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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #440 on: 01/03/2015 09:51 pm »
Surely that's a weather balloon.

Would agree. And it popping isn't why it vanished in 7 seconds, they let it go, would be my guess.  :)
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #441 on: 01/03/2015 09:54 pm »
Surely that's a weather balloon.

Would agree. And it popping isn't why it vanished in 7 seconds, they let it go, would be my guess.  :)

You can clearly see that it comes off the ground when inflated, which means balloon to me. 

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #442 on: 01/03/2015 09:57 pm »
Surely that's a weather balloon.

Thats it I guess  :-[  Anyway there is another cam (Thanks to reddit user Shrubit for finding out) and its on Darga's Assets Map and doersino is recording that as well. Would be good for seeing it go.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #443 on: 01/03/2015 10:11 pm »
What do we see on this new cam?
I can't make out anything on my tiny screen.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #444 on: 01/03/2015 10:18 pm »
What do we see on this new cam?
I can't make out anything on my tiny screen.
~60 hrs to T-0.

One is facing river. Today it captured Fascination leave.

EDIT: ooh new tug near barge (GREGG_MCALLISTER) ?
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #445 on: 01/03/2015 10:24 pm »
ELSBETH III moving !
is on the way to the other side ASDS
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Elsbeth III seems to be moving away, and another tug, the Gregg McAllister, appears to have taken position with Go Quest and the BargeX.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:442829/mmsi:367379660/imo:9549542/vessel:GREGG_MCALLISTER

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #446 on: 01/03/2015 11:05 pm »
I think I caught them on the camera Darga kindly sent me, here are the only 3 frames that have some action.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #447 on: 01/03/2015 11:08 pm »
What do we see on this new cam?
I can't make out anything on my tiny screen.
~60 hrs to T-0.

You can split the 2 port cam streams into separate pages so that the images are larger:

http://dataservices.namapmterminals.com/apmt/cameras.aspx?address=http://10.1.197.151/axis-cgi/jpg/image.cgi

http://dataservices.namapmterminals.com/apmt/cameras.aspx?address=http://10.1.197.153/axis-cgi/jpg/image.cgi
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #448 on: 01/03/2015 11:09 pm »
Wooosh!! What a sight! Off it goes  ;D

Doersino just posted this sweet video
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #449 on: 01/03/2015 11:13 pm »
Great, fortunately he managed to get many more frames than i did.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #450 on: 01/03/2015 11:15 pm »
nice  :)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #451 on: 01/03/2015 11:30 pm »
They inflated something near Elsbeth III and deflated it.

EDIT: http://www.cruisin.me/cruise-ship-webcams/carnival-cruise-lines/carnival-fascination.php is back. Also footage is frozen at the moment.


Possibly one of these? Tough to tell, but about the right size. I've used one, live internet to/from anywhere with good data rates.

Took about ~7min to inflate and it was gone with in 7 seconds .. I think it popped whatever it was.

Now that I've seen the video, I'd have to agree with weather balloon. 

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #452 on: 01/03/2015 11:32 pm »
Now I think it might be swamp gas.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #453 on: 01/03/2015 11:44 pm »
They inflated something near Elsbeth III and deflated it.

EDIT: http://www.cruisin.me/cruise-ship-webcams/carnival-cruise-lines/carnival-fascination.php is back. Also footage is frozen at the moment.


Possibly one of these? Tough to tell, but about the right size. I've used one, live internet to/from anywhere with good data rates.

Took about ~7min to inflate and it was gone with in 7 seconds .. I think it popped whatever it was.

Now that I've seen the video, I'd have to agree with weather balloon.

That is seriously funny....

As for the balloon, the weather balloons I've seen start out as pumpkin-looking bags - and you also have to wonder - why launch a weather balloon ahead of tugging a barge across the water?

But otherwise, I have no opinion on what or why it was.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #454 on: 01/03/2015 11:48 pm »
why launch a weather balloon ahead of tugging a barge across the water?

To know the weather situation?

I'm enjoying following the progress on Marine Traffic, it's kinda like the old days of Copenhagen Suborbitals.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #456 on: 01/03/2015 11:52 pm »
why launch a weather balloon ahead of tugging a barge across the water?

To know the weather situation?

I'm enjoying following the progress on Marine Traffic, it's kinda like the old days of Copenhagen Suborbitals.

Heh, 100% on the fun.  This is just a tad more lofty than listening to trucker traffic on the scanner  :)

As for the balloon, which is (allegedly?) headed up above the port of Jacksonville, it's going to tell them what the weather is like at the exact location where they are the most not at...  Or rather, at a location which is almost, but not quite, entirely irrelevant to where they're going and when they'll be there.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #457 on: 01/03/2015 11:56 pm »
As for the balloon, which is (allegedly?) headed up above the port of Jacksonville, it's going to tell them what the weather is like at the exact location where they are the most not at...  Or rather, at a location which is almost, but not quite, entirely irrelevant to where they're going and when they'll be there.

To get to where you're going, it helps to know the weather where you are... but perhaps they just wanted to know if it worked.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #458 on: 01/04/2015 12:09 am »
As for the balloon, which is (allegedly?) headed up above the port of Jacksonville, it's going to tell them what the weather is like at the exact location where they are the most not at...  Or rather, at a location which is almost, but not quite, entirely irrelevant to where they're going and when they'll be there.

To get to where you're going, it helps to know the weather where you are... but perhaps they just wanted to know if it worked.

Sure, it would make sense to run through the weather balloon launch procedure on board to make sure that you can still nip into town to fetch the things you forgot to pack on board.  And they might have been testing their comms gear.  My understanding is that you launch these things with a little weather package on board to tell you data on winds aloft.   Presumably there's a receiver on board.

Or else they had an extra balloon and just thought it would be fun to let it fly. ;)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #459 on: 01/04/2015 12:09 am »
The Go Quest shows a destination: "Blake Plateau"
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