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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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. 🤔

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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
"If we shared everything [we are working on] people would think we are insane!"
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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 : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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 : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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 : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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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Big news, 1043 is off the TEL.

FH mods continuing.

https://twitter.com/Delta_IV_Heavy/status/933405458051862528





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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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

https://twitter.com/delta_iv_heavy/status/933437300075368448

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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 : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : 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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NET Jan 4 is what we have.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #51 on: 12/16/2017 11:28 PM »
And we have confirmation of the stage sighting from press yesterday (12/15) :) Almost certainly moving to 40's HIF.

Also fun to see the OTS carrying an integrated stack!

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #52 on: 12/29/2017 09:31 PM »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #54 on: 12/31/2017 11:38 AM »
Reminding folks, before some think Zuma has been pushed back a day, that “0055Z” on Jan 5 is 7:55PM EST on Jan 4...
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #55 on: 01/01/2018 05:25 PM »
Launch forecast is 90% GO but upper level winds (at max of 150 knots) may be a concern:

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

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #56 on: 01/02/2018 05:29 PM »
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
050055Z TO 050337Z JAN 18, ALTERNATE
060055Z TO 060337Z JAN 18 IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 28-36N 080-39W, 29-46N 079-18W,
29-37N 079-10W, 28-28N 080-22W,
28-22N 080-34W.
B. 29-46N 079-18W, 30-24N 078-41W,
31-28N 077-27W, 31-53N 076-46W,
31-47N 076-40W, 31-27N 076-56W,
30-44N 077-42W, 29-37N 079-10W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 060437Z JAN 18.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 201749Z DEC 17.

Date: 310355Z DEC 17
Cancel: 06043700 Jan 18

SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.
SOUTHEASTERN INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 03, DNC 04.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS SPACE DEBRIS
050300Z TO 050552Z JAN 18, ALTERNATE
060300Z TO 060552Z JAN 18 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 060652Z JAN 18.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE 201749Z DEC 17.

Date: 310308Z DEC 17
Cancel: 06065200 Jan 18

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Potential second Static Fire test for Falcon 9 B1043 coming up as there are local observations of the booster (without payload) going to SLC-40 right now. This booster has already been fired up, but on 39A.
« Last Edit: 01/02/2018 06:15 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #58 on: 01/02/2018 06:23 PM »
According to the new weather forecast from the 45th Space Wing, the launch has been delayed by one day.

http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/L-3%20Forecast%205%20Jan%20Launch.pdf?ver=2018-01-02-133721-683
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : January 7/8, 2018, SLC-40 : UPDATES
« Reply #59 on: 01/03/2018 01:02 PM »
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Team at the Cape performed a propellant loading test of Falcon 9 on Pad 40 this morning – additional static fire test of the rocket was not necessary. Targeting January 5 launch of Zuma.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/948554978163007488

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