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(YouTube)   It's been a minute since we had a SpaceX launch. This time they are launching OneWeb, the Starlink competitor that was supposed to launch on Soyuz but then Russia got all warcrimey. Launch is at 5:15 pm EST from KSC 39a   (youtube.com) divider line
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2022-12-08 5:00:17 PM  
Nice to see they've apparently resolved whatever issues they had with their Falcon 9's.
 
2022-12-08 5:01:31 PM  
I wonder what 'the additional checks' were that they needed to run since several launches were delayed with that vague excuse.
 
2022-12-08 5:12:12 PM  
Ooh!  A Boostback/Cape Landing today!  Sweet.
 
2022-12-08 5:13:27 PM  
So just confirming that my live feed isn't wrong, 1728ET launch yes?
 
2022-12-08 5:13:56 PM  
Ooontz.
 
2022-12-08 5:14:26 PM  

FriarReb98: So just confirming that my live feed isn't wrong, 1728ET launch yes?


NextSpaceFlight is showing 1727 EST, but yes, the headline is wrong.
 
2022-12-08 5:14:59 PM  

FriarReb98: So just confirming that my live feed isn't wrong, 1728ET launch yes?


Correct.  Cheezy muzak has commenced just now.
 
2022-12-08 5:15:10 PM  

clear_prop: I wonder what 'the additional checks' were that they needed to run since several launches were delayed with that vague excuse.


Dunno.  Haven't seen anything, and have been too busy to go looking.

But I'm hoping it just means that they're taking the time needed to make sure they have no RUDs.
 
2022-12-08 5:15:23 PM  
Do we get to watch the OneWeb and Starlink satellites fight it out?
 
2022-12-08 5:15:49 PM  

clear_prop: FriarReb98: So just confirming that my live feed isn't wrong, 1728ET launch yes?

NextSpaceFlight is showing 1727 EST, but yes, the headline is wrong.


Meh.  5:15 pm is when the coverage started, close enough.
 
2022-12-08 5:16:22 PM  

clear_prop: FriarReb98: So just confirming that my live feed isn't wrong, 1728ET launch yes?

NextSpaceFlight is showing 1727 EST, but yes, the headline is wrong.


Coverage started at 5:15.

/not subby
 
2022-12-08 5:16:34 PM  
Anyone know the flight path?
 
2022-12-08 5:17:22 PM  

ArkPanda: Do we get to watch the OneWeb and Starlink satellites fight it out?


Not much of a fight. Starlink has a 2000+ satellite lead.
 
2022-12-08 5:18:34 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Meh.  5:15 pm is when the coverage started, close enough.


There is no close enough in rocketry.  :P
 
2022-12-08 5:20:13 PM  

FriarReb98: Anyone know the flight path?


Going out on a limb here, but maybe up?
 
2022-12-08 5:20:14 PM  
Three more launches this year, and 2022 will have more missions than SpaceX's two previous busiest years combined.
 
2022-12-08 5:20:59 PM  

markie_farkie: FriarReb98: Anyone know the flight path?

Going out on a limb here, but maybe up?


Well, yeah, this is SpaceX, not SpaceY.

Up, then tilting to the side.
 
2022-12-08 5:21:02 PM  

FriarReb98: Anyone know the flight path?


South, a long the Florida coast
 
2022-12-08 5:23:39 PM  

dstanley: FriarReb98: Anyone know the flight path?

South, a long the Florida coast


Okay, so no chance of seeing it from here on the South Coast of Massachusetts.  Got it. :-/
 
2022-12-08 5:27:08 PM  
Booster is B1069.4.
 
2022-12-08 5:27:17 PM  

FriarReb98: dstanley: FriarReb98: Anyone know the flight path?

South, a long the Florida coast

Okay, so no chance of seeing it from here on the South Coast of Massachusetts.  Got it. :-/


With the way Elmo's been behaving the past few weeks, it could happen!
 
2022-12-08 5:27:59 PM  
That jet flying by is gonna get a great show!
 
2022-12-08 5:28:15 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: markie_farkie: FriarReb98: Anyone know the flight path?

Going out on a limb here, but maybe up?

Well, yeah, this is SpaceX, not SpaceY.

Up, then tilting to the side.


Which proves that they don't go to space and the Earth is flat. Study it out sheeple.

/That is what actual wack jobs actually believe.
 
2022-12-08 5:28:26 PM  
LIFTOFF!  ORBIT IN THIRTY MINUTES OR IT'S RUD!!!
 
2022-12-08 5:29:31 PM  
And they're past Max-Q.
 
2022-12-08 5:30:55 PM  
And we have MECO, Stage Separation, and Second Stage Ignition.
 
2022-12-08 5:31:18 PM  
Boostback burn is good.
 
2022-12-08 5:31:33 PM  
The video is *gorgeous* today!
 
2022-12-08 5:32:04 PM  
Fairing is jettisoned.
 
2022-12-08 5:32:20 PM  
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2022-12-08 5:33:17 PM  
The attitude thrusters on the booster don't look real.  So cool looking.
 
