Re: OT : Space X Crew Dragon Late abort zone

From: satcom ops via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2020 06:47:05 +0100
Thanks Max for drawing my attention to this , issued yesterday.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-nasa-launch-abort-rescue-scenarios/

Note the graphic refering to the 200 mile zone around Shannon


Regards

John

On 15/05/2020 14:07, satcom ops wrote:
> Hopefully not  too far off topic here ...
> 
> With the Dragon crew now in 14 day quarantine in advance of their 
> mission  a heads up for later this month when Space X will launch to the 
> ISS
> This will be the first "manned" launch in nearly ten years , from Florida.
> 
> Those who remember the days of the shuttle will be aware that a number 
> of airfields in Europe were designated as abort/escape sites for the 
> shuttle should
> problems arise before reaching orbit.
> 
> Last year the first unmanned test took place and a notice to mariners 
> issued had four ocean sectors , one of which described a point off the 
> Irish coast about 150 miles abeam Shannon.
> 
> 260952Z FEB 19
> NAVAREA IV 134/19(GEN).
> WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
> EASTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
> FLORIDA.
> CANADA.
> IRELAND.
> 1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
> 020740Z TO 020820Z MAR, ALTERNATE
> 050630Z TO 050710Z MAR:
> A. IN AREA BOUND BY
> 28-37-00N 080-38-00W, 28-47-00N 080-31-00W,
> 28-56-00N 080-19-00W, 28-53-00N 080-16-00W,
> 28-41-00N 080-23-00W, 28-35-00N 080-27-00W,
> 28-34-00N 080-37-00W.
> B. IN AREA BOUND BY
> 31-21-00N 077-35-00W, 31-50-00N 077-13-00W,
> 32-06-00N 076-31-00W, 31-58-00N 076-24-00W,
> 31-28-00N 076-54-00W, 31-11-00N 077-26-00W.
> C. IN AREA BETWEEN
> 47-58-35N 46-35-21N AND 051-18-33W 049-30-08W.
> D. IN AREA BETWEEN
> 53-01-57N 51-30-47N AND 011-50-53W 011-
> 
> 
> 
> This inferred that the area off the coast of Ireland could be a late 
> abort zone for capsule recovery should the mission fail just prior to 
> orbit insertion.
> The Space X capsule does not of course have the luxury of being able to 
> glide down to a safe
> airfield , as did the shuttle , so in the event of a late abort it looks 
> like the eastern Atlantic could come into play.
> 
> This seems to be confirmed by a statement here.....
> 
> 
> "If required, thrusters on the Crew Dragon or Starliner spacecraft would 
> fire after an abort to ensure the capsule lands within about 300 miles 
> of eastern Canada or Ireland, NASA officials told CBS News. "
> 
> https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/01/16/s ... e-teams/
> 
> 
> Despite enquiries to a number of agencies , Space X , NASA etc , over 
> the last three weeks , unusually , no one has got back to me regarding 
> the arrangements for late abort recovery.
> This is obviously an important part of the launch campaign/contingency.
> 
> I wonder if anyone on list has any idea as to what arrangements have 
> been made to deploy a SAR/recovery team to the eastern Atlantic in case 
> of need.
> 
> The launch campaign starts around the 22nd , with lift  off on
> May 27th.
> 
> 
> Thanks and best wishes
> 
> John

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