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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #40 on: 10/27/2017 06:27 PM »
FWIW the document indicates no significant harrassment of marine mammals from ASDS landings.  So even if landings are limited during harbor pup season, it would only be RTLS that would be affected. The core wouldn't be expended.

Yeah, the harassment occurs mainly to animals that are on the beach and scared into the water by the sonic booms and landing burn noise.

I thought the harassment was mainly in the form of capturing seals, strapping them to boards, putting headphones on them, and playing boom sounds to see how they react.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #41 on: 10/28/2017 05:42 AM »
During our remote camera setup next to the Iridium launch pad two weeks ago, we noticed a team down the slope, setting up 6 microphones stands.

Not sure if this is part of ongoing sound data collection for RSTL...

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #42 on: 10/28/2017 05:53 AM »
During our remote camera setup next to the Iridium launch pad two weeks ago, we noticed a team down the slope, setting up 6 microphones stands.

Not sure if this is part of ongoing sound data collection for RSTL...

maybe similar to this project a few years back:  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/permits/vafb_report.pdf
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #43 on: 10/28/2017 07:07 AM »
During our remote camera setup next to the Iridium launch pad two weeks ago, we noticed a team down the slope, setting up 6 microphones stands.

Not sure if this is part of ongoing sound data collection for RSTL...

Part of the harassment grant is that SpaceX is required to undertake certain monitoring actions during launch campaigns (this  is in addition to mitigation various efforts).  The grant lays out all the stuff they have to do.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #44 on: 12/21/2017 11:23 AM »
VAFB have just posted findings of no significant impact for SpaceX landing boosters at VAFB (attached). The  FONSI assessment is dated April 2016, with a supplemental Iridium update dated September 2016.

I tried searching the forum to see if they've been posted before, but didn't find them. Apologies if these are here and I missed them!

Edit to clarify: the Iridium supplemental EA appears to relate to the area where boosters on Iridium missions would land on ASDS, if a land landing were not possible.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #45 on: 12/22/2017 06:36 AM »
Nice photo from Shorealone Films flickr shots prior to the Iridium 3 launch

And hereís their shot prior to the Iridium 4 launch, no real change.

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #46 on: 01/03/2018 08:22 PM »
VAFB have just posted findings of no significant impact for SpaceX landing boosters at VAFB (attached). The  FONSI assessment is dated April 2016, with a supplemental Iridium update dated September 2016.

Good catch on the posting!  The public comment period on the final draft SEA/FONSI closes out on 21 Jan 2018.

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #47 on: 05/28/2018 12:07 PM »
Dear NSF photoreporters, do you have any publicly available hi-res pictures of SLC-4W langing pad from the latest lauch of F9 / Iridium-6 & Grace-FO that you could share with us and document the current status in May 2018?
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #48 on: 05/28/2018 04:23 PM »
Look in the public thread for that mission, and if you don't find what you want, subscribe to L2 because I know we have some excellent high res shots somewhere here.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #49 on: 07/06/2018 03:47 PM »
RTLS AT VANDENBERG!!!!!

WOOHOO!

1202-EX-ST-2018   
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=85873&RequestTimeout=1000

Here's an article picking up on that FCC application:

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SpaceX may finally land one of its rockets on the California coast later this year
Finally: a land landing at Vandenberg
By Loren [email protected] Jul 6, 2018, 11:42am EDT

After mastering its rocket landings on the Florida coast, SpaceX wants to try the same trick in California. The company recently filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to land one of its Falcon 9 rockets on ground at Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California, following a launch from the facility there. If that happens, itíll be the first time that SpaceX has done a land landing on the West Coast.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17540058/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-ground-landing-vandenberg-air-force-base-california


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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #51 on: 07/07/2018 03:45 AM »
Dear VAFB launch photographers, it will be really cool to have a shot of Falcon 9 pre-launch superimposed in front of a shot of the landed 1st stage.

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #52 on: 07/09/2018 07:41 PM »
Hiya. Sorry for the level 10 newb question, but is the new VAFB landing zone visible from a publicly accessible location (on the off-chance there's no fog?) Any permits or permissions needed or does one just show up? Thanks!

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #53 on: 07/09/2018 08:39 PM »
Hiya. Sorry for the level 10 newb question, but is the new VAFB landing zone visible from a publicly accessible location (on the off-chance there's no fog?) Any permits or permissions needed or does one just show up? Thanks!

You can get a LOT of the basic viewing information from the Vandenberg viewing thread, which is a sticky thread at the top of the SpaceX missions group here.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #54 on: 07/10/2018 02:47 AM »
Hiya. Sorry for the level 10 newb question, but is the new VAFB landing zone visible from a publicly accessible location (on the off-chance there's no fog?) Any permits or permissions needed or does one just show up? Thanks!

No. You'll be able to see it coming down, but it will dip below the hills before it lands.

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #55 on: 07/11/2018 03:45 PM »
Hiya. Sorry for the level 10 newb question, but is the new VAFB landing zone visible from a publicly accessible location (on the off-chance there's no fog?) Any permits or permissions needed or does one just show up? Thanks!

It's basically coming down right next to the launch pad, so public views of the landing will be pretty much exactly the same as those of the upward portion of flight (i.e. obscured for the actual touchdown as the rocket isn't actually viewable on the pad but only after gaining a little altitude).  There may be better viewing locations available for those with access to the military base but that is restricted to those with passes/permissions and not open to the public.  As others have commented, check out the VAFB Launch Viewing thread stickied at the top of the SpaceX Missions section for more concrete viewing guidance.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #56 on: 08/17/2018 12:58 PM »
SpaceX has an FCC experimental permit that gets renewed annually for launch vehicle RF checkouts.  They added the new landing zone to the permit this time:

0   Vandenberg AFB   California   North  34  38  0   West  120  36  57      LZ-4   SANTA BARBARA   

I don't know if "LZ-4" is official or if someone needed to get their paperwork done and made it up on the fly.
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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #57 on: 08/17/2018 01:15 PM »
SpaceX has an FCC experimental permit that gets renewed annually for launch vehicle RF checkouts.  They added the new landing zone to the permit this time:

0   Vandenberg AFB   California   North  34  38  0   West  120  36  57      LZ-4   SANTA BARBARA   

I don't know if "LZ-4" is official or if someone needed to get their paperwork done and made it up on the fly.

Are both landing pads at the Cape considered LZ-1, or are they separately LZ-1 and LZ-2?

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #58 on: 08/17/2018 01:47 PM »
Are both landing pads at the Cape considered LZ-1, or are they separately LZ-1 and LZ-2?

During FH side core landings SpaceX countdown net referred to them as LZ-1 & LZ-2.

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Re: SpaceX VAFB landing facilities
« Reply #59 on: 08/17/2018 01:48 PM »
SpaceX has an FCC experimental permit that gets renewed annually for launch vehicle RF checkouts.  They added the new landing zone to the permit this time:

0   Vandenberg AFB   California   North  34  38  0   West  120  36  57      LZ-4   SANTA BARBARA   

I don't know if "LZ-4" is official or if someone needed to get their paperwork done and made it up on the fly.

Could it be since SLC-4W became the landing zone it was easier to just call it LZ-4?

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