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Offline Chris Bergin

Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #180 on: 09/07/2013 03:48 AM »
T+21 mins.

Despin next.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #181 on: 09/07/2013 03:49 AM »
Ron, that is some vantage point you had there. Great shots.

De-spin initiated.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #182 on: 09/07/2013 03:49 AM »
Despin initiated.

Nominal flight profile.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #183 on: 09/07/2013 03:50 AM »
Orbital parameters are within requirements!
Nominal now means "Yeehah!!"

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #184 on: 09/07/2013 03:50 AM »
If you post pictures of launch (e.g. as seen from your home) please post your location.

RonSmytheIII, Washington DC area?
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #185 on: 09/07/2013 03:51 AM »
LADEE S/C Sep!

Congrats to all concerned!

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #186 on: 09/07/2013 03:51 AM »
LADEE sep confirmed
Payload orbital parameters nominal.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #187 on: 09/07/2013 03:52 AM »
"God speed on your journey to the Moon LADEE"
Tony De La Rosa

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #188 on: 09/07/2013 03:52 AM »
Sep confirmed! Congratulations, everything nominal!

Nominal!

Reminds me of this song:

do-dooo-dododo. ma-Nominal. do-do-do-do. ma-Nominal...


ma-Nominal. ;)
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #189 on: 09/07/2013 03:52 AM »
Congrats to Orbital and the Minotaur V team.

Well done.

Great coverage by NASA, really enjoyed the checklist.

Wouldn't mind seeing one of these in daytime. All I saw was a huge flash and off it went.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #190 on: 09/07/2013 03:53 AM »
Gratz Orbital.
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #191 on: 09/07/2013 03:53 AM »
Great view here in Philly.  Saw the first stage drop away and the second stage burn.  Very exciting!

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #192 on: 09/07/2013 03:54 AM »
Watched the live stream of this launch with a friend while on the band bus!

Awesome! Congrats orbital/NASA
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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #193 on: 09/07/2013 03:56 AM »
Congratulation Orbital! Another nominal debut ;)

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #194 on: 09/07/2013 03:57 AM »
[Minotaur V] Launch of LADEE on Inaugural Minotaur V Rocket


Published on Sep 6, 2013
The very first Minotaur V rocket successfully launched today from Wallops Flight Facility, September 7th 2013 at 03:27 UTC. The rocket carried NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) into orbit. LADEE will study the lunar exosphere and dust in the Moon's vicinity for a mission duration of 100 days.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #196 on: 09/07/2013 04:01 AM »
Watched it live from Belcamp, Harford County MD.  Very bright first stage burn, MECO, and then second stage ignition.  Left a clearly visible smoke trail visible for several minutes in the dark sky.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #197 on: 09/07/2013 04:06 AM »
Just saw the launch from southern New Hampshire.  From the charts of what to expect, we were only expecting it to be about 10 degrees above the horizon, but it was more like 20-25.   

It was a much better view than we were expecting.  After a few seconds it faded away and we thought that was the end.  But then it flared back to life for quite a while longer and I realized that we were seeing one of the stage separations.

It's awesome to be able to see a rocket launch from your own neighborhood.    8)

Congratulations Orbital.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #198 on: 09/07/2013 04:12 AM »
Great view here in Philly.  Saw the first stage drop away and the second stage burn.  Very exciting!

I'm in the Philly suburbs.  I think we saw the second and third stage burns.  I first caught sight of it about 60 seconds after launch, and the first stage had already separated by then.

Watching the video, the second stage ignited immediately at first stage burnout, but there was a brief coasting period between second stage burnout and third stage ignition.  I saw that, along with a puff of smoke when the third stage lit.

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« Last Edit: 09/07/2013 04:13 AM by rickl »
Nominal now means "Yeehah!!"

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur V - LADEE - September 6, 2013
« Reply #199 on: 09/07/2013 04:15 AM »
Anybody want to describe what we see in the plume during the stage 1 -> 2 separation event at about ...27:55 in the video?  Does Stage 2 ignite and just shove Stage 1 back?  Interstage debris a couple seconds later?
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