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Old 10-07-2012, 10:31 AM   #46
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Big Grin 5 minutes from rollout to launch!?

This made me over my bedroom floor.....

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/st...nch/index.html

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SpaceX Targets 8:30 p.m. Rollout
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 07:04:57 AM GMT+0800

Waiting for the current line of clouds to clear over the Florida launch site, SpaceX is targeting 8:30 p.m. EDT for the rollout of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket for Sunday's launch. Launch remains scheduled for 8:35 p.m. EDT.

The fact that SpaceX has already launched a successful cargo demonstration mission to the space station does not mean the California-based company is taking its upcoming flight for granted, said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX.

Speaking during a pre-launch press conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Shotwell said the upcoming mission will be flown by a Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket combination that is nearly identical to the ones that flew in May.

"Every time we fly we learn something," Shotwell said. "We're a launch company, I'm excited every time we get to launch."
5 minutes between rollout, fueling, last minute cargo loading, preparation works, status polling and launch? That's game-changing technology! Must be The Elon who made that happen, so all The Elon!

Seriously NASA meant 8:30 am....
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:43 AM   #47
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Turbo-Crawler !
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:46 AM   #48
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*just rolled out my Delta Glider in 5 minutes and being ready for launch from the SLF*
So, that's not possible?

NASA should use a 24-hour-system like anyone, besides they could abolish that nautical miles too...
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:50 AM   #49
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NASA should use a 24-hour-system like anyone, besides they could abolish that nautical miles too...
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:04 PM   #50
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Rollout to SLC40 was concluded this morning.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:38 PM   #51
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 NASA should use a 24-hour-system like anyone,
Deviding the day in 12 hours a.m. and 12 hours p.m. actually makes sense, in aviation.

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 besides they could abolish that nautical miles too...
It's much more easy to understand than many people think. A nautical mile is nothing more than one minute on the equator, or on any other great circle (40,000 Km devided by 360 = 111.11 Km, devided by 60 minutes = 1,852 m = 1 nm).

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #52
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Links to watch tonight's launch.

SpaceFlight Now: http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/004/status.html
SpaceX Ustream coverage: http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
NASA TV HD coverage (the best IMO): http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ustream.html

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Going vertical. L-7 hours.


Edit: Now vertical on the pad.


Launch timeline for anyone interested or wanting to recreate on Orbiter.
10/07/12
08:35:07 PM...00...00...00...00...LAUNCH
08:36:32 PM...00...00...01...25...Maximum aerodynamic pressure
08:38:07 PM...00...00...03...00...Main engine cutoff
08:38:12 PM...00...00...03...05...Stage separation
08:38:19 PM...00...00...03...12...Second stage ignition
08:38:59 PM...00...00...03...52...Fairing jettison
08:44:20 PM...00...00...09...13...Second stage engine cutoff
08:44:53 PM...00...00...09...46...Dragon separation
08:46:52 PM...00...00...11...45...Solar array deploy start
11:01:56 PM...00...02...26...49...Guidance sensor bay door opening

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Live webcam of the Falcon 9!

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:15 PM   #53
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 ...Live webcam of the Falcon 9!...
http://www.floridatoday.com/content/...acecam14.shtml
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #54
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My best wishes to NASA & SpaceX for tonight's launch. Sadly I won't be able to watch it live, too late regarding all the stuff I have to do tomorrow.

I'll have it for breakfeast

Anyway,
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #55
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Here's hoping all the best for a successful first operational cargo flight of Dragon to the ISS.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:46 PM   #56
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #57
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So psyched that it goes on time!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:30 PM   #58
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Just hope it doesn't abort on the pad this time

NASAspaceflight.com article: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/...-iss-attempt1/

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The beast awakes.


SpaceFlight Now has a live stream up.
http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/004/status.html

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #59
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The Spaceflight Now stream shifted to the VAB interior for a couple seconds. Strange...
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:42 PM   #60
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Sun setting over the Cape. I can tell you there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a sunrise/set over a fueled rocket while sitting out on the pier.
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