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Update thread.

Minotaur IV Rocket to Launch Six Small Satellites and Demonstrate a New Multiple Orbit Capability

Launch from Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, AK on November 19, 2010, with a targeted launch time of 8:24 p.m. (EST) and a 90-minute available launch window that extends until 9:54 p.m. (EST)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/nanosaild.html

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/release.asp?prid=753

Webcast:
http://www.livestream.com/newchannel/popoutplayer?channel=spaceflightnow
« Last Edit: 11/19/2010 10:17 PM by Andy USA »

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This one looks like a single feed being pushed through one of the SFN livestream feeds.


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T-20 minutes. Need help with screenshots if anyone is available.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #4 on: 11/20/2010 12:06 AM »
Launch currently targeted for 01:25 UTC, that's one minute into the window.


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #6 on: 11/20/2010 12:08 AM »
17 minutes to launch.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #7 on: 11/20/2010 12:09 AM »
Polling

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Final readiness launch poll being conducted.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #9 on: 11/20/2010 12:10 AM »
All stations go for launch.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #10 on: 11/20/2010 12:10 AM »
From SFN:
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Note: At the request of the U.S. Air Force, this broadcast is time-delayed and will end in the event of an anomaly.

So if it ends abruptly we have every right to assume it has failed.
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:13 AM by GW_Simulations »

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Polling complete and go.



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"We are locked, cocked and ready to rock" - over the loop.

Typical air force ;)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #15 on: 11/20/2010 12:17 AM »
FTS on internal, arming checks complete, armed.
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:17 AM by GW_Simulations »

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FTS being armed.

Pretty view

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #17 on: 11/20/2010 12:17 AM »
Nice view.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #18 on: 11/20/2010 12:17 AM »
Arming verified.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #19 on: 11/20/2010 12:17 AM »
World's most scenic launch pad?

 - Ed Kyle

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #20 on: 11/20/2010 12:17 AM »
Completed up to step 63.


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #22 on: 11/20/2010 12:18 AM »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #23 on: 11/20/2010 12:19 AM »
Final poll

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #24 on: 11/20/2010 12:19 AM »
MD go
LDA go

Go for launch

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #25 on: 11/20/2010 12:19 AM »
Ground ordnance arming


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #27 on: 11/20/2010 12:19 AM »
LV, SV and range are green. Weather is green for the whole window.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #28 on: 11/20/2010 12:20 AM »
T-5 minutes

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #29 on: 11/20/2010 12:20 AM »
Avionics on internal power


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #31 on: 11/20/2010 12:21 AM »
HAPS heater off

Flight computer auto sequencer enabled

Flight computer armed

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #32 on: 11/20/2010 12:21 AM »
T-4 limit checks go, INS in free inertial navigate mode

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #33 on: 11/20/2010 12:21 AM »
INS in nav mode


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #35 on: 11/20/2010 12:22 AM »
Step 76 complete

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #36 on: 11/20/2010 12:22 AM »
T-150 seconds


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #38 on: 11/20/2010 12:23 AM »
T-2 mins, auto sequencer started

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #39 on: 11/20/2010 12:23 AM »
T-90 seconds

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #40 on: 11/20/2010 12:24 AM »
T-60 seconds

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Into the window.

T-60 seconds

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #42 on: 11/20/2010 12:24 AM »
Stage select activated, VM go for launch

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #43 on: 11/20/2010 12:24 AM »
Stage 1 ignition script started

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #44 on: 11/20/2010 12:25 AM »
10 seconds

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #45 on: 11/20/2010 12:25 AM »
Liftoff

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #46 on: 11/20/2010 12:25 AM »
Motor pressure nominal

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #47 on: 11/20/2010 12:25 AM »
Attitude nominal

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LAUNCH!


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #49 on: 11/20/2010 12:25 AM »
Power nominal, script chart off

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #50 on: 11/20/2010 12:25 AM »
Cooling system turned off
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:32 AM by GW_Simulations »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #51 on: 11/20/2010 12:26 AM »
-- sdsds --

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #52 on: 11/20/2010 12:26 AM »
Staging 1/2, AOS downrange

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MaxQ

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #54 on: 11/20/2010 12:26 AM »
"Severe plume"?

