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NanoAvionics to launch its 5th satellite rideshare mission with new MP42 bus aboard SpaceX Transporter-4
PRESS RELEASES   2021-11-18

Smallsat integrator NanoAvionics has announced its latest satellite rideshare mission “MP42” to be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 with payloads from OQ Technology and VEOWARE. Using the prototype of its new MP42 microsatellite bus, it is the fifth shared satellite mission by NanoAvionics, which has been one of the firsts companies in the nanosatellite industry to successfully kickstart and continue such a commercial programme. The launch of NanoAvionics’ satellite has been booked for the SpaceX Transporter-4 mission, planned for 2022.

The MP42 is also the company’s largest built satellite yet and the first commercially available modular microsat bus in the industry. It has the same modularity for hard- and software and mission operations infrastructure as NanoAvionics’ nanosatellites. It will be deployed into low Earth orbit (LEO) via a launch agreement with NanoAvionics’ launch partner Exolaunch, a German company providing launch, deployment and in-space transportation services. Exolaunch will also supply its CarboNIX separation ring to dock the MP42 to the SpaceX port aboard its Falcon 9 rocket.

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On April 1, 2019, we launched our first test satellite, BlueWalker 1 (“BW1”), which was used to validate our satellite to cellular architecture and was capable of managing communications delays from LEO orbit and the effects of doppler in a satellite to ground cellular environment using the 4G-LTE protocol. We are currently assembling, integrating, and testing the satellite componentry required for our BlueWalker 3 (“BW3”) test satellite. As of September 30, 2021, we have incurred approximately $56.7 million of capitalized costs (including non-recurring engineering) relating to the BW3 test satellite and expect to incur an additional $10.0 to $12.0 million (including non-recurring engineering) to bring this project to completion. The BW3 test satellite will be using SpaceX as a launch services provider. The current available launch window with SpaceX runs from March 2022 through April 2022. However, the exact timing of such launch is contingent on a number of factors, including satisfactory and timely completion of construction and testing of BW3 test satellite. We have the option to select an alternate launch window if we deliver a rebooking notice to SpaceX by December 1, 2021 and pay a rebooking fee. While we have not yet determined if we will provide such rebooking notice and select an alternate mission and launch window, at this time we believe it is likely that we may elect to do so to provide additional time for BW3 testing and final launch preparation. If we exercise the option to rebook, we plan to target a BW3 launch within months of the original launch window; however, any alternate launch window would be subject to mutual agreement and coordination with SpaceX.

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Above quote is from Sept 30 2021 10-Q files 15 Nov 2021 available at
https://docoh.com/filing/1780312/0001493152-21-028642/ASTS-10Q-2021Q3

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Cross-post re: Transporter-3; perhaps will be delayed to Transporter-4?
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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Cross-post re: Transporter-3; perhaps will be delayed to Transporter-4?

More likely Tranporter-5

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Cross-post; possible Transporter-4 payload:
Source: https://amsat-dl.org/satelliten-geplant/

Satellite listed aboard Transporter-3: CZE-BDSat, along with others already listed here.

Official website for BDSat is counting down to April 22, 2022 and mentions a SpaceX launch, so I'm doubtful it's actually slated for Transporter-3. But maybe Transporter-4? I've seen some hints that one might have slipped to April.

EDIT: But then again, this is from 2 months ago, so who knows. Maybe there was some shuffling and they just forgot to update the countdown.

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Planning a launch in Q1 2022 on the SpaceX Transporter 3 mission into a 500 or 600km circular SSO
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Transporter-4 is now expected to launch in April 2022:

Kleos’ Patrol Mission satellites to launch in April [dated Jan. 13]

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Kleos Space S.A (ASX:KSS, Frankfurt:KS1, Kleos or Company), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, announces the Kleos Patrol Mission (KSF2) satellites, planned to launch in January 2022, have been remanifested to launch on the SpaceX Transporter-4 mission scheduled for April 2022.

Kleos is partnering with launch services provider Spaceflight Inc. to deploy its Patrol Mission (KSF2) satellites to a sun synchronous orbit. Originally scheduled for the SpaceX Transporter-3 mission in January 2022, Kleos’ Patrol Mission launch was postponed when the Spaceflight orbital transfer vehicle tasked with launching and deploying Kleos’ satellites experienced technical issues.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #29 on: 01/14/2022 12:05 pm »
https://spacenews.com/pixxel-signs-partnership-with-rio-tinto-for-hyperspectral-imagery/

Pixxel sat to launch on this mission. Previously, it was manifested on an earlier Transporter mission with Momentus.

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The first satellite is scheduled to launch early this year as a rideshare payload on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. That will be followed by a satellite on a SpaceX dedicated rideshare mission scheduled for launch in April.

