Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : SES-10 with reuse of CRS-8 Booster SN/1021 : 2017-03-30 : UPDATES  (Read 278090 times)

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“We’re at the edge of quite significant bit of history here. This is big step for SES, for @SpaceX and for the industry.” M. Halliwell, SES

https://twitter.com/ses_satellites/status/847434266447196161

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Dirty core on the pad. :D

High resolution picture.  :D


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Checkouts of the SES 10 telecom satellite running ahead of schedule. Falcon 9 launch set for 6:27pm EDT (2227 GMT). https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/03/30/ses-10-mission-status-center/

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/847451738307088386

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Image of F9-33 vertical from SpaceX's website, you can really see the sootiness in this picture.

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SpaceX is targeting launch of the SES-10 mission today, Thursday, March 30th, from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

The SES-10 mission will mark a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability as SpaceX attempts the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-10 mission previously supported a successfull space station cargo resupply mission for NASA in April 2016.

The launch window opens at 6:27 pm EDT or 10:27 pm UTC, and the launch will be broadcast live at www.spacex.com/webcast beginning at approximately 6:07 pm EDT or 10:07 pm UTC. For more information, visit www.spacex.com.


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Higher res-photo from SpaceX ‏tweet:

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/847478493206138882

Edit: even larger res version attached from flickr
« Last Edit: 03/30/2017 07:35 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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45th haven't put an updated forecast on the web yet, but I suspect they've issued one to press on-site:

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Launch day forecast remains 80% "go" for Falcon 9, SES-10. Window 6:27-8:57pm ET. Same window, weather for backup opportunity Saturday.

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/847487438276632577

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Steve Jurvetson on Facebook (emphasis mine):

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At the historic Apollo 11 Pad 39A for the first reuse of a SpaceX booster (and first attempt at a fairing recovery). Go SpaceX and SES-10, go, go go!


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Finally here's the updated forecast, including for Saturday as the delay day:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule

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They just did a poll (LD Go).

Everything on track, some ground nitrogen systems pressing a bit slow, final comment from LD: "Let's get this done."

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The vendor getting ahead of itself....

Airbus-built satellite SES-10 successfully launched

 
Airbus Defence and Space

Published on Mar 30, 2017
The SES-10 telecommunications satellite built by Airbus for the Luxembourg-based operator SES has been successfully launched by Falcon 9 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
With a mass at launch of 5,300 kg and spacecraft power of 13 kW, SES-10 is the 45th Eurostar E3000-based spacecraft built.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lend-AuwOjY?t=001

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T-1hr 52mins and counting.  All proceeded well at this time.

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Blast Danger Area has been cleared.

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T-90mins and counting.  All is on track to make the opening of the window at 1827 EDT at this time.  The launch team loop is quiet/nominal at this time.

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Checkouts of the Falcon 9's flight termination system are reported complete.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/03/30/ses-10-mission-status-center/
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.

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Prop load poll in 1min.

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Prop load poll complete.  We are good to load Falcon 9 with LOX and RP1.

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Automated countdown sequence has begun.

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