Attitude nominal

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Staging 1-2 sep.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #56 on: 11/20/2010 12:27 AM »
Motor pressure nominal. I though I saw a large piece of debris fall away shortly after staging (not the stage itself, something else, smaller).
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:31 AM by GW_Simulations »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #57 on: 11/20/2010 12:27 AM »
S2/3 staging

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #58 on: 11/20/2010 12:27 AM »
Attitude nominal

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #59 on: 11/20/2010 12:27 AM »
Fairing sep

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #60 on: 11/20/2010 12:27 AM »
Attitude nominal

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Staging 2-3 sep.

Fairing Sep.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #62 on: 11/20/2010 12:28 AM »
Attitude still nominal

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #63 on: 11/20/2010 12:28 AM »
T+3 mins

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #64 on: 11/20/2010 12:28 AM »
S3 burnout. Insertion apogee is 649 km
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:28 AM by GW_Simulations »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #65 on: 11/20/2010 12:28 AM »
Into ten minute coast phase

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #66 on: 11/20/2010 12:29 AM »
And it looks like they don't have any animated graphics on this one.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #67 on: 11/20/2010 12:29 AM »
FTS disabled, power nominal, area warning light set to amber

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #68 on: 11/20/2010 12:30 AM »
1000 km downrange, 350 km in altitude, 6.8 m/s velocity. Attitude nominal. LOS at launch site.

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(Good, was getting annoyed with messing about with patchy livestream video. Still, better than no cast)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #70 on: 11/20/2010 12:31 AM »
Polling for safing team to enter launch area. Standing by for GSO.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #71 on: 11/20/2010 12:32 AM »
7 minutes into the flight, red team on its way to the pad.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #72 on: 11/20/2010 12:33 AM »
LOS on all links at 01:32:25

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #73 on: 11/20/2010 12:34 AM »
T+9 minutes, no real-time telemetry available at this time. Probably just out of range.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #74 on: 11/20/2010 12:35 AM »
S4 ignition calculated for T+816 seconds

T+10 minutes, that's 216 seconds until S4 ignition.
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:35 AM by GW_Simulations »



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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #77 on: 11/20/2010 12:36 AM »
All systems remain nominal

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #78 on: 11/20/2010 12:37 AM »
T+12 minutes and counting

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #79 on: 11/20/2010 12:38 AM »
S4 ignition in 55 seconds

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #80 on: 11/20/2010 12:39 AM »
S4 should have started

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #81 on: 11/20/2010 12:39 AM »
T+14 mins

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #82 on: 11/20/2010 12:40 AM »
S4 burnout should have occurred. Still out of range of tracking stations.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #83 on: 11/20/2010 12:40 AM »
30 seconds to TDRS AOS

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #84 on: 11/20/2010 12:42 AM »
T+16 mins, 30 secs. No word on AOS


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #86 on: 11/20/2010 12:44 AM »
Apogee 651.9 km, Perigee 640.9 km, 71.977 degrees inclination.

STPSat-2, RAX and O/OREOS have separated.

Presumably that means AOS was successful
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 12:46 AM by GW_Simulations »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #87 on: 11/20/2010 12:45 AM »
Perigee is a little low, and inclination a little high, but they are claimed to be within parameters.

Reorienting for FASTSAT sep.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #88 on: 11/20/2010 12:46 AM »
He does like saying "Vehicle attitude is nominal".

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #89 on: 11/20/2010 12:47 AM »
FASTSAT separation

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #90 on: 11/20/2010 12:47 AM »
T+22 minutes and counting

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #91 on: 11/20/2010 12:48 AM »
Reorienting for FalconSat-5 separation.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #92 on: 11/20/2010 12:49 AM »
Launch site securing and powerdown in work

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #93 on: 11/20/2010 12:52 AM »
FalconSat-5 separation confirmed. Five down, two (at once) to go.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #94 on: 11/20/2010 12:52 AM »
Tracking station reconfigured for telemetry playback, waiting for TDRS LOS before doing that.


