1. I'm honestly surprised that the FCC can be this corrupt and deny Starlink its due when so many other government agencies are eagerly hopping on board. You'd think the DOD/Military would have some pull in other government organizations.

  2. Unfortunately the majority of the money will probably go to Comcast and Spectrum with the amount of lobbyists both of these companies have. If SpaceX were to pursue legal action, they probably don't stand a chance either with the amount power both of these companies have.


  4. Poor Antares, it's been through 3 engine changes now between the NK-33, RD-181, and now with Firefly

  5. Is this the first spacecraft Spacex is launching directly to a TLI? I remember another mission (I think beresheet) launching to the moon on F9, but I think that was to GTO.

  6. Even this launch isn't a direct TLI. Falcon 9 will launch the spacecraft on a trajectory that will take it close to the L1 Lagrange point where gravitational forces will naturally pull the spacecraft back toward the Earth and the moon, where the Korean probe will be captured in orbit Dec. 16.

  7. The launch of SES-22 is part of a broader FCC program to clear a portion of C-band spectrum to enable wireless operators to deploy 5G services across the contiguous US (CONUS). In response to a mandate from the FCC, satellite operators such as SES are required to transition their existing services from the lower 300 MHz to the upper 200 MHz of C-band spectrum to make room for 5G. In other words, it is a communications satellite serving the portion of Earth under it from geostationary orbit.

  8. And more about the FCC program: This mission is the first of 6 satellites for SES to clear C-band spectrum for the FCC. If SES and Intelsat can clear their spectrum by December 2023, they'll get compensated around $6-8 billion.

  9. How is there not enough time between now and September to perform software testing? I shouldn't be surprised, but I am a little. Is it far more complicated than I'm imagining or is their pace just..... Slow? Or both?

  10. There isn't enough time to perform the testing. The issue was with the testbed built by JPL which is used to simulate the spacecraft. The software that JPL designed was already running behind schedule so they only just now found the issue with the testbed.

  11. JPL director Laurie Leshin: problem was with testing for guidance, navigation and control software. Needed a complex testing environment, which is now fixed. But not enough time left to test for a launch this year.

  12. From the teleconference: A nice opportunity to launch will be in July 2023 and September 2023.

  13. Sounds like Bill Gerstenmaier is having the time of his life right now at SpaceX.

  14. Latest awards for the NSSL program as part of the 60/40 split between ULA and SpaceX:

  15. Latest awards for the NSSL program as part of the 60/40 split between ULA and SpaceX:

  16. OneWeb signed 2 launches with ISRO (at least one on GSLV-III). Makes sense since they signed a letter of intent last year to fly on ISRO vehicles after Bharti Enterprises invested heavily into OneWeb. Also looks like they only signed 1 launch with SpaceX for right now

  17. This was an existing launch contract originally for the Inmarsat EAN satellite back in 2017. It was expected I-6 F2 would fly on Falcon Heavy, but Inmarsat has now confirmed today it would fly on Falcon 9.

  18. Looks like Falcon 9 is about to become the only commercial launcher for everyone.

  19. OneWeb signed an agreement last year to fly on PSLV and GSLV Mk3

  20. "SpaceLogistics, a satellite-servicing firm owned by Northrop Grumman, announced Feb. 21 it plans to send to orbit a new servicing vehicle in 2024 on a SpaceX rocket.

  21. Potential for 3 FH USSF missions next year (on top of the other commercial FH's scheduled)

  22. While only 292kg's, IXPE will target a droneship landing due to the performance needed to reduce the inclination down to 0 degrees.

  23. First O3B mPOWER mission delayed to early 2022 and the second mission will be on a expended Falcon 9 for a direct MEO insertion.

  24. Is this the part where the rocket provider starts charging the payload customer for delays? After all, this costs valuable hangar space while the boosters sit around waiting, and also prevents the would-be reused boosters from doing other work.

  25. Pretty sure this is how SpaceX would lose customers. Industry standard is you fly when your customers are ready to fly. If SpaceX were to start charging the USSF for delays, I'm sure they would drop them and go with a company that isn't.

  26. Great for Spacex, but I am wondering what does ULA think of this. Every single award recently was awarded to Spacex.

  27. Well seeing that all Atlas V missions are sold and Vulcan isn't LSP certified yet, they couldn't really do much.

  28. "Yahsat has selected SpaceX to launch its next-generation Thuraya mobile connectivity satellite in 2023, the companies announced Sept. 8.

  29. Amazing the short announcement to launch cycle. They couldn't do this with any other launch provider.

  30. Others can though?? ULA has a RapidLaunch program which was used before. The OA 7 launch contract was signed 5 months before it launched

  31. The limit on RD-180's are for Department of Defense missions only. ULA can use as many as they want for commercial and NASA missions

  32. After a month long wait, SpaceX is scheduled to launch Starlink V2.0 L1 2-1 on NET August 10th from Vandenberg.

  33. That's when they are given a chance to repair or upgrade tracking equipment at the Cape, Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex, and some others up the East coast and out in the Atlantic. It's a very complex system!

  34. Anybody knows when the next RTLS launch will be out of vandy?

  35. From VSFB it should be SARah-1, but if that gets delayed then WV Legion Mission 1 would be next. There is also DART, but I am not sure if it can RTLS.

  36. So does mean Spx will get their launch cadence back up and running?

  37. This didn't really have anything to do with the drop of launch cadence. They finished phase 1 of Starlink with the launch back in May and are getting ready to fly the first polar Starlink from Vandenberg at the end of the month. The drop in launches from Florida was because the eastern range is currently doing their annual maintenance which starts July 1st for a few weeks. The eastern range should be finishing up right now and getting ready to return with the OFT-2 mission July 30th.

  38. Given how much Viasat charges them and eats their margins airlines might be willing to do whatever is needed to accelerate the process, maybe shaving one year or two from that. They charge $15 per hour on a typical flight and the only reason they don't get more passengers to buy it is because everyone knows it sucks (in the last two flights I did, they charged me and I wasn't even able to connect to Google). If they lower the price and offer true 10mbps service they should be able to get tens of dollars per passenger for most passengers and on many flights that's close to their whole margin. They will push hard for this to happen.

  39. Even if the airlines wanted to move away from Viasat, they're still stuck with them for the next 8 years or so because of contracts. Airlines signed a 10 year contract with Gogo Inflight back in the late 2000's and they've recently ended. As a result a bunch of US airlines just finished (2019 iirc) signing 10 year contracts with Viasat.

  40. Does anyone know if there have been any updates on when the upcoming Vandenberg Starlink launch is supposed to happen?

  41. I think the July 12th date was speculation off of a Viasat protest iirc. The Eastern Range is undergoing their annual maintenance right now and I wouldn't expect any launches from Florida for another week or so. Typically maintenance lasts around 3 weeks starting on July 1st.

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