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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #60 on: 10/09/2018 06:05 pm »
SpaceX got a 5-year LLO for Falcon 9 flights from Vandenberg on October 4.

LLO 18-111
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(a) "Flight" shall mean the flight of a Falcon 9 launch
vehicle, commencing with ignition of the first stage from
SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) and transporting
communications, remote sensing, or navigation class
payloads to low Earth orbit. Flight includes flyback of
the first stage booster for landing at Landing Zone 4 at
VAFB, landing on a droneship, or splashdown in the ocean
as
described in the application.
...
Authorization: SpaceX is authorized to conduct flights of
launch vehicles:
(a) Using a Falcon 9 launch vehicle;
(b) From Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force
Base, California;
(c) On a flight azimuth between 173 and 209 degrees;
(d) Transporting a communications, remote sensing, or
navigation class payloads to low Earth orbit
; and
(e) According to the launch vehicle, launch vehicle
systems, and safety management program represented in
the SpaceX application as of the date of this order,
and any amendments to the license application
approved by the FAA, in writing.
...
4. Liability Insurance: SpaceX shall maintain a policy or
policies of liability insurance (or otherwise demonstrate
financial responsibility) in accordance with 14 C.F.R.
§ 440.9(b) in the amount of:
(a) Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000) for covered claims
resulting from flight of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle
from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), and
(b) Nine Million Dollars ($9,000,000) for covered claims
resulting from pre-flight operations performed at VAFB.
5. Government Property Insurance: SpaceX shall maintain a
policy or policies of insurance (or otherwise demonstrate
financial responsibility) in accordance with .14 C.F.R
§ 440.9(d) in the amount of:
(a) One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000) for covered
claims resulting from flight of the Falcon 9 la-unch
vehicle from VAFB, and
(b) Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) for covered claims
resulting from pre-flight operations performed at VAFB.


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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #61 on: 10/15/2018 10:18 pm »
Mission 1376 from SLC-40 NET Dec. 8, 2018

That's the right time for GPS-III, which theoretically might not need these permits.

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #62 on: 10/25/2018 04:28 am »
PSN VI?  Is this DM-1?

1829-EX-ST-2018 Launch from 39A NET Dec. 10, 2018

1831-EX-ST-2018 ASDS Landing
North  31  43  23   West  76  58  47

Based on all of the other info we've seen recently on the SpaceX schedule I wouldn't expect this to actually launch in December.
« Last Edit: 10/25/2018 04:35 am by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #63 on: 10/25/2018 07:12 am »
Maybe this is SpX-16. DM-1 has been delayed to January next year.
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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #64 on: 10/25/2018 12:02 pm »
Maybe this is SpX-16. DM-1 has been delayed to January next year.

It's a NET date.

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #65 on: 10/25/2018 12:14 pm »
Maybe this is SpX-16. DM-1 has been delayed to January next year.

Isn't SpX-16 going from 40?

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #66 on: 10/25/2018 02:27 pm »
Maybe this is SpX-16. DM-1 has been delayed to January next year.

Isn't SpX-16 going from 40?
And they already filed the CRS-16 paperwork. CRS-16 is an RTLS too as you would expect. Maybe for the crewed launches they need extra margin for abort and anomaly scenarios.
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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #67 on: 10/25/2018 06:49 pm »
Crew launches need especially flat trajectory, because of less G's on the crew during an eventual abort.
492km downrange distance for ASDS landing looks like flatter profile for LEO. Agree with DM-1.
« Last Edit: 10/25/2018 06:53 pm by Raul »

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #68 on: 10/26/2018 07:12 pm »
PSN VI?  1844-EX-ST-2018
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This STA is intended to cover pre-launch testing for a commercial payload on mission 1384. Tests involve fairing re-rad operations at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral AFS. This STA is not for flight.

Operation Start Date:   12/12/2018

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #69 on: 10/26/2018 09:58 pm »
PSN VI?  1844-EX-ST-2018
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This STA is intended to cover pre-launch testing for a commercial payload on mission 1384. Tests involve fairing re-rad operations at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral AFS. This STA is not for flight.

