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Title: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: marshal on 01/03/2016 01:25 am
May 12 - NROL-37: Orion 9 (TBD) - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B
Title: May 12 - NROL-37: Orion 9 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B
Post by: Star One on 01/03/2016 08:42 am
That's a strange patch doesn't give much in the way of clues even by their usual standards.
Title: Re: May 12 - NROL-37: Orion 9 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B
Post by: russianhalo117 on 01/03/2016 03:44 pm
That's a strange patch doesn't give much in the way of clues even by their usual standards.
I dont think this is the mission patch as this looks more like the patch from ULA for the launch from SLC-37 (B)
Title: Re: May 12 - NROL-37: Orion 9 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B
Post by: Newton_V on 01/03/2016 06:52 pm
The L-37 mission patch is a close-up of a knight with his sword handle.
The patch says "Cape Canaveral AFS" and has the Roman numerals XXXVII on it.
Title: Re: May 12 - NROL-37: Orion 9 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B
Post by: marshal on 01/04/2016 01:00 am
here

Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/04/2016 09:49 am
Lemme guess: the knight is actually Boba Fett...
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: kevin-rf on 01/04/2016 02:20 pm
Lemme guess: the knight is actually Boba Fett...
I would post Bloom Counties Berkeley Breathed's take on Boba Fett's son, but I suspect Chris would censor me...
( https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/s960x960/12371222_1095633883800697_6136048205152432280_o.jpg )

That said, I the wings in the launch patch. Nice subtle tie in with the mission patch.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 01/04/2016 04:22 pm
Is that a Griffin?

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: Dante80 on 01/04/2016 05:03 pm
Looks like a pretty standard eagle emblem to me.

More like a wedge-tail eagle (eaglehawk), but I think they wouldn't intend to put that it..
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 01/04/2016 08:42 pm
Lemme guess: the knight is actually Boba Fett...
I would post Bloom Counties Berkeley Breathed's take on Boba Fett's son, but I suspect Chris would censor me...
( https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/s960x960/12371222_1095633883800697_6136048205152432280_o.jpg )

That said, I the wings in the launch patch. Nice subtle tie in with the mission patch.

I was just joking when I said that.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: Newton_V on 01/04/2016 09:32 pm
Here's the logo:
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: Jim on 01/04/2016 11:01 pm
That's a strange patch doesn't give much in the way of clues even by their usual standards.
I dont think this is the mission patch as this looks more like the patch from ULA for the launch from SLC-37 (B)

ULA doesn't create launch patches, the USAF does.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: russianhalo117 on 01/04/2016 11:42 pm
That's a strange patch doesn't give much in the way of clues even by their usual standards.
I dont think this is the mission patch as this looks more like the patch from ULA for the launch from SLC-37 (B)

ULA doesn't create launch patches, the USAF does.
you knew what i meant
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/01/2016 12:15 am
Shouldn't launcher assembly start soon?

Delta IV launch campaigns appear to take longer than for Atlas V.  Correct?

Are the launch campaigns for the Delta IV Heavy longer than for the Delta IV Mediums?
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: cycleroadie on 03/08/2016 09:33 pm
Shouldn't launcher assembly start soon?


She rolled to the pad yesterday
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 03/10/2016 06:35 pm
Shouldn't launcher assembly start soon?


She rolled to the pad yesterday
Yes, see SFNs Delta 4-Heavy goes to launch pad for national security flight (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/03/08/delta-4-heavy-goes-to-launch-pad-for-national-security-flight/).
(I did a web browser search and have not yet found other sources.)

There's an interesting quote from Dr. Walt Lauderdale, technical director of the EELV generation and operations division within the Air Force’s Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles.
Quote
For those members of our industry and government launch vehicle team, it is our collective responsibility to keep the rocket — which is the only known natural predator of a satellite — at bay.

EDIT: Source inclusion as suggested by Rocket Guy
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: wsl2005 on 03/23/2016 11:44 am
Hey,,,,,,

(http://)
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - May 12, 2016
Post by: cycleroadie on 03/24/2016 10:59 am
Delayed till June 3rd.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 03/24/2016 12:26 pm
Delayed till June 3rd.

What is your source ?
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/24/2016 12:30 pm
Delayed till June 3rd.

What is your source ?

http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ (http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/)

The next D-IV launch after it, AFSPC-6, is now planned on August 4th.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: cycleroadie on 04/06/2016 11:00 pm
Now moved to June 4th
Title: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Star One on 04/07/2016 08:08 am
Is this because of Atlas V delays?
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Jim on 04/07/2016 11:18 am
Is this because of Atlas V delays?

unrelated
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: bunker9603 on 04/07/2016 04:21 pm
Is this because of Atlas V delays?

unrelated


"Delayed from April 27, May 12 and June 3" [/size]
Do we know if the delays are payload and/or customer related?[/size]

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Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/14/2016 02:14 pm
Tower rolled back for the WDR.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 04/14/2016 09:02 pm
Tower rolled back for the WDR.
Several years ago, there were video camera feeds that sometimes were pointed at the ELV launch complexes available here: http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/ (http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/).

Back then, it was possible (some of the time) to watch the external manifestations of vehicle operations like this.

This feed source appears mostly inactive now.  Is this a correct observation?

Edited for clarification.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: russianhalo117 on 04/14/2016 10:09 pm
Tower rolled back for the WDR.
Several years ago, there were video camera feeds that sometimes were pointed at the ELV launch complexes available here: http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/ (http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/).

Back then, it was possible (some of the time) to watch the external manifestations of vehicle operations like this.

This feed source appears mostly inactive now.  Is this a correct observation?

Edited for clarification.
Since the failures of Constellation and the Creation of SLS under the current political administration such feeds intentionally show no video on the public site except on most launch days so as to block transparency with the public, press and certain twitchy politicians as transparency is what triggered the downfall of several programs via Congress and the administration. I have recently seen the internal NASA feed of a similar page that had all of the feeds functional. This of course has been heavily discussed periodically every year since Constellation and the end of Shuttle.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/14/2016 11:17 pm
Any ULA person want to let me know if the WDR has been completed. I did try asking ULA.

Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 04/14/2016 11:44 pm
Tower rolled back for the WDR.
Several years ago, there were video camera feeds that sometimes were pointed at the ELV launch complexes available here: http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/ (http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/).

Back then, it was possible (some of the time) to watch the external manifestations of vehicle operations like this.

This feed source appears mostly inactive now.  Is this a correct observation?

Edited for clarification.
There isn't much to show.  Shuttle program is over.  ULA and SpaceX haven't agreed to the old "peeping over the shoulder" bit that used to happen when the work was done by other companies (enjoy that Port Canaveral webcam while you can.  No way that's going to continue.).  Many of the EELV missions are classified.  Then there's that whole post 9/11 thing, etc.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Jim on 04/14/2016 11:49 pm
Since the failures of Constellation and the Creation of SLS under the current political administration such feeds intentionally show no video on the public site except on most launch days so as to block transparency with the public, press and certain twitchy politicians as transparency is what triggered the downfall of several programs via Congress and the administration. I have recently seen the internal NASA feed of a similar page that had all of the feeds functional. This of course has been heavily discussed periodically every year since Constellation and the end of Shuttle.

The lack of ELV coverage has nothing to do with SLS and Constellation.  It has to do with ITAR and propriety data.   NASA only broadcasts when allowed by the launch vehicle contractors.  The same applies to spacecraft.  Spacecraft processing used to be on similar sites but no longer.  Hangar AE still receives the video but can't send it out on the internet.

http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/ has been replaced by an updated site that employs password protected video.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/15/2016 01:47 am
WDR and round up article....ULA still haven't responded to our inquiry about how the WDR went.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/04/delta-iv-h-wdr-ula-immediate-long-term-goals/
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/15/2016 03:46 am
ULA get back to us, say the WDR was completed.
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 04/15/2016 10:37 pm
Thank  you, Ed and Jim, for your responses.

I enjoyed watching the multiple camera views in and around KSC "back in the day," after I'd found them on the WWW.  For an enthusiast observing from the outside, the functionality was a "nice to have."

As both of you explained, circumstances have changed.

