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Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« on: 04/02/2008 08:26 PM »
On 15 April, an OSC Pegasus-XL is scheduled to launch with the C/NOFS satellite for the US Space Test Programme (STP) office.

The rocket will be launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, into a  400 X 710km X 13 orbit.

Does anyone have any further information, particularly a launch window and whether a webcast will be available?

Thanks.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #1 on: 04/03/2008 07:30 PM »
Meanwhile a peinture

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #2 on: 04/10/2008 09:37 PM »
Any news on this? MSDB is down, and I can't find any other information on this.

Strangely quiet for a US launch.

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RE: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #3 on: 04/10/2008 11:30 PM »
A description, or two, of the experiment.

http://www.kirtland.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070404-094.pdf
http://www.kirtland.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=7873http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/nssrm/initiatives/cnofs.htm
http://www.kirtland.af.mil/afrl%5Fvs/

This is a Space Vehicles Directorate program out of Kirtland AFB, the folks who did XSS-11.
http://www.kirtland.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070404-108.pdf  

Kirtland doesn't talk much, and I think that the reasons are apparent.  "[T]he Spacecraft Technology Division provides technology to revolutionize space capabilities for global awareness and control of space".  

I doubt we will be hearing much about this one.

Regarding MSDB, I'm starting to think that it isn't "down" so much as "removed".    

 - Ed Kyle

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RE: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #4 on: 04/11/2008 07:54 AM »
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edkyle99 - 10/4/2008  11:30 PM

Regarding MSDB, I'm starting to think that it isn't "down" so much as "removed".    


When it first went down, it was an error rather than a 404. That's why I think it is only temporary downtime. The odd thing is that NASA's Space Calendar is down as well at the moment.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #5 on: 04/11/2008 03:33 PM »
There's some info about CINDI, C/NOFS's principal payload, in the brand new NASA Science website:

http://nasascience.nasa.gov/missions/cindi

Here you can also find a link to the main page of the instrument:

http://cindispace.utdallas.edu/

There's again another link to what should be the main site of C/NOFS but I can't get through... however, I suspect it's the same Ed posted, just his is more recent.
-DaviD-

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #6 on: 04/14/2008 11:57 AM »
A few sources suggest that the launch may occur today. I am guessing that this is a timezones issue, and thus I predict that launch will occur sometime in the next 16 hours (It is just approaching midnight on 15 April in the Marshall Islands (GMT+12), and I suspect the launch will occur on 15/04 there, but 14/04 in a different timezone. Not sure if that'll be GMT or EDT).

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RE: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #7 on: 04/14/2008 03:42 PM »
Let me fire off an e-mail and try and get the lowdown on this one...

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RE: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #8 on: 04/14/2008 03:50 PM »
Delayed a couple of days is the call. Will try and get some specifics later.

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RE: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #9 on: 04/14/2008 03:51 PM »
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Chris Bergin - 14/4/2008  3:42 PM

Let me fire off an e-mail and try and get the lowdown on this one...

Thanks. With MSDB down, and all of the project websites out-of-date bar CINDI which has very little information, we're pretty much blind at the moment.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #10 on: 04/15/2008 03:16 AM »
NASA TV COVERAGE?

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #11 on: 04/15/2008 06:25 AM »
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jancarlobascu - 15/4/2008  3:16 AM

NASA TV COVERAGE?
Very unlikely.

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RE: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #12 on: 04/15/2008 05:03 PM »
Per SpaceflightNow, Pegasus has been rescheduled for April 16, time TBD.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #13 on: 04/16/2008 06:14 AM »
According of Spaceflight Now April 16, launch window will be open from 12:47 p.m. EDT

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #14 on: 04/16/2008 08:43 AM »
Launch window will be 16:47-18:47 GMT, release currently scheduled for 16:52.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #15 on: 04/16/2008 10:53 AM »
No word of a webcast on the Orbital website.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #16 on: 04/16/2008 11:50 AM »

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #17 on: 04/16/2008 05:01 PM »
If launch occurred on schedule, burnout of the third stage should be happening around about now. SC sep would be expected in about 2 mins time (according to the AIM mission profile, I don't know if it's the same for all missions)

Now we wait for news.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #18 on: 04/16/2008 05:42 PM »
Per Spaceflight Now, the launch took place at 12:55 p.m. EDT and was successful.

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Re: Pegasus-XL - C/NOFS: 15 April 2008
« Reply #19 on: 04/16/2008 05:45 PM »
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PA space fan - 16/4/2008  5:42 PM

Per Spaceflight Now, the launch took place at 12:55 p.m. EDT and was successful.

Thanks. That's great news. C/NOFS is finally in orbit, 5 years behind schedule, but better late than never.

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