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Discussion thread for SpaceX's Transporter 7 dedicated rideshare flight.

Discussion thread for SpaceX Rideshare Program

Launch targeting 15 April 2023, 06:48 UTC (14 April, 11:48 pm PDT) on Falcon 9 (booster 1063-10) to SSO from Vandenberg.  The first stage will land at LZ-4.

SPACEX TRANSPORTER-7 VANDENBERG SFB, CA
PRIMARY:   04/11/23   0610-0811Z
BACKUP(S):   04/12-15/23   0610-0811Z




IMECE (800kg, TÜBİTAK UZAY, Turkey)

Momentus Vigoride VR-6: (tug + 6 cubesats)
   LLITED A/B (2x 1.5U, Aerospace Corp)
   REVELA (3U, ARCA, Italy)
   DISCO-1 (1U, Aarhus U., Denmark)
   VIREO (3U, C3S, Hungary)
   IRIS-C (3U, NCKU, Taiwan) (via ISIL)
   (hosted payload) SMPOD03 (3U deployer, ARCA, Italy)
   (hosted payload) TASSA (deployable solar array)

Exolaunch (21 satellites, 16 cubesat, 5 microsat)
   SSS-2B (3U, TÜBİTAK UZAY, Turkey)
   DEWA SAT-2 (6U, DEWA, UAE) (built by NanoAvionics)
   Brokkr-1 (6U, AstroForge) (ORBASTRO-AF-1)
   BRO-9 (6U, Unseenlabs, France)
   LEMUR-2-ONREFLECTION (6U, Spire for KAUST, Saudi Arabla)
   LEMUR-2-ROMEO-N-LEO/GNSS-4 (3U, Spire) (LMR2394 / FM170)
   LEMUR-2-SPACEGUS/Adler-2 (6U, Spire for Adler) (LMR2372 / FM171)
   TAIFA-1 (3U, SayariLabs [Kenya], Endurosat)
   Connecta T2.1 (6U, Plan-S, Turkey)
   Sapling Giganteum (1U, Stanford Student Space Initiative)
   LS2F (aka LS3C) (3U, Lacuna Space)
   FACSAT-2 (6U, Colombian Air Force, GomSpace bus)
   RoseyCubesat-1 (1U, Orbital Solutions Monaco, ISIS platform)  (via ISIL)
   InspireSat 7 (2U, Latmos, France) (via ISIL)
   Sateliot-0 (Platform-3) (6U, Endurosat)
   Yearling-2 (1U, Bronco Space at Cal Poly Pomona)
   NORSAT-TD (~40kg, Space Flight Laboratory on behalf of Norway Space Agency)
   NewSat 36-39 (4x microsat, Satellogic)

Maverick (6 satellites, 3 cubesat 3 microsat)
   KILICSAT (3U, Turkey)
   ITS ABOUT TIME (?U, TrustPoint)
   CIRBE (3U, CU Boulder/LASP)
   Tomorrow-R1 (85kg, Tomorrow.io)
   GHOSt (2x microsat, Orbital Sidekick)

D-Orbit ION (tug + 5 cubesats)
   EPICHyper-1 (6U, AAC Clyde Space for Wyvern)
   Kepler 20/21 (2x 6U)
   VCUB1 (6U, Visiona Tecnologia Espacial, Brazil)
   (undisclosed cubesat, probably ELO-3, 6U, Eutelsat)
   (2 hosted payloads)

GHGSat-C6/C7/C8 (3x 15kg, GHGSat)

SEOPS
   Hawkeye 360 Cluster 7 (3x 33kg)

Umbra-06 (Umbra)

Celestis Excelsior memorial flight (cremated remains, mounted on a payload adapter, stayed on second stage)

Possible Payloads:

Removed:
   Pleiades-Squared (Bronco Space at Cal Poly Pomona)
CACI DemoSat (microsat, York bus, PNT and SigInt payloads)
OMNI-LER1 (3U, Internet Think Tank) (FCC permit dismissed)
Lynk Tower 5-10 (6x microsat)
Satellive Vu
Launcher Orbiter SN2
Pony Express (2x 12U, aka Tyvak-0261/-0262) (moved to T9)
STORK-7 (3U, SatRevolution, Poland) (from Momentus)
OreSat 0.5 (2U, Portland State, US) (from Momentus)
   Alba Orbital Cluster 7 (6[ total?)
      Istanbul (1P, Hello Space)
      ROM-2 (1P, RomSpace, Romania)
      MRC-100 (3P, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary)

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Asteroid-mining startup AstroForge raises $13 million, books launch for test mission [dated May 26]

Quote from: Space.com
AstroForge has developed proprietary material-refining technology that it will use to extract PGMs from space rocks, said Gialich and fellow cofounder Jose Acain, who also serves as the company's chief technology officer.

