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Falcon 9: Koreasat 5A (mission thread)

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DocM    16,589

Falcon 9

Core: B1042.1

Launch Site: KSC LC-39A
Date: October 30
Time: 1534-1758 EDT, 1934-2158 GMT
Stage Landing: ASDS 'Of Course I Still love You'

Payload: Koreasat 5A
Bus: Thales Spacebus 4000B2
Orbit: GEO at 113°E
Mass: 3,500 kg

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anthdci    218

Do we know if this is the last one before 39a is shutdown for they falcon heavy upgrade?

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DocM    16,589

Possible as dates after Koreasat 5A are nebulous save for Vandenberg and CRS flights which could fly from LC-40.

 

Also, after the hurricanes they started doing LC-39A FH upgrades on the fly. 

 

Most of the extra launch mount tail masts (hold downs + connections) and some Transporter/Erector additions are already up, and the Rotating Service Structure is skeletonized & nearly ready to come down. 

 

 

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IsItPluggedIn    1,684

yay its in awake time and non work hours we can watch the launch today.

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Jim K    13,662

About 5 minutes until launch. Tracking no issues.

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DocM    16,589

Webcast live

 

That new crossbar at the top of the TEL is part of the changes made for launching X-37B, and it may be useful for Falcon Heavy.

There are another set of crossbars lower down which will be used to help stabilize the top of the Falcon Heavy boosters, but they are smaller.

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DocM    16,589

LIFTOFF!!

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DocM    16,589

 

MECO

 

SEP

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DocM    16,589


Purdy S1 shots!

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DocM    16,589

S1 entry burn

 

Shutdown

 

S1 transsonic

 

Landing burn

 

Landing

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Jim K    13,662

Little BBQ going on with the first stage.  Wonder if they're ever going to implement a little fire suppression onto the drone ships.

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DocM    16,589

Just residual RP-1 from the nozzle - expected. 

 

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DocM    16,589

S2 ignite

 

SECO 2

 

Good GTO

 

30m to release

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Payload deployed!

 

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Jim K    13,662
1 hour ago, DocM said:

 

 

No offense to this Berger guy ... but this is the definition of the ol' idiom "apples to oranges."  NASA was going to the moon ... NASA landed on the moon a tad over 8 years after Alan Shepard's suborbital flight.  NASA accomplished this in the very infancy of manned-spaceflight ... almost 50 years ago (for the first moon landing).

 

Anyway ... such an odd (and in my opinion very dumb) comparison.  SpaceX's achievements speak for themselves ... not sure what the point of this was.

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Jim K    13,662

^ that is a much better comparison/factoid.  Now ... I'm curious how much was collectively saved this year by the customers going with SpaceX vs. the other platforms.

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DocM    16,589

There are two paths to  customer savings...

 

1) the obvious: a reduction in the price of the launch 

 

2) they can usually launch sooner using a Flight Proven™ core, meaning reduced storage costs and they start earning revenue or receiving their mission data sooner

 

Very often #2 is more than enough.

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