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SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby OverTheTop » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:58 pm

SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 6 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel. Amos 6 will provide communications and broadcast services over a coverage area stretching from the U.S. Coast to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Amos 6 will also support the Israeli government’s satellite communications needs.

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Launch is currently scheduled for 0700h GMT on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
For those of us in Australia it is at 1700h (5pm) AEST on Saturday 3rd September 2016.


At 5500kg this is the heaviest satellite to be lofted by the Falcon 9 so far.

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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby kopius » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:36 am

OUCH!!


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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby martymonsta » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:55 am

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Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, "Because it is there."
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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby CATO » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:17 am

kopius wrote:OUCH!!


Not good...
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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby str8up » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:28 am

Double Ouch!!!! Although we almost take launches for granted these days it just goes to show the forces we are dealing with.
Thankfully we have come a very long way from the "Go or Blow" days of the early 1960's.

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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby OverTheTop » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:30 am

That's got to hurt... :shock:

And I thought I was having a bad day at the office :(
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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby martymonsta » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:10 pm

SpaceX has released another statement regarding yesterdays anomaly

September 2, 6:45pm EDT

SpaceX has begun the careful and deliberate process of understanding the causes and fixes for yesterday's incident. We will continue to provide regular updates on our progress and findings, to the fullest extent we can share publicly.

We deeply regret the loss of AMOS-6, and safely and reliably returning to flight to meet the demands of our customers is our chief priority. SpaceX's business is robust, with approximately 70 missions on our manifest worth over $10 billion. In the aftermath of yesterday's events, we are grateful for the continued support and unwavering confidence that our commercial customers as well as NASA and the United States Air Force have placed in us.

Overview of the incident:

- Yesterday, at SpaceX's Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, an anomaly took place about eight minutes in advance of a scheduled test firing of a Falcon 9 rocket.

- The anomaly on the pad resulted in the loss of the vehicle.

- This was part of a standard pre-launch static fire to demonstrate the health of the vehicle prior to an eventual launch.

- At the time of the loss, the launch vehicle was vertical and in the process of being fueled for the test. At this time, the data indicates the anomaly originated around the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Per standard operating procedure, all personnel were clear of the pad. There were no injuries.

To identify the root cause of the anomaly, SpaceX began its investigation immediately after the loss, consistent with accident investigation plans prepared for such a contingency. These plans include the preservation of all possible evidence and the assembly of an Accident Investigation Team, with oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration and participation by NASA, the United States Air Force and other industry experts. We are currently in the early process of reviewing approximately 3000 channels of telemetry and video data covering a time period of just 35-55 milliseconds.

As for the Launch Pad itself, our teams are now investigating the status of SLC-40. The pad clearly incurred damage, but the scope has yet to be fully determined. We will share more data as it becomes available. SpaceX currently operates 3 launch pads – 2 in Florida and 1 in California at Vandenberg Air Force Base. SpaceX's other launch sites were not affected by yesterday's events. Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base is in the final stages of an operational upgrade and Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center remains on schedule to be operational in November. Both pads are capable of supporting Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches. We are confident the two launch pads can support our return to flight and fulfill our upcoming manifest needs.

Again, our number one priority is to safely and reliably return to flight for our customers, as well as to take all the necessary steps to ensure the highest possible levels of safety for future crewed missions with the Falcon 9. We will carefully and thoroughly investigate and address this issue.
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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby OverTheTop » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:18 pm

Getting closer to a root cause:

http://www.spacex.com/news/2016/09/01/anomaly-updates

September 23, 1:00pm EDT

Three weeks ago, SpaceX experienced an anomaly at our Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This resulted in the loss of one of our Falcon 9 rockets and its payload.

The Accident Investigation Team (AIT), composed of SpaceX, the FAA, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and industry experts, are currently scouring through approximately 3,000 channels of engineering data along with video, audio and imagery. The timeline of the event is extremely short – from first signs of an anomaly to loss of data is about 93 milliseconds or less than 1/10th of a second. The majority of debris from the incident has been recovered, photographed, labeled and catalogued, and is now in a hangar for inspection and use during the investigation.

At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place. All plausible causes are being tracked in an extensive fault tree and carefully investigated. Through the fault tree and data review process, we have exonerated any connection with last year’s CRS-7 mishap.


For the full statement, go to the link.
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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby CATO » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:28 am

"In thrust we trust"

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Re: SpaceX AMOS-6 Mission

Postby CATO » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:20 am

Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a ???

I have checked the original YouTube post in this thread, and 1 second into the clip you can see the object (bug, swamp gas, whatever)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyLiUdAlwUs
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Impulse:
2018: 7,455 Ns (46% M)
Ns 17: 5,973; 16: 34,558; 15: 35,955; 14: 6,016; 13: 10,208
PB - Gorilla N2717WC, H: 10,260', S: 1.14M


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