That technology has been tested in the lab, and it will soon get a chance to show its stuff off Earth, if all goes according to plan: AstroForge has booked a spot on a Falcon 9 "rideshare" mission that could launch as early as January 2023.

That launch will send up, among other payloads, an AstroForge 6U cubesat that will extract platinum from a sample it totes to orbit. (The "U" in cubesat dimensions stands for "unit," a cube that measures 4 inches, or 10 centimeters, on a side.) That spacecraft is being built now by OrbAstro, a small-satellite specialist based in the U.K. and New Zealand.

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Potential payload?

Cross-post:

İMECE satellite "walking clean room" [dated May 3]

Google translate:

Quote from: Anadolu Agency
IMECE, which will be launched from the USA, will serve in a synchronous orbit to the Sun at an altitude of 680 kilometers and will display images within 48 hours after launch. IMECE, which will obtain high-resolution images from all over the world without geographical restrictions, will serve Turkey in many areas such as detection and diagnosis, natural disasters, mapping, agricultural applications. The design duty life of the satellite, which can be used for civil and security purposes, is planned as 5 years.

With IMECE, Turkey will have an electro-optical satellite camera with sub-meter resolution for the first time.

IMECE will be launched on January 15th.

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Another potential payload. The first Xona satellite flew on Transporter-5.

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He said a second prototype satellite Xona is building in-house called Muninn has secured a launch contract for deployment in early 2023.

https://spacenews.com/xona-to-test-gps-alternative-demo-satellite-with-customer/

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Might be this flight...

D-Orbit Signs Launch and Deployment Contract with Leading Satellite Telecom Provider Kepler Communications

The contract covers the launch and deployment of two 6U telecom satellites that are
part of Kepler’s growing space constellation

Fino Mornasco, Italy, June 30, 2022 – D-Orbit, the space logistics company that is
going public through a transaction with Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BREZ),
today announced the signing of a launch and deployment contract with Kepler
Communications, a private telecommunications company based in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada.

The contract covers the launch of two 6U telecommunications satellites. The satellites
will be boarded inside the ION Satellite Carrier (ION), D-Orbit’s proprietary, versatile, and
cost-effective orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) designed both to precisely deploy satellites
and perform technology demonstrations of third-party payloads in orbit.

After launch, which is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023, the satellite will be released
by ION on a 500-600 kilometer Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

“We are proud to partner with Kepler, a company that is leading the way in implementing
high-performance satellite constellations to bring the internet to space,” said Renato
Panesi, D-Orbit’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We believe our two companies share a
common vision for the future of the space data industry, and we are confident that there
will be further opportunities for synergistic collaborations in the future.”

The two satellites will carry Kepler’s Ku-band & S-band payloads to test and validate
technology that will enable inter-satellite communication and high-capacity data
downlinking for the company’s next generation of satellites. Kepler is creating the
infrastructure needed to support the current and future communication needs of the
space industry by bringing the internet to space. The Kepler Network will provide
constant connectivity to space assets, allowing mission-critical data to be received in
real-time to amplify access to space-generated data.

“We are proud to partner with D-Orbit in the launch and deployment of our two newest
satellites leading the development of our next-generation AETHER constellation,” said
Diane Burchett, vice president of engineering for Kepler. “The Kepler Network will
provide real-time, always-on communication to satellites and other space-borne assets
for our customers.”

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https://twitter.com/hellospaceist/status/1544967172807880704
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We have exciting news!
The name of our Pocketqube test satellite, which will be launched into space aboard SpaceX's Falcon9 rocket  in January 2023, is now revealed! We represent you Satellite "Istanbul"!

