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New Private Rocket Set to Launch Today After Delays (Antares)
Space.com ^ | 21 April 2013 Time: 07:34 AM ET | Tariq Malik

Posted on 04/21/2013 9:06:48 AM PDT by kingu

A U.S. spaceflight company is hoping the third time's the charm in order to launch a brand-new rocket into space on its maiden flight today (April 21).

After two delayed launched attempts, the privately built Antares rocket is once again poised to blast off from a seaside pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Liftoff is set for 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

You can watch the Antares rocket launch live on SPACE.com beginning 4:30 p.m. ET (2030 GMT), courtesy of NASA's webcast.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: antares; nasa; privatespaceflight; space
Third time is the charm, right?
1 posted on 04/21/2013 9:06:48 AM PDT by kingu
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To: KevinDavis; Gabz; Pyro7480; Hillarys Gate Cult

Space ping, Antares launch as they try it again...

2 posted on 04/21/2013 9:07:55 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

Shouldn’t they launch closer to the equator?


3 posted on 04/21/2013 9:11:17 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Ideally, yes.

I s’pose they’ve got their reasons.


4 posted on 04/21/2013 9:14:39 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: kingu

Bump!


5 posted on 04/21/2013 9:30:21 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: kingu; Pyro7480; blueyon; Abby4116; DelmarvaMike; pray4liberty; coolbreeze; Heatseeker

Will the 3rd time be the charm?

DelMarVa PING!

If anyone wants on or off the list please let me know - I’mm trying to rebuild it after losing it in a hard drive meltdown.


6 posted on 04/21/2013 9:52:52 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: kingu
Who knows, maybe this time their tech will figure out how to mate the connector properly so it doesn't fall off...

Jeez....

7 posted on 04/21/2013 9:53:04 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: DuncanWaring; GeronL

Why closer to the equator?


8 posted on 04/21/2013 9:54:26 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

takes less fuel to reach space/orbit from the equator, thinner atmosphere I think


9 posted on 04/21/2013 9:55:54 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: kingu
The company is Orbital Sciences Corporation.

Company HQ is just outside the Dulles Airport. The exit off the highway is labeled:


10 posted on 04/21/2013 9:56:30 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Regulator

That was just Wednesday’s attempt, they didn’t even set a launch time on Friday because of weather, and yesterday’s attempt was scrubbed because of upper level winds.


11 posted on 04/21/2013 9:56:54 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: GeronL
-- takes less fuel to reach space/orbit from the equator, thinner atmosphere I think --

Takes less fuel, but it's because the rotation of the earth provides a built-in velocity advantage. The earth is rotating upwards of 1,000 MPH at the equator.

12 posted on 04/21/2013 10:08:10 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

bump

maybe thats why people are thinner there.

never mind.


13 posted on 04/21/2013 10:12:03 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Gabz; GeronL

Launching from the equator into a nominally east-west orbit lets the rocket take advantage of the earth’s rotational velocity (roughly 1000 mph at the equator) in getting to orbital velocity.

Launching from Wallops (37 degrees North latitude) gives only about 80% of that.


14 posted on 04/21/2013 10:12:42 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Gabz
Yeah, I know...but it's inexcusable to have an IFD fall off.

That's just ridiculous.

15 posted on 04/21/2013 10:13:19 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: GeronL

Thanks, was just curious.

These rockets are being designed to supply the ISS and the window for this particular test was Wed thru today because that is when the ISS is overhead (obviously layman’s terms)


16 posted on 04/21/2013 10:22:09 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Thanks.


17 posted on 04/21/2013 10:23:20 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Regulator

I don’t disagree. Some of the comments from folks I was wwith on Wednesday were rather amusing about just that point.


18 posted on 04/21/2013 10:24:42 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Yer welcome.


19 posted on 04/21/2013 10:28:25 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: GeronL; Gabz

As it turns out, a fuller reading of the story shows it’s an ISS-resupply project, and, since the ISS has an orbital inclination of about 50 degrees, any launch point within about 50 degrees of the equator would probably work reasonably well.


20 posted on 04/21/2013 10:35:12 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

bump


21 posted on 04/21/2013 10:38:20 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL; DuncanWaring

1 hour ago their report said this :The Range count started at 8:45 a.m. EDT in preparation for today’s launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s test flight of its Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Orbital is targeting a launch window between 5 and 7 p.m. There is an 80 percent chance of favorable weather at the time of launch. Surface winds are the primary concern for a weather violation.

NASA Television will begin launch coverage at 4:30 p.m.


22 posted on 04/21/2013 10:44:09 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: GeronL

‘takes less fuel to reach space/orbit from the equator, thinner atmosphere I think’

“The atmosphere is thicker at the equator (13-16 km) than at the poles (7-8 km).”
http://www.raman-scattering.eu/raman/texts/016_text_6.php


23 posted on 04/21/2013 10:53:38 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

dang. So it is the spin then.


24 posted on 04/21/2013 11:03:00 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Gabz

Thanks... will look out the back tonight


25 posted on 04/21/2013 11:16:16 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

So far it is still a green light on weather, but they’re waiting on updates. Maximum ground wind for launch are 23mph/20 knots. Right now it’s blowing more than that..


26 posted on 04/21/2013 12:18:25 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

From Wallops: #Anares T-20 Ground winds look good. High level winds are green. SIGI data nominal. GNC data is nominal.FTS power and arm test underway.( 6minutees ago)


27 posted on 04/21/2013 1:46:45 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: kingu; Pyro7480; blueyon; Abby4116; DelmarvaMike; pray4liberty; coolbreeze; Heatseeker

Third time WAS the charm!!!!

Launch successful!


28 posted on 04/21/2013 2:06:27 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Hoped to see something but I guess I’m too far north plus clouds to my south/southeast. But huzzah for the latest advance by Delmarva’s space program. ;)


29 posted on 04/21/2013 2:18:52 PM PDT by Heatseeker (Elizabeth Cheney for President)
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To: Heatseeker

Saw the launch on NASA-TV online. Looks like Space-X has a little competition.

Even so, the Cygnus Cargo-Transfer Vehicle is NOT meant to be re-used like Space-X’s Dragon module. Nor is it designed to ever be man-rated like Dragon is.


30 posted on 04/21/2013 2:26:31 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Gabz

What a view..........such a clear day. Wonderful to watch..thanks again for the “ping”


31 posted on 04/21/2013 2:34:54 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Heatseeker; blueyon

So sorry about the cloud cover. I haven’t felt well today so stayed home, but my husband and daughter went out by the water and got a really good view. I stayed home, about 15 miles away, and not only did the house shudder but the windows were rattling before I even saw or heard anything.

Windows continues rattling for quite a while.


32 posted on 04/21/2013 3:25:35 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Hope you feel better soon! It was fun to watch on TV. And many thanks for the ping.


33 posted on 04/21/2013 4:46:51 PM PDT by Heatseeker (Elizabeth Cheney for President)
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To: Gabz

I was back down again on Saturday, but after it was postponed again, I decided to just watch from home yesterday. I did get a slight consolation with a brief side trip to Ocean City though. I got some Thrasher’s French Fries and some salt water taffy. ;-)


34 posted on 04/22/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

LOL! BTW - the salt water taffy from Chincoteague is better than the stuff from OC :-)


35 posted on 04/22/2013 9:05:16 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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