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Antares rocket looks to lift Wallops to new heights
AP (via PilotOnline.com) ^ | 04/15/2013 | Brock Vergakis

Posted on 04/16/2013 12:54:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480

On one of Virginia's small barrier islands, a NASA facility that operates in relative obscurity outside scientific circles is preparing to be thrust into the spotlight.

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later....

A successful launch would pave the way for Dulles-based Orbital to demonstrate that it can connect its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship with the space station this summer.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Delaware; US: Maryland; US: North Carolina; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: antares; nasa; rocket; space
NASA-TV will be carrying live coverage of the planned launch on Wednesday. There is currently a 55% chance of unfavorable weather conditions, but I have my fingers crossed.
1 posted on 04/16/2013 12:54:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: KevinDavis

Space ping!


2 posted on 04/16/2013 12:55:03 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Gabz

Delmarva ping!


3 posted on 04/16/2013 12:56:12 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Correction: the author’s name is “Brock Vergakis”. The “B” is missing above.


4 posted on 04/16/2013 12:56:47 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

Liftoff is set for a three-hour window beginning at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).


5 posted on 04/16/2013 12:57:45 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

SpaceX’s competitor?


6 posted on 04/16/2013 1:02:56 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Yup. They got the other commercial resupply contract to the International Space Station.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 1:11:09 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

There is also a a 4 day window. Besides weather conditions, the other big issue for launch delays is boats in the water. Listening to them on ustream when that happens can be comical at times.

We’re going to friends to watch - they live on the water directly across one of the inland bays from the launch pad. We watched the last night launch from their house. Really cool.

I got picked in the “lottery” for one of NASA’s social media “meet ups” and got to see components of the rocket and the actual launch pad where it will be going off.

Anyone that is on Face Book should “like” the Wallops Flight Facility - their pictures are awesome and they are wonderful about updates and chatter. They are also on Twitter, but I don’t use that and so am not familiar with how they work that, although they were doing that first and so have many more followers there than FB.


8 posted on 04/16/2013 1:16:28 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Pyro7480

Wahoo we have a “Delmarva ping!” cool add the Eastern Shore mom if you would


9 posted on 04/16/2013 1:17:34 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon; Gabz

Gabz is the manager of the Delmarva list. :)


10 posted on 04/16/2013 1:20:08 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

Any idea where the launch can be seen at all? Looked at their site and earlier recent articles but there’s no info on that.


11 posted on 04/16/2013 1:20:31 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Gabz

I plan to watch the launch tomorrow from Chincoteague. Hopefully, the weather won’t postpone it until Thursday, when I won’t be able to come down.


12 posted on 04/16/2013 1:20:56 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480; blueyon; Abby4116; DelmarvaMike; pray4liberty

Unfortunately, I lost the ping list quite some time ago in a hard drive crash, and then wasn’t around much for a while.

I’m willing to start another one if there is interest. Please ping any one you know on Delmarva to this thread and I will staart collecting names - or just post name to me.


13 posted on 04/16/2013 1:23:47 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Here's the visibility map:


14 posted on 04/16/2013 1:25:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

They posted pictures on their face book page yesterday that show distances of where it can be seen in the sky. But it will also be live on NASA TV - not sure which cable and satellite companies carry that, although I do believe Dish does have it.


15 posted on 04/16/2013 1:26:35 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Pyro7480; Hillarys Gate Cult

Pyro was posting as I was typing :-)


16 posted on 04/16/2013 1:27:24 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Pyro7480

We had originally planned to watch from the Island, but our friends didn’t go out of town as they originally thought, so that’s why we’re staying “in county.” Where on the Island are you going to be watching from?


17 posted on 04/16/2013 1:29:09 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz; Hillarys Gate Cult
The NASA TV stream is also available online here: UStream: NASA Public
18 posted on 04/16/2013 1:29:25 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Gabz
I saw this map and this looked like the most convenient place:


19 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:27 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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Support FR

20 posted on 04/16/2013 1:48:50 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Pyro7480

Dress WARMLY!!!!!! And check with the Fish & Wildlife to see if they are waiving the $10 entrance fee to the sanctuary (aka the Beach)


21 posted on 04/16/2013 1:53:21 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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Thanks! It looks like they aren't waving the fee: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/chinco/
22 posted on 04/16/2013 1:55:57 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you. Direct TV has NASA TV and I can get it on the web but I wanted to see the launch in real life if possible. Forcast calls for mostly sunny here. So I can see it if the trees and clouds cooperate. Was able to see some space shuttle lauches as we we were almost at the extreme Northern arc of the visible launch.


23 posted on 04/16/2013 2:26:57 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

24 posted on 04/16/2013 2:53:25 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Thanks for being will to start a new Delmarva list...............and please add me


25 posted on 04/16/2013 4:33:27 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

You’re already on! If you come across anyone on Delmarva let me know or have them let me know!


26 posted on 04/16/2013 4:41:37 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Thanks for the ping Gabz. If I didn’t have to be home early Thursday morning I would be down.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 7:46:03 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Abby4116
Over 1 hour till launch BTT. Weather at launch forecast partly cloudy, winds 10MPH. About the same here in South Carolina.
28 posted on 04/17/2013 12:44:14 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Pyro7480
1 hour till launch btt. Local forecast has the temp at 61 degrees.
29 posted on 04/17/2013 12:59:58 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Countdown running smoothly. Don’t know yet if they’re still shooting for exactly 5 PM.


30 posted on 04/17/2013 1:03:50 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Pyro7480
Launch scrubbed. Premature umbilical separation. They now have to defuel the rocket and return it to nominal state. Work will take a while and they have to recalculate when the next window is. So no launch today and maybe not tomorrow.
31 posted on 04/17/2013 1:58:48 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; Pyro7480

Earliest, as of last report is Friday - but weather forecast is even sketchier than today’s was.


32 posted on 04/17/2013 6:23:28 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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