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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #20 on: 09/26/2010 03:54 AM »
Orbital will be webcasting the launch starting 30 minutes prior:

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurIV_SBSS/index.shtml

It sounds like it (the webcast) isn't happening, due to a problem on the Air Force side of things. 

 - Ed Kyle

Isn't the launch 45 min from now and Obrital will start at 9:10 PDT. 30 min from launch?

"the mission will originate from Space Launch Complex-9
at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, with an available launch window from 9:41 to 9:55 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, September 25, 2010."
« Last Edit: 09/26/2010 03:55 AM by catdlr »
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #21 on: 09/26/2010 03:58 AM »
Countdown net is up and running
TITAN...assured access to space.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #22 on: 09/26/2010 04:00 AM »
10 minutes to webcast start.  I'll provide a video of the launch as well as coverage.

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Re: Minotaur IV - SBSS
« Reply #23 on: 09/26/2010 04:00 AM »
Some nice info including the mission book PDF at http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/satellite/sbss.html

Launch mass is 1031 kg. I haven't seen anything giving dimensions of the satellite (height, width, solar array span etc)

I was going through the mission book while waiting for launch & had a trivial question regarding the patch on the last page. Is the first word “Vivi” or “Vidi” ?

If it’s Vidi a translation can be: I came, I saw, I conquered. (The laconic despatch in which Julius Ceasar announced to the Senate his victory over Pharnaces.)

Scio: to know, understand
Patrocinor: to protect, defend, support, patronize


And yes, there is nothing interesting on TV tonight.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #24 on: 09/26/2010 04:04 AM »
What's the delay on webcasts?
Variable, anything from seconds to minutes, not necessarily the same for  different viewers of the same webcast.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #25 on: 09/26/2010 04:11 AM »
Webcast has started.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #26 on: 09/26/2010 04:13 AM »
Weather will not be an issue tonight.
« Last Edit: 09/26/2010 04:13 AM by Ford Mustang »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #27 on: 09/26/2010 04:17 AM »
First three stages are reconditioned peace keeper missile stages - first time being used to launch something to space.
« Last Edit: 09/26/2010 04:17 AM by Ford Mustang »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #28 on: 09/26/2010 04:17 AM »
View of the satellite - about the size of a "small car":
« Last Edit: 09/26/2010 04:19 AM by Ford Mustang »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #29 on: 09/26/2010 04:20 AM »
Here's the SBSS Mission Threads (the mission it will perform):

SBSS is going to help catalog objects in space - over 10,000 objects cataloged... with only 1,000 of those objects working!
« Last Edit: 09/26/2010 04:22 AM by Ford Mustang »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #30 on: 09/26/2010 04:24 AM »
Nice work Steven! :)

L-17 minutes.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #31 on: 09/26/2010 04:24 AM »
Winds acceptable.

Launch Readiness Poll upcoming.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #32 on: 09/26/2010 04:25 AM »
Launch team confirmed the T-20 minute checks are go.  Launch pad clear of all personnel.  Winds within acceptable levels.

Will have launch video shortly after launch.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #33 on: 09/26/2010 04:25 AM »
Final launch readiness poll in progress.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #34 on: 09/26/2010 04:26 AM »
T-16 minutes poll - all go.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #35 on: 09/26/2010 04:26 AM »
Go for launch.  L-15 minutes.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #36 on: 09/26/2010 04:27 AM »
Range/hazard and limit area is clear for launch.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #37 on: 09/26/2010 04:27 AM »
T-14 minutes.  All areas clear for launch, impact areas clear in the pacific.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #38 on: 09/26/2010 04:29 AM »
Nice view of the satellite before it was put into the payload fairing:

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV - SBSS - September 25
« Reply #39 on: 09/26/2010 04:31 AM »
T-10 minute checks are complete and good.

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