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Weather 60% "go" for Thurs. launch of Falcon 9, #X37B from KSC; window not specified. #Irma not a factor (yet).
https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/904724331242115072
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #22 on: 09/05/2017 07:27 PM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF


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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #23 on: 09/05/2017 07:29 PM »
And looks like we have some NOTAMS at last. Closure appears to be (unless I have misread this) 13:20 to 18:55 UTC (09:20-14:55 local) so presumably the launch window will fall within that time.

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A1445/17 - EROP X4542 ATTENTION AIRLINE DISPATCHERS, SOME OPS APPEAR TO BE USING THE NOTAM BEGINNING TIME TO START FILING ROUTES AROUND THE LAUNCH OPS. LAUNCH HAZARD AREA TIMES IN THE NOTAM ARE ALT SPECIFIC AND DO NOT AFFECT ALL OPS. THIS NOTAM CONTAINS A BREAKDOWN OF THE TIMES FOR PRE-LAUNCH AND LAUNCH CLOSURES. THE FOLLOWING IS IN USE FOR A MISSILE LAUNCH/SPLASH DOWN. DURING THESE TIMES KZMA ARTCC/OAC, ZJX ARTCC AND KZNY ARTCC/OAC WILL NOT APPROVE IFR FLT WI 45NM OF THE AFFECTED OCEANIC STNR AIRSPACE RESERVATIONS WEST OF 6000W, 50NM BTN 6000W AND 5500W, AND 60NM EAST OF 5500W END PART 1 OF 5. SEE TEXT, 07 SEP 11:50 2017 UNTIL 07 SEP 18:55 2017. CREATED: 05 SEP 19:05 2017

A1445/17 - OR WI AFFECTED WARNING AREA . EFF: 1709071150-1709071855 W497A WEST OF 80 WEST, SFC-5000FT MSL EFF: 1709071150-1709071855 CAPE ATCAA, SFC-FL180 EFF: 1709071320-1709071855 R2933, 5000FT MSL-UNL EFF: 1709071320-1709071855 R2934, SFC-UNL EFF: 1709071350-1709071855 LAUNCH HAZARD AREA A WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 2826N08037W TO 2850N08043W TO 3020N07842W TO 2909N07801W TO 2820N08012W TO POINT OF ORIGIN, SFC-UNL. LAUNCH HAZARD AREA B WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 3020N07842W TO 3151N07617W TO 3043N07539W TO 2909N07801W TO POINT OF ORIGIN. SFC-UNL. THESE AREAS ENCOMPASSE R2932, R2933, R2934, AND PORTIONS OF W497A/B, W137F/G, W138E, W139E/F, W140C/D/E/F AND W141. END PART 2 OF 5. SEE TEXT, 07 SEP 11:50 2017 UNTIL 07 SEP 18:55 2017. CREATED: 05 SEP 19:05 2017

A1445/17 - IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, ALL NONPARTICIPATING PILOTS ARE STRONGLY ADZ TO AVOID THE ABOVE AREAS, EXC AS NOTED BELOW FOR FLT PLAN FILING PURPOSES. THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT WI KZMA AND KZNY FIRS. ALL TRAFFIC REGARDLESS OF ALT MUST BE ESTIMATED TO CLEAR OCEANIC ALT RESERVATIONS (ALTRV(S)) AT OR BEFORE 1709071345. KZNY REQUEST ACFT CERTIFIED FOR RNP 4/10 FILE ROUTES TO AVOID HAZARD AREAS B BY 25NM, AND NON CRTFY RNP 4/10 ACFT AVOID AREAS B BY 45NM DURING THE HAZARD PERIOD 1709071350-1709071855Z. THE FOLLOWING ROUTES WILL BE IMPACTED: AR3, AR4, AR5, AR6, AR7, AR12, AR15, AR16, AR17, AR18, AR19, AR21, AR22, AR23, AR24, AR25, G446, L375, L435, L451, L463, M201, M202, M203, M326 AND Y585. HIBAC TRANS SHIFTY STAR CLSD. FOR FLTS FILED OVER OMN ON THE FOLLOWING STARS: FISEL/GISSH/FRWAY/CAYSL EXPECT A REROUTE VIA END PART 3 OF 5. SEE TEXT, 07 SEP 11:50 2017 UNTIL 07 SEP 18:55 2017. CREATED: 05 SEP 19:05 2017

