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Title: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 11:44 AM
LIVE LAUNCH DAY THREAD FOR ANTARES A-ONE SECOND ATTEMPT.

T-0 is aiming for 5pm Eastern (9pm GMT, 10pm UK). Window will be 10-15 mins once the T-0 is confirmed.

Please note the difference between this thread and the other threads. This thread should be UPDATES ONLY. Posts that are not will be deleted without notice.

FIRST ATTEMPT - SCRUB:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31663.0

DISCUSSION THREAD (2):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31662.0

For everything else, here's the Party Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30923.0

Viewing Opportunities/Going to the Launch:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31517.0

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MAIN PRE-LAUNCH RESOURCES:

Orbital’s Antares closing in on debut launch following pad arrival:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/10/orbitals-antares-closing-debut-launch-pad-arrival/

Flight of the Antares – Orbital closing in on long-awaited debut:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/01/flight-antares-orbital-long-awaited-debut/

Hot fire success for Orbital’s Antares:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/02/hot-fire-success-orbitals-antares/

Stars align for Orbital's Antares – A-One debut set for mid-April:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/03/orbitals-antares-debut-a-one-mission-april/

Orbital’s Antares: An eye on the present and the future:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/04/orbitals-antares-eye-on-present-future/

LAUNCH DAY ARTICLE (ATTEMPT 1, SCRUB, ATTEMPT 2):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/04/orbital-antares-debut-launch-attempt/ 

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Previous pre-launch flow update thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30921.0

Orbital GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=46.0

Orbital (Antares/Cygnus) News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/antares/

L2 Antares/Cygnus Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=tags&tags=orbital
(Includes updates, videos, graphics, presentations and specific interactive posts with engineers etc.)

As always, stay on topic and use the correct threads.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 01:41 PM
Any confirmation of call-to-stations this morning?  Thanx.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 01:43 PM
Checklist was opened around 09:13, about the same time as Wed.  Working minor issue with the PPOD reply loopbacks, was cleared before the checklist was opened.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 01:46 PM
Early WX balloon run of the Overpressure safety criteria (which was marginal on Wed) was reported as "good."  It's the last balloon before launch that counts, though...
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 01:53 PM
WX Briefing in 6 minutes
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 02:04 PM
Checklist was opened around 09:13, about the same time as Wed.  Working minor issue with the PPOD reply loopbacks, was cleared before the checklist was opened.
Thank you, sir.  Good luck today.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: yg1968 on 04/20/2013 02:27 PM
Some images from today of Antares have been added to this set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/sets/72157633278343080/
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 02:27 PM
Just got WX briefing.  As far as basic constraints are concerned, the POV is 10% today and 35% tomorrow.  Problem with upper level (35K-40K) winds - unusually strong jet stream.  We are evaluating.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Lee Jay on 04/20/2013 02:31 PM
Antonio, your contributions are most gratefully appreciated!
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: jsmjr on 04/20/2013 02:40 PM
Just got WX briefing.  As far as basic constraints are concerned, the POV is 10% today and 35% tomorrow.  Problem with upper level (35K-40K) winds - unusually strong jet stream.  We are evaluating.

Yes, very appreciated.  POV is probability of violation [of constraints]?
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 02:57 PM
Yes.  But that's only the "hard" range criteria (including some that come from us.)  There are also the high-altitude winds, which are more of a qualitative call than hard values.

Our dilemma is the wind shear around 20K produced by the strong jet stream: the trajectory (we can choose from a small set sometime around T-45) that lowers the loads on the vehicle also bring us uncomfortably close to the North destruct line.  Paul Baumgartner and Tracy Chisholm are running trajectories as we speak. They will have to make a judgement call on the traj, and then Mission Director will have to make a go/no go call from that.

Oh, well, TANSTAAFL...
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 04/20/2013 03:33 PM
Recent reports from OSC at Twitter:

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1403Z)
#Antares The count pick up at T-8 hours has started.  The team is targeting the
opening of the window at 5 PM local, 2100 UTC.

