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SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - JCSAT 16 - SLC-40

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  1. Grendal

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    August Falcon 9 • JCSAT 16
    Launch window: TBD
    Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSAT 16 communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. JCSAT 16 will be a backup satellite for Ku-band and Ka-band communications services over the Japanese market.

    We know this will be early August, but the exact date and time has not been determined yet.

    This is another GTO satellite. So we know that this will be an ASDS landing attempt which was confirmed by Hans Koenigsmann.
     
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    I have no idea what I'm looking at in this picture. Is that the satellite in the background?

    It sure is a crazy cool picture though, looks pretty sci-fi to me.

    I'm guessing floor to ceiling sound deadening egg crate foam? And no idea about those round dish looking things next to the satellite?
     
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    Thanks for posting. I have no idea either...
     
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    It's the satellite in what appears to be SSL's anechoic chamber where the antenna performance is tested. Here is a similar shot of a bird they built for DirecTV undergoing testing.

    Those round dish looking things are some of the antenna reflectors... dishes!
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. The tweet I linked mentioned jcsat 16 arriving at SpaceX. I inferred that was a picture inside one of the SpaceX hangars. Makes a lot more sense now.

    This does make me curious what the satellite looks like when it is shipped to SpaceX. And the process of connecting it to the rocket and installing the fairing. I would like to see videos of that. As a matter of fact, pretty much any video of SpaceX operations would peek my interest. Elon Musk has really done a great job involving the public via webcam, tweets, Etc. I still want more though.
     
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    #6 Mike1080i, Jul 23, 2016
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    I don't think I've seen many (or any) photos or video of anything in SpaceX's payload processing facilities. It may not be quite what you are looking for but there are some of Astrotech processing various payloads here. I would think most prelaunch checkout, fueling and fairing encapsulation ops will be somewhat similar.
     
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    #7 Mike1080i, Jul 23, 2016
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    Of course not long after I wrote that, I found this shot of JCSAT-16 appearing to be all folded up for shipping/launch.
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    #8 Grendal, Jul 31, 2016
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    Alright. We've got an official launch date. Another night launch with a two hour launch window.
    Sunday, August 14th
    Launch window: 0526-0726 GMT (1:26-3:26 a.m. EDT)
    Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

    For some of us, this will be a very late Saturday, August 13th launch date.
    A reminder that this will be an ASDS night landing attempt.

    I hate to create a whole thread for this but Orbital ATK will finally use their Antares rocket once again on August 22nd for their resupply mission to the ISS. It will be using Russian RD-181 rocket engines instead of the 50 year old Russian rocket engines that caused a RUD for their 4th resupply mission. The last two missions were done with an Atlas V.

    Currently Orbital has had 5 resupply missions and SpaceX has had 9 successful missions.
     
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    Facebook SpaceX has announced that ASDS OCISLY has left port for the booster intercept on the 14th.
     
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    Static fire test last night:

     
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    Here are the videos for the late Saturday (for some of us), very early Sunday launch:

    The Hosted Webcast:


    The Technical (No Frills) Webcast:


    A two hour launch window and I have not heard any weather information at all. So it's likely to be very favorable.
     
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    That's actually a photo on our CG/MOI table and the reflectors and solar arrays go through test deployment afterward, so it's technically not stowed for ship/shoot, but yes...that's a full up stowed launch configuration (which is also the shipping configuration). Solar arrays are on the top and the bottom. The earth facing side is on the right.

    The first photo was indeed in our anechoic range. The spacecraft is mounted on an articulating stand that, in conjunction with the rest of the range (that you can't see), allows us to confirm our actual antenna patterns vs our predicted patterns. We don't install solar arrays for that test as they would extent 50 feet up and 50 feet down!
     
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    Weather is looking reasonably good. Here is the 45th Weather Squadron's L-1 forecast.
     
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    Thanks for the details!
     
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    Happy to help. There's plenty of interesting things to pass on that don't tread near competition/itar sensitive details. ;)
     
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    Awesome! Way to go SpaceX!

    Heart-stopping few seconds of no video feed...
     
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    Awesome. Looking forward to seeing the full video when they've got it.
     
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    It's almost getting boring... which is a great thing.
     
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