<sigh of acceptance>
 :)
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 04/17/2016 03:03 pm
Photo Credit: Michael Seeley (From his facebook site)
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: deadshot462 on 05/01/2016 07:58 pm
Will this launch be visible from a public area easily?
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 3, 2016
Post by: Jim on 05/03/2016 01:52 pm
Will this launch be visible from a public area easily?

yes. SR401
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 4, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 05/17/2016 02:37 pm
Delta IV Heavy to Launch NROL-37

Delta IV NROL-37 Launch ArtworkRocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy will launch the NROL-37 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Date/Site/Launch Time: Saturday, June 4, 2016, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Mission Description: The mission will be launched for the National Reconnaissance Office in support of national defense. 

Launch Notes: NROL-37 will be the 32nd Delta IV mission since the vehicle’s inaugural launch in 2002, and the 10th NRO mission to launch on Delta IV.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321Â FREE or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #NROL37 and #DeltaIV.

Go Delta! Go NROL-37!
Title: Re: NROL-37 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 4, 2016
Post by: catdlr on 05/24/2016 11:30 pm
Delta IV Heavy NROL-37 Payload Mate

UnitedLaunchAlliance

Published on May 24, 2016
The NROL-37 payload is mated to a Delta IV Heavy rocket inside the Mobile Service Tower or MST at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-37.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjkEJ9y1WgU?=t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjkEJ9y1WgU
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/27/2016 12:07 pm
ULA:

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (May 27, 2016) - The Delta IV NROL-37 launch is delayed at the request of the customer. The NROL-37 spacecraft and launch vehicle are secure on Space Launch Complex 37.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 06/02/2016 05:11 pm
ULA's website is now showing June 9 as the new launch date.

ULA ‏@ulalaunch
#NROL37 launch on a ULA #DeltaIV Heavy scheduled for June 9. Spacecraft, rocket and support systems are ready!
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: kdhilliard on 06/04/2016 11:23 am
From the 45th Space Wing: http://www.patrick.af.mil/
  Launch Vehicle: Delta IV NROL
  Date: June 9, 2016 (Thursday)
  Launch Time: TBD
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/06/2016 02:20 pm
Want to view a Delta IV Heavy rocket launch this week?!

Tickets for LC-39 Observation Gantry at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are on sale now! Launch Viewing/Transportation Tickets to LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49, in addition to daily admission. Other viewing areas are included with daily admission.

How to purchase tickets: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events/2016/june/launch-ula-delta-iv-heavy-nrol-37.aspx
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: satwatcher on 06/06/2016 02:59 pm
Broadcast warning areas confirm it is a geostationary launch.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/06/2016 03:08 pm
http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/DIV%20NROL-37%20L-3%20Launch%20Weather%20Forecast%20for%209%20June%20launch.pdf?ver=2016-06-06-085827-717
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/06/2016 03:10 pm
http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/DIV%20NROL-37%20L-3%20Launch%20Weather%20Forecast%20for%209%20June%20launch.pdf?ver=2016-06-06-085827-717
For the sake of having it in the thread- Launch day has a 60% chance of violation due to thunderstorms. A 48 hour delay is much better, only a 20% chance of violation.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Pat1337 on 06/06/2016 10:15 pm
Is the LC-39 the closest viewing for this launch? Is the causeway not open for this one?
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: flyright on 06/06/2016 11:29 pm
Is the LC-39 the closest viewing for this launch? Is the causeway not open for this one?

I asked the same question from KSC VC Guest Services this morning and was told the LC-39 Observation Gantry was the closest available for this launch.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/07/2016 07:50 am
official update per ULA:

 – everything is progressing towards the Delta IV NROL-37 launch in support of national defense. The mission is set to lift off on a ULA Delta IV rocket on Thursday, June 9 from Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch time is 1:59 p.m. EDT. Today’s L-3 forecast shows a 40 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. "
Title: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/07/2016 03:59 pm
The payload is the seventh Advanced Orion according to SN.

This interesting snippet from the article. The Heavy will not be flying again until 2018 with Solar Probe Plus.

Quote
United Launch Alliance intends to retire the single-stick Medium configurations of the Delta 4 by early 2019. But the Heavy vehicle will continue to serve the national security niche market into the 2020s.

Technicians at the ULA factory in Decatur, Alabama, will build and stockpile the cores for several Heavy vehicles before the Medium’s retirement. Making the rockets now, then allowing the entire assembly line to shut down and simply storing the Heavy vehicles is the economic way to go, officials said.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/07/surveillance-satellite-launching-thursday-atop-delta-4-heavy-rocket/
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: abaddon on 06/07/2016 08:07 pm
Bummer, if it goes off as scheduled I'm going to be boarding a plane at the time... will have to catch the replay I guess.  Looks like the better opportunity (weather-wise) is Saturday, though.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/08/2016 12:45 pm
Updated forecast. Not any better all around. Still a 60% chance of violation on Thursday, and Saturday has worsened to a 40% chance of violation. The concern on both days remains thunderstorms.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/08/2016 01:46 pm
update

http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/DIV%20NROL-37%20L-1%20Launch%20Weather%20Forecast%20for%209%20June%20launch.pdf?ver=2016-06-08-094336-977
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/08/2016 03:59 pm
Quote
NRO ‏@NatReconOfc 29m29 minutes ago

A @ulalaunch #DeltaIV Heavy rocket will launch #NROL37. @45thSpaceWing @AFSpace @AF_SMC @usairforce

https://twitter.com/NatReconOfc/status/740566522544984064 (https://twitter.com/NatReconOfc/status/740566522544984064)
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/08/2016 04:02 pm
June 8, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY
RELEASE #060816

Launch Window Opens: 1:59 p.m. June 9

45th SW to support Delta IV NROL-37 launch
By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing will support
the United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy NROL-37 launch June 9 from Launch
Complex 37B here with a launch window opening at 1:59 p.m. ET.

The ULA Delta IV rocket is carrying a national security payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta IV family, the
Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a
triple-body rocket.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: William Graham on 06/08/2016 10:58 pm
Do we know if the metallic or composite fairing is being used? Previous Orion satellites have used the metallic (Titan) one.
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Jim on 06/08/2016 11:47 pm
Do we know if the metallic or composite fairing is being used? Previous Orion satellites have used the metallic (Titan) one.

I would say metallic
Title: Re: ULA Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 06/09/2016 01:21 am
Moved for live coverage!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/09/2016 01:57 am
The NRO explanation of the patch

The #NROL37 mission patch depicts a knight, a symbol of courage with a chivalrous code of conduct representing bravery, training, and service to others. The knight stands in front of the U.S. flag in a defensive posture as to protect at all cost. The eagle on the chest is a symbol of both freedom and the United States of America. The sword is a message of tenacious, fierce focus with the claws representing extreme reach with global coverage.

https://www.facebook.com/NationalReconnaissanceOffice/photos/
a.1544403572457698.1073741828.1442712095960180/1812294652335254/?type=3&theater
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/09/2016 11:56 am
Launch day forecast. No changes for today, or the 48 hour delay. 40% chance of cooperative weather today, still concerned about thunderstorms.
Title: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/09/2016 12:02 pm
I presume will not hear the outcome on this for some while as from past Orion launches they appear to have a lengthy trek uphill.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/09/2016 01:03 pm
Launch broadcast starts at 1:39 ET, 5:39 UTC. Broadcast is at www.ulalaunch.com
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: MattMason on 06/09/2016 01:35 pm
The NRO explanation of the patch

The #NROL37 mission patch depicts a knight, a symbol of courage with a chivalrous code of conduct representing bravery, training, and service to others. The knight stands in front of the U.S. flag in a defensive posture as to protect at all cost. The eagle on the chest is a symbol of both freedom and the United States of America. The sword is a message of tenacious, fierce focus with the claws representing extreme reach with global coverage.

https://www.facebook.com/NationalReconnaissanceOffice/photos/
a.1544403572457698.1073741828.1442712095960180/1812294652335254/?type=3&theater

Wow. This NROL patch is so lacking in details in comparison to past patches, it doesn't even mention a mission number. Cool looking, however. The fact they're using a Delta Heavy however, speaks volumes of whatever payload is going.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 02:00 pm
William Graham's extensive launch overview:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/06/ula-delta-iv-heavy-launch-nrol-37/
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: wannamoonbase on 06/09/2016 02:27 pm
I presume will not hear the outcome on this for some while as from past Orion launches they appear to have a lengthy trek uphill.

Yeah that 100 meter antenna likely takes some time to deploy. 