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #96 on: 11/20/2010 12:56 AM »
FASTRAC separation. That's the last of them. Now the upper stage will go and deploy some dummy spacecraft.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #97 on: 11/20/2010 12:57 AM »
T+32 minutes and counting

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #98 on: 11/20/2010 01:00 AM »
S4/HAPS separation. Ignition should occur in one minute.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #99 on: 11/20/2010 01:00 AM »
"Pyro valve initiated"? - how do you initiate a valve?. Attitude and rates were nominal at sep.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #100 on: 11/20/2010 01:01 AM »
Ignition

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #101 on: 11/20/2010 01:01 AM »
Attitude nominal

T+36 mins

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #102 on: 11/20/2010 01:01 AM »
"Pyro valve initiated"? - how do you initiate a valve?. Attitude and rates were nominal at sep.

With a pyro initiator.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #103 on: 11/20/2010 01:04 AM »
HAPS shutdown, in coast phase

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #104 on: 11/20/2010 01:06 AM »
"Pyro valve initiated"? - how do you initiate a valve?. Attitude and rates were nominal at sep.

With a pyro initiator.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #105 on: 11/20/2010 01:10 AM »
Apogee 651.9 km, Perigee 640.9 km, 71.977 degrees inclination.

Perigee is a little low, and inclination a little high, but they are claimed to be within parameters.

You previously wrote:
"The target orbit for the deployment of the satellites is a circular low Earth orbit at an altitude of 650 kilometres, and with 72 degrees of inclination. "

My calculations:
Perigee 98.6% of expected, which at first looks not so good, but:

Expected orbital period: 5,863.22 seconds
Achieved orbital period: 5,858.72 seconds
99.92%

Three nines for all solid propulsion seems pretty darn good!
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #106 on: 11/20/2010 01:18 AM »
Launch broadcast appears to have ended.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #107 on: 11/20/2010 01:20 AM »
Apogee 651.9 km, Perigee 640.9 km, 71.977 degrees inclination.

Perigee is a little low, and inclination a little high, but they are claimed to be within parameters.

You previously wrote:
"The target orbit for the deployment of the satellites is a circular low Earth orbit at an altitude of 650 kilometres, and with 72 degrees of inclination. "

My calculations:
Perigee 98.6% of expected, which at first looks not so good, but:

Expected orbital period: 5,863.22 seconds
Achieved orbital period: 5,858.72 seconds
99.92%

Three nines for all solid propulsion seems pretty darn good!

I'll go with that. The inclination was a lapse, I had to write pretty much the entire article in four hours whilst also eating and dealing with a couple of other things, and for some reason I remembered it as 350x350x71 instead of 72. 10 km isn't a serious shortfall, but it is still a little low, which was exactly what I said.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #108 on: 11/20/2010 01:23 AM »
Congrats to OSC for this successful launch of Minotaur IV...

What I'm looking forward to next is the successful sail deployment for NanoSail-D. :)


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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #110 on: 11/20/2010 01:32 AM »
Launch broadcast appears to have ended.
They're just being polite & quiet.
Appears to be in a coast phase.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #111 on: 11/20/2010 01:34 AM »
Launch broadcast appears to have ended.
They're just being polite & quiet.
Appears to be in a coast phase.

Mine went black and I couldn't even hear the static, but it seems to be back now.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #112 on: 11/20/2010 01:35 AM »
T+70 minutes, about 12 minutes remaining in the coast.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #113 on: 11/20/2010 01:49 AM »
Roll despin beginning

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #114 on: 11/20/2010 01:50 AM »
TDRS transmitter on and AOS
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #115 on: 11/20/2010 01:50 AM »
Predicted apogee is 1201.2 km

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #116 on: 11/20/2010 01:52 AM »
HAPS should have restarted.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #117 on: 11/20/2010 01:53 AM »
"Vehicle attitude nominal", and "Vehicle's burning"

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #118 on: 11/20/2010 01:54 AM »
Well, at least we're in no doubt of the status of the vehicle attitude: it's nominal.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #119 on: 11/20/2010 01:55 AM »
(lots of applause in the background)

Congrats!
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #120 on: 11/20/2010 01:56 AM »
Burnout. Apogee 1202.1 km, perigee 1200.7, inclination 72.0 degrees. Target was 1200 km circular at 72.0 degrees.

Reorienting for separation

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #121 on: 11/20/2010 01:56 AM »
Quick note, the O/OREOS was designed, built and is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Thanks to AMES PAO for the note!

They also have a page:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/ooreos/main/

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #122 on: 11/20/2010 01:58 AM »
Separation should have occurred

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #123 on: 11/20/2010 02:04 AM »
Reorienting for TDRS transmission.

