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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 »




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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.

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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.
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Das livestreaming in association with NSF - camera set up.

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Mr. Steven has still not departed port LA, making a fairing recovery attempt unlikely, more than likely the reason is the rough waves.

https://mobile.twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1049001714689482752
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"The Falcon has landed"

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No mention of weather, I assume forecast is good:

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1049049534729310208

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1 hour and counting.
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Current view. Changing batteries on the microphone.
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Sun going down.
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ChrisG is on the phone!

L-40 minutes.
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I have the SpaceX media fed for the Launch Director loop up and running.

GO FOR LAUNCH AND LANDING!


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L-38 minutes. Poll for propellant load should be happening now.
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Go PROPELLANT LOADING!

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At this time, the Stage 1 LOX load and RP-1 load on both stages should have started.
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Launch auto started!

Fueling has just begun!

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T-35 minutes. Fuel and first stage LOX propellant load should be starting now.
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https://youtube.com/watch?v=vr_C6LQ7mHc

In addition to the Youtube link above, SpaceX is also offering the following live video on YT.  I don't know what the difference is.  In the past they've offered two different feeds ("camera angles") via a single YT stream.  Maybe now they've separated them into separate YT streams.  I guess we'll find out in about 15 minutes.

Edit 10:05 am:  the first link above is carrying the live coverage, and is offering the two camera angles as before.  The second stream below is still showing the Mars terraform slate.  Who knows ...

Edit 10:30am:  the second link never moved off of slate.  A mystery, and probably just an error.

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Stage 1 LOX and RP-1 flow rates are nominal.

Stage 2 RP-1 flow rates are nominal.

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T-30 minutes.
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Fog ?

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Link to the webcast going on before the SpaceX webcast, per Steven's screenshots. Chris G is on right now.

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LD loop is quiet -- which is GOOD!

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Cyro helium ops.

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T-25 minutes. Pad is 8 km away from camera, which is 24 seconds away by sound.
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Just mere minutes away from the webcast beginning.
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Funky music.
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Stage 2 RP-1 fuel load closed out.

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T-20 minutes. Big vent!
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Looks like its spewing LOX like its going out of style!
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LOX load on Stage 2 has started.

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And we're live from both the SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne and Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-4E launchpad. A flight-proven Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket is bound to launch CONAE's SAOCOM 1A satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit at 02:21 UTC (7:21 PM PDT), but that's not the main highlight of tonight's mission.

For the first time ever, a Falcon 9 booster rocket will attempt to land at Vandenberg's ground landing pad, known as LZ-4, about seven and three-quarter minutes after liftoff.
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We're live!
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Second stage LOX loading should have started now.
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T-15 minutes.
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LOX flow rate nominal in Stage 2.

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Working no issues at this time.

Stage 2 is completely full of RP-1.
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Not recovery fairing this time. Will try again in future. Not working any problems.
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Clear skies at Vandenberg. A rare weather moment in southern California.
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T-12 minutes. Instantaneous window.
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T-10 minutes. LOX loading continues on both stages; the Stage 2 LOX loading began about six minutes ago.
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T-10 minutes. Saocom 1A promo.
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The total mission time for SAOCOM 1A is about twelve and a half minutes, which is when payload deployment occurs.
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T-9 minutes.
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T-8 minutes. Upper level winds remain favorable at this time.
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T-8 minutes. Partners.
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The Merlin 1D chilldown sequence is starting, allowing LOX to flow through the engines in order to prep for ignition at T-3 seconds.
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T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting now.
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T-6 minutes.
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T-6 minutes. Showing LZ-4.
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Tanks are now pressing for strongback retraction.
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T-5 minutes. Tracking no issues.
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T-4 minutes. Range is green. Winds are go.
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Strongback retraction is complete; we're wrapping up the prop loading on both stages.
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T-3 minutes. Stage 1 LOX is closed out.
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T-2 minutes. Falcon 9 is on internal power; we're still proceeding to a launch at 02:21 UTC.
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Now 90 seconds away. Range is GO.
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T-2 minutes. Stage 2 LOX closed out.
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T-1 minute and counting. The Automatic Flight Termination System is ready and Falcon 9 has transitioned to start-up mode.
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Now that the Launch Director is GO, all personnel have given the green light.
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T-30 seconds. GO Falcon, GO SAOCOM.

Tank pressurization complete; Falcon 9 is completely configured.
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T-10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, main engine ignition, 1, and we have liftoff of SAOCOM 1A: an Argentine L-band SAR satellite designed to reduce natural disaster results.
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We've cleared the tower and pad safing is in work.

Pitch and roll programs are in; Stage 1 propulsion looks good.
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Liftoff!
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Power and telemetry are nominal.
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T+1 minute. We've gone through the period of maximum dynamic pressure and the vehicle is supersonic.
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T+90 seconds.

