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Discussion thread for the launch of the "Beginning Of The Swarm" mission 23 April at 22:32 UTC from LC-1B:

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Rocket Lab Prepares to Launch Mission for KAIST and NASA to Deploy Satellites to Two Separate Orbits
04/01/2024

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a global leader in launch services and space systems, today announced it has set the launch window for its next Electron launch.

The ‘Beginning Of The Swarm’ mission is scheduled to launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand during a 14-day launch window that opens on April 24th. Electron will carry two satellites for two separate customers: NEONSAT-1, an Earth observation satellite for the Satellite Technology Research Center (SaTReC) at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3).

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The capability of Electron’s Kick Stage to perform multiple engine burns in space and deploy individual satellites to unique orbits is critical to this mission. The Kick Stage will first ignite its Curie engine to deploy NEONSAT-1 to its target 520km circular Earth orbit. After the payload’s separation, it will ignite its Curie engine again to perform an apogee raise to 1,000km. Once in this phasing orbit, the Curie will ignite a third time to circularise before deploying the solar sail demonstration spacecraft. The Kick Stage will then ignite Curie a fourth and final time to perform a deorbit burn that returns the Kick Stage closer to Earth, speeding up its eventual deorbit and removal from space to support a more sustainable space environment.

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According to a Korean news site (https://mk.co.kr/news/it/10977780), Rocket Lab $RKLB will launch the rideshare mission containing NASA's ACS3 and KAIST's NeonSat-1 satellites on April 24th at 6:43 AM NZDT from Launch Complez 1 in New Zealand.

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https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1774895855256125476

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Launch alert 🚨 Our 47th mission and next Electron launch from LC-1 is scheduled for launch NET April 24th for @kaistpr and @NASA.

More info: rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-…
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Press Kit: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/RL-F47-BeginningOfTheSwarm-PressKit.pdf

According to the press kit, the launch window is 21:30-22:45 UTC. The UTC time and the NZST time are on two different calendar days. It does not say whether April 24 is UTC or NZST. If the latter, it would be April 23 UTC.

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Press Kit: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/RL-F47-BeginningOfTheSwarm-PressKit.pdf

According to the press kit, the launch window is 21:30-22:45 UTC. The UTC time and the NZST time are on two different calendar days. It does not say whether April 24 is UTC or NZST. If the latter, it would be April 23 UTC.

24th 09:30 NZST probably given its Mahia
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https://twitter.com/NASAAmes/status/1775653020254314696

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Our Advanced Composite Solar Sail System will demonstrate sailing on sunlight with next-generation space technology.
@RocketLab's launch window opens April 24, 2024 from the launch site in New Zealand!  🗓️

More about our upcoming mission: https://go.nasa.gov/49koD15

Article Link:  https://www.nasa.gov/smallspacecraft/what-is-acs3/
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Press Kit: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/RL-F47-BeginningOfTheSwarm-PressKit.pdf

According to the press kit, the launch window is 21:30-22:45 UTC. The UTC time and the NZST time are on two different calendar days. It does not say whether April 24 is UTC or NZST. If the latter, it would be April 23 UTC.

24th 09:30 NZST probably given its Mahia


Usually they say which it is, especially in the press kit. I emailed them shortly before I posted the press kit and asked about it, but I haven't heard back yet.

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Press Kit: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/RL-F47-BeginningOfTheSwarm-PressKit.pdf

According to the press kit, the launch window is 21:30-22:45 UTC. The UTC time and the NZST time are on two different calendar days. It does not say whether April 24 is UTC or NZST. If the latter, it would be April 23 UTC.

24th 09:30 NZST probably given its Mahia


Usually they say which it is, especially in the press kit. I emailed them shortly before I posted the press kit and asked about it, but I haven't heard back yet.

Murielle Baker of Rocket Lab has confirmed that it is April 24 NZST, April 23 UTC.

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New version of the Press Kit: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/RL-F47-BeginningOfTheSwarm-PressKit-1.pdf

Just doing a comparison by eyeball, I don't see what's different other than minor variation in spacing. The date situation is not clarified.

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Differences I found.

Page 4, Column 1, line 16. "SaTReC Initiative" changed to "Satrec Initiative".
Page 7. As above.
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https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1777801808980889872

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Welcome to LC-1, @KAISTPR! NEONSAT-1 is going through checkouts in the cleanroom at Launch Complex 1 in the lead up to KAIST's mission on Electron in the coming days, NET April 24th.

