Falcon 9: JCSAT-16 commsat (mission thread)


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JCSAT-16

 

Launch pad: LC-40

Launch date: August 17, 2016
Launch time: TBD


Stage landing: ASDS OCISLY

 

Satellite bus: SSL-1300 (up to 6,700 kg)
Satellite mass: not published

 

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SSL Delivers communications satellite for sky perfect jsat TO cape canaveral launch base


PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 13, 2016 — Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the JCSAT-16 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The satellite, which is currently being prepared for launch, will function as an in-orbit back-up that will ensure stability for existing services and further strengthen the foundations of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s business.

“JCSAT-16 will be our second satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “It has been an honor to work together with our Japanese colleagues to build this satellite that has the flexibility to meet the demand for a variety of missions, and we look forward to collaborating on the launch.”  

JCSAT-16 is an 8.5-kW satellite designed to serve the Japanese market from multiple orbital locations. It is a multi-mission Ku- and Ka-band satellite, which will provide service for video distribution, data transfer communications, and fleet redundancy.

“When launched, JCSAT-16 will provide us with the flexibility to reinforce our growing fleet as needed, ensuring the highest level of reliability for our customers,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. “SSL has been an excellent partner in support of our fleet expansion and we are pleased to hear that the satellite has safely arrived at the launch base in Cape Canaveral, Florida.”

JCSAT-16 is based on the highly flexible SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. SSL is also building JCSAT-15, which is also scheduled to launch in 2016.

 

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There is one reference for mass, 4600 kg, but am not sure of authenticity...the site is usually reliable...not official...

https://www.satbeams.com/satellites?id=2652

 

Gunter's has no mass mentioned...

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/jcsat-16.htm

 

I would guess that this launch may be treated similar to JCSAT-14......fast and hot, where the new entry protection schemes may be tested again. 

 

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Seems the twitter embeds are real cranky...some times a good post, others have half the text or image missing. I have then had a bad twitter show up good a day later....   ¯\_(?)_/¯     

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SpaceX - JCSAT-16 Arrives at Cape 07-26-2016

video is 0:52 min.

 

 

 

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Image issues again, test of Doc's patch...

 

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image issues for me tonight....

 

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Good article, indepth...

 

Falcon 9 completes Static Fire ahead of next Commercial SpaceX Launch

 

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SpaceX completed the Static Fire Test on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket ahead of its next commercial satellite launch set for the early hours on Sunday. The brief firing of the nine Merlin 1D engines of the rocket’s first stage occurred Wednesday night and serves as a final critical test to clear the path for launch day.

 

Falcon 9 is carrying the JCSat-16 satellite for Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT, marking the rocket’s fifth trip to Geostationary Transfer Orbit this year and the second with a JCSat payload after the successful launch with the JCSat-14 satellite in May that also was the first mission to achieve a first stage landing after a high-energy delivery.

 

Liftoff is set for Sunday during a two-hour window opening at 5:26 UTC, 1:26 a.m. local time at Florida’s Space Coast. The mission, taking Falcon 9 south east across the Atlantic, will require just over half an hour from liftoff to the separation of JCSat-16 into a highly elliptical orbit from where it will be up to the satellite to make its way into Geostationary Orbit.

much more at the link...

http://spaceflight101.com/falcon-9-completes-static-fire-ahead-of-next-commercial-spacex-launch/

 

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Hold-fire checks between the Falcon 9 rocket and the U.S. Air Force's Eastern Range have been completed.

 

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The SpaceX launch team reports they have completed checks of the Falcon 9 rocket's flight termination system, which would be used to destroy the rocket if it flew off course.

 

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A check of all SpaceX launch team stations at T-minus 2 hours indicates all is ready to proceed with tonight's flight.

Checks of the rocket's propulsion system are complete, and there are no open issues being tracked at this point in the countdown. The launch pad has also been cleared for tonight's liftoff.

 

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SpaceX's launch crew is evacuating the pad at Cape Canaveral as the countdown ticks toward liftoff at 1:26 a.m. EDT (0526 GMT).

The launch window extends for two hours.

The launch team is on console at the launch control center this evening to run the Falcon 9 through prelaunch tests at the Complex 40 launch pad, then begin fueling the two-stage booster with super-chilled kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants about 30 minutes before liftoff.

Forecasters predict favorable weather during this evening's launch window, with a better than 80 percent chance conditions will be acceptable for liftoff.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/08/13/falcon-9-jcsat-16-mission-status-center/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks like the engine bells are sporting the new coatings....reference above instagram and NSF mention...

 

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40373.60

 

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The Falcon 9's automatic countdown sequencer has begun as engineers will soon oversee the fueling of the rocket with thousands of gallons of super-chilled propellants.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/08/13/falcon-9-jcsat-16-mission-status-center/

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