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ULA Statement:

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2012) - The launch of an Atlas V carrying NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes satellite is being delayed 24 hours. An anomalous engine condition was identified during testing of another Atlas vehicle at the Factory in Decatur, Ala., and the delay will allow additional time for engineers to complete their assessments and verify that a similar condition does not exist on the RBSP launch vehicle engine. The launch is rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The opening of the launch window is 4:07 a.m. EDT. The forecast for Aug. 24 shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.

 


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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 24, 2012
« Reply #61 on: 08/20/2012 01:36 AM »
Just heard that Kathy is LWO on this one.
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 24, 2012
« Reply #62 on: 08/20/2012 07:34 PM »
Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Mission Science Briefing
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7786

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 24, 2012
« Reply #63 on: 08/21/2012 11:20 AM »
NASA note from yesterday giving a bit more info on the problem area (my underline):

Atlas Booster Testing Under Way
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:21:31 PM GMT

At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida today, engineers are testing the hydraulic system actuators on the Atlas V first-stage booster's RD-180 engines in preparation for the RBSP launch. A problem was identified over the weekend on a similar booster undergoing testing at the United Launch Alliance factory. The test data will be analyzed tonight and the results presented at an engineering review board tomorrow morning. The launch readiness review will be held tomorrow afternoon. If the Atlas V is cleared for flight, the rocket's rollout to the pad will occur at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday in preparation for a liftoff now targeted for 4:07 a.m. on Friday. U.S. Air Force launch weather forecasters predict a 60 percent chance of meeting the launch weather criteria.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html
(note this link is to the news archive so will not be persistent)

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 24, 2012
« Reply #64 on: 08/21/2012 12:03 PM »
Launch Hazard Area
 Restricted Airspace Map

Navigational warning
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NAVAREA IV    458/2012(GEN). (190916Z AUG 2012) 
NORTH ATLANTIC.
ROCKETS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 230808Z TO 230927Z AUG, ALTERNATE
   240807Z TO 240926Z AUG IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-37-00.0N 080-36-00.0W, 28-37-00.0N 080-32-00.0W,
      28-30-00.0N 080-15-00.0W, 28-29-00.0N 080-15-00.0W,
      28-29-00.0N 080-17-00.0W, 28-33-00.0N 080-34-00.0W.
   B. 23-24-00.0N 060-01-00.0W, 22-27-00.0N 057-30-00.0W,
      21-58-00.0N 057-12-00.0W, 21-37-00.0N 057-22-00.0W,
      21-37-00.0N 057-52-00.0W, 22-34-00.0N 060-22-00.0W.
   C. 02-02-15.7N 026-42-21.2W, 00-48-17.3N 016-20-04.6W,
      06-27-19.8N 015-44-33.4W, 07-39-45.7N 026-11-28.3W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 241026Z AUG 12.
« Last Edit: 08/21/2012 12:49 PM by input~2 »

Online Chris Bergin

Catching up, in case we missed some of this.

ULA:

All launch preparations are progressing well in support of NASA’s Atlas V RBSP launch set for Friday, Aug. 24 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window opens at 4:07 a.m. EDT and extends for 20 minutes. Today’s L-4 forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

I have included the mission booklet for information regarding this mission, as well as the mission artwork.

The remote camera set up has been moved to Wednesday afternoon following the vehicle roll to the pad.


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Good pdf but left a couple of questions.

Looks like they are using old graphics on the page.   The Centaur Tank mfg was moved, unless this is one of the last tanks made in San Diego?

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Booster Engine Actuator Testing Complete; Launch Readiness Review Today
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:59:56 PM GMT

For the upcoming launch of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes, testing of the Atlas V RD180 booster engine actuator was completed last night at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The actuator system drives main engine steering. An engineering review board convened this morning to analyze the test results, and will make a recommendation at the Launch Readiness Review this afternoon. At this point in the analysis, there appear to be no obvious problems with the system on the Atlas V that will launch RBSP.

