Author Topic: SpaceX F9: Space Norway ASBM : VSFB SLC-4E : Q3 2024  (Read 23969 times)

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MAR 30   To be announced   Falcon 9   SLC-4E   Vehicle will launch the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission into orbit

https://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htm

That's obviously just a placeholder date, and unlikely to even be in the ballpark

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MAR 30   To be announced   Falcon 9   SLC-4E   Vehicle will launch the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission into orbit

https://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htm

That's obviously just a placeholder date, and unlikely to even be in the ballpark

Same for the SARah 2 & 3 flight listed as Dec 30?

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Final Arctic Protected Satellite Communications Payload Delivered for Integration on International Host Vehicle

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Space Systems Command’s Military Communication and Positioning, Navigation and Timing Directorate recently delivered the second of two Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) payloads to begin integration on Space Norway’s Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission host space vehicles.

The EPS-R payloads, built by Northrop Grumman at its Space Park campus in Redondo Beach, California, supports a first-of-its-kind program - a U.S. Government payload being hosted on a commercially procured international host satellite.

“This delivery marked a major milestone towards the launch of the EPS-R satellite program to provide vital protected satellite communications to the warfighter in the increasingly important arctic region,” said 2nd Lt. Clayton Lieberman, EPS-R Payload Integration & Test lead.

Both payloads are undergoing integration onto their respective space vehicles and are scheduled for dual launch in late 2023. Once operational, they will provide 24/7 secure coverage to polar users for both strategic and tactical communications.

While the EPS-R satellites and ground system will be operated by the U.S. Space Force, the primary users of this capability are the U.S. Navy’s surface and subsurface fleets, and Coast Guard operating in the North Polar Region.  EPS-R will provide users with protected broadband communication into the 2030s.

SSC is the USSF field command responsible for rapidly identifying, prototyping and fielding resilient space capabilities for joint warfighters. SSC delivers sustainable joint space warfighting capabilities to defend the nation and its allies while disrupting adversaries in the contested space domain. SSC mission areas include launch acquisition and operations; space domain awareness; positioning, navigation and timing; missile warning; satellite communication; and cross-mission ground, command and control, and data.

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The FCC deadline Nov. 3 2023. Screenshot, Space Norway AS - Gr.pdf

SAT-MPL-20220311-00029

the technical narrative was updated in the meantime.
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Request to FCC for extension:
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Space Norway has paid all obligated costs to its satellite and ground station suppliers and has paid 95 percent of the total launch costs owed to SpaceX. Space Norway anticipates that the satellites will reach 100 percent completion by mid-November 2023.

Space Norway also believes that its request for a 12-month extension of its Milestone Deadline is justified. Specifically, Space Norway believes 12 months will not only ensure adequate time for completing the two satellites, performance of the launch services, and conducting in-orbit testing of the satellites, but also provide additional time to account for any unforeseen serious delay that may occur during the remaining testing. The ASBM System satellites are presently undergoing initial integrated system testing in preparation for thermal vacuum testing. Recent testing delays have further impacted the ASBM System’s schedule—based on current projections, Space Norway will not be able to launch the satellites until, at the earliest, November 2023, and a launch in early 2024 is more likely. The two satellites will be launched together on one Falcon 9 launch vehicle and SpaceX has confirmed assignment of the October 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024 launch period for deployment of the ASBM System satellites. Northrop Grumman estimates that from launch, it will take approximately 64 days to place the satellites in the correct orbits and achieve operational status.

Is it fair to assume the booster will be expended for this launch?

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This suggests the launch mass is actually 7,200kg: https://spacenorway.no/en/heosat/

More info on satellite bus here: https://www.northropgrumman.com/wp-content/uploads/DS-44a-GEOStar-3.pdf

With ASDS recovery, parking orbit could be something like 300km x 12,000km or 1,000km x 10,000km.
If expending, parking orbit could be closer to 1,000km x 25,000km.

Either way, based on the ~1,500kg propellant mass in both satellites, it's clear they have enough chemical prop to permit such orbit changes.
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From USSF press release:
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The ASBM mission is scheduled for  launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California aboard a SpaceX launch vehicle in 2024.

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First of the two satellites has completed Thermal Vacuum Testing:

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ARCTIC SET FOR HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND AS POLAR MISSION COMPLETES KEY MILESTONE

June 29, 2023

Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global leader in satellite communications, and Space Norway, today announced that the first of the two satellites for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, The new satellites, which will carry Viasat’s GX10A and B payloads, aim to connect users in the Far North with high-speed broadband in 2024.

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https://www.inmarsat.com/en/news/latest-news/corporate/2023/arctic-set-for-high-speed-broadband.html
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Northrop has delivered some more hardware for this flight.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered two major components of the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM) and has started the next phase of pre-launch preparations. This two-satellite constellation will deliver protected satellite communications to the Northern polar region – one of the most difficult locations on earth to deliver communications.

