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Discussion Thread for Es'hail-2 mission.

NSF Threads for Es'hail-2 : Discussion / Updates
NSF Articles for Es'hail-2 :

Successful launch November 15, 2018 at 2046 GMT (3:46 p.m. EST) on Falcon 9 (booster 1047.2) from LC-39A to GTO.  Successful ASDS landing.



Es'hailSat Satellites
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With the success of Es’hail-1 and the growing demand for a range of satellite services in the MENA region, we are currently working on the manufacture of our second satellite Es’hail-2.

Scheduled for launch in 2018, this high-powered, advanced satellite will further boost broadband delivery, broadcasting and global connectivity in Qatar, the entire region and beyond.

Es’hail-2 is being manufactured in Japan by MELCO (Mitsubishi Electric Corporation).

Es’hail-2 will have Ku-band [24 transponders] and Ka-band [11 transponders] capabilities and support TV distribution, telecoms and government services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers who value broadcasting independence, interference resilience, quality of service and wide geographical coverage. 

The satellite will also provide greater capability for anti-jamming protection and redundancy and back-up for Es’hail-1.

Es’hail-2 will also provide the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) geostationary communication capability that connects users across the visible globe in one single hop and in real-time.

It will allow also the AMSAT community to validate and demonstrate their DVB standard.

[Press Release Sep. 8, 2014] Mitsubishi Electric to Deliver Satellite to Qatari Operator
[SpaceNews Sep. 12, 2014] Es’hailSat Taps Mitsubishi for 1st Fully Owned Satellite

[Gulf Times Dec. 28, 2014] Es’hailSat selects SpaceX to launch second satellite
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Es'hailSat has selected SpaceX to launch their Es'hail-2 comsat on a Falcon-9 rocket in the fourth quarter of 2016 from Cape Canaveral.
[SpaceNews Dec. 29, 2014] Es’hailSat Taps SpaceX for 2016 Launch
[SpaceflightNow Dec. 29, 2014] SpaceX selected for launch of Qatari satellite

[SpaceNews Sep. 8, 2015] Es’hail-2 Clears Design Review at Melco
[SpaceWatch Middle East June 2016] Es’hailSat’s Es’hail-2 undergoes vacuum chamber test in Japan

Es'hail 2 at Gunter's Space Page, Aerospace Technology


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According to Anthony Baker, Chief Strategy Officer of the Es'hailSat Qatar Satellite Company, the second series of Es’hail satellite will weigh about three tonnes, much smaller than Es’hail 1 which weighed 6,310 kg.

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"lot's of rockets from the cape" Gwynne once said.  8)

Guess those two 2016 FHs were a aperitive.
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4th quarter - Es’hail 2 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 (or 2017)
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- On the customers page
https://www.eshailsat.qa/en/satellites
this launch is scheduled for Q3 2017

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Peter B. de Selding‏ @pbdes 8s8 seconds ago

Qatari sat operator @eshailSat's Es'hail-2 Ka-Ku sat for 26E (@ME_Europe build, @SpaceX launch) slips again, to 2018, Es'hailSat says.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/844552243399528448

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Any chance this is the mystery Nov 10 flight that was moved back into 2017?

Do we know if the satellite is sitting in storage somewhere?

Edit: This looks to be the last satellite that was originally 2016 on the manifest before Amos-6. At 3000k this should be able to RTLS. The last word on this being 2018 was in March, so no recent update.
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Any chance this is the mystery Nov 10 flight that was moved back into 2017?

Do we know if the satellite is sitting in storage somewhere?

The customer page 2 posts above now says launching in 2018.

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Any chance this is the mystery Nov 10 flight that was moved back into 2017?

Do we know if the satellite is sitting in storage somewhere?
No way. GEO sat needs sea landing
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Any chance this is the mystery Nov 10 flight that was moved back into 2017?

Do we know if the satellite is sitting in storage somewhere?
No way. GEO sat needs sea landing
Block 5 should be able to launch a small sat to GTO with RTLS. Up to around 3000-3500 kg.

This likely isn't a Block 5 booster though, and I'm not sure Block 4 can do it.

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Tweet from Es'hailSat:
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Es'hail-2 reached a major milestone in spacecraft completion, with successful completion of critical acoustic and vibration tests.

(found via retweet by Caleb Henry)

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Their ad just popped up on my Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/eshailsat/status/949853116278517760

Don't think there's anything new, but thought it was interesting they're promoting themselves

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Tweet from Es'hailSat:
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Es'hail-2 reached a major milestone in spacecraft and ground compatibility, with successful completion of TT&C RF and baseband compatibility tests.

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Tweet from Es'hailSat:
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Es'hail-2 reached a major milestone in spacecraft and ground compatibility, with successful completion of TT&C RF and baseband compatibility tests.

Seems that SpaceX is getting closer to having zero backlog.  This and SES-12 are still in testing and are a few months down the manifest.  Iridium is a few months from fully deployed.
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Any signs of the satellite's departure from MELCO, or impending delivery to SpaceX facilities at Cape Canaveral?

I assume delivery will be via An-124?


Scheduled:
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

2018
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Late August - Es’hail 2 (AMSAT P4A) - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 (or Early September)
« Last Edit: 07/27/2018 05:49 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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Any signs of the satellite's departure from MELCO, or impending delivery to SpaceX facilities at Cape Canaveral?

I assume delivery will be via An-124?
Not that I have seen. Not an expert on shipment tracking though.

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hope this goes, the amateur radio payload on it is amazing...and the station here is ready for it :)


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This tweet from April says the satellite will be launched in Q4 2018, Is there a reason it got pumped up to September ? or was that just a mistake from Ben Cooper who announced it on his website ?
https://twitter.com/eshailsat/status/990186733366120448
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This tweet from April says the satellite will be launched in Q4 2018, Is there a reason it got pumped up to September ? or was that just a mistake from Ben Cooper who announced it on his website ?
https://twitter.com/eshailsat/status/990186733366120448

It was moved up on our schedule based on Ben Cooper's site (which has apparently changed).  I haven't seen anything else saying it's ready.  They haven't filed for the FCC permit yet, and it wasn't on the most recent DOT schedule of incoming charter flights (although the last one to be posted is a couple weeks old now.)
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https://www.teslarati.com/new-spacex-falcon-9-booster-cape-canaveral-florida/

dated 1 Aug 2018 says

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B1050 will likely be tasked with lifting communications satellite Es’hail-2 in very late August or early September.

reliable or ... ?

Maybe fit it in but only if DM1 delayed so schedule uncertainty?

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https://www.teslarati.com/new-spacex-falcon-9-booster-cape-canaveral-florida/

dated 1 Aug 2018 says

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B1050 will likely be tasked with lifting communications satellite Es’hail-2 in very late August or early September.

reliable or ... ?

Maybe fit it in but only if DM1 delayed so schedule uncertainty?

I'm skeptical (and I wouldn't worry much about DM-1 affecting any flight other than possibly STP-2).

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