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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #60 on: 02/23/2009 05:42 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #61 on: 02/23/2009 07:44 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #62 on: 02/23/2009 08:18 PM »
Why is it on a pedestal, 20 feet off the ground?

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #63 on: 02/23/2009 08:24 PM »
Why is it on a pedestal, 20 feet off the ground?

The first stage, Castor 120 motor, is a derivative of the MX first stage.  The MX ignited in midair after being shot out the launch canister.  The pedestal eliminates a need for a blast deflector

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #64 on: 02/23/2009 08:27 PM »
Why is it on a pedestal, 20 feet off the ground?

The first stage, Castor 120 motor, is a derivative of the MX first stage.  The MX ignited in midair after being shot out the launch canister.  The pedestal eliminates a need for a blast deflector

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #65 on: 02/24/2009 01:39 AM »
Ouch, 4:51 am?!  I'll try to wake up for this one, but we'll see!  :)

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And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #67 on: 02/24/2009 03:18 AM »
Ouch, 4:51 am?!  I'll try to wake up for this one, but we'll see!  :)
I'm hoping we can see this one from Las Vegas again, the last night time launch just after sunset was spectacular!

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #68 on: 02/24/2009 03:55 AM »
article up for tonight's launch:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/02/orbitals-taurus-xl-launch-orbiting-carbon-observatory/
A nit:
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Orbital Sciences also built the OCO spacecraft, which will make the first space-based measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2),
Even if you mean the first dedicated craft for this purpose, I expect the IBUKI team would disagree ;) (incidentally, having these complementary spacecraft in orbit at the same time will be a great benefit to everyone involved. The respective teams have worked together to maximize this.)

In any case, best of luck to everyone involved.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #69 on: 02/24/2009 05:33 AM »
Pad rat on console and ready to support.

Awesome!

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #70 on: 02/24/2009 07:08 AM »
Pad rat on console and ready to support.

Great! Very much appreciated. :)

Bergin on coffee and ready to support.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #71 on: 02/24/2009 07:22 AM »
T-70 minutes.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #72 on: 02/24/2009 07:25 AM »
Four stage vehicle, but will only take 13 minutes to get to spacecraft sep.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #73 on: 02/24/2009 07:30 AM »
Taurus XL having her stages integrated.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #74 on: 02/24/2009 07:32 AM »
576E is actually "on top of" a cold war nuclear missile silo.

Stage 0:
« Last Edit: 02/24/2009 07:33 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #75 on: 02/24/2009 07:35 AM »
T-56 minutes.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #76 on: 02/24/2009 07:50 AM »
T-50 mins and holding (BIH).

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #77 on: 02/24/2009 07:53 AM »
No issues being worked, ahead of coming out of the Built In Hold (BIH). Go to proceed via NASA polling. Orbital polling next.

Around five minutes until coming out of the hold.

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #78 on: 02/24/2009 07:55 AM »
As above ^^ Very good! :)

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Re: LIVE: Taurus XL - OCO - Feb 23/24, 09.
« Reply #79 on: 02/24/2009 07:57 AM »
T-50 minutes and counting

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