Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : NROL-108 : KSC LC-39A : 19 December 2020 (14:00 UTC)  (Read 105534 times)

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NRO Facebook post
 
Yesterday at 9:32 AM  ·
Develop. Acquire. Launch. Operate. When the United States needs eyes and ears where no human can reach, it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office. Our spacecraft provide near real-time imagery and signals intelligence support to our Department of Defense and intelligence community partners. #NROL108 will be the NRO’s sixth launch of 2020 and will carry a national security payload designed, built and operated by the agency. #WeAretheNRO #PeaceThroughStrength 🚀
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Live stream scheduled to start at 13:00 UTC

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Visual mission profile

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No idea how long clouds may take to clear, but wouldn’t surprise me if SpaceX end up going later in the launch window.

https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1339550698007113728

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Good morning from a gloomy Kennedy Space Center, where Falcon 9 / NROL-108 are set for liftoff during a three-hour window opening at 0900 ET. Cape landing.
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https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1339554692615979009

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Targeting 9:45 a.m. EST for today's launch of NROL-108 to allow some weather to pass

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

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Weather is 70% go.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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One of the old Space Shuttle MLPs is out and about carrying a whole load of concrete.
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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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T-1 hour.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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T-50 minutes.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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SpaceX mission audio stream is showing the SpaceX control room.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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The SpaceX Launch Director is go for propellant load.
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T-35 minutes. First and second stage RP-1 and first stage LOX loading has started.
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T-30 minutes.
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T-25 minutes.
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Getting a bit more misty and there is some rain.
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T-20 minutes. Vent is barely visible to the right of the vehicle.
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Get down for some funky music time!
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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1339577490440941570

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T-20 minute vent.....we think.

NRO demands secrecy.

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