Lots to checkout before committing to that operation.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: curtquarquesso on 06/09/2016 02:31 pm
Is it likely that we'll see another launch weather forecast for today, or is it likely that the weather violation probabilities we received at 0630 EDT will stand for the rest of the day?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/09/2016 02:49 pm
From ULA facebook site
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: kevin-rf on 06/09/2016 03:00 pm
I presume will not hear the outcome on this for some while as from past Orion launches they appear to have a lengthy trek uphill.

Yeah that 100 meter antenna likely takes some time to deploy. 

Lots to checkout before committing to that operation.

I assume the lengthy uphill trek is because it is a direct insertion into GSO mission, meaning they do not drop it off into a transfer orbit, but do a circularization burn at apogee. The final burn will occur several hours after launch (~6 hours?).

The antennae will be deployed at some point well after that and I doubt it is part of the launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: kevin-rf on 06/09/2016 03:03 pm
Wow. This NROL patch is so lacking in details in comparison to past patches, it doesn't even mention a mission number. Cool looking, however. The fact they're using a Delta Heavy however, speaks volumes of whatever payload is going.
Not to dump cold water, but it's about time they started not giving away the store with the mission patches. They are protecting secrets after all.

I for one welcome the change.
Title: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/09/2016 03:10 pm
I presume will not hear the outcome on this for some while as from past Orion launches they appear to have a lengthy trek uphill.

Yeah that 100 meter antenna likely takes some time to deploy. 

Lots to checkout before committing to that operation.

I concur with the above in that I suspect also that they are placed directly into GSO as I would think even with the antenna stowed they are supposedly large satellites and that would take quite some hit in fuel if required to manoeuvre into orbit.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/09/2016 03:13 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: eeergo on 06/09/2016 03:19 pm

Wow. This NROL patch is so lacking in details in comparison to past patches, it doesn't even mention a mission number. Cool looking, however. The fact they're using a Delta Heavy however, speaks volumes of whatever payload is going.

XXXVII ?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Rocket Science on 06/09/2016 03:24 pm
Thanks for the great article William! Go Delta!! :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: mike robel on 06/09/2016 03:47 pm
Now thundering on Merritt Island, not raining yet at my house.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/09/2016 03:57 pm
Cumulus cloud, attached anvil, and lightning rules are currently RED.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 06/09/2016 04:09 pm

Wow. This NROL patch is so lacking in details in comparison to past patches, it doesn't even mention a mission number. Cool looking, however. The fact they're using a Delta Heavy however, speaks volumes of whatever payload is going.

XXXVII ?
NROL 37

BTW, same PLF as Delta 360, which was believed to have launched the previous Mentor/Advanced Orion SIGINT.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/09/2016 04:22 pm
Launch day forecast. No changes for today, or the 48 hour delay. 40% chance of cooperative weather today, still concerned about thunderstorms.
re: launch weather constraints and launch window
What's the "now-cast" like at the Cape for the next several hours?  Is it possible there may be "breaks" in the foul weather, suitable for launch?

The last Delta IV-Heavy/Mentor launch (NROL-15) (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=28414.0), equipped with RS-68A engines, appeared to have a lengthy launch window, with successive T-0's set for:
6:13 am EDT
6:45
7:59
9:15

EDIT: Maybe we'll learn just how long the launch window is?  If they try to launch at the end of the window because there's a chance of the weather letting up?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Kryten on 06/09/2016 04:30 pm
Quote
James DeanVerified account
‏@flatoday_jdean
Not surprisingly, weather currently no-go. Counting down to possible 1:59pm liftoff. #NROL37
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ronpur50 on 06/09/2016 04:47 pm
Raining hard on this side of the state too, but there are breaks in the rain.  But it is moving straight towards the Cape....Maybe they will get lucky.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/09/2016 04:56 pm
Quote
James DeanVerified account
‏@flatoday_jdean
Not surprisingly, weather currently no-go. Counting down to possible 1:59pm liftoff. #NROL37

You can add flight through precipitation to the list of no go conditions.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/09/2016 04:58 pm
Fueling of the LOX/ LH complete in all stages.

Engines in both stages are currently performing steering checks
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:22 pm
http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Wolfram66 on 06/09/2016 05:27 pm
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=NCR&rid=MLB&loop=yes (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=NCR&rid=MLB&loop=yes)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:40 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:41 pm
Looks rather murky.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Jarnis on 06/09/2016 05:42 pm
On screen information about process of the launch on the left is new, no? Seems like competition is good for streams as well.  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:44 pm
90 percent chance of unacceptable weather at T-0.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:45 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:47 pm
Preparing for Polling.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:49 pm
Explaining the Knight on the patch. All rather flag waving and fluffy :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:49 pm
Solar radiation is acceptable! :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:50 pm
Dedication.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 05:50 pm
she's a beauty
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:51 pm
New T-0 18:55:00 Zulu
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:53 pm
So L-62 minutes
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 05:56 pm
She's getting her CBCs wet.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 06:00 pm
camera guy can we get a pic to the right with the burnoff section?
couple while we wait for the money shot
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 06:22 pm
Great view of the umbilicals.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 06:24 pm
New T-0 of 19:05:00 ZULU (15:05 Eastern)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: DaveS on 06/09/2016 06:24 pm
New T0: 1905:00Z being coordinated.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: DatUser14 on 06/09/2016 06:36 pm
doesn't zulu mean local time (i.e EDT)?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: HelixSpiral on 06/09/2016 06:38 pm
No. Zulu is UTC.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Rocket Science on 06/09/2016 06:39 pm
doesn't zulu mean local time (i.e EDT)?

No, it's an old aviation term for Universal Time UT...
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/aboututc.html
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: DatUser14 on 06/09/2016 06:39 pm
thanks.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 06:39 pm
another shot
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Wolfram66 on 06/09/2016 06:42 pm
does look to be clearing temporarily at CCAFS
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=mlb&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 06/09/2016 06:46 pm
doesn't zulu mean local time (i.e EDT)?

No, it's an old aviation term for Universal Time UT...
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/aboututc.html

And "Zulu" was the phonetic alphabet word for the letter "Z", which was used as an abbreviation for "zero" as in the number of offset hours from the prime meridian (once GMT, today's UTC).  http://www.navy.mil/navydata/questions/zulutime.html

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Orbiter on 06/09/2016 06:47 pm
does look to be clearing temporarily at CCAFS
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=mlb&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

All that stuff south of LC-37 appears to be drifting northwards.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 06:51 pm
Latest T-0 is no go. Working on a forward path.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: mike robel on 06/09/2016 06:53 pm
Light rain on SR 528 south of the pad, which is still visible.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: the_other_Doug on 06/09/2016 06:54 pm
Per crawl on webcast, new T-0 is 3:05pm local (EDT), says commentary will resume at 2:55pm EDT, in one minute...
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Orbiter on 06/09/2016 06:55 pm
Per crawl on webcast, new T-0 is 3:05pm local (EDT), says commentary will resume at 2:55pm EDT, in one minute...

That T-0 is no longer in the works.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 06:56 pm
Man with the deepest voice I've ever heard appears to claim they've worked another 90 minutes of window for the Delta IV-Heavy.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 06:58 pm
No new T-0 at this time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 07:02 pm
status in blue
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Retired Downrange on 06/09/2016 07:04 pm
My understanding from the webcast is that this delay is due to the weather, and they are watching to see if a clear area is approaching. When a clear opening approaches, they will resume the count at T-4.

Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: 5600k on 06/09/2016 07:07 pm
How long can the vehicle sit on the pad all fueled and ready to go?

Wasn't there a valve issue during the Orion EFT-1 launch caused by holding too long?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 06/09/2016 07:13 pm
How long can the vehicle sit on the pad all fueled and ready to go?

Wasn't there a valve issue during the Orion EFT-1 launch caused by holding too long?

I don't recall the later part, but a GEO launch is constrained by sunlight when on orbit, not anything on the LV side (they want maximum sun time after launch to charge the batteries after launch.)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: joncz on 06/09/2016 07:15 pm
They just went through a series of valve conditioning that bought them 90 minutes (until roughly 1630 EDT).
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: kevin-rf on 06/09/2016 07:31 pm
I don't recall the later part, but a GEO launch is constrained by sunlight when on orbit, not anything on the LV side (they want maximum sun time after launch to charge the batteries after launch.)
That makes sense for GTO, but with a GSO launch there is a boil off advantage of being in the Earth's shadow during the long coast between the second and the third burn. After that point, the payload will be in full sunlight (ignoring eclipse season).
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: mvpel on 06/09/2016 07:49 pm
"Going to 11."
(https://galileounchained.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/volume-11-smushed.jpg)
It's one louder.