Operation Start Date:   12/12/2018
Re rad rings a bell regarding PSN VI and Es,hail as both have to re rad per FCC request.

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #70 on: 11/02/2018 01:44 am »
1877-EX-ST-2018
Iridium 8, there is also an ASDS recovery permit
« Last Edit: 11/02/2018 01:47 am by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #71 on: 11/06/2018 02:16 pm »
PSN VI?  1844-EX-ST-2018
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This STA is intended to cover pre-launch testing for a commercial payload on mission 1384. Tests involve fairing re-rad operations at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral AFS. This STA is not for flight.

Operation Start Date:   12/12/2018

Looking at the correspondence, they talk about the SpaceIL lunar lander so yes, it seems this is for PSN VI

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #72 on: 11/08/2018 02:02 am »
ASDS landing NET Nov. 19 from Vandenberg.  I would guess SSO-A.
1907-EX-ST-2018
North  34  37  59   West  120  36  56

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #73 on: 11/08/2018 04:57 am »
How far will this be of the coast?

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #74 on: 11/08/2018 05:37 am »
How far will this be of the coast?
Landing position is unfortunately unknown. ASDS coordinates point to LZ4 position, which is obviously another error in the FCC request.

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #76 on: 11/20/2018 11:00 pm »
This isn't actually mission paperwork, but here are FCC updates/renewals for some of the SpaceX permits:

0248-EX-CM-2018 adds Boca Chica to the list of SpaceX launch related sites with transmitters
Boca Chica   Texas   North  25  29  27   West  97  10  55      1 Rocket Rd

1956-EX-ST-2018 renewal of McGregor testing permit for Falcon vehicles

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #77 on: 11/21/2018 10:41 pm »
0931-EX-CN-2018
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Description of Research Project

SpaceX is looking to fly and operate a Research and Development (R&D) Vertical Takeoff, Vertical
Landing (VTVL) vehicle at its South Texas location. The vehicle will take off, ascend vertically to a low
altitude, and then descend back to its original landing spot. While the vehicle is in the air, it is important
to have communications with the vehicle for two main reasons:

1. Downlink: SpaceX can view the data in real‐time and ensure that all parameters remain
nominal.

2. Uplink: If there is an anomaly, SpaceX needs the ability to command the vehicle into a safe state
(as a backup to its onboard safety systems).

Thus, to ensure both a safe and useful test, it is important for SpaceX to maintain a bidirectional RF link
between the control center and the vehicle.

SpaceX wishes to use the same transmitters on the VTVL vehicle that it uses on its other vehicles. The
major difference is that the ERP is reduced on this vehicle by two orders of magnitude. This transmitter
has been demonstrated to be very safe and reliable under both flight and test conditions and the
regulatory agencies involved (both FAA and FCC) are familiar with the hardware and frequencies.
The tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay
below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately
three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high
as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes.

Please note that SpaceX is also applying for an experimental permit from the FAA in order to gain
permission to run these VTVL tests.

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #78 on: 11/21/2018 10:46 pm »
1969-EX-ST-2018
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Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
SpaceX would like to perform further testing of a radar altimeter on board a helicopter nearby the Vandenberg Air Force Base and also near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. Emission will last between several minutes to half an hour in duration, and take place once at each location. All tests will be radiating from the helicopter, with the antenna pointed directly at the ground. All testing based out of Vandenberg will be pre-coordinated with Vandenberg Air Force Base.
NET Dec. 25

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Re: SpaceX Mission Paperwork (FCC/FAA/etc. permits/licenses)
« Reply #79 on: 11/22/2018 01:11 am »
/u/Alexphysics found this on Reddit.

SpaceX FCC license app to support VTVL testing.

They also have an Exhibit A detailing their test program.

The summary is low altitude (~500 m, 100 s) 3 times a week and a high altitude test (5 km, 6 minutes) once a week.

gongora posted the same here just a few posts up, I would have done it here too if it weren't for that "little" detail  ;)

Thanks to gongora for posting it here, btw, I saw the permit but didn't post it on reddit until some time later and when I came here to check it out you had already posted it  :)

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