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1409Z)
#Antares update: Voice checks are currently underway.

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1447Z)
The Red Team is leaving the pad. Range and Facility setup continues. Range Checks are in work. #Antares

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1508Z)
The engineering team is reviewing telemetry displays with simulated data. ECS operations at the pad are being verified. #Antares

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1518Z)
#Antares T-6 hours: Wx 90% go for launch time. Upper level winds are marginal based on earlier balloon data.

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1527Z)
Pre-pwr checks are complete. MACH Ethernet testing completed. Poll for sequencer start and warm helium charging has been completed. #Antares
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 04/20/2013 03:47 PM
Why a 7 minutes delay? COLA?

NASA Wallops ‏@NASA_Wallops
#Antares Launch is now scheduled for 5:07pm EDT.

EDIT: that delay has disappeared!  :o

NASA Wallops ‏@NASA_Wallops
Launch time correction. Launch time remains 5:00pm EDT.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 04/20/2013 04:10 PM
Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1604Z)
#Antares T-5 hours. We see blue sky peeking through the clouds. Still targeting 5pm EDT launch. Live coverage begins at 4:30 on NASA TV.

NASA Wallops ‏@NASA_Wallops (1605Z)
#Antares launch outlook is good with 90% chance of launch on time. Currently cloudy but expected to clear.

Satellite images showing the storm front almost clearing the East coast right now - should be bright and sunny at liftoff time.  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 04:25 PM
Satellite images showing the storm front almost clearing the East coast right now - should be bright and sunny at liftoff time.  ;D
antonioe's caveat (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31696.msg1041224#msg1041224) three posts earlier still applies.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 04/20/2013 04:37 PM
Satellite images showing the storm front almost clearing the East coast right now - should be bright and sunny at liftoff time.  ;D
antonioe's caveat (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31696.msg1041224#msg1041224) three posts earlier still applies.


Well it's not surprising that the jetstream is very strong behind such a big squall line (?) system... let's see what will happen by then.

Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Jester on 04/20/2013 04:38 PM
Live cam is up
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/stennisaj26-1/theater
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 04/20/2013 04:48 PM
Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1646Z)
#Antares T-4:15 Warm helium is flowing to the vehicle. Vehicle avionics power up on external power is complete.

Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1648Z)
#Antares launch is still taregeted for 5pm EDT. LN2 flow to the subcooler has begun. Payload ECS set temperature has been adjust up to 80F

My note: This is just amazing coverage provided by the Orbital PR team - never heard of such little details in the pre-launch timeline in any launch I have ever seen - not even Shuttle launches!  8)
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: BillyJoeBob on 04/20/2013 04:54 PM
Satellite images showing the storm front almost clearing the East coast right now - should be bright and sunny at liftoff time.  ;D
antonioe's caveat (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31696.msg1041224#msg1041224) three posts earlier still applies.


Well it's not surprising that the jetstream is very strong behind such a big squall line (?) system... let's see what will happen by then.



 :o Newbie warning alert!  :o

The Jet Stream looks strong over the launch site now.
http://images.intellicast.com/WxImages/JetStream/conus.jpg (http://images.intellicast.com/WxImages/JetStream/conus.jpg)

The surface winds map is here.
http://hint.fm/wind/ (http://hint.fm/wind/)

What are the limits on both surface winds and winds aloft that would prevent launch?  I know there are probably aircraft aloft giving ground controllers weather information up to say 40k ft...Are they also launching balloon after balloon to get upper atmosphere data?

Edit - Oh, another question:
I cannot find (yet) information on the weather briefing for this mission and a percentage given towards launch probability based upon weather, etc...  Does anyone have that info?

Getting ready to drive up there in an hour!

Thanks

Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Orbiter on 04/20/2013 04:54 PM
Satellite images showing the storm front almost clearing the East coast right now - should be bright and sunny at liftoff time.  ;D
antonioe's caveat (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31696.msg1041224#msg1041224) three posts earlier still applies.


