers that take the low-level outputs from the controller and actually produce the voltages and currents required using the power supply rails.

Problems can occur in either stage. The power amplifiers can be working perfectly but the motor controller is commanding them to produce the wrong output, or the controller can be commanding the correct output but the power amplifier is unable to achieve it in practice (e.g. commanding too high a current slew rate resulting in voltage transients).
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET July, 2018
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/30/2018 10:44 pm
Launch delay, date/time TBD

SFN, Rocket Labs first commercial launch grounded to fix nagging technical issue (https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/06/28/rocket-labs-first-commercial-launch-grounded-to-resolve-nagging-technical-issue/), dated June 28

Quote
Rocket Lab will bypass its current launch window to resolve a recurring problem with a motor controller on the companys light-class Electron rocket, officials said Thursday, likely postponing its first commercial satellite launch at least a few weeks.

The indefinite delay is the second time the U.S.-New Zealand launch company, which is on the cusp of commencing commercial launch services after two test flights, has given up on a two-week launch window to examine the motor controller issue.

The team is standing down from this launch window to take a closer look at the motor controller behavior again. Were still not happy with the data, and as we all know, the only metric that counts in the launch business is 100% mission success, Rocket Lab tweeted Thursday.

Peter Beck, Rocket Labs founder and CEO, tweeted that the mission will be back on the pad shortly at the companys launch site at Mahia Peninsula, located on New Zealands North Island.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 08/06/2018 03:00 pm
November is the new NET.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/08/rocket-lab-return-november-follow-nasa-launch/
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November, 2018
Post by: Olaf on 10/23/2018 06:00 am
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1054541637475479552
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/29/2018 05:59 pm
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1056982622256062464

Fleet Space Technologies joins Rocket Lab manifest for  Its Business Time mission 
 
Fleets two Proxima satellites are the first scheduled launch of commercial CubeSats from an Australian company
 
Adelaide, Australia and Huntington Beach, California. EMBARGOED until 6:00 am, Monday 29 October PDT. US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has signed a contract with fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) start-up Fleet Space Technologies to launch two satellites that will form the foundation of a global IoT communications constellation. The two Proxima satellites are the first of a fleet of small, low-cost satellites that will provide internet connectivity for millions of sensor devices based in remote locations on Earth.
 
The satellites have been added to the manifest for Rocket Labs upcoming mission, Its Business Time, scheduled for launch in November from Rocket Labs Launch Complex-1 on New Zealands Māhia Peninsula. The payloads were manifested quickly, with just weeks passing between signing the agreement and the satellites completing integration for launch next month. This rapid manifesting process is crucial to small satellite customers, offering flexible and frequent launch opportunities.   
 
The Fleet satellites will be launched inside Rocket Labs in-house designed and built Maxwell dispenser. They join the current Its Business Time payloads of two Spire Global Lemur-2 satellites, the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP) IRVINE01 educational CubeSat, NABEO, a drag sail technology demonstrator designed and built by High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH and a GeoOptics Inc. satellite, built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.
 
The Proxima I and II satellites are a pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats designed and built by Fleet. The satellites will mark the first commercial tests of Fleets software-defined radios, enabling it to transmit data efficiently across both S-band and L-band frequencies in space. The satellites will ultimately help form the beginning of a constellation of more than 100 nanosatellites that, together, will act as a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) space network for enterprises across the world.
 
Rocket Lab Chief Executive, Peter Beck, said Fleet Space Technologies is one of the key leaders in Australias emerging commercial space industry. Were thrilled to add Fleets Proxima satellites to the Its Business Time manifest. Fleets planned constellation of more than 100 satellites will enable greater connectivity across the globe and provide better access to data about our planet.
 
Were proud to offer a rapid and agile approach to launching small satellites one that sees customers like Fleet join a manifest and be integrated into the Electron vehicle ready for launch in just weeks, not months or years. This approach supports commercial companies and governments alike to rapidly deploy space-based assets and get them operational faster. 
 
Fleet Space Technologies Chief Executive, Flavia Tata Nardini, who founded Fleet to enable a more efficient world through connectivity, said the rapid manifesting and integration time is a key attraction to Rocket Labs Electron launch vehicle.
 
We decided to build and launch two more satellites over the past few months and Rocket Lab has moved at the speed of light to incorporate them in this mission, assist us with licensing and complete

 
integration in record time. We will be in space less than few months after making the decision to join the mission. This rapid turnaround time is what the space industry really needs now.
 
To see our first commercial CubeSats launched is an incredibly important milestone for us as a business, and it sets us on the path to achieving our goal of connecting Australia, and the world, in ways like never before.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has licensed Fleet to perform satellite telemetry, tracking, and command, and payload data reception across S-band and L-band frequencies. The launches of Proxima I and II also allows Fleet to test longwave and shortwave band frequencies.
The pathfinding payloads on Proxima I and II are scheduled to launch in advance of Fleets larger Centauri satellites, which are set to be launched aboard other launch vehicles in late 2018. 
 
