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Title: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jacqmans on 02/17/2010 09:07 pm
News Release Issued: February 17, 2010 3:55 PM EST

ATK Prepares to Ship the Operationally Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1) Bus
Small Satellite Developed to Respond to Urgent Military Needs

ATK Remains the Only Provider of Operational ORS Spacecraft Busses

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) celebrated a major milestone today as it prepares to conduct final testing and ship the Operational Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1) satellite bus, after building it in just 16 months. The bus will be shipped to Goodrich Corporation for integration of the payload in preparation for launch later this year.

ORS-1 is part of the United States Department of Defense's (DoD) ORS program that focuses on using small satellites and launch vehicles to provide innovative sensor technologies to the commanders in the battlefield, and doing so in shortened timeframes and in more affordable ways.  The ORS-1 program supports Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) needs, by providing innovative sensor systems that range across multiple spectrums. 

The satellite bus is based on the design ATK developed for the successful TacSat-3 satellite with the addition of a propulsion module. ATK built the bus at its Beltsville, MD facility. One of the goals of the program is to develop satellite buses with standard interfaces that allow for different sensors to be used for specific missions.

"Being able to build these satellites fast, and tailor them to the precise user needs, provides the commanders and the war fighter unprecedented capability," said Blake Larson, president of ATK Space Systems. "As we continue to build and operate satellites and develop more plug and play technologies, we will revolutionize how this nation responds to a threat."

Several key individuals were in attendance at the ATK celebration including local officials, representatives from the Pentagon and Congress including Senator Barbara Mikulski.

"I'm proud of the work being done at ATK in Beltsville to revolutionize satellites, create jobs in Maryland, and protect America. ATK Beltsville is a vital part of Maryland's space economy. The ORS-1 satellite bus is leaner, meaner, quicker to build and less costly to taxpayers than traditional satellites," said Senator Mikulski, chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Committee. "Finding quicker ways to put satellites into orbit will create jobs while leading to critical commercial, civil and national security information that will protect our nation and our troops overseas."

TacSat-3 was the earlier demonstration program that led to ORS-1. It was successfully launched last year and continues to perform well as an operational resource.

"The successful rapid development and launch of TacSat-3 established ATK as the first and only provider of an operational ORS bus," said Tom Wilson, vice president and general manager, ATK Spacecraft Systems & Services. "We look forward to using our flight-proven technologies in future missions."

ATK is under contract to Goodrich, the overall spacecraft integrator of the ORS-1 satellite system. ORS-1 will provide color pictures of regions selected by ground force commanders, and use existing ground systems to process and distribute the images and other information out to the battlefield. The system is designed to support urgent military needs, while establishing a foundation that will advance the multi-mission modular approach required for future ORS satellites.

The Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS Office) is a joint initiative of several agencies within the DoD responsible for integrating joint ORS capabilities and for applying ORS resources to the development, acquisition and demonstration of capabilities to meet specific responsive space needs as established by global combatant command joint force commanders and users. The ORS-1 Program is managed by the Space Development and Test Wing located at Kirtland Air Force base with support from the ORS Office.

Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
Post by: kevin-rf on 04/01/2011 02:00 am

Interesting reference to this upcoming launch in flight global http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/03/31/354985/goodrich-to-provide-sensor-upgrade-for-u-2.html

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Goodrich is set to achieve a rare treble with three versions of the same sensor technology achieving key milestones in orbit, high-altitude and medium-altitude zones within weeks of each other.
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
Post by: Downix on 04/01/2011 02:04 am

Interesting reference to this upcoming launch in flight global http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/03/31/354985/goodrich-to-provide-sensor-upgrade-for-u-2.html

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Goodrich is set to achieve a rare treble with three versions of the same sensor technology achieving key milestones in orbit, high-altitude and medium-altitude zones within weeks of each other.

Um, upcoming? *looks at the date*
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
Post by: kevin-rf on 04/01/2011 12:47 pm
Um, upcoming? *looks at the date*

Net May 20th 2011? A stretch for a few weeks, it has not flown yet.
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
Post by: Downix on 04/01/2011 03:22 pm
Um, upcoming? *looks at the date*

Net May 20th 2011? A stretch for a few weeks, it has not flown yet.
The original launch date was October 2010, hence my confusion.
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: AnalogMan on 04/18/2011 11:12 pm
Looks like this launch may have slipped to NET Sunday May 29 with nominal lift-off at 8:00pm EDT (window 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT).
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: Rocket Guy on 04/19/2011 12:01 am
http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1104/15minotaur/

May 30 earliest, they report.
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: AnalogMan on 04/26/2011 01:08 pm
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: AnalogMan on 05/02/2011 02:04 pm
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Now slipped NET June 13, 2011 UTC
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: Mapperuo on 06/12/2011 10:20 pm
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Now slipped NET June 13, 2011 UTC

Any update on this?
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: kch on 06/12/2011 10:28 pm
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Now slipped NET June 13, 2011 UTC

Any update on this?

The entry on SFN's Launch Schedule page now says "late June" (had been slipped previously from June 13th to the 18th).
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: AnalogMan on 06/12/2011 10:52 pm
Latest I have seen is NET 6/28/2011 GMT , 0028 – 0328Z [6/27/2011 8:28 - 11:28 pm EST], but it has been that for about a week now, so its possible that it has changed again.
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: AnalogMan on 06/14/2011 08:14 pm
Latest I have seen is NET 6/28/2011 GMT , 0028 – 0328Z [6/27/2011 8:28 - 11:28 pm EST], but it has been that for about a week now, so its possible that it has changed again.

