Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT Flight 1 DISCUSSION (Jan. 14 2017)  (Read 336288 times)

Offline Lee Jay

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The weather doesn't look all that great until next weekend.

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Per the Twitter rumors, SpaceX's new launch date for Falcon 9/Iridium is NET January 14 via our sources. Not official as SpaceX or Iridium need to say it.

So, that's Saturday.

My question is, is there a 1-for-1 slip or something similar for the following Echostar mission from 39A?  I could make arguments both ways.

Offline Chris Bergin

This fella's got a big inside track on this one. He absolutely knew before I did:

https://twitter.com/VincentLamigeon

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He's now saying:
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Vincent Lamigeon ‏@VincentLamigeon  3m3 minutes ago
#SpaceX return to flight now planned on Jan 14th 9:54AM, according to industry sources

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Per the Twitter rumors, SpaceX's new launch date for Falcon 9/Iridium is NET January 14 via our sources. Not official as SpaceX or Iridium need to say it.

Definitely a weather component to the delay
http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/eastpac/movies/g9irn/g9irn_loop.html
A very unusual line of storms for here, bow signature and all, just rolled through the Vandenberg area.  This "pineapple express" "firehose" was forecast to be pointed down here in the L.A. Basin several days ago, but ended up aimed at the central part of the state for now.

Might be some infrastructure impacts if there are mudslides and the like...
« Last Edit: 01/08/2017 01:55 AM by psloss »

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Any idea how much the launch time might move if the launch is on the 14th?

Edit: ok, I can't read!  :-[
« Last Edit: 01/08/2017 08:49 AM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Any idea how much the launch time might move if the launch is on the 14th?

"return to flight now planned on Jan 14th 9:54AM"

Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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Pacific Warrior which is believed to be the tug pulling the ASDS made a 180 turn, which was pointed out on the  ASDS thread. It's been several hours now and clearly its heading back port. This confirms no launch tomorrow, and no launch for the next several days.

https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=7641384
« Last Edit: 01/08/2017 08:07 AM by Next Spaceflight »

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Matt Desch ‏@IridiumBoss  28m28 minutes ago
Can now confirm: new launch date Jan 14 at 9:54am pst.  Bad weather the cause.  Anti-rain dances didn't work - oh well. Cal needs rain?

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/818093020369289216

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The range issue - which is another (albeit less than the bad weather) issue - is an Atlas V doing a WDR next week ahead of a NROL mission that's upcoming after the Falcon 9 launch. WDRs need (and thus book) the range.

Cal needs rain?  Yep, we need it, sorry.
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It is interesting that the mission patch places so much emphasis on the booster recovery.
So a question for all you mission patch experts:
Have there been other patches with the rocket after stage separation?
Surely this is the first patch with the first stage engines lit after separation, is it not?
Or is this just depicted after separation to show the satellites after faring jettison?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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think the clover in the ocean has been used but i dont recall lit 1st stage.

Offline Flying Beaver

think the clover in the ocean has been used but i dont recall lit 1st stage.

Orbcomm landing patch did ;)

*also, single engine boostback burn must be a "visual typo" (on above patch).
« Last Edit: 01/09/2017 12:56 AM by Flying Beaver »
Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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Any idea how much the launch time might move if the launch is on the 14th?

"return to flight now planned on Jan 14th 9:54AM"
Is that local or zulu?

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"return to flight now planned on Jan 14th 9:54AM"
Is that local or zulu?

local, its 17:54 UTC
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Droneship landing and stage 2 reentry zones have been published in the update thread, but with a Jan 17 date?!

More range conflicts, something else?

Edit: update info is here and here
« Last Edit: 01/10/2017 10:32 AM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Droneship landing and stage 2 reentry zones have been published in the update thread, but with a Jan 17 date?!

More range conflicts, something else?

Edit; update info is here and here

The "17" is the year.  ;)

The zone closures are for
Jan. 14 17:24 - 18:38 UTC
Jan. 15 17:19 - 18:33 UTC
Jan. 16 17:13 - 18:27 UTC

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Doh!   :-[

Thank you for clarifying that. Could only see time info in the posts and so made what I thought was the obvious assumption ...  :)
« Last Edit: 01/10/2017 10:44 AM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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So who from the area is planning on going to the launch?  If the current schedule holds for this Saturday I was planning on making the drive from OC. 
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Brovane, I'm seriously considering going down from the Bay Area. The time of launch is kind of inconvenient as it means I'll have to leave extremely early or the day before and spend the night there. I am still not sure what I will do :)

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