Here's an article about the Orion valve scrub:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/04/tech/innovation/nasa-orion-launch/
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 07:54 pm
Seems to be getting brighter at least.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: MostlyHarmless on 06/09/2016 07:58 pm
Looking at the radar and satellite loops, plus the lightning data, it's going to be mighty tough finding a time to launch (personally, I don't think they'll be able to -- but my forecast skills are a bit rusty). 

As a former AF weather guesser (who occasionally supported astronauts flying through Tyndall AFB in their T-38s), I can imagine the pressure currently experienced by the folks at the 45th Weather Squadron shop right now.  Trying to time when a "hole" in the weather might allow a mission is tough enough when there isn't a billion dollars of hardware on the line.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 08:02 pm
Or perhaps not...
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: mdeep on 06/09/2016 08:02 pm
Looking less positive from the ITL causeway right now.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Phillip Clark on 06/09/2016 08:06 pm
Isn't it about time that the US developed an all-weather launch capability which the Russians have had for fifty years or so?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 06/09/2016 08:07 pm
Isn't it about time that the US developed an all-weather launch capability which the Russians have had for fifty years or so?
The Russians don't launch into thunderstorms!  A Soyuz launch from Kourou earlier this year suffered two weather scrubs.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/09/2016 08:11 pm
This is really ugly
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Michael Baylor on 06/09/2016 08:12 pm
Isn't it about time that the US developed an all-weather launch capability which the Russians have had for fifty years or so?
Doesn't mean that the probability of success doesn't decrease. Not many scenarios where you would want to risk a very expensive payload in bad weather, when you could wait a day or two and have a higher probability.

I would also assume that in some national emergency where it had to go now, American rockets would probably be able to handle this type of weather. There just simply is a greater risk. I am sure this is the same for the Russians. It is not like you see them launching into bad weather when they don't have too.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: MostlyHarmless on 06/09/2016 08:13 pm
Isn't it about time that the US developed an all-weather launch capability which the Russians have had for fifty years or so?
The Russians don't launch into thunderstorms!

 - Ed Kyle

We don't either -- anymore.  I can't remember what mission it was, but back in '86 we lost an Atlas Centaur when it was hit by lightning because the weather folks were too hesitant to call a no-go.  The lighting caused a bit-flip in the flight computer that caused the booster to go off track.  The Apollo 12 crew was extremely lucky...
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Brovane on 06/09/2016 08:14 pm
Isn't it about time that the US developed an all-weather launch capability which the Russians have had for fifty years or so?

Refer to Apollo-12 as to what can happen when you launch in bad weather.  Why take the chance? 
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 06/09/2016 08:18 pm
I can't remember what mission it was, but back in '86 we lost an Atlas Centaur when it was hit by lightning because the weather folks were too hesitant to call a no-go.  The lighting caused a bit-flip in the flight computer that caused the booster to go off track.  The Apollo 12 crew was extremely lucky...

3/26/1987   Atlas G Centaur AC-67  CC LC36B   FLTSATCOM 6        Atlas struck by lightning            FTO


 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: MostlyHarmless on 06/09/2016 08:20 pm
The satellite loop is equally ugly...

The latest IR image that shows developing rainshowers/thunderstorms southwest and west moving to the east. 

Not looking good.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: whitelancer64 on 06/09/2016 08:36 pm
Isn't it about time that the US developed an all-weather launch capability which the Russians have had for fifty years or so?

The Russians do not, and never have had, an "all weather" orbital launch capability. While robustly built to handle the harsh weather conditions at Baikonur, including very high and very low temperatures that would mean a scrub for most other launch vehicles, the Soyuz and Proton do have wind and precipitation limitations similar to other rockets, and so they have weather scrubs just like every other launch vehicle.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 08:39 pm
Let's keep it on the mission. A lot of people can't watch the webcast and have the thread on notification. Feel free to start a thread on the splinter stuff. :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 08:51 pm
The weather at Cape is clearing a tiny bit, but not enough for the balloons to be green.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: MostlyHarmless on 06/09/2016 08:58 pm
Weather team now predicting 30% chance of GO conditions by 5:40 PM.  Radar and satellite loops appear to show decreasing convective activity just west of CCAFS.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/09/2016 09:00 pm
This is really ugly

Improving?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Arcas on 06/09/2016 09:15 pm
Has the rocket been fueled this entire time?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:16 pm
Has the rocket been fueled this entire time?

Yes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: MostlyHarmless on 06/09/2016 09:17 pm
From 45th Weather Squadron:  Flight thru precipitation condition is now GO; anvil clouds, disturbed weather and electrical potential are still NO-GO.

It looks like convective activity around and west of the launch area is continuing to fall apart.  The big question is if it will clear enough before the end of the window.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/09/2016 09:18 pm
New T0 2158Z
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 09:18 pm
21:58:00Z is the new launch time.  Conditions improving.  Plan on picking up the count in a Go-RED condition if weather remains red at the time of picking up the count.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:18 pm
OH!! Delta IV-H now targetting a new T-0 of 21:58 ZULU (17:58) Eastern, pending a gap in the weather constraints.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 09:21 pm
L-38 m. 



Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Michael Baylor on 06/09/2016 09:29 pm
Projected weather close to T-0. Of course it could very well be inaccurate, and this only shows rain.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: the_other_Doug on 06/09/2016 09:35 pm
doesn't zulu mean local time (i.e EDT)?

No, it's an old aviation term for Universal Time UT...
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/aboututc.html

doesn't zulu mean local time (i.e EDT)?

No, it's an old aviation term for Universal Time UT...
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/aboututc.html

And "Zulu" was the phonetic alphabet word for the letter "Z", which was used as an abbreviation for "zero" as in the number of offset hours from the prime meridian (once GMT, today's UTC).  http://www.navy.mil/navydata/questions/zulutime.html

 - Ed Kyle

I don't think it's Z for zero, I think it's A B C  .... X  Y Z for GMT+1, GMT+2, .....  GMT+24

Ummm... A to Z is 26 steps.  GMT+26 is not a useful term, certainly not where the very useful term ZULU time came from...
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: catdlr on 06/09/2016 09:36 pm
Preliminary prep video....

Delta IV Heavy - Pre-Launch 06-09-2016

USLaunchReport

Published on Jun 9, 2016
UlA is launching the 2.1 million lbs thrust "Heavy"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIihwEnSfTo?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIihwEnSfTo
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:39 pm
Polling for terminal count.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:41 pm
Still in the T-4 minute hold as we stand by for the final GO/NO GO poll.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jcm on 06/09/2016 09:42 pm

Ummm... A to Z is 26 steps.  GMT+26 is not a useful term, certainly not where the very useful term ZULU time came from...

They miss out J, and it's a bit more complicated (read: poorly designed) than I thought.
http://www.worldtimezone.com/wtz-map-military.html
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/military
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:43 pm
L-15 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:46 pm
L-12 mins.