Looks like a 1 day slip since I posted - now NET 6/29/2011 GMT , 0028 – 0328Z [6/28/2011 8:28 - 11:28 pm EST]
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: tehwkd on 06/21/2011 03:02 pm
All the info about Minotaur I / ORS-1, including link to the webcast http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/orsinfo.html
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: agman25 on 06/27/2011 08:59 pm
ORS-1 Tactical Imagery Sat Set For Launch

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=space&id=news/asd/2011/06/27/09.xml&headline=ORS-1%20Tactical%20%20Imagery%20Sat%20Set%20For%20Launch
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/27/2011 09:57 pm
visibility:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/orsvisibility.html
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/27/2011 10:09 pm
Dont see any official launch forecasts, but Weather underground is stating for tomorrow night "T-storms, 60% chance of precipitation"

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=wallops+island

Edit: same for NOAA but not launch specific

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Wallops+Island&state=VA&site=AKQ&textField1=37.8439&textField2=-75.4794&e=0
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/27/2011 10:54 pm
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We have a 30% chance of escaping the weather with the ORS1 launch tomorrow. Planning to proceed with count.

http://twitter.com/#!/ATKRocketNews
Title: Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
Post by: kevin-rf on 06/28/2011 12:14 pm
visibility:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/orsvisibility.html

Doh! Just outside of the circle :(
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/28/2011 02:14 pm
Moved for live coverage.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 02:28 pm
ORS-1 graphic

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/ORSgraphic.html

USAF release:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/pdf/561706main_11-33%20ORS-1%20Launch%20Date%20Set.pdf
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/28/2011 02:32 pm
This might seem a bit off topic but I assure you it's not!

If you are looking for live coverage of the launch another outlet to try (other than the streaming video from the wallops website) is http://www.wctg.fm/

They are the local radio station on Chincoteague (The island just to the north of Wallops Island) and they mentioned they are going to have some form of live coverage this evening. Not sure if they will be doing the same if the launch slips but I'll try and keep people apprised.

If anyone is in the area to watch the launch, a good place to go is at the end of Arbuckle Neck Road in Assawoman, VA (http://goo.gl/maps/nAuj). It is about as close as you can get to the pad easily for the launch. Plenty of WFF employees will be out there. I know a ton of my sounding rocket coworkers will be out there with me. Bring plenty of bug spray!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Mapperuo on 06/28/2011 04:30 pm
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We're planning to continue - there's a 70-90 percent chance that weather could scrub the launch.

Not looking good.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/28/2011 06:04 pm
http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/

Text updates have begun and the video feed is up as well.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 06:13 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 06:20 pm
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We're planning to continue - there's a 70-90 percent chance that weather could scrub the launch.

Not looking good.

per ATK twitter account, weather is slowing down and is looking better.

http://twitter.com/#!/ATKRocketNews
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 06:27 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 07:14 pm
ive been in this room :)

Edit: for those who dont know, this is the range control room
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 07:44 pm
service structure doors open

and for a weather update, a storm front is moving through the southwestern part of the state where I am, hopefully it will be slow and not effect the launch but still 70% no go per ATK twitter.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 07:54 pm
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T-4 hours 52 minutes. The countdown continues for the launch of the U.S. Air Force Minotaur 1 carrying the Operationally Responsive Space Office's ORS-1 satellite. We are currently at T-5 hours and counting. Targeted launch time is 8:28 with a window running until 11:28 p.m. The latest weather forecast shows a 70% probability of violating the launch weather criteria.

http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/

three hour window, so plenty of time to wait for a break in the weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 08:17 pm
Mobile access tower door are being closed due to the possibility of bad weather, but the LV and SC are looking good so far
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Jason1701 on 06/28/2011 08:45 pm
What was the occasion that you were in that room?
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Rocket Guy on 06/28/2011 09:37 pm
Scrubbed.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 09:44 pm
I know this satellite is supposed to be similar to TACSAT-3, but this is ridiculous!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/28/2011 09:47 pm
What was the occasion that you were in that room?

There was an open house for the Wallops flight facility and the room was open to visitors, amazingly not many people visited because there was an air show at the nearby Ocean City.

Posted images on L2: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21888.0
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/28/2011 10:58 pm
And used one of Ron's images in what is another excellent preview by William Graham:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/live-orbital-minotaur-i-launch-ors-1/
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/28/2011 11:18 pm
WFF is reporting a 24 hour scrub due to weather
Title: Re: SCRUB: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/28/2011 11:23 pm
And we'll continue with this thread tomorrow.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: robertross on 06/29/2011 02:10 am
And used one of Ron's images in what is another excellent preview by William Graham:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/live-orbital-minotaur-i-launch-ors-1/

Great article William.

A few things there I never knew.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 12:38 pm
Same window for tonight's attempt?
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: DaveS on 06/29/2011 12:48 pm
Same window for tonight's attempt?
Seems so.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Gary NASA on 06/29/2011 12:49 pm
Yes it is. 8:28 p.m
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/29/2011 04:22 pm
I have a KML file (load in google earth) of the area that NASA has setup as the exclusion area for the launch that I got from someone tied to the launch if anyone is interested. I can't post it as an attachment since it isn't an allowed file type.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 04:36 pm
What's the filetype, Block, .kml?

