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Congratulations to Space X. Unfortunately the launch was too late for me in the UK to watch live this particular time.
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #321 on: 05/28/2016 08:16 am »
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM

2016-031A/41552 in 350 x 90226 km x 21.22°
2016-031B/41553 in 349 x 90392 km x 21.21°

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #322 on: 05/28/2016 10:26 am »
Eutelsat/ABS booster rolling in, Thaicom 8 rolling out:



Two more remote camera views:

« Last Edit: 05/28/2016 10:35 am by ugordan »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #323 on: 05/28/2016 10:39 am »
Orbital ATK-Built THAICOM 8 Commercial Satellite Successfully Launched

Company Continues Legacy of Success with Second GEOStar-2™ Spacecraft Built for Thaicom

Spacecraft Activation and In-Orbit Testing Procedures Underway

(Dulles, Virginia 27 May 2016) – Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the THAICOM 8 commercial communications satellite, built by the company for Thaicom PLC, was successfully delivered to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and is operating as planned. THAICOM 8 will support Thailand’s growing broadcast industry by providing broadcast and data services to customers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket occurred today at 5:39 p.m. (EDT) from the launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. THAICOM 8 successfully separated from the launch vehicle approximately 32 minutes into the mission, placing it into its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit. Orbital ATK engineers completed the satellite’s initial post-launch health check and configuration in preparation for approximately 30 days of in-orbit tests and orbit-raising procedures. Following this testing period, the satellite will be placed in its final orbital slot at 78.5 degrees east longitude. Once in-orbit testing confirms all satellite subsystems are functioning properly, operational control of THAICOM 8 will be turned over to Thaicom.

“Our initial checkout and testing processes show that the satellite is performing as expected,” said Amer Khouri, Vice President of the Commercial Satellite Business at Orbital ATK. “THAICOM 8 marks the deployment of the second satellite we have designed and built for Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators. Once again, we produced an innovative, reliable and affordable product ahead of schedule. We continue to build on our reputation for excellence and look forward to working with Thaicom again in the future.”

THAICOM 8 was commissioned after the successful launch of the Orbital ATK-built THAICOM 6 satellite in January 2014. Orbital ATK designed, manufactured, integrated and tested THAICOM 8 at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. The company’s Space Components Division facilities in California and Utah provided numerous subsystems, including the satellite’s solar arrays and composite components for the solar array panels and deployable structures, as well as the super elliptical reflectors to broadcast signals from space to specific locations on Earth. Executing on a proven short-cycle manufacturing process, final delivery of the satellite occurred two months ahead of the original baseline schedule.

A Ku-band satellite, THAICOM 8 carries a payload equipped with 24 active transponders to deliver broadcast and data services. At launch, the spacecraft weighed approximately 1,450 kg (3,200 pounds) and is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

The THAICOM 8 communications satellite marks Orbital ATK’s 36th GEOStar spacecraft launched for customers around the world. The company is currently producing several commercial satellites that will be delivered and launched for customers over the next several years, including the Al Yah 3, HYLAS 4 and SES-16/GovSat satellites. The company is also developing the new Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) for its recently announced commercial satellite servicing agreement with Intelsat, S.A.


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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #325 on: 05/28/2016 12:30 pm »
I never really posted my congratulations to an "Update" thread because I thought it wasn't a good practice, polluting the thread with less important messages, but this time user "C. Bergin" explained the historical value of recording the emotions of that particular moment, so I understood why we do it.

For this launch, I was in another country than the one I reside in and I was out for dinner just before the launch. I had to use my cell-phone in international data roaming to watch the live video, and I have no idea how much money I will have to pay, but I am still glad I did. Congratulations to SpaceX, in particular in the figure of Mr. E. Musk.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #326 on: 05/28/2016 02:06 pm »
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM

2016-031A/41552 in 350 x 90226 km x 21.22°
2016-031B/41553 in 349 x 90392 km x 21.21°
assuming a very primitive 3-burn profile
- reduce inclination to zero
- raise perigee to 36000km
- lower apogee to 36000km

I calculate that a delta-v of 1640 m/sec is required. Maybe the first two burns can be combined.
« Last Edit: 05/28/2016 02:06 pm by avollhar »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #327 on: 05/28/2016 02:35 pm »
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM

2016-031A/41552 in 350 x 90226 km x 21.22°
2016-031B/41553 in 349 x 90392 km x 21.21°

I calculate that a delta-v of 1640 m/sec is required. Maybe the first two burns can be combined.

