Author Topic: LIVE: GCOM-C/SLATS - H-IIA F37 , December 23, 2017 (01:26 UTC)  (Read 14015 times)

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Showing a film about the two satellites

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NOAA and NASA looking forward to a successful launch

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Quick statement from NOAA and NASA employees.
"Liftoff of Falcon 9: the world's first reflight of an orbital-class rocket."

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GO for launch!

Offline ZachS09

T-9 minutes. This H-IIA 202 launch vehicle will take about 108 minutes to complete this dual-payload mission.

The first satellite to be deployed, GCOM-C, will study the Earth's carbon cycle from a 798-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit. As for the second satellite, SLATS, it's powered by an ion engine and will show how certain satellites can operate in extremely low orbits. SLATS will be placed in a 450 by 643 kilometer orbit, but will lower its altitude to 180 by 268 kilometers in the near future.
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Back to the rocket on the pad. Just under ten minutes to launch. Final checks underway and all is looking good.

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T-8 minutes. Final Terminal Count sequence has started.

Continuing to proceed towards the planned T0 at 01:26:22 UTC.
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T-8 minutes. Terminal count has started.
« Last Edit: 12/23/2017 12:19 AM by William Graham »

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All systems are now in final operation and the restricted areas have been cleared.
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Range is green

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Range Safety Systems are GO and Range is GREEN for launch tonight.
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Six minutes to liftoff
« Last Edit: 12/23/2017 12:21 AM by William Graham »

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X-0 is 10:26:22 JST (01:26:22 UTC)

T-5 minutes
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T-5 minutes. At liftoff, the H-IIA should produce over 1.1 million pounds of thrust.
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5 m to launch...

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Automated sequence initiated

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T-4 minutes.

Automatic sequence is underway.
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Auto launch sequence... 4 m to launch.

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T-3 minutes.

First and second stage valves will be closed momentarily.
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X-3 minutes and counting. H-IIA F37 is on internal power.

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