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Discussion thread for the NROL-87 mission.

NSF Threads for NROL-87 : Discussion
NSF Articles for NROL-87 :

February 2, 2022 on Falcon 9 at 20:27 UTC (12:27pm PST), on new booster 1071 from Vandenberg SFB SLC-4E to SSO (Sun-Synchronous Orbit).

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SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, February 2 for Falcon 9’s launch of NROL-87 to orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The instantaneous launch window is at 12:18 p.m. PST (20:18 UTC), and a backup opportunity is available on February 3 at 12:18 p.m. PST (20:18 UTC).

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.



https://spacenews.com/air-force-awards-739-million-in-launch-contracts-to-ula-and-spacex/
Quote from: Sandra Erwin
The U.S. Air Force has divided $739 million in launch contracts between United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for six national security missions slated for 2021-2022. The contracts, awarded under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, were announced Tuesday evening by Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
SpaceX will receive $297 million  to launch AFSPC-44, NROL-85, and NROL-87.

Earlier discussion on the contract is in the EELV Phase 1A-6 Thread.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : NROL-87 : SLC-4E Vandenberg : NET 2021
« Reply #1 on: 02/24/2019 10:41 am »
Here's the specific table from the RFP (attachment 5).

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The corresponding orbit is: 512.7km x 512.7km x 97.4°

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : NROL-87 : SLC-4E Vandenberg : NET 2021
« Reply #3 on: 04/28/2020 01:00 pm »
Could this launch be the first of the Next Generation Electo-Optical series? The targeted orbit doesn't seem to match with any other existing NRO satellites.

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https://www.nro.gov/News/News-Articles/Article/2658542/nro-returns-to-virginias-space-coast-with-nrol-111/

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NROL-111 is NRO’s final scheduled launch for 2021. In 2022, NRO is scheduled to start the year with two launches from New Zealand in January and February, NROL-162 and NROL-199. Also in February, NROL-87 is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Three additional NRO missions are planned for later in 2022.

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Cross-post with image attached; launch circa February 2, 2022:
Presented by Col. Melone at today's [September 7] SPRSA meeting
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Mission 1494 from Vandy NET late January with no droneship listed.  NROL-87?  RTLS?

1981-EX-ST-2021

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SFN Launch Schedule, updated January 10.

Also, NROL-87 is listed in February, no date.

Apparently, plenty of room for a Vandenberg Starlink launch beforehand, if SpaceX desires.



In addition, given the two first stages currently in use at Vandenberg, 1051.12 and 1063.4, I suspect that 1063.4 will be used for the NRO launch; as the NRO is an "external" customer, and 1051 will be the first booster used for the twelfth time.

I therefore suspect 1051.12 will be used for the next Vandenberg Starlink launch (if it's in the near future).



Vandenberg SFB launch schedule for the immediate future:
2022 Launched:
№ – Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

February 2 NET Jun 2021/NLT Dec 2021 NET 2022 Feb ~Feb 2 Feb - NROL-87 - Falcon 9-139 140 (1071.1 L? 1063.4) - Vandenberg SLC-4E - 20:27:36 16:37 to 21:38 19:07-21:38 20:18
(Sun-synchronous orbit satellites: launch at approximately the same time of day year-round)

2022 Scheduled:
№ – Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

NET February 14 NET Sept 2021 Oct 2021 NET Nov 2021 NET Dec 2021 NET Jan 2022 - Starlink 4-11? 2-3 2-TBD TBD (x52 x51? xTBD) (flight TBD/high-inclination flight 3 polar flight 1?) [v1.5 TBD v2.0 L3 L-TBD] - Falcon 9 (1063.4? 1063.4? 1051.12? S) - Vandenberg SLC-4E
(mid-inclination Starlink: launch 20-22 minutes earlier/day)

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In addition, given the two first stages currently in use at Vandenberg, 1051.12 and 1063.4, I suspect that 1063.4 will be used for the NRO launch; as the NRO is an "external" customer, and 1051 will be the first booster used for the twelfth time.