A1445/17 - OMN J79 TRV AND TRV TRANSITION. REROUTES FOR "AR" ROUTES WILL BE CONTAINED IN FAA ATC COMMAND CENTER ADVISORY. BECAUSE OF THE INDEFINITE OPENING TIME, SOME AIRLINE OPS ARE REROUTING FLTS UNNECESSARILY. EXCEPTING THE KZNY REQUEST ABOVE ALL FLTS WITH ROUTES THAT WOULD NORMALLY TRANSIT THROUGH OCEANIC OP AREAS DURING OP WINDOW 1709071350-1709071855 SHOULD FILE THEIR NORMAL ROUTE BUT PLAN ON RECEIVING REROUTE FROM ATC. KZMA WILL REROUTE ONLY THOSE FLTS NECESSARY TO CLEAR THE AFFECTED AREAS WHILE IN USE. EXPECT THE FOLLOWING INTL REROUTES: Y585 OMN J79 TRV CVIKK Y585 AND REVERSE. FOR FLTS THAT HAVE NOT FILED AROUND OCEANIC HAZARD AREAS TRANSITING FM MIAMI/SAN JUAN FIR TO NEW YORK EXPECT THE FOLLOWING INTL REROUTES: G446 NB: RENAH Y585 CVIKK TRV ORL CRG SB: O/OMN J79 TRV CVIKK Y585 RENAH END PART 4 OF 5. SEE TEXT, 07 SEP 11:50 2017 UNTIL 07 SEP 18:55 2017. CREATED: 05 SEP 19:05 2017

A1445/17 - L375 CLOSED L435 CLOSED L451 CLOSED L463 AFTER DASST USE G446 REROUTE. M201 CLOSED M202 CLOSED M203 EXPECT M326 CLOSED Y585 OMN J79 TRV CVIKK AND REVERSE. SFC - SEE TEXT END PART 5 OF 5, SEE TEXT, 07 SEP 11:50 2017 UNTIL 07 SEP 18:55 2017. CREATED: 05 SEP 19:05 2017

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!FDC 7/6524 (KZJX A1444/17) ZJX FL..AIRSPACE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE OPERATIONS AREA, FL..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION 91.143 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR 91.143), FLIGHT OPERATIONS CONDUCTED BY FAA CERTIFICATED PILOTS OR CONDUCTED IN ACFT OF U.S. REGISTRY ARE PROHIBITED AT ANY ALT FROM THE SURFACE TO FL180, WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 285116N 804219W TO 290730N 803000W THENCE CLOCKWISE VIA A 30 NAUTICAL MILE ARC CENTERED AT 283703N 803647W TO 281330N 801600W TO 282501N 803029W TO 282501N 803759W TO 282501N 804144W TO 283121N 804349W TO 283801N 804701W TO 284910N 805044W TO 285116N 804714W TO 285116N 804219W. MIAMI CENTER, PHONE 305 716 1589, IS THE COORDINATING FAA FACILITY AND MAY BE CONTACTED FOR THE CURRENT STATUS OF ANY AIRSPACE ASSOCIATED WITH LAUNCH OPS. THIS AREA ENCOMPASSES R2932, R2933, R2934, AND PORTIONS OF W497A, W136F, W137F AND W137G. ADDITIONAL WARNING AND RESTRICTED AREAS WILL BE ACTIVE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPS. PILOTS SHALL CONSULT ALL NOTAMS REGARDING THIS OPERATION. 1709071320-1709071855.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #24 on: 09/05/2017 07:35 PM »
And looks like we have some NOTAMS at last. Closure appears to be (unless I have misread this) 13:50 to 18:55 UTC (09:50-14:55 local) so presumably the launch window will fall within that time. ...
AFAIK, there are a few COLA's in the launch window.
« Last Edit: 09/05/2017 07:42 PM by russianhalo117 »

