F9: SpaceX Mission 1039, code name "ZUMA"


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DocM

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

 

 

 

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+John.

Asteroid mining is a go! :shifty:

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Skiver
4 minutes ago, John. said:

Asteroid mining is a go! :shifty:

I don't think you understand acronyms :rofl:

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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.

Well hopefully it's not Tungsten Rods :/ 

 

 

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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

Will there be a livestream on this one?

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

 

 

 

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Matthew S.
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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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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Hey Doc,

 

Has this been rescheduled yet? With CRS-13 on the 4th, and the range down till the 1st, will they have to forgo the landing on one of these or push this out till they can get OCISLY back out there?

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Isn't that 2nd landing pad ready yet? 

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Not rescheduled yet, and it appears that they removed F9 from the transporter-erector (T-E) and sent Zuma to the barn. This could indicate they need a new fairing. It also gives them a chance to work on some Falcon Heavy updates for the T-E.

 

LZ-1 Pad 2:  they had already poured the center section four weeks ago, so it could be finished by now.

 

 

 

 

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Date: January 4

 

Time: likely 2000 Eastern

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Missed it by 5 minutes ;)

 

Date: January 4, 2018

Time: 1955 ET, 0055 UT 

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Weather is 90%

Main concern is upper level winds

Backup date is the same

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There are NSF and other reports the ZUMA booster has rolled out without the payload, sparking speculation of a second static fire (because of the pad swap?)

 

Watching....

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