When combined with Fleet's ground terminal, the Portal, Fleets constellation will enable satellite connectivity in remote industries where cellular networks are not present. 
 
The Portal enables businesses to connect up to a thousand devices to private, secure Low Power Wide Area Networks anywhere around the world, at a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite systems. Unlike other IoT gateways, the Portal goes beyond simple data collection and uses embedded edge computing-based software to analyse and select key, targeted data for secure transmission over an array of satellite service options, including Fleets own satellites.  This revolutionary approach means the use of IoT in remote industries is now achievable, enabling data-driven decisions that improve productivity and efficiency across a range of industries, including mining, logistics and agriculture. 
 
ENDS   
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November, 2018
Post by: Comga on 10/29/2018 07:32 pm
The cubesats are neat, but what may be the most significant information is right up front:

........... Nov launch date to be announced this week...
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1056982622256062464
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 10/30/2018 03:30 am
This article says the Proxima satellites will "be in orbit after November 11". You can read the whole article by viewing the html source. Fleet are located right here in Adelaide and I know Ms Tata Nardini quite well. To show its a small world, her husband's auntie is the wife of my late father's friend!

https://www.afr.com/business/transport/fleet-chooses-new-zealand-in-nanosatellite-space-race-20181028-h177ku
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November, 2018
Post by: Salo on 10/30/2018 08:05 am
http://www.spacetechasia.com/rocket-lab-to-launch-2-more-satellites-from-australias-fleet-space-in-nov-11-mission/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Quote
The satellites have been added to the manifest for Rocket Labs upcoming mission, Its Business Time, scheduled for launch on November 11 from Rocket Labs Launch Complex-1 on New Zealands Māhia Peninsula.

The Fleet satellites will join other payloads for the launch:  two Spire Global Lemur-2 satellites, the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP) IRVINE01 educational CubeSat, NABEO, a drag sail technology demonstrator designed and built by High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH and a GeoOptics Inc. satellite, built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

The Proxima I and II satellites are a pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats designed and built by Fleet.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/30/2018 07:43 pm
November 11:

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1057361750276730880
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/30/2018 07:56 pm
Updated the article on site to cater for the additional payloads and the launch date being set:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/10/rocket-lab-return-november-follow-nasa-launch/
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 10/31/2018 07:40 pm
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1057723365924851712
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/03/2018 04:06 am
Does anyone know why salo (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42327.msg1871715#msg1871715) has the launch pushed off until the 19th?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/03/2018 04:19 am
Does anyone know why salo (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42327.msg1871715#msg1871715) has the launch pushed off until the 19th?

I don't know, but that's the last day of the window.

twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1057362252834033664

"Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
Oct 30

Launch window
Sunday 11 November Monday 19 November 2018, NZDT
 
Daily launch opportunities
NZDT:  16:00 20:00
UTC:      03:00 07:00
PST:      19:00 23:00
EST:       22:00 02:00"
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/03/2018 08:53 am
https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1058646444574355457
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/05/2018 10:15 pm
Does anyone know why salo (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42327.msg1871715#msg1871715) has the launch pushed off until the 19th?

I don't know, but that's the last day of the window.

twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1057362252834033664

"Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
Oct 30

Launch window
Sunday 11 November Monday 19 November 2018, NZDT
 
Daily launch opportunities
NZDT:  16:00 20:00
UTC:      03:00 07:00
PST:      19:00 23:00
EST:       22:00 02:00"

And as salo explained to me, he didn't change to the 19th, he added "-19" to indicate the length of the launch permit.  So still on for Nov 11, as far as we see here.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/06/2018 09:22 am
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1059740136617926657

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1059741605790269445
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/06/2018 11:03 am
Independent verification of going vertical  :)

https://twitter.com/deimosimaging/status/1059743151831875586
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: eeergo on 11/08/2018 12:06 am
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1060074460424761344
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: input~2 on 11/08/2018 03:33 pm
B6216/18 -  DANGER AREA NZD023 (EAST AUCKLAND OCEANIC FIR) ACT. REF AIP SUP 76/18. SFC - FL999, 11 NOV 02:30 2018 UNTIL 11 NOV 07:35 2018. CREATED: 04 NOV 23:50 2018

NZD023 East Auckland Oceanic FIR
Upper limit: FL999.
Lower limit: Surface.
Activity: Active when advised by NOTAM between 1810101100
and 1902271059 (0000, THU 11 OCT 18 NZDT and 2359,
WED 27 FEB 19 NZDT); rocket launch activity.
Using agency: Rocket Lab Ltd, Shaun DMello Launch Range Lead

Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: input~2 on 11/08/2018 08:24 pm
B6215/18 -  DANGER AREA NZD493 (MAHIA, HAWKE'S BAY) ACT. REF AIP SUP 76/18. SFC - FL999, 11 NOV 02:30 2018 UNTIL 11 NOV 07:35 2018. CREATED: 04 NOV 23:48 2018

