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Has the payload left SSL in Palo Alto and been delivered to SpaceX operations at Cape Canaveral for pre-launch processing?  (I know our NSF contributors are usually very quick to report such things, if they are free to do so.)

It takes a finite amount of time to process the payloads for launch.  What is the average processing time for a geo-comm payload, from delivery to stacking on the launch vehicle?

If that process has not yet started, then perhaps the launch must be delayed into early 2018?

(The focus here on NSF is on the LV, particularly so for Falcon 9--1st stage watches, etc.)
« Last Edit: 11/11/2017 09:54 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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In the Zuma static fire article that Chris G. wrote today he lists the expected flights for the rest of the year, and Hispasat isn't on there.  It seems likely to slip into 2018.

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In a June FCC filing Hispasat said "launch and place in operation scheduled for May 2018".  There is typically some gap between launch and placing in operation, so that's a bit vague.  Then in an August press release for another mission the manufacturer said it would be launching later this year.  As noted in the Zuma static fire article, it doesn't seem to actually be on the manifest for 2017.  I'm going with first half of 2018 for now, and will refine the estimated date if we get any more news on the mission.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Hispasat 30W-6 (1F) : H1-2018
« Reply #23 on: 12/07/2017 01:30 PM »
Any idea what happened to push this mission to 2018? I saw Chris's article, just seemed rather sudden that it dropped from the manifest entirely without any announcement/update from Hispasat.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Hispasat 30W-6 (1F) : H1-2018
« Reply #24 on: 12/07/2017 03:00 PM »
Any idea what happened to push this mission to 2018? I saw Chris's article, just seemed rather sudden that it dropped from the manifest entirely without any announcement/update from Hispasat.

The reason it was hanging around the 2017 manifest its that there hasn't been an update and their looked to be a launch slot out of LC-40 at the end of December. Every other mission that would have taken this spot had a new date in 2018. Zuma has now taken this spot which has slipped a week or so due to the delays in getting LC-40 ready for CRS-13.

The question is where this launch is in the manifest order. It seems clear it is at least after Govsat-1/SES-16, which would make this NET February. It could easily be NET April after SES-12, Bangbandhu, CRS-14, and TESS.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Hispasat 30W-6 (1F) : H1-2018
« Reply #25 on: 12/07/2017 03:11 PM »
The reason it was hanging around the 2017 manifest its that there hasn't been an update and their looked to be a launch slot out of LC-40 at the end of December.

That's not really true.  A lot of people seemed to think this payload was near the front of the line.  It's not like Es'hail-2 where there has been no info at all.  It will be interesting to see when this payload actually flies.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Hispasat 30W-6 (1F) : H1-2018
« Reply #26 on: 12/08/2017 11:07 PM »
Looking at the other Hispasat satellite launch threads, particularly those manufactured by SSL, the satellite's delivery to the launch site (or from the factory) is noted with a press release.

No one has posted news of this satellite's delivery to the Cape or to the SpaceX processing facilities.

That seems to be the next news that will allow a rough estimate forward to a launch date.

This >could< be a delay due to the manufacturer, rather than the launcher?
« Last Edit: 12/08/2017 11:09 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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