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Updates Thread for unknown Northrop Grumman payload Codename Zuma mission.


NSF Threads for Codename Zuma : Discussion / Updates / L2 Coverage November-December / ASDS / Party

NSF Articles for Codename Zuma :
   SpaceX adds mystery “Zuma” mission, Iridium-4 aims for Vandenberg landing
   Launch Overview Article


NET Jan 4.



Getting this started per this FCC launch license from yesterday


There are approved FCC licences for an RTLS launch 1390 from 39A on November 10th.

1446-EX-ST-2017:
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=80568&RequestTimeout=1000

1318-EX-ST-2017:
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=80217&RequestTimeout=1000

Licenses call for this to go from LC-39A on 10 November 2017 and RTLS to LZ-1.



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent)
   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles
   SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)

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« Last Edit: 12/06/2017 08:16 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Latest documentation (L2) shows SpaceX is on track to conduct a Static Fire test on Saturday evening.

Window for the test opens at 18:00 local.

Spacecraft and mission are still totally secret.

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Cross-post from discussion. Launch Hazard Area.
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RTLS

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Nov 15; window opens at 8 pm! A landing is planned at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station!
https://twitter.com/45thSpaceWing/status/928763643172474880
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SpaceX has positioned its next Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad in Florida for a test-firing today. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 is set for no earlier than Wednesday. spaceflightnow.com/2017/11/11/fal…

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/929359024008695814


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30 minutes to the opening of the Static Fire window. We're expecting live streaming via Alicia (SpaceGal)‏ @murphypak shortly.

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F9/Zuma: Standing by for a Falcon 9 static firing at KSC pad 39A; extremely windy, but vehicle is venting, presumably on track for 6pm EST first stage engine test firing

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/929479080638144512


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William Harwood‏ @cbs_spacenews
23s23 seconds ago

F9/Zuma: Engine ignition at 6pm; firing appeared normal duration, no obvious issues; will now stand by for SpaceX post-test update

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/929484000380497920

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Right at the start of the window!

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F9/Zuma: Falcon 9 hot-fire test as viewed from 3 miles away

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/929486865098567680

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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting November 15 launch of Zuma from Pad 39A in Florida.

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/929487948289937408

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Launch forecast attached, 70% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 30% 
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Think Cloud Layer Rule     

Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10% 
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule

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L-2 day weather outlook.

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Rocket is off the pad, going back to the HIF for Payload integration:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbaduoljcgR/
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WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
160055Z TO 160337Z NOV, ALTERNATE
170055Z TO 170337Z NOV IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 28-38N 080-43W, 29-12N 080-06W,
30-04N 079-00W, 29-56N 078-52W,
28-41N 080-10W, 28-26N 080-21W,
28-22N 080-38W.
B. 30-04N 079-00W, 30-52N 078-17W,
31-32N 077-25W, 31-54N 076-49W,
31-49N 076-45W, 31-36N 076-57W,
30-44N 077-53W, 29-56N 078-52W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 170437Z NOV 17.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 072156Z NOV 17.

Date: 110428Z NOV 17
Cancel: 17043700 Nov 17

SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 03, DNC 04.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS SPACE DEBRIS
160300Z TO 160637Z NOV, ALTERNATE
170300Z TO 170637Z NOV IN AREA BOUND BY
30-27S 064-51E, 30-44S 067-03E,
38-10S 082-43E, 47-22S 108-39E,
50-30S 124-39E, 51-55S 126-03E,
53-32S 125-05E, 54-24S 116-01E,
53-34S 101-27E, 47-46S 082-05E,
39-58S 069-31E, 31-56S 063-23E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 170737Z NOV 17.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 072155Z NOV 17.

Date: 110407Z NOV 17
Cancel: 17073700 Nov 17
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Northrop Grumman on #SpaceX Zuma launch: "This represents a cost effective approach to space access for government missions. Northrop realizes that this is monumental responsibility and has taken great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma."

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/930211593014652934

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Updated launch forecast attached, still 70% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 30% 
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Layer Rule     

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

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SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission. Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy; teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch. The launch time and window remain the same for Thursday, opening at 8:00 p.m. EST and remaining open until 10:00 p.m. EST.

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TEL with payload is vertical at the pad.

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Confirmed by SpaceX on Twitter:

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Falcon 9 and Zuma went vertical last night on Pad 39A. Now targeting November 16 for launch — rocket and payload remain healthy, and the teams will use the extra day to conduct additional mission assurance work.

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Confirmed by SpaceX on Twitter:

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Falcon 9 and Zuma went vertical last night on Pad 39A. Now targeting November 16 for launch — rocket and payload remain healthy, and the teams will use the extra day to conduct additional mission assurance work.

SpaceX photo:
« Last Edit: 11/15/2017 03:57 PM by gongora »

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Weather expected to be 90% favorable in the 2hr window tomorrow.

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Press kit attached

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Different shot from SpaceX website

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A day time shot:

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gooooood morning from historic Launch Complex 39A. Just finished setting my remote cameras for tonight's 8PM launch of the mystery #Zuma payload. #SpaceX

https://twitter.com/TrevorMahlmann/status/931201861071368194

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ARTICLE: SpaceX Falcon 9 readies for launch of clandestine Zuma satellite - https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/11/spacex-falcon-9-launch-clandestine-zuma-satellite/

By Chris Gebhardt - who also took the photos (multi-talented!)

