Kepler Communications Selects SpaceX to Launch Two Batches of its Nanosatellite ConstellationDECEMBER 12THKepler announced today that it has selected SpaceX as launch partner to deliver a portion of its first Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation into space onboard SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 launch vehicle.Kepler has procured 400 kg of launch capacity from SpaceX for the deployment of multiple satellites. These spacecraft incorporate both a high-capacity Ku-band communications system and a narrowband payload, for both high-speed data transfers and for low-power direct-to-satellite IoT connectivity. This will be the first time the two companies are partnering for a LEO deployment, and it will be a historical event as it marks Kepler’s first use of SpaceX’s new SmallSat Rideshare Program, which will see the launch of multiple small spacecraft into sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).“Kepler looks forward to working with SpaceX to fulfill part of our 2020 launch plans. With this agreement, we are deploying our next-generation constellation on schedule, which will let us serve the growing demand,” said Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communications. “We chose SpaceX as a launch partner and support their SmallSat Rideshare Program which is certainly a one-of-its-kind, exceeding expectations in terms of pricing and accommodation.” ”SpaceX is honored Kepler chose our Falcon 9 rideshare program to launch a portion of its innovative nanosatellite constellation, which will help close global gaps in internet connectivity,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “SpaceX is looking forward to delivering these important spacecraft to orbit for Kepler.”Kepler’s LEO satellite constellation will be comprised of approximately 140 satellites. Planned to be deployed in three phases, from 2020 to 2023 and each with an incremental number of satellites launched, Kepler’s LEO constellation will grow to become a space data relay system to serve other constellations with high-speed data backhaul capabilities. Today, the company is focused on building the install base for Global Data ServiceTM, its pole-to-pole wideband connectivity service for mobile and fixed applications. EverywhereIOTTM, Kepler’s affordable solution for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, will enter user trials in the coming months.
Discussion of the manifest, and updates. The best guess at the current manifest is in this post. The first four posts in this thread are maintained1 - Current manifest and some links2 - Past launches3 - Smoliarm's graphical manifest4 - linksDiscussion of the table format should be done here: SpaceX Manifest Table Format DiscussionPrior thread: SpaceX Manifest Updates and Discussion Thread 4Sites: C=Cape Canaveral Spaceport (KSC/CCAFS) (UTC-4 EDT,UTC-5 EST) CCAFS SLC-40: Active for Falcon 9 KSC LC-39A: Active for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy V=Vandenberg (UTC-7 PDT,UTC-8 PST) SLC-4E: Active for Falcon 9 B=Boca Chica (UTC-5 CDT,UTC-6 CST) Site preparation work underwayU.S. daylight saving time starts second Sunday in March, ends first Sunday in November, time changes at 2:00 a.m. local time Local LV Core Ret- . . Mass . Mis-Est. Date, Time/UTC. S/N urn Payload(s) Orb (kg) Site sion------------------- .--- ------ .--- ---------------------------- --- .