Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : SAOCOM 1A : Oct. 7/8, 2018 : Vandenberg - UPDATES  (Read 35664 times)

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Link to the webcast going on before the SpaceX webcast, per Steven's screenshots. Chris G is on right now.

https://www.twitch.tv/dasvaldez

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LD loop is quiet -- which is GOOD!

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Cyro helium ops.

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T-25 minutes. Pad is 8 km away from camera, which is 24 seconds away by sound.
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Just mere minutes away from the webcast beginning.
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Funky music.
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Stage 2 RP-1 fuel load closed out.

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T-20 minutes. Big vent!
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Looks like its spewing LOX like its going out of style!
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LOX load on Stage 2 has started.

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And we're live from both the SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne and Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-4E launchpad. A flight-proven Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket is bound to launch CONAE's SAOCOM 1A satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit at 02:21 UTC (7:21 PM PDT), but that's not the main highlight of tonight's mission.

For the first time ever, a Falcon 9 booster rocket will attempt to land at Vandenberg's ground landing pad, known as LZ-4, about seven and three-quarter minutes after liftoff.
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We're live!
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Second stage LOX loading should have started now.
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T-15 minutes.
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LOX flow rate nominal in Stage 2.

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Working no issues at this time.

Stage 2 is completely full of RP-1.
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Not recovery fairing this time. Will try again in future. Not working any problems.
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Clear skies at Vandenberg. A rare weather moment in southern California.
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T-12 minutes. Instantaneous window.
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T-10 minutes. LOX loading continues on both stages; the Stage 2 LOX loading began about six minutes ago.
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