Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-3 Rideshare : CCSFS SLC-40 : 13 January 2022 (1525 UTC)  (Read 181742 times)

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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

ADLER was previously scheduled on Electron, not on Falcon. What has this to do with this thread ?  ???

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ADLER was previously scheduled on Electron, not on Falcon. What has this to do with this thread ?  ???

It is mentioned in a couple of posts upthread.  Gongora presumably posted the link as reference for his December 9 edit of the top post where he struck "Adler-1 (3U, Spire bus)" from "Possible Payloads".

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Into what SSO orbit, what equator crossing time, is Transporter 3 being launched?
This question is asked to get an estimate of the time of day of the launch.
I might be able to get to North Hutchison Island for this launch.
A lot of the launch "action" should happen just off shore of it.
If it's the right time of day, it could be spectacular.
If it's another RTLS, there is a very small area near the north end where one of the predictions has a particularly strong sonic boom.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Spaceflight doesn't have their STA for the LTC-1 vehicle yet.

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The Launch Photography Viewing Guide, dated December 11, lists Transporter-3 launching from SLC-40; not a surprise for payloads bound for Sun-synchronous orbits.

(A launch from LC-39A along this trajectory would overfly other launch complexes further south.)

Hypothetical January Florida Falcon 9 launch schedule:
Early January Starlink cluster from LC-39A,
January 10 Transporter-3 from SLC-40,
Mid to late January Starlink cluster from LC-39A,
Mid to late January CSG-2 launch from SLC-40.

(Assumes no Falcon Heavy launch in January.)
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According to this posting from one of Transporter-3's customers, the mission is scheduled to launch at 10:00 UTC.
https://twitter.com/innova_space/status/1464225608624484357
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Can't we get a nice U.S. daytime launch once in a while?  (that doesn't seem like a great time for all the visible light earth observation sats?)
« Last Edit: 12/14/2021 03:10 pm by gongora »

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Can't we get a nice U.S. daytime launch once in a while? 
(that doesn't seem like a great time for all the visible light earth observation sats?)
Whiner!
6AM EST is ~67 minutes before sunrise
Could be a twilight show and I might have a front row seat
(as in 5th floor looking down on the beach near to west of the staging point)
How many kilometers downrange is staging?
« Last Edit: 12/15/2021 03:32 am by Comga »
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Can't we get a nice U.S. daytime launch once in a while? 
(that doesn't seem like a great time for all the visible light earth observation sats?)
Whiner!
6AM EST is ~67 minutes before sunrise
Could be a twilight show and I might have a front row seat
(as in 5th floor looking down on the beach near to west of the staging point)
How many kilometers downrange is staging?

The launch is at 5am EST.

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Can't we get a nice U.S. daytime launch once in a while? 
(that doesn't seem like a great time for all the visible light earth observation sats?)
Whiner!
6AM EST is ~67 minutes before sunrise
Could be a twilight show and I might have a front row seat
(as in 5th floor looking down on the beach near to west of the staging point)
How many kilometers downrange is staging?

The launch is at 5am EST.

In this case, it’ll be 127 minutes before sunrise.
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The SatRev payloads were originally scheduled with Momentus on the previous flight.

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Spaceflight doesn't have their STA for the LTC-1 vehicle yet.

Finally granted today.

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A newsletter from Nanoavionics mentions they built three satellites (3U, 6U, and 16U) on this launch

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SXRS-6 MISSION UPDATE
By Jodi Sorensen
DECEMBER 21, 2021

After successfully integrating customer spacecraft, lifting, and mating Sherpa-LTC1 with the SpaceX hardware, we were informed today of a leak coming from the propulsion system onboard the Sherpa-LTC1 vehicle. We are currently evaluating the situation to assess the impact.

At this time we believe there is no damage to any customer spacecraft or safety concerns, but it is a significant development. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided not to fly the Sherpa-LTC1 on our SXRS-6 mission (SpaceX Transporter-3) targeted to launch in January.

This development impacts 10 customer spacecraft integrated on Sherpa-LTC. The two Capella microsats and one Umbra microsat are unaffected as they are on separate ports. They will fly as expected on the mission.

The customers who are impacted have already been contacted and plans are underway to remanifest them on a suitable launch. We sincerely apologize for the delay to their missions and the inconveniences this situation has created. Spaceflight’s top priority is to safely launch our customers’ spacecraft. Our mission management team is experienced in managing manifest changes and we are doing everything in our power to find alternative solutions for the affected customers.

While this is not the outcome we were looking for, we’re actively working with our propulsion system partner, Benchmark Space Systems, to conduct a root cause analysis. We will be providing updates as new information becomes available.

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Wow.  Then that's both Sherpa craft off of the flight?



Cross-post:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html  [updated Dec 21]
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FALCON 9

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is TBA. A Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch the Transporter-3 rideshare mission to polar orbit on January 10, likely at 10:00am EST.<snip>
= 15:00 UTC

Add: Same source, December 22 update
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The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.
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That 10:00am EST may be an error.

The tweet posted above by Conexion Espacial (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=52372.msg2320854#msg2320854) says 10AM UTC.

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Sich-2-1 spacecraft integrated with launch vehicle

December 21, 2021

On December 20, 2021, Yuzhnoye and ISILAUNCH (Netherlands) signed the Sich-2-1 Integration Completion Report confirming the integration of the spacecraft with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle of SpaceX (U.S.) at the Cape Canaveral launch complex.

The spacecraft will be sent on the Transporter 3 mission scheduled for January 13, 2022. In accordance with the contract, mission integration is ISILAUNCH’s area of responsibility and SpaceX is the launch services provider.
https://www.yuzhnoye.com/en/press-center/news/copy_news_890.html

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Is there any confirmation that the booster used for this launch will be expendable? And any speculation on which one will be used?

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