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Discussion thread for SpaceX's April 1, 2022, 16:24 UTC (12:24 pm EDT) dedicated rideshare flight.

NSF Threads for SpaceX Transporter-4 : Discussion
Discussion thread for SpaceX Rideshare Program

Launch targeting April 1, 2022 on Falcon 9 (booster 1061-7) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station SLC-40 to SSO. Fairing recovery is expected from the water.  Fairing is new.

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SpaceX is targeting Friday, April 1 for a Falcon 9 launch of Transporter-4 to a sun-synchronous orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The launch window opens at 12:24 p.m. ET, or 16:24 UTC. Falcon 9 will fly on a southern trajectory along Florida’s eastern coast and may be visible from the ground.

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, and one Starlink mission. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the Just Read the Instructions droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Transporter-4 is SpaceX’s fourth dedicated smallsat rideshare mission. On this flight are 40 spacecraft, including CubeSats, microsats, picosats, non-deploying hosted payloads, and an orbital transfer vehicle carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time.

Two circular deployment orbits around 650km and 500km.



Payloads:  (EnMAP, LEO-1, and GNOMES-3 deploy at higher orbit)

EnMAP (980kg) - EnMAP Discussion Thread

D-Orbit ION SVC-005
   Kleos KSF-2 (4x 6U)
   PlantSat (3U, U. of Chile)
   SUCHAI 2 (3U, U. of Chile)
   SUCHAI 3 (3U, U. of Chile)
   Upmosphere (passive hosted payload)


Exolaunch (2 ports?)
      Satellogic NuSat 23-27 (4x Mark IV Upgraded and 1x Mark V)
      MP42 (microsat, Nanoavionics)
      Omnispace SPARK-1 (12U, built by NanoAvionics)
      BRO-7 (6U, Unseen Labs)
      ARCSAT (6U, FFI [Norway], built by GomSpace)
      Pixxel 2/Shakuntala (6U, Pixxel Space, India)
      BDSat (1U, CZ)
      AlfaCrux (1U, University of Brasilia)

Spaceflight Ports
   Lynk-05 (Lynk Tower 1) (80kg, Lynk Global, no prop)
   Hawkeye 360 Cluster 4 (Hawk-6A/6B/6C) (3x 31kg, Hawkeye 360, prop)

GNOMES-3 (xxkg)
Swarm (12x .25U)

On SpaceX list, could be different names for some listed above?
LEO-1

Possible Payloads:
      ?Shared Sat 2 (6U, EnduroSat)



Removed Payloads:
Spaceflight
   Sherpa-FX5 (315.5kg at launch, 190kg is deployable satellites)
      Agile MicroSat (AMS) (6U, MIT, prop)
      Lynk-05 (Lynk Tower 1) (80kg, Lynk Global, no prop)
      Hawk-6A/6B/6C (3x 31kg, Hawkeye 360, prop)
      CNCE (2x 3U, MDA, no prop)
      Heron Mk II (3U, U. Toronto, no prop)
      SPiN‐1 (MA61C) (1U)
      (hosted payload) TROOP-4 (5kg, NearSpace Launch)

AST SpaceMobile BlueWalker 3 (1.5 ton)
  Alba Orbital Cluster 5
      Kilimanjaro-1
?RROCI (12U)



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)
   L2 SpaceX Section
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-4 : March 2022
« Reply #1 on: 06/15/2021 11:13 pm »
Crosspost:
[Space News] Satellogic signs multi-launch contract with SpaceX
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Satellogic plans to conduct its next four launches with SpaceX, starting in June. Additional launches will take place in December and in March and June of 2022. All will be rideshare missions going to sun-synchronous orbits, with at least four satellites on the June launch.
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“We are looking into deploying more mid-inclination satellites over the next 12–18 months, but we have not yet decided exactly when those launches are going to be.”

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Transporter-4 : March 2022
« Reply #2 on: 06/15/2021 11:21 pm »
http://www.albaorbital.com/launch
Name: Cluster 5
Slots available: Limited availability
Launch: March 2022
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Orbit: 500-600 km, SSO
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https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6751

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Mission Details
Transporter 4
Transporter 4 is a dedicated rideshare mission by SpaceX. SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program provides small satellite operators with regularly scheduled, dedicated Falcon 9 rideshare missions to SSO for ESPA class payloads for as low as $1 million per mission, which includes up to 200 kg of payload mass.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Location
SLC-4E, Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #4 on: 06/18/2021 09:17 am »
VanZyl-1 payload possibly on board this mission.

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Hydrosat’s inaugural mission, called VanZyl-1, is scheduled to be mounted on a Loft Orbital satellite and launched in early 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #5 on: 07/09/2021 02:50 pm »
Tanzania's Kilimanjaro 1 satellite will be on board.

