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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #40 on: 04/29/2017 10:37 PM »
Clearest shots yet

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Visiting the @SpaceX Falcon 9 before tomorrow's @NatReconOfc mission. 2-hr Launch window opens at 7AM ET. Booster landing will occur at LZ-1

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/858448732387454976

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Falcon 9 and NROL-76 vertical on Pad 39-A. Launch window opens tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. EDT, 11:00 UTC.

« Last Edit: 04/29/2017 10:55 PM by Flying Beaver »
Saw OG-2 Booster Land in person 21/12/2015.

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William Graham with the launch preview overview - and with his amazing NROL info per his ULA features, so a combination of both of his skills here! Heck of a read:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/04/spacex-falcon-9-first-nro-mission-nrol-76/

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #43 on: 04/30/2017 09:10 AM »
Launch seems to have been pushed 15 minutes into the window at 11:15 UTC
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #44 on: 04/30/2017 09:28 AM »
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@SpaceX #Falcon9 will launch @NatReconOfc #NROL76 in just under two hours. Shooting for a T-0 of 7:15 a.m.!

https://twitter.com/45thspacewing/status/858611257271824384

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #45 on: 04/30/2017 09:58 AM »
I will hopefully have the Launch Director loop soon.... but you know, NRO and all.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #46 on: 04/30/2017 10:09 AM »
NRO PAO.  NRO did not directly contract with SpaceX.  They contracted with a private company who secured the contract to launch NROL-76 on a Falcon 9.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #47 on: 04/30/2017 10:10 AM »
Also, webcast would confirm if this is the first flight of the new Block upgrade Falcon 9.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #48 on: 04/30/2017 10:11 AM »
We have signs the fueling is underway!

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #49 on: 04/30/2017 10:15 AM »
I will have Launch Director loop in a few minutes -- which will help us confirm where we are with activities.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #50 on: 04/30/2017 10:16 AM »
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1 hour until Falcon 9 launch of NROL-76. Updated launch window opens at 7:15 a.m. EDT, 11:15 UTC.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #51 on: 04/30/2017 10:17 AM »
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1 hour until Falcon 9 launch of NROL-76. Updated launch window opens at 7:15 a.m. EDT, 11:15 UTC.

That confirms that fueling began on time at 6:05a this morning.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #52 on: 04/30/2017 10:31 AM »
Launch Director loop connection being made now. Should have confirmation of what's going on in the next few minutes.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #54 on: 04/30/2017 10:33 AM »
NRO PAO.  NRO did not directly contract with SpaceX.  They contracted with a private company who secured the contract to launch NROL-76 on a Falcon 9.

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The SpaceX NROL-76 launch was not contracted to SpaceX directly by the NRO but through Ball Aerospace.

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/858629314341896192

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - NET April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #55 on: 04/30/2017 10:33 AM »
T-43 minutes. The Sun is coming up.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #56 on: 04/30/2017 10:35 AM »
T-40 minutes.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #57 on: 04/30/2017 10:40 AM »
So far, all is quiet (which is good).

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #58 on: 04/30/2017 10:40 AM »
T-35 minutes. Sky is now blue. Seeing puffs of LOX venting every few minutes.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-76 - April 30, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #59 on: 04/30/2017 10:44 AM »
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Also, the NRO public affairs team is super cool about answering questions. They are stoked to be launching with SpaceX. We're having donuts

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/858630395860054016

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NRO: "we can't talk about the satellite" .... So it's a satellite then.

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/858631034455326720

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