Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : RCM (RADARSAT Constellation) : Vandenberg : February 2019  (Read 23837 times)

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Discussion Thread for RCM RADARSAT Constellation mission.

NSF Threads for RCM RADARSAT Constellation : Discussion
NSF Articles for RCM RADARSAT Constellation :

mid-February 2019 (NET February 18?) on reused Falcon 9 from Vandenberg.  Mass is around 1400kg? for each of the three satellites? plus a custom deployer.  Orbit is 600km SSO.



[ Edit Oct. 23, 2017: Most of the references to this mission still have it launching in the second half of 2018.  Except for that one comment from DLR that they were calibrating the transponders leading up to launch in 2019.  The mass is generally listed as about 1400kg (total?), except for that one saying it's 1600kg. ]

http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/radarsat/default.asp



Very short presser, so beefed it up with the history etc.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/07/spacex-falcon-9-radarsat-constellation/



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What exactly does "reservation contract" mean?  I don't recall seeing that language in other recent announcements. Is it different than an "agreement to launch?"
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What exactly does "reservation contract" mean?  I don't recall seeing that language in other recent announcements. Is it different than an "agreement to launch?"

It's like a MOU. Clearly customers want to see this new rocket have some successes before putting money down.

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Very short presser, so beefed it up with the history etc.

Given CASSIOPE's history gotta give props to SpaceX sales dpt ;)
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What exactly does "reservation contract" mean?  I don't recall seeing that language in other recent announcements. Is it different than an "agreement to launch?"

It's like a MOU. Clearly customers want to see this new rocket have some successes before putting money down.

Thanks. It sounded like less than full commitment to me.


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Now that I'm posting on the correct thread...

A great win-win day for Canada & SpaceX. Too cool. Congrats.

And this holds hope for even more good news for both Canada's space industry, and SpaceX's manifest:

"While the baseline mission for this evolution in Canada’s Earth Observation capability revolves around three satellites, the constellation is designed to be scalable to six satellites."

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In the correct forum...

Does SpaceX have a suitable standard multiple payload dispenser in development or will a one off hardware solution for deploying three satellites  need to be devised for this mission?

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They should gain experience and hardware with the up coming Orbcomm and Iridium launches. Both will involve multiple launches with multiple payload adapters.
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Does SpaceX have a suitable standard multiple payload dispenser in development or will a one off hardware solution for deploying three satellites  need to be devised for this mission?


SpaceX have a deal with Spaceflight Inc. to supply a Seconday Payload System for the Falcon 9, but this I believe is for small secondary sats only. Whether they will outsource the payload dispenser for this mission as well is anyone's guess.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/06/spacex-deal-falcon-9s-secondary-payload-manifest/
« Last Edit: 07/31/2013 03:05 PM by subzero788 »

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They should gain experience and hardware with the up coming Orbcomm and Iridium launches. Both will involve multiple launches with multiple payload adapters.

The FH demo flight will have multiple payloads as well.

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Does SpaceX have a suitable standard multiple payload dispenser in development or will a one off hardware solution for deploying three satellites  need to be devised for this mission?
Presumably something is in development as they have two dual GEO satellite launches scheduled for circa 2014-2015 on F9,  SpaceX Signs Launch Agreements with Asia Broadcast Satellite and Satmex:
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Together with Satmex, our co-launch partner, we embark upon an innovative prospect of dual launching four medium-powered satellites on two launches on the Falcon 9.
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Does SpaceX have a suitable standard multiple payload dispenser in development or will a one off hardware solution for deploying three satellites  need to be devised for this mission?
Presumably something is in development as they have two dual GEO satellite launches scheduled for circa 2014-2015 on F9,  SpaceX Signs Launch Agreements with Asia Broadcast Satellite and Satmex:
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Together with Satmex, our co-launch partner, we embark upon an innovative prospect of dual launching four medium-powered satellites on two launches on the Falcon 9.

No dual adapter is needed for those spacecraft.  They are made to stack on each other

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No dual adapter is needed for those spacecraft.  They are made to stack on each other
Interesting, thanks.  Anyone know if these RCM sats are also "stackable"?

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A few days ago, the RCM mission has disappeared from the SpaceX launch manifest website (http://www.spacex.com/missions).

Just a web site mistake or was the launch contract (or even the RCM mission itself) cancelled?


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A few days ago, the RCM mission has disappeared from the SpaceX launch manifest website (http://www.spacex.com/missions).

Just a web site mistake or was the launch contract (or even the RCM mission itself) cancelled?

I see a launch described as RADARSAT in the Customer column
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A few days ago, the RCM mission has disappeared from the SpaceX launch manifest website (http://www.spacex.com/missions).

Just a web site mistake or was the launch contract (or even the RCM mission itself) cancelled?

I see a launch described as RADARSAT in the Customer column

Ah, my mistake: i saw the MDA entry disappear, but did not notice the Radarsat entry appearing

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Is there an argument for changing the thread title, as presumably this will not be on a v1.1 but a FT?
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Is there an argument for changing the thread title, as presumably this will not be on a v1.1 but a FT?

Als per request of SpaceX, it should simply be Falcon9 of F9 for short.  After Jason3 there is only one version.

Edit: not sure about short F9 part, but seems logical
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Great spot by GWH, this mission will use a flight proven booster:

And another one, Canadian eh:
https://spaceq.ca/radarsat-constellation-mission-to-fly-on-refurbished-spacex-falcon-9-rocket/

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Tweet from Peter B. de Selding:
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Maxar @sslmda CEO Howard L. Lance to CNBC: All 3 Canadian govt Radarsat Constellation Mission sats (~ 475kg each) to launch on single previously flown @spacex Falcon 9 in 2018.

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