Those satellites are the first in a constellation Pixxel plans to launch. Ahmed said six more satellites are planned for launch by the end of this year.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #30 on: 01/30/2022 11:05 pm »
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Spaceflight, Inc. (“Spaceflight”) hereby seeks to update its application (“Application”) for STA referenced above by making the following changes:

First, at the request of Spaceflight’s customer, Lynk Global (“Lynk”), Spaceflight requests to substitute Lynk’s Lynk Tower 1 spacecraft for its Lynk-07 spacecraft (aka Lynk Tower 2). Lynk Tower 1 (aka Lynk-05) had been scheduled to be deployed on Spaceflight’s as part of Spaceflight’s Sherpa LTC-1 mission. However, due to problems experienced with the propulsion system for the Sherpa LTC-1 vehicle, that mission was cancelled.1. The substitution is being made at Lynk’s request, as Lynk Tower 1 is earlier than Lynk Tower 2 in its planned to sequence of spacecraft deployment. These Lynk spacecraft are technically identical at least in terms of all characteristics that are relevant to Spaceflight’s deployment mission and the change does not affect any of Spaceflight’s analyses presented to the Commission in terms of recontact or mitigation against orbital debris.

Second, Spaceflight requests to substitute the SPiN-1 satellite for the Heron Mk II (“Heron”) satellite that has been shown on Spaceflight’s Sherpa FX-5 manifest. Spaceflight has been informed by its Heron customer (the University of Toronto) that it will not be able to secure licensing in time for the FX-5 launch. Spin-1 was to have been deployed as part of Spaceflight’s cancelled Sherpa LTC-1 mission. Spaceflight has been working with all of its Sherpa LTC-1 customers to remanifest them on other suitable launches. The removal of the Heron spacecraft from the Sherpa FX-5 vehicle gives Spaceflight the opportunity to do so for Spaceflight’s SPiN-1.

Like Heron, SPiN-1 is a Cubesat. SPiN-1 is a 1U CubeSat with a mass of ~1.3 kg whereas Heron is a 3U CubeSat with a mass of ~3.2 kg. To adjust for the reduced volume of the SPiN-1, Spaceflight will employ a non-deployed spacer and add fully demiseable ballast so that the total mass in that dispenser slot is ~3.2

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Agile MicroSat (AMS) cubesat MIT USA 1 Y N
Lynk Tower 1 microsatellite Lynk Global USA 1 N N
Hawk ‐6A,‐6B,‐6C microsatellite Hawkeye 360, Inc USA 3 Y N
CNCE cubesat Missile Defense Agency USA 2 N N
SPiN‐1 (MA61C) cubesat Space Products and
Innovation UG Germany 1 N N
TROOP‐4 hosted payload NearSpace Launch USA 1 N N does not separate

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #31 on: 02/25/2022 01:40 am »
https://twitter.com/D_Orbit/status/1496848299319611398
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Our latest ION Satellite Carrier (ION SCV005) was shipped safely off from D-Orbit’s headquarters in Como, Italy 📦The journey towards its next launch to #space has just begun 🚀Stay tuned!

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #32 on: 02/25/2022 07:54 am »
Confirmation from Launch Photography Launch Viewing Guide, updated February 24, that Transporter-4 launches in April.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #33 on: 03/01/2022 02:04 pm »
Is this on Transporter-4?  It's a 12U


https://twitter.com/omnispace/status/1498666021141590016
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #34 on: 03/01/2022 02:38 pm »
https://www.dorbit.space/_files/ugd/64a0e4_5ca15030d7f548e5871d0dc011890f77.pdf

Kleos Patrol mission remanifested to fly on D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier for next orbital
transportation mission

The space logistics and orbital transportation company signed a contract with US launch provider
Spaceflight Inc. to deliver the Kleos Patrol Mission (KSF2) satellites into orbit aboard the next ION
Satellite Carrier mission, scheduled for April 2022.

Fino Mornasco, Italy, March 1, 2022: D-Orbit, the space logistics and orbital transportation
company, announced today the signing of a launch contract with US launch provider Spaceflight
Inc. to remanifest the four satellites of Kleos Space S.A. (ASX:KSS, Frankfurt:KS1, Kleos), a
space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, to be
launched and deployed on the next mission of D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier, on the SpaceX
Transporter-4 mission. The mission will feature D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier, the Company’s
flexible and cost-effective satellite platform able to precisely deploy satellites in orbit and facilitate
the testing of new technologies in space.

Originally scheduled to ride aboard Spaceflight’s orbital transportation vehicle (OTV) on the
SpaceX Transporter-3 mission in January 2022, Kleos’ Patrol Mission (KSF2) launch was
rescheduled after the vehicle had to disembark from Falcon 9. D-Orbit partnered with Spaceflight
to accommodate a few of Spaceflight’s customers on ION and, as a result, Kleos’ satellites were
remanifested on the upcoming April 2022 launch.

