Author Topic: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,2) - NROL-47 - Vandenberg - January 12, 2018  (Read 83253 times)

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T-15. SRB igniters armed.

T-10 seconds. 8, 7, 6, we have main engine start, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition and liftoff! The Delta IV begins another national security mission as it clears the tower.
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LIFTOFF of the Delta IV medium carrying the secretive NROL 47! rocket has cleared the tower!
"The Falcon has landed"

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Pitch and yaw programs have started according to plan.

You're hearing Patrick Moore provide launch vehicle ascent data from Vandenberg's telemetry lab.
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Liftoff!
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T+35 seconds. Delta IV flying down the center of the track. Good thrust on the main engine and twin GEM-60 boosters.
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T+50 seconds. Mach 1.

The vehicle will go through Max-Q in five seconds.
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LAUNCH!

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Over a minute into the flight now.

The GEM-60 boosters should burn out at T+90.8 seconds.
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now at Mach one and Max Q!
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T+1 minute.
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SRBs have burnt out. Standing by for jettison momentarily.

And there's separation of both boosters. That occurred at the T+1 minute, 40 second mark.
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SRB sep!
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T+2 minutes. Delta IV now being powered solely by the RS-68A engine, which is burning propellant at the rate of about 936 kilograms per second.
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Booster sep.

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T+2 minutes. Booster separation.
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T+3 minutes. Altitude 113 kilometers, speed 2,414 meters per second, downrange distance 101 kilometers.

Both fairing halves have been jettisoned, exposing the NROL-47 payload to the vacuum of space. The webcast in the process of closing even though we're still in the first stage powered portion.
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Fairing jettison has been confirmed
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The RS-68A engine should be in the process of throttling down in preparation for MECO.
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T+3 minutes. Fairing separation.
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4 minutes Mission Elapsed Time. MECO should have occurred at this time, which is usually followed by stage separation about 8 seconds later.

After stage separation, the RL-10B-2 engine should ignite for a long first burn, which is preceded by the engine nozzle extending into place during the short coast phase.
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