Author Topic: LIVE: Orbital's Antares/Cygnus ORB-1 (CRS-1) LAUNCH UPDATES - Jan 9, 2014  (Read 82676 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

LIVE UPDATE Coverage for Orbital's Antares launch of Cygnus on the ORB-1 (CRS-1) mission to the International Space Station.

This is a live update thread, so all posts need to be updates, or they will be removed. Please use the other threads for non updates.

Second Attempt Launch Target: 1:07pm Eastern. 6:97pm UTC
Second Attempt coverage begins on Page 2.

Resources:

Orbital GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=46.0

Orbital (Antares/Cygnus) News Articles:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/orbital/

Main ORB-1/CRS-1 Feature Article - by William Graham:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/01/orbitals-antares-loft-cygnus-orb-1-mission/

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L2 Antares/Cygnus Section - Really good section with a lot of documentation, video and content resources exclusive to L2:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=54.0
(Now includes 100s of mbs of unreleased hi res images taken of Cygnus from the ISS during ORB-D).
L2 ORB-1/CRS-1 Updates: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=65.0
« Last Edit: 01/09/2014 08:46 PM by input~2 »

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FWIW, the latest update on OSC's website is this press release in which 8/1/14 @13:32 EST is still listed as the targeted launch time.
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scrub due to solar storm

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The Antares launch today has been scrubbed because of solar activity. More info on the issue and a new launch date will be forthcoming.
« Last Edit: 01/08/2014 10:38 AM by Jester »

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The Antares launch today has been scrubbed because of solar activity.  More info on the issue and a new launch date will be forthcoming.
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And from Orbital Sciences:

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Early this morning the Antares launch team decided to scrub today's launch attempt due to an unusually high level of space radiation that exceeded by a considerable margin the constraints imposed on the mission to ensure the rocket's electronic systems are not impacted by a harsh radiation environment. The solar flux activity that occurred late yesterday afternoon has had the result of increasing the level of radiation beyond what the Antares engineering team was monitoring earlier in the day. Overnight, Orbital engineers who are experts in the field ran numerous models to ensure that all possibilities to preserve the launch were examined. However, due to significantly elevated flux levels, the Antares team decided to postpone the launch to spend the day further examining the potential effects of the space radiation on the rocket's avionics suite.

Today, in consultation with NASA and outside experts in the field of "space weather," Orbital will continue to monitor the levels of space radiation with a goal of setting a new launch date as soon as possible. If we are able to launch on Thursday, the launch targeted launch time would be 1:10 p.m. (EST), with Cygnus arriving at the ISS Sunday morning, January 12.


http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-1/MissionUpdate/index.shtml
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A somewhat snarky post from Facebook :)

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The Antares launch has been scrubbed due to high solar radiation levels....just as Hunter and other members of our team we were worried about yesterday. ~ Mark
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."


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NASA statement on launch postponement:
 
Early this morning, Orbital Sciences Corp. decided to scrub todayís launch attempt of the Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft on the companyís first resupply mission to the International Space Station due to an unusually high level of space radiation that exceeded constraints imposed on Antares. 
The solar flux activity that occurred late yesterday afternoon resulted in an increasing level of radiation beyond what the Antares engineering team monitored earlier in the day.  Overnight, Orbitalís engineers conducted an analysis of the radiation levels, but the Antares team decided to postpone the launch to further examine the potential effects of the space radiation on the rocketís avionics. The Cygnus spacecraft   would not  be affected by the solar event.
Today, in consultation with NASA, Orbital Sciences will continue to monitor the levels of space radiation with a goal of setting a new launch date as soon as possible. If a launch can be scheduled for Thursday, the targeted launch time would be 1:10 p.m. EST, with Cygnus arriving at the ISS Sunday morning, January 12 for a grapple at 6:02 a.m. EST. If a launch can be conducted Thursday, NASA TV coverage would begin at 12:45 p.m. EST.
At Mission Control in Houston, the flight control team reported that the ISS crew is not affected by this solar event and does not require any special precautionary measures.
 
 

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what I heard a moment ago from the Wallops "press site" there will be an update at the 11 am telecon and at 5 pm EST on what to do next...launch tomorrow or not... If launch is tomorrow, launch will be at 1:07.06 pm

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During a telephone interview broadcast on today's NASA TV ISS coverage, it was stated that the decision about launching on Thursday would be made at the 5 PM meeting.
« Last Edit: 01/08/2014 03:13 PM by dsmillman »

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Live shot from the pad... from a TV monitor at the press site.

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Launch weather will be good Thursday, Friday there are clouds comming in with a 75% of go... Saturday has rain and looks not good... They can launch until around January 20 then the Russian EVA and the Progress will force a stand down... The only problem is the science exp. If they have to take the Antares of the pad for cargo replacement it will take 2 weeks before they can try again....

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Antares launch from Wallops no earlier than 1:07 p.m. Thursday. Update expected early this evening.
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They've decided to press ahead with Thursday, with the window opening at 1:07pm Eastern.

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January 8, 2013

Following a comprehensive review of data related to the radiation environment in space, further reviews and modeling of the rocket's avionics systems, and the forecast for favorable terrestrial weather conditions at the Wallops Island launch facility, the Antares launch team has decided to proceed forward with a launch attempt of the Orbital-1 CRS mission to the International Space Station tomorrow, January 9. Upon a deeper examination of the current space weather environment, Orbital's engineering team, in consultation with NASA, has determined that the risk to launch success is within acceptable limits established at the outset of the Antares program.

Tomorrow's target launch time is 1:07 p.m. (EST), which would allow the Cygnus spacecraft to rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station early Sunday morning, January 12.

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FROM NASA:

Orbital Sciences has confirmed it will proceed with a 1:07 p.m. EST launch attempt of the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, Jan. 9, pending closeout of all remaining pre-launch reviews and tests. Orbital conducted a comprehensive review of data related to the radiation environment in space, further reviews and modeling of the rocketís avionics systems, and the forecast for favorable terrestrial weather conditions at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. Upon a deeper examination of the current space weather environment, Orbitalís engineering team, in consultation with NASA, has determined that the risk to launch success is within acceptable limits established at the outset of the Antares program. NASA Television coverage of launch will begin at 12:45 p.m. EST. A post-launch news conference would follow at approximately 2:30 p.m. A Thursday launch would result in the Cygnus spacecraft arriving at the ISS on early Sunday, Jan. 12. NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and berthing will begin at 5 a.m. EST for a 6:02 a.m. capture. Coverage of installation of Cygnus will begin at 7:00 a.m. EST. For the latest information on briefing and coverage times, follow www.nasa.gov/station and the NASA TV schedule at www.nasa.gov/ntvnews

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So... that's 18:07UT, right?
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So... that's 18:07UT, right?
Yes, targeted launch window: 1:07-1:12 pm EST (18:07-18:12 UTC)   ;) .

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Countdown has started for today's Orbital Antares rocket from Wallops. Launch is targeted for 1:07 p.m. EST
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Weather outlook has improved to 85% favorable at launch time. Excellent! I'll be leaving in just over an hour to be there for the launch.

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