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Falcon9: SES-10 commsat

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DocM    16,543

He'll likely talk about reusability and the new stage processing facilities at Port Canaveral. Once a stage ships to KSC it won't go back to McGregor, all work will be in the new facilities. They want to work down to a 2 week refurb.

 

McGregor->KSC->pad->launch->land->PortC->pad->launch->land....Etc.

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

Saving time and money ... dig it.

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DocM    16,543

ASDS OCISLY has left port.

 

 

 

 

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Draggendrop    5,747
1 hour ago, DocM said:

ASDS OCISLY has left port.

 

 

 

 

Ah..Yes....The AtlantiX Landing Group.  :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DocM    16,543

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

Soon as F9-23-2 lands successfully on OCISLY (once again!), SpaceX are gonna see a new & massive influx of Investors ... and another coffin nail in the OldSpace way of doing things. :yes: 

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DocM    16,543

Big plume, long burn, doing data review.

 

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DocM    16,543

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

How many refires does this make for F9-23-2 (this booster)? Three dozen?

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DocM    16,543

Not that many as an assembly.  The landed stage with massive test-until-it-breaks burns is JCSAT-14.

 

This one: 1 proof test for each engine, a 3 minute stage fire at McGregor, a static fire, CRS-8 launch, reentry, landing, another long burn at McGregor, and this static fire.

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

Oh right, right. I remember now. They've been testing that one almost "at will". Thanks @DocM for setting me straight like usual. :D 

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DocM    16,543

Yeah, we should take bets on how long JCSAT-14 lasts ;)

 

That said, they'll probably stop at 10 since that was the planned design life for Block 3. 

 

If nothing else, that JCSAT-14 bird surviving a blistering hot reentry and all those long test fires shows just how tough a bird Falcon 9 is.

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DocM    16,543

SES press briefing today. NSF's ChrisGebhardt reports,

 

Launch window was shortened to 1800 - 2030 EDT because FAA didn't want to close the airspace for 4 hours.

 

Tight timeline to make March 30; once F9 is vertical they need 13 hours for spacecraft checkouts. If they don't finish the launch slips to March 31. 

 

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DocM    16,543

 Thursdays launch window opening is now 1827 Eastern.

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flyingskippy    167
19 hours ago, DocM said:

Launch window was shortened to 1800 - 2030 EDT because FAA didn't want to close the airspace for 4 hours.

 

Does anyone know if this going to be the case for all missions now? It's not really cooperative for commercial space flight. Something the FAA has been tasked with fostering from the beginning. 

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DocM    16,543

Maybe because it's prime time?

 

 

This bird needs a 13+ hour checkout after going vertical :/

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flyingskippy    167

Guess if she isn't vertical by 0630 tomorrow, we will know. 

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DocM    16,543

Brady is a photographer who is there for the launch.

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Draggendrop    5,747

 

 

Live coverage: SpaceX aims for Thursday launch of previously-flown rocket

 

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03/29/2017 23:55 
The Falcon 9 rocket has rolled out to launch pad 39A with the SES 10 satellite on-board, completing the trip to the pad surface just before midnight local time.

The next step will be to hoist the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket vertical.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/03/24/ses-10-flight-preps/

 

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Draggendrop    5,747

SpaceX web site...

 

SES-10 MISSION

 

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver SES-10, a commercial communications satellite for SES, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES is a world-leading satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite communications solutions across the globe.

 

SpaceX is targeting launch of SES-10 from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two and a half hour launch window opens on Thursday, March 30, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC. The satellite will deploy approximately 32 minutes after launch. A backup launch window opens on Saturday, April 1, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC.

(bolding mine)

 

http://www.spacex.com/webcast

 

Back-up date on April Fool's day......mmmmmm...not going for it....

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DocM    16,543

Just before the SES-10 rollout a peek inside LC-39A's hangar: three rockets at once, prepping for a run 'n gun series of launches.

 

SES-10 in the center, flanked by the NROL-76 and INMARSAT-5 F4 cores.

 

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DocM    16,543

 

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DocM    16,543

Just a note,

 

This one will be a hot landing because of the payload mass & trajectory needs, so expect something like a 1-3-1 (engine) landing burn to conserve props. Definitely 50/50 for these hot shots.

IF it does land intact SES wants some part of it for their board room lobby, perhaps a grid fin or two, and there's another street corner on the other side of Hawthorne's main entrance. Displaying the first landed + the first re-flight sounds like a logical display set.

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