----- ----- ----2019-01-11 0731/-8F91049.2SIridium NEXT (Flight 8)PLR9600V-4E682019-02-21*2045/-5F91048.3SNusantara Satu/SpaceIL/GTO-1GTO4850C-40692019-03-02 0249/-5F91051SCCtCap DM1LEO12kC-39A702019-04-11 1835/-4HNNN*LSLArabsat 6AGTO6465C-39A(H2)2019-05-04 0248/-4F91056SCRS SpX-17LEO~10kC-40712019-05-23 2230/-4F91049.3SStarlink v0.9LEO~14kC-40722019-06-12 0717/-7F91051.2LRADARSAT ConstellationSSO~5k?V-4E732019-06-25 0230/-4HRNR*LSLSTP-2 (US Air Force)MEO3700C-39A(H3)2019-07-25 1801/-4F91056.2LCRS SpX-18LEO~10kC-40742019-08-06 1923/-4F91047.3XAMOS-17GTO6.5kC-40752019-11-11 0956/-5F91048.4SStarlink v1 Flight 1LEO~16kC-40762019-12-05 1229/-5F91059SCRS SpX-19LEO~10kC-40772019-12-16*1910/-5F91056.3SJCSAT-18/Kacific-1GTO6956C-4078------------------- --- ------ --- ---------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----2019-12 (NET)F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 2LEO.C-40792020-01F91046.4XCCiCap In-Flight Abort TestSUB.C-39AN/A2020F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 3LEO.C-40.2020F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 4LEO.C-40.2020-03F9..SAOCOM 1BSSO~3-4kC.2020-03F9..CRS SpX-20LEO~10kC.2020-Q1 (NET)F91058SCCtCap DM2 (Crew)LEO.C-39A.2020-03F9N.USAF GPS III-3MEO4400C.2020F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 5LEO.C-40.2020F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 6LEO.C-40.2020-Q2F9R.Türksat 5AGTO3500C.2020F9..ANASIS-IIGTO.C.2020F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 7LEO.C-40.2020F9.SStarlink v1 Flight 8LEO.C-40.2020-midF9..SiriusXM SXM-7GTO>5400C.2020F9NSCCtCap Crew-1LEO.C-39A.2020-08F9..CRS2 SpX-21LEO~10kC.2020-Q3F9..SiriusXM SXM-8GTO>5400C.2020-Q3 (NET)F9..USAF GPS III-4MEO4400C.2020-Q4F9..SpaceX SSOSSO.V-4E .2020-FallHN.AFSPC-44GEO.C-39A.2020-11F9..Sentinel-6A (Jason-CS)LEO1440V-4E.2020-lateF9..SARah 1SSO~2200V-4E.2020-late (NET)F9..CRS2 SpX-22LEO~10kC.2020 (NET)F9..NationSat & co-passengerGTO?C(120)2021F9..USAF GPS III-5MEO4400C2021-Q1F9R.WorldView Legion flight 1LEO.V.2021-Q1F9..Türksat 5BGTO4500C.2021-SpringHN.AFSPC-52GTO.C-39A.2021-04F9R.IXPELEO~300C-39A.2021F9..O3B mPOWER flight 1MEO~5kC(130)2021F9..USAF GPS III-6MEO4400C.2021F9..SARah 2/3SSO~3600V-4E .2021-07F9..DARTESC~500V-4E.2021-09F9..SWOTLEO2000V-4E.2021-H2F9N.NROL-85LEO?C .2021-H2F9N.NROL-87SSO?V-4E .2021F9..Intuitive Machines (+rideshare).?C-39A .2021F9..O3B mPOWER flight 2MEO~7kC(130)2022F9R.WorldView Legion flight 2LEO.C.2022-Q1F9..SpaceX SSO-2SSO.V-4E .2022-07F9..Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter?678C(150)2022-lateF9..Space NorwayHEO4k. .2022 (Very NET)SS..MarsTMI.?.2023-Q1F9..SpaceX SSO-3SSO.V-4E .2023 (NET)SS..#dearMoonTLI.?.TBD (2020-2024)F9..Commercial Crew (5 flights)LEO.C-39A.2020F9..Starlink Deployment (up to 24)LEO.C.2021+...Starlink Deployment (many)LEO.C/V.2020+F9..SSO Rideshares (several/year)SSO.V.TBD (2021-2024)F9..CRS-2 (4+ flights)LEO.C.TBD (2021-2022)H..one of the ViaSat 3 satsGEO6400C-39A.NOTES:(H2) Arabsat 6A - Serial Numbers: Side1:1052.1 Center:1055.1 Side2: 1053.1. Center booster landed on ASDS and then fell over while being towed back to port.(H3) STP-2 - Serial Numbers: Side1:1052.2 Center:1057.1 Side2: 1053.2(120) Intersputnik NationSat & co-passenger NET 2020(130) 2 flights for O3B mPOWER in 2021(150) Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter : PostCompanies that appear to have launch contracts for unspecified payloads:Eutelsat, Inmarsat, BigelowDate: *=Local date differs from UTC date ~=Date has some uncertaintyReturn: L=Land,S=Sea,X=Expendable,N/A=Not ApplicableLaunch Vehicle: F9=Falcon 9, H=Falcon Heavy, F=Falcon 9 or Heavy, SS=StarshipCore: *=FH core numbers in footnotes, N=New, R=ReusedMission: Blue number indicates additional information in footnotes.Colors: Successful / Unsuccessful / Mars!!!! / Footnotes / Mission failure may not be SpaceX's faultRideshare payloads (which flight it's on may not be known yet) Local LV . . Mass . Est. Date, Time/UTC. Payload(s) Orb (kg) Site ------------------- --- .