B6214/18 - RESTRICTED AREA NZR401 (MAHIA, HAWKE BAY) ACT. SFC - 13500FT AMSL, 11 NOV 02:30 2018 UNTIL 11 NOV 07:35 2018. CREATED: 04 NOV 23:44 2018
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Notleslie on 11/09/2018 06:09 am
Cant see anyone else posted this already, but the new Press Kit is out now the launch include 2 additional payloads

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/Its-Business-Time-Press-Kit6.pdf
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/09/2018 08:08 am
https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1060763524673232896
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: gongora on 11/09/2018 01:35 pm
TYVAK permit application 0880-EX-CN-2018 filed Nov. 8
6U cubesat for GPS radio occultation
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/09/2018 04:05 pm
Just to be absolutely sure with the international date line and all, are the added dates correct for the first day of the launch window?
It seems obvious now that it’s written down but I wasn’t confident until it was.
For us “stateside” it’s actually Nov 10.

twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1057362252834033664

Launch window
Sunday 11 November – Monday 19 November 2018, NZDT
 
Daily launch opportunities
NZDT:    16:00 – 20:00   11/11
UTC:      03:00 – 07:00   11/11
PST:      19:00 – 23:00    11/10
EST:      22:00 – 02:00    11/10
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: TrevorMonty on 11/09/2018 04:13 pm
This case its my local time so easy for me. Would be nice if all launch times on these titles stayed with just UTC , every member should know their local time relative to UTC
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/10/2018 06:25 am
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1061121887386779648
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/10/2018 04:45 pm
Realigned launch article by Chris Gebhardt:

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1061313764270792704
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/10/2018 07:35 pm
Rocket Lab:

Hello from Rocket Lab Mission Control.

We are currently tracking well for today's Electron launch, 'It's Business Time'.

We are targeting lift-off no earlier than 4:50 pm NZDT. (3:50 UTC/ 19:50 PST/ 22:50 EST)

Weather is currently green.

A live webcast of the launch will be available approximately 20 minutes prior to target T-0 at www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream.

You can find more information about this mission in the press kit, available at the link below:
http://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/launch-press-kits/

In the hours following a successful flight, photos and footage from launch will be uploaded to the following link:
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/link-to-rocket-lab-imagery-and-video/
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/10/2018 07:44 pm
https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1061358552944529408
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/10/2018 07:56 pm
https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1061355099803418624
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/10/2018 08:50 pm
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1061370294961504256
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/10/2018 10:51 pm
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1061377041096892416
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/10/2018 11:58 pm
Rocket Lab
‏Verified account @RocketLab
6 minutes ago

T-3 hours. #ItsBusinessTime

twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1061420815751643136
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: whiztech on 11/11/2018 12:37 am
Youtube link:

It's Business Time Launch Attempt - 11/11/2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPwMuUxSrcA
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 11/11/2018 01:07 am
Here we go! 8)

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1061437984816287744
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 11/11/2018 02:02 am
All still go!!  ;D

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1061453644464148480

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1061452931784822784
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:29 am
Livestream starting shortly.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 11/11/2018 02:30 am
Livestream starting!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:32 am
Livestream has started.

T-19 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:33 am
Weather is go. Looking at ground winds.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:34 am
Windsock at far right indicates strong ground winds.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:35 am
Spire video.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: jcm on 11/11/2018 02:35 am
They gave the separation order of the payloads... which went by too fast for me to note down, did anyone get it?
Edit: ah, youtube is rewindable!
Order is IRVINE, Lemurs, Proxima, CICERO-10, then 50 minute delay till Curie deploys the NABEO dragsail
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:36 am
T-15 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:37 am
T-14 minutes. Go for launch.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2018 02:37 am
Polling is go.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:39 am
T-12 minutes. Top clamp opening.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:40 am
T-11 minutes. Tower retracting.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:41 am
T-10 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:42 am
T-9 minutes. "Don't adjust your set! The view is that beautiful."
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:43 am
T-8 minutes. Irvine 01 video.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2018 02:43 am
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1061464303029706752
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:44 am
T-7 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:45 am
T-6 minutes. Nabeo is not separating from vehicle.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:46 am
T-5 minutes. Go for launch.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:47 am
T-4 minutes. Range is green.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:48 am
T-3 minutes. Go for autosequence start at T-2 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:49 am
T-2 minutes. Vehicle is on internal power.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:50 am
T-1 minute. Stage 1 and 2 are pressed.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:51 am
Liftoff!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2018 02:51 am
Launch!

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1061466472172716032
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:52 am
T+1 minute.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:53 am
T+2 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:54 am
First stage separation.

T+3 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2018 02:54 am
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1061467178954833925
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:55 am
Fairing separation.

T+4 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:56 am
200 km altitude.

T+5 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:57 am
T+6 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/11/2018 02:58 am
Battery drop
T+7:10
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:58 am
T+7 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 02:59 am
Hot swap.

T+8 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:00 am
Cutoff! Nominal transfer orbit.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:02 am
Transfer orbit. Returning at T+45 minutes.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Craftyatom on 11/11/2018 03:02 am
35 minute break before coverage returns - in the meantime, we get a good view of the orbit/tracking map.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: lrk on 11/11/2018 03:02 am
Music by Tim Dodd (Everyday Astronaut!)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:04 am
Upcoming events.

