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Re: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26
« Reply #120 on: 01/10/2009 06:29 PM »
Yes EST.

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Re: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26
« Reply #121 on: 01/10/2009 06:57 PM »
I think so. I assume the timing of the webcast end is due to the classified payload?

Yes, they did the same on the last two NRO launches.

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Re: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26
« Reply #122 on: 01/11/2009 10:06 PM »

Depends on the time. It's the first day of classes for me but if the launch is early enough or late enough, I'll be there.

Class? It's a launch, definitely worth skipping school for.

My current plans are to either to go to that one NASA park by the river with some people I know, else just watch off of 528.  Either way, this sure should be a great launch (esp. at night).
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Re: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26
« Reply #123 on: 01/11/2009 10:24 PM »
What can be deduced about the payload and its mission if the launch time is announced now, 24 hours prior to liftoff or not announced at all?

Do the Russians still send 'trawlers' out to monitor the launches?

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Re: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26
« Reply #124 on: 01/11/2009 10:36 PM »
ULA PAO Mike update again:

Hi, just letting you know we are still processing towards a Jan. 13 launch.  The next update will come tomorrow at 4 p.m. EST when we announce the exact launch time.  As a reminder, here are the media op times for Tuesday. Thanks, Mike

 

1)       Remote camera set up/MST rollback:  Please meet at the old Space Florida parking lot at the front of Cape Canaveral AFS Jan. 13, 0745 for escort.  We’ll arrive at the pad at 0815 and depart at 1015.  The MST will rollback during this time so you can see the rocket.

2)       Launch viewing:  The meet time for media who need to be escorted to the KSC press site for the launch is Jan. 13, 6:15 p.m.  We will meet at the new KSC Pass and ID badging station near the KSC visitor complex on SR 405. Those media who are already KSC badged can proceed directly to the press site. 

 

Other Notes:  The launch broadcast will begin 25 minutes prior to T-0 and end just after payload fairing separation, approximately 8-10 minutes into the flight. It will also be simulcast on the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com.  The satellite coordinates are below:

 

Carrier: INTELSAT

Satellite: GALAXY 28C

Transponder - GAL28C-15

Orbital Position: 89 DEGREES WEST

Band: C

Bandwidth: 36.00 MHZ

Uplink Frequency: 6225.0000 Horizontal

Downlink Frequency: 4000.0000 Vertical

 

NOTE: SPLIT AUDIO

Complete Broadcast Audio on 6.8 MHz subcarrier (Right Channel Audio)

Rocket Blast-off / PAD ONLY audio 6.2  MHz subcarrier (Left Channel Audio)



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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #126 on: 01/12/2009 08:05 PM »
ULA PAO:

"Good afternoon, the launch T-0 for tomorrow’s launch is 7:49 p.m. EST with a four hour launch window. The launch broadcast and web simulcast will begin at 7:25 p.m. EST.  I attached the official launch forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday as well. A 60% chance of weather violation for Tuesday, but only 10% for Wednesday. Here is a reminder of tomorrow’s schedule of events.  Thanks, Mike."

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #127 on: 01/13/2009 03:57 AM »
Maybe a little too early, but here is the link to the webcast:

http://vyvxlivewm.fplive.net/vyvxlive-live/vyvxula011309_300
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #128 on: 01/13/2009 09:07 AM »
Spaceflight Now is reporting this mission uses a 3-burn upperstage profile as did the two flights before. This strongly indicates a GEO mission. The long launch window indicates GEO too. So most likely a big SIGNIT/ELINT, like the two different types launched by Titan 4. Probably a (improved?) "leftover", as discussed before.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #129 on: 01/13/2009 10:29 AM »
Spaceflight Now is reporting this mission uses a 3-burn upperstage profile as did the two flights before. This strongly indicates a GEO mission. The long launch window indicates GEO too. So most likely a big SIGNIT/ELINT, like the two different types launched by Titan 4. Probably a (improved?) "leftover", as discussed before.

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I still maintain that the leftover is more likely to be a Lacrosse on L-15. I think this is the first "Intruder" (IOSA) integrated ELINT/COMINT. There have been some news articles listing this as the "most expensive" NRO satellite programme ever (I don't know how reliable that is - isn't the budget classified), which would suggest it is something new.