I calculate 1373 m/sec required.

http://www.satsig.net/orbit-research/delta-v-geo-injection-calculator.htm
« Last Edit: 05/28/2016 02:40 pm by RedLineTrain »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #328 on: 05/28/2016 02:54 pm »
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM

2016-031A/41552 in 350 x 90226 km x 21.22°
2016-031B/41553 in 349 x 90392 km x 21.21°

I calculate that a delta-v of 1640 m/sec is required. Maybe the first two burns can be combined.

I calculate 1373 m/sec required.

http://www.satsig.net/orbit-research/delta-v-geo-injection-calculator.htm
"Final Orbit Period: 82.71 hours"

Looks like the calculator doesn't work for supersynchronous transfer orbits.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #329 on: 05/28/2016 03:03 pm »
Here's my estimation of the delta-v required to establish GEO from the supersynchronous Thaicom-8 orbit. The inclination change is split optimally between the apogee and circularization burns

I find that lowest delta-v is aprox. 1487 m/s doing 94% of the inclination change during the apogee burn and the remaining 6% at circularization.

EDIT: just realized this is the UPDATES thread, apologies. Mods: feel free to move this to the discussion thread.
« Last Edit: 05/28/2016 05:27 pm by meithan »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #331 on: 05/29/2016 04:41 pm »
Someone on a plane took a picture of F9 going uphill.
https://imgur.com/gallery/VRRBv
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #332 on: 06/01/2016 07:23 am »
THAICOM 8 Successfully Launches into Orbit

To serve fast growing Broadcasting Industry in Asia

Nonthaburi, 28 May 2016 – Thaicom Public Company Limited (THCOM), one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, announced that THAICOM 8 was successfully launched into Geostationary Transfer orbit on 28 May 2016 at 04.39 am (Thailand time) using a Falcon 9 rocket by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

THAICOM 8 will enlarge the company’s footprint over high growth Asia markets where it will strengthen Thaicom’s broadcast platform at the 78.5 degrees east longitude position.

Paiboon Panuwattanawong, CEO of Thaicom, said “The successful launch of THAICOM 8 will enable the company to provide added satellite capacity to meet the long-term growth needs in our markets. We will be able to support the high demand for capacity of the broadcasting industry as it transitions from standard definition to high definition, and ultimately, to ultra-high definition broadcasting. THAICOM 8 will also enable us to offer new value added services on an end-to-end basis to broadcasters and the media industry, thus expanding our satellite distribution platform and competitiveness.”

THAICOM 8 has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which will cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa. Co-located with THAICOM 5 and THAICOM 6 at 78.5 degrees East longitude, THAICOM 8 will be ready for service within one month’s time to serve customers’ needs for increased Ku-band capacity. Orbital ATK manufactured the satellite and SpaceX was responsible for the launch. THAICOM 8 is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

http://sitwebsites.blob.core.windows.net/thaicom-news/20160528-thcom-news1-en.pdf

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #333 on: 06/03/2016 01:46 am »
THAICOM 8   2016-031A          6.96   degrees   90444 km      13057 km
« Last Edit: 06/03/2016 01:47 am by Targeteer »
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #334 on: 06/03/2016 01:44 pm »
Can't see a way to embed it here, but at the top of the SpaceX Facebook page right now is a sped-up video of the first stage landing, looking up from the deck of OCISLY.  Shows the start of the landing burn all the way to touch down. Great view.
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX/?fref=nf
« Last Edit: 06/03/2016 01:45 pm by Norm38 »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #335 on: 06/03/2016 11:49 pm »
Can't see a way to embed it here, but at the top of the SpaceX Facebook page right now is a sped-up video of the first stage landing, looking up from the deck of OCISLY.  Shows the start of the landing burn all the way to touch down. Great view.
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX/?fref=nf

see here: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40393.msg1544635#msg1544635

and here: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40393.msg1544342#msg1544342
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #336 on: 06/06/2016 07:56 pm »
Zarya.info reporting Thaicom-8 in the following orbit (Celestrak has not updated yet) as of 2016 Jun 6, 14:20 UTC:

35887 x 43303, 0.31°

Almost there ...

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