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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #20 on: 07/31/2012 04:23 pm »
Lift-off planned at around 07UTC on August 2
source: http://decaturdaily.com/stories/ULA-launch-planned-Thursday,99597

On Spaceflightnow they quote a narrowed down launch time.

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The target launch time for Thursday's Atlas 5 rocket has been announced to the public. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. local (3:40 a.m. EDT; 0740 GMT).

The exact duration of the daily launch window hasn't been disclosed. But officials previously said the liftoff would not occur after 1:30 a.m. local.
« Last Edit: 07/31/2012 04:24 pm by Star One »

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #21 on: 08/01/2012 05:27 am »
Launch time confirmed on ULA website
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Launch is planned for 12:40 a.m. PDT
i.e. 0740UTC
http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Launch.shtml#/30/

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #22 on: 08/01/2012 06:14 am »
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NAVAREA XII    191/2012(18,21). 
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
MISSILES.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0500Z TO 0930Z DAILY
   02 THRU 07 AUG IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 34-27N 120-29W, 34-26N 120-31W,
      34-38N 120-36W, 34-39N 120-34W.
   B. 15-46N 108-34W, 13-32N 113-09W,
      16-06N 114-30W, 18-22N 109-53W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 071030Z AUG 12.

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #23 on: 08/01/2012 06:25 am »
Great snap of the bull on the payload fairing on 30th Space Wing's facebook.  ;D

http://www.facebook.com/30thSpaceWing

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #24 on: 08/01/2012 06:23 pm »
Pre-Launch TLE for AENEAS CubeSat:

Deploy2-Aeneas
1 99992U 00000    12215.45041667 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0  0005
2 99992  66.2600 135.6350 0200000 306.8500 135.6256 14.80484130000008


http://www.isi.edu/projects/serc/aeneas_amsat_tracking

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #25 on: 08/01/2012 06:24 pm »
Navigational warning

No area for Centaur de-orbit.

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #26 on: 08/01/2012 06:42 pm »
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No area for Centaur de-orbit.
Not found so far...

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #27 on: 08/01/2012 06:49 pm »
In the mariners alerts is absent. Maybe in the NOTAMs...

Or maybe no plans deorbit of Centaur.
« Last Edit: 08/01/2012 06:51 pm by fringe_dweller »

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #28 on: 08/01/2012 08:37 pm »
Navigational warning

No area for Centaur de-orbit.
Not found so far...

If the Centaur isn't de-orbited does it have any impact on the initial speculation of what this payload is?
« Last Edit: 08/01/2012 08:37 pm by Star One »

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #29 on: 08/01/2012 08:42 pm »
Launch time confirmed on ULA website
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Launch is planned for 12:40 a.m. PDT
i.e. 0740UTC
http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Launch.shtml#/30/

Which would be 3:40 a.m. EST?

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #30 on: 08/01/2012 08:43 pm »
Launch time confirmed on ULA website
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Launch is planned for 12:40 a.m. PDT
i.e. 0740UTC
http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Launch.shtml#/30/

Which would be 3:40 a.m. EST?

See my post further up thread on this. :)

Latest weather forecast for launch from SN.

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The latest weather forecast is predicting even foggier conditions at launch time, with only a quarter-mile visibility, a solid marine layer at ground-level extending to 600 feet, some high cirrus clouds at 25,000 feet, northwesterly winds of 5 to 10 knots and temperatures in the low 50s F.
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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #31 on: 08/01/2012 08:49 pm »
Didn't they send a Delta IV Upper Stage to escape on a previous Vandenberg launch. Might this payload be light enough to actually do that with the Centaur? Using a v401 means the payload ain't no 800 Tonne Gorilla.
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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #32 on: 08/01/2012 08:51 pm »
FOund a payload picture!

Ok, its a cubesat, but are part of the launch campaign:

https://www.facebook.com/ulalaunch

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The NRO and ULA partnered to develop an Aft Bulkhead Carrier (ABC) which will be used in NROL-36. Affixed to the ABC will be an Operationally Unique Technologies Satellite, or OUTSat. The OUTSat consists of 11 Cubesats in various configurations.
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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #33 on: 08/01/2012 11:46 pm »
Lift-off planned at around 07UTC on August 2
source: http://decaturdaily.com/stories/ULA-launch-planned-Thursday,99597

going to be exciting tonight.....first the progress then this launch

Viewing the Launch Online: A live simulcast of the launch broadcast will begin at 12:20 a.m. PDT.

T-5 hrs and counting... Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go NROL-36!
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #34 on: 08/02/2012 06:11 am »
Moved for live coverage

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #35 on: 08/02/2012 06:12 am »
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Update: The new #NROL36 launch time is 12:44:30 a.m. PDT

(That's 7:44am UTC, 8:44am UK, 9:44am Central Europe).

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #36 on: 08/02/2012 06:15 am »
Standard web Cast URL for ULA launches:

http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Webcast.shtml

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #37 on: 08/02/2012 06:16 am »
T-0 change was "due to a safety COLA - or collision avoidance" - per ULA.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #38 on: 08/02/2012 06:22 am »
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2012) - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-3 with a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Photos by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #39 on: 08/02/2012 06:27 am »
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2012) - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-3 with a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Photos by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance



Looks like a typical foggy evening.   I guess we will see just a few seconds of flight and go immediately to the inferred camera.
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