Launch info: rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-…

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Murielle Baker of Rocket Lab has confirmed that it is April 24 NZST, April 23 UTC.

For some more confusement, the Rocket Lab website now says:

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Launch Date: NET 24 April 2024
Launch Time: Opens 21:30 UTC
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/
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https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1779617932500504931

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Electron’s Kick Stage has had a glow up✨Flexibility is Electron’s game, and supporting our customers to meet their mission requirements is what we do.

Here are some of the changes we’ve made to the Kick Stage for this mission:

✅Extra batteries & larger bottles = more gas for the Kick Stage’s reaction control system to complete multiple in-space maneuvers for this mission.

✅Added Curie tanks = extra propellant to give our engine more oomph for more burns, from 520km to 1,000km and back down again.

✅Double payload plate = double the payload deployments. With NEONSAT-1 sitting on top and ACS3 attached laterally, we can accommodate both payloads comfortably within Electron’s nosecone.
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https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1780345727022993854

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Two satellites, two completely different orbits, one launch.

For our 47th mission, we’re doing things a bit differently to deploy two satellites to both 520km AND 1,000km in low Earth orbit. Here’s how.

'Beginning Of The Swarm' for @kaistpr & @NASA.
Target launch date: April 24 UTC.
Mission info: https://bit.ly/3xAxsql

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1780345739924689208

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Next, the Kick Stage will light its Curie engine again to raise its apogee (highest point above Earth) to 1,000km. Doing so will put the Kick Stage in an elliptical orbit, so it will need a second engine burn at 1,000km to circularize its trajectory.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1780345744144077125

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Next, ACS3 for @NASA will be deployed at a 1,000km circular orbit. But the ride’s not over. The Kick Stage will then perform its final maneuver to lower its orbit back down closer to Earth to help speed up its eventual deorbit – all in support of a more sustainable space environment.


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https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1781101563932729788

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Encapsulation complete for our 47th mission!

NEONSAT-1 (@KAISTPR) and ACS3 (@NASA) are now safely enclosed within Electron’s fairing. The next time this nose cone opens up, these two satellites will be in space!

‘Beginning Of The Swarm’ Mission info: https://rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/
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Updated press kit: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/assets/Uploads/RL-F47-BeginningOfTheSwarm-PressKit-2.pdf

The launch window has changed from 21:30-22:45 UTC to 22:00-23:00 UTC.

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NGA Rocket Launching and Space Debris notices. Note that even though Rocket Lab is now targeting 22:00 UTC, the hazard period actually starts at 20:00 UTC.

Quote from: NGA
200501Z APR 24
HYDROPAC 1293/24(76).
WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.
NEW ZEALAND.
DNC 06.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   2000Z TO 2330Z DAILY 23 APR THRU 06 MAY
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 39-10.20S 177-24.00E, 39-09.60S 177-49.25E,
      39-06.17S 178-00.08E, 38-54.00S 178-18.00E,
      38-54.00S 178-42.00E, 40-13.27S 178-42.26E,
      40-13.16S 177-23.49E.
   B. 43-21.00S 177-50.40E, 43-00.00S 175-42.00E,
      46-48.00S 174-27.00E, 47-12.00S 176-48.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 070030Z MAY 24.
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200417Z APR 24
HYDROPAC 1292/24(76).
WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.
DNC 06.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS 2000Z TO 2330Z DAILY
   23 APR THRU 06 MAY IN AREA BOUND BY
   53-24.00S 174-12.00E, 53-00.00S 172-00.00E,
   56-36.00S 170-15.00E, 57-00.00S 172-48.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 070030Z MAY 24.

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NGA Rocket Launching and Space Debris notices. ...

Map from the NGA notices.

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https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1782549259134570905

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@RocketLabOne more day until launch! Our 47th Electron mission and upcoming launch for @NASA and @kaistpr
 is ready for lift-off.

Beginning Of The Swarm (B.T.S.) launch info: https://rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/
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https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1782533983529574882
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Rocket Lab is now targeting 22:15 UTC.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1782854270360121385

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Beautiful sunrise pics of Electron vertical and ready on the pad at LC-1 for today's lift-off for @kaistpr and @NASA.

Beginning Of The Swarm (B.T.S.) scheduled for launch:
⏰Weds 24 NZT | 10:15
⏰Tue 23 UTC | 22:15
⏰Tue 23 EDT | 18:15
⏰Tues 23 PDT | 15:15

Rocket Lab webcast (video id 9izutzETw1U):

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