+00:51:00 Curie kickstage ignites
+00:52:45 Engines powering Curie kick stage cut off
+00:54:10 All payloads separated from launch vehicle
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: JimO on 11/11/2018 03:05 am
Where will kick stage fire and are there observation opportunities from the ground?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:06 am
T+15 minutes. Heading towards Antarctica.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:07 am
Where will kick stage fire and are there observation opportunities from the ground?

I'm guessing around over the UK, as they are showing communication ellipses on the map.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: lrk on 11/11/2018 03:11 am
Where will kick stage fire and are there observation opportunities from the ground?

Given that it's a tiny monopropellant engine, I highly doubt it will be visible from the ground.  I could be wrong though! 
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:11 am
T+20 minutes. Over Antarctica.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: JimO on 11/11/2018 03:11 am
Still soon enough before sunrise for a visual target, maybe -- weather permitting.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: whatsup on 11/11/2018 03:13 am
Impressive launch, with some very interesting camera views.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:17 am
T+25 minutes. The ground track are tiny red dots which you can make out over the polar regions. Satellite is left of black RocketLab label at bottom right.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: JimO on 11/11/2018 03:17 am
T+20 minutes. Over Antarctica.
Where will kick stage fire and are there observation opportunities from the ground?

Given that it's a tiny monopropellant engine, I highly doubt it will be visible from the ground.  I could be wrong though! 

If the plume is sunlit, there's a good chance. The SpaceX launch Oct 7 made a 2-sec deorbit burn over the North Sea an hour before local sunrise and it was seen from Iceland to England to Netherland to Germany to Finland, as a naked-eye object, and picked up on  dozen all-sky cameras.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:21 am
T+30 minutes. Back over the Southern Ocean.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:24 am
If the plume is sunlit, there's a good chance. The SpaceX launch Oct 7 made a 2-sec deorbit burn over the North Sea an hour before local sunrise and it was seen from Iceland to England to Netherland to Germany to Finland, as a naked-eye object, and picked up on  dozen all-sky cameras.

The Curie engine is only 120 N, compared to 934,000 N for Falcon 9 upper stage!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/11/2018 03:26 am
Where will kick stage fire and are there observation opportunities from the ground?

Given that it's a tiny monopropellant engine, I highly doubt it will be visible from the ground.  I could be wrong though! 

The Curie engine is also "only" 125 Newtons of thrust, about 25 lbs.
Plus there is a tracking circle before Ireland centered on the Azores. The track enters this west of the Sahara, stays way off the coast of Spain, then passes west of Ireland. 
A faint light far off shore.
Probably invisible.
JimO has a  point about it sunlight increasing the chances, but it's ~4:30 AM in Dublin, and the Sun won't rise for another 2.5 hrs.  Dark as a coal sack.

The quotes on "only" 125 N are because it is five times the thrust of the green engine that was supposed to fly on GPIM, and 25 times the thrust of what is being flown.  If it succeeds (again) in twenty minutes or so, it will indeed be "Well done, Rocketlab!"
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:32 am
Music by Everyday Astronaut "The Scale Of It All."

T+40 minutes. Just over Africa.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: JimO on 11/11/2018 03:32 am
Sun elevation angle [per heavens-above.com]  about -30 [the driving parameter, NOT time from sunrise] so shadow height about 900 km [per Grahn's Law], so the burn will be in shadow with no chance of visibility, is my latest guess.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:33 am
In Azores Island ground ellipse.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:36 am
T+45 minutes. Back live.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:37 am
Standing by to acquire telemetry. Flight is still nominal.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/11/2018 03:38 am
In Azores Island ground ellipse.
And six minutes later they announced contact through Azores
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:39 am
AOS Azores Station.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:40 am
Two minutes to ignition.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:41 am
One minute to ignition.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:42 am
Ignition should be happening now.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/11/2018 03:43 am
Curie ignition (@51:53)
One minute burn
"Kick stage shut down confirmed"
Lovely simulation of deployments
Three down.
All deployed, Webcast ending
Congratulations, Rocketlab!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:43 am
Conformation of ignition.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:44 am
Confirmation of cutoff!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2018 03:44 am
Here come the payloads!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:44 am
Irvine 01 separation.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:45 am
Lemur-2 separations.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:47 am
Proxima I and II and CICERO 10 deployments.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 03:48 am
End of coverage.

Congratulations to RocketLab and all their customers for the successful launch!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2018 03:48 am
Very nicely done!

Thanks to Steven and all for the coverage!

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1061480691051966465
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 11/11/2018 03:51 am
Congratulations to Rocket Lab. Great to see them in operational business.  ;D
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: gongora on 11/11/2018 03:52 am
TYVAK permit application 0880-EX-CN-2018 filed Nov. 8
6U cubesat for GPS radio occultation

I missed the detail that the TYVAK satellites don't have FCC licenses because they are Norwegian, even though TYVAK is American, I guess because Norwegian paperwork must be easier?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: tyrred on 11/11/2018 03:53 am
Congratulations RocketLab, Spire and the other lil' sat companies. And thanks to Tim Dodd, The Everyday Astronaut for providing the thoughtful tunes while we waited for satellite deployment.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Craftyatom on 11/11/2018 03:54 am
Huge congrats to everyone involved in the launch!

