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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #100 on: 12/11/2012 02:08 PM »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #101 on: 12/11/2012 02:11 PM »
Wonder how long this one will stay up considering that last was 1 year 4 months  :o
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #102 on: 12/11/2012 02:32 PM »
Doesn't look like this is going to happen today. 

Don't see any signs of any fueling going on.

Anyone in the know on this?

Looks like its getting darker clouds now....


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #103 on: 12/11/2012 02:42 PM »
Go to proceed with countdown...
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #104 on: 12/11/2012 02:42 PM »
Go for cryo.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #105 on: 12/11/2012 02:53 PM »
ULA: Everything is proceeding toward an on time launch of the OTV-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force today. Vehicle fueling operations are underway. The weather remains at a 30 percent chance of favorable weather conditions.

 

The launch team is not currently working any technical issues.

 

The launch period begins at 1:03 p.m. EST. The ULA broadcast begins 20 minutes prior at www.ulalaunch.com.


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #106 on: 12/11/2012 03:03 PM »
nice pic with a small ray of sunshine passing

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #107 on: 12/11/2012 03:31 PM »
Just wanted to say congratz on another successful launch (yes i know they didnt launche yet but I am sure how it will end up :p)

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #108 on: 12/11/2012 03:32 PM »
A thick cloud deck has passed over the launch complex, under two hours from launch. Trying to remain cautiously optimistic, Florida is infamously known for its dynamic and constantly changing weather, so whether or not it holds at T-0 is unclear.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #109 on: 12/11/2012 03:54 PM »
HA!  I caught a ULA site slipup...

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #110 on: 12/11/2012 04:10 PM »
Fully loaded.  Watching anvil and cumulus from the SW.

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Re: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #111 on: 12/11/2012 04:13 PM »
Probably a stupid question--but why does OTV need a shroud?
It obviously has the structural and thermal protection capability to survive re-entry just like the space shuttle.

Aerodynamic loads on the OTV at launch and max-q. IIRC, back in the NASA-managed days it was once planned to launch without the should on a Delta II.

Here is an illustration of an unshrouded X-37 on a Delta II


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #113 on: 12/11/2012 04:17 PM »
apologies for its lateness:


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #114 on: 12/11/2012 04:18 PM »
ok guys we have bars...

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #115 on: 12/11/2012 04:25 PM »
ok guys we have bars...

And drinks?  ;D

Seriously, what is the big issue with the weather? I've seen Protons and Deltas fired into solid cloud cover just a hundred feet or so above the top of the tower.  Is it high-altitude winds or the possibility of lightning strikes?
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #116 on: 12/11/2012 04:26 PM »
Keep the chatter down, there's a launch coming up.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #117 on: 12/11/2012 04:35 PM »
Weather expected green for the first 10 minutes of the window.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
« Reply #118 on: 12/11/2012 04:44 PM »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501 - X-37B OTV-3 - Dec 11, 2012
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