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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #660 on: 01/18/2009 05:42 AM »
Chris, I don't think "Damn!" is the phrase for it.. but to keep it PG rated, we'll go with that.  ;)

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #661 on: 01/18/2009 05:54 AM »
She's like an actress. Temperamental, fiery (literally!), doesn't always show up on time, and you don't always know what she's going to do next. But when she does her thing, everyone sits up and takes notice.  ;D

That photo is really spectacular. You get a sense of the sheer power of the thing. I can't wait for some different angles.
« Last Edit: 01/18/2009 05:55 AM by Nick L. »
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #662 on: 01/18/2009 06:23 AM »
Damn! :o

By Pat Corkery, ULA.

Click it to enlarge, sit back, and nod in approval.

I'm assuming that image comes from a remote camera set up before hand? Or is it a still from an HD video camera?

Great to watch the launch live (via webcast), especially when there are others nearby to share the experience.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #663 on: 01/18/2009 08:41 AM »
Wow that looked like one great launch! Congrats to ULA and everyone that made this launch (finally) possible!

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #664 on: 01/18/2009 11:49 AM »
Damn! :o

By Pat Corkery, ULA.

Click it to enlarge, sit back, and nod in approval.

Great picture.  I noticed the charring from the fireball is not nearly so bad as on other flights.  Maybe that is just a function of the breeze direction at launch time?
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #665 on: 01/18/2009 11:52 AM »
It sure was cold waiting out there at the cruise terminals waiting for them to light the fuze.  Beautiful launch, though.
It was OK for the first cutoff, but the wind picked up a little after that where I was.  Regardless, the launch was definitely worth the wait.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #666 on: 01/18/2009 02:17 PM »
Great shot! Thank you, Chris.


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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #667 on: 01/18/2009 02:31 PM »
It sure was cold waiting out there at the cruise terminals waiting for them to light the fuze.  Beautiful launch, though.

Did you take any photos of the launch last night?

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #668 on: 01/18/2009 02:31 PM »
Damn! :o

By Pat Corkery, ULA.

Click it to enlarge, sit back, and nod in approval.

BIG NOD  :)

THANK YOU PAT CORKERY!

Wow. Love those mach diamonds.
Question: Would that be an injector issue with the right engine? Running a little lean or rich perhaps? Just slightly brighter in the exhaust plume than the other two engines.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #669 on: 01/18/2009 02:33 PM »
Any news on whether spacecraft separation has occurred?

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #670 on: 01/18/2009 02:47 PM »
It seemed to take forever for the D IV-heavy to clear the tower this time... Are there any examples of rockets which clear the tower any slower? The Shuttle seems to jump off the pad in comparison...

Saturn V

Absolutely, Jim...the one Saturn 5 launch I was lucky enough to witness (Apollo 15) was from south of the complex by CCAFS Gate 1.
I remember very clearly how long it took to actually clear the exhaust plume that obstructed the vehicle upon ignition.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #671 on: 01/18/2009 03:05 PM »
It sure was cold waiting out there at the cruise terminals waiting for them to light the fuze.  Beautiful launch, though.

Did you take any photos of the launch last night?

No, my little point-and-shoot wouldn't focus on the rocket.  next time, I hope to get some good pics with my new camera, especially if I can figure out how to connect it to my 100mm, 60x, spotting scope.  I'm going to work on that at this week's birding festival at Titusville BCC campus (when I'm not working with the panthers, alligators, snakes, etc.).


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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #672 on: 01/18/2009 04:59 PM »

Question: Would that be an injector issue with the right engine? Running a little lean or rich perhaps? Just slightly brighter in the exhaust plume than the other two engines.

Just a little streaking by the ablative nozzle

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #673 on: 01/18/2009 05:10 PM »

Question: Would that be an injector issue with the right engine? Running a little lean or rich perhaps? Just slightly brighter in the exhaust plume than the other two engines.

Just a little streaking by the ablative nozzle

Thanks Jim, oh wise one.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #674 on: 01/18/2009 05:11 PM »
great launch exept the holds and the epic fal launch team eating chips and dip, but its all good times..... ;)
Its not possible.....

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #675 on: 01/18/2009 05:19 PM »
It sure was cold waiting out there at the cruise terminals waiting for them to light the fuze.  Beautiful launch, though.

Did you take any photos of the launch last night?

Not sure if you've seen these but Ben got some really good shots of the launch:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4-Heavy_NRO_L-26.html

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #676 on: 01/18/2009 05:25 PM »
It sure was cold waiting out there at the cruise terminals waiting for them to light the fuze.  Beautiful launch, though.

Did you take any photos of the launch last night?

Not sure if you've seen these but Ben got some really good shots of the launch:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4-Heavy_NRO_L-26.html

Thanks...I did see those...awesome photos!

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #677 on: 01/18/2009 05:31 PM »
Saw this launch with psloss and SEDS-UCF and a whole bunch of other people from Kars Park about 7-miles from the pad. It was every bit worth the three delays and cold temperatures. The sound was INCREDIBLE. Almost indescribable. I'm working on getting some pics available from the video I took, which ended up being a little better that I thought it would be given the auto-focus of my camera.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #678 on: 01/18/2009 05:32 PM »
I like this one:

http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4-Heavy_NRO_L-26_10.JPG

I remember when I first saw that timelapse (dunno if that's the correct term, or is it over exposure? - anyway) type of photo with a shuttle launch in the 80s and it was the first time I realized (as a kid) that they didn't "go straight up" ;D


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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #679 on: 01/18/2009 05:44 PM »
I like this one:

http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4-Heavy_NRO_L-26_10.JPG

I remember when I first saw that timelapse (dunno if that's the correct term, or is it over exposure? - anyway) type of photo with a shuttle launch in the 80s and it was the first time I realized (as a kid) that they didn't "go straight up" ;D



long exposure or time lapse; definitely not overexposure.

It's a beauty of a shot. :) Nice arc.
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