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We have secured launch services from Alba Orbital to Fly KILI-1 to LEO March 2022 on SPACE X’s Falcon spacecraft.


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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #6 on: 07/29/2021 12:41 pm »
BlueWalker 3 is presumably launching on this mission. Interestingly, the customer says the launch is expected from the Cape while Next Spaceflight suggests all future Transporter missions would be launching from Vandenberg.

https://twitter.com/AST_SpaceMobile/status/1420716798014640134

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Prepare for lift-off! 🚀 We’re launching our BlueWalker 3 test satellite with @SpaceX. The mission is expected to depart Cape Canaveral, Florida, in March 2022. #ASTSpaceMobile #5G #space bwnews.pr/3iTdufu

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #7 on: 07/29/2021 02:25 pm »
Next Spaceflight doesn't know the locations of the future rideshare launches, they just put Vandy as a likely location.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #8 on: 08/02/2021 10:18 pm »
VanZyl-1 payload possibly on board this mission.

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Hydrosat’s inaugural mission, called VanZyl-1, is scheduled to be mounted on a Loft Orbital satellite and launched in early 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Loft Orbital's site shows YAM-6 as Q3-2022, so will need to wait for more info on this payload.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #9 on: 08/13/2021 09:51 pm »
Apparently Spaceflight has payloads on this flight:

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightInc/status/1426213949335244805
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Got a cubesat that's ready to fly? If so, we've got space on a March '22 mission if you're ready to go. DM us today! #launchwithus

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #10 on: 08/27/2021 07:05 pm »
GNOMES-3 https://fcc.report/ELS/Space-Sciences-Engineering/0734-EX-CN-2021

Launch vehicle and launch site:Falcon 9, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, U.S.A.
Proposed launch date:March 2022
launch window of March 1, 2022 – April 30, 2022

LTAN / LTDN: 11:00 pm / 11:00 am (+/-15 mins)

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #11 on: 08/31/2021 11:07 am »
Exolaunch has a payload on this mission.

https://twitter.com/EXOLAUNCH/status/1432316329302822925

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #12 on: 09/16/2021 02:16 am »
https://fcc.report/ELS/Atmospheric-Space-Technology-Research-Associates-LLC/0790-EX-CN-2021
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This is an Air Force/Space Force SMC sponsored CubeSat demonstration mission called
Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager (RROCI) for the purpose of collecting cloud imagery and
theater weather imagery in support of the Air Force’s Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR)
Weather System (EWS) OT-1a prototype program. This demonstration mission assists in
addressing the continuity of satellite data and the Space-Based Environmental Monitoring
(SBEM) gaps.

The RROCI mission is a 12U CubeSat mission with team members from Atmospheric and
Space Technology Research Associates, Pumpkin Space, Science and Technology
Corporation, and Lockheed Martin. The RROCI spacecraft is designed to approach the
complex challenges of large scale, global observations of weather imagery. RROCI is a
demonstration mission that will provide the initial capability characterization of a suite of
cameras, lenses, and filters to support a future constellation mission. The measurements
taken from the RROCI spacecraft will be compared against currently orbiting weather
instrument satellites, such as VIIRS and MODIS.

The RROCI mission is slated for launch in March 2022, with frequency licensing required
no later than January 1, 2022. The baseline operational plan will be a year of on-orbit
operational lifetime after deployment from a rideshare rocket, nominally inserted into a
500-600km circular orbit in a morning/afternoon Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). After
conclusion of the nominal operations, the RROCI satellite will be de-orbited passing down
to 300km altitude through its lifetime.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : 2022
« Reply #13 on: 09/22/2021 05:16 pm »
https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-STA-20210922-00127
Sherpa-FX5

launch window Apr 1 - May 15
orbit 500 +/- 25km
Four microsatellites, 12U dispenser with 3x3U cubesats, 6U equivalent cubesat dispenser (ISIS DuoPack XL)

   Sherpa-FX5 (315.5kg at launch, 190kg is deployable satellites)
      Agile MicroSat (AMS) (6U, MIT, prop)
      Lynk-07 (Lynk Global, no prop)
      Hawk-6A/6B/6C (Hawkeye 360, prop)
      CNCE (2x 3U, MDA, no prop)
      Heron Mk II (3U, U. Toronto, no prop)
      (hosted payload) TROOP-4 (5kg, NearSpace Launch)

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191011005017/en/Blue-Canyon-Technologies-Selected-for-MIT-Lincoln-Laboratory-Agile-MicroSatellite-Mission

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EnduroSat and Exolaunch Announce Launch Agreements for SpaceX Falcon 9 Rideshare Missions

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Sofia, Bulgaria / Berlin, Germany – October 04, 2021 – EnduroSat, provider of software-defined NanoSats and Space Services for business and academia, and Exolaunch, the industry-leading provider of launch, integration, deployment and mission management services for small satellites, today announced the signing of launch agreements for sending two EnduroSat NanoSats into orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9. The 6U XL SharedSat nanosatellites, built by EnduroSat for its customers, will be launched via Exolaunch in H1 2022 as part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program.

