Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover, CZ-3B - Xichang - December 1, 2013  (Read 316802 times)

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Oh, still one major coverage milestone to come yet:

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Just about 35 mins until our #Kourou station 'sees' #ChangE3 rising above the horizon in the South West #AOS  http://bit.ly/1bBbSk3

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Last set of pre-launch photos. Launch photos are already coming in.....  8)
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Oh, still one major coverage milestone to come yet:

ESA Operations ‏@esaoperations 50s
Just about 35 mins until our #Kourou station 'sees' #ChangE3 rising above the horizon in the South West #AOS  http://bit.ly/1bBbSk3

Actually there's one more - the solar arrays will deploy in 3 minutes...
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Very impressive footage!
Even better then on SpaceX's last launch. Almost no loss of signal. Only just now, after it is out of range of the 3rd boat. ESA to take over soon?

AOS should be in about 27 minutes

Will first AOS be from a ground station in Chile? (appears so from the broadcast image)

Nevermind, just saw the twit saying it will be from Kourou. The Chilean one appears to be theirs.
« Last Edit: 12/01/2013 05:16 PM by eeergo »
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210.3 x 389109.2 km x 28.5 deg. orbit reported.

Awesome, thanks for that!
ESA will be tracking the probe but they say they won't be making the orbital data public, boo! ;-)
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AOS Santiago confirmed

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Landing legs on the lander has just been deployed. Next is the solar arrays in 2 minutes.
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Congrats China! Nice to see somebody finally heading back to the Lunar surface - in fact this is the first Lunar surface mission of my lifetime. :)
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I'm not sure. The engine can be used for LOI or they can use the 150N thrusters for a longer burn. I'm not sure if the Trajectory Correction Maneuvers are made with the main engine.

I guess they will want to test it before using it for a critical burn like LOI or landing

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Landing legs on the lander has just been deployed. Next is the solar arrays in 2 minutes.

On why they deployed it now: Rather do it ASAP, when it's closest to Earth... (signal strength etc., for any corrective measures I assume)
I heard one of the English commentators saying earlier that the solar arrays needn't be deployed, and the batteries can take care of the craft until it gets to the moon? (That they'll also get some energy from the side arrays..)

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Nice clean feed of launch

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Good deployment of the solar arrays.
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Solar arrays deployed

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Now the official announcement. Apparently the first launch window is 3 minutes 33 seconds long...
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Applause from control center, well done China!
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China's #ChangE3 mission control has replied: Copy :-) Confirms solar arrays deployed #BACC #ESOC

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