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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #680 on: 06/02/2017 01:15 pm »
Eutelsat Quantum is launching on Ariane 5, removing it from the SpaceX manifest.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #681 on: 06/06/2017 09:10 pm »
I hadn't seen this come up anywhere here yet, so if so missed this, please disregard.

Fox Business is reporting that SpaceX will be launching an Air Force payload in August and from the sounds of it, it'll be the X37-B.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/06/06/elon-musks-spacex-to-conduct-first-mission-with-u-s-air-force.html

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Tech entrepreneur and founder of aerospace company SpaceX, Elon Musk, is teaming up with the U.S. Air Force for the first time later this summer to conduct a joint mission for the military.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee that SpaceX would be sending the next Air Force payload up into space in August via one of the unmanned, reusable X-37B space planes.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #682 on: 06/06/2017 09:11 pm »
Space-X to launch Air Force's next X-37B on a Falcon 9 August 2017. First X-37B launch not on an Atlas 5. First Air Force payload for Space X (per the article). Launch site (VAFB vs. KSC) not mentioned.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/06/spacex-launches-us-air-force-x-37b-space-plane.html

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #683 on: 06/06/2017 09:12 pm »
I hadn't seen this come up anywhere here yet, so if so missed this, please disregard.

Fox Business is reporting that SpaceX will be launching an Air Force payload in August and from the sounds of it, it'll be the X37-B.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/06/06/elon-musks-spacex-to-conduct-first-mission-with-u-s-air-force.html

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Tech entrepreneur and founder of aerospace company SpaceX, Elon Musk, is teaming up with the U.S. Air Force for the first time later this summer to conduct a joint mission for the military.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee that SpaceX would be sending the next Air Force payload up into space in August via one of the unmanned, reusable X-37B space planes.

Ha. Beat me by a minute. We must have been typing at the same time.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #684 on: 06/06/2017 09:14 pm »
Ha. Beat me by a minute. We must have been typing at the same time.

I will admit I was slightly gleeful that I was the first to report it, but also glad to see you cited a different source that corroborates the whole thing.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #685 on: 06/06/2017 09:27 pm »
Created a new thread for this surprising X-37B news:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43088.0

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #686 on: 06/06/2017 10:12 pm »
Wow, definitely warrants its own thread:

I hadn't seen this come up anywhere here yet, so if so missed this, please disregard.

Fox Business is reporting that SpaceX will be launching an Air Force payload in August and from the sounds of it, it'll be the X37-B.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/06/06/elon-musks-spacex-to-conduct-first-mission-with-u-s-air-force.html

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Tech entrepreneur and founder of aerospace company SpaceX, Elon Musk, is teaming up with the U.S. Air Force for the first time later this summer to conduct a joint mission for the military.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee that SpaceX would be sending the next Air Force payload up into space in August via one of the unmanned, reusable X-37B space planes.

Space-X to launch Air Force's next X-37B on a Falcon 9 August 2017. First X-37B launch not on an Atlas 5. First Air Force payload for Space X (per the article). Launch site (VAFB vs. KSC) not mentioned.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/06/spacex-launches-us-air-force-x-37b-space-plane.html

Edit/Lar: see also https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42889 which is about tech requirements, not mission specific stuff...

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #687 on: 06/08/2017 04:02 pm »
Why would we not assume the X-37B core would RTLS? It should be lighter than Dragon right?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #688 on: 06/09/2017 01:31 pm »
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July 1 - F9 with Intelsat-35E - KSC 39A - 19:35-20:35 (Eastern)
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #689 on: 06/09/2017 01:44 pm »
Elon Musk tweet suggests Falcon Heavy launch in September or October.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/872888863504474112

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All Falcon Heavy cores should be at the Cape in two to three months, so launch should happen a month after that

« Last Edit: 06/09/2017 02:01 pm by Chris Bergin »
JIMO would have been the first proper spaceship.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #690 on: 06/10/2017 12:19 pm »
Why would we not assume the X-37B core would RTLS? It should be lighter than Dragon right?
Add in the weight of the fairing.   Dragon weighs about 9,300 lbs, typical payload 6,000 lbs, total 15,300 lbs. X-37B is about 11,000 lbs, I think the fairing is about 4,500 lbs, so about the same?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #691 on: 06/10/2017 01:11 pm »
Why would we not assume the X-37B core would RTLS? It should be lighter than Dragon right?
Add in the weight of the fairing.   Dragon weighs about 9,300 lbs, typical payload 6,000 lbs, total 15,300 lbs. X-37B is about 11,000 lbs, I think the fairing is about 4,500 lbs, so about the same?

Fairing dropped just after staging, so X-37B is lesser payload.  RTLS is a good bet.
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #692 on: 06/10/2017 04:35 pm »
Why would we not assume the X-37B core would RTLS? It should be lighter than Dragon right?
Add in the weight of the fairing.   Dragon weighs about 9,300 lbs, typical payload 6,000 lbs, total 15,300 lbs. X-37B is about 11,000 lbs, I think the fairing is about 4,500 lbs, so about the same?

Fairing dropped just after staging, so X-37B is lesser payload.  RTLS is a good bet.
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #693 on: 06/10/2017 04:58 pm »
Why would we not assume the X-37B core would RTLS? It should be lighter than Dragon right?
Add in the weight of the fairing.   Dragon weighs about 9,300 lbs, typical payload 6,000 lbs, total 15,300 lbs. X-37B is about 11,000 lbs, I think the fairing is about 4,500 lbs, so about the same?

Fairing dropped just after staging, so X-37B is lesser payload.  RTLS is a good bet.
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #694 on: 06/14/2017 01:25 pm »
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Valerie Skarupa, Spaceflight: our first dedicated rideshare launch, on a Falcon 9, now scheduled for Feb 2018.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/874979610966011904

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Re: Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #695 on: 06/21/2017 07:26 pm »
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SecAf Wilson just said SpaceX would "go up again on August 17" so presumably that's the exact date for the X-37B launch.


https://mobile.twitter.com/SpcPlcyOnline/status/877538416593960960

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Re: Re: Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #696 on: 06/23/2017 08:21 pm »
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html
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Then, a Falcon 9 is slated to launch another Dragon supply mission to the ISS on August 10 at
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #697 on: 06/25/2017 08:12 pm »
In the interest of cleaning up this thread a bit I've moved the discussion of the table format to a separate thread:

SpaceX Manifest Table Formatting Discussion

I'd prefer for this thread to focus on the information in the table, not how it looks.

I've made another change to the format of the top post, try it out and see what you think.  Any discussion can be done in the other thread please.

p.s.  Have I mentioned how much I f---ing hate BBCode tables?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #698 on: 06/26/2017 02:49 am »
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Q: @IridiumBoss Mr. Desch, congratulations! What are the target dates for Iridium3 & others? When is completion of constellation expected? Thx

Tweet from Matt Desch: Completion in mid-2018 (6 more by then). Will announce date for next one soon.

There seems to still be some uncertainty in the west coast schedule for the next couple months.  Formosat-5 and Iridium Flight 3 are the next two flights from Vandenberg.  Whether or not Formosat-5 is flying in July isn't completely clear yet.  Hopefully in the next week or two we'll get more definite schedule information.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4
« Reply #699 on: 06/27/2017 01:58 am »
The schedule on SpaceflightNow has Formosat-5 slipping to August and Iridium 3 slipping to September.  It also has SES-11 slipping to September, which means the next launch after Intelsat 35e would be CRS-12.  Guess we'll find out in the next week or two if he's right, if something besides Intelsat is going to launch in July we should hear about it soon.

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