I'm really excited to see what sort of cadence RocketLab can manage - I believe in the pocket-sized steamroller!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: SciNews on 11/11/2018 04:00 am
launch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfBCuK6wEYA
satellites deployment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBI8tl3poC8
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Halidon on 11/11/2018 04:00 am
Congrats to Rocket Lab on a beauty of a launch. Well done to all involved, here's to many more.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: TrevorMonty on 11/11/2018 04:06 am
Congrats RL.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: wholmeswa on 11/11/2018 04:10 am
Nicely done.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: rickl on 11/11/2018 04:14 am
Congratulations, Rocket Lab!  It was worth the wait.

See my signature down below.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 11/11/2018 05:18 am
11.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: MATTBLAK on 11/11/2018 05:46 am
Well done, Rocket Labs.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: worldtimedate on 11/11/2018 06:14 am
Congratulations to Rocket Lab on performing its first commercial mission using its Electron Rocket in its third launch mission.

Rocket Lab performs first commercial launch (https://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-performs-first-commercial-launch/)

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Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket Nov. 10 on a long-delayed first commercial mission for the small launch vehicle. The Electron lifted off from the company's Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula at 10:50 p.m. Eastern (4:50 p.m. local time Nov. 11 after a trouble-free countdown. The two-stage rocket released an upper stage, called Curie, into orbit nine minutes after liftoff. Curie ignited its engines 51 minutes after liftoff to go into a circular 500-kilometer orbit at an inclination of 85 degrees. Three minutes later it released its payload of six small satellites.

Those satellites included two Lemur-2 cubesats for Spire, which operates a constellation of such spacecraft to collect weather data as well as track vessels and aircraft. The Cicero-10 small satellite built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems for weather satellite constellation company GeoOptics was also on the launch, as was IRVINE01, a cubesat built by high school students in Southern California. IRVINE01 features an electric propulsion system developed by Accion Systems, marking the first flight of that company's technology.

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An additional payload, called NABEO and developed by High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH, will remain attached to Curie. It will deploy a sail after the release of the other satellites to test its use as a means of deorbiting satellites. That payload was installed in cooperation with Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, which announced an agreement with Rocket Lab in August to arrange similar hosted payloads on future Electron missions.

With this success the company plans to step up the pace of launches. Rocket Lab's next Electron mission is expected to take place in December, carrying a collection of cubesats from NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative under a contract awarded by NASA's Venture Class Launch Services program in 2015.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/11/2018 07:02 am
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1061518489561686016

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1061518769363738624
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: input~2 on 11/11/2018 07:48 am
A first object has been cataloged with an orbit very close to the target orbit (210 x 500 km x85):

2018-088A/43690 in 205 x 507 km x 85.03
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Lar on 11/11/2018 11:36 am
Congrats to the little Kiwi company that could. Nice job Rocket Lab!
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: meekGee on 11/11/2018 01:29 pm
Less talk, more rocket, as someone around here says on their signature...

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Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: litton4 on 11/11/2018 01:45 pm
Two events that Steven commented upon during this launch had me confused. Not seen them anywhere else:

"Battery Drop"
"Hot Swap"

Can someone explain them or point to a source where they are explained?
TIA
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Scylla on 11/11/2018 02:01 pm
Two events that Steven commented upon during this launch had me confused. Not seen them anywhere else:

"Battery Drop"
"Hot Swap"

Can someone explain them or point to a source where they are explained?
TIA
The Electrons Rutherford engines use battery powered turbopumps. When one set of battery packs run out of energy, they "Hot Swap" to the second set. The depleted batteries are then jettisoned,"Battery Drop".
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: kdhilliard on 11/11/2018 02:05 pm
Two events that Steven commented upon during this launch had me confused. Not seen them anywhere else:

"Battery Drop"
"Hot Swap"

Can someone explain them or point to a source where they are explained?
TIA

From the webcast @27:00 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=sPwMuUxSrcA&t=1620):
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The Electron is unique in that its Rutherford engines are driven by high-performance, brushless DC electric motors and lithium polymer batteries.  What you saw a few moments ago was the ejection of two of our three battery packs from the second stage.  This is done to increase performance by reducing the amount of spent mass  that's carried to orbit.

See also our thread, electric pumped rocket cycle (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44912.0).
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: kdhilliard on 11/11/2018 02:06 pm
Is that an unused 6U container (or possibly 4 x 1U -- SpaceBEE ?) on the bottom, next to the inclined NABEO drag sail container?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: freda on 11/11/2018 02:30 pm
Two events that Steven commented upon during this launch had me confused. Not seen them anywhere else:

"Battery Drop"
"Hot Swap"

Can someone explain them or point to a source where they are explained?
TIA

From the webcast @27:00 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=sPwMuUxSrcA&t=1620):
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The Electron is unique in that its Rutherford engines are driven by high-performance, brushless DC electric motors and lithium polymer batteries.  What you saw a few moments ago was the ejection of two of our three battery packs from the second stage.  This is done to increase performance by reducing the amount of spent mass  that's carried to orbit.

