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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #680 on: 01/18/2009 05:47 PM »
Nice pictures of Delta IV Heavy rocket launch

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #681 on: 01/18/2009 07:02 PM »
Any news on whether spacecraft separation has occurred?

None, and I'm wondering if there will be any official statements to that effect. 

There is this today - a press release from PWR. 

http://sev.prnewswire.com/aerospace-defense/20090118/NESU00218012009-1.html

It says that "The upper-stage RL10B-2 helped place the satellite into orbit."  I suspect that PWR wouldn't have issued this if something had gone wrong with the RS-68 or RL10B-2 engines on this flight.

The release also states that "This was the 716th launch of a Delta vehicle under Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's power."  Not strictly correct, of course, (there have only been 328 Thor-based Delta and 9 Delta IV launches) but it was the 716th flight of a Thor IRBM, Thor SLV, Thor-derived Delta, Thor-derived NASDA "N" or "H-1", or Delta IV. 

ULA is saying that it will not provide any further updates beyond the "successful liftoff" notice.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #682 on: 01/18/2009 07:05 PM »
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4-Heavy_NRO_L-26_10.JPG

Is the jiggle (about even with that blue star trail) wind shear, strap-on jettison or ground jiggle?
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #683 on: 01/18/2009 07:08 PM »
as long as the culture doesn't become Titan-ic between now and then.
"Titanic culture"?  What's that saying about "Glass Houses?"  ;)[/quote]

Touché.  I'm doing what I can, and Tuesday will be a new day at 3rd and E SW.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #684 on: 01/18/2009 07:20 PM »
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4-Heavy_NRO_L-26_10.JPG

Is the jiggle (about even with that blue star trail) wind shear, strap-on jettison or ground jiggle?

I'm guessing tripod vibrating due to wind or rocket rumble.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #685 on: 01/18/2009 08:09 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.

Definitely a great launch last night.  I'll try to post our video/pics that the rest of us have soon.
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #686 on: 01/19/2009 04:56 AM »
Would they release information if there had been a problem? The lack of any negative updates would suggest all went to plan. Understand why the Americans don't release details, glad we got the coverage we were allowed.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #687 on: 01/19/2009 04:49 PM »
Would they release information if there had been a problem? The lack of any negative updates would suggest all went to plan. Understand why the Americans don't release details, glad we got the coverage we were allowed.

They'll release what their customer allows. Got to respect that, and I know you do.

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #688 on: 01/19/2009 05:48 PM »
You won't see anything official. Check out this site, they observe sats, even in GEO:

http://satobs.org/

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #689 on: 01/19/2009 07:08 PM »
ULA have now put up a "highlights video" of the launch on their homepage:
www.ulalaunch.com

Not bad!  :)
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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #690 on: 05/21/2009 08:22 PM »

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #691 on: 05/21/2009 08:31 PM »
Here is another wow.

http://www.i-ota.net/DeltaIVa071110/ 
Thanks, Jim.  Doesn't look cold at all.  :)

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Re: LIVE: Delta IV Heavy: NRO L-26 - Jan 17, 09
« Reply #692 on: 05/21/2009 09:22 PM »
Here is another wow.

http://www.i-ota.net/DeltaIVa071110/ 

Amazing panoramas, very high-res! I particularly enjoyed the LRO composite, I'd never seen a fairing so close to "real life", with perspective and people around to give idea of its size. It almost appears as if you were in the clean room!

Thanks for the links. Is that NASATech site a new outreach official site, or just amateur?
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