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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #320 on: 03/05/2018 01:07 PM »
New manifest flight?
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SpaceX Moon Mission To Set Up Lunar Mobile Network Underway
https://www.christianpost.com/news/spacex-moon-mission-to-set-up-lunar-mobile-network-underway-220195/

No. Look back around reply #308 in this thread.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #321 on: 03/09/2018 07:06 PM »
ARTICLE: SpaceX manifest: company aims for five Falcon 9 launches in one month -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/spacex-manifest-five-falcon-9-launches-one-month/

- By Chris Gebhardt

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #322 on: 03/09/2018 07:42 PM »
ARTICLE: SpaceX manifest: company aims for five Falcon 9 launches in one month -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/03/spacex-manifest-five-falcon-9-launches-one-month/

- By Chris Gebhardt

Six launches in 32 days, five launches in 28 days, three launches from three pads in one week, and the debut of Block 5 ;D Even if there are delays to several missions, it will still be an absolutely bonkers cadence for SpaceX.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #323 on: 03/14/2018 11:43 AM »
Two new launches:
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Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Selects SpaceX to Launch its Next-generation WorldView Legion Satellites
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The initial block of the multi-satellite WorldView Legion constellation will be launched by two flight-proven Falcon 9 rockets in 2021.
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180314005049/en/Maxar-Technologies%E2%80%99-DigitalGlobe-Selects-SpaceX-Launch-Next-generation
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #324 on: 03/14/2018 03:52 PM »
Two new launches:
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Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe Selects SpaceX to Launch its Next-generation WorldView Legion Satellites
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The initial block of the multi-satellite WorldView Legion constellation will be launched by two flight-proven Falcon 9 rockets in 2021.
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180314005049/en/Maxar-Technologies%E2%80%99-DigitalGlobe-Selects-SpaceX-Launch-Next-generation
Thread for above
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45220
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #325 on: 03/14/2018 08:55 PM »
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Shotwell @spacex: 2018 is the first year when we will be waiting for our customers (and not other way around).#satshow2018

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #326 on: 03/14/2018 09:00 PM »
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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California, has been awarded a $290,594,130 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services to deliver the GPS III to its intended orbit.  This contract provides launch vehicle production, mission integration/launch operations/spaceflight worthiness and mission unique activities for a GPS III mission, with options for two additional GPS III launch services. Work will be performed in Hawthorne, California; Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station, Florida; and McGregor, Texas, and is expected to be complete by March 2020.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 space procurement funding in the amount of $96,937,905 will be obligated at the time of award.  The Contracting Division, Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is the contracting activity (FA8811-18-C-0001).

https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1466539//
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #327 on: 03/14/2018 09:09 PM »
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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California, has been awarded a $290,594,130 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services to deliver the GPS III to its intended orbit.  This contract provides launch vehicle production, mission integration/launch operations/spaceflight worthiness and mission unique activities for a GPS III mission, with options for two additional GPS III launch services. Work will be performed in Hawthorne, California; Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station, Florida; and McGregor, Texas, and is expected to be complete by March 2020.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 space procurement funding in the amount of $96,937,905 will be obligated at the time of award.  The Contracting Division, Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is the contracting activity (FA8811-18-C-0001).

https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1466539//

Just to make it extra clear, the $290.5m sum almost certainly includes all three prospective GPS III launches, as $96.9m is almost exactly one third of that figure.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #328 on: 03/14/2018 09:28 PM »

Just to make it extra clear, the $290.5m sum almost certainly includes all three prospective GPS III launches, as $96.9m is almost exactly one third of that figure.

Yes, of course. This contract round went pretty much as expected. SpaceX got the three GPS flights, and ULA got the two GEO direct flights (AFSPC-8 and AFSPC-12)

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United Launch Services, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $354,811,947 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services to deliver the AFSPC-8 and AFSPC-12 satellites to their intended orbit.  This contract provides launch vehicle production, mission integration/launch operations/spaceflight worthiness, mission unique activities, and mission unique options for the AFSPC-8 and AFSPC-12 missions. Work will be performed in Centennial, Colorado; Decatur, Alabama; and Cape Canaveral, Florida, and is expected to be complete by June 2020; and March 2020, respectively.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 space procurement; and fiscal 2018 research, development, test, and evaluation funding in the amount of $354,811,947 will be obligated at the time of award.  The Contracting Division, Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is the contracting activity (FA8811-18-C-0002).

https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1466539//
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #329 on: 03/14/2018 09:51 PM »
The two GEO sats was a competitive process. Was this the first time that SpaceX has bid on a GEO launch for the Air Force?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #330 on: 03/14/2018 09:52 PM »
So should I interpret that as the GPS III-4 launch would be scheduled around March 2020 and the two options (GPS III-5, III-6) afterward?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #331 on: 03/14/2018 09:53 PM »
The two GEO sats was a competitive process. Was this the first time that SpaceX has bid on a GEO launch for the Air Force?

