Author Topic: LIVE: Electron 2nd Test Flight "Still Testing" - 3 Cubesats - January 21, 2018  (Read 103262 times)

Offline IanThePineapple

Nevermind.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/940031491521757186

"Still Testing launch attempt scrubbed for the day. Weather factors and orbital traffic mean opportunities for launch today are tight, so we'll try again tomorrow. Updates on new launch target to follow."
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“Orbital traffic” - that’s the first I’ve heard that as an abort criteria. Is that something?
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“Orbital traffic” - that’s the first I’ve heard that as an abort criteria. Is that something?

Could be that they aren't prepared to do a COLA in the early tests and so if that potentially might be necessary, then they just choose to scrub.
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“Orbital traffic” - that’s the first I’ve heard that as an abort criteria. Is that something?

Yes, but you only need to wait a few seconds for the path to clear. With a four hour window, that should not be a problem.
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“Orbital traffic” - that’s the first I’ve heard that as an abort criteria. Is that something?

Could be that they aren't prepared to do a COLA in the early tests and so if that potentially might be necessary, then they just choose to scrub.
A COLA is simply a cut-out in the launch window when the trajectory takes the vehicle too close to another orbiting object. It isn't a maneuver. What you're thinking of is most likely a CCAM (Contamination/Collision Avoidance Maneuver) which is something some upper stages does to clear the payload(s) after separation. But that has nothing to do with COLAs.
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Rocket Lab, in a statement, says “A combination of poor weather closing in and conjunction with the International Space Station left a narrow six minute window for a launch attempt,” hence the scrub. Try again no sooner than tomorrow.

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At least they get some more data review time
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Nevermind.

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/940031491521757186

"Still Testing launch attempt scrubbed for the day. Weather factors and orbital traffic mean opportunities for launch today are tight, so we'll try again tomorrow. Updates on new launch target to follow."

First time I’ve ever seen orbital traffic used as a partial reason to scrub a launch.

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Next #StillTesting window opens 14:30, Tuesday 12 December NZDT (1:30 UTC). Updates on anticipated launch time within the four hour window to follow tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/940065853747249155

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NOTAMs for next trial:

B6345/17 -  DANGER AREA NZD492 (MAHIA, HAWKE'S BAY) ACT. REF AIP SUP 137/17. SFC - FL999, 12 DEC 01:00 2017 UNTIL 12 DEC 06:05 2017 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 11 DEC 01:56 2017


B6344/17 -  DANGER AREA NZD025 (EAST AUCKLAND OCEANIC FIR) ACT. REF AIP SUP 137/17. SFC - FL999, 12 DEC 01:00 2017 UNTIL 12 DEC 06:05 2017 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 11 DEC 01:51 2017

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WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.
NEW ZEALAND.
DNC 06.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0130Z TO 0530Z DAILY
08 THRU 17 DEC IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 39-11.42S 177-46.64E, 39-11.42S 178-05.00E,
40-14.65S 178-04.62E, 40-14.93S 177-59.56E.
B. 43-06.00S 177-46.20E, 42-57.00S 179-15.60E,
48-30.00S 179-34.20W, 48-40.80S 178-51.00E.
2. CANCEL HYDROPAC 4224/17.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 170630Z DEC 17.//

Authority: CNW 252/17 022121Z DEC 17.

Date: 022136Z DEC 17
Cancel: 17063000 Dec 17

SOUTH PACIFIC.
DNC 06, DNC 29.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS SPACE DEBRIS
080130Z TO 170530Z DEC IN AREA BOUND BY
57-06.00S 179-54.00W, 56-42.00S 176-36.00W,
63-18.00S 173-06.00W, 63-48.00S 177-18.00W.
2. CANCEL HYDROPAC 4225/17.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 170630Z DEC 17.//

Authority: NAVAREA XIV 123/17 022107Z DEC 17.

Date: 022130Z DEC 17
Cancel: 17063000 Dec 17


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The Rocket Lab launch team is on console and readying Electron for the push to orbit today from Launch Complex-1. The 4 hour window opens from 14:30 NZDT (1:30 UTC/ Mon 20:30 EST/17:30 PST). Anticipated lift-off time to follow. #StillTesting

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Fingers crossed for weather today.
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I think they'll launch as long as they don't hit a problem that can't be fixed in the 4 hour window. They do have a good amount of time
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Currently targeting no earlier than 16:00 NZDT (3:00 UTC) for #StillTesting launch attempt. Weather looking good, but we're continuing to monitor. Webcast can be viewed at youtu.be/F_oAGlhFezo. Live coverage will begin approx. 15 minutes prior to launch attempt.

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Weather here in Auckland - at least 500km from the Mahia Peninsula - is a gorgeous early summer day. I hope it's the same down there.
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