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OTV-5 in fairing, Falcon Heavy's center core, a booster on the right with an apparent interstage, and some glamour shots of LC-39A and the IF at night. Amazing video, thanks for posting. I am assuming that Military Materials is a military contractor of some sort, given the access they had to make that video.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #26 on: 09/05/2017 09:23 PM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF


OTV-5 in fairing, Falcon Heavy's center core, a booster on the right with an apparent interstage, and some glamour shots of LC-39A and the IF at night. Amazing video, thanks for posting. I am assuming that Military Materials is a military contractor of some sort, given the access they had to make that video.
Nope: Its a really new military photo group:
https://www.facebook.com/Military-Material-1341979542582245/
https://twitter.com/MilitaryPhotos2

No clue if MM shot the video themselves or they illegally ripped content another organization/agency.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #28 on: 09/05/2017 10:12 PM »
OTV-5 Launch Hazard Areas visualization, based on NOTAM#: A1445/17 with estimated groundtrack.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #29 on: 09/06/2017 12:23 AM »
45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.2 hrs · (Facebook)

PATRICK AFB, CCAFS, JDMTA IN HURRICANE CONDITION V

The 45th Space Wing has entered Hurricane Condition V (HURCON V) and is currently taking actions to secure property in the event #HurricaneIrma nears Space Coast facilities. HURCON V normally indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph (50 knots) could arrive within 96 hours; however, so that we can begin prepatory actions while still supporting a launch operation on Thursday we have declared HURCON 5 early.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #31 on: 09/06/2017 01:22 PM »
Well, launch is after 9:20am that's for sure, since the media arrives at that time at the viewing area according to the latest SpaceX e-mail to media....



Schedule of OTV-5 Media Activities:

Below is an overview of the activities SpaceX has planned for media in support of the upcoming OTV-5 launch.

9:20 a.m.  – The media bus arrives at NASA Causeway areas “G” and “H”.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 2017: UPDATES
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 No change in Falcon launch forecast; odds better (60% go) early in window opening at 9:50am ET Thurs. at KSC's pad 39A:  #x37b #otv5
https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/905417797785853952
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #35 on: 09/06/2017 04:39 PM »
More launch window details attached:

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SpaceX issues #OTV5 / #X37B sonic boom advisory ahead of Thursday's #Falcon9 launch from KSC. Weather still 50/50.

https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/905465370298986497


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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #37 on: 09/06/2017 09:07 PM »
45th Space Wing Facebook

Team Patrick, Cape & JDMTA

I wanted to take a minute to update everyone on the steps we are taking to prepare for Hurricane Irma. Late yesterday I initiated HURCON 5 for our installations. earlier than required according to the "book answer" but I wanted stay ahead of this storm. This morning I also stood up our Crisis Action Team, bringing together our wing command team and our mission partners so we could review our plans for the storm and the preparation steps we've taken thus far. And don't forget, even while we're preparing for the coming storm we still have a Falcon 9 to launch tomorrow carrying the X-37B. If for any reason we cannot launch tomorrow we will reevaluate whether or not we can still support another attempt on Friday.

Stay safe and communicate.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #38 on: 09/06/2017 09:40 PM »
Press kit.

Launch window opens 09:50 EDT, closes 14:55 EDT (13:50 - 18:55 GMT)
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
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HYDROPAC 3033/2017 (GEN) 

WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.
SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS SPACE DEBRIS
   071754Z TO 072226Z SEP, ALTERNATE
   081754Z TO 082226Z AUG IN AREA BOUND BY
   51-00S 077-10E, 44-44S 160-09E,
   58-59S 161-33E, 65-20S 078-27E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 082326Z SEP 17.

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