Falcon 9: SES-9 commsat rides first Enhanced F9 (mission)


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Unobscured Vision
8 minutes ago, Draggendrop said:

Just not the SpaceX cows...they are a different "breed"...:D

 

For maximum viewing effect, X2 multiplier reading glasses.

Right. Those particular cows are for .. something else. Someplace else, to be precise. *cough* ColonyOne *cough* :shifty:

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DocM

Buffalo wings, corn chips, red hot salsa, brew and the 56".

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Draggendrop

found this on the Orbiter Forum...

 

Rocket dogs

 

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1 hour ago, DocM said:

Buffalo wings, corn chips, red hot salsa, brew and the 56".

I don't drink alcohol, but the rest -- yeaaah. :D 

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I make all our salsas from fresh, and most of the family prefers the habanero based version. Mom runs from it at warp speed.

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PaulRocket

We've got a launch window: 24 February, 18:46 - 20:23 EST [23:46 - 01:23 UTC]

 

 

Also:

A SpaceX official said the company still plans to attempt to land the first stage after the SES 9 launch, but profile change means there will be a lower chance of recovering it. So this probably means ASDS will be in place and they will try to land it but the chances of recovery are low due to fuel and trajectory...

 

 

 

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anthdci

Just watch spacex stick the landing anyway.

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This really is a big bird...

 

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The SES 9 satellite, pictured here during manufacturing, carries chemical and electric propulsion systems. Credit: SES/Boeing

 

from generic articles on the coming launch...

 

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/02/09/ses-says-spacex-will-launch-its-satellite-in-late-february/

 

http://spacenews.com/ses-applauds-spacexs-willingness-to-sacrifice-falcon-9-first-stage-recovery-for-main-satelilte-mission/

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Found this on reddit......

 

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#9 is the clover, and then 3 to go...OCISLY in it as well....

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Confirmation article...

 

SpaceX aims for drone ship landing after Feb. 24 Falcon 9 launch

 

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The Air Force’s 45th Space Wing has formally approved SpaceX’s request to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and commercial communications satellite on Feb. 24.

The launch window opens at 6:46 p.m. and extends to 8:24 p.m.

The launch will be SpaceX’s first of the year from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and second overall, following one last month from California.

Due to delays in its launch schedule, SpaceX has agreed to lift the SES-9 satellite to a higher orbit than originally planned to put it on a faster path to its operational orbit more than 22,000 miles over the equator.

With little fuel to spare, SpaceX won’t attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster back on shore like it did — successfully — on Dec. 21.

But the company is expected to try to land the rocket stage on an ocean platform, even though the odds of success are low because of the higher flight and low fuel margin.

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2016/02/13/spacex-aims-for-drone-ship-landing-falcon9-ses9-launch-cape-canaveral-air-force-station/80339842/

 

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Static fire tomorrow (Saturday), Feb. 20

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NSF reports ElsbethIII has left Port Canaveral with ASDS Of Course I Still Love You in tow. 

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T-0 Feb 24: 1846;14 - 2023 Eastern (2346;14 - 0123 GMT)

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Static fire delayed to monday.

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AIUI, the static fire test will be with SES-9 mounted on the F9. Sporty.

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GO Searcher has left port to join GO Quest, Elsbeth III and ASDS OCISLY.

 

Fleet SpaceX fully deployed.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 preparing for Static Fire ahead of SES-9 launch

 

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for her Static Fire test on Monday, a dress rehearsal milestone ahead of Wednesday’s launch of the SES-9 satellite. The test is taking place at SLC-40, at the same time as work begins at LC-39A to remove the Shuttle-era Rotating Service Structure (RSS) from the site of future SpaceX launches.

 

SES-9:

The Static Fire test validates the health of the launch vehicle, allowing for SpaceX management to approve the final flow to launch day.

 

Numerous requirements have to be successfully proven via such a test, such as the engine ignition and shut down commands, which have to operate as designed, and that the Merlin 1D engines perform properly during start-up.

 

It also serves as a full dress rehearsal for the launch team and will provide another test of SpaceX’s recent upgrade to a supercooled propellant pad systems that resulted in a number of challenges ahead of its debut use during the OG-2 launch.

 

Once the required engine and vehicle data has been collected, detanking operations will follow, before the rocket is lowered onto the Transporter Erector (TE) and rolled back to the hanger.

 

The Static Fire’s data review will be fed into the Launch Readiness Review (LRR) – a key meeting that will ultimately confirm the launch date.

 

The first attempt is currently scheduled for Wednesday, within a window that ranges from 18:46 to 20:23 Eastern. A second opportunity is available on Thursday, within the same launch window.

 

The mission is tasked with lofting the SES-9 spacecraft en route to its orbital slot of 108.2° E. This satellite has been patiently waiting its turn for a ride into space after it was initially set to ride as the Return To Flight mission last year.

 

The satellite will provide incremental – as well as replacement capacity – to the well-established slot over Asia, where it will be co-located with the existing satellites.

 

Built by Boeing, the spacecraft is based on the BSS-702HP bus and has a launch mass of 5,330 kg.

more at ...

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/02/spacex-falcon-9-static-fire-ahead-ses-9-launch/

 

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