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Whoa there.  The one up there now may not be, and probably isn't, the flight article.  "Close" might be a tad bit optimistic. 
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Tower clear is no longer a relevant call


Wasn't "Tower Clear" used at one time to mark the moment when control shifted from KSC to JSC?  Or does the shift now occur a at pre-defined number of seconds after liftoff?  Perhaps SLS has its own timer for this.
I believe Shuttle did at pad release/liftoff. Because by then it is no longer on the pad but a vehicle in flight. Once it was released KSC had no way of controlling it beside having the range blow it up.

If there was a pad abort during Apollo, KSC (not JSC) controllers would communicate with the astronauts all the way through splashdown and recovery?  As Overwatchfan123 says, we'll just have to see what the KSC-to-JSC protocol is for SLS.  (I promise not to drag out this thread any further!)
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The leg itself seems to be the money piece, and it didn't get whacked, so a new strut and away they go.
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Japanese Launchers / Re: Japanese launch schedule
« Last post by zubenelgenubi on Today at 09:42 pm »
Cross-posts
Next Epsilon launch:
Launch time is 00:47 - 00:58 UTC, 7 October 2022.

The payload are RAISE-3 and 5 other microsatellites chosen by JAXA (MAGNARO, MITSUBA, KOSEN-2, WASEDA-SAT-ZERO, FSI-SAT), plus QPS-SAR-3 and 4 flying on a commercial contract.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1557754907901304834
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Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
A couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:
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Next Japanese Epsilon launch is scheduled for October; first Epsilon S launch in 2023. [Aug 11]
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Cross-post:
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1557754907901304834
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Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
A couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:

- Moog says its SL-OMV tug is on track for launch in 1st quarter of 2023 on ABLís RS1 from SaxaVord on the UK Pathfinder launch. [Aug 11]
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Tower clear is no longer a relevant call


Wasn't "Tower Clear" used at one time to mark the moment when control shifted from KSC to JSC?  Or does the shift now occur a at pre-defined number of seconds after liftoff?  Perhaps SLS has its own timer for this.
I believe Shuttle did at pad release/liftoff. Because by then it is no longer on the pad but a vehicle in flight. Once it was released KSC had no way of controlling it beside having the range blow it up.

If there was a pad abort during Apollo, KSC (not JSC) controllers would communicate with the astronauts all the way through splashdown and recovery?  As Overwatchfan123 says, we'll just have to see what the KSC-to-JSC protocol is for SLS.  (I promise not to drag out this thread any further!)
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Other US Launchers / Re: US Launch Schedule
« Last post by Salo on Today at 09:37 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1557754907901304834
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Jeff Foust @jeff_foust
A couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:

- Moog says its SL-OMV tug is on track for launch in 1st quarter of 2023 on ABLís RS1 from SaxaVord on the UK Pathfinder launch.
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August 11th 2022 Updates:  Long duration B7 static fire

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1557815777654235136
Tweet Contents:  About to attempt long duration engine firing to test autogenous pressurization

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1557839580979535872
Tweet Contents:  Full duration 20 second static fire of Super Heavy Booster 7
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Suborbital Missions / Re: The suborbital thread!
« Last post by russianhalo117 on Today at 09:34 pm »
RockSat-X Day 4 (first day scrubbed before countdown so third broadcast launch attempt)




Polling for terminal count.. T-15 minutes and holding. Standing by to release the hold. Tracking aircraft need 15 more minutes to clear the hazard area to their hold points.
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NSF have wound down their commentary stream for now.

Cars are back to pad, but roadblock is still up. Focus seems to be on the suborbital tank farm. (Per LabPadre Rover 2)
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