Well it's not surprising that the jetstream is very strong behind such a big squall line (?) system... let's see what will happen by then.



Cold front.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 04/20/2013 04:57 PM
Orbital Sciences ‏@OrbitalSciences (1652Z)
The #Antares Red Team has completed adjustments at the pad and are on the way back to the stand by location.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Antares on 04/20/2013 05:05 PM
Winds aloft are never discrete limits for any vehicle.  There are day-of-launch calculations done to determine if a vehicle can steer through the wind shears without tumbling and without exceeding structural limits.  Theoretically, a strong-enough headwind could create enough additional drag that the vehicle could not make its performance targets.  That would be a very marginal case with a payload that needs every last pound of performance, or where another factor contributing to low performance would compound the problem and cause the mission to come up short.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 05:16 PM
L-5:30 balloon data showed us red on debris field (strong mid-alt southwesterlies) I wonder if we shouldn't delay to the latter part of the 2-hour window to let the mid-alt winds settle a bit... that could help the other issue, too.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 05:22 PM
Heh, sorry about the mod getting stressed. All posts are great in this thread. Many thanks to Antonio for his updates!

Weather is very related to the live launch thread.

Carry on :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: mtakala24 on 04/20/2013 05:29 PM
Yep, this isn't like the shuttle launches where the weather was far more complex, with RTLS, TAL and AOA conditions to contend with. And our own weather reporter. :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 05:48 PM
Beginning LOX loading system (line, etc.) chilldown.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 06:07 PM
Orbital:

T-3 hours: SIGI Alignment is complete. The poll to chill down the LOX commodity delivery system has been completed.

Antares System RF checks completed. Wking an issue w/payload S-Band link. All other links successfully completed range interface testing.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: jsmjr on 04/20/2013 06:16 PM
L-5:30 balloon data showed us red on debris field (strong mid-alt southwesterlies) I wonder if we shouldn't delay to the latter part of the 2-hour window to let the mid-alt winds settle a bit... that could help the other issue, too.

Am I right to recall that a decision to delay into the later part of the window must occur prior to LOX load (T-90)? Or is it at commencement of pre-chill (T-180)?

How is it implemented?  Extending a built-in hold?
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: jnc on 04/20/2013 06:27 PM
Beginning LOX loading system (line, etc.) chilldown.

Thanks ever so much for taking the time, during what must be a busy period, to update us all! It is really appreciated.

Noel
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 06:32 PM
Decision to launch at a nominal time other than the beginning of window must be made before beginning of propellant (RP and LOX) loading or L-1h30m.  After than, the variability is limited to +15m - 0m

No "built-in hold" - simply delay beginning of loading phase - everything else can wait with no adverse consequences.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: robertross on 04/20/2013 06:36 PM
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 07:04 PM
Range is trying to relocate some 40 or so people from the extreme south end of Assateague to clear additional people-free space because of the strong southwesterly winds... if they are successful, AND the FAA approves the new debris limit lines, we MIGHT be able to launch today...

If they do it, it would be the most awesome real-time reprogramming I've ever seen a range do...

I guess they will tell them that either they move back or the will NOT see a launch...
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 07:09 PM
Orbital:

Working w/the range to determine times that optimize our ability to get additional balloon data to resolve wx issues.

T-0 now 5:10EDT
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 07:11 PM
So to be clear, the T-0 is 21:10 ZULU (17:10 Eastern. 22:10 UK time).
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 07:15 PM
FAA won't approve a new range limit line today - not enough time to evaluate change ... maybe for tomorrow.  Nice try by Bill Wrobel and the Wallops range...
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 07:16 PM
Range is trying to relocate some 40 or so people from the extreme south end of Assateague to clear additional people-free space because of the strong southwesterly winds...

Everyone tweet this. The chance anyone is there who see it is small, but worth trying. You never know if it might help.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 07:17 PM
FAA won't approve a new range limit line today - not enough time to evaluate change ... maybe for tomorrow.  Nice try by Bill Wrobel and the Wallops range...

