Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012  (Read 78182 times)

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LIVE COVERAGE Thread specific to the Static Fire on April 30.

All posts should be specific to this event, webcasted at SpaceX here:
http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php


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Specific Article for the Static Fire:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/05/falcon-9s-merlin-engines-for-may-7-target/

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #1 on: 04/29/2012 11:05 PM »
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=28586.msg891730#msg891730

Cross-post: Roll-out confirmed, the stack is vertical.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #2 on: 04/30/2012 07:48 AM »
7 hours 40 minutes remain until start of the webcast

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #3 on: 04/30/2012 08:04 AM »
7 hours 40 minutes remain until start of the webcast

Webcast is 14:30 ET (19:30 BST, 20:30 your local time).

I believe it's 03:04 ET as I type this, so 11 hours and 26 mins to start of webcast.

cheers, Martin
« Last Edit: 04/30/2012 08:05 AM by MP99 »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #4 on: 04/30/2012 12:42 PM »
Martin, Webcast is at 11:30 EDT
so 2 hours 49 minutes remaining...
http://new.livestream.com/accounts/142499/events/849384
« Last Edit: 04/30/2012 12:43 PM by Jester »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #5 on: 04/30/2012 12:52 PM »
Jester, that livestream page info is completely wrong. It's supposed to read 11:30 PT.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #6 on: 04/30/2012 12:57 PM »
The forecast has been changed, the thunderstorm predicted for the Cape Canaveral area has been changed to Mostly Cloudy with the sky clearing around 10am local time.
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #7 on: 04/30/2012 12:59 PM »
Jester, that livestream page info is completely wrong. It's supposed to read 11:30 PT.

How nice....thanks for the update....

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #8 on: 04/30/2012 01:03 PM »
6 hours to static fire
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #9 on: 04/30/2012 03:22 PM »
Do they fully fill the tanks for the static fire, or just put in the minimum to chill down everything and run the test?

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #10 on: 04/30/2012 03:36 PM »
Do they fully fill the tanks for the static fire, or just put in the minimum to chill down everything and run the test?

Full tanks, because that is the lift off conditions.  Even the second stage will be tanked and it doesn't fire.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #11 on: 04/30/2012 04:41 PM »
Do they fully fill the tanks for the static fire, or just put in the minimum to chill down everything and run the test?

Full tanks, because that is the lift off conditions.  Even the second stage will be tanked and it doesn't fire.
so probably the more appropriate question would be what are the differences, if any, between the static fire conditions and launch conditions, apart from the obvious (e.g. hold down mechanisms not set for release and engines set to cut-off after 2 seconds)?
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #13 on: 04/30/2012 05:41 PM »
Falcon 9′s Merlin engines hoping to spell success for May 7 target - includes content from William Graham:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/04/falcon-9s-merlin-engines-for-may-7-target/

"Attitude control for both stages will be provided by thrust vectoring; with four Draco thrusters augmenting this after the first stage has separated."

Wow, that's news to me, I thought this feature was a future upgrade. Is this the first flight with this capability?

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #14 on: 04/30/2012 05:46 PM »
Is that the US DeltaV pack in the planners guide?

Then it is not the same upper stage on flight three ;)
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #15 on: 04/30/2012 05:50 PM »
Can see weather briefing activity; no audio.
« Last Edit: 04/30/2012 05:52 PM by psloss »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #16 on: 04/30/2012 05:51 PM »
Not sure why they have a picture of the manned variant on the livestream page.
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #17 on: 04/30/2012 06:01 PM »
@NASAKennedy:
http://mobile.twitter.com/nasakennedy/status/197021417542385664

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SpaceX having no issues ahead of static firing. Falcon 9 rocket is fueled, strongback is retracted. Exercise is rehearsal, no launch today.


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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire - April 30, 2012
« Reply #19 on: 04/30/2012 06:05 PM »
Is that the US DeltaV pack in the planners guide?

Then it is not the same upper stage on flight three ;)

I would agree on both points, question is: why now?

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