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Quick note, the O/OREOS was designed, built and is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Thanks to AMES PAO for the note!

Strange, a couple of sites said it was Stanford. I guess they must have been confused by Stanford's involvement in some earlier NASA CubeSat missions.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #124 on: 11/20/2010 02:04 AM »
TDRS commanded on

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #125 on: 11/20/2010 02:05 AM »
HAPS tank depletion initiated.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #126 on: 11/20/2010 02:06 AM »
TDRS transmitter off.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #127 on: 11/20/2010 02:06 AM »
ACS tank depletion should be taking place.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #128 on: 11/20/2010 02:09 AM »
Mission complete.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #129 on: 11/20/2010 05:44 AM »
Anyone got info about the ballast masses? (size, mass?)
No TLEs yet. Presumably at least the NASA and NSF sats will have public TLEs.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #130 on: 11/20/2010 08:51 AM »
Anyone got info about the ballast masses? (size, mass?)
No TLEs yet. Presumably at least the NASA and NSF sats will have public TLEs.
Congrats to NSF on their first satellite!

Photos of the ballast masses would also be fine

BTW: the posting, where i started this thread yesterday and where i also asked about the ballast masses seems to have dissapeared  :(

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #131 on: 11/20/2010 10:42 AM »
Interesting movies of launch. Becareful on second one, uncensored words ;)



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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #132 on: 11/20/2010 11:34 AM »
He does like saying "Vehicle attitude is nominal".

He does indeed ;D

Well, it's a nice thing to know, especially when one is dealing with a solid rocket-powered vehicle.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #133 on: 11/20/2010 01:56 PM »
Three nines for all solid propulsion seems pretty darn good!

HAPS is liquid. The H stands for hydrazine.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #134 on: 11/20/2010 03:22 PM »
Three nines for all solid propulsion seems pretty darn good!

HAPS is liquid. The H stands for hydrazine.

The orbit he was referring to was before the HAPS was fired.
« Last Edit: 11/20/2010 03:23 PM by GW_Simulations »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #135 on: 11/20/2010 03:58 PM »
Stage 2 looked like a bit of a wild ride.  Either there was quite a bit of yaw/pitch steering, or we were seeing the effects of high altitude winds on the plume, or both. 

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #136 on: 11/20/2010 06:21 PM »
Just high altitude winds, IMHO.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #137 on: 11/20/2010 06:29 PM »
Stage 2 looked like a bit of a wild ride.  Either there was quite a bit of yaw/pitch steering, or we were seeing the effects of high altitude winds on the plume, or both. 

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That was my impression as well. It looked like back & forth corrections to my untrained eye. She really gets up & moves though, holy smokes.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #138 on: 11/21/2010 02:12 AM »
No TLEs, but objects cataloged:

37222   STPSAT 2 (USA 217)   2010-062A   US   2010-11-20   
37223   RAX (USA 218)   2010-062B   US   2010-11-20   
37224   O/OREOS (USA 219)   2010-062C   US   2010-11-20   
37225   FASTSATHSV01(USA220)   2010-062D   US   2010-11-20   
37226   FALCONSAT 5(USA221)   2010-062E   US   2010-11-20   
37227   FAST 1 (USA 222)   2010-062F   US   2010-11-20   
37228   MINOTAUR IV R/B   2010-062G   US   2010-11-20   
37229   HAPS R/B   2010-062H   US   2010-11-20   
37230   BALLAST A   2010-062J   US   2010-11-20   
37231   BALLAST B   2010-062K   US   2010-11-20
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #139 on: 11/21/2010 08:55 AM »
I have some doubts, that the USA designators are correct. It is highly unlikely, that civil satellites like RAX, O/OREOS or FASTSAT-HSV-01 will get the military USA designator. And even the military payloads of this kind (i.e. STP payloads) rarely get an USA designator.

