Author Topic: SCRUB: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - ATTEMPT 1 UPDATES  (Read 48747 times)

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LIVE LAUNCH DAY UPDATE THREAD FOR SPACEX'S FALCON 9 V1.1 LAUNCH OF CRS-3 Dragon.

THIS THREAD IS FOR UPDATES ONLY. ALL NON UPDATES WILL BE REMOVED.

Webcast: http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

Window is instantaneous at 20:58 UTC (16:58 local time).

Resources:

Specific Articles for F9/CRS-3
Numerous articles on this page:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/dragon/

Specific Launch Day Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/04/spacex-crs-3-dragon-new-milestones/


SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0

SpaceX News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/

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SpaceX GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=45.0 - please use this for general questions NOT specific to this mission.

SpaceX MISSIONS Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0 - this section is for everything specific to SpaceX missions.

SpaceX CRS-3 General Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31513.0

SpaceX CRS-3 LAUNCH UPDATE Thread:
You're in it.

SpaceX CRS-3 Party Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=34006.0

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L2 Members:

L2 SpaceX Section - now a dedicated full section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=24469.0

L2 Level F9 v1.1/CRS-3 Pre Launch:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31562.0

L2 Level F9 v1.1/CRS-3 Launch Day:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=34475.0

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Ok, off we go, starting with another awesome overview article by William Graham:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/04/spacex-crs-3-dragon-new-milestones/

Remember to use the discussion threads. This is only for updates.

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Falcon 9 and Dragon have gone vertical in advance of today’s launch to the ISS! Liftoff @ 4:58pm ET.
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Looks like the strongback is retracted early for Dragon missions on the F9 v1.1, unlike on commercial missions with the fairing were it stays upright until T-6 minutes.

Online Chris Bergin

Press kit time:

Today, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are set to launch the CRS-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. Liftoff is targeted for 4:58pm EDT from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon will be loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and science experiments bound for the ISS, and if all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will berth with the station around 7:00am EDT on Wednesday April 16th. A full mission press kit is attached.

 

SpaceX’s live launch webcast will begin at 4:20pm EDT at www.spacex.com/webcast.

 

Photos are available at www.spacex.com/media, and videos will be made available after the launch at vimeo.com/spacexlaunch.

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Same feed on a couple of the one-frame-per-minute "channels"...didn't check for a full feed.
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/video/
« Last Edit: 04/14/2014 02:36 PM by psloss »

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Launch forecast for today, courtesy of our servicemembers at Patrick AFB:

http://www.patrick.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070716-028.pdf

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Launch forecast for today, courtesy of our servicemembers at Patrick AFB:

http://www.patrick.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070716-028.pdf

Thanks for that, unfortunately it's currently unavailable (too many NSF people trying to access?!)

Could someone who's already downloaded it attach here?

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Launch forecast for today, courtesy of our servicemembers at Patrick AFB:

http://www.patrick.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070716-028.pdf
Today's issued forecast attached; no major change from yesterday, 20% chance of a weather violation at liftoff time.  Deeper into the count today the weather rules will be green/red.
« Last Edit: 04/14/2014 03:32 PM by psloss »

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« Last Edit: 04/14/2014 03:58 PM by InfraNut2 »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #10 on: 04/14/2014 04:25 PM »
A number of pictures have been/are being uploaded to the KSC gallery

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=262
« Last Edit: 04/14/2014 04:28 PM by manboy »
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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #12 on: 04/14/2014 05:37 PM »
SpaceX has just posted a video of the rocket being raised on the pad:

« Last Edit: 04/14/2014 05:39 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #13 on: 04/14/2014 06:29 PM »
Did I just see the launch constraint forecast on the last weather briefing being raised to 60%?

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #14 on: 04/14/2014 06:38 PM »
Did I just see the launch constraint forecast on the last weather briefing being raised to 60%?
That was probably for later in the week (anybody get an image/images from the most recent Wx briefing?)...there will be at least one weather briefing during live coverage...attaching a cap from earlier of the weather loop showing the launch (and landing) areas...
« Last Edit: 04/14/2014 06:40 PM by psloss »

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #15 on: 04/14/2014 06:44 PM »
Patrick AFB Launch Hazard Area attached.



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Under two hours to launch. No issues that we know of being worked.

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Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-3 Dragon - LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #18 on: 04/14/2014 07:13 PM »
There's an ISS pass in the UK at 2151BST (2051UTC) and the Dragon is expected to go over 20 minutes later. Do you think the second stage will be visible? If so, roughly what time? If I've missed this already posted, apologies and please point.

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And of course, this is a CRS mission, so NASA TV is covering too. Coverage begining shortly. I'll stay on NASA TV, if others want to add the SpaceX coverage when it begins, so as to give the Occupy Mars T-shirt kids some smiley exposure! ;D

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