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Falcon 9: Formosat 5 (mission thread)

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DocM    16,578

14 days and once more unto the breach, dear friends.

 

Formosat 5

 

Type:  hi-res Earth observation satellite 
Owner: National Space Organization (NSPO), Taiwan

 

Falcon 9 core: 1038
Launch pad: Vandenberg SLC-4E
Launch date: August 24
Launch time: 1150-1234 PDT,  1450-1534 EDT, 1850-1934 UTC 
Stage landing: ASDS Just Read the Instructions

 

Orbit: 720 km sun synchronous
Inclination: 98.28° 
Mass: 475 kg (1,047 lb)
Mission life: 5+ years

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

Falcon 9 scheduled to launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the FORMOSAT-5 satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here Thursday, Aug. 24, between 11:50 a.m. and 12:34 p.m. PDT.

Col. Gregory E. Wood , 30th Space Wing vice commander, will be the launch safety authority.

"We are proud to provide a safe and secure launch location for our mission partners," said Wood. "This mission is the practical demonstration of the professional spirit and teamwork found in the everyday operations of Team Vandenberg and SpaceX."

For questions about the booster please contact John Taylor, SpaceX communications director

The local community can view this launch from the Hawk's Nest on Hwy 1 south of Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate. Gate opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 11:40 a.m. As a reminder the public is asked not to bring or consume alcohol, smoke, nor have any open fires or barbeques. Weapons are not allowed, additionally, the use of small unmanned aerial systems within five miles of any active runway is prohibited.

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flyingskippy    167

This F9 is going to jump off the pad with only a 1,000lb payload! 

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anthdci    215
4 hours ago, flyingskippy said:

This F9 is going to jump off the pad with only a 1,000lb payload! 

that's what I was thinking, could this not have been doubled up with another sat?

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+John.    1,395
5 hours ago, flyingskippy said:

This F9 is going to jump off the pad with only a 1,000lb payload! 

Might as well just launch it on the S1 :laugh:

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anthdci    215
2 hours ago, John. said:

Might as well just launch it on the S2 :laugh:

fixed :laugh:

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Unobscured Vision    2,676

A payload this light could have been launched on the Falcon 1. :p 

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DocM    16,578
10 hours ago, anthdci said:

that's what I was thinking, could this not have been doubled up with another sat?

 

We don't know if there are secondaries, but F9 has launched dual commsats to GTO twice - both were matched pairs of Boeing 702SP's.

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DocM    16,578

 

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FloatingFatMan    18,753

1000lbs?  I've got a slingshot around somewhere...

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DocM    16,578

It was to be a Falcon 1e payload for 2014/15, but it was delayed long enough for F1e to be cancelled. Result: NSPO got their "seat" upgraded. 

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DocM    16,578

Weather: 90%

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,676

Wonder what a Merlin-D (say, a Block 5) would do for its' performance numbers ... :shifty: Personally, I think it would give a new meaning to the word "overkill".

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DocM    16,578

Like squirrel hunting with a .50 Barrett. BANG, POOF, a cloud of fur :woot: 

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bguy_1986    356

Are they still working on a landing pad for Vandenberg?

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DocM    16,578

The pad is pretty much done save for paint. The issue is getting environmentalists calmed down over the marine refuge offshore.

 

Perfect mission!

 

Highlight reel

 

 

 

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DocM    16,578

@elonmusk
Falcon 9 boost stage on droneship Just Read the Instructions https://t.co/fZTPmwsnOz
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Touchdown:
Vertical Velocity (m/s): -1.47 
Lateral Velocity (m/s): -0.15 
Tilt (deg): 0.40
Lateral position: 0.7m from target center
>
Max velocity: Mach 6.9
Max altitude: 247 km
Highest so far, but velocity matters much more
 

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