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No TLEs, but objects cataloged:

37222   STPSAT 2 (USA 217)   2010-062A   US   2010-11-20   
37223   RAX (USA 218)   2010-062B   US   2010-11-20   
37224   O/OREOS (USA 219)   2010-062C   US   2010-11-20   
37225   FASTSATHSV01(USA220)   2010-062D   US   2010-11-20   
37226   FALCONSAT 5(USA221)   2010-062E   US   2010-11-20   
37227   FAST 1 (USA 222)   2010-062F   US   2010-11-20   
37228   MINOTAUR IV R/B   2010-062G   US   2010-11-20   
37229   HAPS R/B   2010-062H   US   2010-11-20   
37230   BALLAST A   2010-062J   US   2010-11-20   
37231   BALLAST B   2010-062K   US   2010-11-20

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #140 on: 11/21/2010 09:20 AM »
I have some doubts, that the USA designators are correct. It is highly unlikely, that civil satellites like RAX, O/OREOS or FASTSAT-HSV-01 will get the military USA designator. And even the military payloads of this kind (i.e. STP payloads) rarely get an USA designator.

Gunter

No TLEs, but objects cataloged:

37222   STPSAT 2 (USA 217)   2010-062A   US   2010-11-20   
37223   RAX (USA 218)   2010-062B   US   2010-11-20   
37224   O/OREOS (USA 219)   2010-062C   US   2010-11-20   
37225   FASTSATHSV01(USA220)   2010-062D   US   2010-11-20   
37226   FALCONSAT 5(USA221)   2010-062E   US   2010-11-20   
37227   FAST 1 (USA 222)   2010-062F   US   2010-11-20   
37228   MINOTAUR IV R/B   2010-062G   US   2010-11-20   
37229   HAPS R/B   2010-062H   US   2010-11-20   
37230   BALLAST A   2010-062J   US   2010-11-20   
37231   BALLAST B   2010-062K   US   2010-11-20

For the record neither STPSat-1 nor any of the previous FalconSats were given a USA designation. Off the top of my head, the only non-US military satellite to receive a USA designation was USA-98, which was a NATO communications satellite.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #141 on: 11/25/2010 01:16 AM »
New USAF launch photos.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #142 on: 12/05/2010 10:54 PM »
Nanosail-D is set to be ejected from FASTSAT at 10:15 PM, PST tonight. The solar sail will then be deployed 3 days later

http://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/11541869896933376

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #143 on: 12/06/2010 06:23 AM »
Looks like Nanosail-D has successfully ejected from FASTSAT!

http://twitter.com/NanoSailD/status/11680456701382656

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #144 on: 12/10/2010 07:47 AM »
There's nothing online about whether or not Nanosail-D deployed its sails. In fact... There hasn't been ANY update since it was ejected from FASTSAT last weekend. Is NASA even communicating with the spacecraft? (It's Twitter page, @NanoSailD, went silent right after ejection)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #145 on: 12/11/2010 12:52 AM »
NASA Solar Sail Satellite May Not Have Ejected from Mothership After All

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/nasa-solar-sail-maybe-not-eject-101210.html

So this big week in space was apparently 1/3 successful (with the successful Falcon 9 launch but the failures with Akatsuki and possibly this mission)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #146 on: 01/19/2011 09:35 PM »
NanoSail-D Ejects: NASA Seeks Amateur Radio Operators' Aid to Listen for Beacon Signal

On Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. EST, engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., confirmed that the NanoSail-D nanosatellite ejected from Fast Affordable Scientific and Technology Satellite, FASTSAT. The ejection event occurred spontaneously and was identified this morning when engineers at the center analyzed onboard FASTSAT telemetry. The ejection of NanoSail-D also has been confirmed by ground-based satellite tracking assets.

Amateur ham operators are asked to listen for the signal to verify NanoSail-D is operating. This information should be sent to the NanoSail-D dashboard at: http://nanosaild.engr.scu.edu/dashboard.htm. The NanoSail-D beacon signal can be found at 437.270 MHz.

The NanoSail-D science team is hopeful the nanosatellite is healthy and can complete its solar sail mission. After ejection, a timer within NanoSail-D begins a three-day countdown as the satellite orbits the Earth. Once the timer reaches zero, four booms will quickly deploy and the NanoSail-D sail will start to unfold to a 100-square-foot polymer sail. Within five seconds the sail fully unfurls.

"This is great news for our team. We’re anxious to hear the beacon which tells us that NanoSail-D is healthy and operating as planned," said Dean Alhorn, NanoSail-D principal investigator and aerospace engineer at the Marshall Center. "The science team is hopeful to see that NanoSail-D is operational and will be able to unfurl its solar sail."

