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Offline jsmjr

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With the delay to Wednesday, I might actually be able to take the day off to drive over from DC to Wallops.  Anybody else?

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #1 on: 09/14/2013 06:52 PM »
I'm probably going.

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #2 on: 09/16/2013 12:28 AM »
"Wouldn't miss it for the world!"

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #3 on: 09/16/2013 01:29 AM »
I plan on driving down from Brooklyn, NY.  Hopefully it will launch, I tried the test launch on the first day, but couldn't come back the next day.  I'll be heading to Arbuckle Neck Rd.
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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #4 on: 09/16/2013 01:33 AM »
what time is it again?

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #5 on: 09/16/2013 01:42 AM »
what time is it again?

September 18th at 10:50 AM with a 15 minute window.

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #6 on: 09/16/2013 01:51 PM »
I expect links to Youtube/other video guys!  :)

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #7 on: 09/16/2013 02:42 PM »
Oof, the sun will not be the photographer's friend on Wednesday.  Overcast, anybody?

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #9 on: 09/16/2013 07:36 PM »
Weather is 75% go.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/379619677346877440

At what time prior to launch is the decision made to begin tanking Antares?

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #10 on: 09/16/2013 08:22 PM »
Weather is 75% go.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/379619677346877440

At what time prior to launch is the decision made to begin tanking Antares?
I don't know the time of the go/no go decision. But the LOX/Fuel tank loading starts at L-90 minutes
In satellite operations, schedules are governed by the laws of physics and bounded by the limits of technology.

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #11 on: 09/16/2013 08:59 PM »
Weather is 75% go.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/379619677346877440

At what time prior to launch is the decision made to begin tanking Antares?
I don't know the time of the go/no go decision. But the LOX/Fuel tank loading starts at L-90 minutes

The timeline can be found here: http://spaceflightnow.com/antares/cots1/countdowntimeline.html.  I'll almost be there by the time they do the first polling.

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #13 on: 09/17/2013 04:52 PM »
I'm going too. Leaving DC in about 2 hours. Will overnight at my brother's place, then up Wed. am for the launch.
Space launches attended:
Antares/Cygnus ORB-D1 Wallops Island, VA Sept 2013 | STS-123 KSC, FL March 2008 | SpaceShipOne Mojave, CA June 2004

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #14 on: 09/17/2013 11:41 PM »
For countdown timeline please see http://www.spaceflightnow.com/antares/cots1/countdowntimeline.html

If my conversions are correct (and accounting for the two 15 minute built-in holds) then go-no go polls should occur as follows tomorrow Sept. 18:

> 4:45 am EDT - Poll to initiate fueling sequence
> 6:15 am EDT - Poll to initiate pre-launch processing
> 7:15 am EDT - Poll to initiate LOX chilldown

The holds would occur from 6:40-55 and 8:50-9:05 am.  After the second, propellant loading will begin.

Good luck Orbital, go Antares! Go Cygnus!

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #15 on: 09/18/2013 12:56 PM »
Is there a map showing how high the vehicle will be above the horizon for various locations along the Mid-Atlantic?  I know they made a big deal of being able to see the launch of LADEE a not too long ago (was awesome to see by the way) but I wanted to know if there was something similar published for this launch.  I know watching a kerolox booster in the middle of the day may not be as impressive as a solid rocket engine in the middle of the night, but I figure itís worth a shot for those of us who canít make it near the site.

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #16 on: 09/18/2013 01:00 PM »
They closed Arbuckle Neck Road at about 8 am. A few lucky folks got in early and seem to be relatively unmolested by law enforcement. I switched to my backup at the Old Ferry Dock. Still a great view at about 3800 meters.

EDIT:  Okay, as much as it pains me to admit this, the roadblock I hit was not at Arbuckle Neck, but rather Mainland Road, i.e., the main access road to the island (and the press site).  I can't say I ever saw a control point at Arbuckle.  I blame the confusion about where I was on the hour at which I had to get up to drive over from DC. 
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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #17 on: 09/18/2013 01:23 PM »
Is there a map showing how high the vehicle will be above the horizon for various locations along the Mid-Atlantic?

Space.com has a map as well as some sample views from various locations. The pictures are credited to NASA and Orbital.

http://www.space.com/22791-antares-rocket-cygnus-spacecraft-test-flight-photos.html
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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #18 on: 09/18/2013 05:50 PM »
Odd.. Arbuckle was open when I got there, a little after 9.  There was a trooper there making sure people parked reasonably.

-Bob

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Re: Orbital Antares/Cygnus ORB-D - Going to View the Launch
« Reply #19 on: 09/18/2013 06:09 PM »
I was pretty happy with the view and the scene at the Old Ferry Dock. Here's my first hi-res upload. Also online at www.flickr.com/photos/jsmjr/9803098414/   
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