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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #40 on: 09/11/2020 04:39 am »
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TED-01 MISSION OVERVIEW

Southern Launch is targeting Tuesday September 15, at 11:59am ACST for its inaugural launch of the TED-01 DART
rocket from the Koonibba Test Range in South Australia.

The launch window extends from Monday 14th September, through to Sunday 20th September with a backup launch
window of 28th September to 4th October 2020.  Two launches will be conducted within these launch windows, dependent
on weather.

For those of you attending our first launch at the Koonibba Test Range (KTR) next week, please see attached information sheet.

We are limiting numbers to the event due to COVID, so we do ask that you register online if you are going to attend, so we can keep track of numbers/ details for COVID tracing. You will not be allowed past the checkpoint until registered.  If you have been unwell or in contact with someone unwell recently, we request that you please stay home and watch the footage once released online, shortly after the launch.

https://southernlaunch.space/s/TED-01-Mission-Overview.pdf
« Last Edit: 09/11/2020 04:51 am by CameronD »
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #41 on: 09/11/2020 07:27 am »
First time I don't have to do a time conversion for the launch! For the rest of the world it is 15 September, 02:29 UTC (we are currently +9.5 hours UTC).

It seems this flight has three different names, TED-01, DEWC-SP1 (Defence Electronic Warfare Company) and DSX-001 (DEWC Space Experiment). I don't know what TED or SP stands for.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #42 on: 09/14/2020 10:58 pm »
Its launch day for Southern Launch! Here's a nice video on the Koonibba range and how they are involving the local Koonibba community.

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernLaunch/videos/2730666033920604/

Photos showing a full scale model of the DART launcher and payload shown to the local school.

https://www.facebook.com/101450424536359/photos/pcb.334303347917731/334301867917879/?type=3&theater
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #43 on: 09/15/2020 12:30 am »
Its launch day for Southern Launch! Here's a nice video on the Koonibba range and how they are involving the local Koonibba community.

Yes, Alex is Launch Director for this one.


From T-Minus Engineering:
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After years of hard work, our DART rocket will take its first flight. Together with Southern Launch and DEWC Systems from Australia, our rocket will be the first to be launched at the Koonibba Test Range (KTR). The range is operated by Southern Launch and our rocket will carry a payload of DEWC Systems.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the T-Minus Engineering team is unable to attend the launch in person. In the time leading up to the launch our staff has been working closely together with the Australian teams to make this first launch a success. We will conduct our launch operations at an approximate distance of 15.000 km, from our headquarters in Delft, The Netherlands. In this unique and challenging setting, activities are monitored via camera systems and the rocket is securely operated over the internet.

The first launch will be to a reduced apogee of 85km. Depending on the outcome of the first launch, a second launch is scheduled for the September 18 potentially passing the Kármán line (100 km) and reaching space.

Many Firsts, with the associated risks and challenges. Independent of the outcome of this launch, all parties involved have shown incredible resilience and skill getting to this point: a feat worth being proud of.

Launch - 15th of September 12pm ACST (04:30 NL).
« Last Edit: 09/15/2020 12:32 am by CameronD »
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #44 on: 09/15/2020 02:29 am »
Launch should be happening about now.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #45 on: 09/15/2020 02:41 am »
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/dewc_spaceindustry-spacetechnology-activity-6710844868287188992-No5L/

The DEWC Systems DSX-001 DART Team responsible for the development of the EW payload that will be placed inside the T-Minus Engineering DART rocket and launched from the Southern Launch Koonibba Test Range.

