Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 4 : December 22/23, 2017 - UPDATES  (Read 74419 times)

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T-73mins:  Fueling poll should be underway now.

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T-70mins.  Fueling should be underway at this point.

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Launch Director loop is QUIET - indicating all is proceeding well with the opening stages of fueling.

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T-1hr and COUNTING: Fueling of the Falcon 9 is proceeding smoothly at this time.  The LD loop remains quiet.

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Our precise liftoff time tonight is 17:27:34 PST (01:27:34 UTC).  It is an instantaneous launch window.

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"Stage RP-1 flow rates continue to be nominal" - Launch Director loop

RP-1 bleed on Stage 2 has started.
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RP-1 bleed on Stage 2 complete.  "Getting back into nominal RP-1 load now."

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Tonight will be the:
- 51st mission for SpaceX
- 46th Falcon 9 flight overall
- 47th Falcon 9 mission (Amos-6 doesn't count as a flight)
- 18th and FINAL Falcon 9 launch of 2017
- 5th Falcon 9 flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base of 2017.
« Last Edit: 12/22/2017 11:42 PM by ChrisGebhardt »

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Stage 1 and Stage 2 RP-1 flow rates "tracking nominally." - LD loop

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LD loop talking about changes to something with the helium.  Garbled transmission.  Didn't catch what it was.

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LD will be polling the team momentarily for any constraints that would prohibit the start of LOX load at T-35mins.

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LOX load has started.

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"ECS configured for Stage 1 LOX load." - LD loop

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Stage 1 LOX flow rate nominal.

Stage 1 cryonhelium load has started.

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Stage 2 cryo helium dump valve config in work.

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Interstage ECS is configured for Stage 2 LOX load.

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Weather team reports no current violation.  No expected violations.  100% go weather forecast right now.

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Stage 2 RP-1 fueling complete...

And in stable replenish.
« Last Edit: 12/23/2017 12:03 AM by ChrisGebhardt »

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Flight Proven funky music has started.
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