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F9: SES-16/GovSat-1 mission thread

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DocM    16,442

Yup,  the OldSpace shills had a bad day.

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Unobscured Vision    2,658

They're going to continue to have bad days, I think, so long as they keep to their old ways and don't evolve both their ways of thinking and their hardware with the times.

Oh, and so long as they continue to believe that their ways are the only ways.

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+rdlenk    147

Got up close to this one! Even a public viewing so I can finally post some video.

 

 

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DocM    16,442

PURDY!!

 

Imagine how cool & noisy Falcon Heavy will be :woot:

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DocM    16,442

WOOT!! :woot:

 

Nosferocket :omg:

 

 

 

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,658

DUUUUUUDE .... :D:yes: As if the Falcon 9 couldn't be any more robust, it goes and pulls this kind of stunt job ... bwahahahah!!!

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Unobscured Vision    2,658

That S1 really should be erected as a monument somewhere special. It wanted to remain topside.

 

Either that or refit as a side booster for FH. I'm smelling some kind of destiny for this one. And it needs a name, like Sooty and such already have. Nosferocket works for me. :D 

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DocM    16,442

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,658

:rofl::laugh: Bwahahah ... funny ...

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DocM    16,442

Orbital ATK-Built GovSat-1 Multi-Mission Satellite Successfully Launched 

Initial On-Orbit Testing Shows Satellite Performing Nominally 


Dulles, Virginia 1 February 2018 – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced the successful launch of the GovSat-1 multi-mission satellite. Orbital ATK built the satellite for GovSat, a public-private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and world-leading satellite operator SES. GovSat-1 launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and marks the second GEOStar-3 satellite built by Orbital ATK to launch this month. It will be used to provide service to governmental and institutional customers.

Liftoff occurred on January 31 at 4:25 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite separated successfully from the launch vehicle approximately 32 minutes into the mission after reaching its targeted orbit. Orbital ATK completed the satellite’s initial post-launch health check and configuration in preparation for 16 days of orbit-raising procedures and in-orbit tests. Once testing has been completed, operational control of GovSat-1 will be handed over to GovSat.
 
“Our initial testing of GovSat-1 shows the satellite is performing nominally,” said Amer Khouri, Vice President of the Commercial Satellite business at Orbital ATK. “The company has previously delivered six GEOStar satellites to SES, one of GovSat’s shareholders. GovSat-1 demonstrates continued confidence in the company’s GEOStar products.”

GovSat-1 was built in Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. It is an X-band and military Ka-band satellite that provides high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government missions. The satellite will be positioned on the European geostationary orbit arc and provide coverage to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, along with extensive maritime coverage over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

The GEOStar-3 platform is the newest, highest power and most advanced platform in the flight-proven GEOStar product line. The spacecraft bus features an increase in both battery capacity and solar array power. An additional GEOStar-3 satellite is planned for launch this year.

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DocM    16,442

Awwww...... :cry:

 

Edit: confirmed. Too risky to return to Port Canaveral un-safed, plus the ITAR*i implications.

 

* International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Don't want a rogue or bad actor state getting the tech.

 

http://www.americaspace.com/2018/02/08/air-force-strike-takes-out-spacexs-floating-govsat-booster/

 

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Air Force Strike Takes Out SpaceX's Floating GovSat Booster

 

On Jan 31, SpaceX launched SES-16/GovSat-1 into geostationary orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, one of the world’s largest and most powerful communications satellites. Coming three weeks after the much-publicized furore over the fate of its classified Zuma payload, Falcon 9 pulled off another nominal launch, SpaceX’s 48th since June 2010, and took the opportunity to conduct a landing test of the flight-proven first stage of the rocket.

“This rocket was meant to test very high retrothrust landing in water so it didn’t hurt the droneship, but amazingly it has survived,” said Elon Musk on Twitter shortly after the rocket splashed down in the Atlantic. “We will try to tow it back to shore.”

Thing is, SpaceX didn’t expect the booster to survive the splashdown in tact, but it did, making it easy to speculate that it’s a situation SpaceX didn’t have a contingency plan for. For example, things like un-safed COPVs (composite overwrapped pressure vessels) at flight pressure could have made it a ticking time bomb and hazard to navigation and marine life, being that they store a dangerous amount of energy if not vented.

Additionally, if circuitry onboard was fried by water after the booster splashed down, then there’s no way high-pressure areas could vent.

Whatever the case, trusted anonymous sources have confirmed to AmericaSpace that the U.S. Air Force carried out an air strike to blow up the unsafed floating booster.

In an inquiry to the U.S. Air Force, an Air Force Space Command spokesperson would not confirm or deny the strike, but instead asked that any and all booster queries go to SpaceX.
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Unobscured Vision    2,658

:cry: It could have been made safe, and probably in a fairly straightforward procedure too. Dammit. That was a sheer waste of an otherwise salvageable piece of hardware.

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Jim K    13,089

Would be nice if SpaceX or the AF would confirm this (especially if there is video!!) ... though I would guess that the military did dispose of it after consulting with SpaceX.  Can't have an unsafe booster bobbing out there in the ocean for obvious reasons.  As mentioned in the article, it probably wasn't feasible to "safe it" since water landings aren't part of the procedure...SpaceX probably went "hmm nah" after conducting a risk analysis.

 

Still neat though!  

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IsItPluggedIn    1,684

I feel they should offer the block 3/4 spent boosters to museums, there are a few science museums around here which would like to have one.  

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DocM    16,442
39 minutes ago, IsItPluggedIn said:

I feel they should offer the block 3/4 spent boosters to museums, there are a few science museums around here which would like to have one.  

Problem: most want SpaceX to build an  exhibit hall. Smithsonian did with one they were offered, but SpaceX has better uses for the cash (starts with a "B").

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