Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : SAOCOM 1A : Oct. 7/8, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES  (Read 36657 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

UPDATE ONLY thread for SAOCOM 1A

NSF Threads for SAOCOM 1A : Discussion / Updates / Party
NSF Articles for SAOCOM 1A :
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=SAOCOM

Successful launch October 7, 2018 at 19:21 PDT (02:21 on the 8th UTC) on Falcon 9 from Vandenberg.  Booster is 1048.2, previously used for Iridium NEXT flight 7.  Orbit is 620-km circular SSO.  Payload is approximately 3000kg.  Successful RTLS landing at LZ-4.

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[SpaceX] SPACEX SIGNS ARGENTINA'S SPACE AGENCY FOR TWO FALCON 9 LAUNCHES
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Pair of SAOCOM Earth Observation Satellites to Launch between 2012 & 2013

Hawthorne, California – April 16, 2009 – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has signed an agreement with CONAE, Argentina's National Commission on Space Activity, for two launches aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 medium-to-heavy lift vehicle. The flights will send the SAOCOM 1A and 1B Earth observation satellites into sun-synchronous orbits, where they will provide imagery for natural resources monitoring, as well as emergency and disaster management.

The identical SAOCOM satellites each carry an L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument. Among other civil applications, the main purpose of the constellation is the measurement of the soil moisture over the Pampa Húmeda in Argentina. The two SAOCOM satellites will join four X-band SAR COSMO-SkyMed satellites from the Italian Space Agency (ASI), creating the Italian-Argentine System of Satellites for Emergency Management (SIASGE) constellation. The first three of the ASI satellites were launched in 2007 and 2008 with the fourth expected to fly in 2010.

“SpaceX is excited to be CONAE's launch service provider for the SAOCOM 1A and 1B missions,” said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. “The Falcon 9 launch vehicle has been designed to the highest level of reliability and performance; we look forward to helping ensure the success of the SAOCOM satellites.”

The inaugural flight of Falcon 9 is scheduled for this year, with the first Dragon spacecraft scheduled to fly on a subsequent launch, both from SpaceX's launch facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

About CONAE

CONAE (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, or in English, National Space Activities Commission) is Argentina's civilian agency in charge of national space activities. They have launched three satellites to date, and have numerous joint space efforts with Argentine industry and academia, as well as governmental space agencies around the world, including NASA, CSA, AEB/INPE (Brazil), ASI, CNES, ESA and agencies of several other nations.

[INVAP Jan. 02, 2018] The integration of the satellite SAOCOM 1A was completed
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Professionals of the National Commission of Space Activities (CONAE), the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), and the companies VENG, INVAP and CEATSA / ARSAT finalized in Bariloche the electrical verifications and mechanical integration of SAOCOM 1A, the new Argentine observation satellite developed by CONAE together with national organizations and companies.

The "body" of the satellite (the service platform) and the "eyes" with which the Earth will observe (the radar antenna) are communicated, with all interfaces correctly connected, in good condition and secure.

Once the electrical integration was completed and after verifying the communication of the platform with each of the seven panels of the radar antenna, the mechanical integration of the SAOCOM 1A was completed. This week the first test of the deployment of the SAR antenna continues, starting the final testing stage of the satellite.

SAOCOM 1A on Gunter's Space Page
« Last Edit: 10/08/2018 02:52 PM by Chris Bergin »




Offline Chris Bergin

Static Fire window is open.

It's Vandy, so very rare someone spots the firing. Likely it'll be the usual tweet from SpaceX after a good Quick Look Review.

Offline Chris Bergin

Falcon 9 B1048.2 has come to life (via L2) at Vandenberg.

As always, it's for SpaceX to tweet confirmation - based how the test looked via what is known in the business as a Quick Look review. A deeper dive into the data feeds into the Launch Readiness Review (LRR) closer to launch.
« Last Edit: 10/02/2018 09:05 PM by Chris Bergin »



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Per L2, SAOCOM 1A has slipped. Sunday Oct 7th local (Monday Oct 8th UTC) is currently the most likely option, but it could slip further. The T-0 will be similar.

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SAOCOM-1A Launch Hazard Area based on issued NOTMAR, valid for Oct 07 to Oct 10 UTC.
Stage2 Reentry Debris Area south of Hawaii active on the second orbit between 04:07 to 04:22 UTC.
NOTAM for launch would be included later.

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Per L2, SAOCOM 1A has slipped. Sunday Oct 7th local (Monday Oct 8th UTC) is currently the most likely option, but it could slip further. The T-0 will be similar.

Now official:

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1047614884660240386

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Thursday is the backup date.
https://twitter.com/CONAE_Oficial/status/1047661612189077505
For those who don't read spanish like me:
"The launch of the Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A changes its date considering Sunday 7 and Thursday 11 October as alternative dates. This modification was requested by the company SpaceX to continue with the tests to ensure a successful launch."

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Thursday is the backup date.
https://twitter.com/CONAE_Oficial/status/1047661612189077505
For those who don't read spanish like me:
"The launch of the Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A changes its date considering Sunday 7 and Thursday 11 October as alternative dates. This modification was requested by the company SpaceX to continue with the tests to ensure a successful launch."

Worth noting the wording in Spanish here is implying that Thursday may not be the backup but rather another possible day for the launch, that would fit on the "there could be further delays" thing.


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Falcon 9 went vertical around ~9:45 PM PDT :)

Edit: Photo confirmation coming ASAP.
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Vertical! Photo by Tom Cross :)

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Launch Alert
Sat, Oct 6, 9:58 PM

Sunday evening's scheduled launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB appears to be on schedule. Liftoff is set for 7:22 p.m. Pacific Time. The event should be impressive and visible from as far away as Petaluma, Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe, California; western Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; and northwest Mexico.
Tony De La Rosa

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Das livestreaming in association with NSF - camera set up.

https://www.twitch.tv/dasvaldez

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