---------------------------- --- .----- ----- 2020-Q4F9Kepler (2 flights)SSO?..2021F9Astranis 2020-Q4GTO..2021F9ispace HAKUTO-R...Possible future payloads:Competitions for future payloads:Air ForceCanceled payloads: ABS-8, AMOS-8, GiSat-1, PTScientists, Ovzon-3 / Bigelow Tourism to ISSL2 notes on manifest:Upcoming Mars Launch Windows: 2020-06, 2022-08, 2024-09, 2026-11, 2029-01SpaceX Mission Paperwork / Raul's MapStarlink Index Thread / Commercial Space Index ThreadL2 SpaceX CRS External CargoL2 Level SpaceX Falcon 9 Stage Watch / Public Core SpottingSpaceX Launch Log (past launches) / Wikipedia Falcon LaunchesViewing flights from Vandenberg / Ben Cooper's Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral / Viewing Flights from KSC/CCAFSUpcoming SpaceX Talks / General Industry TalksSpaceX Falcon Mission SimulationsSpaceX Eastern Range Landing FacilitiesNSF Manifest Threads: U.S. / Russian / Arianespace / Japanese / Chinese / Indian / Rocket Lab / ConsolidatedRecent Edits:Nov 5 Moved SXM-7 to mid 2020, SXM-8 to Q3 2020October 9 Added Intersputnik NationSat & co-passenger NET 2020. Changed SAOCOM-1B from Vandenberg to Florida launch site.September 10 Changed KPLO to July 2022September 9 Added 2 flights for O3B mPOWER in 2021August 26 Added secondary payload Astranis in Q4 2020August 23 Removed Ovzon-3August 20 Moved GPS III-3 to January 2020August 5 Added 3 SSO rideshares from SpaceXJuly 29 Removed Orbit BeyondJuly 9 Removed PT ScientistsJuly 8 Added IXPE in 2021July 3 Added Space Norway in late 2022June 28 Moved AFSPC-52 to Spring 2021, AFSPC-44 to Fall 2020June 8 Added Bigelow Tourism flights. Unclear if these are options or firm contracts for up to 4 flights NET 2020.May 31 Adding several lunar landers that may or may not have the contracts/funding in place yet: PTScientists, CLPS: Orbit Beyond, CLPS: Intuitive Machines. I can always remove them later if they fall through. Not sure if the CLPS missions will be solo payloads or rideshares, and if they would be primary payload on rideshares.May 23 Added ANASIS-II NET Nov. 2019May 11 Moved DART from 2021-06 to 2021-07Apr 11 Adding DARTMar 6 Moved STP-2 to April, CRS-19 to December. Added Starlink Flight 1.Feb 19 Adding NROL-85, NROL-87, AFSPC-44Feb 8 Moved Viasat 3 to NET 2021. Moved SARah 1 to late 2020. Moved SARah 2/3 to 2021.Jan 13 Moved Nusantara Satu from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17Jan 2 Moved JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 from H2 to Q3 of 2019Dec 15 Moved SAOCOM-1B to end of 2019 (NET)Dec 7 Removing GiSat-1All comments and updates are welcomed! Thank you to all contributors!
SAT-MOD-20191217-00148QuotePlanet Labs Inc. (“Planet”) respectfully requests authority to modify the authorization forPlanet’s SkySat Earth Exploration Satellite Service (“EESS”) system (FCC Call Sign S2862).Specifically, Planet requests authority to:● Modify the authorized orbital location for the SkySat-16 to SkySat-21 satellites to includethe inclination range 40° – 60° in addition to the currently authorized inclination range of97.0° – 97.9°; and● Modify the operational orbital altitude for SkySat-3 to include 400 km. ...SkySat-16 through SkySat-18 are intended to be launched as secondary payloads in April2020 on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and SkySat-19 through SkySat-21 are intended to belaunched as secondary payloads in June 2020 on a subsequent Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The sixSkySats are expected to be deployed into a 190 km x 380 km elliptical orbit.