I can get my screwdriver out and make the forum allow it :D
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/29/2011 04:55 pm
Yes, .kml
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 05:26 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 07:16 pm
Weather briefing just completed. The NASA weather office shows a 0% probability of violating launch weather criteria tonight.

http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 07:47 pm
15:28:05 EDT
T-5 hours and counting. The pre-range setup countdown has started. This will include clearing the launch hazardous area of non-essential personnel.

http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 07:50 pm
The team is currently working out a data flow issue between the blockhouse and the #ORS1 spacecraft.

http://twitter.com/#!/NASA_Wallops
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/29/2011 08:42 pm
Sounds like the TDRSS data receipt issue has been fixed.

I believe there is still another issue open with support equipment the sits between the spacecraft and the blockhouse.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 08:54 pm
Yes, .kml

Ok, try it now.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/29/2011 09:08 pm
Here is a KML file (load in google earth) of the area that NASA has setup as the exclusion area for the launch. I got it from a friend that is involved with the launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: block51 on 06/29/2011 09:08 pm
Yes, .kml

Ok, try it now.

Works!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 09:30 pm
17:28:09 EDT
T-3 hours and counting. Launch team has just completed launch vehicle checks. One issue continues to be worked -- support equipment power up associated with the spacecraft.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 06/29/2011 09:43 pm
ORS-1 graphic

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/ORSgraphic.html

I'm sorry, but one look at the appature on the front of that thing makes my James Bond-adulterated imagination scream 'laser-sat'.  It also immediately makes me hear a cultured English voice remarking: "Why, Mr. Bond, what are you doing here? Your pitiful little island hasn't even been threatened yet!"

The underlying reason for the launch delay? ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 10:12 pm
17:59:06 EDT
We are at T - 2 hours 30 minutes and holding for the launch today of the Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket carrying the ORS-1 satellite. The launch window is 8:28 to 11:28 p.m. Hold is to look at the issue associated with spacecraft launch support equipment power up.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 11:07 pm
19:05:27 EDT
The issue with the support equipment has been resolved. Spacecraft now being powered up.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:14 pm
Rock and roll:

If you're watching, we're about to roll the gantry back from the #ORS1 spacecraft http://t.co/ivpbwMm
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:19 pm
Quote
Posted by RCC on 2011-06-29 at 19:18:16 EDT
Gantry roll is complete
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:21 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:21 pm
Clock still holding at T-2 hours and 30 minutes, so launch won't be anywhere near the start of the window.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:23 pm
Loop notes they are still working a new T-0 at this time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:23 pm
TDRS tape playback rescheduled for T-1 hour and 25 minutes
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:28 pm
Nice wide shot:
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:31 pm
New T-0: 02:05 Zulu.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:31 pm
New T-0: 02:05 UTC
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:32 pm
Picking up the count on page 28 step 1 at 23:35:00 UTC
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:33 pm
Powerup expected to be complete at 00:03 UTC
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: otisbow on 06/29/2011 11:35 pm
Can you tell me the launch time CDT in the US?
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:35 pm
10:05pm Eastern is the T-0.
9:05pm Central.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: TJL on 06/29/2011 11:38 pm
Any one in the New York area plan on seeing the launch tonight?
Weather here looks very good.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:39 pm
Out of the hold:
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: robertross on 06/29/2011 11:39 pm
Word is spacecraft is a go.

Going to start vehicle arming.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:40 pm
Launch site is red
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: robertross on 06/29/2011 11:40 pm
Launch site is red

I think that's just procedural, because there are people at the pad.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/29/2011 11:41 pm
19:38:44 EDT
Target launch time is 10:05 p.m. EDT
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/29/2011 11:41 pm
RSO will be go in four minutes
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:41 pm
Polling go for final arming.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Rifleman on 06/29/2011 11:44 pm
I am in the DC area right now, does anyone know if I would be able to see the launch from my location?
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/29/2011 11:44 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: TJL on 06/30/2011 12:02 am
I am in the DC area right now, does anyone know if I would be able to see the launch from my location?

You should get a nice view from D.C.
I just checked the NASA site and just 8 minutes after the Minotaur launch (10:05 p.m.) ISS will be tracking almost the same path as seen from Long Island, N.Y.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/30/2011 12:24 am
sun setting

Edit: a note studying for a final, so only looking/posting infrequently
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:04 am
L-60 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: robertross on 06/30/2011 01:06 am
Polling: all go
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: robertross on 06/30/2011 01:10 am
Into the Minotaur final checklist, including spacecraft bus voltage & current readings.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:29 am
In the control room:
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:30 am
L-35 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:32 am
Moving to the anomoly net due to problem with upper level balloons.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:33 am
Continuing with the count at this time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:36 am
Not good, moving the management team to the anomoly net now too.

Upper level wind data, or the winds themselves is the problem.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:41 am
Latest poll for FTS. All go.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:43 am
Winds aloft violation - RESOLVED. Waiver issued :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: robertross on 06/30/2011 01:43 am
Winds aloft violation - RESOLVED. Waiver issued :)

yippee!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:46 am
Winds confirmed as acceptable with waiver in place.

T-19 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:48 am
There's a 20 second delay on the webcast noted, so don't wait for the actual T-0, go outside with a minute to go at least.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:49 am
Final readiness poll - all GO.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:52 am
Apparently the rocket is cleared for lunch ;) (Not very fair to note, as he's a really good LD, but that was funny).
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:53 am
Removing external power. T-13 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:54 am
Vehicle set to a 211/181/02:05:00 ZULU launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:56 am
T-10 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 01:57 am
Holding
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:58 am
FTS is on internal. Notes of a drop out.

