Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : January 7, 2019 : Vandenberg  (Read 9322 times)

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DISCUSSION THREAD for Flight 8 of the Iridium NEXT missions.

Flight 8 is expected to launch in early 2019 on Falcon 9 with booster 1049.2 (previously used for the Telstar 18V mission) from SLC-4 at Vandenberg.  The first stage is expected to land on the drone ship JRTI.

   Flight 8 will launch into plane 3.  One satellite each will be drifted to planes 2 and 4.

   NSF Threads for Iridium NEXT Flight 8: Discussion
   NSF Articles for Iridium NEXT Flight 8:



See the Flight 1 Discussion Thread for more information and links to other Iridium Next threads and articles.

General information for Iridium flights 1-5 & 7-8
   Payload Mass: 8600kg for 10 satellites + 1000kg for dispenser = 9600kg
   Launch orbit: 625km, 86.66 degrees
   Operational orbit: 778km, 86.4 degrees

81 Satellites will be built for Iridium NEXT, with 66 being needed for a fully operational constellation.  All of the satellites will carry ADS-B aviation tracking hosted payloads for Aireon, and 60 of the satellites will carry AIS maritime tracking hosted payloads for exactEarth.



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)
   L2 SpaceX Section
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #1 on: 08/14/2018 10:42 AM »
https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/1028964871617105923

@IridiumBoss
Replying to @scr00chy
"Still trying to nail the date down (satellite completion is gating, not rocket availability), but definitely won't be in September."

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #2 on: 08/30/2018 03:11 PM »
Now NET November due to satellite availability/readiness.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #3 on: 09/01/2018 02:11 PM »
Now NET November due to satellite availability/readiness.

From the CRS-16 thread:
I noticed the other day that we've never had a November launch :)
shhhhh...don't jinx it

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Iridium and NASA just learned that TechEdSat-8 has been added to the launch manifest for SpaceX-16, which is scheduled to be launched on December 1, 2018

I guess Mobius jinxed it.  :P

Fingers crossed for Desch & Co. to come through with the clutch assist on breaking the SpaceX "November launch drought."
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #4 on: 09/01/2018 02:43 PM »
There are other flights that I think are more likely to fly in November than Iridium.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #5 on: 09/02/2018 04:42 AM »
I don't mind it being a bit later in the year. This (sadly) will be the last time to see the now familiar dispenser in action, unless there is a possible future lift for replacements.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #6 on: 10/13/2018 06:01 PM »
Adjustments coming for the WTR launch schedule at the end of the year?

Re: NROL-71:
Looks like SpaceX gave up their launch slot.  I believe this is moving a few days to the left.

Reference to a delay of the launch of Iridium Next Flight 8?

Scheduled:
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)


2018
November 19 - Spaceflight SSO-A/SHERPA SSO : ORS 7A, ORS 7B,MinXSS 2, Audacy 0, Eu:CROPIS, BlackSky Global 2, STPSat-5, SkySat 14, SkySat 15, NEXTSat 1, Hawk 1, Hawk 2, Hawk 3, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, KazSTSAT, KazSciSat, ROSE-1, ICEYE X2, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, Orbital Reflector, PW-Sat 2, Hamilton 1, MOVE 2, Centauri 2, Eaglet 1, SpaceBEE 9, SpaceBEE 10, SpaceBEE 11, Flock-3s 1, Flock-3s 2, Flock-3s 3, AISTECHSAT 2, Al-Farabi 2, Astrocast 0.1, BeeSat 5, BeeSat 6, BeeSat 7, BeeSat 8, BlackHawk, BRIO, Capella 1, ESEO, eXCITe, Exseed, FalconSat 6, ICE-Cap, Irvine 02, ITASAT-1, K2SAT, Landmapper-BC 4 v2, ORS 1, RAAF M1, RANGE A, RANGE B, SeaHawk 1, SeeMe, SIRION Pathfinder 2, SNUGLITE, SNUSAT 2, Suomi-100, THEA, VESTA, VisionCube, WeissSat 1, ZACUBE 2  - Falcon 9 - Vandenberg SLC-4E

NET November - Iridium Next Flight 8 (x10) - Falcon 9 - Vandenberg SLC-4E

December 3 - NROL-71: KH-11 17 (Crystal 17, Block 5 #1) (TBD) - Delta IV-H [D-382] - Vandenberg SLC-6
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #7 on: 10/13/2018 06:03 PM »
SSO-A has been lined up before Iridium for quite a while now.  Iridium is NET December, I wouldn't be surprised if it slipped to January.  They should have a quarterly earnings call at the end of the month, should get an update then.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 8 : Q4-2018 : Vandenberg
« Reply #8 on: 10/13/2018 09:17 PM »
I've decided to ask Matt Desch and here's the answer. :)

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/1051220004983791616
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight


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https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/1052934106135359488

Hey, that's listed as a new booster in the manifest. Is this the first public notice that it's a reflown booster? Is this going to be the first 3rd flight?

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This will be the second flight of the B1049 booster, which was used for Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission. And it will land on JRTI.

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/1052937230199738368
https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/1052937679380389891
https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/1052935215918837761
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Telestar 18V from LC-40 on September 10, 2018. A Dec 30 launch would be 111 days later.

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New article
SpaceX lines up five launches to close out 2018, October 22, by Michael Baylor
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Hopefully they have enough room to process Iridium and Spaceflight SSO-A rockets and payloads concurrently so each slip doesnt effect the Iridium schedule.

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https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1070416863656599559

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Iridium-8 has slipped to 2019 according to Koenigsmann. He is also confident that they can fix the landing issue in time. #SpaceX
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Slipped to 2019, but still before DM-1 (at least nominally, it seems like).  From the transcript:

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Matt Haskell, The Aerospace Geek: Matt Haskell, for The Aerospace Geek. And my question is for Hans. You mentioned the implementation of corrections for Iridium. With that launch being farther away, is it a possibility that the implementation of corrections for DM-1 could cause a slip to the right?

Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX: So I'm not sure I understand. Iridium comes still before Demo 1. Or pretty close, let's say it this way. But, regardless, whatever will be corrected on Iridium will also be corrected on Demo 1.


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SpaceX Opens Media Accreditation for Iridium-8 Mission

Media Contact: Eva Behrend

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Dec. 7, 2018. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Iridium-8 mission from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch is targeted for no earlier than January 7.

More details on the mission and pre-launch media activities will be made available closer to launch.

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