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Old 02-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #31
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 Falcon 9's hotfire occurred on time and was visually a success.




Elon Musk via Twitter:
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Rocket static fire @SpaceX Cape Canaveral launch pad looks good. Engines generated 433 tons of thrust, parameters nominal.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:43 PM   #32
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The weather forecast is 90 percent favorable for the launch of the SpaceX at 10:10 a.m. EST Mar. 1 from SLC-40 at CCAFS.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:12 PM   #33
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Here's static fire test official video from SpaceX:
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:24 PM   #34
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I notice that they've added more cameras
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:50 AM   #35
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Hope they get all the water dried off.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:12 PM   #36
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Here's some scenario code for Friday's launch, currently scheduled for 03/01/2013 at 1010 EST (1510 UTC). This starts at T-5 minutes to launch:

Code:
BEGIN_ENVIRONMENT
  System Sol
  Date MJD 56352.625
  ....
END_ENVIRONMENT
For ISS:

Code:
ISS:ProjectAlpha_ISS
STATUS Orbiting Earth
  RPOS  2787984.15401237  4039312.35813651 -4677584.92752703
  RVEL  3797.71959731427  3757.61240909794  5509.06606268314
  ....
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:21 AM   #37
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Spaceflight Now:
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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
    SpaceX managers today gave the green light to continue preparations to launch the company's Falcon 9 rocket Friday.

    Top officials met for a Launch Readiness Review today to discuss the status of launch preparations and any unresolved issues before pressing ahead with final preflight steps, loading of experiment specimens and fresh food into the Dragon spacecraft, and the start of the countdown Friday morning.

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  • Falcon 9 launch opportunities
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  • Falcon 9 launch timeline
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:41 PM   #38
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We're just about at the L-24 hour mark for launch.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #39
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Weather now 80 percent "go" for Friday's 10:10 a.m. @SpaceX liftoff, with a slight possibility of thick clouds and winds at launch time.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:23 PM   #40
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Will the Dragon follow a "quick rendez-vous" trajectory this time?
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:24 PM   #41
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Well this should have been an updates thread, but I couldn't resist the temptation to ensure nothing goes wrong from the Cape to the ISS......



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 Will the Dragon follow a "quick rendez-vous" trajectory this time?
It's not exactly as quick as the recent Progress flights, but this Dragon will also arrive in front of the ISS in just 20 hours after launch (SSRMS capture is scheduled at around 11:30 UTC on March 2nd), also a new record. However this will not be possible if the launch is delayed due to the ISS phase angle.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:29 PM   #43
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Yes, thanks.
Just found it at SpaceFlightNow:

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Liftoff of the Dragon and its Falcon 9 launcher is set for March 1 at 10:10 a.m. EST (1510 GMT), beginning an abbreviated 20-hour rendezvous with the space station. After deployment from the Falcon 9's upper stage less than 10 minutes after launch, the Dragon capsule will unfurl solar arrays, open its navigation bay door, and begin approaching the outpost aided by GPS and laser navigation.
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 Will the Dragon follow a "quick rendez-vous" trajectory this time?
Yes, they will be. SSRMS capture will be around 1130UT Saturday.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #45
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@ Orb : can we have the RTT (Red Timer Thingie[tm]) ? I'm still as much confused with timezones...
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