L-7 will be polling to come out of the hold.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:47 pm
Commentary provided by Trevor Kilpatrick will resume momentarily.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:48 pm
Wow, that's weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Halidon on 06/09/2016 09:50 pm
Is this Delta launch streaming in English on YouTube anywhere?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: russianhalo117 on 06/09/2016 09:51 pm
Is this Delta launch streaming in English on YouTube anywhere?
Only via: http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: meithan on 06/09/2016 09:51 pm
Is this Delta launch streaming in English on YouTube anywhere?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ok1SBl87FM&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: spacetraveler on 06/09/2016 09:51 pm
Radar still looking like a no go.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:51 pm
Lots of anxious faces....really, really close on the weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 09:51 pm
L-7 poll ongoing.  GO/Pending for launch except for weather.  Expected clear at T-60 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 09:52 pm
look inside
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:52 pm
Polling is all GO apart from weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: bjornl on 06/09/2016 09:53 pm
All GO pending weather at T-60
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:53 pm
The final GO/NO GO poll is complete. We are GO for launch on schedule despite weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/09/2016 09:53 pm
They're going to count to 60 seconds assuming/hoping the weather goes green.  This should be interesting.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:53 pm
Standing by now to release the T-4 minute hold.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 09:54 pm
T-4 minutes and COUNTING.  Final GO/NO-GO at T-60 seconds pending weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:55 pm
T-4 minutes and counting. The clock has started again.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 09:55 pm
Vehicle is on internal power.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:55 pm
T-3 mins!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:55 pm
3 minutes and counting. All aspects still nominal as we progress towards the 374th launch of a Delta rocket since 1960 and the 32nd Delta IV launch since 2002.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: rcoppola on 06/09/2016 09:56 pm
Ordinance armed!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:56 pm
T-2 minutes. We'll expect the starboard engine to ignite at T-7 seconds followed by the core and port engines at T-5 seconds. The launch vehicle will be held down until T0 to verify that all is healthy.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 09:56 pm
T-2 minutes.  60 seconds away from final GO/NO-GO.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:57 pm
T-90 seconds. Not much activity at the moment.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/09/2016 09:57 pm
hold
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:57 pm
HOLD!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 09:57 pm
HOLD HOLD HOLD due to weather!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Prober on 06/09/2016 09:58 pm
hold, hold, hold
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:58 pm
T-1 minute and holding.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 09:58 pm
Vehicle safing is in progress.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/09/2016 09:59 pm
Scrubbing for the day.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/09/2016 09:59 pm
HOLD HOLD HOLD due to weather!
That was a very assertive call-out!
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 10:00 pm
Next attempt will be June 11. Good try today, ULA.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: spacetraveler on 06/09/2016 10:00 pm
Seemed fairly obvious looking at those huge clouds that there was not a great chance of the weather cooperating today.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: rcoppola on 06/09/2016 10:00 pm
HOLD HOLD HOLD due to weather!
That was a very assertive call-out!
HA. I know, i actually jumped back as I had the speakers on full.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/09/2016 10:02 pm
Vehicle is now on back external power.  Next attempt is June 11th (Saturday) at 1351 Eastern, launch coverage will start at 1331 Eastern.  We'll try again!
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/09/2016 10:06 pm
ULA webcast has ended.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/09/2016 10:09 pm
ULA webcast has ended.
We're still hearing the launch control center feed.
EDIT: The audio appears to have been cut just after I posted at 6:09 pm EDT.

EDIT 2: If the T-0 times were at the beginning (1:59 pm EDT) and end (5:58 pm EDT) of the launch window, then the launch window was 3 hours, 59 minutes long.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: russianhalo117 on 06/09/2016 10:11 pm
Vehicle is now on back external power.  Next attempt is June 11th (Saturday) at 1351 Eastern, launch coverage will start at 1331 Eastern.  We'll try again!
We need to change the date in the thread title to reflect
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: spacetraveler on 06/09/2016 10:16 pm
Vehicle is now on back external power.  Next attempt is June 11th (Saturday) at 1351 Eastern, launch coverage will start at 1331 Eastern.  We'll try again!
We need to change the date in the thread title to reflect
There might be a new thread for the next attempt, or Chris will update it when its time.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 06/10/2016 11:09 am
Just out of interest, because they are hydrogen-fuelled, are Delta-IVs more vulnerable to lighning or is it just a general safety rule for all launch vehicles?
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/10/2016 11:17 am
Vehicle is now on back external power.  Next attempt is June 11th (Saturday) at 1351 Eastern, launch coverage will start at 1331 Eastern.  We'll try again!
Why is this a 48-hour turn-around, instead of say, 24 hours?
Is this to de-conflict with today's scheduled Falcon static fire?  Give the Delta/payload launch team a chance to re-charge?
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Jim on 06/10/2016 01:01 pm
Just out of interest, because they are hydrogen-fuelled, are Delta-IVs more vulnerable to lighning or is it just a general safety rule for all launch vehicles?

general
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: jacqmans on 06/10/2016 03:15 pm
U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office


June 10, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

RELEASE #061116


Launch Window Opens: 1:51 p.m. June 11

 

45th SW to support Delta IV NROL-37 launch By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs


CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 45th Space Wing will support the United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy NROL-37 launch June 11 from Launch Complex 37B here with a launch window opening at 1:51 p.m. ET.

The ULA Delta IV rocket is carrying a national security payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta IV family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/10/2016 04:45 pm
Updated forecast. Weather has gotten slightly worse, 60% chance of violation now, but for the same reasons as the previous forecast.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Orbiter on 06/10/2016 04:47 pm
Interesting, 12z NAM doesn't show nearly as many storms in the area as there were yesterday. Really does only take one storm though.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Newton_V on 06/10/2016 05:48 pm
Interesting, 12z NAM doesn't show nearly as many storms in the area as there were yesterday. Really does only take one storm though.

Yeah, much better weather today, but SpX has the range reserved for their hot fire test.

Weather tomorrow not looking so good.  60% POV.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/11/2016 06:52 am
Forecast was updated later yesterday to add a 48 hr delay forecast of 80% go:

Quote
Launch day overall probability of violating weather constraints: 60%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds, Lightning, and Anvil Clouds

48-hour delay overall probability of violating weather constraints 20%
Primary concern(s): Cumulus Clouds
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/11/2016 07:14 am
I suppose we don't know if this one is a critical replacement or just another addition and therefore how keen they will be to press ahead with the launch ASAP.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: c on 06/11/2016 12:52 pm
Heading to the Cape & LC-39 now. Weather 30 minutes north is spectacular at the moment.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: mdeep on 06/11/2016 01:18 pm
Sunrise at the pad just a few hours ago.

NWS has nixed rain chances for the Merritt Island/Cape Canaveral area, but the 45th is sticking with 60% POV.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 02:04 pm
Tory Bruno ‏@torybruno  2m2 minutes ago
Cryo ops underway

--

Remember to like posts. These posts are for updates now we're in a count.
Title: Re: SCRUB: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 9, 2016
Post by: Newton_V on 06/11/2016 02:08 pm
I suppose we don't know if this one is a critical replacement or just another addition and therefore how keen they will be to press ahead with the launch ASAP.

Once a date is reserved on the range (and people have traveled to sites), every effort is made to launch on every date for any and every payload.  Scrubs/delays are expensive.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/11/2016 02:42 pm
As was mentioned earlier, the chance of violation today remains at 60%. Another 48 hour delay results in a 20% chance of violation for the cumulus cloud rule.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 03:19 pm
Tory Bruno ‏@torybruno  36m36 minutes ago
Pgo=60%
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: DaveS on 06/11/2016 03:20 pm
There's a line of showers currently headed for the Cape from the south so the FLIGHT THRU PRECIP and CUMULUS CLOUD rules will go RED. Unless they stall out, the duration should not impact the T0.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ilikeboosterrockets on 06/11/2016 03:28 pm
ULA posted this on youtube.

Delta IV NROL-37 Mission Profile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHAPGUYVHkA
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: DaveS on 06/11/2016 04:08 pm
Currently the showers look like they're going to miss the Cape so things look good for a launch at 1:51 pm EDT.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 04:18 pm
William Harwood ‏@cbs_spacenews
D4/NROL37: Delta 4 fueling operations are complete; vehicle in topping mode, no known issues
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 04:50 pm
L-60 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Rocket Science on 06/11/2016 05:01 pm
http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx
https://twitter.com/ulalaunch?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
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Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:02 pm
Webcast is ramping up.
http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx
Title: LC-39 gantry update
Post by: c on 06/11/2016 05:05 pm
@1245 EDT - Great weather, solid 10 kph wind out of the south. Very similar to Thursday's scrub so let's hope for the best.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: DaveS on 06/11/2016 05:08 pm
Latest from the radar. Everything to the south is moving east and the stuff to the west is moving too slowly to be a concern for a liftoff at the planned T0. It will be a problem for a delay though.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:21 pm
L-30 minutes.  We're closing in on the broadcast start.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:26 pm
In the final (scheduled) briefing before launch, the launch weather officer reports GO conditions (observed and forecast) for current T-0.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:30 pm
Launch coverage is beginning.  L-20 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:32 pm
Here we go!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:33 pm
T-4 and holding for 15 minutes.  Launch coverage will conclude after payload fairing jettison per customer request, approximately 6 minutes, 30 seconds into launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:33 pm
70 percent go weather.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:37 pm
Pretty nice overview of a Delta IV-H rocket!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:41 pm
L-10 minutes.  6 minutes from coming out of the hold pending GO/NO-GO poll.


