Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-3 Rideshare : CCSFS SLC-40 : 13 January 2022 (1525 UTC)  (Read 169114 times)

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Currently, the planned configuration for Sherpa‐FX3 has a microsatellite on the outboard end, with
three (3) microsatellites, and a single 3U equivalent cubesat dispenser containing four (4) sub‐3U
cubesats attached radially on the body of Sherpa.2 Sherpa‐FX3 will also carry one approximately 5 kg
hosted payload, subject to the provider of that payload, NearSpace Launch, securing its own separate
authority for this mission from the Commission. The Sherpa‐FX3 Mission configuration also includes an
S‐band receive antenna and an L‐band transmitter as part of its avionics.

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The planned configuration for Sherpa-LTC1 has three microsatellites on the outboard end of Sherpa-LTC1, with ten cubesats integrated in dispensers attached radially on the body of Sherpa-LTC1.2 Sherpa-LTC1 also contains a chemical propulsion system, which will be commissioned and operated only after the initial batch of customer payload deployments is complete, leaving five (5) sub-3U spacecraft onboard for deployment at a lower altitude. Once the Sherpa-LTC1 is at this lower altitude of 500 km, the final spacecraft onboard will be deployed. The Sherpa-LTC1 Mission configuration also includes an S-band receive antenna, an L-band transmitter, a UHF transmitter, and a UHF receiver as part of its avionics.

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OrbAstro ORB-6 satellite onboard this mission

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30th September 2021 — Aistech Space SL (Aistech), a high-resolution thermal imaging service provider, has signed a contract with Orbital Astronautics Ltd (OrbAstro), a satellite and in-orbit service provider, to fly its first Guardian mission scheduled for launch in Q4 2021 onboard a SpaceX dedicated rideshare mission. The OrbAstro ORB-6 satellite platform (6U-class) will host an Aistech multi-spectral imaging payload to commence commercial services addressing markets linked to environmental sustainability.

“Our mission is to work with organizations around the world to tackle critical threats to people and the environment, and build a better, more sustainable future for the next generation,” said Guillermo Valenzuela, CEO and Co-Founder of Aistech Space. “Our Guardian satellites will provide organizations with critical information for mitigating large-scale threats, such as forest fires, water waste, pollution, and illegal activity.”
Aistech is planning to deploy a constellation of 20 thermal-enabled satellites. This will be one of the first commercial constellations able to collect high-resolution thermal infrared data on demand. Information captured by Aistech’s multispectral telescope will support decision-making in the public and private sector.

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https://www.he360.com/hawkeye-360-reaches-contractual-milestone-for-delivering-space-based-radio-frequency-mapping/
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HawkEye 360 successfully launched three satellites (Cluster 2) in January, introduced the Mission Space platform for analysis of RF geospatial intelligence in February, and launched three more satellites (Cluster 3) in June. The next launch is planned no earlier than January 2022 and will carry six satellites (both Clusters 4 and 5) into orbit simultaneously. The company has 15 additional satellites under production for launch to reach a total of 30 satellites on orbit, with average global revisit around 30 minutes.

[press release published September 30]
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Lynk representative at Satellite Innovation 2021 conference also says January.

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Sherpa-LTC1 has total mass with payloads of 400kg.  127kg are separable payloads.  LTC1 dry mass is 230.5kg.  39kg usable propellant and 3kg of residuals (propellant + GN2).

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The 5 MHz uplink channel will allow Spaceflight to update Sherpa’s flight software far more efficiently than can be achieved using the lower data-rate 300 kHz bandwidth that has been used for the Sherpa-LTE1 mission.  Sherpa-LT vehicles are an incremental development and from the 300 kHz bandwidth used for Sherpa-LTE1 indicated a need for faster uploads to iterate, test, and, as needed, deliver patches to Sherpa-LT flight software during the mission life.  Spaceflight estimates that a flight computer upload that might take a month on a 300 kHz channel could be completed in one or two passes, no more than a day, using a 5 MHz channel.
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Spaceflight plans to terminate Sherpa’s mission (“safe the vehicle”) at least 25-50 km above the orbits of inhabitable spacecraft.  Spaceflight intends to end Sherpa’s mission in an orbit which is as circular as we can obtain.   
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The deorbit of Sherpa-LTC1 will be accomplished in 9.2 years
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The Sherpa-LTC1 uses the following: 
•34.3 kg high-test peroxide (oxidizer) at 300 psi
•6.5 kg isopropyl alcohol (fuel) at 300 psi
•1.22 kg nitrogen gas (pressurant) at 6,000 psi



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This post about two of the payloads mentions January 10 launch
https://amsat-uk.org/tag/uresat-1/

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Spaceflight, Inc. (“Spaceflight”) files this letter pursuant to section 1.65 of the Commission’s regulations to update the application for special temporary authority referenced above.1 Due to shifting customer timelines, Spaceflight seeks to amend the start of the launch window for its Sherpa-FX3 spacecraft from January 2022 to June 1, 2022.