Planet Labs Inc. (“Planet”) respectfully requests authority to modify the authorization forPlanet’s SkySat Earth Exploration Satellite Service (“EESS”) system (FCC Call Sign S2862).Specifically, Planet requests authority to:● Modify the authorized orbital location for the SkySat-16 to SkySat-21 satellites to includethe inclination range 40° – 60° in addition to the currently authorized inclination range of97.0° – 97.9°; and● Modify the operational orbital altitude for SkySat-3 to include 400 km. ...SkySat-16 through SkySat-18 are intended to be launched as secondary payloads in April2020 on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and SkySat-19 through SkySat-21 are intended to belaunched as secondary payloads in June 2020 on a subsequent Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The sixSkySats are expected to be deployed into a 190 km x 380 km elliptical orbit.
SPACEX IN BID TO LAUNCH FIRST TURKISH-BUILT SATELLITETürksat General Manager Şen also emphasized that ... SpaceX is a candidate to launch Turkey's first nationally-built satellite. He noted that the Turkish satellite operator currently has two missions to launch satellites with SpaceX, with the 5A satellite planning to be launched next year.
The Türksat 5A will be launched from the launch pad in Florida, the U.S., in the second quarter of 2020 if everything goes as planned, Türksat General Manager Cenk Şen said on the sidelines of the 2019 Satellite Conference in Washington.
SpaceX teams across the United States are readying for what the company’s chief operating officer predicts will be a record number of launches in 2020.The first two of up to 38 SpaceX launches next year are scheduled for Jan. 3 and Jan. 11.FULL STORY: spaceflightnow.com/2019/12/20/spa…
“I think in 2020 we’ll do more, and that’s because of Starlink,” she said in a roundtable discussion with reporters earlier this month. “I think we will have 14 or 15 non-Starlink launches, and then we’ll fly Starlink as often as we can.“I need second stages to be built a little bit faster, but we would probably shoot for 35 to 38 missions next year,” Shotwell said.
Pretty sure there won't be an F9 launch from VAFB in March. That rideshare will fly with SAOCOM 1B from Florida.
2014: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32503.msg1346716#msg13467162015: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=34603.msg1472467#msg14724672016: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40231.msg1629673#msg16296732017: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43418.msg1764805#msg1764805OTV-5 not counted as "commercial / competitively bid" 2018: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43418.msg1895351#msg1895351
Launch Alert 4:58 PM Dec 22, 2019 LAUNCH ALERT Brian Webb [email protected] www.spacearchive.info 2019 December 22 (Sunday) 16:41 PST------------------------------------------------------------ VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE All launch dates and times are subject to change. Launch Time/Window Date (PST/PDT) Vehicle Pad/Silo-------- ----------------- ------------- --------MAR Unknown Falcon 9 SLC-4EVehicle will launch the SmallSat Rideshare Mission 1OCT Unknown Falcon 9 SLC-4EVehicle will launch the SmallSat Rideshare Mission 9NOV Unknown Falcon 9 SLC-4EVehicle will launch the Sentinel 6A (Jason-CS) satelliteDEC Unknown Falcon 9 SLC-4EVehicle will launch the SmallSat Rideshare Mission 11The above schedule is a composite of unclassified informationapproved for public release from government, industry, and othersources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches arewithheld until they are approved for public release. For officialinformation regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go tohttp://www.vandenberg.af.mil.All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hourformat similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on otheronline launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFBschedule because different sources were used, the information wasinterpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at differenttimes.NET: No earlier thanTBD: To be determinedPDT: Pacific Daylight TimePST: Pacific Standard TimeSLC: Space Launch Complex---------------------------------------------------------Copyright 2019, Brian Webb. All rights reserved. No portion of this newsletter may be used without identifying Launch Alert as the source and providing a functioning hyperlink or text that point to (the www.spacearchive.info source)
Nilesat partners with SpaceX to launch Nilesat-301 satellite in 2022by Staff Reporter January 22, 2020 Positioned at 7° West, Nilesat-301 will work with Nilesat-201 to provide Ku-band services for the Middle East and North Africa.Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat has partnered with SpaceX for the launch of Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite due in 2022. A contract was sealed between Nilesat and SpaceX in Cairo on Tuesday, the first cooperation between the two companies.