The First SpaceX Payload Integration, FalconSAT-2 Goes to Kwaj

Abstract:

The FalconSAT-2 satellite, with SSTL SNAP core avionics, is the first satellite to be launched by the SpaceX Falcon-1 rocket. FS-2 was integrated to the Falcon LV on Kwajalean Atoll, Marshall Islands, in mid November by a team from the United States Air Force Academy. We will examine the Falcon payload processing, LV interface, logistics challenges, and launch facilities on Kwaj through the story of that launch campaign in pictures and a few words. This lecture describes the success story of that effort under challenging conditions and reviews what payloaders need to know about processing for the Falcon. It is an informative combination of technical review and travelogue.