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Not sure how exactly the Istanbul satellite fits into this, and if this involves multiple launches or not.

https://twitter.com/hellospaceist/status/1554076974024474626

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Hello Space has signed a rideshare agreement with @AlbaOrbital  to launch IoT Pico-satellite constellation via SpaceX. 🤩💫
Together we will explore the depths of space! 🚀🚀

#pocketqube #iot

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Not sure how exactly the Istanbul satellite fits into this, and if this involves multiple launches or not.

https://www.albaorbital.com/hello-space
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Alba Orbital and Hello Space today announced a rideshare agreement to launch an Internet of Things (IoT) PocketQube satellite, ‘Istanbul’, aboard the upcoming ‘Alba Cluster 7’ mission via SpaceX in Q1 2023.
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‘Istanbul’, Hello Space’s first PocketQube satellite getting ready for launch in 2023, serves as an in-orbit demonstration mission for the company’s upcoming IoT constellation of 100 pico-satellites. The Turkish technology startup aims to improve device connectivity at much lower cost to existing ground based solutions, to provide global end-to-end data services for maritime, agricultural and industrial applications.

Muzaffer Duysal, Co-Founder of Hello Space, gained national recognition after launching Turkey’s very first PocketQube with Alba Orbital and SpaceX in January 2022 as Captain of the Grizu-263a Space team. Designed by a team of students from Bülent Ecevit University, Grizu-263a was successfully deployed in-orbit via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on board Alba Orbital’s ‘Cluster ¾’ mission - the largest PocketQube launch in history to date.

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Alba Orbital to launch pocket-sized satellite built by Romanian High School students with SpaceX in Q1 2023

15th August, 2022 -- Glasgow, UK -- Alba Orbital and RomSpace from the International Computing High School of Bucharest today announced a rideshare agreement to launch ‘ROM-2’, Romania’s first PocketQube satellite, aboard the upcoming ‘Alba Cluster 7’ mission via SpaceX in Q1 2023.

ROM-2 (Romanian Orbital Mission) is a PocketQube satellite that measures 5x5x5cm and weighs 250g.
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Alba Orbital to launch pocket-sized satellite built by Romanian High School students with SpaceX in Q1 2023

15th August, 2022 -- Glasgow, UK -- Alba Orbital and RomSpace from the International Computing High School of Bucharest today announced a rideshare agreement to launch ‘ROM-2’, Romania’s first PocketQube satellite, aboard the upcoming ‘Alba Cluster 7’ mission via SpaceX in Q1 2023.

ROM-2 (Romanian Orbital Mission) is a PocketQube satellite that measures 5x5x5cm and weighs 250g.

Fixed link: https://www.albaorbital.com/rom2

Also, when did the launch date change to February?

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Satellite Vu sat pushed to Transporter-8.

Crosspost:

Satellite Vu signs second SpaceX launch contract to accelerate deployment of thermal monitoring capabilities from space

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The deal follows on from their first deal signed with SpaceX in February, which will launch the first of Satellite Vu’s planned constellation of satellites in May 2023; meeting the urgent demand from businesses for data that can assist the energy transition.

Basically, Satellite Vu announced today that their second satellite will launch on Transporter-10, but the press release also mentions that the first satellite (which was originally expected to launch on Transporter-7) was now scheduled for May 2023 (meaning Transporter-8).

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possibly this mission

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Request to Extend Launch Deadline

Umbra Lab, Inc. (“Umbra”) requests a sixty-day extension of Condition #21 of its license (Call
Sign S3095),1 requiring launch of all satellites by January 13, 2023. Additional time is required
due to launch delays beyond Umbra’s control.

Umbra is authorized to launch and operate six satellites under its License. Umbra has successfully
launched three of its six authorized satellites and plans to launch two more satellites on the
upcoming rideshare mission scheduled for December 2022. Condition #21 of the License provides
that “[t]his license will be null and void for any satellites not launched before January 13, 2023”
(the “Launch Period”). Umbra is not able to meet the requirement for its sixth satellite due to a
delay in the launch (until February 15, 2023), imposed by the launch services provider and beyond
Umbra’s control. In an abundance of caution to allow for further minor launch delays, Umbra
requests an extension, until March 14, 2023, of the deployment deadline specified in Condition
#21.

Umbra understands that the Launch Period requirement is based on 47 C.F.R. §25.122(c)(2) and
was imposed to ensure that all authorized satellites deorbit within six (6) years. Umbra will be able
to comply with 47 C.F.R. §25.122(c)(2), regardless of launch date, by deorbiting the satellite
within six (6) years using the propulsion system. Moreover, Umbra will not operate the satellite
past the end of the License term (January 13, 2028). The later launch is not expected to materially
shorten the satellite’s lifetime, if at all. Under nominal conditions, the satellite would still have
nearly five (5) years to operate, which is close to the maximum expected mission lifetime for the
satellite.