HOLD HOLD HOLD.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:58 am
Disable ground ordnance. Safing vehicle!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 01:58 am
Apparently the rocket is cleared for lunch ;) (Not very fair to note, as he's a really good LD, but that was funny).

Let's hope the "Galactic Ghoul" doesn't get any ideas. ORS-1 may not be going to Mars, but it is going from MARS.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:58 am
Rotate safe and arm on FTS.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 01:59 am
FTS wouldn't go to internal power.

Still safing the vehicle.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:00 am
From what I heard, they were calling to confirm the FTS transfer. The call came back and the LD didn't sound happy with the call, asked the controller to confirm the opposite it seemed.

Then they went to internal, another controllers noted a drop out. LD was quick with the HOLD and safing.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:01 am
No word on if this has scrubbed for today yet.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:02 am
15-20 mins to recharge the internal batts, so still going for an attempt today.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:03 am
Steps 62/63 - Two failed attempts to switch from external to internal power on the FTS.

Working out the required duration for the hold.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:04 am
LD moving people to the anomoly net again for a briefing on what happened.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:05 am
So we're in the hold. Waiting to hear for how long. They'll likely reset the clock back to the point they backed the vehicle out to during safing.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:06 am
They have around 90 minutes worth of window to play with.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:07 am
still trying to recycle for an attempt
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:08 am
SC in batt recharge.Holding @ L-7:26, working FTS issue.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:14 am
Some stations rejoining countdown net. still no further updates.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:16 am
Camera changes
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Peter NASA on 06/30/2011 02:20 am
Clearly the rocket was ready for lunch after all ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:22 am
Some controllers being moved to the backup countdown net.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:22 am
new view. stations going to backup countdown net
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:24 am
open mic. oops. :-)

retrying steps 62/63
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:25 am
FTS internal power a/b on commanded on.  now trying off.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:25 am
Trying the steps again, the FTS internal steps to see what happens.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:25 am
Good tlm indications.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 02:27 am
"All stations repent"  ;) - clearly going for the religious approach to solving the problem
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:27 am
Polling for an attempt for a launch recycle. Go.

Aiming for the end of the window.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Hodapp on 06/30/2011 02:28 am
Sorry but where are you getting the live vid feed from?
Thx.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:29 am
Back into the config prior to the hold.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:29 am
Lots of activity on net.  Looking promising.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/30/2011 02:29 am
well I saw a huge bright object fly by and was amazed, guess it was station   ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:29 am
Sorry but where are you getting the live vid feed from?
Thx.

Here:
http://mfile.akamai.com/18569/live/reflector:59445.asx?bkup=32644

Using it in VLC at least.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Hodapp on 06/30/2011 02:30 am
Sorry but where are you getting the live vid feed from?
Thx.

Here:
http://mfile.akamai.com/18569/live/reflector:59445.asx?bkup=32644

Using it in VLC at least.

Thx!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:31 am
Battery recharging is complete.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:35 am
New T-0 is 03:28:00 ZULU (11:28pm Eastern).
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:37 am
So just over 50 minutes to launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Prober on 06/30/2011 02:38 am
So just over 50 minutes to launch.

sighs....this is like real work to launch this.  Do the Russians have these long check lists?

The Minotaur is a decent looking (color) launcher.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Seattle Dave on 06/30/2011 02:39 am
Late night for you Chris!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:40 am
So just over 50 minutes to launch.

Do the Russians have these long check lists?


Yes, they all do. We're just lucky they have their loop webcast to hear how much work it takes to launch vehicles, which is a GOOD thing :)

Late night for you Chris!

Rocket launch! Who sleeps when there's a rocket launch! ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:40 am
Good net discipline.  Good to listen to.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:42 am
Complete through to Step 64.

All issues classed as resolved.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:46 am
Ensuring launch site is clear.

Into Step 69.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:48 am
Avionics on internal power.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:49 am
FTS external power status is normal (coming up on the hold part of the previous attempt).
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:50 am
Count reset and counting down.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:51 am
New T-0

2011:181:03:09:00 ZULU

(11:09 pm Eastern) - moved the time up.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 02:52 am
L- 17:00
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:53 am
Polling to proceed. GO

T-16 minutes.

They have not yet gone to internal power on FTS, so we're not past that point yet.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:53 am
Hold contingency checklist has been closed out.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:56 am
Spacecraft going to internal power.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Mapperuo on 06/30/2011 02:57 am
*crosses fingers* If I could predict the future I'd have woken up early instead of stayed up late for this one...  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 02:57 am
T-12 minutes. Setting T-0 into the flight computer.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:00 am
FTS going to internal power.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:00 am
Here we go with the FTS.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:01 am
Looking good. FTS internal and armed.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:02 am
S/C and vehicle have no issues. (fingers crossed)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:02 am
T-7 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:03 am
Polling for final authorization for launch - GO.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:04 am
Avionics on internal power.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:05 am
Auto sequencer start.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 03:05 am
T-4:00 Good Luck to my friends at Orbital.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:05 am
T-4 minutes. LD is now doing an impression of Mike Moses :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:06 am
Range green!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:06 am
T-3 minutes and counting, Complete through step 86
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:07 am
Auto sequence started
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:07 am
T-120 seconds. Remember, this is a slightly delayed feed. Step outside NOW if you are in the area of seeing this launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:07 am
T-120 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:07 am
Ordnance arm enabled
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:07 am
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:07 am
90 seconds, arm enabled confirmed

