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Space X Launch Live Now on NASA TV (Scrubbed @T-0.5 seconds in Ignition Sequence/Presser@6:30AM EDT)
NASA TV and SpaceX ^ | May 19, 2012

Posted on 05/19/2012 1:43:09 AM PDT by bd476

It's also on Space X.com

T-12 minutes


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: spacex

1 posted on 05/19/2012 1:43:11 AM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

Awesome...thanks!


2 posted on 05/19/2012 1:44:42 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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http://www.spacex.com/

1:55 AM Pacific Time
4:55 AM Eastern TIme

Space Station is flying over Florida and this is now T-10 minutes at Falcon Launch Control


3 posted on 05/19/2012 1:45:15 AM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

Thanks for the heads up!


4 posted on 05/19/2012 1:46:21 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: bd476

Does this one have any real cargo, or is it going empty?


5 posted on 05/19/2012 1:47:15 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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T-4 minutes now
6 posted on 05/19/2012 1:52:09 AM PDT by bd476
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T-20 seconds

Computer is non starter.
Vehicle is being safed.

The framing cut away.
Ignition sequence started but there was a cut-off


7 posted on 05/19/2012 1:56:55 AM PDT by bd476
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Ignition sequence began but this is not a launch.
8 posted on 05/19/2012 1:59:00 AM PDT by bd476
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To: Cementjungle

This one is unmanned but contains cargo that will be unloaded once it docks. After undocking it will return to earth. This is the final test flight, so future launches will probably have passengers, 7 of them in each flight, similar to the space shuttle.


9 posted on 05/19/2012 2:00:53 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Got it. Aren’t they also doing testing with this flight to test docking aborts and other proceedures?


10 posted on 05/19/2012 2:03:01 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

I wouldn’t know. I assume they’d test as much as they could, as long as they’re going through the whole docking procedure.


11 posted on 05/19/2012 2:06:33 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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Falcon 9/Dragon Cots 2 + Demonstration Mission






Space X:

Launch computer saw parameter it did not like and mission was scrubbed May 19 2012.

Only had one second window launch opportunity.

Its mission is Space Station

May 22 2012 possible next launch opportunity


12 posted on 05/19/2012 2:10:04 AM PDT by bd476
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To: aquila48

You’re welcome, Aquila. Wish it had taken off but good to know that computer picked up an error in sequence and stopped it.


13 posted on 05/19/2012 2:11:44 AM PDT by bd476
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To: Cementjungle

You’re welcome, Cementjungle. I had both NASA TV and Space X webcast windows open.


14 posted on 05/19/2012 2:12:37 AM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476
pssss
15 posted on 05/19/2012 2:13:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Elon Musk Co-Founder of Space X and Paypal



Born in South Africa. Worth a billion $, but takes 1 dollar a year as salary.

Elon Musk just tweeted:

Launch aborted: slightly high combustion chamber pressure on engine 5. Will adjust limits for countdown in a few days. 4 minutes ago

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/


NASA TV will have a 6:30 AM EST Press Conference

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/spacex/index.html


16 posted on 05/19/2012 2:21:29 AM PDT by bd476
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yes, it’s a disappointment. Better safe than sorry though.


17 posted on 05/19/2012 2:22:51 AM PDT by bd476
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To: Telepathic Intruder
Telepathic Intruder wrote: "This one is unmanned but contains cargo that will be unloaded once it docks. After undocking it will return to earth. This is the final test flight, so future launches will probably have passengers, 7 of them in each flight, similar to the space shuttle."

Thanks for adding in more info. :)

18 posted on 05/19/2012 2:24:55 AM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

“mission scrubbed”..........oh, the good old days.


19 posted on 05/19/2012 3:15:26 AM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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NASA News Conference on now.

Q: Marcia Dennis AP: When did clock stop?
A: t-.5 seconds
Q: Were all 9 engines firing?
A: Engine 5 was firing too high


20 posted on 05/19/2012 3:37:50 AM PDT by bd476
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Audio is weird, fading in and out.

