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  1. #5461
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    Falcon Heavy will be flexing its muscles a bit; three direct to geostationary satellites at once. No GTO (geostationary transfer orbit), straight to 35,785 km (22,236 miles).

    USSF-44: a US spysat

    Aurora 4A: a commercial commsat

    TETRA-1: a tech demo microsat built by Boeing's Millennium Space Systems [read: Boeing Phantom Works] for USSF's Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Enterprise Consortium

    Date: October 9, 2021
    Time: TBA
    Pad: LC-39A
    Recovery: Expended center core. 2 boosters on Just Read the Instructions and A Shortfall of Gravitas
    Orbit: direct insertion to geosynchronous orbit

    Bring yer popcorn

    Aurora 4A
    https://www.anchoragepress.com/news/...aade192f0.html

    TETRA-1
    https://www.satellitetoday.com/gover...dy-for-launch/

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    Quick Disconnect arm, which also houses the umbilicals connector plate.

    They'll likely move Booster 4 off the launch mount to install the catcher arms (aka: "chopsticks").

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...13219084472329

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Quick Disconnect arm, which also houses the umbilicals connector plate.

    They'll likely move Booster 4 off the launch mount to install the catcher arms (aka: "chopsticks").

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...13219084472329
    I like it when you quote the tweet and post the link, much better IMO.

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    I've been wondering for days now: Why "chopsticks"?
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    SpaceX

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I've been wondering for days now: Why "chopsticks"?
    “Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wAuzCjipF00
    I may have many faults, but being wrong ain't one of them. - Jimmy Hoffa

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    Axiom Ax-1 commercial ISS mission. After this comes four more Ax-(n) missions and the assembly of the Axiom Station at ISS. After completion Axiom Station becomes a free-flyer.

    February 21, 2022

    Crew Dragon Resilience, which just returned from Inspiration4.

    Kathy Lueders ✓ @KathyLueders
    Great news! We are targeting Feb. 21 for the launch of the Axiom 1 mission to the @Space_Station – the first private astronaut mission to the microgravity laboratory with @Axiom_Space. Our work continues to open space to more people than ever. https://t.co/j9wubgrdbc

    https://twitter.com/KathyLueders/sta...39798791639041
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Sep-25 at 10:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Axiom Ax-1 commercial ISS mission. After this comes four more Ax-(n) missions and the assembly of the Axiom Station at ISS. After completion Axiom Station becomes a free-flyer.

    February 21, 2022

    Crew Dragon Resilience, which just returned from Inspiration4.

    Kathy Lueders ✓ @KathyLueders
    Great news! We are targeting Feb. 21 for the launch of the Axiom 1 mission to the @Space_Station – the first private astronaut mission to the microgravity laboratory with @Axiom_Space. Our work continues to open space to more people than ever. https://t.co/j9wubgrdbc

    https://twitter.com/KathyLueders/sta...39798791639041
    That would be a nice birthday present for me assuming it does not slip.

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