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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch - TurkmenistanSat

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  1. HVM

    HVM Savolainen

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    #1 HVM, Mar 1, 2015
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    Next SpaceX launch from Cape is TurkmenistanSat, NET 21 March

    "TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT will allow Turkmenistan to operate its first national satellite telecommunications system, ensuring enhanced, secure telecommunications for the country. The satellite is built on a Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000 C2 platform, will weigh 4,500 kg at launch and offers a design life exceeding 15 years. Its coverage zone encompasses Europe, Central Asia up to the Chinese border and virtually all of Africa."


    https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/case-study/turkmenalem52emonacosat-arrives-cape-canaveral
     
  2. VolkerP

    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

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    They're churning out cores at SpaceX - is this rate comparable to other launch operators?
     
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    Space Launch Report 2015 Launch Stats
    Rate is similar to last year's Soyuz rate (22 launches/12 months)
     
  4. rabar10

    rabar10 FFE until Model 3

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    Update -- the static fire was supposed to be today in preparation for a launch of this satellite on the 21st, but "an issue with helium pressure bottles" in the rocket has caused a delay of at least a week, so earliest now is the 28th.

    Source: NasaSpaceFlight forum update
     
  5. jdevo2004

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    April 24th now. It is going to be a happy day when SpaceX finally launches their first rocket on time.
     
  6. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    To be fair, delays are the norm in rocket launching.
     
  7. HVM

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    Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust [Barry] Matsumori [SpaceX]: didn’t find problem with F9 that was to launch Sat, but instead an “anomaly” in factory; decided to be “careful”

    Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust Matsumori: still working with the customer on the extent of the delay, so declining to give a timetable for the launch. #satshow
     
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    Static fire completed and everything is currently a go for Monday the 27th.
     
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    Won't thus be the quickest turnaround time on the pad to date? That's like 2 weeks or some such.
     
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    Is today's launch scheduled for the next landing attempt? I haven't seen it mentioned one way or the other, so I suspect not.
     
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    you suspect right, next landing attempt is CRS-7 NET Jun 19 (see r/spacex sidebar)
     
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    I thought the CA launch was also supposed to be a landing attempt... on land at that, which should be before CRS-7, right?
     
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    Everything I've read says they will attempt a landing on land for the Vandenberg launch. According to SpaceX stats, the Jason attempt will be a month after CRS-7. However SpaceXstats.com has been wrong before so take that with a grain of salt.
     
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    #14 Grendal, Apr 27, 2015
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    Hold due to weather. 90 minute launch window, however. So holding for now.

    Edit: Looks like they will go for launch at 7:03 Eastern time. There will be a clear window at that time.

    Edit 2: Successful launch and successful insertion into parking orbit!

    Edit 3: Looks like everything went off without a hitch. Thales Group has control of the satellite.
     
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    For Launch Schedule try SpaceFlight now, it's based actual launch site's (US Air Force etc.) schedules.

    SpaceX launches start to look like routine, (and bit boring) which is good.
     

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