Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - EchoStar 23 - March 16, 2017 - UPDATES  (Read 156440 times)

Offline Raul

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - EchoStar 23 - NET Feb 28, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #20 on: 02/04/2017 11:34 PM »
EchoStar-23 mission patch.

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Falcon 9/EchoStar 23 is NET March 1 (0028– 0258 Eastern).

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When a NET isn't really NET is when the NET moves back left again! ;D

KSC L2 schedule shows SpaceX re-requesting NET Feb 28 (0027– 0257 Eastern)!

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The legless Falcon 9 for EchoStar 23 has (had - but is still active) a Range Approved Static Fire NET Feb. 24. Clearly won't stick, but let's see how close they get after 39A checks. Shakedown check (as they call it) is Tuesday.

So expect a new Static Fire date and a new launch date....but first assessment (OTV cameras - which are cameras in the pad - Shuttle fans will remember) was that the pad held up great, so let's just wait for an official date and see where this all goes.

All per L2, per source material.

But I think people will rightly fall off their chairs if the next F9 rolls out this week! (I think our collective backsides will safe from impacts with the floor, however).

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L2 39A schedule has updated. No target for the Static Fire yet, but the launch date is NET March 12. Mainly to do with range availability.

So they'll finish the requirements of the 39A post launch "shakedown" work for turnaround to host the next F9, but will have to wait until the Range clears after the Delta IV launches, then have a Static Fire. They need the Range for the Static Fire, so you can see how March 12 is a NET based on WGS-8 scheduled for March 8...and how it makes "Static Fire to Launch" flow tight. So as always, a preliminary target and we'll know better in the second week of March.

I turn this dates - even as preliminary - around as soon as it becomes documented to help people who are planning flights/hotels to see the launch, not to book the NET target, but to know not to book the previous - since moved - NET! :)

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FAA has approved license for next Falcon 9 launch, currently targeted for March 12 from pad 39A with the EchoStar 23 TV broadcast satellite.

https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/837051854659923968

Cant find the licence posted yet on the FAA website

Edit: found it now - attached
« Last Edit: 03/01/2017 09:44 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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SpaceX Falcon 9 (ahead of EchoStar 23) still NET Tuesday for the Static Fire test. Delta IV/WGS-9 slip has not impacted the flow.

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Update from KSC by SpaceFlightNow. Confirms strongback/launch mount is in the hanger.

« Last Edit: 03/07/2017 02:36 PM by Chris Bergin »
Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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Launch hazard area. Just the standard GTO mission profile.
Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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According to spaceflightnow's live stream Falcon 9 is now going vertical ahead of the planned Static Fire later today

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SFN livestream link showing a live shot of LC-39A.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/03/06/echostar-23-flight-preps/
Attended space missions: STS-114, STS-124, STS-128, STS-135, Atlas V "Curiosity", Delta IV Heavy NROL-15, Atlas V MUOS-2, Delta IV Heavy NROL-37, Falcon 9 CRS-9, Falcon 9 JCSAT-16, Atlas V GOES-R, Falcon 9 SES-11, Falcon Heavy Demo, Falcon 9 Es'hail-2.

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Posted these to the Discussion instead of here, correcting that now:

https://www.instagram.com/laylay79/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRWEYn9BBqP/
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

Online Chris Bergin

Article for the test (and more with manifest, pads, FH etc.) - So please copy and repost this link in relevant threads, per the additional info. Rounded up a bunch of things to make the article more interesting than just a static fire article.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/03/spacex-falcon-9-echostar-23-slc-40-return/

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Heading into the Static Fire window, but the T-0 won't be at 6pm local. Targeting 90 minutes into the window. That target has stuck for a while now, so posting out of L2.

So, window opens at 6pm. T-0 is 7:30pm.
« Last Edit: 03/07/2017 09:28 PM by Chris Bergin »

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And there's an issue. Standing down for the day.

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Same Static Fire window for the Falcon 9 on Wednesday - opens at 6pm Eastern (through to midnight). Strict window due to KSC roadblocks and EOC activation times (in case of an anomaly).

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Weather 70% GO (and on delay day). Thick cloud layer rule only possible violation.

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F9/EchoStar: The Falcon 9 rocket, horizontal on pad 39A, at 12:15pm EST; presumed hot fire test later today

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/839526294400335872

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Delayed again...and the launch date. Updated the article:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/03/spacex-falcon-9-echostar-23-slc-40-return/

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