The SharedSats are 6U XL NanoSats with several multi-purpose payloads on a single bus. By simplifying access to space services through shared missions for a range of commercial, exploration and science customers, EnduroSat aims to lower significantly the entry barrier of operations in orbit.

The two SharedSats are part of the commercial EnduroSat’s Missions. They foresee integration, validation, and testing, launch and operations of the satellite and hosted payloads. Direct access to the payload data will be made available in the cloud through EnduroSat’s Digital Mission Control. The software-centric NanoSat architecture allows for multiple payloads to operate together reliably on a single platform with access to on-demand processing, power and pointing capability.

“We are really pleased to have signed a launch agreement with Exolaunch, as it is another step in our mission to provide easy access to space. The Shared Satellite Service goal is to help drive innovation at the final frontier for visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists. At EnduroSat, we are eager to see the innovations, that our customers will accomplish in space and are happy to support them every step of the way,” said EnduroSat’s Founder & CEO Raycho Raychev.

Exolaunch will ensure comprehensive rideshare mission management, satellite integration and deployment services for both EnduroSat missions. The launches are arranged by Exolaunch under its Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX.

“We’re proud to support EnduroSat with a variety of launch options and flexible mission management to address all their ongoing launch needs for the Shared Satellite Service program. Exolaunch has acquired outstanding flight heritage with Falcon 9 after signing a multi-launch agreement with SpaceX and is pleased to become a trusted launch partner for EnduroSat,” said Jeanne Medvedeva, VP of Launch Services at Exolaunch. “It’s our common vision to make space accessible for everyone and we are honored to contribute to EnduroSat’s mission.”

For both missions Exolaunch will use its proprietary deployment technologies - the EXOpod, a next-gen cubesat deployer with half a decade and 100+ of released satellites flight heritage, to flawlessly deploy the EnduroSat’s satellites into their target sun-synchronous orbit above 500 km and the EXOport, a flexible multi-satellite adapter designed to optimally accommodate several satellites on a single Falcon 9 port.

The new launch agreements mark the expansion of EnduroSat’s Shared Satellite Service and pave the way to the continued cooperation between the companies on future launches.

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It appears to be Shared Sat 2 (I assume it will get a better name later) on Transporter 4, Shared Sat 3 on Transporter 5
https://www.endurosat.com/services/shared-satellite-service#book

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : March 2022
« Reply #16 on: 10/08/2021 07:51 pm »
https://fcc.report/ELS/Atmospheric-Space-Technology-Research-Associates-LLC/0790-EX-CN-2021
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...The RROCI mission is slated for launch in March 2022, with frequency licensing required
no later than January 1, 2022. The baseline operational plan will be a year of on-orbit
operational lifetime after deployment from a rideshare rocket, nominally inserted into a
500-600km circular orbit in a morning/afternoon Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). After
conclusion of the nominal operations, the RROCI satellite will be de-orbited passing down
to 300km altitude through its lifetime.

So that STA request was dismissed on a technicality (needed to license a government frequency differently).  They just filed another one, still seems to be the same flight, but they give an altitude of 642km.  Not sure if that's just a typo, they got an OTV ride, or they actually deploy lower and climb to that altitude.

https://fcc.report/ELS/Atmospheric-Space-Technology-Research-Associates/0867-EX-CN-2021

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SpaceX To Launch Albania’s First Satellites Into Orbit Next Year

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Albania’s first satellite dubbed Albania 1 will be sent into orbit in March 2022. The launch date of Albania 2 is set for June next year.

“Albania in orbit. Incredible but real,” said Rama, who seems excited in the video.

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Gunter has Bluewalker 3 mass as ~1500Kg. Is that rather heavy for a dedicated rideshare? At about what mass do you expect a satellite to fly with secondary payload rather than fly on a dedicated rideshare?

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Gunter has Bluewalker 3 mass as ~1500Kg. Is that rather heavy for a dedicated rideshare? At about what mass do you expect a satellite to fly with secondary payload rather than fly on a dedicated rideshare?

A lot more than that.  The top spot on the Transporter stack can take tons of mass, and SpaceX stuck a few tons of Starlinks on the bottom of a stack.

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