Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 5 : March 30, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES  (Read 59909 times)

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Man that was some FAST movin' fog today at Vandenberg! Only 1 of 3 remote camera sites were visible, so we shall see how those shots turn out lol. Iridium-5 launch tomorrow morning 7:13am PST! #SpaceX

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Looks like there won't be any jellyfish this time with the launch about 20 minutes after sunrise.
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3 mins to the start of fueling.

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Fueling poll underway.

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NO constraints for propellant loading.

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Fueling has started!  RP-1 now beginning to flow into the Falcon 9's first stage.
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Fuel bleed for Stage 2 has started.

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Stage 1 fuel flow rates are nominal.

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Stage 2 RP-1 load now underway.

Flight Area and Range are CLEAR for launch.

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AFTS downrange tracking station reporting GREEN and ready to support.

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Stage 2 fuel tank pressing for RP-1 bleed.

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RP-1 Stage 1 bleed complete.  "Getting into nominal Stage 1 load." -- per LD loop.

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RP-1 bleed, Stage 2, has now stated.

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RP-1 bleed, Stage 2, complete.  Stage 2 RP-1 load now proceeding to nominal levels.

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Stage 1 and 2 fuel flow rates are nominal.

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Range is GO for launch!

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Stage 1 RP-1 load has reached initial target and has now stopped for LOX load operations of Stage 1.
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Teams being asked to report any issues that would constrain the start of LOX load.

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ECS systems configured for Stage 1 LOX load.

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T-35mins.  Stage 1 LOX load has started under the automated sequence.

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