Author Topic: POSTPONED: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - ASIASAT-6 - LAUNCH ATTEMPT 1  (Read 64738 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

THIS THREAD IS FOR UPDATES ONLY. ALL NON UPDATES WILL BE REMOVED.

Falcon 9 / ASIASAT-6 Launch August 27. 0050E-0405E.

Resources:

SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0

SpaceX News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/

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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 Falcon 9 v1.1 - ASIASAT-6 DISCUSSION THREAD:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27985.0

Party Thread:
After the ASIASAT-8 launch.

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L2 Members:

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

Dedicated L2 ASIASAT-6 Threads:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35278.0
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35484.0
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And here's an article for this satellite's shipping, etc. (second half):

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/07/falcon-9-static-fire-test-ahead-asiasat-8-mission/
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Some pics of the arrival of the satellite at Cape Canaveral.

Source: Asiasat's Asiasat-6 photo page (more pics on this page !)
http://www.asiasat.com/asiasat/contentView.php?section=237&lang=0




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Launch window is 0050E-0405E (Eastern - Local) on the 26th. Longer at both ends from some previous versions.
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AsiaSat-6 ready for fueling
Source: AsiaSat

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14 August 2014
   
AsiaSat Gets Ready for Second Launch of the Month !
 

Final preparations are in progress for the launch of AsiaSat 6 , following AsiaSat 8ís successful liftoff on 5 August by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
 
AsiaSat 6 will be AsiaSatís second Falcon 9 launch in August. With 28 transponders, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, the satellite will be operating at the nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East longitude for a broad range of broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services in the Asia-Pacific region.

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AsiaSat-6 ready for fueling
Source: AsiaSat
do not reply to this
this SPIF cell still still has shuttle payload locks installed after all these years :)

Offline Chris Bergin

One week to launch.

Static Fire has only slipped one day since the flow was first published on L2. (Some achievement given these short turnarounds).

That Static Fire is currently targeting (and has held as for a while now) for Thursday evening.
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I'm curious and slightly confused about this tweet: https://twitter.com/afspacemuseum/status/501448509519069184
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AF Space Museum
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Our History Center will be closed on Friday (August 22nd) due to some testing being conducted by SpaceX on that day.

Could that indicate a slip to the static fire? Something else entirely?

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I'm curious and slightly confused about this tweet: https://twitter.com/afspacemuseum/status/501448509519069184
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AF Space Museum
‏@afspacemuseum
Our History Center will be closed on Friday (August 22nd) due to some testing being conducted by SpaceX on that day.

Could that indicate a slip to the static fire? Something else entirely?

Some supporting info: this is the *history center*, not the museum proper.  According to http://www.afspacemuseum.org/historycenter/ "Blue and white signs will direct you to the History Center directly behind the SpaceX Launch Control Center."  There have been previous tweets about operations being affected by SpaceX launches --- for example it appears to have been closed June 20-24 for a previous SpaceX launch --- but no apparent closure for AsiaSat-8.  But maybe their twitterer was lax.

The Friday closure might be related to post-static-fire operations?

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As far as I know the History center/museum behind the SpaceX launch control center is always closed when SpaceX does a static fire or has a launch attempt...

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Yeah, static fire now Friday.
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I spotted this elsewhere, this could be the official SpaceX patch for the mission:
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This is NOT panic stations; it is just to alert that there is a Tropical Disturbance Approaching that MIGHT impinge on the launch..

Two Day Visual Radar
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2

5 Day Graphic
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5

Text Summary:

Tropical Weather Outlook Text

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 AM EDT THU AUG 21 2014

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area
of low pressure located about 350 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
has changed little in organization during the past several hours.
Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for
development during the next day or so, and a tropical depression
could form while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20
mph across the Lesser Antilles and over the eastern Caribbean
Sea. The mountainous terrain of Hispaniola and eastern Cuba could
limit development during the first part of the weekend, but
conditions are expected to become more conducive for development by
early next week when the system is forecast to move near or over the
Bahamas.

1. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy
rainfall are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto
Rico, and the Virgin Islands tonight and Friday, and over Hispaniola
late Friday and Saturday. Interests in those islands should closely
monitor the progress of this disturbance. An Air Force Reserve
Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this
afternoon, if necessary.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.
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Here's my latest installment of the Broadcast warning map/Launch hazard areas. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zp15b_P5ERVk.k1KeaKAECPyY

and here's another with multiple flights. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zp15b_P5ERVk.k-qSkbk_hRDs
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AsiaSat-6 encapsulation.
source: http://www.asiasat.com/asiasat/contentView.php?section=237&lang=0

+ the flash news:

"The AsiaSat 6 spacecraft completed encapsulation into its payload fairing. Built by SSL, the spacecraft is ready for mating with SpaceXís Falcon 9 rocket, targeting for launch from Cape Canaveral next week."

http://www.asiasat.com/asiasat/contentView.php?section=222&lang=0#22AUG2014

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Static Fire conducted!
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