2022-12-08 5:33:47 PM  
Watching the maneuvering thrusters from the ground - Goddamn!
 
2022-12-08 5:34:53 PM  
Entry burn is good...
 
2022-12-08 5:36:11 PM  
And the NAILED the landing, back at the LZ!
 
2022-12-08 5:36:52 PM  
145th Recovery.
 
2022-12-08 5:38:53 PM  
Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions.  I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights.  Last year was a record, with Thirty-One missionsThere are currently 59 listed so far for this year, with more Starlink missions to come, and a Starship / Super Heavy test if we're lucky! We can count on several of these slipping into 2023 or later, for any one of myriad reasons, but 2022 is already another record year.  SpaceX's launch cadence is about one launch every 6.22 days so far.  That puts them on pace to hit 59 missions this year. We'll see if they can maintain that rate.

Year  # flown  Milestones
2006 - 0 - Falcon 1 fails on its first launch attempt (thanks, Mysterious Stranger!)
2007 - 0 - (another Falcon 1 failure)
2008 - 1 - Falcon 1 fails on #3, then successfully flies on its fourth attempt
2009 - 1 - only commercial contract launch of Falcon 1
2010 - 2 - First Falcon 9, June 4, 2010
2011 - 0
2012 - 2 - First private spaceship (Dragon) to visit ISS
2013 - 3 - Falcon 9 v1.1
2014 - 6
2015 - 6 - Falcon 9 'Full Thrust' and first booster landing
2016 - 8
2017 - 18 - First Launch and Recovery of a reused booster / Dragon
2018 - 21 - First Falcon Heavy, First F9 Block 5, First booster with 3 flights
2019 - 13 - Successful Crew Dragon Demo 1; 1st Paying Falcon Heavy; Starlink; 1 F9 flies 4 times
2020 - 26 - 7 flights on one Falcon 9; Crew Dragon Certified; Starship test flights; Starlink Beta Opens
2021 - 31 - 2 ISS Crew/1 Tourist flights; 1st good Starship landing; 2 boosters got to 10 flights; Starlink is Live

2022:

1     01/06/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 34          B1062.4
2     01/13/2022    Falcon 9 - Transporter-3     B1058.10
3     01/18/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 35          B1060.10
4     01/31/2022    Falcon 9 - CSG-2                B1052.3
5     02/02/2022    Falcon 9 - NROL-87            B1071.1
6     02/03/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 36          B1061.6
7     02/21/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 37          B1058.11
8     02/25/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 38          B1063.4
9     03/03/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 39          B1060.11
10   03/09/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 40          B1052.4
11   03/19/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 41          B1051.12
12   04/01/2022    Falcon 9 -Transporter 4      B1061.7
13   04/08/2022    Falcon 9 - Ax-1 (Crewed; first fully private mission to the ISS) B1062.5
14   04/17/2022    Falcon 9 - NROL-85           B1071.2
15   04/21/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 42         B1060.12
16   04/27/2022    Falcon 9 - CREW 4.           B1067.4
17   04/29/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 43         B1062.6
18   05/06/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 44         B1058.12
19   05/13/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 45         B1063.5
20   05/14/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 46         B1073.1
21   05/18/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 47         B1052.5
22   05/25/2022    Falcon 9 -Transporter 5     B1061.8
23   06/08/2022    Falcon 9 - Nilesat 301        B1049.11
24   06/17/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 48         B1060.13
25   06/18/2022    Falcon 9 - SARah 1            B1071.3
26   06/19/2022    Falcon 9 - Globalstar-2       B1061.9
27   06/29/2022    Falcon 9 - SES-22              B1073.2
28   07/07/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 49          B1058.13
29   07/11/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 50          B1063.6
30   07/15/2022    Falcon 9 - CRS 25              B1067.5
31   07/17/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 51          B1051.13
32   07/22/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 52          B1071.4
33   07/24/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 53          B1062.8
34   08/04/2022    Falcon 9 - Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter B1052.6
35   08/09/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 54           B1073.3
36   08/12/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 55           B1061.10
37   08/19/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 56           B1062.9
38   08/27/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 57           B1069.2
39   08/31/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 58           B1063.7
40   09/04/2022    Falcon 9 - Sherpa LTC2 / Starlink 59  B1052.7
41   09/10/2022    Falcon 9 - Bluewalker 3 / Starlink 60  B1058.14
42   09/18/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 61           B1067.6
43   09/24/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 62           B1073.4
44   10/05/2022    Falcon 9 - Crew 5                B1077.1
45   10/05/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 63           B1071.5
46   10/08/2022    Falcon 9 - Galaxy 33 / Galaxy 34  B1060.14
47   10/14/2022    Falcon 9 - Hotbird 13F         B1069.3
48   10/20/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 64           B1062.10
49   10/27/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 65           B1063.8
50   11/01/2022    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44     B1064.1, B1065.1, B1066.1
51   11/02/2022    Falcon 9 - Hotbird 13G         B1067.7
52   11/12/2022    Falcon 9 - Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32  B1051.14
53   11/22/2022    Falcon 9 - Eutelsat 10B geostationary comsat  B1049.11
54   11/26/2022    Falcon 9 - CRS 26                B1076.1
55   12/08/2022    Falcon 9 - OneWeb Flight  B1069.4

