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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #60 on: 04/17/2013 01:31 AM »
I just got this... not sure how it works... I think the first color is stage 1, the next stage 2, the third the post-burnout maneuvers (payload sep, C/CAM)

ALso, some views from points of interest (make sure 3-D buildings are on)

Courtesy Carlos Niederstraser, Orbital
« Last Edit: 04/17/2013 01:35 AM by antonioe »
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #61 on: 04/17/2013 02:24 AM »
As if I didn't have enough to do over the next couple of days, I'm going to bring my new portable (QRP) HF rig to Wallops ......

If there are any hams out there, I will try to call CQ in the inevitable 20M band... unfortunately, the "official" QRP calling frequency, 14.285MHz, ......

No promises, but I'll try around 10pm EDT tonight.

73 de KA1LLM


I listened and put out a couple of calls.

I "imagined" that I faintly heard a "Lima Mike Mike" once...

My call is VP5DB

Perhaps some other time...

73

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #62 on: 04/17/2013 11:02 AM »
Thanks, OM.  As I was setting up my rig, I realized I had left at home a critical piece: a PL-259 (balun, feed line) to BNC (the KX-3 connector) adaptor... so I tried to rig a simple long line with no balun, and thanks to the KX-3's amazing built-in tuner I was able to get the SWR around 1.7 at 14.285MHz (the greeks were't on last night, but propagation did not seem too good...) but I'm afraid the resulting radiation efficiency was not too good - and I was using 10W.

I don't think I can find an adaptor today, but if I do I will try again tonight.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #63 on: 04/17/2013 12:30 PM »
SCORE! Here's your KML file for the launch, courtesy of NASA.


I'm a total newbie, have no clue how to use a KML file and limited time today.  I'm near Sandy Hook, NJ today and trying to decide if its worth travel to the beach or the Atlantic Highlands to see if I can spot anything.  (I don't even have binoculars with me.) 

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #64 on: 04/17/2013 12:45 PM »
SCORE! Here's your KML file for the launch, courtesy of NASA.


I'm a total newbie, have no clue how to use a KML file and limited time today.  I'm near Sandy Hook, NJ today and trying to decide if its worth travel to the beach or the Atlantic Highlands to see if I can spot anything.  (I don't even have binoculars with me.) 

Among the goodies included in Antonio's KMZ file (which improves on NASA's) are pre-set views from mid-Atlantic locations other than those published by SpaceRef.  Here's one from the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. 

EDIT:  Also, based on the annotated views released by Orbital, I believe the colors have the following meanings:  (1) purple = first stage to engine cut off at +230 seconds (2) blue = coast to second stage ignition at +328 seconds.  (Fairing sep occurs just before ignition.)  The transition from red to yellow is not noted on any DC area views, but can be seen, e.g., from AC.  I'm guessing it's second stage engine burn out at around +480 seconds?
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #65 on: 04/17/2013 02:57 PM »
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Anticipated view of the #Antares launch from the Washington Monument: pic.twitter.com/0K8oyjWZLQ

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #66 on: 04/17/2013 02:57 PM »
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Here's the anticipated view of the #Antares launch from the U.S. Air Force Memorial: pic.twitter.com/mwemFXE5e0

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #67 on: 04/17/2013 02:58 PM »
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Anticipated view from the Hall of the States for the #Antares launch: pic.twitter.com/YrQRPAHQ4s

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #68 on: 04/17/2013 02:59 PM »
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The #Antares launch window opens tmrw at 5pm EDT. Anticipated view from the Lincoln Memorial http://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences/status/324358169528770561/photo/1pic.twitter.com/AuViG1nBcH  pic.twitter.com/STv6Z4Aqpi

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #69 on: 04/17/2013 03:00 PM »
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You'll also get a great view of the #Antares launch from the Udvar-Hazy observation tower: pic.twitter.com/hM894g3Ouy

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #70 on: 04/17/2013 05:19 PM »
I'm driving down to Assateague now. Hope to find space in the parking lot at the beach. I'll be the one wearing a NASA Wallops jacket!

Hoping for good launch weather!

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #71 on: 04/17/2013 05:28 PM »
Is this launch performing a dog-leg maneuver? If not - why does it look like the launch trajectory is curving off?

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #72 on: 04/17/2013 05:31 PM »
As of about 40 minutes ago, Arbuckle Neck Rd was open and rather empty (about 5 cars).
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #73 on: 04/17/2013 06:19 PM »
Great news about the open access and weather (from the launch thread).  Unfortunately, things are getting cloudier here in DC.   :-[

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #74 on: 04/17/2013 07:15 PM »
sitting in my car at wallops visitor center. grabbed a poster and a free picnic lunch; waiting for the judgement call @3:30 to find out whether i'm getting all of my gear out of the trunk, or just walking the zoom down for some shots of the launch pad while i eats mah sammich.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #75 on: 04/17/2013 10:47 PM »
I am mad but I picked a good hotel. a bunch of orbital people in rich suits having a meeting in the breakfast area.

and where I was to watch it a bunch of pad ops people where all around me. One with a radio. Thanks guy with the AJ-26 test team shirt and green hat. That quick abort call let us get out of the traffic quickly.

I was at the end of arbuckle road.
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #76 on: 04/18/2013 02:05 AM »
As of about 40 minutes ago, Arbuckle Neck Rd was open and rather empty (about 5 cars).
Good to know. Actually, today, I was very nearly there, when the scrub was called (yes, I was running quite late). I just reached the small US Post Office on Atlantic Rd. I stopped to get a quick pic from there (the pad is just visible around a cluster of trees) and then headed back to Baltimore in time for dinner and the evening awards ceremony at the conventions. Six hour round trip. Not sure yet about doing it again on Friday ...
« Last Edit: 04/18/2013 02:48 AM by wjbarnett »
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #77 on: 04/18/2013 08:06 PM »
I'll check tomorrow morning but if a Friday launch looks possible I'll be driving down to watch. Good view from Arbuckle Neck Rd? It looks good on the map, I might aim for there.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #78 on: 04/18/2013 10:21 PM »
I'll check tomorrow morning but if a Friday launch looks possible I'll be driving down to watch. Good view from Arbuckle Neck Rd? It looks good on the map, I might aim for there.

With the new attempt on Saturday, will be interesting to see how crowded our favorite street gets, and whether they have to shut it down.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #79 on: 04/18/2013 11:33 PM »
I've got to head back home, so I'll miss the Saturday launch attempt. Good luck to everyone!
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