Author Topic: LIVE: Minotaur-1 - TacSat-3 - NET May 19, 09  (Read 80964 times)

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LIVE: Minotaur-1 - TacSat-3 - NET May 19, 09
« on: 04/13/2009 02:27 AM »
After some issues, seems that a launch is finally near:

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Lift off for Tactical Satellite-3 has been scheduled for May 5, 2009, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Wallops Island Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.

The program recently encountered challenges with some of the spacecraft's components, but the required repairs have been made and the system has been given the green light for its year-long experimental mission.

"Our program team never gave up, and establishment of the launch date serves as a testimony to their dedication, determination and duty to making TacSat-3's mission a success," said Dr. Thomas Cooley, TacSat-3 program manager. "Obviously, the project has much to do in these next few weeks leading up to lift off, but we now have a firm end date to get on orbit and begin the fun experiment phase."

Led by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate here, the less than 880-pound satellite, originated in 2004 to address military needs for responsible, flexible, and affordable spacecraft operating in the cosmos, consists of three innovative experiments: the Raytheon Company-built Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer hyperspectral imager, the Office of Naval Research's Satellite Communications Package, and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Avionics Experiment.

The trio of trials will provide real-time imagery (within 10 minutes of collection); sea-based information transmitted from ocean buoys; and plug-and-play avionics to advance the technology of rapid spacecraft integration and help enable the responsive space vision.

Program participants include the AFRL's Sensors Directorate, Dept. of Defense's Operationally Responsive Space office, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Development and Test Wing, Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and the Office of Naval Research.

http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123141387
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The launch will probably be covered on the MARS webcast:

http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/
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I wonder how close one can get to the launch pad for the launch. The visitors center is more than 7 miles from the pad. But there are several roads south of there that are much closer.  One from the town of Assawoman that ends less than 2 miles west of the pad according to Google earth. Will thar road be closed for the launch?

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Let me ask the folks at Wallops if they have an "official" spot for the general public to go to.  I guess you can always go to Chincoteague harbor...

I'm told that there is an extraordinary number of "official" visitors for this launch, mostly congressional pu... I mean, staffers, and that the Wallops PAO is trying to figure out what to do with all of them.

I'm going to try to sneak in myself.
« Last Edit: 04/14/2009 01:48 AM by antonioe »
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Wallops PAO is trying to figure out what to do with all of them.
How big is the flame trench? Can they use the stimulus money to rent enough folding chairs?
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Have to include this since I used to be in CAP:

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What do Civil Air Patrol planes have in common with Tactical Satellite-3?

Both utilize the same onboard processing.

Adapted for functionality in the cosmos for the upcoming TacSat-3 mission by Space  Computer Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate here and Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance system has been employed by the Civil Air Patrol for search and rescue, homeland security and disaster impact appraisal and aid operations.

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I wonder how close one can get to the launch pad for the launch. The visitors center is more than 7 miles from the pad. But there are several roads south of there that are much closer.  One from the town of Assawoman that ends less than 2 miles west of the pad according to Google earth. Will thar road be closed for the launch?

Don

From the Wallops TacSat-3 webpage (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/tacsat3.html):

"Viewing the Launch
The launch will be visible in the mid-Atlantic region. Locally, the NASA Visitor Center on Va. Route 175 and the beach at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague National Seashore will be open to view the launch."     


The above two (2) locations are the customary viewing sites.  If you check Google Earth, it will be seen the Assateague National Seashore offers a good viewing area.

Visitors up in Ocean City often watch from the ocean pier at the southern end of town although the launch site is some 60 miles distant.

The launch window is between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., EDT, on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, with back-up launch windows for the same time period on each successive day thereafter up through Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

Twitter launch schedule updates can be viewed at http://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops.

Launch updates are also available on radio station 760AM that has a five-mile broadcast range centered upon the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.

Launch updates are also available by telephone to 757.824.2050.




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5/6 is the requested launch day

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5/6 is the requested launch day

Is that 5/6 UTC 0000  ie:5/5 2000 EDT ?

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I think the GeneSat-2 in the topic title is in error.  The CubeSats listed on the Wallops web page are:  PharmaSat1, CP6 CubeSat, HawkSat-1, and AeroCube
(http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/tacsat3.html)

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http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/  is looking good for a webcast.

Will be moved for live coverage later.

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Will someone be recording the launch, as I will miss this :(

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Will someone be recording the launch, as I will miss this :(

Yep, we'll either have it on the free video section or youtube it.

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Weather still a 50/50 chance tomorrow, tornadoes right now in Virginia  :o

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Do we know if this launch is going to hug the east coast or go straight out to sea?
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Do we know if this launch is going to hug the east coast or go straight out to sea?

According to the tracking sites it appears it will be headed south east:

Two down-range tracking sites are supporting the TacSat-3
launch Coquina and Antigua. At Coquina, located on the
Outer Banks of North Carolina, Wallops deployed mobile ra-
dar, telemetry, and command systems.  The Coquina location
provides an alternative look angle at the vehicle during flight.
This angle is necessary when plume attenuates the RF signal
necessary to track the vehicle. Radar and telemetry systems at
Antigua will also track the vehicle as the spacecraft achieves
orbit.


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"The latest weather forecast shows an 85% probability of violating launch weather constraints. Countdown continues."

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T-6 hours and 45 minutes. Wallops crews are on station and beginning to test support equipment and systems

http://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops
« Last Edit: 05/05/2009 05:44 PM by Ronsmytheiii »
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