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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #600 on: 04/18/2017 06:54 PM »
Did anyone watch the 360 stream?  It looked completely bogus to me, just a morphed view of the standard video rather than true wraparound 360.  Someone should ask about it at the presser.
Mine work near perfectly !
  Thanks, I finally found a working link, but the launch is interrupted right at ignition (10:55).  Anyone finds a working version please post!
 

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #601 on: 04/18/2017 06:56 PM »
1,200kg of vehicle hardware (water equipment, spare air conditioner, oxygen generation hardware, lighting, and EVA tools built by high schoolers).  These systems are being changed and tested on ISS before they're integrated on beyond LEO missions.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #602 on: 04/18/2017 06:58 PM »
Presser over.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #603 on: 04/18/2017 07:27 PM »
Finally, we can celebrate!

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Many congratulations to all concerned and yet another successful Atlas & ULA launch  :D

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #606 on: 04/18/2017 09:17 PM »
Obviously I'm late with this, but congrats to all involved on a fantastic launch.

And of course thank you to Mr. Diller for his years of service. He called the first rocket launch I can remember watching, and I am going to miss hearing his voice. Have a great retirement Mr. Diller!
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #607 on: 04/18/2017 09:36 PM »
Thanks, I finally found a working link, but the launch is interrupted right at ignition (10:55).  Anyone finds a working version please post!
 

Quote from: NASA TV
Thank you for the incredible interest from everyone all over the world looking to experience a rocket launch live in 360º. This is the first time that this has ever been attempted. While the 360º would have been a unique look at launch, we had some difficulties with today’s broadcast. [...] We will review today's 360º setup and endeavor to bring this new perspective of a rocket launch to everyone in the future.
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #608 on: 04/18/2017 10:49 PM »
April 18, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

RELEASE #041817

45th SW supports successful Atlas V OA-7 launch

By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported NASA’s successful launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here April 18 at 11:11 a.m. ET.

The Atlas V rocket is carrying Cygnus cargo vessel OA-7, the S.S. John Glenn, on the seventh operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program. Cygnus is used to carry crew supplies, spare equipment and scientific experiments to the ISS.

Glenn was selected as a Mercury astronaut in April 1959 and became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Friendship 7 capsule on Feb. 20, 1962. His flight helped to define America’s position in the space race and paved the way for America’s space program, from moon missions, to the space shuttle and the International Space Station. Glenn passed away Dec. 8, 2016.

The Atlas V OA-7 launch was the sixth major launch operation for the Eastern Range this year. Before any spacecraft can launch on the range, a combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the wing provide the mission assurance to ensure a safe and successful lift-off for range customers.

“John Glenn lived a life filled with firsts and broke barriers throughout his career, just like the tremendous men and women of the 45th Space Wing continue to do here daily,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and Launch Decision Authority for this mission. “I am proud of the integrated Space Coast team who worked together flawlessly to

make this launch a success. This mission once again clearly demonstrates the successful collaboration we have with our mission partners at NASA and ULA as we continue to shape the future of America's space operations, and serve as the ‘World’s Premier Gateway to Space.’”

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #609 on: 04/18/2017 10:52 PM »
April 18, 2017
RELEASE 17-029

NASA Space Station Cargo Launches aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission
 
 
The International Space Station will be capable of dozens of new scientific investigations from NASA and around the world when Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft delivers more than 7,600 pounds of cargo Saturday, April 22.

Orbital ATK’s seventh cargo delivery flight to the station launched at 11:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Expedition 51 astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Peggy Whitson of NASA will use the space station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus, about 6:05 a.m. Saturday. The spacecraft will remain at the space station until July before its destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, disposing of several thousand pounds of trash.

This is the fourth flight of an enhanced Cygnus spacecraft, and the third using the Atlas V launch system. The spacecraft for this mission is named in honor of John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. Glenn, who died in December at age 95, was one of NASA's original seven astronauts and a retired U.S. Senator from Ohio.

The mission, which is under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, will support dozens of new and existing investigations as Expeditions 51 and 52 contribute to approximately 250 science and research studies.

