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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 13, 09
« Reply #140 on: 01/14/2009 01:12 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

Your 'Mentor'  sats are the ones I still call 'Advanced ORION' because I haven't seen convincing sources tie the MENTOR name to them. They are a continuation of the MAGNUM program under another name:
   RHYOLITE = AQUACADE  = MAGNUM = ORION = (?MENTOR)
 
Your 'Prowler' sats, I strongly doubt PROWLER is the right name for USA-184/200, but maybe you have a source that knows b etter. In any case, these sats are in the same series as TRUMPET (although a new generation of that series)
  JUMPSEAT = TRUMPET = (?Advanced TRUMPET)

And of course MERCURY is the series of GEO sigints whose earlier names were
    CANYON = CHALET = VORTEX = MERCURY

There are generation/block changes within these programs, but they don't necessarily coincide with the changes in BYEMAN-style codename, which happen e.g. whenever we outsiders figure one out.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #141 on: 01/14/2009 03:06 PM »
USA-67 is a GEO SDS.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #142 on: 01/14/2009 05:10 PM »
When does the webcast start?

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #143 on: 01/14/2009 05:20 PM »
When does the webcast start?

25 minutes before launch
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #144 on: 01/14/2009 05:35 PM »
Looking good for this evening!

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #145 on: 01/14/2009 05:58 PM »
I'm going to drive down and watch this launch. Will take photos :)

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #146 on: 01/14/2009 06:10 PM »
I'm going to drive down and watch this launch. Will take photos :)

Same here. Managed to get some tickets. ;) I'll be taking a video of this launch.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #147 on: 01/14/2009 06:22 PM »
We could set up a seperate thread for images and video if needs be!

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #148 on: 01/14/2009 06:26 PM »
From ULA, here's an image of today's Delta IV Heavy, sporting Delta No. 337 on the Delta logo.  It has some different fairing details near the base of the fairing, compared to the last Heavy.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #149 on: 01/14/2009 06:44 PM »
According to Spaceflight Now, the technicians are working on a gaseous nitrogen valve issue. Estimating 30 minutes to work the issue, and then 1 hour to clear the pad before fueling can begin.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #150 on: 01/14/2009 08:02 PM »
Does anyone know what scanner frequency might work tonight to listen to the final minutes of the launch countdown?

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #151 on: 01/14/2009 08:46 PM »
We still haven't started fueling yet?
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #152 on: 01/14/2009 09:09 PM »
Another shot of the vehicle:

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #153 on: 01/14/2009 09:14 PM »
Latest updates saying they are still trying to fix gaseous nitrogen relief valve. Still hope to launch tonight.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #154 on: 01/14/2009 09:16 PM »
They're still trying to fix the Gaseous nitrogen Relief valve, but SpaceFlightNow indicates that they are going to start fueling.
Link, http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d337/status.html
Official's are going to look in to a new launch time later tonight.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #155 on: 01/14/2009 09:26 PM »
Launch team has now completed radio frequency link Checks.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #156 on: 01/14/2009 09:35 PM »
They're still trying to fix the Gaseous nitrogen Relief valve, but SpaceFlightNow indicates that they are going to start fueling.
Link, http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d337/status.html
Official's are going to look in to a new launch time later tonight.

I don't read the article the same way - sounds like they're going to wait to fix the valve, not start fueling while it's still broken.  The launch time will be within the previously specified window.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #157 on: 01/14/2009 09:48 PM »
once they start fueling, how long does that take?  I'm planning to drive down to watch it...15 minute drive.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #158 on: 01/14/2009 09:51 PM »
My guess is they've used at least 2.5 hrs of the window.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 14, 09
« Reply #159 on: 01/14/2009 09:52 PM »
once they start fueling, how long does that take?  I'm planning to drive down to watch it...15 minute drive.
Between 3 and 4 hours is my guess.
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