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Old 07-11-2014, 04:18 PM   #76
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Does anyone know what the launch azimuth will be? I'm wondering if this will be visible from the shore in New England that day.
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:19 PM   #77
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 Does anyone know what the launch azimuth will be? I'm wondering if this will be visible from the shore in New England that day.
There's probably some very small chance that you will catch the smoke trail, I'm afraid - all Cygnus flights goes south-east. Still you may check out how to see it along the East Coast....



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Old 07-13-2014, 01:26 PM   #78
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So it's launch day! Take a look at the rocket at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops/ right now and wait for NASA TV coverage at about 30 minutes before launch!

Weather is pretty clear today:

Weather Forecast for Wallops Island, Virginia on July 13, 2014 (1 p.m.)

A mix of clouds and sun, with gusty winds developing this afternoon. High 29C. Winds S at 25 to 40 kph.

TimeTempsDew PointRelative HumidityPrecipSnowCloud coverPressureWindWeather
1 PM29C22C67%2%0%47%1019 hPa23 km/h S Partly Cloudy

Next up - a review of the flight of the last Cygnus in January - February this year
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:57 PM   #79
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The backup data line at Bermuda appears to be down, which is a constraint to launch.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #80
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 The backup data line at Bermuda appears to be down, which is a constraint to launch.
Already back to green status (though there are ships in the drop zones right now so the Coast Guard is dealing with it right now - should be clear within 30 minutes..... )

So what is being carried on this Cygnus flight?















BTW in line with the tradition established during the first two Cygnus spacecraft, this Cygnus is also named after a deceased astronaut - this time it's 5-time spaceflight veteran Janice Voss.

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Old 07-13-2014, 04:07 PM   #81
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If you have forgotten the main event times of the mission, here it is:





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Old 07-13-2014, 04:47 PM   #82
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T-5 minutes and counting.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:05 PM   #83
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Success!
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:23 PM   #84
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Launch video:



Quite a bit of rotation coming off the pad by my eye, but all fine in the end.

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Old 07-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #85
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 Launch video:

[ISS] Launch of Antares Rocket with Cygnus CRS-2 Spacecraft to ISS - YouTube

Quite a bit of rotation coming off the pad by my eye, but all fine in the end.
The rotation is deliberate to avoid the fire plume damaging ground equipment - it has been there since the very first flight.

The Cygnus will arrive at the arm of the ISS on Wednesday at ~10:39 UTC.













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Old 07-14-2014, 01:36 PM   #86
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But it looked like it impacted the base of the tower. The bottom of the rocket caught fire, but was put out by the increasing speed of the airstream.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:00 PM   #87
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I just rewatched the launch... I see no flames where there shouldn't be. Part of what you're seeing is the light of the exhaust reflecting off the LOX vent plume.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #88
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Or did a fire start on the side of the rocket due to the oxygen rich vent stream?
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #89
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Congrats to Orbital Sciences on the successful launch.

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Old 07-16-2014, 09:23 AM   #90
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Cygnus is inbound to the ISS with ETA being 1 hour ahead....
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