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Falcon 9 rocket set for launch Monday from Cape Canaveral
Spaceflight Now.com ^ | 24NOV2013 | Author Unknown

Posted on 11/24/2013 4:27:05 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine

Technicians are in the final stages of readying a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for launch Monday on its first mission to geostationary transfer orbit with a commercial communications satellite for television broadcasters in India and Southeast Asia.

Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1

Payload: SES 8

Launch date: November 25, 2013

Launch time: 5:37 p.m. EST/2:37 p.m. PST (2237 GMT)

Launch window: 66 minutes

Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: falcon9; launch; rocket; spacex
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1 posted on 11/24/2013 4:27:05 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis; Phil V.; God bless America-5; Straight Vermonter; buccaneer81; boris; ...

Mission Status Center (launch can be viewed here)
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/status.html

Launch can also be followed here.
http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
http://new.livestream.com/spacex/SES8
http://mykalvi.com/spacex-launch-live-streaming-watch-online-ustream-nasa-tv-space-x-falcon-9-rocket-launch-video/

Falcon 9 Countdown Timeline
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/countdowntimeline.html

Falcon 9 Launch Timeline
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/launchtimeline.html

SES 8 satellite pics
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/payload/

Mission press kit
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/ses8_presskit.pdf

SES 8 satellite press kit
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/Publications/SES-8_Fact.pdf

Falcon 9 v1.1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_9_v1.1
http://www.spacex.com/falcon9

SES 8 wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SES-8


2 posted on 11/24/2013 4:36:55 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Thanks for the ping. Godspeed to it.

/johnny

3 posted on 11/24/2013 4:39:25 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Have they fixed their problems with the Merlin 1D vacuum engine?


4 posted on 11/24/2013 4:40:18 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

Falcon 9 engine restart glitch blamed on thermal conditions
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/131122engine/#.UpKcjuKPwSo

SpaceX says frozen fluid lines prevented the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage engine from re-igniting on a Sept. 29 test flight, but engineers are confident extra insulation will resolve the thermal problem on the Falcon 9’s next mission set for liftoff Monday on the company’s first launch to geostationary transfer orbit.

The aborted engine restart on the Falcon 9 test flight was caused when fluid lines for the second stage Merlin engine’s igniter fluid froze after long exposure to cold oxygen, according to Emily Shanklin, a SpaceX spokesperson.

“This never happened on the ground, because ambient air kept the lines warm,” Shanklin said in a statement. “We’ve added insulation and made sure that cold oxygen can’t impinge on the lines.


5 posted on 11/24/2013 4:41:59 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

6 posted on 11/24/2013 4:42:24 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ok


7 posted on 11/24/2013 4:44:05 PM PST by HangnJudge
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Four days until
Thanksgiving
Lets get'er done!

Woo hoo!! Less than $6.9k to go!!

8 posted on 11/24/2013 4:47:32 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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9 posted on 11/24/2013 4:48:21 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Anyone know how much SpaceX pays NASA for the use of Cape Canaveral?


10 posted on 11/24/2013 4:53:07 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: wastedyears

I have no idea.


11 posted on 11/24/2013 5:01:49 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks Jack Hydrazine.


12 posted on 11/24/2013 5:10:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: wastedyears

A California designed and produced launch vehicle!

Go Falcon 9 !!


13 posted on 11/24/2013 5:11:13 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Tour of the launch site.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FlhbMraqxA


14 posted on 11/24/2013 5:13:15 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Is this the big heavy lift booster? The possible moon rocket?


15 posted on 11/24/2013 5:14:15 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

When they add the strap-on boosters to the Falcon 9 it will be called the Falcon Heavy.

http://www.spacex.com/falcon-heavy

Falcon Heavy is the world’s most powerful rocket, a launch vehicle of scale and capability unequaled by any other currently flying. With the ability to lift into orbit over 53 metric tons (117,000 lb)—a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel—Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and

reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate nearly 4 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.