Is that a scrub?
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Prober on 04/20/2013 07:17 PM
Nice large one for you.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: jsmjr on 04/20/2013 07:17 PM
FAA won't approve a new range limit line today - not enough time to evaluate change ... maybe for tomorrow.  Nice try by Bill Wrobel and the Wallops range...

Is that a scrub?

Wondered same.  Maybe use up more of that 2 hour window?
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 07:25 PM
Here's plan: we moved T0 by 10 minutes (5:10 EDT) to allow us to evaluate the 3:30 EDT balloon debris field data - if OK we'll proceed to fueling.  If not, we will delay to 6:10 launch and repeat the eval at 4:30 for a 7:10 launch or scrub.  We're in the process of coordinating this with the balloon guys...
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 07:25 PM
Here's plan: we moved T0 by 10 minutes (5:10 EDT) to allow us to evaluate the 3:30 EDT balloon debris field data - if OK we'll proceed to fueling.  If not, we will delay to 6:10 launch and repeat the eval at 4:30 for a 7:10 launch or scrub.  We're in the process of coordinating this with the balloon guys...

Very good sir. Good luck!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: block51 on 04/20/2013 07:37 PM
Just heard 6:10 as new T0 from wallops plot on marine band 12.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 07:41 PM
Yup - red on debris.  Try for 6:10, make a decision around 4:40.  Altitude winds for tomorrow 20-25 knots lower than today... today was an extraordinary day for the 15K to 35K altitude range (105 to 120 knots - normal is more like 65 to 80 knots, and much fuirther from the pure west)
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 07:44 PM
And official note on the above:

Via NASA Wallops ‏@NASA_Wallops
After weather review, the Antares launch has been moved to 6:10pm EDT. We will remain in hold until one hour before launch.

T-0 now 22:10 ZULU (18:10 Eastern. 23:10 UK time).

NASA TV move their coverage to a 17:30pm Eastern start.
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 08:02 PM
Orbital:
Payload S-Band transmitter issue with the range has been resolved - all telemetry links are nominal
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 08:27 PM
Folks: not looking too good - winds are NOT trending (last few balloons right on top of each other) PLUS as we go into the window we use our LOX ... if we go to the 7:10 opportunity we may not have enough LOX to use the full two-hour window tomorrow ... Frank C. chewing on it... since tomorrow's challenge will be surface winds, we probably want the ENTIRE window tomorrow ...

Just got the Overpressure and Toxic evals from the last balloon - both green ... debris in a few minutes ...
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 08:29 PM
Debris red ... discussing ... we may scrub for the day
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 08:31 PM
Cleaning up ... see you tomorrow ... announcing scrub right now
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 08:34 PM
Unlucky! Thanks for the updates!
Title: Re: LIVE: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 08:34 PM
Cleaning up ... see you tomorrow ... announcing scrub right now
Appreciate the updates through the count...definitely will be tuning in tomorrow.

NASA TV ran a live shot for a few minutes...they may do an announcement soon.
 
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 08:35 PM
Nope, a banner.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Prober on 04/20/2013 08:35 PM
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 08:38 PM
Thread is now open for specific discussion relating to this attempt, because we'll have a new thread on Sunday.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 08:43 PM
Tomorrow POV 25% overall ... dominated by surface winds now forecasted for 12 to 17 knots form the SE ... altitude winds 20 tp 25 knots lower than today
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: antonioe on 04/20/2013 08:44 PM
Culbertson headed for press conference at 17:15 EDT
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Space Pete on 04/20/2013 08:52 PM
Booo! These are the first launches (well, attempts) I've ever watched from Wallops...and both times winds were creating issues. I'm no weather expert, so does Wallops being further North than KSC generally increase the chances of high winds (or bad weather in general)?
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: SoCalEric on 04/20/2013 08:53 PM
wait.... Scrub just because 40 people were too close? Not homes / wildlife sanctuaries,etc, but human tourists too close?  If so, wouldn't the initial allowed observation range have been set  further out from the get go?
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: jsmjr on 04/20/2013 09:03 PM
wait.... Scrub just because 40 people were too close? Not homes / wildlife sanctuaries,etc, but human tourists too close?  If so, wouldn't the initial allowed observation range have been set  further out from the get go?