Conference continues

Q: How many engines can fail and still achieve success.
A: Need liftoff with all 9, but can get by with only 2 engines once in flight.

Q: How many times have you aborted at this juncture?
A: Flight 1 aborted with over high pressure in engine 5 (same engine)

Q: Is this a failure - how do you react to people who call this a failure?

A: This is not a failure, we aborted with purpose, would have been failure if had proceeded to liftoff

Q: How long to switch out engines?
A: Should be one day, not an expert, but will know more later. Just wanted to give you info we have right now.

Q: Is 23rd launch time 3:21 a.m. and can you tell after launch could you continue with 7 or 8 engines?

A: 22nd 3:43 a.m. 23rd approximately 3:21 a.m. Will get that info to you later

Q: Did all 9 engines have ignition?
A: All engines had ignition then engine 5 trended high pressure

Q: Did it lift off at all?
A: No, we hold it down on purpose... we were revving the engines and decided not to fly.

Q: What sorts of things might cause this high pressure?

A: High pressure caused by high temperature caused by low fuel; have to spend time looking at data

Q: Inspection today - how complicated, is it just a visual
A: Will probably bore scope the pump...

Q: What is the similarity to first Falcon 9, do you have a feeling that it is a valve?
A: on Flight One we had a narrower abort on Flight One...

Q: Were told you would try every 3 days, why now the 23rd as well?
A: We had mentioned 23rd yesterday

Q: Can you still get back in on the 22nd
A: Should be able to, don’t have enough data.

NASA confirms time:

If Launch on 22nd 3:44 a.m. 23rd 3:22 a.m.


21 posted on 05/19/2012 3:50:52 AM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

I’d rather watch the Saturn 5 launches on youtube(:


22 posted on 05/19/2012 3:52:52 AM PDT by geege
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To: wesagain
wesagain wrote: " 'mission scrubbed'..........oh, the good old days."

Heh, and with much of the optimism of the good old days.


23 posted on 05/19/2012 3:53:58 AM PDT by bd476
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To: geege
geege wrote: "I'd rather watch the Saturn 5 launches on youtube(: "

Historical videos found on You Tube can be interesting.

24 posted on 05/19/2012 4:22:51 AM PDT by bd476
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To: wesagain; All

You try to launch a rocket into space..


25 posted on 05/19/2012 5:42:34 AM PDT by KevinDavis (The birther movement was started by a 9/11 truther..)
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To: bd476
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live Thread (05/19/2012) 04:55 EDT) First Commercial Rocket into Space!
26 posted on 05/19/2012 5:57:53 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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Keep FR Running
Let's get to Yellow!

27 posted on 05/19/2012 9:12:14 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: bd476

I would imagine they’ll have to replace/refurbish quite a few components utilized or exhausted because of near launch.


28 posted on 05/19/2012 10:59:44 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: KevinDavis
Quote...."You try to launch a rocket into space.."

I'm not in the "launch a rocket into space" business.

29 posted on 05/19/2012 11:07:15 AM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: bd476; KevinDavis

Do they know exactly what the problem was yet?


30 posted on 05/19/2012 12:57:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bd476

Just received this email from SpaceX:

Update on SpaceX COTS 2 Test Launch

May 19, 2012

Today’s COTS 2 Demonstration launch was aborted half a second before liftoff when the flight computer detected slightly high pressure in the engine 5 combustion chamber. We have discovered root cause and repairs are underway.

During rigorous inspections of the engine, SpaceX engineers discovered a faulty check valve on the Merlin engine. We are now in the process of replacing the failed valve. Those repairs should be complete tonight. We will continue to review data on Sunday. If things look good, we will be ready to attempt to launch on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:44 AM Eastern.

The next launch attempt will be webcast live at www.spacex.com.


31 posted on 05/19/2012 3:54:15 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks for the update, Jack. Did you see the launch yesterday?


32 posted on 05/23/2012 3:26:24 AM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

Yes, I did stay up to watch it!


33 posted on 05/23/2012 7:35:20 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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