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#31 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 11:54

Awesome news and congrats to the SpaceX launch crew once again!

 

Another nice "IN YOUR FACE!!" to their naysayers! :p




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Posted 05 August 2014 - 12:35

Video's up,



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 15:16

From AsiaSat,

AsiaSat 8 Successfully Lifts Off

Hong Kong, 5 August 2014 – AsiaSat 8 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A. at Hong Kong Time 4:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on the 5th of August. The spacecraft successfully separated from the launch vehicle 32 minutes after liftoff. AsiaSat has acquired the first signals from the satellite in Hong Kong 54 minutes after launch. Over the next few days, AsiaSat 8 will move into the geostationary orbit, some 36,000 km above the Equator. “We are excited that the AsiaSat 8 launch has achieved this significant milestone.

This is our first launch with SpaceX, we would like to thank them for their excellent work and effort in making today’s launch a success. In the coming weeks, we will work closely with Space Systems/Loral, our long-term partner, on the post-launch maneuvers and in-orbit testing of AsiaSat 8,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “The addition of AsiaSat 8 to our existing fleet of four in-orbit satellites will expand our fleet capacity and enable us to serve a wider range of customers for advanced satellite services, from DTH, data broadcasting to broadband services.” AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, and has a design life of 15 years. With 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 8 will co-locate with AsiaSat 7 , where AsiaSat has established networks for service since 1990. AsiaSat 8’s powerful Ku-band beams cover China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia, with inter-beam switching capability to provide flexibility to address market requirements.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as voice.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 15:26

What was that at 00:29?



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 15:36

The squiggle? Strong shockwaves jarring the camera, throwing its raster scan into Neverland. F9 v1.1/F9R have a massive acoustic blast, so much so that the first launch of this version took out most of the pad cams at Vandenberg. Now they're armored.

Falcon Heavy will be worse.- 27 engines instead of "just" 9.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 20:28

Looks like Falcon 9 can thread needles,

Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes)
07.08.14 16:59
Orbcomm CEO: SpaceX launch of our 6 sats was 0.005 deg from 47deg inclination goal, 0.5km from apogee goal of 720km, 0.5km from 620km perigee.

Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes)
07.08.14 17:01
Orbcomm CEO on SpaceX launch precision: Doesn't get much better than this. 10kg of fuel reserved for maneuvers now can be used for service.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:49

Looks like Falcon 9 can thread needles,
 

 

 

You would think that precision like this and the fuel savings it allows would hopefully sway other companies in to choosing spaceX over their rivals.

 

Out of interest - do you know if that extra fuel will increase the life span of those sats?



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:38

It sure will, the guy even said so: "10kg of fuel reserved for maneuvers now can be used for service.". With service being its lifespan!



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 13:13

Yup - more fuel = a longer service life. It could add about 13% or more to an OG2 satellites lifetime.

11 more OG2 satellites go up on another F9 later this year. Most likely after the Dragon V2 pad abort test in November.