Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-3 Rideshare : CCSFS SLC-40 : 13 January 2022 (1525 UTC)  (Read 169109 times)

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-3 Rideshare : December 2021
« Reply #40 on: 08/11/2021 01:46 pm »

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-3 Rideshare : December 2021
« Reply #41 on: 08/11/2021 04:57 pm »
Alba Orbital Clusters 3 & 4 on this flight


Alba Orbital and Exolaunch announce launch of sixteen PocketQube satellites via SpaceX Falcon 9 in Q4 2021.

August 11th 2021 -- Glasgow, UK / Berlin, Germany -- Alba Orbital, world leading PocketQube manufacturer, and Exolaunch, a best-in-class launch and deployment solutions provider for small satellites, today announced a services agreement to launch sixteen PocketQube satellites as part of Exolaunch’s mission onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle at the end of 2021.

This mission will be the largest PocketQube deployment in history to date, with satellites manifested for launch from a total of eight different countries, including pico-satellites from Innova Space (Argentina), TU Delft (Netherlands) and Ariel University (Israel).

A PocketQube is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a size of 5cm cubed per unit or 'p' (one eighth the volume of a CubeSat). This technology paves the way to ‘democratizing access to space’ as the small form factor removes significant economic barriers to orbit for smaller organisations.

Exolaunch is an established launch services provider with a solid flight heritage of 170 satellites launched across different launch vehicles. For the launch of sixteen PocketQube satellites, Exolaunch provides launch services via Falcon 9 under the company’s Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX, comprehensive mission management and integration services. Alba Orbital’s AlbaPods will be placed on Exolaunch’s EXOport, a flexible multi-satellite adapter for optimal accommodation of small satellites aboard Falcon 9.Exolaunch is set to making space more accessible for all actors covering diverse launch needs for a broad range of NewSpace market segments.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Exolaunch on the Alba Cluster 3 & 4 rideshare mission later this year, where we plan to deploy a record number of PocketQubes in orbit,” said Tom Walkinshaw, CEO and Founder of Alba Orbital. “The flexibility which Exolaunch offers enables access to proven rocket platforms, increasing our mission reliability and performance.”

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Alba Orbital recently raised a $3.4m seed round to accelerate the development of their Earth Observation constellation to provide near-real time satellite imagery. The first of their EO imaging fleet will be launching this December with the in-orbit demonstration of Unicorn-2A, 2D & 2E pico-sat platforms. The goal of these pico-satellites is to monitor artificial light at night (ALAN) and provide the world’s highest resolution dataset of the earth at night.

The end of the year launch also marks an important milestone for Turkey & Brazil’s NewSpace sector, as the respective countries will be launching their first pico-satellites to orbit developed by Brazilian start-up, PION Labs, and Turkish student team, Grizu-263.

All satellites will be deployed into their target orbit using Alba Orbital’s ‘AlbaPod’ deployment system, which achieved flight heritage in December 2019 after the successful launch of six PocketQubes aboard Rocket Lab’s ‘Electron’ launch vehicle.

“Exolaunch is pleased to expand its launch and flexible mission management services into the emerging PocketQube market and to welcome Alba Orbital as a new customer on the upcoming Falcon 9 rideshare mission”, said Jeanne Medvedeva, Vice President of Launch Services at Exolaunch. “We share the vision of Alba Orbital to facilitate to space for a greater number of global organizations through miniaturization of small satellite technologies and look forward to working together with Alba Orbital and SpaceX towards the successful mission later this year”.

Limited slots for Cluster 5 (Q1 2022) and Cluster 6 (Q2 2022) are available, with prices starting from 25k euro for a 1P PocketQube launch slot. Alba Orbital provides the lowest price to launch a satellite to orbit on a reliable flight proven launch system. For more information on procuring and launching your own satellite, please visit www.albaorbital.com/launch or get in touch at [email protected]

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-3 Rideshare : December 2021
« Reply #42 on: 08/12/2021 01:57 am »
Alba Orbital Clusters 3 & 4 on this flight

Is this in addition to the 8 Fossa Systems sats mentioned here, or are those in Alba Cluster 3?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-3 Rideshare : December 2021
« Reply #43 on: 08/12/2021 02:49 am »
Alba Orbital Clusters 3 & 4 on this flight

Is this in addition to the 8 Fossa Systems sats mentioned here, or are those in Alba Cluster 3?

They're separate companies, and they each said they're using their own deployers, so I'm assuming it's in addition.

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Thanks. Sometimes it's hard for me to figure out what are the exact relationships between the various providers, deployers and satellite owners (deployers within deployers!)
« Last Edit: 08/12/2021 10:56 am by scr00chy »

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I like this usage of "approximately".
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The total launch mass of the Sherpa-LTC1 will be approximately 362 kg, of which approximately 126.918 kg will be made up of customer spacecraft to be deployed.

