Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 2 (June 25, 2017) : UPDATES  (Read 76614 times)

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Funky music just turned on.
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Some funky music to start the day.
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From Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, SpaceX and YouTube present live coverage of the second Falcon 9 launch in two days this weekend. This time, ten brand-new Iridium-NEXT satellites will be flown to Low Earth Orbit.
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Today's commentator is John Insprucker.

Pretty foggy outside.
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We're at T-14 minutes and counting.
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Webcast has started. A bit foggy.
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This will be the fourth usage of SLC-4E by SpaceX's Falcon 9.
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Looking at a live view from "Just Read the Instructions".
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T-13 minutes.
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Very marginal weather for the drone ship.

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T-12 minutes. ASDS and vehicle 36.
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The strongback will be 77.5 degrees away from the rocket at liftoff, unlike LC-39A's version.
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T-11 minutes. Not working any issues.
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T-10 minutes. In about three minutes, engine chilldown should start.

The Iridium-NEXT satellites are on internal power.
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T-10 minutes. Ship has moved out of keep out zone.
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Today's launch window is instantaneous, meaning that if a hold is called, a 24-hour turnaround initiates.
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T-9 minutes. One second window.
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Showing interview with Matt Desch.
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