As a result, the manifest for Sherpa-FX3 will change. Spaceflight will file an updated manifest along with the updated recontact analysis and orbital debris assessment report to reflect the change by the end of November 2021.

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Latest update on the Spaceflight Sherpa payloads:
No Hawkeye sats on Sherpa LTC-1
Lynk 05 moved onto Sherpa LTC-1

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Probably on this flight:

https://twitter.com/NanoAvionics/status/1456278693714743297
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6 students fighting for healthier oceans from @NTNUnorway visited our cleanrooms last week to inspect their HYPSO-1 satellite's hyperspectral imager that's integrated into our 6U M6P #nanosatellite bus.

After a quick test, their smiles confirmed HYPSO-1 is ready for flight!🚀


https://www.romsenter.no/Aktuelt/Siste-nytt/Romstudenter-bygger-egne-satellitter-og-raketter
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HYPSO-1 has a hyperspectral camera that can see in many wavelengths simultaneously. In 2020, the satellite had the last and important review that shows that it has been built and tested, and ready to be launched.

- HYPSO-1 will be sent to SpaceX in the US for launch in just two weeks. One week after that again, we get the date for the actual launch, which will be very exciting, says Honoré-Livermore.
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This press release has some odd wording that implies all of the sats mentioned are deploying from the Sherpa, but the Umbra and Capella sats must be deploying from additional ports on the Transporter payload stack.  There are 10 sats (Lynk and the cubesats) actually on the Sherpa.

There is a nice high res rendering of the vehicle in the press release.

https://spaceflight.com/spaceflight-inc-readies-13-payloads-and-chemical-propulsion-otv-for-first-multi-destination-rideshare-mission/

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https://spaceflight.com/whos-onboard-sxrs-6-on-transporter-3/

More info on the payloads being handled by Spaceflight.  They are using 3 ports on the payload stack.
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Cross-post; an interesting possibility; my bold:
F9 launch from Florida NET January 10 with no droneship shown
1811-EX-ST-2021

Nextspaceflight has Transporter-3 on/NET that Jan 10 date.
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/?search=SpaceX

but no droneship?
or is that just 'no droneship *shown*'?

Interesting, you might be onto something.

My guess is SpaceX might be planning on adding a bunch of Starlink sats to the Transporter stack and then fly expendable with B1049.11 which is the oldest booster in the fleet. Elon has said in the past that the older boosters are a pain in the butt to refurbish because they don't have many of the upgrades that the newer boosters have received.

As opposed to the hypothesis that B1049's final and expendable launch will serve the second O3b satellite triplet, bound for MEO (Medium Earth Orbit), later in 2022.  That launch is already known to be expendable.
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Interesting, indeed.
Wouldn't an expendable southern polar corridor transporter flight splash the booster uncomfortably close to Cuba?  ASDS landings are already near the Cay Sal Bank (remote area of the SW Bahamas, closer to Cuba than to any other Bahamian island).

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PION-BR1 and other pocketqubes were integrated to the Alba Deployer for the Transporter-3 Mission.

https://twitter.com/PIONspace/status/1463865539885998086

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There is a filing from Iridium to support TechEdSat-15 with a date that fits this launch (starting Jan. 20), but I don't see any other information on that satellite.

1928-EX-ST-2021
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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) is
in the process of authorizing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(“NASA”) to conduct experiments with the Technical Educational Satellite -15
(“TechEdSat-15”) low earth orbit nanosatellite.

In connection with these experiments, NASA will operate an Iridium 9602
modem hosted on the TechEdSat-15 smallsat. A spare 9603 modem will be carried as a
back-up. TechEdSat-15 will transmit to space stations in Iridium’s “Big LEO”
constellation. The transmissions will, among other goals, utilize Iridium’s constellation
as a tracking and data relay satellite (“TDRS”) and for testing a de-orbit/re-entry
system.