See also our thread, electric pumped rocket cycle (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44912.0).
Yes, I was watching close for the battery-drop/hot-swap during the launch.  For some reason this unique aspect of a rocket launch is very interesting for me.  An innovative solution and fun to watch.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: MattBaker on 11/11/2018 02:48 pm
A first object has been cataloged with an orbit very close to the target orbit (210 x 500 km x85):

2018-088A/43690 in 205 x 507 km x 85.03

Should be the 2nd stage, right, everything else was circularised by the Curie stage later?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: edkyle99 on 11/11/2018 02:53 pm
A first object has been cataloged with an orbit very close to the target orbit (210 x 500 km x85):

2018-088A/43690 in 205 x 507 km x 85.03

Should be the 2nd stage, right, everything else was circularised by the Curie stage later?
Should be.  We should see tracking confirmation soon.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: VDD1991 on 11/11/2018 03:59 pm
I's quite a feat that after a failed first launch last year, the Electron rocket aced two successful launches this year so far.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: TrevorMonty on 11/11/2018 04:15 pm
I's quite a feat that after a failed first launch last year, the Electron rocket aced two successful launches this year so far.
The first launch wasn't a failure by Electron, was actually very successful. Failure was on 3rd party's comms equipment that was monitoring it, had to terminate Electron because of loss comms.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Kryten on 11/11/2018 04:50 pm
A first object has been cataloged with an orbit very close to the target orbit (210 x 500 km x85):

2018-088A/43690 in 205 x 507 km x 85.03

Should be the 2nd stage, right, everything else was circularised by the Curie stage later?
In official materials like the user guide, Curie is used only for the engine and the kick stage is just called 'kick stage' or similar.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. NET November 11, 2018
Post by: IanO on 11/11/2018 05:20 pm
Rocket Lab performs first commercial launch (https://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-performs-first-commercial-launch/)

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An additional payload, called NABEO and developed by High Performance Space Structure Systems GmBH, will remain attached to Curie. It will deploy a sail after the release of the other satellites to test its use as a means of deorbiting satellites. That payload was installed in cooperation with Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, which announced an agreement with Rocket Lab in August to arrange similar hosted payloads on future Electron missions.

Any word on whether the NABEO deployment was successful? How long it will take before we can measure the drag effect due to the sail compared to normal orbital decay at that altitude?  Does the sail make Curie more visible to amateur observers?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: MattBaker on 11/11/2018 05:31 pm
In official materials like the user guide, Curie is used only for the engine and the kick stage is just called 'kick stage' or similar.

Hope they come up with a cool name for it though, kick stage is sort of boring...although I guess electrons aren't made up of smaller parts.

Seems really good for an all new launch system with all new engines, all new everything really, to have 2 flawless launches and a question mark on the debut, might have been good as well if not for that comms error which wasn't a problem with the rocket I guess?

Probably really good for their PR and finances, too. Some of these delays might be frustrating but if Electron keeps working that well they're surely worth it. Plus opening up a new small-sized market, a rocket with some cool features like the electric fuel pumps and launches from New Zealand, really cool addition to the rocket industry, isn't it? Hope everything continues going well with the turnaround going down overtime, too.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Lars-J on 11/11/2018 05:46 pm
A great launch!  :) (although I missed it live)

That stage separation looked a bit dicey, though. Presumably because the engine shutdown seemed to send the whole stack rotating slightly.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: jcm on 11/11/2018 09:40 pm
A first object has been cataloged with an orbit very close to the target orbit (210 x 500 km x85):

2018-088A/43690 in 205 x 507 km x 85.03

Should be the 2nd stage, right, everything else was circularised by the Curie stage later?
In official materials like the user guide, Curie is used only for the engine and the kick stage is just called 'kick stage' or similar.

True, but that's a boring name. "Curie (-powered) stage" is a reasonable thing to call it IMO :-)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Skyrocket on 11/11/2018 10:26 pm
A first object has been cataloged with an orbit very close to the target orbit (210 x 500 km x85):

2018-088A/43690 in 205 x 507 km x 85.03

Should be the 2nd stage, right, everything else was circularised by the Curie stage later?
In official materials like the user guide, Curie is used only for the engine and the kick stage is just called 'kick stage' or similar.

True, but that's a boring name. "Curie (-powered) stage" is a reasonable thing to call it IMO :-)

I have decided to call it Curie in my lists (unless another name comes up), as with SL-OMV a second type of kick-stage is planned.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 11/11/2018 10:48 pm
I's quite a feat that after a failed first launch last year, the Electron rocket aced two successful launches this year so far.
The first launch wasn't a failure by Electron, was actually very successful. Failure was on 3rd party's comms equipment that was monitoring it, had to terminate Electron because of loss comms.

