Author Topic: Electron F29: Antipodean Adventure (NROL-199) Mahia LC-1B - 4 Aug 2022 05:00 UTC  (Read 11407 times)

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Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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End of webcast.
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Now the Kick Stage is in a perfect transfer orbit, as planned. Around an hour from now the Curie engine will ignite to circularize its orbit ahead of payload deployment. Stay tuned for confirmation of payload deployment!

[FST edit: please link to source

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1555059390960480256 ]
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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1555056307874533376

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Electron launches with NROL-199 from Launch Complex-1B (LC-1B) at Rocket Labs launch facility on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.

Overview:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2022/08/rocket-labs-nrol-199/

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Staging 1-2.

https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1555058774100123649

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SECO. On to the Kick Stage. End of webcast cause NRO is secret sauce orbits.

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Launch photos from Rocket Lab

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Here is a comparison of the boost phase of the webcast telemetry from the Electron 28 and 29 missions.

Electron 28 launched due East into a 39 inclination orbit. From the NGA notices, Electron 29 initial azimuth was about 135 prograde. This accounts for the generally lower velocities displayed for the Electron 29 booster.

The NGA notices also implied a dogleg to a much higher inclination of about 82 prograde, but it wasn't apparent in the boost phase webcast video or telemetry. The second stage may have performed the manoeuvre.
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Rocket Lab launch photos
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