Booster armed
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:08 am
Orion armed
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:08 am
T-90 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:08 am
T-60 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:08 am
Script chart started

FTS NCU external on
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:08 am
NCU external off
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:08 am
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
All the best Minotaur!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Liftoff
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Liftoff!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Minotaurs really show their ICBM heritage- they get out of there in a hurry.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
LAUNCH!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Attitude and flight path nominal
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:09 am
Max-Q
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:10 am
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:10 am
Woooo, look at it go! :)

MaxQ
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:10 am
Staging 1/2
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:10 am
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:10 am
Fascinating liberations.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:10 am
1-2 sep!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:11 am
Quite a bit of debris shedding there in the first stage...
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:11 am
Nominal flight, sure is putting on a show.

On second stage.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:11 am
Stage 3 TVC batteries activated
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:11 am
Staging, stage 3 ignition
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:11 am
2-3 sep.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:11 am
Fairing sep
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:12 am
Fairing sep.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:12 am
Staging 2-3.

Third stage ignition.

Fairing Sep!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:12 am
Fairing separation confirmed by sensors
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:12 am
Stage 3 tailoff, beginning coast phase
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:12 am
Stage 3 thrust tapering off.

Calculating stage 4 ignition time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:13 am
Stage 3 coast.

130 miles. 12,500mph.

Did not hang around!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:13 am
Systems reporting nominal status
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:14 am
Fourth stage will ignite at T+528 seconds
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:15 am
T+528 seconds for stage 4 ignition.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:15 am
Fourth Stage TIG calculated at T+528 seconds. Currently at T+360 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:16 am
230 miles altitude, speed 12,000 mph.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: TJL on 06/30/2011 03:16 am
Just got an awesome view of the launch from Long Island, New York!!!

Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Rifleman on 06/30/2011 03:16 am
Was able to see it clearly from DC. Stage 2-3 separation was clearly visible. Very cool sight!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:17 am
Just got an awesome view of the launch from Long Island, New York!!!


Cool! Should have been a lot of people who'll of noticed it then! :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Jason1701 on 06/30/2011 03:17 am
Seems those guys can't have enough computer screens! They have big screens on their desks, and laptops piled in front of them.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:18 am
Stage 3 sep
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:18 am
3-4 sep and stage 4 ignition.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:18 am
Stage three sep. And Stage 4 ignition.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:18 am
Stage 4 ignition
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 03:18 am
Seems those guys can't have enough computer screens! They have big screens on their desks, and laptops piled in front of them.

You can never have too much telemetry :-)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: klausd on 06/30/2011 03:18 am

My Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNOxDPxYNTQ
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:18 am
250 miles altitude, 14,000 mph.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:19 am
Stage 4 burnout, about two minutes from spacecraft separation
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:19 am
Nominal apogee and inclination, TDRS tracking verified
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:19 am
TDRSS verified.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:19 am
There's a relaxed controller at the bottom of the shot :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: dawei on 06/30/2011 03:20 am
Got a nice view from the Philadelphia area.  Saw stage 2 burnout and stage 3 ignition.  Very cool.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:20 am
60 seconds to S/C Deploy.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:20 am
Got a nice view from the Philadelphia area.  Saw stage 2 burnout and stage 3 ignition.  Very cool.

Dang it - should have gone outside to watch... :(
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:21 am
Spacecraft separation

Attitude and rotation rates at separation appeared nominal
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Nick L. on 06/30/2011 03:21 am
S/C separation!

Congrats to Orbital!

03:09:00 UTC official launch time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:21 am
S/C Sep! Congrats to all concerned, including Antonio :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: dawei on 06/30/2011 03:22 am
And that is how they do that.  Good show.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Jason1701 on 06/30/2011 03:22 am
Relaxed controller walked away, now his chair is getting in everyone's way.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: William Graham on 06/30/2011 03:22 am
Launch confirmed to have been on-time at 03:09:00 UTC

Area warning light at the launch pad set to amber
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:23 am
Wonder how many UFO reports were logged in New York etc ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Prober on 06/30/2011 03:23 am
And that is how they do that.  Good show.

I would add they earned their pay today!

Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/30/2011 03:23 am
I was able to see the launch all the way from the Virginia Tech drillfield, and was able to see a staging event.  Amazing!

Set up computer/trained roommate to record video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBiMGLEd0RU
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Mapperuo on 06/30/2011 03:24 am
Wonder how many UFO reports were logged in New York etc ;D

Far too many... :(
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Lee Jay on 06/30/2011 03:24 am
S/C Sep! Congrats to all concerned, including Antonio :)

Ditto.  Orbital need a good day!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jimvela on 06/30/2011 03:25 am
Lets hope that we have many more nominal launches from Wallops in the near future...
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: TJL on 06/30/2011 03:30 am
Wonder how many UFO reports were logged in New York etc ;D

I'm sure there were a few...man that was pretty impressive!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: antonioe on 06/30/2011 03:31 am
S/C Sep! Congrats to all concerned, including Antonio :)

Ditto.  Orbital need a good day!