I therefore suspect 1051.12 will be used for the next Vandenberg Starlink launch (if it's in the near future).
I understand that for the NROL-87 mission the B1071 could be used and it would be its first and only launch.
In addition, it was seen that it was going to California 4 weeks ago.
https://twitter.com/bluemoondance74/status/1472740560742010883
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In addition, given the two first stages currently in use at Vandenberg, 1051.12 and 1063.4, I suspect that 1063.4 will be used for the NRO launch; as the NRO is an "external" customer, and 1051 will be the first booster used for the twelfth time.

I therefore suspect 1051.12 will be used for the next Vandenberg Starlink launch (if it's in the near future).
I understand that for the NROL-87 mission the B1071 could be used and it would be its first and only launch.
In addition, it was seen that it was going to California 4 weeks ago.
https://twitter.com/bluemoondance74/status/1472740560742010883

Why would it be B1071's only launch?

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In addition, given the two first stages currently in use at Vandenberg, 1051.12 and 1063.4, I suspect that 1063.4 will be used for the NRO launch; as the NRO is an "external" customer, and 1051 will be the first booster used for the twelfth time.

I therefore suspect 1051.12 will be used for the next Vandenberg Starlink launch (if it's in the near future).
I understand that for the NROL-87 mission the B1071 could be used and it would be its first and only launch.
In addition, it was seen that it was going to California 4 weeks ago.
https://twitter.com/bluemoondance74/status/1472740560742010883

Why would it be B1071's only launch?
Because for the NROL-87 mission, the booster will not be recovered (regardless of which one is used), the FCC license does not indicate a first stage recovery.
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Because for the NROL-87 mission, the booster will not be recovered (regardless of which one is used), the FCC license does not indicate a first stage recovery.
No drone ship is listed could imply that it's a RTLS mission. Have previous RTLS missions had first stage recovery listed in the FCC license?
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Because for the NROL-87 mission, the booster will not be recovered (regardless of which one is used), the FCC license does not indicate a first stage recovery.
No drone ship is listed could imply that it's a RTLS mission. Have previous RTLS missions had first stage recovery listed in the FCC license?
This is the license where recovery is not mentioned:
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=112053
This is a license where first stage recovery is mentioned:
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=110399
This Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich mission license also does not mention a landing, however, the feedback I have received is that for NROL-87 the first stage will not be recovered.
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Because for the NROL-87 mission, the booster will not be recovered (regardless of which one is used), the FCC license does not indicate a first stage recovery.
No drone ship is listed could imply that it's a RTLS mission. Have previous RTLS missions had first stage recovery listed in the FCC license?

Missions with no droneships still add a note whether "experimental recovery" is included
1845-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1574   FL   Yes (CSG-2?)
1811-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1709   FL   Not Mentioned (O3b mPOWER 4-6?)
1981-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1494   CA   Not Mentioned (NROL-87?)
2038-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1574   FL   Yes (thought to be Transporter 3)



If Mission 1709 is O3b mPOWER 4-6, then it is an expendable mission. This would support the notion, that NROL-87 is also expendable.

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Because for the NROL-87 mission, the booster will not be recovered (regardless of which one is used), the FCC license does not indicate a first stage recovery.
No drone ship is listed could imply that it's a RTLS mission. Have previous RTLS missions had first stage recovery listed in the FCC license?

Missions with no droneships still add a note whether "experimental recovery" is included
1845-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1574   FL   Yes (CSG-2?)
1811-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1709   FL   Not Mentioned (O3b mPOWER 4-6?)
1981-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1494   CA   Not Mentioned (NROL-87?)
2038-EX-ST-2021   Mission 1574   FL   Yes (thought to be Transporter 3)



If Mission 1709 is O3b mPOWER 4-6, then it is an expendable mission. This would support the notion, that NROL-87 is also expendable.
Also, in the post that you replicate where the four missions are, we can confirm that in Transporter-3 the ground landing was used and will be used in the CSG-2 mission.
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Is Feb 2nd a hard date like DART was or is it a more normal launch where there are frequent windows?

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See up-thread here.
February 2 was never a firm date.
Is Feb 2nd a hard date like DART was or is it a more normal launch where there are frequent windows?
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The launch of the NROL-87 mission is scheduled for February 2 at 16:37 UTC.https://twitter.com/natreconofc/status/1483919831636316160?s=21
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The launch of the NROL-87 mission is scheduled for February 2 at 16:37 UTC.
Five hours, one minute seems to be a long launch window.  Ah, well.
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