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Offline William Graham

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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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