Author Topic: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B OTV-4) - May 20, 2015 to May 7, 2017 - UPDATES  (Read 114924 times)

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #260 on: 06/07/2015 06:11 PM »
Sail motor deployment command has been issued: https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607610657756741633
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #262 on: 06/07/2015 06:19 PM »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #263 on: 06/07/2015 06:32 PM »
No indication that the spacecraft received the deploy command: https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607615787512168448
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #264 on: 06/07/2015 06:35 PM »
Team regrouping to consider the options prior to the final overflight for the day: https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607616232628453376
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #265 on: 06/07/2015 06:53 PM »
They're retrying during the 3:51 pm EDT overflight: https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607620661373079552
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #266 on: 06/07/2015 07:45 PM »
AOS is early and commands are being prepared: https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607634142969237506
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #267 on: 06/07/2015 07:50 PM »
Motor commands appear to have been successfully received: https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607635156782837760
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #269 on: 06/07/2015 07:57 PM »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #270 on: 06/07/2015 08:30 PM »
https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis

Three beautiful lines of telemetry:
78: Motor_Current_Position =67029 (50%)
79: Camera_0_onOff=1 (on)
80: Camera_1_onOff=1 (on)

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which I take to mean the sail is at least 50% extended, and the cameras are taking pics of the process as scheduled

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #271 on: 06/08/2015 05:19 PM »
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2015/20150607-lightsail-deployment-initiatied.html

Planetary article; the sail has deployed.
Some problems with images, but they are working on it

https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/607952349810683904
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LightSail image update: team initiated re-transfer of pics from onboard cams to flight software. Will try downlink again at 11:02 PDT.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #272 on: 06/09/2015 01:43 AM »
Emily Lakdawalla has tweeted a couple of hours ago the first look at the deployed sail! Although the image has some corrupted areas, it seems clear it has deployed successfully:

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I've been working on descrambling the partial pic of #LightSail....just a few little sail bits I can't figure out

See also Mike Patton's post in the Planetary Society's website: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2015/20150608-sails-in-space.html - the image is expected to be completely downloaded tomorrow morning. If (as it appears) the sail is not fully tensioned, the booms will be commanded in the next few days to achieve it, as the orbit is already decaying fast.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #273 on: 06/09/2015 06:40 PM »
Picture of full sail is up on facebook!

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #274 on: 06/10/2015 10:22 AM »
Possibly not deployed fully, edges look bowed inwards between the poles.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #275 on: 06/10/2015 11:19 AM »
They haven't done the final tensioning prior to those images.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #276 on: 06/10/2015 04:18 PM »
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CROWDSOURCE CALL: Can you help compile a #LightSail image? This JPG is from other camera, but loads as blank image. http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/z-misc/2015/P01_15878x16388_176-1_T47_3_26_D2_20_0.out.jpg
https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/608625405449261057

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The #LightSail image I posted has first 24 bytes removed (metadata), and this header attached: http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/z-misc/2015/header.txt
https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/608630375745593344

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Finally, here's the original-original #LightSail image, with metadata intact and no headers attached: http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/z-misc/2015/1.jpg Thanks!
https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/608630904894803968

Help them if you can!

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https://twitter.com/jasonrdavis/status/608647966170054656
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For those having trouble with LightSail links, here's a Google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DiPleK4f0VEK2joqYXFrceWBS-CWV25kTOYo0UC3AUA/edit?usp=sharing



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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #277 on: 06/10/2015 05:37 PM »
New article with more speculation as to why we might not have seen this particular X-37B.

http://www.spacewar.com/m/reports/X_37B_Still_Largely_Unexplained_999.html

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #278 on: 06/10/2015 11:50 PM »

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #279 on: 06/14/2015 01:21 PM »
Ted Molczan's June 14, 04:30 UTC report on SeeSat-L reports LightSail-A will re-enter today, June 14, near 20:39 h UTC.

Uncertainty is +/- 4 hours.

His updates are at: http://www.satobs.org/LightSail-A.html

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