This launch is dedicated to Ralph "Buddy" Culbertson" and Robby O'Conner.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:41 pm
Still in the T-4 minute hold as we stand by for the final GO/NO GO poll.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:43 pm
L-7 minutes, 30 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:44 pm
Coming up on the GO/NO-GO poll.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:45 pm
NROL-37 is GO for launch!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:45 pm
GO polling!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:45 pm
The final GO/NO GO poll is complete. We are GO for launch on schedule.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:46 pm
Standing by now to release the T-4 minute hold.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:46 pm
T-4 minutes and counting. The clock has started again.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:47 pm
T-4 minutes and COUNTING!  Let's do this!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: AJA on 06/11/2016 05:48 pm
Transferring to internal..
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: kdhilliard on 06/11/2016 05:48 pm
YouTube Live Stream via RT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FelvlAEXHZM

~Kirk
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:48 pm
3 minutes and counting. All aspects still nominal as we progress towards the 374th launch of a Delta rocket since 1960 and the 32nd Delta IV launch since 2002.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:48 pm
T-3 mins.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: rcoppola on 06/11/2016 05:49 pm
Ordinance Armed.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:49 pm
Ordnance armed.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:49 pm
T-2 minutes. We'll expect the starboard engine to ignite at T-7 seconds followed by the core and port engines at T-5 seconds. The launch vehicle will be held down until T0 to verify that all is healthy.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:49 pm
Script running - T-2 mins.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:49 pm
T-90 seconds. Not much activity at the moment.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:50 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:50 pm
CBCs at flight pressure.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:50 pm
Range is green.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:50 pm
T-1 minute and counting. The Eastern Range and Launch Director have given their approval for launch today. 50 seconds away from T0.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:50 pm
T-60 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:50 pm
L-60 seconds!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:51 pm
Launch has been enabled and the main power is off. T-30.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:51 pm
Final status check is complete as everything remains a GO for the launch of the L-37. 20 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:51 pm
Go DELTA, Go NROL-37!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: AJA on 06/11/2016 05:51 pm
Vehicle internal, Main GE power off
LH2 secure.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:51 pm
T-10, 9, main engine start, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and liftoff as the payload of ULA's famed heavy launcher begins the next chapter of American space reconnaissance.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:52 pm
T+30 seconds. Pressures look good.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:52 pm
LAUNCH!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:52 pm
LAUNCH!!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:52 pm
The core CBC now powering down to 58% as we approach Mach 1.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:52 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:52 pm
T+80 seconds. Vehicle speed is over 750 mph and we're passing the region of Max-Q.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:53 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:53 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:53 pm
T+2 minutes. Attitude remains nominal during the first phase of powered flight.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:53 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:53 pm
MaxQ
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:53 pm
Delta IV-H always looks graceful when launching :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:54 pm
15 miles up.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: AJA on 06/11/2016 05:54 pm
This is a funny camera angle. Looked like it was going straight up (probably because the camera frame's been rotated?) forever..
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:54 pm
15.8nm altitude.  11.51nm downrange.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:54 pm
Mach 5
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:55 pm
Approaching 4 minutes; the port and starboard boosters are throttling to 58%. And the boosters have jettisoned. Very light attitude disturbances from booster sep.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:55 pm
Partial thrust on CBCs port and starboard.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:55 pm
Core CBC has throttled up to 108% and will remain that way for the next 90 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:55 pm
Booster jettison!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:56 pm
Staging.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:56 pm
Vehicle attitude nominal, pressures remain stable.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:56 pm
Mach 15.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:56 pm
Max Skin temp.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:57 pm
Our main engine has throttled down to 58%. We have MECO.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:57 pm
We have 1-2 sep. Second stage nozzle's deploying at this time.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:57 pm
We have prestart on fuel and LOX. Ignition and full thrust on the RL-10B-2 engine.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:57 pm
Staging.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:57 pm
Fairing separation confirmed. No sign of recontact.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:58 pm
MECO, staging, and second stage ignition!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:58 pm
ULA webcast is beginning to wrap up.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 05:58 pm
Fairing sep and webcast coverage ending as per customer request!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 05:59 pm
Launch replay occurring as the webcast officially ends.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 05:59 pm
End of webcast. That was super! (c) John Young.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 06:00 pm
One last look at liftoff:
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 06:00 pm
Thanks for helping out chaps. Looks like we subbed Steven with Steven too! ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: rcoppola on 06/11/2016 06:00 pm
Congratulations ULA / NROL / 45 Space Wing (Eastern Range).
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: joek on 06/11/2016 06:00 pm
Wonderful! Picture perfect! Congrats ULA!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: AJA on 06/11/2016 06:01 pm
Fairing separation confirmed. No sign of recontact.

That was a especially a concern this time?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 06:01 pm
Thanks for helping out chaps. Looks like we subbed Steven with Steven too! ;D

Glad to help out!  It's been a while - I finally get a decent day off of work and there was a launch scheduled.  :)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 06:01 pm
Thanks for helping out chaps. Looks like we subbed Steven with Steven too! ;D

No prob, Chris! Always welcome to provide commentary through my posts.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: rcoppola on 06/11/2016 06:02 pm
Absolutely love Tri-Cores.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 06:02 pm
Fairing separation confirmed. No sign of recontact.

That was a especially a concern this time?

Well, what if the fairing sep was not normal and one of the pieces was hanging off of an unfired bolt and was being charred by the RL-10?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Damon Hill on 06/11/2016 06:04 pm
Minimum toastiness on this DIV-H launch, gratifyingly smooth countdown, liftoff and flight so far.   ULA seems to be getting better at controlling hydrogen burnoff at ignition.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Mapperuo on 06/11/2016 06:04 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCy401hkXuk
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ugordan on 06/11/2016 06:04 pm
You have to love that translucent exhaust flame. Solid rocket boosters got nothing on that.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ford Mustang on 06/11/2016 06:04 pm
Very nice video from the 45th Space Wing's Facebook page of the launch.  Figured I'd share a link here!

https://www.facebook.com/45thSpaceWing/videos/10156838717050012/
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Rocket Science on 06/11/2016 06:05 pm
Congrats ULA and NRO... Great pics today! Love that Delta IV!! 8)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: AJA on 06/11/2016 06:05 pm
Fairing separation confirmed. No sign of recontact.

That was a especially a concern this time?

Well, what if the fairing sep was not normal and one of the pieces was hanging off of an unfired bolt and was being charred by the RL-10?

That'd have been a story. But what I was asking was if this launch, and this payload in particular had exacerbated fairing recontact concerns. (Questions you ask when you haven't read the launch overview article. :P)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 06:07 pm
Very nice video from the 45th Space Wing's Facebook page of the launch.  Figured I'd share a link here!

https://www.facebook.com/45thSpaceWing/videos/10156838717050012/

They took this video from the NASA Causeway, but I thought it was restricted for this launch!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: edkyle99 on 06/11/2016 06:07 pm
Likely 6 hours, give or take, to final confirmation of launch outcome.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/11/2016 06:08 pm
William Graham's article updated to post launch
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/06/ula-delta-iv-heavy-launch-nrol-37/
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 06:09 pm
Fairing separation confirmed. No sign of recontact.

That was a especially a concern this time?

Well, what if the fairing sep was not normal and one of the pieces was hanging off of an unfired bolt and was being charred by the RL-10?

That'd have been a story. But what I was asking was if this launch, and this payload in particular had exacerbated fairing recontact concerns. (Questions you ask when you haven't read the launch overview article. :P)

I always have fairing recontact concerns. Especially since those failed Minotaur-C launches carrying OCO and Glory.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Barrie on 06/11/2016 06:18 pm
Thanks to all for the coverage, and congratulations to ULA on what appears to be a massively nominal launch.

Looking forward to another exciting Heavy launch later this year   ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: ZachS09 on 06/11/2016 06:20 pm
Thanks to all for the coverage, and congratulations to ULA on what appears to be a massively nominal launch.

Looking forward to another exciting Heavy launch later this year   ;D

Actually, the next Delta IV Heavy launch will not be until July 2018 when it will launch the Solar Probe Plus.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: kevinof on 06/11/2016 06:21 pm
Hmmm. Think he meant SpaceX Heavy.

Good launch. Big heavy rockets are impressive beasts.

Thanks to all for the coverage, and congratulations to ULA on what appears to be a massively nominal launch.

Looking forward to another exciting Heavy launch later this year   ;D

Actually, the next Delta IV Heavy launch will not be until July 2018 when it will launch the Solar Probe Plus.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Graham on 06/11/2016 06:59 pm
Very nice video from the 45th Space Wing's Facebook page of the launch.  Figured I'd share a link here!

https://www.facebook.com/45thSpaceWing/videos/10156838717050012/

They took this video from the NASA Causeway, but I thought it was restricted for this launch!

