Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Eutelsat 117W B & ABS 2A - SLC-40 - June 15 - UPDATES  (Read 146587 times)

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UPDATE ONLY THREAD for Falcon 9 with Eutelsat 117W B & ABS 2A.

NET: June 15: 1029-1114L

S1 was at McGregor:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/04/falcon-9-booster-reuse-testing-ksc/

Now at the Cape.

Static Fire:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/06/spacex-readies-falcon-9-reuse-testing/

Launch Article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/06/spacex-falcon-9-dual-satellite-launch/

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Discussion Thread:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40088.0

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.

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L2 Section for this mission:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40070.0

L2 SpaceX Section:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0
« Last Edit: 06/15/2016 11:22 AM by Chris Bergin »

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1 stage arrived yesterday

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SFN nows shows the launch scheduled on June 14 at 10:32 am Eastern (14:32 UTC) on the schedule. The date has actually moved up by two days....  ::)
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SpaceX Tweet
Next launch targeting June 14 from Cape Canaveral 45 minute launch window opens at 10:32am ET, 2:32pm UTC

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FCC transmitter permit application for the recovery ships. ASDS position coordinates are identical to those on the Thaicom 8 mission.

https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=71187&RequestTimeout=1000

Online Chris Bergin

Keeping this on updates only.

Static Fire is still NET Friday (waiting on the next update and then we wait for rollout to know for sure).

Launch window is 1032-1117 Eastern.
« Last Edit: 06/09/2016 01:01 PM by Chris Bergin »

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WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
ROCKETS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 141428Z TO 141546Z JUN,
ALTERNATE 151424Z TO 151542Z JUN
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 28-34N 080-36W, 28-38N 080-35W,
28-33N 079-32W, 28-30N 079-32W,
28-30N 080-33W, 28-32N 080-35W.
B. 28-21N 075-43W, 28-21N 074-34W,
27-59N 071-14W, 27-50N 071-14W,
28-06N 074-37W, 28-16N 075-43W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 151642Z JUN 16.//

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Go Searcher is on the move!

Also ELSBETH III is back on the map, it hasn't been for the last few days.

EDIT: It seems to actually just be turning around, but that's still activity I suppose

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-80.6/centery:28.4/zoom:16
« Last Edit: 06/10/2016 01:33 PM by Craig_VG »

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Go Searcher is on the move!

Also ELSBETH III is back on the map, it hasn't been for the last few days.

Elsbeth III is hooking up to OCISLY to go on station for recovery. GO GO's are loading up and prepping as well.  ;D ;D 8)

Online Chris Bergin

Please use this thread for the ASDS stuff. Keeps it all in one place.
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=39766.msg1547338#msg1547338

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Launch weather forecast has been posted. It's looking much better than the recent Delta forecasts. 20% chance of violation on the 14th, as well as on the 15th. Both days are for the cumulus cloud rule.
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I'll class this as an update - but please discuss in the discussion thread to keep this thread purely on updates.

Here's what I think happened yesterday, based on collating various info.

1) ULA had the range for the NROL-37 launch on Thursday. They extended the window around 90 minutes longer than predicted (although the window length was secret) via some work which we heard on the loop, cycling valves, keeping the Delta IV-H happy, etc. No joy, weather didn't improve enough, scrub.

2) They standdown until Saturday, because (and there may be other reasons, such as a long work day on Thursday for the Cape folk) SpaceX had the range booked for Friday.

3) SpaceX press on with the Static Fire attempt for Friday, we even think they rolled out (unconfirmed, but this screenshot appears to show the F9 on the pad).

Also, I'm told one photojournalist apparently said he couldn't go to his cameras at SLC-37 due to the restrictions of a Static Fire test attempt on SLC-40 and that was on the day.

4) Everything becomes unusually quiet. We (as in myself and I'm sure other sites) start asking if there's any status. SpaceX traditionally don't say anything official until the Static Fire is complete, but everyone is very friendly and you will get pointers from various levels, a lot of which you can't repeat, but it all helps and guides you. This time, nothing, nadda, silence.

5) No static fire, obviously. Understood to be NET Sunday, and that's based on the DIV-H launching Saturday, we can assume.

No word on launch date impact. There is a chance they could static fire Sunday and make Tuesday, especially if they rollout as a full stack for the test (saves processing flow time). If I hear anything, I'll post.

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So what happened? Based on the unusual silence from all parties, various assumptions (yikes, "ain't nobody got time for that"!) and folk at the Cape, it would appear ULA and SpaceX had their bookings lined up at the Cape, but after the scrub on Thursday, and potentially as late as on the day on Friday, the NROL folk said "hold on, I know there's very little chance of a problem, but I don't want our very expensive spy sat at ANY risk while still out there on top of the Delta IV-H" based on the tiny chance the F9 had a bad day during the Static Fire (not that I assume a F9 RUD on SLC-40 would result in harm coming to SLC-37....but I suppose if there's even a slim chance, that was the concern...you don't want a flying grid fin impacting on national security, do you! ;D).

Or it could all be bollocks, but until someone gives us an official statement, which is unlikely if the above is correct, that's what I'm thinking.
« Last Edit: 06/11/2016 02:05 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Weather update, the forecast remains the same, with a 20% chance of violation for the cumulus cloud rule.

EDIT: The forecast is valid for the 15th now, which is a slip of a day. It would appear that the NRO has pushed them to the left a day. As always though, remember that this isn't official from SpaceX, just the 45th Space Wing's weather forecast.
« Last Edit: 06/11/2016 05:10 PM by Graham »
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One day slip.

SpaceX Twitter:

Next launch targeting June 15 for launch of the @Eutelsat_SA 117 West B and ABS-2A satellites. Launch window opens 10:29 am ET, 2:29 pm UTC
« Last Edit: 06/11/2016 09:46 PM by Chris Bergin »
Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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Article for the Static Fire attempt NET Sunday (and a bit more to make it more interesting than just a static fire article):

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/06/spacex-readies-falcon-9-reuse-testing/

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Sunday morning tour - looks like F9 is vertical.

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SpaceKSCBlog: Looks like the @SpaceX Falcon 9 is out on Pad 40 for a test fire.

https://twitter.com/spacekscblog/status/742008437501001729

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New forecast issued. No changes, still 20% chance of violation
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SpaceX - EUTELAST-ABS - Topless Booster Upright - 06-12-2016

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Published on Jun 12, 2016
The dual satellite SpaceX booster is up and awaiting static fire test. We monitored for several hours, but witnessed no venting. Probably Monday 06-13-2016, Static Fire. Launch on Wednesday 06-15-2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Bb9jVkZWs?t=001

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Updated weather forecast attached for Wednesday, but no real change - 80% go for Wednesday.

Edit: there is this note about weather post Wednesday "Probabilities of evening showers and thunderstorms increase significantly for the Spaceport Thursday through Friday."
« Last Edit: 06/13/2016 03:02 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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