On Dec. 6,, 2010, NASA triggered the planned ejection of NanoSail-D from FASTSAT. At that time, the team confirmed that the door successfully opened and data indicated a successful ejection. Upon further analysis, no evidence of NanoSail-D was identified in low-Earth orbit, leading the team to believe NanoSail-D remained inside FASTSAT.

The FASTSAT mission has continued to operate as planned with the five other scientific experiments operating nominally.

"We knew that the door opened and it was possible that NanoSail-D could eject on its own," said Mark Boudreaux, FASTSAT project manager at the Marshall Center. "What a pleasant surprise this morning when our flight operations team confirmed that NanoSail-D is now a free flyer."

If the deployment is successful, NanoSail-D will stay in low-Earth orbit between 70 and 120 days, depending on atmospheric conditions. NanoSail-D is designed to demonstrate deployment of a compact solar sail boom system that could lead to further development of this alternative solar sail propulsion technology and FASTSAT’s ability to eject a nano-satellite from a micro-satellite -- while avoiding re-contact with the FASTSAT satellite bus.

Follow the NanoSail-D mission operation on Twitter at:


http://twitter.com/nanosaild

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #147 on: 01/20/2011 12:17 AM »
Beacon heard from NanoSail-D (by radio operators in both Huntsville and PA)!

http://twitter.com/NanoSailD/status/27874289243914242

Sail should deploy by an automatic timer 3 days from now :)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #148 on: 01/20/2011 04:23 AM »
CORRECTION: The sail should be deployed tomorrow...around 10 PM, EST :)

http://twitter.com/NanoSailD/status/27930831225888768

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #149 on: 01/21/2011 03:03 AM »
Nanosail D2 packets were received and decoded by PA3GUO , unfortunately the last decoded packet was one minute before deploy time.  Spacecraft is alive and healthy.

Waiting for next contact, deployment status will be known at that time.

I didn't have time to set up to decode packets earlier tonight, will try to get my setup working for tomorrow's pass over me.   (no association with mission other than a listener)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #150 on: 01/21/2011 03:46 AM »
According to this person who Tweeted to @NanoSailD, the sail has been deployed!  Hopefully it will be confirmed soon :)

http://twitter.com/naeisel/status/28306790504464384

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #151 on: 01/21/2011 03:48 AM »
An operator in Inuvik, NT Canada just decoded a packet that seems to indicate that the sail has deployed.  Waiting for official confirmation.

If so, what a great day-  The first Nanosail went down with a Falcon 1, this one was thought stuck in its host.

And now it worked.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #152 on: 01/21/2011 04:38 AM »
"NanoSail-D has sent data that it deployed the sail. Will wait until tomorrow morning for ground based tracking to confirm. Patience ....."

http://twitter.com/#!/NanoSailD/status/28323308424396801
« Last Edit: 01/21/2011 04:41 AM by TheFallen »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #154 on: 01/21/2011 07:53 PM »
"Breaking news! - I have been officially confirmed! Yes, I deployed! http://bit.ly/fbiyZM Much more to come ... stay tuned."

http://twitter.com/#!/NanoSailD/status/28554401861861376

"Now I can say it. Sailing, sailing over the big blue sky. Hope someone sees me before I fry."

http://twitter.com/#!/NanoSailD/status/28562304014491648

Finally... 8)
« Last Edit: 01/21/2011 08:23 PM by TheFallen »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #155 on: 01/22/2011 02:57 AM »
Can the open Nano Sail D be seen with a telescope or binoculars?


p.s. Good news.  Well done.
« Last Edit: 01/22/2011 02:58 AM by A_M_Swallow »

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #156 on: 01/22/2011 03:02 AM »
Should be but observers on the satobs list saying no so far.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #157 on: 01/22/2011 10:58 AM »
NanoSail D predictions are up on Heavens Above. The brightness predicted seems to vary between about magnitude 2 and magnitude 4 depending on the pass.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur IV HAPS - STP-S26 - November 19, 2010
« Reply #158 on: 01/24/2011 07:17 PM »
Article on NASA's website on the deployment of NanoSail-D:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/11-010.html
« Last Edit: 01/24/2011 07:44 PM by yg1968 »

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