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Following customer deployment, Sherpa-LTC1 will move on to a demonstration phase, as further detailed below, which will include the deployment of five (5) additional sub-3U spacecraft at 500 km.
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During the primary mission phase, the Sherpa-LTC1 will deploy up to eight (8) spacecraft, seven (7) of which have propulsion. As further described below and in Exhibit A, during a demonstration phase, once the Sherpa-LTC1 has been lowered to 500 km, five (5) additional spacecraft will be deployed.
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Nanoracks Mars Outpost demo (1328-EX-ST-2021, modifying 0022-EX-ST-2021)
Stays attached to second stage.  111kg

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The four pico-satellites in Alba Orbital’s cluster will fly as part of a rideshare mission on Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle, lifting-off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula in Q4, 2021. The cluster includes Alba Orbital’s own Unicorn-2 PocketQube satellites, as well as the TRSI-2, TRSI-3, and MyRadar-1 satellites for Alba Orbital’s customers. Each small satellite carries a unique sensor designed to demonstrate innovative technologies on orbit.

The TRSI-2 pocketcube won't be on this flight, and it's possible that the Unicorn-2 pocketcube mentioned above is one of those originally included in the Alba Cluster 3
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https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-AMD-20210831-00119
This is specifically for ICEYE US (there may or may not be other ICEYE satellites too).

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Integration and Launch Dates
ICEYE plans to launch its first satellite onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on December 4, 2021.  ICEYE expects that its satellite will be integrated into the launch vehicle on or about November 21, 2021.

SAR Imaging in the 9300 – 9900 MHz Band
ICEYE clarifies that a nominal SAR image collection lasts for ten seconds, and each satellite will be limited to 180 images per day.  This means that the maximum imaging time for each satellite will be 2700 seconds per day, corresponding to 3.125% of the day.  Bandwidth to be used for SAR will be up to 600 megahertz.

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https://breakingdefense.com/2021/08/spire-pivots-weather-cubesats-to-sigint-missions/
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Spire currently has 120 teeny CubeSats in Low Earth Orbit between 350 and 650 kilometers in altitude, and Brown said the firm has another batch slated to launch in December on a SpaceX Falcon 9.

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[Kyiv Post] Ukraine’s spacecraft designer Pivdenne goes back into orbit
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Pivdenne is now busy with another state project — the launch of the satellite Sich 2–30 that will go to space with SpaceX’s rocket Falcon 9.

According to Degtyarev, the satellite is now ready, having passed the last stages of testing. Ukraine will send it to the U.S. at the beginning of November.

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CSG-2 is listed by most manifests as launching on Vega-C.  A recent filing for ground station support shows it as launching on a Falcon 9 from Florida NET November.  A document on the Italian Space Agency's site that has a 2021 date shows it as launching before the end of 2021.

Could this be launching on this mission? It's a polar satellite and the timeframe fits, but CSG-1 had 2.2 tons, so I'm guessing probably not?
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CSG-2 is listed by most manifests as launching on Vega-C.  A recent filing for ground station support shows it as launching on a Falcon 9 from Florida NET November.  A document on the Italian Space Agency's site that has a 2021 date shows it as launching before the end of 2021.

Could this be launching on this mission? It's a polar satellite and the timeframe fits, but CSG-1 had 2.2 tons, so I'm guessing probably not?

I think CSG-2 goes to dawn/dusk SSO, so maybe not compatible with the other payloads.  It also goes to a slightly higher orbit.

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https://twitter.com/GTssdl/status/1436316814343090183

"We're excited to announce that GT-1, an experimental tech demo CubeSat developed by undergrads, has been successfully delivered for final integration to prep for launch on @SpaceX's CRS-24(12/04)"

GT-1 was on the Spaceflight manifest for this flight, but I guess it's on CRS-24
« Last Edit: 09/16/2021 02:51 am by gongora »

https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-AMD-20210831-00119
This is specifically for ICEYE US (there may or may not be other ICEYE satellites too).

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Integration and Launch Dates
ICEYE plans to launch its first satellite onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on December 4, 2021.  ICEYE expects that its satellite will be integrated into the launch vehicle on or about November 21, 2021.

SAR Imaging in the 9300 – 9900 MHz Band
ICEYE clarifies that a nominal SAR image collection lasts for ten seconds, and each satellite will be limited to 180 images per day.  This means that the maximum imaging time for each satellite will be 2700 seconds per day, corresponding to 3.125% of the day.  Bandwidth to be used for SAR will be up to 600 megahertz.

Is it possible ICEYE is also on CRS-24?  (12/4 recently mentioned launch date for CRS-24)  Do we know when the next IROSA delivery to ISS?

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Do we know when the next IROSA delivery to ISS?

On CRS-25. Then the third pair should go up on CRS-26, I believe. (SFN recently reported 2023 for the third pair, but I suspect that was a mistake.)

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Some recent Argentinian articles on MDQubeSat-1 have a NET Dec. 20 date for the launch.

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