To the public, but not to the 45th
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/11/2016 07:34 pm
I suppose we don't know if this one is a critical replacement or just another addition and therefore how keen they will be to press ahead with the launch ASAP.

Whichever, her brothers/sisters (allegedly) are leading interesting lives :)  Their reported brightness compared to standard geo satellites is obvious in the linked photo.

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/  "In the image below, 10 objects including two classified objects are visible: the two classified objects are the SIGINT satellite Mercury 1 (1994-054A), and the SIGINT satellite Mentor 4 (2009-001A), the latter parked next to the commercial communications satellite Thuraya 2."

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6Izm8Py0QZs/V0QUy8N7ShI/AAAAAAAAEKM/7Hge4KR_5lMoypowYaSOp3dm6RbMn-eVQCLcB/s1600/Mentor4_Mercury1_s02052016_Boenat_017.jpg
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: burningsheep on 06/11/2016 08:07 pm
Watched this launch and the Delta IV Heavy is quite impressive, but the stream video quality is a shame! Does anyone have a link to a Hi-Res video of this vehicle launching (either public or L2)? I searched on NSF and couldn't find anything, but I did find this on youtube which was pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rennZENPWdA
If this post should go somewhere else, feel free to move! Thanks.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/11/2016 08:13 pm
Watched this launch and the Delta IV Heavy is quite impressive, but the stream video quality is a shame! Does anyone have a link to a Hi-Res video of this vehicle launching (either public or L2)? I searched on NSF and couldn't find anything, but I did find this on youtube which was pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rennZENPWdA
If this post should go somewhere else, feel free to move! Thanks.

Give it some time.  The folks who placed cameras near the pad have to retrieve them.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: burningsheep on 06/11/2016 08:37 pm
Watched this launch and the Delta IV Heavy is quite impressive, but the stream video quality is a shame! Does anyone have a link to a Hi-Res video of this vehicle launching (either public or L2)? I searched on NSF and couldn't find anything, but I did find this on youtube which was pretty cool: [snip]
If this post should go somewhere else, feel free to move! Thanks.

Give it some time.  The folks who placed cameras near the pad have to retrieve them.

Got it, makes sense. Thanks.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ronpur50 on 06/11/2016 09:32 pm
Congrats for a great launch.  Did anyone else notice the wasp on the camera for this launch?  Two in a row.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: catdlr on 06/11/2016 10:11 pm
Delta IV Heavy NROL-37 Spy Satellite Launch Cape Canavera

Cocoa Beach 365

Published on Jun 11, 2016
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-37 spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen from across the Banana River Lagoon near Port Canaveral. The ultra top secret satellite is rumored to be the largest satellite ever launched!

Unfortunately the rocket disappeared into the clouds seconds after lift off, and I was dealing with a broken tripod. However, this was the loudest launch I had heard since the retirement of the Space Shuttle.

(My Rating: Poor video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUrxaImD00c?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUrxaImD00c
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Rocket Science on 06/11/2016 10:15 pm
Congrats for a great launch.  Did anyone else notice the wasp on the camera for this launch?  Two in a row.
New launch day mascot? ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/11/2016 10:51 pm
The press release for success of NROL-15 was 6 1/2 hours after liftoff.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Lar on 06/11/2016 10:55 pm
Congrats to ULA and NRO for a great launch. And to all for great coverage. Now that's out of the way...
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: northenarc on 06/11/2016 11:05 pm
 Congrats to all on a nice launch, that long weather delay and reset probably made for a pretty good rehearsal, and extends the proceedings for us a little.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/11/2016 11:13 pm
Congratulations to all concerned on the launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/12/2016 12:00 am
Quote
@jeff_foust

A subtle declaration of mission success for today’s Delta 4 Heavy NROL-37 launch.

Quote
@torybruno: 107

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/741780495684403200 (https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/741780495684403200)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 12:03 am
Full launch broadcast  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFGA9PPR5i8
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 12:04 am
Quote
@jeff_foust

A subtle declaration of mission success for today’s Delta 4 Heavy NROL-37 launch.

Quote
@torybruno: 107

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/741780495684403200 (https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/741780495684403200)

Presumably the 107th ULA success?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: northenarc on 06/12/2016 12:10 am
 ULA highlights video
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR-qOwIf9sY
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 12:53 am
Gunter's Space Page - Space News and Information  (Facebook) no idea what the source is

The payload of the ‪#‎NROL37‬ has successfully separated from the Delta-4H launch vehicle. It is likely a geostationary SIGINT sat of the Orion series, which features a giant (~100m) dish antenna.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: abaddon on 06/12/2016 01:14 am
Congrats to all on what appeared to be a spectacular launch!  I say "appeared" because I sadly missed it.  Looking forward to watching it tomorrow.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/12/2016 01:59 am
No presser yet. They have for previous NROL missions.....but yeah, Tory's tweet likely confirmed it.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/12/2016 02:06 am
They must have read my post (yeah, sure) ;D

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-37 Payload for the National Reconnaissance Office
NROL-37 is the ninth mission to launch atop a Delta IV Heavy

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (June 11, 2016) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 June 11 at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The NROL-37 mission is in support of national defense.

“We are so honored to deliver the NROL-37 payload to orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office during today’s incredible launch,” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Custom Services. “This was the ninth time ULA launched the Delta IV Heavy, the most powerful launch vehicle in existence today.”

This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) which featured a center common booster core along with two strap-on common booster cores. The ULA Delta IV Heavy is currently the world’s largest rocket, providing the nation with reliable and proven heavy lift capability.  Each common booster core was powered by an RS-68A Liquid Hydrogen/Liquid Oxygen engine producing 702,000 pounds of thrust. A single RL10 Liquid Hydrogen/Liquid Oxygen engine powered the second stage. The booster and upper stage engines are both built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. ULA constructed the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle in Decatur, Alabama.

 “The team worked together through many challenges this flow including overcoming the after effects of Tropical Storm Colin,” said Maginnis. We are proud of the outstanding teamwork between the ULA, NRO and Air Force partners to ensure mission success for this critical national security asset.”
         ULA's next launch is the Atlas V MUOS-5 mission for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. The launch is scheduled for June 24 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

        The EELV program was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 100 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/12/2016 02:09 am
Wow photo:
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/12/2016 02:15 am
Orbital ATK with a "we were involved too" release:

I’d like to make sure you see this news release regarding today’s successful launch. Orbital ATK provided critical launch vehicle hardware for the United Launch Alliance launch of the NROL-37 national security satellite aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket.

 

 

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. The company is comprised of three operating groups:

 

Flight Systems Group

• Space Launch Vehicles

• Rocket Propulsion Systems

• Missile Defense Systems

• Aerospace Structures

 

Defense Systems Group

• Missile Products

• Defense Electronic Systems

• Armament Systems

• Small Caliber Ammunition

 

Space Systems Group

• Commercial Communications and Imaging Satellites

• Human Space and Advanced Systems

• Scientific and National Security Satellites

• Space Components and Technical Services

 

Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations.

 
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 07:31 am
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/797195/air-force-ula-teams-launch-delta-iv-heavy

Air Force, ULA teams launch Delta IV Heavy

/ Published June 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance and their mission partners successfully launched a ULA Delta IV Heavy lift vehicle with an NRO national security payload from Space Launch Complex-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, today at 1:51 p.m. EDT.

“The Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle provides critical spacelift capability to support the Department of Defense as well as other National Security missions. This successful launch is a culmination of team work among a group of professionals who have a stellar launch record," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force program executive officer for Space. “Congratulations to the NROL-37 integrated team and all mission partners on a successful launch.”

The Delta IV Heavy is America’s biggest unmanned rocket currently in service, capable of lofting the largest and heftiest cargos for the nation. The Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle is also part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program managed by SMC on behalf of the Department of Defense.

“The Delta IV has flown 10 times for the NRO, six of which were Heavy launches.” Greaves added. “Since 1961, the history of cooperation and partnership between SMC and NRO have been unwavering, assuring mission success and access to space for the benefit of our nation’s security.”

This marks the 26th Delta IV launched from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida.