Quite a lot of recent NRO high-orbit ELINT satellites seem to operate in threes (three Mentors, three Mercurys (including the failed one), three Trumpets (assuming 184 and 200 are Prowler), three Magnums, etc.)

Of course, it could be a replacement for the failed Mercury, but I still think it is more likely to be a new programme.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #130 on: 01/13/2009 11:51 AM »

Quite a lot of recent NRO high-orbit ELINT satellites seem to operate in threes (three Mentors, three Mercurys (including the failed one), three Trumpets (assuming 184 and 200 are Prowler), three Magnums, etc.)


You are repeating programs.  The some of the names you listed describe the same program

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #131 on: 01/13/2009 12:05 PM »
According of Spaceflight Now scrub for today. Next attempt tomorrow after 24 hours.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #132 on: 01/13/2009 12:16 PM »
We should drop the term "leftover", it generates confusion. And yes, I am guilty of using it.

I wouldn't be surprised if the GEO and Molniya orbit satellites are the same design and program, specifically the only ones which used the 86 Titan Centaur shroud (Trumpet and Mercury).

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #133 on: 01/13/2009 12:20 PM »
Will T-0 be 7:49 p.m. on Wednesday, the 14th?

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #134 on: 01/13/2009 12:32 PM »
Going to be a long day with rollout of Discovery at 4am ;)

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #135 on: 01/13/2009 01:50 PM »
ULA PAO Mike:

"Good morning, an official statement from the NRO is in the work; however, we are delaying the NROL-26 Delta IV heavy launch 24 hours until Jan. 14.  We’ll issue the new launch time later today no later than 4 p.m. It will still occur between the unclassified launch period of 7 p.m. – midnight. All of the media ops for tomorrow remain at the same times.  More to come. Thanks, Mike."

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #136 on: 01/13/2009 05:47 PM »

Quite a lot of recent NRO high-orbit ELINT satellites seem to operate in threes (three Mentors, three Mercurys (including the failed one), three Trumpets (assuming 184 and 200 are Prowler), three Magnums, etc.)


You are repeating programs.  The some of the names you listed describe the same program

Which ones? I've got them all down as separate programmes?
Magnum: USA-8/48/67
Trumpet: USA-103/112/136
Mercury: USA-105/108/FTO
Mentor: USA-110/139/171
Prowler: USA-184/200/TBD

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #137 on: 01/13/2009 05:58 PM »
Good afternoon, here is the launch forecast for tomorrow along with the official launch delay release if you have not seen it. Thanks, Mike

 

Launch Day Forecast:

 

Probability of violating weather constraints: 10% --

 

Primary Concerns:  Ground level (54 ft) winds --

 

24-Hour Delay Forecast:

 

Probability of violating weather constraints: 30% --

 

Primary Concerns:  Ground level (54 ft) winds --

 

 

Synoptic Discussion:  The front that stalled to the south of Cape Canaveral yesterday returned back over the area as a warm front this

morning.  An upper level trough will enter the Southeast US this evening, pushing the surface front though Central Florida again as a

cold front.  The front will cause thick layered clouds, precipitation, and windy conditions early this evening.  This weather will clear

overnight, and high pressure will build in from the west, bringing favorable weather for launch Wednesday evening.   There is only a slight

concern for a violation of the ground wind (54 ft) Launch Commit Criteria.


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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #138 on: 01/13/2009 05:58 PM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DELAY OF DELTA IV-HEAVY LAUNCH
 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – The launch of a National Reconnaissance Office payload aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy scheduled for 7:49 p.m. tonight from Space Launch Complex 37 has been delayed 24 hours.

During final walk down inspections, some minor damage to the spray-on foam insulation for the interstage doors was discovered.  This insulation will be repaired prior to flight, but the work will not be completed in time to support the roll of the mobile service tower as planned for today.

The new launch time is now set for Jan. 14, 7:45 p.m. EST.

Media representatives interested in covering the launch from the Kennedy Space Center News Center must report to the parking lot at the new KSC Badging Station next to the KSC Visitor’s Complex on State Road #405 on January 14, at 6:15 pm for badging and escort.  Media with a permanent KSC badge will not require an escort and should drive directly to the KSC News Center, which is the press site for this launch.


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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #139 on: 01/14/2009 12:42 PM »
Can't wait to go see tonight's launch.  It's a little chilly today in Florida but shouldn't be too bad come time for launch.
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