Given the modest extension of the Launch Period and Umbra’s ability to ensure that the satellite
demises within the six-year License term through active deorbiting, Umbra submits that this brief
extension of time is justified. Further, grant of this extension is in the public interest2 because it
would allow Umbra to continue providing its government and commercial customers with highquality
SAR imagery at a time when such imagery is in high demand as a result of world events.
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TAIFA-1 moved from Transporter-6 to Transporter-7

https://twitter.com/EXOLAUNCH/status/1575473517734289408

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0233-EX-CM-2022

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Brief Description of the Mission: The Low-Latitude Ionosphere/Thermosphere Enhancements in Density (LLITED) program consists of two nearly identical spacecraft, LLITED-A and LLITED-B, that will provide coincident measurements of Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere layers to characterize the Equatorial Temperature Wind Anomaly (ETWA) and the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA).

Identification of the anticipated launch vehicle and launch site: LLITED is manifested as part of the upcoming Momentus Vigoride OSV that is manifested on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-7. The mission orbit will have an apogee of 495 km and a perigee of 495 km and will be inclined about 96.4°.

Identification of the proposed launch date and mission duration: The LLITED mission anticipates a launch in February 2023. The main mission phase is approximately 12 months.

Description of the launch and deployment profile: The LLITED spacecraft will be deployed from the launch vehicle from a CubeSat dispenser. Typically, the launch vehicle will optimize separation timing to reduce the likelihood of collision between CubeSats. Both LLITED spacecraft combined will fill a single 3U slot in a flight qualified spacecraft dispenser.

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SAT-LOA-20221009-00131
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VR-6 has a planned launch on a Falcon 9 rideshare presently scheduled for February
2023. VR-6 will be affixed directly to the Falcon 9 vehicle and deployed into a targeted sunsynchronous
orbit with approximately a 97 +/- 1 degree inclination and an insertion orbit
between 480 to 520 km circular orbit.3 VR-6 will then conduct a series of maneuvers, during
which VR-6 will make minor inclination changes while staying within the 96 +/- 1 degree range.

After separation from the launch vehicle, VR-6 will undergo commissioning and conduct
maneuvers to a 495 km circular orbit, i.e., the “Second Orbit.” Upon completion, VR-6 will
deploy all of the customer payloads.4

After the payload deployments, VR-6 will conduct two sets of maneuvers to test the
capabilities of the propulsion system. First, VR-6 will conduct LTAN change maneuvers by
transferring to a maximum 547 km x 547 km orbit, dwelling for approximately 30 days, and
returning to approximately a 495 km orbit.

Second, VR-6 will conduct a 180° phase change maneuver by transferring to a maximum
515 km orbit, dwelling for approximately 5 days, and returning to approximately a 495 km orbit.
VR-6 will then deploy a demonstration solar array (distinct from the solar arrays used on the
vehicle for nominal power generation) and conduct testing of the demonstration solar array.

Upon completion of the demonstration solar array testing, VR-6 will relocate to a final
410 km x 350 km elliptical end-of-life orbit. See Table 1 below (summarizing the relevant
orbital parameters for the mission). Momentus calculates that VR-6 will have sufficient

propellant remaining at the conclusion of the mission to conduct further perigee reduction
maneuvers, which could reduce to months the demise of the VR-6.
As demonstrated in the attached ODAR (see Exhibit 2), a 520 km circular sunsynchronous
orbit would be the worst-case scenario in the assessment of orbital debris risk, and
VR-6 would re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere in approximately 11 years from that altitude.5 At
the target final orbit, 410 km x 350 km, Momentus calculates that VR-6 will de-orbit within
approximately 2 months, which complies with the FCC’s proposed new de-orbit requirements.6

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4 See Exhibit 5. As explained in the attached ODAR, VR-6 includes a failsafe deployment timer. The
timer system commences upon deployment and begins a countdown that will trigger the release of the
deployable customer payloads after seven days, which is intended to ensure deployment in the event that
the VR-6 bus experiences a failure and Momentus is unable to command the deployment. See Exhibit 2.

Insertion Orbit LTAN 10:30am


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Looks like GHOSt was delayed and moved to this mission:

https://twitter.com/OrbitalSidekick/status/1584600743654305794

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OMNI-LER1 (3U, Internet Think Tank)
1053-EX-CN-2022
1392-EX-CN-2022 (Iridium comms)

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Tomorrow-R1 (weather radar)
2020-EX-ST-2022
85kg, built by Astro Digital with Corvus-XL bus



 

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