Iridium hereby requests special temporary authority (“STA”) commencing on
January 20, 2022, and continuing for a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, to
transmit from its space stations to TechEdSat-15 in the 1618.725–1626.5 MHz band.

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A presentation to the FCC by ICEYE US on Nov. 15 gave a January 10 launch date and said they needed their license by Dec. 6 to be allowed onto the flight (they received it yesterday).

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Spire Global, Inc. Selects Virgin Orbit for Late-Load Addition to Next Flight in Record Time
Virgin Orbit announced today it received FAA authorization for the late-load addition of Spire Global’s ADLER-1 satellite

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https://www.yuzhnoye.com/en/press-center/news/copy_news_885.html
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On December 8, 2021, Ukrainian spacecraft Sich-2-30, developed and manufactured by Yuzhnoye SDO, departed from Boryspil International Airport (KBP) with the assistance of Cargo Division of Turkish Airlines and Gunsel LLC as their official Appointed Cargo Sales Agent in Ukraine.

Route to be covered by Sich-2-30 to the launch site is as follows: Dnipro – Kyiv – Istanbul – and it is expected that on December 12, the plane will land in Miami (Florida, USA).

Tentatively on December 12, spacecraft will arrive to the International Airport of Miami and in several days following the customs clearance, it will reach the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral for prelaunch processing and integration activities with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Ukrainian remote sensing satellite Sich-2-30 is scheduled for launch on January 10, 2022.

Sich-2-30 is designed to obtain digital images of the Earth’s surface in the visible and near-infrared ranges of electromagnetic wavelengths as well as to monitor the Earth’s magnetosphere parameters. It features 7 m (per pixel) resolution with swath width of 45 km.
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[ISISpace] Kleos’ Patrol Mission Satellites Ready and Shipped to Launch Site
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December 9, 2021News

-Kleos’ third satellite cluster of four satellites have passed all pre-shipment tests
-Builder, Innovative Solutions In Space, given all-clear for transport to Cape Canaveral to launch on the Transporter-3 SpaceX mission in January 2022
-The Patrol Mission (KSF2) satellites feature enhanced hardware and software, significantly increasing data collection capability by an additional 119 million km² per day and improving revisit rates
-Kleos’ satellites detect and geolocate radio frequency activity to within 300m, improving detection of illegal activity such as piracy, drug smuggling and border security challenges

Kleos Space S.A (ASX:KSS, Frankfurt:KS1, Kleos or Company), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, confirms its Patrol Mission (KSF2) satellites are on track to launch onboard the Transporter-3 SpaceX mission in January 2022, successfully passing the final technical milestone with satellite builder Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISPACE). 

The Patrol Mission satellites are travelling from the Netherlands to the launch integration facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, where they are being armed for flight, inserted into their dispensers, and integrated into the launch vehicle by Spaceflight Inc. Prior to transport, the satellites successfully completed System Assembly Integration Testing (SAIT) with ISISPACE over a six-week period, including a system checkout and mechanical inspection, battery charging and fuelling.

The transport of the Patrol Mission satellites confirms the satellites are mission ready. The launch will increase Kleos’ reconnaissance capability to three clusters of four satellites each, making a total of twelve satellites patrolling against illegal activity such as piracy, drug smuggling and border security challenges.

Launching into a 500-600km Sun Synchronous orbit, the four Patrol Mission satellites expand Kleos’ data collection capability by up to an additional 119 million km² per day. They also enable Kleos to increase its average daily revisit rate over a 15-degree latitude area of interest to around five times a day.

Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said, “We are rapidly building our constellation to raise the volume of data available to our customers. Each new mission features enhanced hardware and software capability, leveraging the learnings of earlier launches. The improved collection capability of the Patrol Mission is key for our government and commercial data subscribers. The value of our independent geolocation data grows in line with revisit rates, as it enables subscribers to use the data to establish pattern of life behaviour or tip and cue with existing datasets to improve the identification of illegal maritime and land-based activity”.

Kleos successfully launched its Scouting Mission satellites into a 37-degree inclination in November 2020 and its Vigilance Mission cluster into a 525km Sun Synchronous orbit in June 2021. Its fourth cluster, the Observer Mission, is scheduled to launch in mid-2022. Flown in a formation of four, Kleos’ nanosatellites detect and geolocate radio frequency transmissions to within 300m, enhancing the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of governments and commercial entities.


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