Amen... flew to WFF yesterday, weather scrub, left Ron Grabe there, had to fly back, saw stages 2/3 from my front yard in McLean.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:33 am
S/C Sep! Congrats to all concerned, including Antonio :)

Ditto.  Orbital need a good day!

Amen... flew to WFF yesterday, weather scrub, left Ron Grabe there, had to fly back, saw stages 2/3 from my front yard in McLean.

That's awesome. Almost like the vehicle thought "Where's Antonio?? Oh, I'll pass by his house and see if he's there!" ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:33 am
William Graham's excellent overview article, updated for post launch:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/live-orbital-minotaur-i-launch-ors-1/
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Antares on 06/30/2011 03:35 am
Seems those guys can't have enough computer screens! They have big screens on their desks, and laptops piled in front of them.
You can never have too much telemetry :-)

3 screens seem to be the alphas, 2 the betas, and woe to those with just 1.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/30/2011 03:38 am
Seems those guys can't have enough computer screens! They have big screens on their desks, and laptops piled in front of them.
You can never have too much telemetry :-)

3 screens seem to be the alphas, 2 the betas, and woe to those with just 1.

We do have a panorama of the room and most of the computer screens on l2  ;D

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21888.0

Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/30/2011 03:42 am
Bumped it Ron, as they are cool photos.

Right, that'll do it for this one, thanks to those who helped with coverage :)

Bergin OUT! ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Lee Jay on 06/30/2011 03:52 am
My 2-year-old daughter watched this launch from my lap.  Just before liftoff she started counting.  When it launched, she pointed and shouted, "It's blast-offing!  I did it!".  A few seconds later she said, "It's going really, really fast!".  Just after third-stage burnout she turned to me and said, "I wanna do another one!".  Oy.  Space geek in training.

True story.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: antonioe on 06/30/2011 03:59 am
Here's a picture of Pad 0B (The rocket is inside the service structure) Ron Grabe took from the right seat yesterday when we landed.  I'll post pictures of 0A and the VAB in the Taurus II section.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Downix on 06/30/2011 04:07 am
I let my son stay up to watch the webcast of this.  He was delighted.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jcm on 06/30/2011 04:17 am
S/C Sep! Congrats to all concerned, including Antonio :)

Ditto.  Orbital need a good day!

Amen... flew to WFF yesterday, weather scrub, left Ron Grabe there, had to fly back, saw stages 2/3 from my front yard in McLean.

Congrats, Antonio! Nice show.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: NotGncDude on 06/30/2011 04:21 am
Congratulations to Orbital! Well deserved!
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Antares on 06/30/2011 04:48 am
Great accounts, Lee Jay and Downix.  I watched 5 Center Directors give a talk today, and Mr Lightfoot said something similar about how easy it is to recharge one's batteries by talking NASA with an interested audience.  PS, Lee Jay, at 2 years old, how does she possibly understand that "it's going really, really fast"?!?!! :) Teach her how to read *now* if you haven't already.  If she can intuitively grasp kinetics, human symbology (and math) will be no problem.

What is it about space (or even launch, which is just man's harnessing of chemistry, electricity and kinetics) that excites even the youngest no matter how much or little they know or understand of it?
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: zaitcev on 06/30/2011 03:01 pm
The banana peel system amazes me every time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jacqmans on 06/30/2011 04:23 pm
ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES MINOTAUR I ROCKET CARRYING ORS-1 SATELLITE
FOR THE U.S. AIR FORCE

-- Flight Extends Perfect Launch Record of Minotaur Rockets to 21
Consecutive Missions --

(Dulles, VA 30 June 2011) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB)
announced today that its Minotaur I rocket successfully launched the
Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office’s ORS-1
satellite.  The mission originated yesterday evening, June 29, from the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch facility at NASA’s Wallops
Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA.  At approximately 11:09 p.m. EDT,
the rocket’s first stage ignited, beginning its flight into low-Earth
orbit.  Following the flight of the four-stage rocket, the ORS-1 spacecraft
was deployed into its intended orbit.

Yesterday’s mission was the 21st mission for the Minotaur program since its
first launch in 2000, all of which have been successful.  It was also the
fourth Minotaur I launch from the MARS facility, following the TacSat-2,
NFIRE and TacSat-3 missions conducted from the Eastern Virginia launch site
in 2006, 2007 and 2009, respectively.  Including the ORS-1 mission,
Minotaur I rockets have deployed a total of 33 satellites into orbit.  The
overall launch service and management for the Minotaur I vehicle was
provided by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space
Development and Test Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.

“We are very pleased with the results of this evening’s flight of the
Minotaur I rocket, and are proud to be able to support the Department of
Defense’s important work in the area of Operationally Responsive Space
(ORS) systems,” said Mr. Ron Grabe, Orbital’s Executive Vice President and
General Manager of its Launch Systems Group.  “Following this successful
launch, our Minotaur launch team’s focus will shift to the Minotaur IV
vehicle, which is scheduled to conduct two launches later this year,
including the HTV-2b mission for DARPA and the TacSat-4 mission for the Air
Force.”

The ORS-1 satellite is the Operationally Responsive Space Office’s first
operational prototype spacecraft.  Its rapid development and deployment is
an important step toward demonstrating the capability to meet emerging and
persistent warfighter needs on operationally relevant timelines.

