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Falcon 9: Iridium NEXT #5 (satellites #41-50) (mission)

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DocM    16,618

Too late in the morning to frighten those twitchy Los Angelenos.

 

The first Falcon 9 Flight Proven™ launch was on March 30, 2017 (SES-10.) There will have been 21 missions since then with 10, 47.6%, using  Flight Proven™ cores. Economic case closed.

 

 

 

Satellites: 10 Iridium NEXT #41-50 commsats
Mass: 8,600kg + 1,000kg dispenser
Launch orbit: 625km, 86.66°
Operational orbit: 778km, 86.4°

 

Date: March 29, 2018 
Time: 0419.49 ET, 0719.49 PT (1419.49 UT) 
Pad: Vandenberg AFB SLC-4W
Core: 1041.2  (Iridium NEXT #21-30)
Recovery: no

 

From this launch through April be prepared for a Run & Gun stretch,

 

Iridium NEXT #5 (this launch)
Dragon CRS-14    
Bangabandhu-1 (Falcon 9 Block 5 #1)
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (NASA)    
Iridium NEXT #6/GRACE-FO*

 

* Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (NASA)

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DocM    16,618

 

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Jim K    13,757

 

 

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DocM    16,618

Lordy, how many times have we all seen twitchy harness grounds waste several hours :angry:

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DocM    16,618

Updated times: 1013;51 ET (0713;51 PT,  1413;51 UT)

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DocM    16,618

 

Iridium_NEXT_5-800.thumb.jpg.98560e9e67bb43650c39561a6b04d6e6.jpg

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Jim K    13,757

 

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DocM    16,618

Never miss a testing opportunity,

 

NRC Quest is on station to observe the landing burn and splashdown, and to receive telemetry

 

Mr. Steven on station to catch a fairing

 

Falcon 9 is vertical

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DocM    16,618

Funky music

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Thought it was delayed until saturday??

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Oooh ... so they ARE eventually going for full recovery. S2 as well. :yes: I approve.

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flyingskippy    167

What does NOAA have to do with the webcast? 

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Ahhh, IridiumBoss. I love this guy. :yes: 

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DocM    16,618

No obe knows whats up NOAA's ass yet

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Here we go .... :D 

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DocM    16,618

Liftoff!!

 

MaxQ

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DocM    16,618

 

MECO

 

SEP

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

VERY nice shot. :)

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DocM    16,618

 

S2 start

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Seriously, what IS NOAA's deal?!

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Never mind, I found out. A NOAA bird transmits at the WX-band, same as SpaceX's onboard camera view signal.

Blah. Oh well, good launch. Yay.

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flyingskippy    167

I wonder if this is going to be a regular thing or just for this launch..... 

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DocM    16,618

I smell a SpookSat secondary payload....

William Harwood @cbs_spacenews
F9/Iridium5: NOAA public affairs officer says he's not aware of any NOAA restriction on Falcon 9 rocketcam video 

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