If the Launch Readiness Review has a positive outcome and the rocket is cleared for launch, rollout to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41 will occur at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning. The RBSP spacecraft is ready for launch. The current launch weather forecast for Friday morning has only a 40 percent chance of not meeting the required weather criteria at the 4:07 a.m. liftoff time.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html
« Last Edit: 08/21/2012 05:59 PM by AnalogMan »

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MEDIA Update:


Atlas Roll to Launch Pad

6:30 – 7:00 a.m.              Media arrive at Press Site for vehicle roll to pad

7:15 a.m.                         Depart for UCS 3

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.              Atlas V Rollout from Vertical Integration Facility to launch pad

 

Remote Camera Set-up

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.         Media setting up for remote cameras arrive at Press Site

11:30 a.m.                      Depart for Remote Camera Set-up Location (CCAFS)

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.           Set-up Remote Camera

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RBSP, Atlas V is "Go" for Launch
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:39:18 PM UTC+0100

The launch teams for NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes concluded their Launch Readiness Review today and received the go-ahead to continue preparations for Friday morning's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida.

After extensive testing of the booster engine actuator system on the RD-180 engines and a thorough data analysis, no problems were found and the rocket has been cleared for launch. The RBSP spacecraft also was cleared for flight during the review and is ready for liftoff.

To avoid predicted afternoon thunderstorm activity on Wednesday, the Atlas V rollout has been moved earlier to 8 a.m. EDT. This will allow sufficient time for the RP-1 fuel to be loaded aboard the Atlas first stage before adverse weather arrives.

The launch weather forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions Friday morning. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:07 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 24.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html

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RBSP: Ready For Launch

Published on Aug 21, 2012 by NASAKennedy

See some of the work that went into preparing the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission and the United Launch Alliance Atlas V that will send the spacecraft into orbit.



« Last Edit: 08/22/2012 06:16 PM by catdlr »
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ULA:

The Launch Readiness Review was completed today in preparation for NASA’s Atlas V RBSP launch set for Friday, Aug. 24 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window opens at 4:07 a.m. EDT and extends for 20 minutes. Today’s L-3 forecast continues to show a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.


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Only one thing then to say.....Go Atlas, Go Centaur.
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Updated navigational warning
If zone C (see figure above) is for Centaur deorbit then the applicable timeslot does not seem to fit  ???
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NAVAREA IV    461/2012(GEN). (201628Z AUG 2012) 
NORTH ATLANTIC.
ROCKETS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 240807Z TO 240927Z AUG,
   ALTERNATE 250807Z TO 250927Z AND 260807Z TO 260927Z AUG
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-37-00.0N 080-36-00.0W, 28-37-00.0N 080-32-00.0W,
      28-30-00.0N 080-15-00.0W, 28-29-00.0N 080-15-00.0W,
      28-29-00.0N 080-17-00.0W, 28-33-00.0N 080-34-00.0W.
   B. 23-24-00.0N 060-01-00.0W, 22-27-00.0N 057-30-00.0W,
      21-58-00.0N 057-12-00.0W, 21-37-00.0N 057-22-00.0W,
      21-37-00.0N 057-52-00.0W, 22-34-00.0N 060-22-00.0W.
   C. 02-02-15.7N 026-42-21.2W, 00-48-17.3N 016-20-04.6W,
      06-27-19.8N 015-44-33.4W, 07-39-45.7N 026-11-28.3W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 458/12.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 261027Z AUG 12.

 
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Not sure how much this feed lags, but...
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Atlas V, RBSP Move to Launch Pad
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:10:50 PM UTC+0100

The rollout of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes spacecraft began on schedule at 8 a.m. EDT, reaching the pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at 8:35 a.m. Preparations are beginning to fuel the rocket's first stage with about 25,000 gallons RP-1, a highly refined kerosene. The fueling operation is scheduled to begin at noon and takes 45 minutes to complete.

The launch weather forecast has improved to only a 30 percent chance of not meeting the weather criteria for liftoff. Scattered clouds are forecast, with a temperature at launch time near 78 degrees and a light southwest wind. Tropical Storm Isaac will not be a factor if launch occurs on Friday or Saturday.

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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2012) - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V stands ready for launch at Space Launch Complex-41 with NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellite. Launch is set for Friday, Aug. 24 at 4:07 a.m. EDT. RBSP will study changes in Earth's space environment caused by the sun that can disable satellites, create power grid failures and disrupt GPS service.

 

Photo by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance


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