About Orbital’s Minotaur Product Line

Orbital’s Minotaur product line was developed under the U.S. Air Force’s
Orbital/Suborbital Program (OSP).  The initial five-year OSP contract was
awarded to Orbital in 1997, while the follow-on 10-year OSP-2 contract was
received in 2003.  The Minotaur I space launch vehicle is the original
member of Orbital’s Minotaur product line, which includes both space launch
vehicles and long-range suborbital vehicles for missile defense and other
specialized missions.

Minotaur vehicles are the only proven launchers currently capable of
supporting the Department of Defense’s evolving ORS launch requirements and
are also specifically designed to be capable of launching from all major
U.S. spaceports, including government and commercial launch sites in
Alaska, California, Florida and Virginia.  All Minotaur rockets share
standardized avionics and subsystems, mature industrial processes and
experienced personnel to make them reliable and cost effective.

The Minotaur I space launch configuration combines Orbital’s commercial
launch vehicle technologies, including upper stage rocket motors,
structures, avionics and other elements, with government-supplied
lower-stage rocket motors to create responsive, reliable and low-cost
launch systems for U.S. Government-sponsored spacecraft.  It can place up
to 1,300 lbs. into low-Earth orbit.

In addition to the Minotaur I space booster, Orbital’s Minotaur product
line also includes:

·     Minotaur II - A three-stage suborbital rocket used as a target
vehicle for testing U.S. missile defense systems and related missions;

·     Minotaur III - A three-stage suborbital rocket, Minotaur III can
deliver suborbital technology demonstration payloads of up to 6,500 lbs. or
serve as a target vehicle for testing U.S. missile defense systems and
similar missions;

·     Minotaur IV - Introduced and flown three times in 2010, the Minotaur
IV is a heavier-lift four-stage space launch vehicle using retired
Peacekeeper rocket motors, capable of launching U.S. Government-sponsored
satellites weighing up to 3,800 lbs. into low-altitude orbit; and
·
Minotaur V - An enhanced-performance version of the Minotaur IV space
launch vehicle that will be used to launch Government satellites into
higher-energy orbits for missions related to space exploration and other
activities beyond low-Earth orbit.  The first launch of the Minotaur V is
NASA’s LADEE lunar mission in 2013.

Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jacqmans on 06/30/2011 04:24 pm
News Release Issued: June 30, 2011 7:00 AM EDT

ATK Spacecraft Bus Supports ORS-1 Satellite Launch
Operationally Responsive Space Vision Realized with Successful Lift-Off
ATK Answers the Call with Rapid Execution, Innovative Technology and Affordable Solutions
MINNEAPOLIS, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK's (NYSE: ATK) RSMB (Responsive Space Modular Bus)  is included in the Department of Defense's Operationally Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1)  satellite, which was successfully launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. on June 29th, 2011.

ORS-1 is the first satellite in the DoD's Operationally Responsive Space program designed to support Combatant Command operations as an operational satellite. The ORS-1 mission focuses on the quick deployment of a small satellite with innovative sensor technologies to provide real-time support to commanders in the battlefield.

ATK's spacecraft bus met the ORS program goals of being operationally responsive with affordable technology and unprecedented rapid execution from design to launch. ATK built the bus in just 16 months at its Beltsville, Maryland facility and shipped it ahead of schedule to Goodrich Corporation, the prime contractor for the ORS-1 satellite. The satellite was developed and delivered in just 30 months, an achievement described by Space Development and Test Directorate acting director Col. Carol Welsch as "accomplishing the impossible."

"This accomplishment demonstrates the ability to achieve remarkable milestones that were a first for the satellite industry. From design review to production, testing and delivery, the ATK team successfully executed on rigorous mission requirements that met the expectations of our industry and government customers in months instead of years," said Tom Wilson, vice president and general manager of the Spacecraft Systems & Services division of ATK Aerospace Systems Group. "Our capability to build small satellites quickly and affordably sets us apart and positions us well for future opportunities in this growth market."

The satellite bus is based on the design ATK developed for the successful TacSat-3 satellite (an earlier demonstration program) with the addition of a propulsion module. The satellite launched in 2009, transitioned to full operation in October 2010, and continues to support warfighters in the battlefield.

ATK's San Diego facility in California also provided the ORS-1 payload's telescope structure under subcontract to Goodrich. Working closely with Goodrich, the team accomplished a challenging schedule of hardware delivery within eight months.

The ORS-1 program is managed and executed by the Space Development & Test Directorate, SMC/SD at Kirtland Air Force Base. SMC/SD is executing the program for the ORS Office, which is a joint initiative of several agencies within the DoD responsible for integrating joint ORS capabilities and applying ORS resources to the development, acquisition and demonstration of capabilities to meet specific responsive space needs as established by global combatant command joint force commanders.

Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Jim on 06/30/2011 04:24 pm
Just throwing this out there.  Could someone with STK or similar software put together a map showing the ground coverage of the spacecraft?
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: cozmicray on 06/30/2011 04:59 pm
Great launch view from north of Philly.
I saw it all the way till 3rd stage coast.
Didn't see 4th stage.

Anyone know trajectory or ground track?

It was posted as a Southeast launch, looked more
like a STS launch to Northeast.  I think it was going
to 40 deg inclination  - but you can get that going North
or South,  I don't know WFF range limitations.
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 06/30/2011 08:22 pm
Re.: The large amount of incandescent debris shortly after the stage1/2 staging event.

