F9: SpaceX Mission 1039, code name "ZUMA"

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DocM    12,773

A DoD bird would fit, but so would some as yet undefined SpaceX hardware experiment

 

 

 

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+John.    1,248

Asteroid mining is a go! :shifty:

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Skiver    1,787
4 minutes ago, John. said:

Asteroid mining is a go! :shifty:

I don't think you understand acronyms :rofl:

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DocM    12,773

Pad: 39A
Date:November 15
Window: 2000-2200 EDT, 0100-0300 GMT
Stage recovery: LZ-1 (maybe)

 

Customer: contracted by Northrop Grumman
Payload: ????
Mission: ????
Mass: ????

 

Sorry guys, the info well is still dry on this one. Very odd.

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+John.    1,248

Well hopefully it's not Tungsten Rods :/ 

 

 

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DocM    12,773

 

 

 

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DocM    12,773

Moved to Thursday, Nov 16.

 

F9 & payload good, just doing extra mission assurance work.

 

Launch Window is still 2000 to 2200 Eastern.

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bguy_1986    137

Will there be a livestream on this one?

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DocM    12,773

If the info blackout continues only up until upper stage separation, as with the X-37B launch.  This Is not unusual with National Security launches.

 

We should get a webcast link tomorrow or tomorrow evening.

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DocM    12,773

 

I'd post the mission presskit PDF, but it's about as informative as a blank postcard.  Nothing on the fairing but the Northrop-Grumman logo. 

 

 

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DocM    12,773

James Dean‏
@flatoday_jdean
DELAY: SpaceX #Zuma launch has been rescheduled for 8pm ET Fri., Nov. 17, the Eastern Range has confirmed.

 

 

 

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Matthew S.    229
On ‎10‎/‎22‎/‎2017 at 4:11 PM, John. said:

Well hopefully it's not Tungsten Rods :/ 

 

 

Oh you know it is for sure. 

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DocM    12,773

SpaceX: "We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer. Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date."

 

Translation: they were testing an upcoming customers payload fairing and got a result they did not expect, so they are standing down in case the Zuma fairing has the same issue. Once they determine that the Zuma fairing is okay, they'll fly.

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