SMC is the U.S. Air Force's center for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 07:35 am
The ULA launch success tweet  ULA ‏@ulalaunch 5h5 hours ago

Mission success! ULA's #DeltaIV Heavy successfully delivers #NROL37 for the @NatReconOfc!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 08:02 am
ULA instagram video https://www.instagram.com/p/BGh5dRYGPZW/?taken-by=ulalaunch
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 08:23 am
Rescue helicopter photo of the beach burning after liftoff.  Someone's in trouble...  "holdurhoverView from our helicopter. Flames from the launch were so big, it caught the beach on fire. " 

 instagram image  (https://www.instagram.com/p/BGhpD7TkjJc/?fb_action_ids=10154941052577729&fb_action_types=instapp%3Atake&fb_ref=ogexp&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B991914847524411%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22instapp%3Atake%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22ogexp%22%5D)

Edit/Lar: remember, use the URL tag to make your links shorter
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: baldusi on 06/12/2016 11:59 am
Congratulations to ULA, NRO, LM (I guess) and the range.
BTW, if this flight showed less fire, it was due to the reduced H2 leak due to the new RS-68A.
Title: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/12/2016 07:33 pm
Heavy launches always seem to attract quite a bit of attention on social media. I suppose they aren't very frequent and it's a very distinctive launcher.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/12/2016 07:56 pm
Congratulations to all involved!  I've always especially enjoyed watching the Delta Heavy launches on-line.  I hope someday to watch one in person.

One of the camera angles used during the live coverage was great!  I could see that the central RS-68A was noticeably less brighter than the outboard engines, while the center engine was throttled down.  When the central engine throttled back up, I could see its brightness ramp up and match with the other 2 engines.

Also, there were a few seconds where the camera angle allowed seeing up the engine bells to see a brighter glow within--I assume that was the combustion chamber?

And, thank you to the live coverage thread contributors here on NSF!
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/12/2016 08:39 pm
And the only info we'll ever officially get about the launch...

41584   USA 268            2016-036A   PAYLOAD   
41585   DELTA 4 R/B     2016-036B   ROCKET BODY   
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: mto on 06/12/2016 09:07 pm
"The Beast" - Delta IV Heavy - NROL-37 - 06-11-2016
USLaunchReport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr_0mQGxyTo
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: baldusi on 06/12/2016 09:43 pm
And the only info we'll ever officially get about the launch...

41584USA 268         2016-036APAYLOAD
41585DELTA 4 R/B  2016-036BROCKET BODY
At least until 50 years have passed from the end of the program and someone fills the future equivalent of a FOIA.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Mark McCombs on 06/13/2016 04:58 am
Congrats to ULA, NRO and all other for the successful launch and payload deployment,

 8) 
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 06/13/2016 08:04 am
Orbital ATK with a "we were involved too" release:

The main body of the press release was missing. Here it is below.

A belated congratulations to ULA and the NRO for the successful launch! Thanks also to NSF for the coverage (it was 3:21 am here for the launch).

"Dulles, Virginia 11 June 2016 – Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, supported today's successful launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The rocket launched a classified satellite, designated NROL-37, for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office in support of a national security mission.

“Orbital ATK-produced structures and components on the ULA Delta IV heavy launch vehicle contributed to another successful launch today,” said Steve Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division. “Our integrated products play a vital role in delivering on mission commitments critical to national security.”

Orbital ATK’s contributions to the ULA Delta IV heavy rocket include 10 key large composite structures including three thermal shields that house and protect the engines during flight, three centerbody structures that connect the liquid oxygen (LO2) and liquid hydrogen (LH2) tanks, the composite interstage on the center common booster core, the nose cones on the two strap-on boosters and one set of X-panel structures that connect the upper stage LOX tank with the upper stage hydrogen tank. The large-scale composite structures measure four to five meters in diameter and range from one to 15 meters in length. Orbital ATK produced them all using advanced hand layup, machining and inspection techniques at the company’s manufacturing facility in Iuka, Mississippi.

Other Orbital ATK products integrated on the ULA Delta IV heavy launch vehicle include four booster rocket separation motors for the launch vehicle manufactured at Orbital ATK’s Rocket City, West Virginia, facility. The motors ignite when the core stage burn is complete to assist booster separation from center core.

Orbital ATK also designed and produced the nozzles for the three Aerojet-Rocketdyne RS-68 engines, as well as the nozzles’ innovative thermal protection material, which is capable of shielding them from the extreme heat of launch when external temperatures can exceed 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Orbital ATK manufactured the nozzle at its Promontory, Utah, facility. Additionally, the company manufactured the propellant tank for the Delta IV upper stage roll control system at its Commerce, California, facility."
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: chrisking0997 on 06/13/2016 04:10 pm
wow...did not know Orbital ATK was that involved with this vehicle
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: catdlr on 06/14/2016 02:27 am
various launch angles....

SpaceFlight Insider launch highlights ULA Delta IV Heavy with NROL 37

SpaceFlight Insider

Published on Jun 13, 2016
SpaceFlight Insider launch highlights from the June 11, 2016 flight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The flight got underway at 1:51 p.m. EDT (5:51 p.m. GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida. All video courtesy of SpaceFlight Insider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaSCgvrOg2o?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaSCgvrOg2o

Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: MattMason on 06/14/2016 01:01 pm
Congrats to ULA for a successful launch. Was too busy to watch this one live.

Oh, yeah, the Delta IV Heavy is lovely and stately in flight. It's making me anxious to see what SpaceX is conjuring up for the end of this year with its counterpart.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Targeteer on 06/18/2016 02:33 pm
That didn't take long

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-payload-found.html
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: CyndyC on 06/18/2016 03:23 pm
That didn't take long

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-payload-found.html

Hmmm, not very well classified then.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Chris Bergin on 06/18/2016 06:41 pm
That didn't take long

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-payload-found.html

Tasked with keeping an eye on those good folk of North Korea? ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: northenarc on 06/18/2016 06:49 pm
That didn't take long

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-payload-found.html

Tasked with keeping an eye on those good folk of North Korea? ;D
  Or the doings of the Chinese in the South China Sea  :-\
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 06/18/2016 07:26 pm
The PRC's very well advanced ambitions in the South China Sea and their neighbours' possible reactions to the same is one of the major possible current WW3 trigger points. The NRO would be very, very well advised to keep an eye on movements by all the actors there.

Just out of interest, could an orbital infrared telescope in GSO detect submerged submarines?
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: 4353 on 06/18/2016 07:28 pm
Longitude ~100 E is the normal initial check-out position for Mentor's. It is well within reach of the Pine Gap primary ground station in central Australia at that longitude.  I.e. this initial placement has no significance in terms of what area it is going to monitor eventually.

I expect it to slowly drift westwards over time towards its eventual operational slot, which (conjecture) might be near 80 E or perhaps 10E.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/18/2016 09:06 pm
That didn't take long

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-payload-found.html

Hmmm, not very well classified then.

Well they are rather large & distinctive.
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Robotbeat on 06/20/2016 01:07 am
That didn't take long

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-payload-found.html

Hmmm, not very well classified then.

Well they are rather large & distinctive.
Exactly how large? If they're as large as is claimed (over 100m), it should be possible to resolve it with some of the fancier amateur telescopes and processing techniques (i.e. lucky imaging, etc).
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Space Ghost 1962 on 06/20/2016 01:18 am
Best place to watch for this:

Ralf Vandebergh (http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/author/ralf-vandebergh/)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: Star One on 06/29/2016 03:13 pm
A further update.

http://sattrackcam.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/mentor-7-nrol-37-stopped-drifting-at.html?m=1
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: catdlr on 11/01/2016 03:40 am
Get you VR headsets on....

Rocket Launch 360: Delta IV Heavy NROL-37

United Launch Alliance

Published on Oct 31, 2016
Step onto the launch pad as ULA’s Delta IV Heavy blasts off with the NROL-37 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV Heavy is nearly as tall as the U.S. Capitol and generates more than 2.1 million pounds of thrust off the launch pad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEcye06SFik?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEcye06SFik
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/11/2017 02:14 pm
Quote
One year ago today: perhaps my favorite launch I've photographed. @NatReconOfc NROL-37 launches on @ulalaunch Delta IV Heavy. cc: @torybruno

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/873873163251220480 (https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/873873163251220480)
Title: Re: LIVE: Delta IV-H - NROL-37 - Canaveral SLC-37B - June 11, 2016
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/11/2017 02:49 pm
Love the way the exposure makes the photo almost look like an oil painting:

Quote
One year ago today. One of my favorite remote photos, NROL-37. @ulalaunch @torybruno

https://twitter.com/sfnalex/status/873903305298259970 (https://twitter.com/sfnalex/status/873903305298259970)