I was thinking about this and I'm wondering, could that have been the debris of the first stage after it broke up? IIRC these staged solids ignite their next motor essentially immediately after seperation.  That means that the s2 nozzle was pointing right down the throat of the interstage at point blank range, just after the first stage was essentially reduced to a hollow metal can with a nozzle at one end.  The impact of the s2 ignition could easily have blown the first stage apart.  If I'm right, that debris field would be pretty much standard for a Minotaur-I and its precursor military form (the Peackeeper ICBM?).
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: charlieb on 06/30/2011 08:40 pm
Re.: The large amount of incandescent debris shortly after the stage1/2 staging event.

I was thinking about this and I'm wondering, could that have been the debris of the first stage after it broke up? IIRC these staged solids ignite their next motor essentially immediately after seperation.  That means that the s2 nozzle was pointing right down the throat of the interstage at point blank range, just after the first stage was essentially reduced to a hollow metal can with a nozzle at one end.  The impact of the s2 ignition could easily have blown the first stage apart.  If I'm right, that debris field would be pretty much standard for a Minotaur-I and its precursor military form (the Peackeeper ICBM?).

It sure looked like there were small chunks of either solid prop or insulation coming out with the general exhaust during 1st stage thrust before s1/s2 sep.  And yes - the s2 ignites just moments after s1 is separated from the s1/s2 interstage skirt.  I've seen videos of those spent Minuteman first stages tumbling after separation essentially whole.  The first stages are pretty stout....
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: TJL on 06/30/2011 11:11 pm
Great launch view from north of Philly.
I saw it all the way till 3rd stage coast.
Didn't see 4th stage.

Anyone know trajectory or ground track?

It was posted as a Southeast launch, looked more
like a STS launch to Northeast.  I think it was going
to 40 deg inclination  - but you can get that going North
or South,  I don't know WFF range limitations.

This map (from a Dec. 2006 launch) shows the southeast path taken for last nights launch. (Courtesy of Spaceflightnow.com)
Having seen several shuttle launches from Long Island, New York, you can definately see the difference between the two trajectories. Last nights flight path was moving away wheras the shuttle was actually coming towards us.

http://spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/tacsat2/images/groundtrack.jpg
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Apollo-phill on 07/01/2011 07:15 pm
Whats the designation of this launch besides ORS-1 ?
USA-xxx ?

Any 'official' TLE values ?

Similar to Tacsat-3?

Thanks in advance


A-P
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: Apollo-phill on 07/06/2011 03:05 pm
ORS-1 is designated as :-

NORAD ID:                     37728
International Code:         2011-029A





A-P
Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: jacqmans on 09/21/2011 01:02 pm
September 21, 2011 7:00 AM EDT

ATK Spacecraft Bus Contributes to Significant ORS-1 Milestone
ORS-1 Satellite Completes Successful On-Orbit Checkout
U.S. Air Force Declares Spacecraft Fully Operational

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) joins the U.S. Air Force in marking a significant milestone for the Department of Defense's Operationally Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1) satellite. The space vehicle was declared fully operational on Friday, September 16th, 2011 by the U.S. Air Force Space Command at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all systems.

Launched June 29, 2011 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, the ORS-1 is the first satellite in the DoD's Operationally Responsive Space program designed to support combatant command operations as an operational satellite. The ORS-1 mission focuses on the quick deployment of a small satellite with innovative sensor technologies to provide real-time support to commanders in the battlefield.

ATK's spacecraft bus met the ORS program goals of being operationally responsive with affordable technology and unprecedented rapid execution from design to launch. ATK built the bus in just 16 months at its Beltsville, Maryland facility and shipped it ahead of schedule to Goodrich Corporation, the prime contractor for the ORS-1 satellite.

"As the spacecraft bus provider and one of the systems integration partners on the ORS-1 team, ATK is proud to be part of this transformational achievement in the growing market for affordable small satellites supporting warfighter needs," said Tom Wilson, vice president and general manager of the Spacecraft Systems & Services division of the ATK Aerospace Systems group. "We are proud to have delivered mission success for all of our customers with a 100% success rate in orbit. ATK's ability to build a proven satellite bus in record time at low cost provides our military and other users with unprecedented flexibility to put missions of their choosing into flight operations. We look forward to using our flight-proven hardware with a wide variety of sensor technologies in future missions."

The satellite bus is based on the design ATK developed for the successful TacSat-3 satellite (an earlier demonstration program) with the addition of a propulsion module.  TacSat-3 launched in 2009, transitioned to full operation in October 2010, and continues to support warfighters in the battlefield.

A Minotaur rocket boosted ORS-1 into orbit, for which ATK also manufactured the Stage 3 Orion 50XL and the Stage 4 Orion 38 rocket motors. ATK's Clearfield, Utah facility provided the composite 2/3 interstage and associated raceways while ATK's San Diego, California facility provided the ORS-1 payload's telescope structure under subcontract to Goodrich. Working closely with Goodrich, the team accomplished a challenging schedule of hardware delivery within eight months.

The ORS-1 program is managed and executed by the Space Development & Test Directorate, SMC/SD at Kirtland Air Force Base. SMC/SD is executing the program for the ORS Office, which is a joint initiative of several agencies within the DoD responsible for integrating joint ORS capabilities and applying ORS resources to the development, acquisition and demonstration of capabilities to meet specific responsive space needs as established by global combatant command joint force commanders.

Title: Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
Post by: kevin-rf on 03/25/2012 11:36 pm
Article on ORS-1

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120322/C4ISR02/303220010/Notebook-Central-Command-8217-s-ORS-1-Satellite-Goes-Fully-Operational