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SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« on: 03/09/2010 01:10 PM »
Keep an eye on http://kscwmserv1.ksc.nasa.gov/ae%20video%20channel%201 it's beentargeted at SLC-40 (thanks to whoever it was).
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SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #1 on: 03/09/2010 01:10 PM »
FWIW, in the Shuttle/Station briefing, Kirk Shireman said the hot fire would be at 12 pm Central...

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SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #2 on: 03/09/2010 01:23 PM »
FWIW, in the Shuttle/Station briefing, Kirk Shireman said the hot fire would be at 12 pm Central...

Which is 1 pm EST.
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SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #3 on: 03/09/2010 01:39 PM »
FWIW, in the Shuttle/Station briefing, Kirk Shireman said the hot fire would be at 12 pm Central...

Which is 1 pm EST.

Nice! If the test is successful when is the earliest they could launch?

Seems like it's taking ages for them to get this off the ground...

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SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #4 on: 03/09/2010 02:02 PM »
Something just vented or fired

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #5 on: 03/09/2010 02:40 PM »
Are there any potential weather constraints for a Hot Fire? 

Looks dark on the video.. what's the weather like at the Cape?

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #6 on: 03/09/2010 02:40 PM »
FWIW, in the Shuttle/Station briefing, Kirk Shireman said the hot fire would be at 12 pm Central...

Which is 1 pm EST.
Which goes with SpaceFlight Now's update -

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1522 GMT (10:22 a.m. EST)
Safety officials are establishing road blocks around Complex 40 as fueling is about to begin for the Falcon 9's static fire, which remains scheduled for around 1 p.m. EST.
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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #7 on: 03/09/2010 02:43 PM »
Are there any potential weather constraints for a Hot Fire? 

Looks dark on the video.. what's the weather like at the Cape?

I think the darkness is just a light saturation issue on that one particular camera.  It has been getting darker as the morning progresses.  If you view the still image captures here, it looks like a bright and sunny (although slightly hazy) day at the pad.
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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #8 on: 03/09/2010 02:48 PM »
Looks like an overcast sky, but there shouldn't be rain until tonight IIRC.

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #9 on: 03/09/2010 03:00 PM »
When should tanking start? 

Will we be able to tell?  Venting/Ice?

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #10 on: 03/09/2010 03:36 PM »
When should tanking start? 

Will we be able to tell?  Venting/Ice?

I imagine that, when the LOX is loaded, the vehicle will start 'breathing' boiled-off GOX much in the same way the Delta-IV (or is it the Atlas-V? :P ) does.
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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #11 on: 03/09/2010 03:37 PM »
Keep an eye on http://kscwmserv1.ksc.nasa.gov/ae%20video%20channel%201 it's beentargeted at SLC-40 (thanks to whoever it was).

Thanks for posting this link, ugordan!

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #12 on: 03/09/2010 03:44 PM »
Is it definitely scheduled for 1pm EST (6PM GMT)?

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #13 on: 03/09/2010 03:51 PM »
Is it definitely scheduled for 1pm EST (6PM GMT)?

So far, yep. But if something does change, you'll find out on this thread.
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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #14 on: 03/09/2010 03:52 PM »
I just noticed water droplets on a couple of the KSC webcams.  Hopefully a lite shower is not considered an issue for fueling the rocket.
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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #15 on: 03/09/2010 04:06 PM »
If I didn't know better, I'd say the 2nd stage is now venting GOX. There are hints of change in the static webcam images.

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #16 on: 03/09/2010 04:07 PM »
spaceflightnow says fueling has begun....

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #17 on: 03/09/2010 04:16 PM »
SFN is reporting the time has been moved to 1:30 PM
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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #18 on: 03/09/2010 04:21 PM »
1st stage now venting as well.

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Re: SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hotfire Updates
« Reply #19 on: 03/09/2010 04:25 PM »
Anyone know when the last time a totally new rocket of this size was test fired at the Cape?
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