Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 25 - UPDATE THREAD  (Read 112246 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

This is an UPDATE ONLY thread for the second launch of the F9 v1.1 with the SES-8 spacecraft from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral.

Per L2: NET November 12, since slipped to November 22 - pending Range approval. Range was approved. Slipped again to November 25.

Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/10/spacex-realign-falcon-9-missions/

For those who wish to follow this flow as closely as is viable (non-proprietary, etc.), join L2 and click this link:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32768.0 (dedicated for F9 v1.1 SES-8 mission)

Resources:

SpaceX GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=45.0 - please use this for general questions NOT specific to this mission.

SpaceX MISSIONS Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0 - this section is for everything specific to SpaceX missions.

SpaceX SES-8 General Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=24469.0

SpaceX SES-8 Update Thread:
You're in it.

SpaceX SES-8 Party Thread:
TBA.

SpaceX SES-8 Viewing Thread (Going to the launch)
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=33075.0

SES-8 Spacecraft thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32990.0

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L2 SpaceX Section - now a dedicated full section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=24469.0

One Stop Shop Update Area for L2 Level F9 v1.1/SES-8 Updates:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32768.0

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« Last Edit: 11/11/2013 10:56 PM by Chris Bergin »

Offline Chris Bergin

So, per L2 yesterday morning:

SLC-40 – Falcon 9
Launch scheduled > 11/1, Window 1828-1932

That is very much a NET.

L2 also had SES-8 shipping today (Oct. 2), but we're waiting for confirmation if that sticks. If it does we'll write an article and we'll also have a spacecraft specific thread in the Orbital section, as they built it (we really should give more attention to the spacecraft).

Offline Chris Bergin

Confirmed via L2. SES-8 is now heading to Florida, as above, contrary to other media.

I'll write an article for today.
« Last Edit: 10/02/2013 05:48 PM by Chris Bergin »

Offline Chris Bergin

SES-8 heads to Florida for next Falcon 9 v1.1 launch
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/10/ses-8-florida-next-falcon-9-v1-1-launch/

Have created a dedicated thread for the spacecraft in the Orbital section ( http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32990.0 ), as part of our increasing coveage of the payloads, not just the rockets.
« Last Edit: 10/02/2013 10:43 PM by Chris Bergin »

Offline Chris Bergin

Via L2's SES-8 Coverage. Launch date now NET November 12.

Article later.

Offline Chris Bergin

The article was posted in here, but moved to the new discussion thread, so reposting the link:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/10/spacex-realign-falcon-9-missions/

One Stop Shop Update Area for L2 Level F9 v1.1/SES-8 Updates:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32768.0
« Last Edit: 10/15/2013 02:14 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Our forum's padrat reports that the new erector at SLC-40 was vertical for the first time yesterday:

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Offline Chris Bergin


Per L2: NET November 12 and now NET November due to another slip.


Working it in L2 for a set NET, but it's no longer November 12.

Offline Chris Bergin

Per L2:

Requested Range Approval for November 22.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #9 on: 10/23/2013 05:44 AM »
Per L2:

Requested Range Approval for November 22.

Does requesting Range Approval mean they have high confidence to make that date or is it a minor thing, subject to change easilly?

Thanks.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #10 on: 10/23/2013 03:17 PM »
Per L2:

Requested Range Approval for November 22.

Does requesting Range Approval mean they have high confidence to make that date or is it a minor thing, subject to change easilly?

Thanks.

Yes, it is a formal approval by SpaceX for the Range to spend SpaceX money. Every time you move the date it cost more.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #11 on: 10/24/2013 07:38 AM »
@RyInSpace

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Some of @SpaceFlorida team w/ #SES8's @SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1. It can roll 360 on cradle! We touched it's rocket belly.


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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #12 on: 10/24/2013 10:03 AM »
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Some of @SpaceFlorida team w/ #SES8's @SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1. It can roll 360 on cradle! We touched it's rocket belly.

Nice view of the RCS pod (far right).

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #13 on: 10/24/2013 11:25 AM »
Is that just the core? I'm asking because if the U/S is already on site, then the hardware portion of the restart fix, whatever it is, is already done. If the U/S is either at Hawthorne or MacGreggor then it's still being tested.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #14 on: 10/24/2013 12:01 PM »
Is that just the core? I'm asking because if the U/S is already on site, then the hardware portion of the restart fix, whatever it is, is already done. If the U/S is either at Hawthorne or MacGreggor then it's still being tested.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #15 on: 10/24/2013 02:20 PM »
I'm asking because if the U/S is already on site, then the hardware portion of the restart fix, whatever it is, is already done. If the U/S is either at Hawthorne or MacGreggor then it's still being tested.

Disagree.  Rockets can be altered in the field.  Fixes don't need to be tested on the vehicle if it can be tested on other articles in flow or previous test assets.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #16 on: 10/24/2013 03:54 PM »
If the US is still at Hawthorne or MacGreggor the chances of them making a Nov. launch date are slim.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #17 on: 10/24/2013 04:14 PM »
The US is probably on two more roll rings to the right of the picture, which can slide on the rails to mate the stages. Anyone want to try tweeting those people to find what else was in the hangar?
« Last Edit: 10/24/2013 04:15 PM by Jason1701 »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #18 on: 10/24/2013 04:17 PM »
If the US is still at Hawthorne or MacGreggor the chances of them making a Nov. launch date are slim.

Um... http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/10/ses-8-florida-next-falcon-9-v1-1-launch/
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All of the major launch vehicle components are currently in a processing flow at SpaceX’s Cape facility, following the first stage and second stage testing at the company’s Rocket Development and Test Facility in McGregor, Texas.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SES-8 - November 22 - UPDATE THREAD
« Reply #19 on: 10/24/2013 04:45 PM »
I'm asking because if the U/S is already on site, then the hardware portion of the restart fix, whatever it is, is already done. If the U/S is either at Hawthorne or MacGreggor then it's still being tested.

Disagree.  Rockets can be altered in the field.  Fixes don't need to be tested on the vehicle if it can be tested on other articles in flow or previous test assets.

I guess it depends on what the fix is, and how much assembly / disassembly is needed.
If they can test the fix on the ground, they will test a different stage first, then apply those changes to the SES-8 second stage. It's always easier to do things in the factory when you have all of the required tools and fixtures handy.

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