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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - December 2022
« Reply #20 on: 02/06/2020 04:12 am »
If Firefly's Beta is ever built its targeting 3,000kg to SSO and 4,000kg to leo. Of course it's a long ways off as they still have to get Alpha flying successfully. I think its about the only thing going after that payload class anytime soon.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - December 2022
« Reply #21 on: 02/12/2020 11:16 pm »
Is it common in the US budget stuff that SpaceX gets this launch contract while at the same time the FY2021 NASA budget request asks for termination of PACE?

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - December 2022
« Reply #22 on: 02/12/2020 11:44 pm »
Is it common in the US budget stuff that SpaceX gets this launch contract while at the same time the FY2021 NASA budget request asks for termination of PACE?
It is unfortunately common, that the Trump administration is trying to kill environmental research missions, while NASA is trying to preserve the scientific research. PACE is not the only example.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - December 2022
« Reply #23 on: 02/12/2020 11:44 pm »
Is it common in the US budget stuff that SpaceX gets this launch contract while at the same time the FY2021 NASA budget request asks for termination of PACE?

Yes.  (Congress controls what actually gets funded, which may or may not have anything to do with what the President requested.)
« Last Edit: 02/12/2020 11:46 pm by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - April 2023
« Reply #24 on: 05/02/2020 12:25 am »
From annual GAO report:
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Cost and Schedule Status

The PACE project entered the implementation phase and
formally established its cost and schedule baselines in
August 2019. The project set a baseline lifecycle cost
of $889.7 million and a launch date of January 2024,
which is $39.7 million above the top-end of the project’s
preliminary cost estimate of $850 million and 9 months
later than its preliminary schedule estimate of April 2023.
The project continues to be cost-capped but NASA added
$33.8 million to the project’s baseline to account for a
2.5-month delay from the fiscal year 2019 government
shutdown and interest payments on outstanding contractor
invoices. For example, NASA reported that the shutdown
delayed contractor deliverables because the project
could not provide direction or funding on project activities.
NASA calculated the project’s joint cost and schedule
confidence level—the likelihood a project will meet its cost
and schedule estimates—as greater than 70 percent, as
generally required by NASA policy.

Similar to the previous 2 years, NASA did not request
funding for PACE in its fiscal year 2020 budget request,
but the explanatory statement accompanying the 2020
Consolidated Appropriations Act stated that the agreement
included $131 million for PACE. A separate committee
report related to the Act directed NASA to include adequate
funding for PACE in the 2021 budget request, but NASA
did not request funding for PACE in its fiscal year 2021
budget request. Project officials said budget uncertainty
has made it more challenging to find vendors willing to work
with the project, which has resulted in the project receiving
only one offer in response to about half of its competitive
solicitations. Despite funding uncertainty, the project is
holding cost and

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - April 2023
« Reply #25 on: 05/02/2020 01:44 am »
The report above is saying that launch has been delayed to January 2024.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - April 2023
« Reply #26 on: 05/02/2020 02:42 am »
The report above is saying that launch has been delayed to January 2024.

It says they baselined a launch NLT January 2024 but are targeting earlier than that.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - April 2023
« Reply #27 on: 12/22/2020 02:58 am »
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NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES.  This modification  removes Mission Unique Service (MUS) 6.0 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) Ring from the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission under Contract Line Item Number (CLIN) 7, Section B, Table B-8.7 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ)
 Launch Service Task Order for PACE Mission, for a full credit in the amount of $533,483. Also, update the Launch Service Payments, Milestones, and Completion Criteria in Table C-1.7, CLIN 7, PACE Launch Service Payment Schedule, as a result of the removal of MUS 6.0. The IMAP, CLIN 9, Section C, Table C-1.9 IMAP Launch Service Payment Schedule has been updated to correct a 3 dollar discrepancy in the Individual dollar amounts column.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - April 2023
« Reply #28 on: 01/28/2021 02:12 am »
NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II. The purpose of this modification is to revise the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Mission Launch Date under line item number 7, Section B, Table B-8.7: Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Launch Service Task Order for the PACE Mission from December 15, 2020 to No Earlier Than (NET) March 31, 2023. Also, corrects a $3 dollar discrepancy for milestones #2B correcting it from $523,687 to $523,684. Additionally, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich (MF) Interface Control Document (ICD) is incorporated by reference.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - April 2023
« Reply #29 on: 05/03/2021 03:42 pm »
NET 30 Nov 2023

April LSP project management documentation, via 28 April 2021 SMSR.
« Last Edit: 05/03/2021 03:43 pm by Jansen »

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - May 2024
« Reply #30 on: 06/23/2022 06:37 pm »
"The PACE project is executing to a new life-cycle cost estimate of $964 million and a committed launch readiness date of May 2024."

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - May 2024
« Reply #31 on: 06/23/2022 07:00 pm »
OCI Instrument Passes Key Review [dated May 23]

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PACE's Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) passed its pre-environmental review in April, taking the mission one step closer to its January 2024 launch

OCI, PACE's primary sensor, is a highly advanced optical spectrometer that will be used to measure the properties of light over portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It will enable continuous measurement of light in finer spectral steps spanning the ultraviolet to near-infrared than previous NASA ocean color satellite sensors, extending key system ocean color data records for climate studies.

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - May 2024
« Reply #32 on: 06/23/2022 08:23 pm »
OCI Instrument Passes Key Review [dated May 23]

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PACE's Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) passed its pre-environmental review in April, taking the mission one step closer to its January 2024 launch

OCI, PACE's primary sensor, is a highly advanced optical spectrometer that will be used to measure the properties of light over portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It will enable continuous measurement of light in finer spectral steps spanning the ultraviolet to near-infrared than previous NASA ocean color satellite sensors, extending key system ocean color data records for climate studies.

Perhaps that just means that OCI is a hyperspectral Imager.  Such an instrument would take a series of images. One axis of the image would correspond to cross-track position. The other axis would correspond to wavelength. Stacked together into a “hyperspectral data cube” it can be resliced to produce grounds maps in any “color” within its range of sensitivity or full optical spectrum of any point within the ground swath.

I designed and prototyped just such an “Ocean Color Instrument” in the late 1990’s, although it may not have gone down into the UV. It was a small part of an instrument suite that was not selected for deployment. It’s hard to imagine it as a stand-alone mission that costs nearly $1B.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX F9: PACE - Cape Canaveral - May 2024
« Reply #33 on: 06/24/2022 08:35 am »
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I designed and prototyped just such an “Ocean Color Instrument” in the late 1990’s, although it may not have gone down into the UV. It was a small part of an instrument suite that was not selected for deployment. It’s hard to imagine it as a stand-alone mission that costs nearly $1B.
Guessing it is the standing army needed to coordinates the image taking and analysis the images in addition to the technical folks over the number of years the PACE program is active take a large fraction of the total program budget.

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