“The Patrol Mission applications are a perfect example of how satellites can positively impact and
enhance life on Earth,” said Renato Panesi, D-Orbit’s CCO. “We are happy to have Kleos onboard
our next mission and proud of the responsiveness with which our team has managed this change
in ION’s configuration working closely with Spaceflight”.

Launching into a sun synchronous orbit, the Patrol Mission satellites will join the eight satellites
already in orbit locating radio transmissions in key areas of interest around the globe, efficiently
uncovering data points to expose illegal activity on land and sea. The twelve satellites’
constellation will detect and geolocate radio frequency transmissions to within 300m, improving
the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of governments and
commercial entities.

"We are committed to getting our customers payloads exactly where they need to be, when they
need to be there,” said Tony Frego, VP of mission management at Spaceflight Inc. “When Kleos’
original launch was delayed, we partnered with D-Orbit to quickly re-manifest the satellites. Our
work with D-Orbit on this mission is a great example of industry collaboration to ensure satellites
get to orbit in a timely manner.”

D-Orbit’s team has been working in close collaboration with Kleos and Spaceflight Inc. to perform
all operations necessary to adapt and integrate the satellites aboard D-Orbit’s satellite platform.
Kleos’ CEO Andy Bowyer commented: “The entire Kleos team welcomes this quick turnaround
and great collaboration to launch and deploy the Patrol Mission satellites in April 2022. These
four additional satellites will increase our data collection and ISR capabilities even further.”

D-Orbit launched its first ION in September 2020 aboard an Arianespace VEGA launcher,
followed by three further missions flown in January 2021, June 2021, and January 2022, aboard
SpaceX’s Transporter-1, Transporter-2, and Transporter-3 missions respectively. The next
launch is scheduled for April 2022, as part of ION’s SPACELUST mission.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #35 on: 03/01/2022 04:26 pm »
Is this on Transporter-4?  It's a 12U


https://twitter.com/omnispace/status/1498666021141590016
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Preparing our initial satellite for shipment. It was integrated into the EXOPod flight canister/dispenser @EXOLAUNCH in Berlin, & a first motion release was performed. Follow the journey as we reinvent mobile global comms - http://omnispace.com
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Yes

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Viswanathan said the company is taking delivery of the two satellites late this year, with launch in the first quarter of 2022. Exolaunch will arrange for the launches of those satellites as rideshares on SpaceX Falcon 9 launches.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #36 on: 03/02/2022 05:10 am »
Confirmation from Launch Photography Launch Viewing Guide, updated February 24, that Transporter-4 launches in April.

IDK if I missed this before, but same source, updated March 1, confirms launch from SLC-40.

Edit: was in the February 24 update, or it was added thereafter, with February 24 still listed as the update date.

Not a surprise, as LC-39A will be occupied by preparations for Crew-4 launching April 15.

However, the Cargo Dragon SpX-25, also launching from LC-39A, has been delayed from May 1 until June.  It could be circumstantial evidence that Transporter-4 will launch in early April?

It should be noted that all Transporter launches thus far have been from SLC-40.

Also, this could be for Transporter-4, with an ASDS landing.
Polar Starlink?  Start date is about 1 month early for Transporter-4.
0310-EX-ST-2022 NET late March [NET March 23]

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This application uses information from previous grant 1845-EX-ST-2021. There is a Stage 1/Stage 2 frequency swap to mitigate interference. This STA is necessary to authorize launch vehicle communications for SpaceX Mission 1690 from Cape Canaveral FL at LC-40 CCAFS or LC-39A KSC, and the experimental recovery following the Falcon 9 launch. Includes sub-orbital first stage, and orbital second stage. Trajectory data will be provided directly to NTIA, USAF, and NASA. All downrange Earth stations are receive-only. All operations are pre-coordinated with the Launch Range. Launch licensing authority is FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

Droneship position looks like SSO:   North  23  56  25   West  79  13  16
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Spaceflight has been advised by the customer for one of the spacecraft that appeared on its manifest (TROOP-4) that it does not anticipate having an FCC license in time for the Sherpa-FX5 mission. TROOP-4 was to have been a hosted payload on the Sherpa-FX5.

To account for this development, Spaceflight will substitute a non-separating mass model for the TROOP-4 hosted payload. The mass model has a slightly lower mass and slightly smaller area than TROOP-4. Spaceflight has re-run its DAS calculations incorporating that mass model. The re-run DAS shows that the mass model to be substituted fully demises before entry. Accordingly, there will be no worse human casualty risk for the Sherpa-FX5 mission than previously presented in the Sherpa-FX5 application.

(Sherpa-FX5 also got its FCC STA today)
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Re: SpaceX F9 : SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare : April 2022
« Reply #38 on: 03/04/2022 06:16 pm »
For what it's worth, as of this post, the countdown clock on the website for CZE-BDSat is counting down to April 29 UTC.
Official website for BDSat is counting down to April 22, 2022...
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I think it's just counting down to a placeholder of end of April, as I understand it the launch date for this mission is much much earlier than that.

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