The RFP thread would be a better place to continue discussion of who got awarded what...
RFP For Five Air Force Launches : GPS x 3, AFSPC-8, AFSPC-12 (FA8811-17-R-0004)

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #332 on: 03/14/2018 10:28 PM »
GPS-III-3 is not on the manifest. Didn't SpaceX win that one as well?
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1113835/spacex-awarded-contract-for-gps-iii-3-launch-services/

Edit 2: Ignore previous edit of me being confused. The date on the article was March 14th from last year so I thought it was today.  ;D
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #333 on: 03/14/2018 10:41 PM »
GPS-III-3 is not on the manifest. Didn't SpaceX win that one as well?
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1113835/spacex-awarded-contract-for-gps-iii-3-launch-services/

Edit 2: Ignore previous edit of me being confused. The date on the article was March 14th from last year so I thought it was today.  ;D

Just to clarify for anyone who missed it, it seems that the Air Force decided to swap the GPS III-1 and GPS III-3 launches between SpaceX and ULA.  Now SpaceX seems to have GPS III-1 and III-2, ULA has III-3, SpaceX has III-4,5,6.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #334 on: 03/14/2018 11:11 PM »
Air Force Awards Launch Services Contracts to SpaceX and ULA
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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The Air Force announced today the award of two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts.  Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has been awarded a $290,594,130 firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver three GPS III missions (1 base and 2 options) to the intended orbit.  United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been awarded a $351,839,510 firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8 and AFSPC-12 satellites to the intended orbit.  Both contracts provide the Government with a total launch solution for these missions, which includes launch vehicle production, mission integration, launch operations, and spaceflight certification.  These missions are planned to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

This is the fourth competition under the current Phase 1A procurement strategy.  These launch service contract awards strike a balance between meeting operational needs and lowering launch costs through reintroducing competition for National Security Space missions.

“The competitive award of these two EELV launch service contracts directly supports Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC’s) mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our Nation while maintaining assured access to space,” said Lt Gen John F. Thompson, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and SMC commander.

The three GPS III missions will deliver sustained, reliable GPS capabilities to America’s warfighters, our allies, and civil users. GPS provides positioning, navigation, and timing service to civil and military users worldwide.  The GPS III missions are planned to launch between late 2019 and 2020.

The AFSPC-8 mission comprises two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites, known as GSSAP 5 & 6. AFSPC-8 is planned to launch in 2020 into a geosynchronous orbit.

The AFSPC-12 mission comprises a forward space vehicle (SV) and an aft SV.  The forward SV is known as the Wide Field of View (WFOV) Testbed and the aft SV is a propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) that hosts auxiliary payloads.  AFSPC-12 is planned to launch in 2020 into a geosynchronous orbit.

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.  Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

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I'm kinda expecting those GPS launches to slip to the right, but I'll use their dates for now.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #335 on: 03/15/2018 06:12 PM »
The Air Force seems to like the option of cheaper access to space.  SpaceX has 3 launches for less than the cost of ULA's 2 launches.

But they also showed that they want redundancy in the market.

Great job SpaceX, looking forward to seeing more wins.
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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #336 on: 03/20/2018 03:26 AM »
Do we have this yet?

Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT 6 with GRACE-FO : late April, 2018
NET April 28. No mention of recovery ops in this particular STA. 
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #337 on: 03/20/2018 07:50 PM »
[Space News] Spacecom less than two months from Amos-8 purchase
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Israeli fleet operator Spacecom is very close to purchasing a new satellite dubbed Amos-8, a company official said March 14.
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Keret said Amos-17, a replacement for Amos-5, remains on track for a 2019 SpaceX launch. Spacecom is using money paid toward the launch of Amos-6 to launch Amos-17, and intends to launch Amos-8 with SpaceX as well. 

I was starting to wonder if Amos-8 was actually going to happen.

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #338 on: 03/23/2018 03:10 PM »
Here is updated "FPIP-chart" - in slightly modified format:
Pale-green marks show launches which are listed in green dash frames.
For those satellites we know just the fact they are scheduled for second half 2018.
Therefore these marks are not labelled and they are at arbitrary-even spacing.

As more information on particular flight become available - the mark will change color and get label :)

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Re: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 5
« Reply #339 on: 03/23/2018 04:49 PM »
So Bangabandhu/Block 5 is moving to the right from April 5th?

What’s the exact new date they’re working toward? I see it’s after TESS...one suggestion to improve the SX “FPIP” would be to put in little date hashmarks on the bottom.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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