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Online William Graham

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Re: SCRUB: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #80 on: 08/02/2012 12:34 pm »
Just a point on William's article.  South Vandenberg was never named Point Arguello Naval Air Station.  It was call Naval Missile Facility, Point Arguello  (NMFPA)
Thanks for spotting that. I think I'd assumed Naval Air Station was a standard name like "Air Force Base" seems to be for USAF facilities.

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Re: SCRUB: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 2, 2012
« Reply #81 on: 08/02/2012 02:05 pm »
Thanks Jim. I've edited that in (faster to PM me though ;))

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 4, 2012
« Reply #82 on: 08/02/2012 05:33 pm »
Now Saturday:

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2012) The launch of an Atlas V carrying the National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload has been delayed to Saturday, Aug. 4 to provide additional time for resolution of a range instrumentation issue that developed during the initial launch attempt Aug. 2. There are no issues with the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle. The Aug. 4 launch will proceed pending resolution of the range instrumentation item and the launch window open time is 12:13 a.m. PDT. The forecast for Aug. 4 shows a 90 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #83 on: 08/03/2012 01:59 am »
Aug. 14 now!

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2012) The launch of an Atlas V carrying the National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload has been further delayed to no earlier than Tuesday, Aug. 14 to provide additional time for resolution of a range instrumentation issue that developed during the initial launch attempt Aug. 2. There are no issues with the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #84 on: 08/03/2012 02:03 am »
Aug. 14 now!

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2012) The launch of an Atlas V carrying the National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload has been further delayed to no earlier than Tuesday, Aug. 14 to provide additional time for resolution of a range instrumentation issue that developed during the initial launch attempt Aug. 2. There are no issues with the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle.

What broke on the Western range that it takes 2 weeks to replace / repair ?
Does that mean nothing else can launch from the west coast until it's fixed ?

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #85 on: 08/03/2012 02:17 am »
Disappointing because ULA is awesome at launching on time and that seems like a big slip.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #86 on: 08/03/2012 02:32 am »
Disappointing because ULA is awesome at launching on time and that seems like a big slip.

was half asleep when watching the first time around.....but they quickly moved up the launch due to Collision avoidance issues.   After that seems like the launch went down hill fast.

Knew it was all over when everyone got out of their seats and stood up.



 
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #87 on: 08/03/2012 04:51 am »
There are no launches slated anytime soon out there to push back, and they did not move anything up yesterday for avoidance, they moved it back a few minutes.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #88 on: 08/03/2012 08:22 pm »
What broke on the Western range that it takes 2 weeks to replace / repair ?
Does that mean nothing else can launch from the west coast until it's fixed ?

Interesting that USAF won't say what the problem is.

And to answer your second question, the range is down until the fix is complete.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #89 on: 08/03/2012 08:22 pm »
Disappointing because ULA is awesome at launching on time and that seems like a big slip.

This is not a ULA problem, it's a USAF range problem.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #90 on: 08/03/2012 08:41 pm »
2 Weeks, August, maybe a critical element went on vacation ;)
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #91 on: 08/09/2012 11:39 am »
Launch further delayed NET August 30
(source)
« Last Edit: 08/09/2012 12:15 pm by input~2 »

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 NET August 30, 2012
« Reply #92 on: 08/13/2012 12:17 am »
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Vandenberg officials postponed the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload Thursday to provide additional time for resolution of a range instrumentation issue that developed during the initial launch attempt Aug 2.

The launch will take place no earlier than Aug. 30.

"The malfunction occurred in our Mission Flight Control Center, which gives our mission flight control officer the ability to terminate flight should we need to for safety reasons," said Lt. Col. Burton Catledge, 2nd Range Operations Squadron commander. "Our team is working hard to resolve the issue, test and recertify the equipment to support safe launch operations."

There are no issues with the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle.

The rocket is slated to launch from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-3.

From the 30th SW facebook.

ULA not to blame at all so apologies for prior insinuation that they might have been.

This isn't for 2 weeks at least so should it be moved back to the Atlas/Delta forum or is it still a live event until it launches?

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 NET August 30, 2012
« Reply #93 on: 08/13/2012 09:16 pm »
 

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2012) - The launch of an Atlas V carrying the National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload is being rescheduled following a range instrumentation issue that developed during the initial launch attempt Aug. 2.  The NROL-36 mission leadership has requested a new launch date of Sept. 6 and the 30th Space Wing is now working with range and support agencies to support this request.  The team working to implement the corrective actions for the range issue with the Mission Flight Control Center (MFCC) is working to have the MFCC corrective actions implemented, tested and certified by late August.  There are no issues being worked with either the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle and they remain secured in the Mobile Service Tower at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 August 14, 2012
« Reply #94 on: 08/13/2012 09:19 pm »
Launch further delayed NET August 30

It's not. See the release. No date set yet.

Only use official sources for launch dates.

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 NET August, 2012
« Reply #95 on: 08/13/2012 09:28 pm »
Date/Site/Launch Time: Thursday, Sept. 6, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Launch.shtml#/30/

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 NET August, 2012
« Reply #96 on: 08/14/2012 09:37 am »
Any indication of the exact asset that malfunctioned?

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 NET August, 2012
« Reply #97 on: 08/20/2012 05:40 pm »
Any indication of the exact asset that malfunctioned?

Not publicly, and I'm not sure why that's the case.
« Last Edit: 08/22/2012 04:29 pm by Kim Keller »

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 NET August, 2012
« Reply #98 on: 08/21/2012 01:28 am »
Any indication of the exact asset that malfunctioned?

does anyone know if the engine issue listed in the cape flight also was checked into this flight?

"An anomalous engine condition was identified during testing of another Atlas vehicle at the Factory in Decatur, Ala., and the delay will allow additional time for engineers to complete their assessments and verify that a similar condition does not exist on the RBSP launch vehicle engine."
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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #99 on: 08/23/2012 01:55 am »
ULA:

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2012) The launch of an Atlas V carrying the National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload is being rescheduled. The NROL-36 mission leadership has established a new launch date of Sept. 13 and a request for this new launch date on the range has been submitted to the 30th Space Wing. The previously planned launch date of Sept. 6 was not available on the range and mission managers have elected to revise the launch date to Sept. 13 as preferred for overall operational considerations. The team working to implement the corrective actions for the range issue with the Mission Flight Control Center (MFCC) is currently finalizing the implementation, test and certification of the MFCC corrective actions. There are no issues being worked with either the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle and they remain secured in the Mobile Service Tower at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.   


I've updated William's excellent article to reflect the slips to bring it up to date:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/08/uatlas-v-launch-nrol-36-vandenberg/
« Last Edit: 08/23/2012 02:12 am by Chris Bergin »

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