Highlights from the new experiments will include studies on cancer-fighting drugs, crystal growth and atmospheric reentry.

In microgravity, cancer cells grow in 3-D, spheroid structures that closely resemble their form in the human body, enabling better tests for drug the efficacy. The ADCs in Microgravity investigation tests drugs designed as targeted cancer therapies called antibody-drug conjugates, developed by Oncolinx. These conjugates combine an immune-activating drug with antibodies and target only cancer cells, which could potentially increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduce side-effects. Results from this investigation could help inform treatments for cancer patients and provide insight into how microgravity affects a drug’s performance.

The Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules (SUBSA) investigation originally was operated successfully aboard the station in 2002. Updated software, data acquisition, high definition video and communication interfaces will help advance understanding of the processes involved in semiconductor crystal growth. Investigations such as the CLYC Crystal Growth experiment will be conducted in the SUBSA Furnace and inserts. High-quality crystals are essential to a variety of applications, and a microgravity environment can produce better quality crystals. CLYC crystals grown aboard station can help researchers understand the exact conditions needed to produce the highest-quality, defect-free crystals.

The Thermal Protection Material Flight Test and Reentry Data Collection (RED-Data2) investigation studies a new type of recording device that rides alongside a spacecraft as it reenters Earth’s atmosphere, recording data about the extreme conditions it encounters. Scientists, so far, have been unable to monitor those conditions on a large scale, and a better understanding could lead to more accurate spacecraft breakup predictions, better spacecraft designs, and materials capable of better resisting the extreme heat and pressure during the return to Earth.

For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Learn more about Orbital ATK's mission at:

https://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk

Keep up with the International Space Station, and its research and crews, at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter:

http://instagram.com/iss

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http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station


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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #610 on: 04/18/2017 10:53 PM »
Orbital ATK's Cygnus Successfully Launched on Seventh Cargo Delivery Mission to International Space Station

“S.S. John Glenn” Operating as Planned Early in Mission

Spacecraft to Arrive at Space Station on April 22

Dulles, Virginia 18 April 2017 – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle with approximately 7,600 pounds (3,450 kilograms) of cargo as well as 38 cubesats, many built by university students, which will be deployed directly from either the space station or the spacecraft in the coming months. The Atlas V rocket lifted off at 11:11 a.m. (EDT) today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch marks the company’s seventh operational cargo resupply mission (OA-7) for NASA under its Commercial Resupply Services-1 (CRS-1) contract. The spacecraft, named the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the late astronaut, will also become the third Cygnus to conduct scientific experiments following its departure from the station.

“Today’s successful launch reflects the remarkable efforts of our Orbital ATK team which has now delivered its fourth Cygnus to the space station in little over a year from two different launch locations,” said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. “We are also pleased that Cygnus will once again display its versatility as an in-orbit science platform for conducting experiments and payload operations for key customers. Finally, congratulations to NASA, ULA and Orbital ATK for their shared teamwork in commemorating a champion of human spaceflight through the S.S. John Glenn. We are proud to dedicate this mission to John and his family.”

Following a 21-minute ascent, the S.S. John Glenn was successfully deployed into its intended orbit. Orbital ATK’s engineering team confirmed that reliable communications have been established and that the vehicle’s solar arrays are fully deployed, providing the necessary electrical power to operate the spacecraft.

Cygnus will be grappled the morning of April 22 and remain attached to the space station for approximately three months before departing with roughly 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of disposable cargo for a safe, destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Cygnus’ large-volume and pressurized disposal cargo capability, a critical service to NASA, is unique among America’s commercial cargo providers.

For this mission, Cygnus is carrying a variety of essential items including food, clothing, crew supplies, spare parts, laboratory equipment and scientific experiments. Among the cargo that will be delivered are four powered, mid-deck lockers. Resembling freezers, these lockers receive power from Cygnus in order to maintain a constant internal temperature after they are loaded into the pressurized cargo module. Each locker will carry critical science experiments for the crew.

