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ULA Atlas V - Mars Science Laboratory - Launch Day Updates
« Reply #420 on: 11/29/2011 03:20 PM »
Do we have a site yet to track it outbound ? thanks.

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Found something of interest in the Atlas V MSL mission booklet (production & Launch overview). 

Noticed: West Palm Beach Fl as the PW RL-10 Engine Fabrication location.

Just wondered if anyone knows anything about this site, been there etc?


What about it?

You have visited the PW company?   Did they give you a tour?
 

No, I know about it and I know people who have been there.

I've heard that it can be VERY LOUD there!

 - Ed Kyle

Might be good for an L2 History request then, has to have an interesting timeline.

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Found something of interest in the Atlas V MSL mission booklet (production & Launch overview). 

Noticed: West Palm Beach Fl as the PW RL-10 Engine Fabrication location.

Just wondered if anyone knows anything about this site, been there etc?


What about it?

You have visited the PW company?   Did they give you a tour?
 

No, I know about it and I know people who have been there.

I've heard that it can be VERY LOUD there!

 - Ed Kyle

Might be good for an L2 History request then, has to have an interesting timeline.


It has to first exist before requesting it.   L2 doesn't create documents.  If one does exist, then there has to be someone from PWR on L2 to send it.   It is like the US gov't FIOA process. 

Online Chris Bergin

We do have PWR folks on L2, so we can see what we can do via one of the "Shopping List" channels on L2.

Anyhoo. Last few hours for this thread, before we switch to the spacecraft thread for following MSL to Mars!

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Here is a short video of the launch. Sorry I didnt follow it, photos come first!  ;)

"http://www.youtube.com/v/ueBZ-OH11pU?version=3&hl=en_US
« Last Edit: 11/29/2011 06:42 PM by Walter S »

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One question I keep thinking about is the EDL portion.  Based on some posts, it sounds like the software is still being worked on for that phase.  At what point do they say "ok, it's good enough for launch, we'll work out the rest on the way"?  I assume it must be mostly ready to go.  You wouldn't want to risk not having it ready in time.  Anyone have any insight on that?

Somebody posted this over in the Fobos-Grunt thread. It discusses your question.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av028/111128cruise/


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Prober, I found some stuff just with a simple Google search.  Start there and save questions on NSF for stuff you can't find.
If I like something on NSF, it's probably because I know it to be accurate.  Every once in a while, it's just something I agree with.  Facts generally receive the former.

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Re: ULA Atlas V - Mars Science Laboratory - Launch Day Updates
« Reply #428 on: 11/30/2011 07:23 AM »
Do we have a site yet to track it outbound ? thanks.

It occured to me last night to check here:  http://www.dmuller.net/spaceflight/realtime.php?mission=msl&mode=scet

[EDIT] At time of edit, this website hadn't been updated with actual launch date.
« Last Edit: 11/30/2011 12:44 PM by Celebrimbor »

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Re: ULA Atlas V - Mars Science Laboratory - Launch Day Updates
« Reply #429 on: 11/30/2011 07:31 AM »
Do we have a site yet to track it outbound ? thanks.

MSL was added to http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes/index.html

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Re: ULA Atlas V - Mars Science Laboratory - Launch Day Updates
« Reply #430 on: 12/01/2011 08:33 PM »
Do we have a site yet to track it outbound ? thanks.

MSL Launch event photos mostly MSL but there are a few photos from the tour and events. Launch day photos from OSB-II 5th floor. First launch ever!!! Spectacular.

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STATUS REPORT: ELV-120211

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-541 (AV-028)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex-41
Launch Date: Nov. 26, 2011
Launch Time: 10:02 a.m. EST

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover was launched
successfully aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Nov.
26. The official liftoff time from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station was 10:02:00.211 a.m. EST.

The Atlas booster stage, four solid rocket boosters and Centaur upper
stage all performed well. Spacecraft separation from the Centaur
occurred 44 minutes after launch, sending the spacecraft on a
trajectory toward Mars. The cruise phase will last approximately 8
1/2 months. Arrival on the surface of the Red Planet is in August
2012.

Curiosity has 10 science instruments to search for evidence about
whether Mars has had environments favorable for microbial life,
including the chemical ingredients for life. The unique rover will
use a laser to look inside rocks and release the gasses so that its
spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth.

This is the final Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report.

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Significant activities posted 01 Dec 2011:

a) The first course correction was not required.
b) Thrusters were fired slowing the spin rate.
c) There's an issue with the star tracker that triggered a safe mode condition.
d) The spacecraft is cruising without the star tracker until the controllers get it working properly.
e) Solar power and communications are AOK

http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av028/111201noburn.html

---  CHAS

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My video of launch taken from the roof of the VAB:





Also up on Universe Today:
http://www.universetoday.com/91473/bringing-you-there-atlas-v-with-curiosity-rover-thunders-to-mars/

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My video of launch taken from the roof of the VAB:





Also up on Universe Today:
http://www.universetoday.com/91473/bringing-you-there-atlas-v-with-curiosity-rover-thunders-to-mars/
I absolutely love how the engine sound slowly makes its' way to your position. Fan-freakin-tastic! Thank you for sharing.
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My video of launch taken from the roof of the VAB:





Also up on Universe Today:
http://www.universetoday.com/91473/bringing-you-there-atlas-v-with-curiosity-rover-thunders-to-mars/

Wow that is fantastic you really captured it! That is just what it felt, and sounded like (almost looked like) from OSB II. thank you.

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My video of launch taken from the roof of the VAB:


Very nice, thanks for sharing!
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