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


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Draggendrop

We appear to be having issues, getting twitter inserts to display properly...could only see part of Doc's image....found jpg

 

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SF!! Waiting for data.

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Streams

 

The YouTube "Technical" stream only carries their LauncherNet, no talking heads. This a new feature. 

 

That's not to say Technical won't cut to Hawthorne if another landing party breaks out ;)

 

The SpaceX web guys have been on NSF since before the trial run during ORBCOMM-2. They were given a bunch of new toys and are quite serious about using them. The cost is no more streams from the upper stage LOX tank.

 

SpaceX YouTube (Full webcast):

 

 

SpaceX YouTube (Technical):

 

 

Live stream prime: http://livestream.com/spacex/events/4862005

 

SpaceX site (Livestream mirror): http://www.spacex.com/webcast
 

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https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/702189367574532097

 

SES' Martin Halliwell: SES would have no problem flying reused Falcon first stage; jokes the company hopes to fly same rocket twice.

 

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/702184461845319681

 

The Falcon 9 upper stage will burn for a few more seconds than initially was planned to lift SES-9 to higher orbit, cut days to GEO in half.

 

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/702183631008178181

 

SES-9 is first of three satellites SES plans to launch this year on Falcon 9.

 

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/702182942458642432

 

SES has clarified that profile adjustment made to upcoming launch had no bearing on F9 booster recovery; only impacts upper stage burn.

 

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weather assistant....

 

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Mission Timeline


COUNTDOWN
Hour/Min Events
- 00:34 Launch Conductor takes launch readiness poll
- 00:30 RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) and liquid oxygen (LOX) loading underway
- 00:10 Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
- 00:02 Range Control Officer (USAF) verifies range is go for launch
- 00:01:30 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
- 00:01 Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
- 00:01 Pressurize propellant tanks
- 00:00:03 Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
00:00:00 Falcon 9 liftoff


LAUNCH AND SATELLITE DEPLOYMENT
Hour/Min Events
00:01 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:36 1st stage engine shutdown/main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:40 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:47 2nd stage engine starts
00:03:42 Fairing deployment
00:09:01 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
00:27:07 2nd stage engine restarts
00:27:55 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:31:24 SES-9 satellite deployed

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/spacex_ses9_press_kit_final.pdf

 

 

Flight timeline for Falcon 9’s launch of SES 9

 

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday evening, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the SES 9 television broadcast satellite into orbit 31 minutes later.

 

The 229-foot-tall rocket is poised for launch from Complex 40 at 6:46:14 p.m. EST (2346:14 GMT) Wednesday at the opening of a 97-minute launch window.

 

Perched atop the rocket is the SES 9 communications satellite, a 11,620-pound (5,271-kilogram) spacecraft made by Boeing, ready to beam television programming, data services and mobile connectivity to homes, businesses, ships and airplanes in the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region.

 

The timeline below outlines the launch sequence for the Falcon 9 flight with SES 9. It does not include times for the experimental descent and landing attempt of the first stage booster, which SpaceX says is unlikely to succeed due to the high speed required for the SES 9 launch.

 

SpaceX’s landing platform is positioned about 400 miles (650 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral for the first stage landing attempt, which is expected around 10 minutes after liftoff.

timeline images at the link...

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/02/23/flight-timeline-for-falcon-9s-launch-of-ses-9/

 

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From the updates thread, SES-9 is heavier than thought: 5,721 kg.

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This is one heavy bird. This one will definitely create the baseline for the heavies. 5.7 tonne is a deal maker from 5.3 tonne. All I would like to see is a good launch and good GTO transfer placement. I, in no way, expect a landing, at all.

To pull off a landing with this mass is insane.

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And if they pull it off the industry shudders, not only for the landing but what it means for the Raptor stage and Falcon Heavy. 

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Yeah, they're a bit over the stated weight limits. I hope they pull off the landing, but I don't expect one this time either.

 

(I'm typing & using my mouse with my left hand only, so I'm keeping responses short -- this won't be the usual conjecture from me.)

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4 minutes ago, Unobscured Vision said:

Yeah, they're a bit over the stated weight limits. I hope they pull off the landing, but I don't expect one this time either.

 

(I'm typing & using my mouse with my left hand only, so I'm keeping responses short -- this won't be the usual conjecture from me.)

Hopefully, everything went okay...and they left no tools in you....:woot:

 

You should only respond with emoticons.....

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Took three hours when the Doc said 1 1/2, so apparently there was more wrong than he had surmised. Last night was the longest night of my life -- bar none. I didn't get the prescription for the pain meds filled yesterday, and I wish I had. :no: 

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That'll teach ya. The first day or two the pain doesn't usually get better. Nope. Gotta get those meds loaded and keep them that way for a bit.

 

(says the veteran of 5 hand/wrist surgeries)

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Scrubbed. Better weather tomorrow.

 

"Team opting to hold launch for today. Looking to try again tomorrow; window also opens at 6:46pm ET. Rocket and spacecraft remain healthy."

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Nothing wrong with that...safety first. I am impressed how well everything has gone. Have not heard much about densification issues, loading and unloading propellants gone well, test fire great.......new procedures working well on the fly....:D

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1 hour ago, DocM said:

That'll teach ya. The first day or two the pain doesn't usually get better. Nope. Gotta get those meds loaded and keep them that way for a bit.

 

(says the veteran of 5 hand/wrist surgeries)

I knew it was gonna be bad but I didn't think it was gonna be like this. I mean ... holy damn. Kidney stones hurt less.

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Launch update

 

The Falcon 9 remains healthy in advance of SpaceX and SES’s mission to deliver the SES-9 satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Out of an abundance of caution, the team opted to hold launch for today to ensure liquid oxygen temperatures are as cold as possible in an effort to maximize performance of the vehicle. SpaceX is now targeting tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 25, at 6:46pm ET for launch of SES-9.

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Out of an abundance of caution, the team opted to hold launch for today to ensure liquid oxygen temperatures are as cold as possible in an effort to maximize performance of the vehicle.

 

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The 45th Space Wing says the weather is now 95%, with the sole concern being winds.

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anthdci

that extra 45mins later to yesterday takes this closer to 1am for the UK :( guess I'll have to check what happened when I wake up in the morning.

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