Upcoming Flights:
12/11/2022    Falcon 9 - Hakuto-R Mission 1 Lunar Lander / Emirates Lunar Mission Rover
12/15/2022    Falcon 9 - SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography)
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-1,2
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Transporter 6
12/29/2022    Falcon 9 - EROS-C3
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 66             B1061.11
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 67             B1058.15
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 68
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 69
12/??/2022    Starship / Super Heavy - Full Stack Test Flight
12/??/2022    Starship / Super Heavy - Orbital Flight 1

(from http://www.spacex.com/missions, https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ and https://www.rocketlaunch.live/?filter=spacex)
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches)
 
2022-12-08 5:39:30 PM  
Well that was cool.

Off to get some booze, butter, toggle bolts, and some vinyl coated steel rope.
 
2022-12-08 5:39:53 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: 145th Recovery.


Some might think it would be boring at this point. It isn't.
 
2022-12-08 5:40:35 PM  
Sunset launches are the best. Watch for terrific images from downrange soon.
 
2022-12-08 5:41:58 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: The video is *gorgeous* today!


The ability to track the booster when it's 120 km up and have a dead-solid framing is icing on the cake.

IIRC Starlink is centered on 550 km orbits and Oneweb about 1200, so Oneweb has a clear shot at Starlink but is seriously outnumbered.

I am also amused that Oneweb was forced to buy launches from SpaceX and SpaceX goes "Sure, no problem."
 
2022-12-08 5:46:40 PM  

natazha: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: The video is *gorgeous* today!

The ability to track the booster when it's 120 km up and have a dead-solid framing is icing on the cake.

IIRC Starlink is centered on 550 km orbits and Oneweb about 1200, so Oneweb has a clear shot at Starlink but is seriously outnumbered.

I am also amused that Oneweb was forced to buy launches from SpaceX and SpaceX goes "Sure, no problem."


I bet they didn't give them the "friends and family" discount.
 
2022-12-08 5:53:43 PM  
Watching the booster fall through the sunset was f*cking amazing - Sunlight reflecting off the booster turns red and then fades out before the landing burn starts.
 
2022-12-08 5:57:34 PM  
At least I didn't jump from the sonic booms when the boosters came back this time. 😊
 
2022-12-08 6:16:49 PM  

natazha: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: The video is *gorgeous* today!

The ability to track the booster when it's 120 km up and have a dead-solid framing is icing on the cake.

IIRC Starlink is centered on 550 km orbits and Oneweb about 1200, so Oneweb has a clear shot at Starlink but is seriously outnumbered.

I am also amused that Oneweb was forced to buy launches from SpaceX and SpaceX goes "Sure, no problem."


Smart move actually. 1) It looks good. 2) Otherwise someone else will get the money for the launch. 3) You don't want to risk an anti-trust action.
 
2022-12-08 6:27:48 PM  
First set of OneWeb satellites are deployed.
 
2022-12-08 6:32:35 PM  

wage0048: Watching the booster fall through the sunset was f*cking amazing - Sunlight reflecting off the booster turns red and then fades out before the landing burn starts.


Ground-based views of the separation was cool as well.
 
2022-12-08 6:33:15 PM  
It's like a horror movie!  We see the payload bus, and the individual satellites.  Then the lights go out (video coverage drops), and when the picture comes back - SOME OF THEM ARE GONE!!!
 
2022-12-08 8:04:46 PM  
Missed the launch live, just catching the replay now. Love the dueling exhaust plumes colliding during the boost back burn.
 
2022-12-08 9:18:06 PM  
That was spectacular.  Mission control is going to have a hard time keeping up that level of excitement, though, once they start launching one a day.
 
2022-12-08 9:26:35 PM  

clear_prop: ArkPanda: Do we get to watch the OneWeb and Starlink satellites fight it out?

Not much of a fight. Starlink has a 2000+ satellite lead.


OneWeb birds are at a higher orbit, though still way lower than the old synchronous orbits, so they cover a bigger area and so don't need as many satellites to cover the earth. In terms of percentage of constellation OneWeb were pretty close to Starlink until Russia threw their toys out of their pram.

They aren't direct competitors.  Starlink sell consume dishes direct to Joe Sixpack. OneWeb dishes are a bit bigger and their business model is to sell them to businesses, military, airlines and cruise ships for passenger internet, and ISPs to serve remote locations with a OneWeb dish serving their customers via cable, 5G or wifi in that area.

/The best £400 million Boris Johnson spent. And an absolute bargain considering the EU and China are now talking about spending tens of billions of dollars to send up their own constellations.
//OneWeb are merging with Eutelsat but the UK Gov keeps a golden share and priority dibs on use.
 
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