The most recent accomplishments include:

Successful delivery of the Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) ground system to the U.S. Space Force
On-time delivery of both Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) payloads to the Space Force
Integration of the EPS-R payload and successful completion of thermal-vacuum environmental testing on the first space vehicle.
ASBM-1 satellite enters thermal vacuum environmental testing at Northrop Grumman’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia

https://www.bakersfield.com/ap/news/northrop-grumman-achieves-key-milestone-in-arctic-satellite-broadband-mission/article_3b6f1c3f-4dc0-5c87-862d-1631d1b9ee5a.html

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SAT-MPL-20230308-00049

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By this Order, we grant Space Norway AS (Space Norway) a one-year extension of the
deadline for launch and commencement of operation of the first satellite in its two-satellite, nongeostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) system, from November 3, 2023, to November 3, 2024, based on continued COVID-19 related delays beyond Space Norway’s control.
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Space Norway states that construction of both ASBM
satellites is expected to be completed by mid-November 2023, and that they will be launched together on
one Falcon 9 launch vehicle, with an assigned launch period of October 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024.

The last statement was provided to the FCC in March 2023 in the filing for the extension.

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Spaceflight Now added this today for a launch in Q4 2023

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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https://twitter.com/ngcnews/status/1721917241850024293

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We’re one step closer to providing communications to the Arctic region with ASBM, as ASBM-1 undergoes vibration testing, with ASBM-2 to follow. Both satellites have completed thermal vacuum testing that simulates the harsh conditions they will encounter in orbit.

https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-completes-essential-tests-for-arctic-region-satellite-communications-program

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Northrop Grumman Completes Essential Tests for Arctic Region Satellite Communications Program

DULLES, Va. – Nov. 7, 2023 – (PHOTO RELEASE) Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has successfully completed Thermal Vacuum tests on the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM), a two-satellite constellation designed to deliver broadband communications to the Northern polar region for the U.S. Space Force and Space Norway. Each Northrop Grumman-built satellite carries a Ka-band payload for Viasat and X-Band payload for Norwegian Ministry of Defense, as well as the Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization payloads for the U.S. Space Force. ASBM-1 has completed vibration testing with ASBM-2 to follow.

Northrop Grumman is also providing the Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) ground system for this critical capability. CAPS is supporting compatibility testing with the payload and space vehicle segments and interfacing with the Satellite Operations Center (SOC) in Norway. CAPS has completed formal acceptance and turnover and is ready for system activation.

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ViaSat continues to say launch is in 2024, which given that ASBM-2 has yet to complete vibration testing, is likely in my opinion:

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Exciting times ahead as @ngcnews completes TVAC testing of two Space Norway spacecraft that will carry our GX10A and B communications payloads. 🚀🛰️

Another key milestone in our mission to connect users in the #Arctic with high-speed broadband #connectivity in 2024.

https://twitter.com/viasat/status/1721930076021788917
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That tweet says service in 2024, launch could still be 2023.  (I agree time is getting very short to get them launched this year.)

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Space Force Space Systems Command press release pdf Space Systems Command Successfully Accepts Delivery of Enhanced Polar System--Recapitalization (EPS-R) Control and Planning Segment, May 11

seems to indicate launch is 2024:

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The ASBM mission is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California aboard a SpaceX launch
vehicle in 2024.

unless it has been moved forward since May 11 2023?

Note May is after the March statement re:
...with an assigned launch period of October 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024.

The last statement was provided to the FCC in March 2023 in the filing for the extension.
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Looks like launch is in December.

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Space Norway was set up about a decade ago to procure spacecraft for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM), a $450 million two-satellite system in highly elliptical orbits to provide connectivity at latitudes beyond where geostationary satellites can reach.

Northrop Grumman of the United States is providing the satellites for a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch slated this year from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

https://spacenews.com/norway-buys-telenors-satellite-business-to-expand-space-ambitions/ [Nov 16]
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Looks like launch is in December.

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Space Norway was set up about a decade ago to procure spacecraft for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM), a $450 million two-satellite system in highly elliptical orbits to provide connectivity at latitudes beyond where geostationary satellites can reach.

Northrop Grumman of the United States is providing the satellites for a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch slated this year from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

https://spacenews.com/norway-buys-telenors-satellite-business-to-expand-space-ambitions/

I'm not sure I'd take that article as proof.

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Looks like launch is in December.

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Space Norway was set up about a decade ago to procure spacecraft for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM), a $450 million two-satellite system in highly elliptical orbits to provide connectivity at latitudes beyond where geostationary satellites can reach.

Northrop Grumman of the United States is providing the satellites for a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch slated this year from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

https://spacenews.com/norway-buys-telenors-satellite-business-to-expand-space-ambitions/

I'm not sure I'd take that article as proof.
These are completely unrelated to each other. It is up to the Norwegian parliament to decide if the four Norwegian satellite families should be merged. The Norwegian parliament directed Space Norway to acquire all Norwegian owned space assets so this is a step in the process. Each satellite network will be acquired as separate subsidiaries initially.

https://spacenorway.no/en/space-norway-acquires-telenor-satellite/

Space Norway AS is currently compromised of the following satellite network subsidiaries so far:
Space Norway HEOSAT AS (HEOSAT):
https://spacenorway.no/en/heosat/

Space Norway Statsat AS (Statsat):
https://spacenorway.no/en/statsat/

Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT):
https://www.ksat.no/

Waiting to be integrated into Space Norway as a subsidiary:
Telenor Satellite AS (TSAT):
https://www.telenorsat.com/
« Last Edit: 11/19/2023 07:01 pm by russianhalo117 »

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