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Offline Alpha Control

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RE: Minotaur NFIRE launch - NASA Wallops Island
« Reply #20 on: 04/24/2007 01:26 AM »
[Sorry to reply to my own post - I wanted to update it but wasn't able to edit it.]

I hope that someone here gets to see it live tonight.  I had to leave and so won't be there for this attempt.

David
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Re: Minotaur NFIRE launch - NASA Wallops Island
« Reply #21 on: 04/24/2007 02:24 AM »
I hope to see it from Long Island (NY)...was able to see the December launch from here.

Offline Chris Bergin

RE: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #22 on: 04/24/2007 03:44 AM »
Not sure what's going on with this. No updates for some time now.

Offline Chris Bergin

Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #23 on: 04/24/2007 04:01 AM »
Oh, nevermind, still proceeding:

Posted by RCC on 2007-04-23 at 23:48:32 EST
11:48 a.m. T-3 hours and counting. Launch vehicle checkout is complete. During the next hour the launch team will begin final vehicle arming and closeout.

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #24 on: 04/24/2007 05:49 AM »
Posted by RCC on 2007-04-24 at 01:48:00 EST
1:48 a.m. T-60 minutes and counting. Arming and vehicle closeout is complete. Telemetry and radar systems have been calibrated. Range is ready to proceed. The initiation of the final launch checklist has started.

Offline Chris Bergin

Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #25 on: 04/24/2007 06:19 AM »
Posted by RCC on 2007-04-24 at 02:18:06 EST
2:18 a.m. T-30 minutes and counting.

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #26 on: 04/24/2007 06:38 AM »
Posted by RCC on 2007-04-24 at 02:38:02 EST
2:38 a.m. T-10 minutes and counting

Offline Chris Bergin

Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #27 on: 04/24/2007 06:39 AM »
Thanks Yuri. Looks like they'll sorted yesterday's ground support problems...

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #28 on: 04/24/2007 06:48 AM »
Launch. Person at Wallops saying it launched.

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #29 on: 04/24/2007 08:23 AM »
Any news on the results of the launch?

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #30 on: 04/24/2007 08:40 AM »
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Skyrocket - 24/4/2007  3:23 AM

Any news on the results of the launch?

According to Novosti Kosmonavtiki the launch was at 06.48 UTC.

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #31 on: 04/24/2007 10:24 AM »
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Olaf - 24/4/2007  3:40 AM

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Skyrocket - 24/4/2007  3:23 AM

Any news on the results of the launch?

According to Novosti Kosmonavtiki the launch was at 06.48 UTC.

Nothing more at this time? Did it get into orbit? Launch images? I can't find anything about this one on the net!...

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #32 on: 04/24/2007 10:46 AM »

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #33 on: 04/24/2007 03:56 PM »
Hi-res launch photo at:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/images/content/174890main_NFIRE3.jpg

Looks like the same 1.5 meter payload fairing used for the TacSat 2 launch.

 - Ed Kyle

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #34 on: 04/24/2007 04:00 PM »
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edkyle99 - 24/4/2007  10:56 AM

Hi-res launch photo at:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/images/content/174890main_NFIRE3.jpg

 - Ed Kyle

Thanks to point that Ed!

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #35 on: 04/24/2007 04:15 PM »
There are two other images in this page, although the best is the one Ed posted: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/nfire.html

Also, they've posted a video on YouTube with the launch: (quite amateur, but better than nothing)

Info by NasaWatch: http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2007/04/nfire_mission_i.html#more
-DaviD-

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Re: Minotaur/NFIRE - 24 April 2007
« Reply #36 on: 04/26/2007 07:32 PM »
Apr 24, 2007

ATK Propulsion and Composite Technologies Support Minotaur Launch of the NFIRE

MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the successful launch yesterday of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur launch vehicle from Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch placed the Missile Defense Agency's experimental Near Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE) spacecraft in orbit.

ATK supplied the Orion 50XL and Orion 38 motors that served as Minotaur's third and fourth stages, respectively. These stages are manufactured in its Salt Lake City facility. In addition to being used on Minotaur space launch vehicles that Orbital produces under the U.S. Air Force's Orbital/Suborbital program, Orion motors are used on their highly successful, Taurus XL® and air-launched Pegasus XL® vehicle.

ATK's Clearfield, Utah facility produced the 50" and 38" diameter composite cases for the second and third stage motors, and the composite interstage that joins the two. ATK's Flexseal assemblies also allow the rocket motor nozzle to change the angle of thrust for steering control while providing a critical seal between the rocket motor and the nozzle.


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