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LIVE LAUNCH DAY ATTEMPT 1 THREAD FOR SPACEX FALCON 9/DRAGON LAUNCH TO THE ISS.

Full coverage from 3:30 AM Eastern
T-0 (Instant Window) at 4:55 AM EASTERN

SPACEX WEBCAST (Thanks to SpaceX/Ben for the coding). THIS IS A STATIC IMAGE UNTIL THE WEBCAST BEGINS, AFTER WHICH IT WILL STREAM EMBEDDED.



NSF Resources:

LAUNCH DAY ARTICLE - by William Graham:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/05/spacex-falcon-9-send-dragon-to-iss/


SpaceX Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=45.0 - please use this for general questions, non updates.

SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0

SpaceX News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/

Recent COTS C2+ Specific articles:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/Dragon/


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L2 SpaceX Dragon C2/C3 Mission Special (NEW - Exclusively acquired pre-launch and Mission Coverage, Presentations, Graphics, Videos, Updates, NASA/Space industry member comments):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=54.0

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This a LIVE UPDATE THREAD. All posts need to be as such. Other posts will be removed. We can't be any clearer, so don't complain when your "I've started drinking already" posts get removed.

GO SPACEX. GO FALCON 9. GO DRAGON.
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Just to be clear on the ground rules, again.

Can be posted for the interim until we get some live coverage: Pictures, from twitter (accredit) etc. Tweets/updates from NASA, SpaceX.

Not to be posted: "It's Beer O'Clock and I'm pulling an all nighter!" "Wooo, GO SpaceX" and "Has the webcast started yet??" ;D

It's going to be a REALLY busy thread, so you can imagine people will only want to read posts updating them.

I know I sound hard nosed over this, but we've always done it this way, with Shuttle etc. There's a load of other threads that can be used for other comments, even the above examples. Remember, it's me who gets shouted at if the thread is loose and people are skipping past nonsense to find updates! :)
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Here's a good interim example - from just now:

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk
Next time Dragon sees the sun, it should be doing 17,000 mph over the Atlantic. ~8 hrs to liftoff

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Thanks to Jim Oberg:

ISS/Dragon Sightings -- predawn next few days
"First and best chance is Saturday after only one rev, with Dragon
passing about five minutes AFTER ISS.
 
BUT -- there also will be the Falcon-9 second stage, probably venting,
and at least two small flashing jettisoned solar array covers, and perhaps
other launch-associated debris.
 
If the Houston-area skies stay clear this could be AWESOME"

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Currently sitting at 6 hrs 52 minutes from predicted T-0. SLC40's lights have been on for a while now, looks great!
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Weather looks fairly quiet in the area for the morning, with temps near 70. There is a concern for some thicker cumulus clouds but I think the official 30% is too high of a violation risk. Winds should be light out of the northwest so no crosswind RTLS worries either ;)

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Thanks to Jim Oberg:

ISS/Dragon Sightings -- predawn next few days
"First and best chance is Saturday after only one rev, with Dragon
passing about five minutes AFTER ISS.
 
BUT -- there also will be the Falcon-9 second stage, probably venting,
and at least two small flashing jettisoned solar array covers, and perhaps
other launch-associated debris.
 
If the Houston-area skies stay clear this could be AWESOME"

For reference, a number of good sites (below) can be used for ISS tracking. For us in Arizona, the best pass is at 4:07 MST/PDT.

http://www.heavens-above.com
http://www.n2yo.com/
http://spaceweather.com/flybys/

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Looks like fueling operations are well underway. Now 3 hours, 11 minutes until predicted T-0.

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Twitter "ISS Updates" reports (6 min ago): L-3h15m Tanking Complete. All RP-1 now on-board. LOX into stable replenish. Waiting for confirmation.

Previously reported tanking progressing ahead of schedule with no technical issues being worked.

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Stable replen not yet.

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Just passed the 3 hour mark to the predicted T-0.
Astronomer & launch photographer

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Twitter "ISS Updates" reports (6 min ago): L-3h15m Tanking Complete. All RP-1 now on-board. LOX into stable replenish. Waiting for confirmation.

Previously reported tanking progressing ahead of schedule with no technical issues being worked.

Should be noted, that twitter account is just posting items that were part of the estimated timeline released by SpaceX at those same times, not based on actual reports from the Cape.

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Flight levels were reached around quarter past the hour.

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SpaceX is also streaming live on Youtube, although I could not get the link to open just yet.

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Morning ;)

NTV Coverage in 15 mins.
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NASA TV HD / Ipad  is not available at the moment

NASA TV media channel HD

http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7332&Itemid=55
« Last Edit: 05/19/2012 07:17 am by John44 »

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SpaceX is front and center on CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/

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Since we now have a live youtube feed. We can apply some magic and get a prize...
« Last Edit: 05/19/2012 07:21 am by Chris-A »

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