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Delay 24hrs

Adding:
James Dean‏
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DELAY: SpaceX #Zuma launch has been rescheduled for 8pm ET Fri., Nov. 17, the Eastern Range has confirmed.
« Last Edit: 11/16/2017 05:58 PM by NX-0 »

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Revised launch weather forecast, over 90% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: <10% 
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10% 
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule

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SpaceX Statement:

“We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer. Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date.”

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The 45th Space Wing's web page (http://www.patrick.af.mil/) now has no launch listed, nor any launch weather forecast. So clearly no launch today, nor yet any known future date.

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KSC goes into certain status modes ahead of a launch, such as roadblocks and such. They've been canceled for tonight, so it looks like we'll need to wait and see per when Zuma gets to ride uphill.

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No launch today... as SpaceX just informed the media not to show up today...

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Nov. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #37 on: 11/17/2017 07:05 PM »
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I spy with my @SpaceX eye ... All dressed up with nowhere to go. #Zuma

https://twitter.com/wordsmithfl/status/931613447162400769

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Nov. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #38 on: 11/17/2017 07:24 PM »
A much clearer shot:

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Very few know what's inside, but Falcon 9/Zuma looked beautiful today on the pad🚀

SpaceX is taking additional time complete a data review and then will confirm a new launch date

📸 http://photos.tmahlmann.com/Rockets/SpaceX/Zuma

https://twitter.com/trevormahlmann/status/931617645689962497

Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Nov. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #39 on: 11/18/2017 12:49 AM »
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Zuma payload has been lowered horizontal at launch pad 39A in Florida. The mission remains postponed indefinitely.
From Spaceflightnow: https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/931697165646352384
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Nov. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #40 on: 11/18/2017 07:28 PM »
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I spy with my @SpaceX eye ... nothing.

Portable floodlights on the TEL ramp, though. 🤔

https://twitter.com/wordsmithfl/status/931972981122850821

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Nov. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #41 on: 11/20/2017 05:58 PM »
December:
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SpaceX Classified Zuma Launch Delayed Until At Least December
http://aviationweek.com/awinspace/spacex-classified-zuma-launch-delayed-until-least-december
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #42 on: 11/20/2017 07:14 PM »
And here's the reason beyond the fairings: eastern range annual maintenance from today to Dec 1st.

Source Irene Klotz https://twitter.com/Free_Space/status/932689217599213568
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#SpaceX Zuma off range at least until it reopens after annual maintenance Dec 1
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #43 on: 11/20/2017 07:58 PM »
Worth a post in the update thread.

James Dean at Florida Today reports that Range maintenance down periods have been interrupted before to accommodate launch needs. 

So a hard close of the Range until 1 Dec appears, from a historical perspective, to be negotiable.

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2017/11/20/spacex-launch-secret-zuma-mission-hold-until-after-thanksgiving/880972001/?hootPostID=197b6f8f7befd7117f8b39925b800a15

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #44 on: 11/21/2017 09:28 PM »
Worth a post in the update thread.

James Dean at Florida Today reports that Range maintenance down periods have been interrupted before to accommodate launch needs. 

So a hard close of the Range until 1 Dec appears, from a historical perspective, to be negotiable.

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2017/11/20/spacex-launch-secret-zuma-mission-hold-until-after-thanksgiving/880972001/?hootPostID=197b6f8f7befd7117f8b39925b800a15

Update to this.  Below is a response from the 45th Squadron of the Air Force per my inquiry about the Range closure.

"Hi Chris,

Yes, our annual Eastern Capitalization Period began yesterday 20 Nov and will run through 1 Dec.

As an aside, the article referenced is inaccurate in that launches supported by the 45th Space Wing are at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, not Kennedy Space Center - which is NASA."

It would appear - if I'm reading that right - that the Range closure would not affect any missions going from LC-39A.
« Last Edit: 11/21/2017 09:31 PM by ChrisGebhardt »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #45 on: 11/21/2017 10:53 PM »
The Aviation Week article words it a bit differently, saying the maintenance affects both KSC and CCAFS:
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CAPE CANAVERAL—SpaceX’s launch of a classified mission for an undisclosed U.S. government customer will be delayed until at least December pending resolution of a possible payload fairing issue and for annual maintenance at the Eastern Test Range, which supports launches from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #46 on: 11/22/2017 06:24 PM »
Big news, 1043 is off the TEL.

FH mods continuing.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #47 on: 11/22/2017 08:23 PM »
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@NASASpaceflight just overheard, bus tour to Saturn V holding for transport of item from 39A

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Dec. 2017, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #48 on: 11/28/2017 09:00 PM »
FAA Zuma launch license attached. It’s dated Nov 9, but I think has only been posted on the FAA’s website this week.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Jan. 2018, KSC : UPDATES
« Reply #49 on: 12/06/2017 07:54 PM »
Now NET early Jan:

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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting launch of CRS-13 on December 12 from Pad 40, followed by launch of Zuma from Pad 40 in early January.

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/938510889484828673

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : NET Jan 4. 2018, SLC-40: UPDATES
« Reply #50 on: 12/06/2017 08:02 PM »
NET Jan 4 is what we have.

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