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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #40 on: 09/06/2017 10:53 PM »
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Visiting #SpaceX's Falcon 9 that will launch the classified Air Force X-37B space plane tomorrow. Window is 9:50 to 14:55 ET. LZ-1 landing.

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/905550802797948928

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #41 on: 09/06/2017 10:59 PM »
Press kit.

Launch window opens 09:50 EDT, closes 14:55 EDT (13:50 - 18:55 GMT)

SpaceX's patch from the press kit attached.

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Feature article by William Graham!

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/09/spacex-first-x-37b-launch-falcon-9/

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #43 on: 09/07/2017 01:16 AM »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #44 on: 09/07/2017 02:01 AM »
SFN stream is back from the test pattern(although you can barely see anything, are the lights off because it's "classified" or something?):

http://original.livestream.com/spaceflightnow
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #45 on: 09/07/2017 02:49 AM »
Sharks

As we reach the end of the day, I wanted to give you a quick update on where things currently stand. As we continue preparing for Hurricane Irma, we are also continuing with tomorrow’s launch operations for the X-37B on board a Falcon 9--our “window” opens at 10 a.m. While we focus on our mission and work to protect our base assets we must also make sure we are taking care of each other and preparing our homes and families for the pending storm.

With that in mind, I am working closely with state and county officials and have an open and ongoing dialogue regarding the storm's progress and whether an evacuation order will become necessary.

In the meantime; stay safe, be ready, take care of your families...we are GO for launch!

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #46 on: 09/07/2017 06:02 AM »
Closer shot by Robin Seemangal:

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#SpaceX Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A. Loaded atop is the classified X-37B spaceplane built by Boeing Phantom Works for the USAF

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/905629392617000960

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Three hours until the opening of the window. Likely to be about three opportunities in the window, based on F9 recycle and launch requirements, I was told.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #48 on: 09/07/2017 11:05 AM »
Photo from updated SpaceX website homepage

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #49 on: 09/07/2017 12:37 PM »
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Tom McCool‏ @Cygnusx112 54s54 seconds ago

LC39A is 15 miles away and as you can see the weather looks beautiful at the moment. Let's light this #SpaceX candle! #OTV5 #X37B

https://twitter.com/Cygnusx112/status/905771493321256963

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #50 on: 09/07/2017 12:43 PM »
Weather is 50% go.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/905768404052611072

Falcon 9 and OTV-5 are vertical on Pad 39A Weather is 50% favorable for today’s ~5 launch window which opens at 9:50 a.m. EDT, 13:50 UTC.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #51 on: 09/07/2017 12:47 PM »
Webcast is saying live in 75 minutes. If that is when liftoff occurs, that would put launch at 14:00 UTC.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #52 on: 09/07/2017 12:56 PM »
If launch is at 14:00 UTC, then polling should be happening now at T-1 hour 3 minutes.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #53 on: 09/07/2017 01:00 PM »
Going by the Youtube countdown clock, fuelling should be starting now, at T-60 minutes. Haven't got any word confirming that though.
« Last Edit: 09/07/2017 01:26 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #54 on: 09/07/2017 01:04 PM »
I believe I see venting to the right side of the vehicle, confirming that fuelling has started.
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T-0 is indeed now top of the hour. (Window opens at 9:50 AM Eastern, but current T-0 is 10 mins in).

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #56 on: 09/07/2017 01:18 PM »
Some weather shots closer to 39A. I think the VAB is visible on the horizon in the first photo?

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Beautiful morning for @SpaceX #Falcon9 launch. #X37B #OTV5 @PortCanaveral @MyNews13 @Explorationtwr 9:50 am target liftoff

https://twitter.com/gpallone13/status/905780894916599809

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #57 on: 09/07/2017 01:20 PM »
T-40 minutes. LOX loading starts in five minutes.
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And they are go for LOX load at 25 mins past the hour.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : X-37B OTV-5 : September 7, 2017: UPDATES
« Reply #59 on: 09/07/2017 01:25 PM »
T-35 minutes. LOX loading should be starting now.
« Last Edit: 09/07/2017 01:25 PM by Chris Bergin »
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