It may have been successful for Rocket Lab, but I still constitute that maiden flight a failure since it fell short of orbital velocity. You dont have to take my side.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: ulm_atms on 11/11/2018 11:52 pm
A great launch!  :) (although I missed it live)

That stage separation looked a bit dicey, though. Presumably because the engine shutdown seemed to send the whole stack rotating slightly.

There was definitely a jolt in one direction when the first stage shut down and the second separated.  The second stage camera feed appeared to show it having to reorient it after separation.  I will also say the 2nd stage seemed to dance around during the burn a lot more then I was expecting.

All in all though, GOOD JOB RocketLab on a successful launch!  Now lets get to this weekly thing!!  8)
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: meekGee on 11/12/2018 12:31 am
Well Curie discovered Radium and Polonium.

If it were up to me, I'd go with Radium for the name.

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Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: nacnud on 11/12/2018 02:20 am
Well Curie discovered Radium and Polonium.

If it were up to me, I'd go with Radium for the name.

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ABCD: Always Be Counting Down



I'd be tempted for Electron for the first stage, Muon for the second and, Tau for the kickstage.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: MattBaker on 11/12/2018 02:41 am
But Polonium has 84 electrons...

Hmmm, kick stage's name always changes to the appropiate element, this was the #3 Electron, so clearly it was the Lithium kick stage. Good thing there's not a lot of water in space.

Not sure what you'd do for Electron #119 but I'm not sure if that is the biggest problem with that idea.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: LtWigglesworth on 11/12/2018 03:15 am
I's quite a feat that after a failed first launch last year, the Electron rocket aced two successful launches this year so far.
The first launch wasn't a failure by Electron, was actually very successful. Failure was on 3rd party's comms equipment that was monitoring it, had to terminate Electron because of loss comms.

It may have been successful for Rocket Lab, but I still constitute that maiden flight a failure since it fell short of orbital velocity. You dont have to take my side.

Developmental success, operational failure.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: meekGee on 11/12/2018 06:54 am
I's quite a feat that after a failed first launch last year, the Electron rocket aced two successful launches this year so far.
The first launch wasn't a failure by Electron, was actually very successful. Failure was on 3rd party's comms equipment that was monitoring it, had to terminate Electron because of loss comms.

It may have been successful for Rocket Lab, but I still constitute that maiden flight a failure since it fell short of orbital velocity. You dont have to take my side.

Look at the context of the question.  You can call it "failure" all you want, but for the purpose of predicting the future track record of the rocket, it was a resounding success.

Besides, this is the exact fault with all the "Statistics experts" that keep pointing out that a rocket is still only "2 out of 4" or whatever.  It really really matters if it's fail-fail-win-win, or say fail-win-win-fail, because those are not independent events.  It also really matters what the failures were.

Electron had a support system fail on it, and then proven that the LAS worked. I am not the least bit surprised that the next flights were also good.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: LouScheffer on 11/12/2018 03:13 pm
With electric pumps and no gas generator, the Electron's flight looks very tidy.  For comparison, the Atlas 401 has the clean flame, but the rocket is covered with bumps and warts.  Falcon 9 has clean lines, but the flames look chaotic.  Electron has very clean lines both above the engines and in the exhaust below.  It's a great looking rocket!  Here's to hoping the results match the appearance.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/12/2018 04:19 pm
I agree with meekGee: Pretty much a success for RocketLab on Flight 1
(Why do they even have a Flight Termination System on stage 2? 
It's really flying into the middle of nowhere in all practical azimuths from Mahia.)
I agree with LouScheffer: It's a lovely clean looking and flying rocket.
I agree with everyone who congratulated RocketLab on a job very well done on "It's Business Time". 

What no one has pointed out is that Peter Beck could be seen throughout the live streaming of the launch sitting in the third row, calm as can be. 
A very interesting character. 

Now on to a more rapid pace.
Once a month?
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: edkyle99 on 11/12/2018 08:52 pm
Yes, the first one was clearly a launch failure.  I would suggest that it was also a Rocket Lab failure, because isn't the prime ultimately responsible for everything, responsible for having a Plan B in case of data drop out, etc.?

A very good test launch failure, I would say, because it exposed some not-so-obvious issues that needed solving.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: edkyle99 on 11/12/2018 09:36 pm
Six objects cataloged in near-circular orbit along with Object A in elliptical orbit.  Did Curie stage deorbit?  It shouldn't have because it holds the drag experiment.  Otherwise something is missing.

43690 OBJECT A  2018-088A  504 X 208 KM X 85.03 DEG
43691 OBJECT B  2018-088B  517 X 499 KM X 85.04 DEG
43692 OBJECT C  2018-088C  518 X 497 KM X 85.03 DEG
43693 OBJECT D  2018-088D  517 X 491 KM X 85.03 DEG
43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  551 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG
43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  515 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG
43695 OBJECT F  2018-088F  518 X 496 KM X 85.03 DEG
43696 OBJECT G  2018-088G  516 X 491 KM X 85.04 DEG

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: MattBaker on 11/12/2018 10:01 pm
I remember an animation during launch coverage showing that it could and would, but with the drag experiment, no idea.

