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Offline BruceM

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #280 on: 05/01/2017 05:31 PM »
Congratulations to everyone involved in this fabulous launch including all the great coverage!
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Seems like every launch is the best ever and this was no exception.  Seeing the live ground camera coverage of the S1 separation followed immediately by those N2 jets flipping the sage around (seemed almost to be too quick -- I was on the edge of my seat!!!).  But of course those SX engineers know all about this stuff (now) and they had it perfectly timed.  The live video of flipping the S1 was superb!!!  Then to be able to watch the boost back burn and  the whole return flight all the way back to sticking the landing in the center of the bulls eye.
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All I can say is...  It can't get any better than this... but I'll tune in again next launch and find out how it somehow always does.   Wow.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #281 on: 05/01/2017 05:48 PM »
Here is stabilized shot of Stage 1 turning around. (Download large mov. file for best result)
« Last Edit: 05/01/2017 05:49 PM by Jdeshetler »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #282 on: 05/01/2017 06:01 PM »
Best footage yet.  Just fantasic.  Congratz SpaceX and all involved.
Final payload orbit confirmed at -.---**- <Transmission lost> :)

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #283 on: 05/01/2017 06:28 PM »
Congrats SpaceX!

Loved how you could see the stage flying nose first at a steep AoA to extend the glide back to the landing site.

It also appeared that the engine shutdown are primarily responsible for the dirt on the stage. Smoky!

Too bad the onboard camera got a bit smudgy just before the final landing burn.

My four year old loved watching this with me.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #284 on: 05/01/2017 06:40 PM »
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #285 on: 05/01/2017 07:56 PM »
The payload has now been catalogued as USA 276.

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USSTRATCOM has catalogued the following objects from NROL-76.

2017-022A  42689  USA 276
2017-022B  42690  FALCON 9 R/B

 http://satobs.org/seesat/May-2017/0010.html

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #286 on: 05/01/2017 08:06 PM »
Congratulations to Mr. E. Musk, your vision is a dream.

As for the camera operators that taped the 1st stage coming back, I believe they are robotic ones, that can track the stage automatically or with minimal human input.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #287 on: 05/01/2017 09:07 PM »
Don't think this has been posted, NRO press release attached confirming successful launch.

Release includes:

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“Thanks to the SpaceX team for the great ride, and for the terrific teamwork and commitment they demonstrated throughout. They were an integral part of our government/industry team for this mission, and proved themselves to be a great partner,” said Betty Sapp, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #288 on: 05/01/2017 09:09 PM »
Congratulations to SpaceX for once again making it look easy. Unfortunately I was at work during the launch, but fortunately that job was teaching physics, so I figured this was relevant enough, and put it on the projector.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #289 on: 05/01/2017 09:59 PM »
More SpaceX launch photos.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #290 on: 05/01/2017 10:01 PM »
Congratulations from the USAF Chief of Staff:

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Glad I could see this in person. Congrats to all involved! @NatReconOfc @SpaceX @45thSpaceWing @NASAKennedy @AFSpace patrick.af.mil/News/Article-D…

https://twitter.com/gendavegoldfein/status/859065684671815684

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #291 on: 05/01/2017 11:00 PM »
Congrats to all the teams involved !

The footage of the separation, boostback and reentry from the ground was just breathtaking !
How can a landing become boring if you continue to provide stuff like that ?!?

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #292 on: 05/02/2017 02:11 AM »
Incredible! That looked more sc-fi than an actual sci-fi movie!

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #293 on: 05/02/2017 04:25 AM »
Elon posted an instagram video containing a few new angles (and better views of other angles)  :o

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjVdLVB1bO/

(Mp4 video attached)

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #294 on: 05/02/2017 07:52 AM »
We've come a long way from reconstructing the landing footage of CRS-3, haven't we? :)

Congratulations to SpaceX on their first DoD flight and for a spectacular depiction of how our robot overlords will soon invade us. I, for one, welcome more simulations.
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Post launch article, looking to the next launches - includes an "Easter Egg" on a demo conducted after NROL-76 release.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/05/spacex-launch-cadence-new-goals/

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #296 on: 05/24/2017 03:53 AM »
Tweet from Jonathan McDowell
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Congrats to Leo Barhorst for locating the secret NRO sat launched by SpaceX on May 1 in a 400 km, 50 deg orbit (http://satobs.org )

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #297 on: 05/24/2017 09:58 AM »
Btw. Seesat archive http://www.satobs.org/seesat/May-2017/index.html

Leo Barhorst's announcement: http://www.satobs.org/seesat/May-2017/0108.html

Ted Molczan's derived TLE: http://www.satobs.org/seesat/May-2017/0112.html

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The following elements are derived from Leo Barhorst's observations of early 2017 May 24 UTC:

USA 276                                                  398 X 401 km
1 42689U 17022A   17144.06548369  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    02
2 42689  49.9572 164.5366 0001907 186.7642 173.3300 15.56136012    06
Arc 20170524.02-0524.08 WRMS resid 0.044 totl 0.009 xtrk

The arc is short, so this solution is approximate, but it should be adequate to reacquire the object tonight and
tomorrow.

Ted Molczan
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #298 on: 05/24/2017 01:38 PM »
And what does this tell us as regards Mr Molczan's prior predictions?
This is the UPDATES thread. Take your question to the DISCUSSION thread please. Thank you.
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - May 1, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #299 on: 05/25/2017 04:34 PM »
Interesting article on how Ted Molczan & Leo Barhorst tracked down NROL-76 and resulting additional thoughts on it's purpose from SFN:

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/05/24/observers-spot-top-secret-satellite-launched-by-spacex-earlier-this-month/


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