Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : PAZ & Microsat 2a/2b : SLC-4E Vandy - UPDATES - Feb 22, 2018  (Read 81320 times)

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UPDATE ONLY Thread for PAZ mission.

PLEASE NOTE. FROM THIS MISSION ON THIS THREAD WILL BE ENTIRELY UPDATES ONLY. POST LAUNCH POSTS OF CONGRATS, USUALLY ALLOWED IN THIS THREAD, WILL BE IN THE PARTY THREAD. ANY NON-UPDATE POST WILL BE DELETED. YOU HAVE BEEN PRE-WARNED ;D

NSF Threads for PAZ : Discussion / Updates / L2 Coverage January-February
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Feb 21, 2018 on reused Falcon 9 (booster 1038.2) from Vandenberg.  Launch time reported as 1417 UTC, 0617 PST.  First stage may be expended.  PAZ is 1400kg and going to a 514-km polar orbit.  SpaceX is expected to launch their demonstration satellites, Microsat 2a & 2b (a little under 400kg each, plus dispenser?), for the internet constellation on this flight.

SpaceX satellite threads:  SpaceX FCC filing for a 4425 satellite constellation providing Internet service / SpaceX - now a satellite vendor?


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Hisdesat, the Spanish government satellite services company, has signed an agreement with U.S. company SpaceX to launch the Earth Observation Radar satellite, PAZ, on board a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch is targeted to take place during the last quarter of 2017, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The numerous successes of Falcon 9 have been a driving factor for the election of Hisdesat to launch on board this rocket, which already has the confidence of other great companies.

http://www.hisdesat.es/eng/noticias_notas.php

Edit to use original press release



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« Last Edit: 02/22/2018 12:29 PM by Galactic Penguin SST »

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L2 Range has the Static Fire NET Feb 11, for a NET Feb 16 launch date that's now booked.

PS I know Airbus recently went with the 17th and that was how it was looking, but this based on an update today. Let's see how it shakes out....dates are always subject to change, but was worth noting based on the fresh update.
« Last Edit: 02/07/2018 02:18 PM by Chris Bergin »

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New update just now. Back to NET 17th. Still subject to change.

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Falcon 9 booster has been rolled out and is on the pad.

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ARTICLE: Falcon 9 readying for static fire at Vandenberg ahead of Paz + Starlink launch - https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/02/falcon-9-static-fire-vandenberg-paz-starlink/

- By Ian Atkinson

(Note: That lead photo is from IR4 - by Philip Sloss for NSF))

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Falcon 9 has fired up, via L2. Wait for SpaceX to confirm a good test after the Quick Look review.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/962784246128558080
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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting February 17 launch of PAZ from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

Falcon 9 PAZ scheduled to launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -  Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the PAZ satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:17 a.m. PDT.

Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, is the space launch commander.

"The 30th Space Wing is ready to support the first West Coast SpaceX launch of 2018," said Wood. "Each launch marks the culmination of hard work and dedication of Team V. We are excited to support this mission as we continue to provide safe, secure access to polar orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the PAZ satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain. PAZ carries a radar imaging payload to collect views of Earth for government and commercial customers, along with ship tracking and weather sensors. Multiple smaller secondary payloads will also launch on the Falcon 9 rocket.

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M1400 Paz Launch Hazard Area based on issued NOTMAR, together with stage2 debris area.
EDIT: NOTAM included.
« Last Edit: 02/14/2018 02:37 PM by Raul »

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SpaceX set to launch first prototype Starlink satellites for global internet

Mentions NSF in the article.

Source:  Geekwire

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Documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission indicate that ground stations will be housed at SpaceX facilities in Redmond and Brewster, Wash., as well as at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., and facilities in McGregor and Brownsville in Texas. Another ground station is to be placed at Tesla’s headquarters in Fremont, Calif., which Musk heads as CEO.

SpaceX says it will also be testing satellite communications with receiving terminals built into mobile vans.

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SpaceX has kept mum about many of the details relating to Starlink. Outside observers have had to piece together most of the information from required government filings and from insider forums such as NASASpaceflight.com and Reddit r/SpaceX.



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LAUNCH ALERT

                              Brian Webb
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                        www.spacearchive.info


                            2018 February 14 (Wednesday) 18:28 PST
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                             DAWN LAUNCH
                            by Brian Webb

The February 17 launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB could
provide an interesting light show visible over a wide area.

The rocket is scheduled to lift off at 06:17 PST, the presumed start
of an unspecified launch window, and carry Spain’s Paz earth-imaging
satellite into a nearly-polar orbit. The window may be relatively
short because Paz needs to be precisely positioned in orbit with
respect to other spacecraft to form an earth-observation satellite
constellation.

The current launch time occurs 29 minutes before Vandenberg sunrise.
Weather permitting, the Falcon 9’s bright orange flame should be
visible in western California at least as far away as San Luis Obispo
and Santa Monica.

A computer simulation by Launch Alert contributor Rick Baldridge shows
the rocket will exit the Earth’s shadow and cli the b into sunlight at
T+2 minutes 10 seconds.

That would make the launch especially interesting as the Falcon 9’s
exhaust plume is illuminated by the Sun while suspended in a semi-dark
sky. Such a display could be visible from San Francisco to Baja
California.
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Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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With the one-day delay to Sunday, launch of Paz + Microsats moves a minute earlier to 6:16am PST (9:16am EST; 1416 GMT).

https://twitter.com/stephenclark1/status/964376929980768259

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Press kit and webcast are now available.

GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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The PAZ press kit has been updated with a new launch date. Backup launch opportunity is available on Wednesday (February 21st) at 6:17 AM PST (14:17 UTC).
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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And one more thing, there is also a weather forecast, as they finally publish them on the VAFB website!

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/launch_center/

90% GO for Sunday. Fog and extensive cloud cover with 120 m (400 ft) cloud base are expected, so it may not be the best launch to watch in person...
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

Online Chris Bergin

Visual rollout confirmed. Photos likely to be forthcoming shortly. She is the first West Coast Sooty (with fun tan lines where the landing legs used to be ;D)

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Well that's awkward. We're now being told there's a delay until the next opportunity (Wednesday) for the Falcon 9 PAZ launch. Someone on Reddit posted an e-mail from SpaceX and alerted me to it, but I've now got it second sourced. But no reason behind it at this time.


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