It would be nice to have some clarification whether these were people who went closer than the perimeter set by the USFWS at Chincoteague NWR.  See http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31517.msg1039079#msg1039079
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 09:04 PM
wait.... Scrub just because 40 people were too close? Not homes / wildlife sanctuaries,etc, but human tourists too close?  If so, wouldn't the initial allowed observation range have been set  further out from the get go?
No, that had to do with an attempt to extend the range area based specifically on today's conditions.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: psloss on 04/20/2013 09:08 PM
Booo! These are the first launches (well, attempts) I've ever watched from Wallops...and both times winds were creating issues. I'm no weather expert, so does Wallops being further North than KSC generally increase the chances of high winds (or bad weather in general)?
No, just an unseasonable Winter cold front one month into (Northern Hemisphere) Spring.  Don't worry, lawyers here are already taking it up with Punxsutawney Phil.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: SoCalEric on 04/20/2013 09:10 PM
wait.... Scrub just because 40 people were too close? Not homes / wildlife sanctuaries,etc, but human tourists too close?  If so, wouldn't the initial allowed observation range have been set  further out from the get go?
No, that had to do with an attempt to extend the range area based specifically on today's conditions.


Right, but, probably just (understanably) simple lack of tourist history that _initial_ allowed observation range wasn't _already_ initailly set at the " 99.9% chance no problem" level vs, say merely some "99% chance no problem level", or such?

And, I guess FAA proper is official entity that decides. ?
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Jim on 04/20/2013 09:18 PM
wait.... Scrub just because 40 people were too close? Not homes / wildlife sanctuaries,etc, but human tourists too close?  If so, wouldn't the initial allowed observation range have been set  further out from the get go?
No, that had to do with an attempt to extend the range area based specifically on today's conditions.


Right, but, probably just (understanably) simple lack of tourist history that _initial_ allowed observation range wasn't _already_ initailly set at the " 99.9% chance no problem" level vs, say merely some "99% chance no problem level", or such?

And, I guess FAA proper is official entity that decides. ?

The range does.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: rdale on 04/20/2013 10:30 PM
so does Wallops being further North than KSC generally increase the chances of high winds (or bad weather in general)?

Well, not bad weather in general. Florida likes lightning ;)

But yes the jet stream is generally near if not overhead the Mid-Atlantic states, and the subtropical jet stream closer to Florida is not nearly as strong.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/20/2013 10:58 PM
ORBITAL RESCHEDULES NEW ANTARES ROCKET LAUNCH WINDOW 

– A-ONE Mission Team Working Toward an Attempt on Sunday, April 21 –

(Dulles, VA 20 April 2013) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that excessive, high-altitude wind speeds prevented the planned April 20 launch attempt of the Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

“Given the winds and wind direction, the debris requirement for the Range and Federal Aviation Administration could not be achieved today,” said Mr. Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s Executive Vice President and Mission Director for the Antares Test Flight. “This requirement keeps any potential debris from falling outside of a predefined area in the event of an anomaly. Flight requirements dictate that we stop the countdown and pick it up when the conditions improve.”

The next launch attempt is scheduled to take place no earlier than Sunday, April 21, with a window extending from 5 - 8 p.m. EDT. NASA TV and webcast launch coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT on www.NASA.gov.

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Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Lar on 04/20/2013 11:09 PM
Hard luck but a valiant effort! Thanks to OSC folk for the great updates, and good luck tomorrow.

edit: moved crazy question to party thread :)
Title: Re: SCRUB: Orbital Antares A-ONE LAUNCH ATTEMPT 2 UPDATE THREAD
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/21/2013 12:33 PM
Moving to Attempt 3 thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31704.0

Closing this one.