We are proud to be the first SME company to launch Australia's first commercial rocket to the edge of space.
And the countdown begins...
#spaceindustry #spacetechnology
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #47 on: 09/15/2020 02:55 am »
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-15/excitement-grows-for-first-rocket-launch-on-aboriginal-land/12663108

Excitement grows in Koonibba Community for first rocket launch on Aboriginal Land

By Stacey Lee and Evelyn Leckie
Posted 5 hours ago

Indigenous elders in the remote South Australian Koonibba Aboriginal Community say a rocket launch will "put their town on the map", and is already providing crucial learning experiences for school students.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #48 on: 09/15/2020 03:25 am »
From their FB page:
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Update... We will attempt to do a FB live from the Range Operations, 3km west of the launch pad, with closer footage uploaded as soon as we can. Stay tuned for new launch time

EDIT:  Target T-0 time is now 12:59:47

EDIT: Updated launch time: 13:20pm ACST

Maybe taking a break for lunch? :)
« Last Edit: 09/15/2020 03:31 am by CameronD »
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #49 on: 09/15/2020 03:40 am »
Video report from this morning. It was a bit windy which might delay launch. Window closes at 2 pm local (04:30 UTC). The middle photo shows a class from Ceduna (40 km to the south) that have come up to watch the launch.

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/rocket-to-launch-from-south-australian-outback/video/ed2045220879894ebd99331ff28d0d21
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #50 on: 09/15/2020 03:48 am »
Launch now at 04:00 UTC, perhaps with a livestream!

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernLaunch/posts/2684641615128297

Updated launch time: 13:30pm ACST

We will attempt to do a FB live from the Range Operations, 3km west of the launch pad, with closer footage uploaded as soon as we can. Stay tuned for new updates launch times
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #51 on: 09/15/2020 03:52 am »
Here's hoping the winds die down, otherwise it's a scrub until tomorrow... and with such a big turn-out in the middle of absolutely nowhere and the SA Premier turning up, that would be a real PITA.
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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #52 on: 09/15/2020 04:00 am »
Launch should be happening about now.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #53 on: 09/15/2020 04:23 am »
I'm thinking the launch time is actually 3:30 pm (06:00 UTC), as the time given of 13:30pm is a bit unusual and its now 23 minutes past 1:30 pm with no news from Southern Launch. The press kit gives a window from from 10 am to 4 pm. I've asked a question about the launch time on Facebook, so hopefully we'll get some clarification.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #54 on: 09/15/2020 04:33 am »
Looks like a pad abort.

https://www.facebook.com/ThePortLincolnNews/photos/a.128317708962991/141341014327327/?type=3&theater

"The Port Lincoln News
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#BREAKING Southern Launch’s Rocket fails to ignite after a long morning of delays.

More to come."
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #55 on: 09/15/2020 04:37 am »
https://www.facebook.com/SouthernLaunch/posts/2684685501790575

Southern Launch
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Confirming we have had a misfire, which means we have ceased operations for the day and will attempt again later this week.
We can confirm that all operations were completed in a safe manner, it was a great trial and testament to our entire staff. This is one of the scenarios that we had accounted for - this is rocket science after all!
We were prepared for this result, as unfortunate as it is, and we look forward to trying again later in the week. So we’re sorry that we weren’t able to complete a successful launch today but stay tuned for next launch date to be announced.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #56 on: 09/15/2020 06:05 am »
Press conference describing the misfire. Ignition signal sent but propellant did not ignite. Could be back as early as tomorrow if they can fix the problem. As this is a civilian range, Southern Launch does not have the authority to force people off the range. Some people drove past the road block to get a closer look forcing the stoppage of operations. The people were asked to leave the range, which they did. Waiting on the Australian Space Agency for approval to launch above 100 km for the second launch.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1025250874594744
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #57 on: 09/15/2020 06:11 am »
Press article: "Rocket misfire will not dampen enthusiasm for space exploration"

https://www.westcoastsentinel.com.au/story/6926322/misfire-ruins-historic-koonibba-rocket-launch/?cs=1547
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #58 on: 09/15/2020 08:58 am »
Press article: "Rocket misfire will not dampen enthusiasm for space exploration"

https://www.westcoastsentinel.com.au/story/6926322/misfire-ruins-historic-koonibba-rocket-launch/?cs=1547
This article now contains a video.
The signal ignition signal definitely reached the rocket and some ignition event took place.
But the motor didn't ignite.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #59 on: 09/15/2020 09:20 am »
You see a puff of smoke at ignition and something glowing red flying off. It lands on the grass next to the thing on the left.
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