Author Topic: LIVE: Atlas V - X37B Flight 2 - Cape Canaveral - March 5, 2011  (Read 237800 times)

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So I can learn something .....why not on the 14th in the dark?


Because I missed it looking through the table ;) Which pass are you referring to (remember 12:43 is lunch time 13:43 is a very late lunch).
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In PST:

6:26 on the 15th
11:14 on the 16th
Maybe
6:29 on the 16th
5:00 on the 18th
9:24 on the 19th

Guess it all depends on the crossrange.


Your WAGs are off by an hour... California is on PDT, not PST, so if you converted those are all wrong.

It read them out of the table which used GMT-8, your right PDT currently is GMT -7, not -8 so they are all an hour later. Ie, none are at night!

7:26 on the 15th
12:14 on the 16th
Maybe
7:29 on the 16th
6:00 on the 18th
10:24 on the 19th

I blame congress for imposing a mess of a time system.
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Scratch this date: was still working on the 13th with little java in me.

1)   My guesstimate it takes 30+ minutes prior to landing so we would not be in full sunlight.
2)   We have clouds and a lot of cover because of the fires, and a lot of the air is not clear, so no full sunlight.
3)   Depending on the fuel available the Orbit can be changed and come in earlier by 1-2 hours?
4)   Remember a fuel dump is a must to balance her out before landing. 

So today could be interesting if she changes orbit or not?


Edit: need to double check if that time was for my location or landing site.
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Your WAGs are off by an hour... California is on PDT, not PST, so if you converted those are all wrong.

It read them out of the table which used GMT-8, your right PDT currently is GMT -7, not -8 so they are all an hour later. Ie, none are at night!

Heavens Above Frequently Asked Questions

Q.    Will I have to do anything when we change to/from daylight saving time to winter time?
A.    No, the prediction software calculates when the changes are due to occur and all times are given in the correct local time.


http://heavens-above.com/ShowFAQ.aspx?lat=34.7297&lng=-120.5769&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=PST&FAQID=302

I checked ISS sightings from Heavens Above and NASA predictions (also given in local time, and which I would assume to be corrected for daylight savings) for Vandenberg - they are the same within a minute of each other.

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7:26 AM PDT on the 15th and 12:14 PM PDT on the 16th are the two closest tracks to Vandenberg AFB during the next four days.  6 AM PDT on the 18th and 7:29 AM on the 16th are the next two closest tracks. 

The 12:14 PM June 16 track is the only descending track of the four.  I'm not sure if that matters. 

Weather is cloudy in the mornings, clearing during the afternoons, if that matters for X-37B.

Local news reports suggested a pre-10 AM landing time having been called off earlier this week, on Monday.

 - Ed Kyle
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http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=24323.msg914635#msg914635

I called that on the 8th.   The info i had has changed.  Q: has the orbit been changed since the 8th?

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Any word on if its coming home today as planned?
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Any word on if its coming home today as planned?

When was that officially announced? I've yet to hear USAF giving a planned landing date.

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Dont think they officially said just everything I have read this week stated they were most likley trying for today before 10am PST so was just seeing if anyone has heard anything.
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If you peruse this thread, there have been a number of possible dates. Nobody knows anything, and if they did they aren't going to post it here :)

Keep an eye on this thread for the latest.

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On MSNBC it says they are attempting tomorrow depending on weather of course.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47813934/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.T9t7ehevKSo
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Oddly enough the NOTAM below is for the warning area (W532) due west of Vandenburg and the restricted area (R2516) right over the base

06/013 (A1536/12) - AIRSPACE W532E ACT SFC-UNL. 16 JUN 07:30 2012 UNTIL 16 JUN 16:30 2012. CREATED: 15 JUN 18:11 2012

and

M0295/12 - RESTRICTED AREA 2516 CLOSED SURFACE TO FL250. 16 JUN 08:00 2012 UNTIL 16 JUN 13:30 2012. CREATED: 15 JUN 19:44 2012

So the warning area (surface to unlimited) is active the 16th 0730Z to 1630Z and the restricted area (surface to 25,000 feet MSL) is closed the 16th 0800Z to 1330Z.  Any passes fit in those times?



 
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Oddly enough the NOTAM below is for the warning area (W532) due west of Vandenburg and the restricted area (R2516) right over the base

06/013 (A1536/12) - AIRSPACE W532E ACT SFC-UNL. 16 JUN 07:30 2012 UNTIL 16 JUN 16:30 2012. CREATED: 15 JUN 18:11 2012

and

M0295/12 - RESTRICTED AREA 2516 CLOSED SURFACE TO FL250. 16 JUN 08:00 2012 UNTIL 16 JUN 13:30 2012. CREATED: 15 JUN 19:44 2012

So the warning area (surface to unlimited) is active the 16th 0730Z to 1630Z and the restricted area (surface to 25,000 feet MSL) is closed the 16th 0800Z to 1330Z.  Any passes fit in those times?


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That would put them down something like an hour after the window opens, I think.

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Weather forecast is for Fog / low ceilings at 400 to 600 feet (I assume that is a no go but who knows

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it has landed at 5:48 am PDT (12:48 UTC)

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USAF story, including high-res pic:
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123306243

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The vehicle was initially a NASA initiative, but was transferred to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in 2004. When it first launched in 2006, it was lauded for its cutting-edge technologies, such as the auto de-orbit capability, thermal protection tiles, and high-temperature components and seals.

What launched in 2006? OTV-1 was 2010.
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If this is the actual landing photo, it looks like it was never used!!!!

Way to go Air Force.

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