43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  551 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG

That one is quite different from the others, almost seems like an error or typo or something? I didn't think any of the cubesats had propulsion and that seems like quite a change for a bump for deployment.

Maybe E is the Curie but then one of the cubesats is missing.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: TrevorMonty on 11/12/2018 10:31 pm
Yes, the first one was clearly a launch failure.  I would suggest that it was also a Rocket Lab failure, because isn't the prime ultimately responsible for everything, responsible for having a Plan B in case of data drop out, etc.?

A very good test launch failure, I would say, because it exposed some not-so-obvious issues that needed solving.

 - Ed Kyle
The receiving equipment was independent 3rd party's and their responsible. They were contracted to oversee flight. RL receiving equipment had no problem receiving data. Time didn't allow both parties to compare data and notes.

Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/12/2018 11:18 pm
Six objects cataloged in near-circular orbit along with Object A in elliptical orbit.  Did Curie stage deorbit?  It shouldn't have because it holds the drag experiment.  Otherwise something is missing.

43690 OBJECT A  2018-088A  504 X 208 KM X 85.03 DEG
43691 OBJECT B  2018-088B  517 X 499 KM X 85.04 DEG
43692 OBJECT C  2018-088C  518 X 497 KM X 85.03 DEG
43693 OBJECT D  2018-088D  517 X 491 KM X 85.03 DEG
43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  551 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG
43695 OBJECT F  2018-088F  518 X 496 KM X 85.03 DEG
43696 OBJECT G  2018-088G  516 X 491 KM X 85.04 DEG

 - Ed Kyle

My guess is that A is Curie and the second stage deorbited.
Do we even know the 2nd stage’s initial orbit? 
Was it displayed or in the press releases? 
It could have had a very low perigee.
208 km perigee is good for drag deorbit testing.

Edit: We will see if object E’s orbit is seen to really be in that higher orbit. I think that’s about an additional 15 m/s.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: MattBaker on 11/13/2018 01:04 am
Yes, from the press kit (http://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/launch-press-kits/):

Quote
The payloads will be launched to a 210km x 500km circular orbit at 85 degrees, before being circularized to 500 x 500 km using Rocket Labs Curie engine powered kick stage.

504 X 208 and 500 X 210, sure seems like the 2nd stage.

Plus I've never heard about the 2nd stage being able to deorbit but I'm sure others read more about this than me.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: edkyle99 on 11/13/2018 02:13 am
I remember an animation during launch coverage showing that it could and would, but with the drag experiment, no idea.

43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  551 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG

That one is quite different from the others, almost seems like an error or typo or something? I didn't think any of the cubesats had propulsion and that seems like quite a change for a bump for deployment.

Maybe E is the Curie but then one of the cubesats is missing.
Typo.  Sorry!  Object E should be 515 x 491 km.  I'll fix in original message.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: edkyle99 on 11/14/2018 02:22 pm
Six objects cataloged in near-circular orbit along with Object A in elliptical orbit.  Did Curie stage deorbit?  It shouldn't have because it holds the drag experiment.  Otherwise something is missing.

43690 OBJECT A  2018-088A  504 X 208 KM X 85.03 DEG
43691 OBJECT B  2018-088B  517 X 499 KM X 85.04 DEG
43692 OBJECT C  2018-088C  518 X 497 KM X 85.03 DEG
43693 OBJECT D  2018-088D  517 X 491 KM X 85.03 DEG
43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  515 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG
43695 OBJECT F  2018-088F  518 X 496 KM X 85.03 DEG
43696 OBJECT G  2018-088G  516 X 491 KM X 85.04 DEG

 - Ed Kyle
They've now added an OBJECT H
43697 OBJECT H 2018-088H 514 x 495 KM x 85.03 deg

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: gwiz on 11/14/2018 04:27 pm
Objects A and B have been switched.  A is identified as CICERO 10, B (with low perigee) as rocket.
Title: Re: Electron "IT'S BUSINESS TIME" - Lemur sats et al. - November 11, 2018
Post by: Comga on 11/14/2018 04:43 pm
Six objects cataloged in near-circular orbit along with Object A in elliptical orbit.  Did Curie stage deorbit?  It shouldn't have because it holds the drag experiment.  Otherwise something is missing.
 - Ed Kyle
So do we have:

43690 OBJECT B  2018-088A  504 X 208 KM X 85.03 DEG 2nd Stage
43691 OBJECT A  2018-088B  517 X 499 KM X 85.04 DEG CICERO 10
43692 OBJECT C  2018-088C  518 X 497 KM X 85.03 DEG
43693 OBJECT D  2018-088D  517 X 491 KM X 85.03 DEG IRVINE 01
43694 OBJECT E  2018-088E  515 X 491 KM X 85.02 DEG
43695 OBJECT F  2018-088F  518 X 496 KM X 85.03 DEG
43696 OBJECT G  2018-088G  516 X 491 KM X 85.04 DEG
43697 OBJECT H  2018-088H  514 x 495 KM X 85.03 DEG

From where are the IDs being pulled?
I got IRVINE 01 association from N2YO