Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV01 : SLC-40 : Dec. 23, 2018 - UPDATES  (Read 61410 times)

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UPDATES ONLY Thread for GPS III mission. Note, I'm going to call this GPS III SV01, as the range has it GPS III-2 and the threads had it as GPS III-01. It's the first launch, and SV01 seems a good compromise.

Expanded note: GPS III-2 is the name on the range, as its the tail number of the spacecraft and not mission number. GPS III SV01 could be a good way to name this one. But we'll go with whatever SpaceX goes with (currently only "GPS III" per media accreditation).

NSF Threads for GPS III-1 : Discussion / Updates
NSF Articles for GPS III-1 : https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=GPS

Successful launch December 23, 2018 at 0851 EST (1351 UTC) on Falcon 9 (new booster 1054) from SLC-40 at CCAFS.  The first stage was expended. The 4400kg satellite was sent to a MEO transfer orbit.



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« Last Edit: 12/23/2018 03:00 pm by gongora »

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L2 has SpaceX Falcon 9 (Expendable) booster set for Static Fire test on Thursday - the window for the test on SLC-40 opens at 11 AM Eastern) ahead of the GPS III mission on December 18.

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SpaceX Mission 1376 GPS III-SV01 Launch Hazard Areas Map based on issued NOTMAR.
Primary launch day Dec 18 14:11 UTC. Backup launch day Dec 19 14:07 UTC.

Go Pursuit after a few months has already arrived to Port Canaveral and can be again ready for probable water recovery of Fairing 2.0 southeast Outer Banks.

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Static Fire complete (late nighter, missed the first window).

And the name is confirmed :)

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1073448503097970693

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SpaceX - GPS III - Static Fire Test - Bonus CRS16 12-13-2018


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Published on Dec 13, 2018

Sorry footage was not more clear. 10 miles through the fog. Extra footage of B1050 loading for transport.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rUhw1Wf54c?t=001

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Launch weather forecast is 80% GO, although upper level winds are high:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule

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Airspace closure area and launch hazard area

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..and Stage-2 deorbit.
Eastern South Atlantic NOTMAR space debris area for upper stage of this mission.
Active in primary and backup launch day in window beginning T+05h44m to T+07h38m.

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L-3 launch weather forecast still 80% GO, upper level winds remain high:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule
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L-1 launch weather forecast now 90% GO, upper level winds hopefully will be ok:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule

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Press Kit:
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LAUNCH AND SATELLITE DEPLOYMENT
00:01:04 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:44 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:48 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:50 2nd stage engine starts
00:03:22 Fairing deployment
00:08:16 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
01:08:51 2nd stage engine restarts
01:09:37 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
01:56:17 GPS III SV01 deployment

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Mission patch:
"The Falcon has landed"


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« Last Edit: 12/17/2018 06:21 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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ARTICLE: SpaceX to close 2018 with GPS III & first contracted U.S. National Security mission -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/12/spacex-2018-gps-iii-first-national-security-mission/

- By Chris Gebhardt

F9 Photo: Micheal Baylor

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1074769390502113287

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Confirmation all still on track for tomorrow mornings launch:

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1074825989723734018
"The Falcon has landed"

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SpaceX patch (bigger version) plus two other patches.
credit: http://spacexpatchlist.space/
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From Ben Coopers Facebook page:

A new era in GPS is finally set to begin: The first block III Global Positioning System satellite is poised for liftoff for the US Air Force Tuesday morning at 9:11 a.m. EST aboard this Falcon 9 rocket. This will mark the 20th and final space launch from Cape Canaveral this year, the most since 1998.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101611102824218&set=a.912747205518&type=3&theater

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December 17, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY 018-21

Kennedy Space Center Traffic and Road Closures for December Launch Activities

Heavy traffic on and around the Kennedy Space Center and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is expected December 18 due to center activities surrounding the upcoming launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is planned to take place between 9:11 a.m. and 9:37 a.m. EDT.

PUBLIC ACCESS ROAD CLOSURES

Starting Tuesday, December 18, 2018, Kennedy Space Center Protective Services officers will be enforcing restricted access from the Kennedy Space Center boundary lines for the duration of the SpaceX launch attempt.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center will be open for business from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT.  If you are planning on visiting the visitor center, please inform the uniformed officers at the checkpoint. No thru traffic will be allowed.

 - State Road 3 from the Gate 2 News Media Pass and Identification Building to State Road 405 (NASA Causeway) including Space Commerce Way will be closed to unauthorized vehicles. Access to the center, the visitor complex, Exploration Park and Blue Origin for authorized personnel will be granted. The roads will reopen after launch.

- NASA Causeway between U.S. 1 and the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Center will also experience restricted access. The roads will reopen after launch.

- The A. Max Brewer Causeway bridge on S.R. 406 in Titusville (north bridge) east to Playalinda Beach Road, Canaveral National Seashore will be restricted to all motor vehicle traffic. The Playalinda Beach park will be open until capacity is reached or 7:30 a.m., whichever comes first.  If you are planning on visiting Playalinda Beach, please inform the uniformed officers at the checkpoint.

- State Road 3 North at US1 in Volusia County, south to Playalinda Beach will be open to all motor vehicle traffic until capacity is reached, or at 7:30 a.m., whichever comes first.

Please expect delays and plan accordingly.

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