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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #100 on: 09/07/2012 03:08 am »
Per ULA's newest press release (http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Launch.shtml#/30/), the launch time for next Thursday is 2:39 pm PDT (21:39 UTC).
« Last Edit: 09/07/2012 03:35 am by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #101 on: 09/11/2012 04:22 am »
Seems like a good time for a launch.

Went from dark & foggy to bright and sunny.  8)

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #102 on: 09/11/2012 01:52 pm »
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123317312

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Atlas V rocket scheduled for afternoon launch

 Posted 9/10/2012   Updated 9/10/2012

Release Number:  010912
 
9/10/2012 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A  United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National  Reconnaissance Office payload is scheduled to be launched by team  Vandenberg from Space Launch Complex-3 here Thursday at 2:39 p.m.
 
 The launch, originally scheduled for Aug. 2, was postponed when a range  instrumentation issue developed during countdown. The issue has been  resolved and the range is ready to support a safe and successful launch.
 
 -30-
 
 Note to Editors: Media planning to cover the event should RSVP by  calling 2nd Lt. Kaylee Ausbun at 805-606-4884 or by e-mail at  [email protected] by noon Wednesday. A media escort will depart  the Vandenberg Main Gate Visitor's Center for the media viewing site  Thursday at 1 p.m.
 
 Remote Camera Set-up: A media escort will depart Vandenberg's South Base gate for remote camera setup Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
 
 For questions about the booster please contact Jessica Rye with United  Launch Alliance at 321-693-6250 or at [email protected]
 
 Webcast: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Multimedia_Webcast.shtml
 Live Broadcast:
 
 BEGIN TRANSMISSION (BARS AND TONE) - 1:45 P.M. (SEPTEMBER 12)
 BROADCAST START - 2:19 P.M. (SEPTEMBER 13)
 SATELLITE: AMC 1
 CARRIER: SES Americom
 TRANSPONDER: C15
 BAND: C-Band Analog
 ORBITAL POSITION: 103 degrees west
 BANDWIDTH: 36 MHz (Full Transponder)
 UPLINK FREQ: 6225 MHz Vertical
 DOWNLINK FREQ: 4000 MHz Horizontal

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #103 on: 09/11/2012 02:07 pm »
Navigational warning
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NAVAREA XII    247/2012(18,21). (080950Z SEP 2012) 
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
MISSILES.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 2008Z TO 2309Z DAILY
   13 THRU 17 SEP 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 180009Z SEP 12.

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Re: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #104 on: 09/12/2012 05:55 pm »
ULA ‏@ulalaunch
ULA's #NROL36 Launch Readiness Review is complete! On track for the #AtlasV to launch tomorrow. Launch is planned for 2:39 p.m. PDT.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #105 on: 09/13/2012 02:08 pm »
Moved for live coverage.


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #107 on: 09/13/2012 06:10 pm »
-- sdsds --

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #108 on: 09/13/2012 07:36 pm »
ULA ‏@ulalaunch
Resuming the count after a planned hold at T-2 hours. Team has GO to begin fueling the #AtlasV with #NROL36

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #109 on: 09/13/2012 08:12 pm »
From ULA's Facebook account:
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #110 on: 09/13/2012 08:17 pm »
Fog. Lovely as always.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #111 on: 09/13/2012 08:18 pm »
Sheesh.. I was hoping for clear sky..

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #112 on: 09/13/2012 08:23 pm »
Liquid oxygen levels in booster have reached 40%

Centaur upperstage liquid oxygen levels at 50 percent

-https://twitter.com/ulalaunch
« Last Edit: 09/13/2012 08:24 pm by Ronsmytheiii »

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #113 on: 09/13/2012 08:27 pm »
Sheesh.. I was hoping for clear sky..

That was back in the morning, during the time the fog is thickest. By launch time most of it should have disappeared.

Meanwhile, according to the USAF 30th Space Wing (again their FB page), this flight is dedicated to Pete Rustan. Allow me to quote it in full:

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TODAY'S LAUNCH of the Atlas V NROL-36 mission is dedicated to the memory of Pedro L. 'Pete' Rustan, who escaped Cuba at age 20, was an Air Force colonel, and did research for the CIA, NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office, among other government agencies.

Rustan died June 28 at his home in Woodbridge, Va. He was 65 and had prostate cancer, said his wife, Alexandra Cary Rustan.

Pete Rustan once devised a way to keep Air Force planes from being damaged by lightning. He led a project to build a spacecraft that performed important scientific experiments on the moon. He earned a Ph.D. while serving as an Air Force intelligence officer. He became a designer of spy satellites.All of those achievements came after he made a daring escape from Cuba to come to the United States.

Go ATLAS! Go NRO! ... and Godspeed Pete!!

There's also an article in July on the Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/09/v-print/2888611/pete-rustan-acclaimed-scientist.html
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #114 on: 09/13/2012 08:49 pm »
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Liquid hydrogen in the Centaur is at 90%. Atlas liquid oxygen at more than 99%

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #115 on: 09/13/2012 09:01 pm »
"Now you may leave here for four days in space, but when you return it's the same old place..."

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #116 on: 09/13/2012 09:10 pm »
T-30 minutes

Just 30 minutes from launch and the team is not currently working any technical issues. Cryogenic operations are nearing completion for the launch this afternoon of NROL-36 at 2:39 p.m. PDT.

The NROL-36 launch will be carried live beginning 20 minutes prior to launch and will conclude approximately five minutes following launch. A simulcast of the broadcast can be viewed here: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Multimedia_Webcast.shtml


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #117 on: 09/13/2012 09:18 pm »
Webcast starting.
« Last Edit: 09/13/2012 09:19 pm by Nick L. »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 401 NROL-36 September 13, 2012
« Reply #119 on: 09/13/2012 09:19 pm »

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