Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Iridium NEXT - Jan 14, 2017 (17:54 UTC)- UPDATES  (Read 185103 times)

Offline ZachS09

T-25 minutes. The fuel collector pre-valves are closed and the three cryo-helium pumps are active.
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Okay, guys. The DJ has arrived and turned on the funky music. Let's dance for a while before the webcast starts, shall we?
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T-25 minutes. The fuel collector pre-valves are closed and the three cryo-helium pumps are active.

How do you know? AFAICT the YouTube hosted stream is showing only elevator music and the YouTube technical feed hasn't started at all.

Offline ZachS09

Just to remind everybody:

This will mark the 29th Falcon 9 launch since its debut in 2010, the 9th use of the Full Thrust configuration, and the third Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg's SLC-4E pad. We should expect the first stage to land on the "Just Read the Instructions" droneship 7 minutes and 49 seconds after launch.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

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T-25 minutes. The fuel collector pre-valves are closed and the three cryo-helium pumps are active.

How do you know? AFAICT the YouTube hosted stream is showing only elevator music and the YouTube technical feed hasn't started at all.

I have the prelaunch countdown timeline in front of me.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

Offline ZachS09

About a minute until the coverage starts.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

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The Technical Webcast is working now.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

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From the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, YouTube is proud to sponsor this webcast documenting the Return to Flight for the Falcon 9 rocket, which is carrying 10 Iridium-NEXT satellites into Low Earth Orbit.
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Webcast is live!

Offline ZachS09

It's a clear blue sky on the first pad shot of Falcon 9.
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Technical webcast has begun.
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T-18 minutes. Not sure whether the helium loading has started yet, but it'll be added to the COPVs pretty soon.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

Offline Chris Bergin

Don't worry about the venting tutorial.

Offline ZachS09

As you can see, the rocket is venting liquid oxygen via its valves and both stages are iced over due to water condensing on the cold tanks.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

Offline ZachS09

T-15 minutes. No technical or weather issues are being reported.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

Offline ZachS09

Pending resolution of Contact Alpha at this time.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

Offline ZachS09

The Iridium-NEXT satellites are on internal power.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

Offline Chris Bergin

Cameraman looking into the distance. We don't need any wayward boats.

Offline Chris Bergin

Here's John. No issues in work.

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