Once Cygnus departs the space station, the spacecraft will execute three secondary OA-7 missions.  Cygnus will carry the Saffire-III payload experiment to study the behavior of a large fire in microgravity onboard the spacecraft. Data from this experiment will be downloaded via telemetry to researchers on the ground. In addition, a NanoRacks deployer will release four cubesats used for weather monitoring and global ship tracking. The final experiment will use three Reentry Data Collection Flight Recorders to provide crucial data about the extreme conditions a spacecraft encounters when reentering the Earth’s atmosphere. This specific experiment will also test the performance of different heat shield materials that may be used on future U.S.  space missions.

The Cygnus system consists of a common service module and pressurized cargo module. The service module was built and tested at Orbital ATK’s manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. The enhanced Cygnus also uses Orbital ATK’s UltraFlex™ solar arrays, which are the latest in lightweight, space-qualified, electrical power technology. Orbital ATK manufactured the arrays and composite structures at its Goleta and San Diego, California, facilities, and the propellant tanks for the Cygnus spacecraft at its Commerce, California, site.

Orbital ATK’s composite structures and retro motors also supported today’s launch of the ULA Atlas V rocket. The company manufactured a 10-foot diameter composite heat shield for the launch vehicle, using advanced fiber placement manufacturing techniques at its Iuka, Mississippi facility. The Elkton, Maryland facility contributed eight Orbital ATK retro motors, providing thrust for separation of the spent first stage.

Pending NASA’s specific cargo needs, Orbital ATK is prepared to launch two additional CRS missions scheduled this year that will launch aboard the company’s Antares rockets from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Beginning in 2019, Orbital ATK will conduct a minimum of six initial cargo missions under NASA’s CRS-2 contract.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #611 on: 04/18/2017 11:41 PM »
Some launch photos from ULA.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #612 on: 04/19/2017 12:27 AM »
Congrats on another successful launch for ULA. 

ULA sets the bar for launch cadence year after year and now they are setting the bar for post-launch video highlights.  Maybe some other launch companies can take notice, that this is how you do a post-launch video.   

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #613 on: 04/19/2017 01:00 AM »
Not really sure where to ask this, so I"ll ask it here:

According to Space Flight Now, the next United Launch Alliance mission isn't until August 3rd, an Atlas V with TDRS M. Does ULA really not have any launches planned until then? Seems like a long gap in between launches.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #614 on: 04/19/2017 01:38 AM »
Not really sure where to ask this, so I"ll ask it here:

According to Space Flight Now, the next United Launch Alliance mission isn't until August 3rd, an Atlas V with TDRS M. Does ULA really not have any launches planned until then? Seems like a long gap in between launches.

L-42 used to be in June.  AEHF-4 and SBIRS-4 have slipped multiple times, from late last year to late this year.

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Congrats on another successful launch for ULA. 

ULA sets the bar for launch cadence year after year and now they are setting the bar for post-launch video highlights.  Maybe some other launch companies can take notice, that this is how you do a post-launch video.   



Wow, that was exceptionally well done!

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #616 on: 04/19/2017 09:05 AM »
Full replay of broadcast.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
« Reply #617 on: 04/20/2017 11:50 PM »
Congratulations to ULA and Orbital/ATL on a successful launch.  At T-0, I was flying at 34,000 feet, over North Carolina and heading northeast, and had planned ahead with a seat on the right side of the aircraft. After the report of liftoff here, I spent the next 10 minutes urgently searching the horizon and skies east of me for a glint of the second stage. The first stage burn is typically your best chance to spot it, but that was going to be too far back to my right.  Alas, nothing was spotted.  That's OK, I'm  glad it was just me :)

Just watched back the "Virtual Reality" webcast. It wasn't as I expected because right around main engine start, there was a jumpcut to around 28 seconds after launch.

Indeed, this was a big FAIL.   At the moment of launch, the camera (or feed) failed for 28 seconds. You hear 3...2...1 and then it jumps to 28 seconds later, rocket vanished, so you obviously miss the money shot of the rocket lifting off. OK, I guess they'll try to improve that next time!  They did have all the digital plumbing in place, now they just need to strap it down tight ...
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Cygnus CRS OA-7 - April 18, 2017 - Launch
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