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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #20 on: 03/24/2006 07:56 AM »
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SimonShuttle - 24/3/2006  9:32 AM

They like to cause some drama, as there's nothing updated on the SpaceX site since about 30 hours ago....and we're about 12 hours to the opening of the window.
As the saying goes: "No news is good news".
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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #21 on: 03/24/2006 10:35 AM »
It's getting a lot of news coverage in the UK.

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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #22 on: 03/24/2006 12:25 PM »
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DaveS - 24/3/2006  2:56 AM

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SimonShuttle - 24/3/2006  9:32 AM

They like to cause some drama, as there's nothing updated on the SpaceX site since about 30 hours ago....and we're about 12 hours to the opening of the window.
As the saying goes: "No news is good news".

True, but patience is a virtue I don't have in abundance :)

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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #23 on: 03/24/2006 01:23 PM »
T minus seven hours and still no news of postponing, nice. Is the weather at Kwaj going to co-operate?

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We're going to start weather radar image updates from 5pm UK (midday Eastern).

And we're asking now on the video feed status.

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We'll take a weather check now, as a template:


Current Conditions
Temp: 80.8F (27.1C)
Humidity: 76%
Dew Point: 72.7F (22.6C)
Wind: NE at 15 MPH
Sky: overcast


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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #26 on: 03/24/2006 03:35 PM »
Looks like today and tomorrow will not be their only chance this weekend according to Space.com....

"But SpaceX officials have told SPACE.com that Falcon 1's launch window has been extended by three days - to March 28 - to allow additional time for system and engine checks.

The window has been extended to the 28th over the weekend so we felt no need to rush to launch and want to be diligent in all analysis," SpaceX spokesperson Dianne Molina told SPACE.com."

In anticipation of this, I have 7 tabs in my web browser open for updates on this launch, with more ready if a video feed becomes availible.

This forum (of course first and foremost)
Kwajalein Atoll Blog - http://kwajrockets.blogspot.com/
Spaceflight Now Mission Status Center - http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon/f1/status.html
SpaceX's updates page - http://www.spacex.com/updates.php
Space.com's Next Launch page (where I learned the March 28 window) - http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/next_launch.html
NASA Watch (normally wouldn't think of going here, but it did have some of the first information on the static fires) - http://www.nasawatch.com
Out of the Cradle (not sure about this one, learned of it on Slashdot yesterday) - http://www.outofthecradle.net/
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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #27 on: 03/24/2006 03:52 PM »
This site's got the best coverage on this, as the others are text updates.

Here you can join in, it updates faster, has images, and more people from the experience off the previous live launch events, so spread the word around the other sites.

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SpaceX: "We will be issuing more information shortly." - on the video webcast.

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Time remaining to launch, 3hrs 45 mins.

Weather: Data 15 minutes old:

Current Conditions
Temp: 79.9F (26.6C)
Humidity: 78%
Dew Point: 72.5F (22.5C)
Wind: ENE at 15 MPH
Sky: mostly cloudy

Latest weather images (delayed). Will update when the next data is available.

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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #30 on: 03/24/2006 04:36 PM »
Do we know if they are going ahead with this launch today? There's been nothing on their official site if this is the case.

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Do we know if they are going ahead with this launch today? There's been nothing on their official site if this is the case.

Yes. SpaceX are "very excited" - as from a communication with them 30 minutes ago.

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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #32 on: 03/24/2006 04:40 PM »
What's the LCC for the weather for Falcon 1 now again? I remember that they were pretty restrictive.
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What's the LCC for the weather for Falcon 1 now again? I remember that they were pretty restrictive.

No precipitation.
Surface winds less than 22 knot gusts.
No lightning potential within 10 miles.

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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #34 on: 03/24/2006 04:48 PM »
OK, thanks for posting them! I hope that the weather will cooperate.
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Latest weather imagary (updated):


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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #36 on: 03/24/2006 04:52 PM »
Looks like the skies are clearing.

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Winds are coming down a bit. Coming up to 3 hours prior to opening of the launch window:

Current Conditions
Temp: 79.9F (26.6C)
Humidity: 80%
Dew Point: 73.2F (22.9C)
Wind: NE at 14 MPH
Sky: mostly cloudy
Weather: showers in the vicinity

Latest radar update:

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RE: LIVE: SpaceX/Falcon 1 - 23rd March: launch coverage thread
« Reply #38 on: 03/24/2006 05:10 PM »
I get the feeling the video webcast might be like the media teleconference (for media only). Any way we can bump the webcast to the masses?

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James Lowe - 24/3/2006  6:10 PM

I get the feeling the video webcast might be like the media teleconference (for media only). Any way we can bump the webcast to the masses?

That offer was made on the first launch attempt, but they didn't have a webcast, period. They claim they do this time, but won't say if it's media only or for the public yet, but that they'll be informing us shortly. As soon as I know, I'll post it.

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