Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - May 27, 2016 - UPDATES  (Read 189110 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

Back to the usual request that if anyone at the Cape sees the F9 taking a stroll (well, being dragged out on a TEL), post here.

The window for the static fire is expected to open at 15:30 Eastern (and last a number of hours if they require it). Actual firing is likely to be in the second half of the window, per rollout predictions.
« Last Edit: 05/24/2016 04:11 pm by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #21 on: 05/24/2016 06:51 pm »
Updated launch forecast attached. No real change from yesterday; probabilities are the same for both days.

Offline Chris Bergin

We believe they started rollout in the last hour, so next will be a visual sighting when she's vertical. She is in the complete stack configuration (S1, S2, Payload).

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #23 on: 05/24/2016 10:06 pm »
I placed this in the discussion thread also...
(showing some bad weather may affect the ASDS)

SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
335 PM EDT TUE MAY 24 2016

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

An area of showers and thunderstorms over the western Atlantic Ocean
near and northeast of the Bahamas is associated with the
interaction of an upper-level trough and a weakening cold front.
While development is not expected for the next couple of days,
environmental conditions could become more conducive for some
tropical or subtropical development by Friday. This area of
disturbed weather is expected to move slowly west-northwestward or
northwestward and gradually approach the southeastern United
States over the next few days. The next Special Tropical Weather
Outlook will be issued by 4 PM EDT Wednesday.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent

$$
Forecaster Blake

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATWOAT+shtml/241935_MIATWOAT.shtml

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #24 on: 05/24/2016 10:22 pm »
People over on Reddit reporting (in the last 5 minutes) that a F9 is vertical on the pad
Titan IVB was a cool rocket

Offline DanseMacabre

NOTAM Filed with the FAA: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_9286.html

Additional NOTAM has appeared (same date, so that's a bit odd - I'd expect one of these to get deleted): http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_9289.html
« Last Edit: 05/24/2016 11:16 pm by DanseMacabre »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #26 on: 05/24/2016 11:33 pm »
Falcon vertical on the pad.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFzrDnLOqRD/
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Offline Chris Bergin

Static Fire complete! It was actually a while ago!

I guess they wanted to get a video tweeted out.
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/735297300491325440

Article (and bonus content ;) )
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/05/spacex-line-up-falcon-9-upcoming-missions/

« Last Edit: 05/25/2016 02:34 am by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #28 on: 05/25/2016 12:07 pm »
Here's a USLaunchReport.com video of the static fire, also includes sped up video of F9 being raised on the pad:


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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #29 on: 05/25/2016 12:25 pm »
May 25, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY
RELEASE #052516

Showtime: 3:40 P.M. May 26
Launch Window Opens: 5:40 P.M. May 26

45th SW to support Falcon 9 THAICOM-8 launch

By 45th Space Wing Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space
Wing will support the SpaceX Falcon 9 THAICOM-8 launch May 26 from Launch
Complex 40 here with a launch window opening at 5:40 p.m. ET.
Thaicom PLC's THAICOM-8 satellite will provide Ku-band broadcast and data
services to Thailand, Southeast Asia, India and Africa.

For more information visit: www.patrick.af.mil;
www.facebook.com/45SpaceWingatPatrickAirForceBaseFla;

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #30 on: 05/25/2016 03:33 pm »
Updated forecast. 10% chance of violation, looking at liftoff winds. 24 hour delay results in a 30% chance of violation.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #31 on: 05/25/2016 06:08 pm »
SpaceX youtube channel has gone active for launch.

Hosted webcast here.

Technical webcast here.
« Last Edit: 05/25/2016 11:33 pm by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #32 on: 05/25/2016 08:52 pm »
The usual brief 2 page press kit is now available.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #33 on: 05/25/2016 08:56 pm »
Image of Thaicom-8 in the SpaceX payload processing facility and fairing

https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #34 on: 05/25/2016 11:32 pm »
Here's another picture of the sat from SpaceX Instagram. If anyone knows how to get a higher resolution image from Instagram please post it, but until then this will have to do.

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Targeting launch of THAICOM 8 communications satellite tomorrow
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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #35 on: 05/26/2016 12:37 am »
SpaceX: Tracking towards tomorrow's launch of communications satellite for Thaicom. Window opens at 5:40pm ET, 9:40pm UTC

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/735624958026481664
« Last Edit: 05/26/2016 12:39 am by tleski »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #36 on: 05/26/2016 05:00 am »
Hi-res photos from SpaceX.

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http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/soundings/

Here's a link for Weather balloon soundings to see wind profiles aloft. Elon posted similar when launch was delayed due to high shear aloft.

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Offline Chris Bergin

William Graham's mission overview article:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/05/falcon-9-thaicom-8-launch/

We also hear the LRR has passed, as expected.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon-9 - Thaicom-8 - NET May 26, 2016 - UPDATES
« Reply #39 on: 05/26/2016 02:43 pm »
Falcon is sunbathing erect.
« Last Edit: 05/26/2016 03:36 pm by TomTX »

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