Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Spaceflight SSO-A (Sun Synch Express) : November 2018  (Read 116734 times)

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Tweet from Hiber:
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The HiberOne and HiberTwo satellite, side-by-side and ready to go into orbit! @isis_space #IoT #cubesats

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Odisha man, team builds private satellite
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The eight-member team, including Mr. Panda, from Hyderabad-based Exseed Space Private Limited has constructed 10 cm cube-sized communication satellite, which will be launched into space by the United States-based SpaceX in November.
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Speaking to The Hindu over telephone, Mr. Panda said the small satellite will carry a linear transponder on FM for voice communication.

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SFN Launch schedule
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

now gives date as Nov 19th.

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SFN Launch schedule
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

now gives date as Nov 19th.
That probably means Iridium-8 is now NET December.

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Company that launched satellites without permission gets new license to launch more probes
Swarm Technologies’ unauthorized flight hasn’t stopped it from getting a new license

By Loren Grush @lorengrush  Oct 4, 2018, 12:43pm EDT

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Swarm is planning to launch three new satellites on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from California in November. The satellites will travel to orbit alongside nearly 70 other probes as part of a mission called SSO-A

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/4/17928452/swarm-technologies-spacebees-satellites-spacex-falcon-9-fcc-license


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A Reddit post from u/Straumli_Blight linked a video for SSO-A that I don't think I noticed before.  It is from the same time as the August press release but is on a different web page:  http://spaceflight.com/sso-a/

Direct link to video: http://spaceflight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SSO-A-SmallSat-Express.mp4


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However, Koenigsmann said after the talk that a Block 5 booster could make its third flight later this year, possibly on the SSO-A mission, a “dedicated rideshare” mission of dozens of smallsats planned for November from Vandenberg.

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3583/1

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As you’d expect, cubesats coming together and arriving at Spaceflight for the SSO launch:

https://twitter.com/drbrentfreeze/status/1046858410396794880

https://twitter.com/drbrentfreeze/status/1047537483439734784
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Only cores 1046 and 1048 have 2 flights.  1048 just landed at Vandy this week.
It'd set a turnaround record for 1048 to fly this mission, but that's what Block 5 was built to do.

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Looks like Spaceflight got their FCC grant for the flight today, but the grant document isn't posted yet.

A supplemental filing on 10/4 had this:
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This will confirm that Spaceflight is capable and willing to accept authorization for downlink
frequencies at 401.375 MHZ and 401.5 MHz for the two spacecraft that are subject to the above
referenced application.
The only two earth stations to be employed to receive these signals are located in Fairbanks,
Alaska and Awarua, New Zealand.

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SpaceX Opens Media Accreditation for Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express Mission

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Oct. 12, 2018. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch is targeted for no earlier than November. 


More details on the mission and pre-launch media activities will be made available closer to launch.

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Only cores 1046 and 1048 have 2 flights.  1048 just landed at Vandy this week.
It'd set a turnaround record for 1048 to fly this mission, but that's what Block 5 was built to do.

Its proximity to Hawthorne likely helps turnaround time.
« Last Edit: 10/14/2018 02:45 AM by Dante2121 »

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Only cores 1046 and 1048 have 2 flights.  1048 just landed at Vandy this week.
It'd set a turnaround record for 1048 to fly this mission, but that's what Block 5 was built to do.

Its proximity to Hawthorne likely helps turnaround time.

Further, two low energy reentries, while B1046 has two relatively high energy reentries under it's belt.

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Further, two low energy reentries, while B1046 has two relatively high energy reentries under it's belt.
But B1046 hasn't flown since early August. It should be flight ready by this point.
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Further, two low energy reentries, while B1046 has two relatively high energy reentries under it's belt.
But B1046 hasn't flown since early August. It should be flight ready by this point.

My guess: B1046  is likely assigned to their "Atlantic Fleet" and will fly third time from Cape.

Yes, I know there was some mystery booster transported West. And it makes perfect sense to have some spares on the West Coast. But it also makes sense - to choose for such spare - a lightly used booster (used once with low energy re-entry). After all it's an additional transportation (extra stress, extra money).

But it's a speculation, real circumstances may change the *logic*.

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https://twitter.com/HiberGlobal/status/1051782482503319552

I guess HiberTwo (6U) is on the right side of the bottom deployer in that photo.
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