Main Engine Cut-Off should occur at the 140-second mark, followed by staging and ignition of the M-Vac engine. The first stage will then restart its own engines to boost back to LZ-4.
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T+1 minute.
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T+2 minutes. M-Vac chilldown has begun.
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And there's MECO. We've separated the stages and Stage 1 is flipping over.
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We have Stage 2 ignition on time. Stage 1 boostback burn has started.
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T+2 minutes.
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Payload fairing has been jettisoned.
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Stage 1 boostback burn has shut down, and the titanium grid fins are beginning to deploy.
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First stage separation.

Fairing separation.
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T+4 minutes. Stage 2 continuing its climb to sun-synchronous orbit as Stage 1 passes its apogee.
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Nice ground view of boost back.

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T+4 minutes.
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T+5 minutes. We're getting excellent views from the onboard cameras mounted on both stages.
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T+5 minutes.
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Stage 1 entry burn has started; the booster is undergoing a benign reentry.
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Stage 1 entry burn has shut down.

We're now safing the booster's AFTS as it falls towards its landing pad.
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T+6 minutes.
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Stage 1 is transonic; coming up on the landing burn.
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Stage 1 landing burn has started.

Landing legs should deploy ten seconds prior to touchdown.
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T+7 minutes.
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Well, there you go, guys! The first ever touchdown at Vandenberg's landing pad, just 430 meters from where it was launched!

Tally for successful landings is 30 out of 36, or about 83%.
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Touchdown!
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Stage 2 AFTS is safed; standing by for SECO-1.
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Stage 2 is in Terminal Guidance.
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T+9 minutes.
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M-Vac shutdown is confirmed.

And the GNC controller reports a nominal orbit insertion.
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We'll wait for two and a half minutes before SAOCOM 1A separates from its payload adapter.
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T+10 minutes.

Cutoff!

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T+11 minutes.
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T+11 minutes. Upcoming events.

00:12:37 SAOCOM 1A satellite deployment
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T+12 minutes. 30 seconds away from payload deployment.
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And SAOCOM 1A has separated from Stage 2.

Another amazing SpaceX mission comes to a close.
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Separation!
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S/C Sep!

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Webcast now ending.

The next Falcon 9 launch will occur in November when the Spaceflight SSO-A mission deploys about 70 nanosats. Good night, everyone.
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bit of a lean!
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That's a wrap!
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Sweet!!

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Here's my grab at T-1 minute which failed to upload. My comment was

T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is is in startup.
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Edited launch and landing with focus on main stage

SAOCOM 1A deployment

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More Personal videos:









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this one is end-to-end first stage.



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Hot damn (60 FPS)

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Falcon 9 launch and landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, courtesy of U.S. Air Force

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S/C has been cataloged:

2018-076A/43641 in 616 x 635 km x 97.895°

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Space X Falcon 9 Timelapse Above Downtown Los Angeles - October 7th 2018
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Published on Oct 7, 2018

Here is a quick timelapse of the Falcon 9 from Space X taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OikIfj7Hh9Y?t=001

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Remember guys, updates only in here. Use the discussion thread. Edited it.

And, we've got this down as the deorbit burn of the Upper Stage, per the comments:
https://twitter.com/cosmos4u/status/1049358346522976256

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Some more great SpaceX photos

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One of the best F9 videos that I've seen.

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Another launch patch, plus CONAE patch
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All of Jay's content and our other guys there in L2, but we use highlights for the rest of you and in articles.

Here's one example. 4K video all the way up and all the way down. Best non-official video out there.

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Neat timelapse:

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SpaceX SAOCOM 1A - 4K Timelapse Remote camera w/ wide angle lens - Vandenberg AFB

To watch on this clip:
19:01:30 to 19:04:00 - water sprayed over the landing pad with fire hose.
19:18:00 - Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) is retracted.

Note: the camera's internal clock is 35 seconds too early.

The crane was already in position to lift the booster when we arrive to picked up the remote cameras 2 hours later, no photos is allowed at that time.



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I forgot to add Justin Foley's video posted yesterday.  So many great videos to look at so far.  :D

Falcon 9 Launch with SAOCOM 1A and landing - SONIC BOOM - 2018-10-07

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The launch of SAOCOM 1A for Argentina on board a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This was also SpaceX's first attempt at landing the booster at Vandenberg. The video is a combination of footage shot by Sony A6000 with 210mm lens and Sony A7sII shot through a 1500mm Celestron 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Tracking was guided manually via joystick control. Landing and sonic boom occur at approximately 7:58.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsLZJZxmtuI?t=001

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Here's my footage:

I learned a lot from my first time out.  Onto the top of my list -- check for freedom of motion so I don't have to pull the camera off the stand and hold the thing by hand during launch!  My mount can move to vertical, but apparently not when my audio recorder is attached to my tripod ;/  I also need to have my ND filters ready -- it was far brighter than I had expected.


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it was far brighter than I had expected.

Got to remember you are filming a 31 gigawatt candle flame, when watching a Falcon9 launch.
(390 million candles, more or less)
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