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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #60 on: 11/09/2017 07:32 AM »

Is this the appropriate place to repeat the old joke about the two kinds of countries in the world? You know, the countries that use the metric system, and the countries that have landed men on the Moon...

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #61 on: 11/09/2017 11:56 AM »
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#Antares' journey has begun! #OA8 #Cygnus

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #62 on: 11/09/2017 01:42 PM »
Does anyone have insight into these numbers on the first stage?

"2TRS2S1.8"

My Guess:  "2" (unknown meaning, maybe version 2 with RD181 engines?), Taurus 2, Stage 1 Serial No. 8

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #63 on: 11/09/2017 02:21 PM »
From JSC PAO per request on current consumable limits with and without Cygnus OA-8E.

"Short pole in the tent on consumables right now is food, which we have enough without Cygnus until at least April 2018. Cygnus will push that to at least June. Everything else is good through at least the first half of 2018 without Cygnus, and with Cygnus most consumables have 1 year+ reserve (food still being the shortest but that’s typical.)"

Various payload element weights available here: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orbital_atk_crs-8_overview.pdf

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #64 on: 11/09/2017 02:59 PM »
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Antares rolled out to the pad OA this morning in preparation for CRS-8 mission on Saturday, 11/11. Photo: NASA/Terry Zaperach

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #65 on: 11/09/2017 04:09 PM »
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised into the vertical position on launch Pad-0A, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s eighth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver over 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #66 on: 11/09/2017 04:55 PM »

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #67 on: 11/09/2017 07:29 PM »


As seen from up the Arbuckle Creek inlet, at the old ferry dock site.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix P900, approx 1120am EST

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #68 on: 11/09/2017 07:34 PM »


As seen from up the Arbuckle Creek inlet, at the old ferry dock site.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix P900, approx 1120am EST

Awesome pic!

Is there somewhere that publishes road closures?  Any word on whether these areas will be open during the launch for viewing?
« Last Edit: 11/09/2017 07:35 PM by spacepat_o »

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #69 on: 11/09/2017 07:45 PM »


As seen from up the Arbuckle Creek inlet, at the old ferry dock site.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix P900, approx 1120am EST

Awesome pic!

Is there somewhere that publishes road closures?  Any word on whether these areas will be open during the launch for viewing?
I haven't found anything yet that definitely answers the question.  While I was at the dock, two crabbers and a Virginia Maritime Police officer were passing the time of day at their boat.  I asked the VMP if there was a closure for the launch Saturday, he didn't know, and said that "If there were deputies at the end of the road Saturday morning, you can assume the area is closed". 

Not.  Precisely.  Helpful.   ???

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #70 on: 11/09/2017 07:46 PM »


As seen from up the Arbuckle Creek inlet, at the old ferry dock site.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix P900, approx 1120am EST

Awesome pic!

Is there somewhere that publishes road closures?  Any word on whether these areas will be open during the launch for viewing?
I haven't found anything yet that definitely answers the question.  While I was at the dock, two crabbers and a Virginia Maritime Police officer were passing the time of day at their boat.  I asked the VMP if there was a closure for the launch Saturday, he didn't know, and said that "If there were deputies at the end of the road Saturday morning, you can assume the area is closed". 

Not.  Precisely.  Helpful.   ???

Thanks for trying! I guess we'll find out! :)

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #71 on: 11/09/2017 07:51 PM »
How is it that Cygnus delivers so much more to ISS than Dragon, with a much smaller rocket?
Is it all because of the Dragons heat shield?
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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #72 on: 11/09/2017 07:54 PM »

Thanks for trying! I guess we'll find out! :)

No worries!  If I spot something, I'll link it in the thread.

In the meantime, another ridiculous shot from the P900:   8)


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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #73 on: 11/09/2017 08:34 PM »

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #74 on: 11/09/2017 08:42 PM »
How is it that Cygnus delivers so much more to ISS than Dragon, with a much smaller rocket?
Is it all because of the Dragons heat shield?
Dragon is severely volume limited. (Dragon has 10 cubic meters to Cygnus' 27 cubic meters)

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #75 on: 11/09/2017 08:55 PM »


As seen from up the Arbuckle Creek inlet, at the old ferry dock site.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix P900, approx 1120am EST

Awesome pic!

Is there somewhere that publishes road closures?  Any word on whether these areas will be open during the launch for viewing?

An Accomack County official has stated that Arbuckle Neck Road will be closed for viewing of the Antares launch.

FURTHER UPDATE:

The following is written in a positive light to be very helpful and to give a better understanding.

A very knowledgeable and highly respected government official has provided information about why Arbuckle Neck Road is now closed when launches are to occur.

Arbuckle Neck Road is a narrow one-lane road in the area where people go to watch launches and where they park their vehicles.

When vehicles park along the shoulder of Arbuckle Neck Road, there is not always room for arriving or departing vehicles to adequately and promptly turn around.

Should there be an emergency of any kind, arrival and departure of emergency vehicles would be hindered.

Time is of the essence when responding to an emergency.  Seconds count

Thus, quite understandably, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation have found it to be unsafe to accommodate vehicles parking along a narrow one-lane road in case there is a need for an emergency vehicle to quickly arrive and depart.

The nearby NASA VIP viewing area is unaffected due to its access being from a well marked, wide two-lane, paved roadway.

Readers are thanked for their understanding.  Each life is important.
« Last Edit: 11/10/2017 01:11 PM by Freddie »

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #76 on: 11/09/2017 11:55 PM »

As seen from up the Arbuckle Creek inlet, at the old ferry dock site.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix P900, approx 1120am EST

I thought that view looked familiar. I watched OA-5 from that spot and I'll be there for this one. Were you there last year?

I'm thinking about using my telescope for this launch. I'm guessing Antares will just barely fit in frame while on the pad. I'm still unsure if I'll take photos or video (my camera only does 1080p), but either way it should be interesting. The trees get in the way toward MECO, but I don't know how easily it can be seen at that time of day.

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #77 on: 11/10/2017 03:10 AM »
New Small Satellite Missions Launching To Space

NASA's Ames Research Center
Published on Nov 9, 2017


On November 11, 2017, NASA will launch four new small satellite missions to space from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Each mission will demonstrate critical new capabilities for small spacecraft. 

More info: https://go.nasa.gov/2isTr8q

Video credit: NASA's Ames Research Center

NASA's Ames Research Center is located in California's Silicon Valley. Follow us on social media to hear about the latest developments in space, science and technology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW811ouhJeU?t=001

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #78 on: 11/10/2017 12:28 PM »
95% chance of acceptable weather for launch window.

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Re: Cygnus OA-8 - Antares - November 11, 2017
« Reply #79 on: 11/10/2017 12:46 PM »
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Good morning! Antares rocket and the “SS Gene Cernan” @OrbitalATK #Cygnus cargo vehicle stand ready to resupply the @Space_Station: flic.kr/s/aHsm8Mbnfd

https://twitter.com/nasahqphoto/status/928976201795948544
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