16 posted on 11/24/2013 5:16:57 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Wish I had a falcon rocket...


17 posted on 11/24/2013 5:26:30 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That is Cape Canaveral AFS. Why is Air Force left off these civilian pages?


18 posted on 11/24/2013 5:28:58 PM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks, Jack Hydrazine. The rocket would require an awful lot of fuel to go up 18000 miles to geostationary orbit ... the physics courses I took so long ago ...


19 posted on 11/24/2013 5:29:02 PM PST by Ken522
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To: larryjohnson

Be more specific.


20 posted on 11/24/2013 5:30:15 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks!


21 posted on 11/24/2013 5:36:18 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

bump


22 posted on 11/24/2013 5:39:23 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Excellent. I’ll look for the video.


23 posted on 11/24/2013 6:22:11 PM PST by TChad
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To: Jack Hydrazine

if the winds remain as they are now i doubt it will launch today


24 posted on 11/25/2013 4:12:57 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Countdown clock stopped at T- 13:00 so they can work an issue on a valve in the 1st stage. Launch window is 65 minutes, starting at 5:37pm ET.


25 posted on 11/25/2013 2:26:46 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

UPDATE: Space X says it looks like they’re close to getting the issue with the valve worked out. Weather still looks good even well into the launch window.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Clock re-started to launch at 5:53pm ET


26 posted on 11/25/2013 2:37:01 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

T - 10:00 AND COUNTING.....


27 posted on 11/25/2013 2:43:56 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

COUNT ABORTED AT T-6:11....UNKNOWN REASON.


28 posted on 11/25/2013 2:48:50 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Still have not announced a reason, no decision yet made as to whether there will be a scrub or a recycle of the count to T-13:00. Awaiting word from Launch Director at the this time. Launch window is 66 minutes long, so there is still a chance to lift off tonight.


29 posted on 11/25/2013 2:56:44 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Count is being recycled to T-13:00. Possibility that the problem was a ‘limit’ was reached on a telemetry with the 1st stage. Launch Control is currently figuring out a new T-:00 time and will announce it shortly.

Looks lime we MAY still have a chance to launch tonight. Cross your fingers....


30 posted on 11/25/2013 3:03:26 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Make that ‘telemetry reading’.


31 posted on 11/25/2013 3:04:18 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

BTTT


32 posted on 11/25/2013 3:12:36 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: hoagy62

AAAAAND...We have a clock RESTART for new launch time of 6:30pm ET.

So....let’s take one more shot at this tonight.....


33 posted on 11/25/2013 3:13:12 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Launch Team has polled one MORE time and says we’re ready for launch.

T-10:00 (Take 2) and counting.....


34 posted on 11/25/2013 3:19:51 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Pyro7480; Jack Hydrazine

T-5:00 and counting....


35 posted on 11/25/2013 3:25:11 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

HOLD AT 3:40.....!@#e$%^&!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


36 posted on 11/25/2013 3:26:52 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Computer didn’t start... D’OH!


37 posted on 11/25/2013 3:28:34 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: hoagy62

*EXTREMELY FOUL EXPLETIVE DELETED*


38 posted on 11/25/2013 3:28:44 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

No launch. Maybe Thursday.


39 posted on 11/25/2013 3:36:14 PM PST by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM)
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To: Pyro7480

SCRUB....SCRUB....SCRUB....

Next possible attempt on Thursday (Thanksgiving? Really???) at 5:38pm ET.

Still don’t know what the heck it was that caused the hold.


40 posted on 11/25/2013 3:37:48 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks for the heads up. Appreciate it.


41 posted on 11/25/2013 3:43:12 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: hoagy62

Bet they push it out to next week...Black Friday, and the weekend coming up...

Called my bookie in Vegas...I put $10 on next Monday, $50 on next Tuesday...

Weather folks may need a better forecast for that timeframe...


42 posted on 11/25/2013 7:08:05 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: stevie_d_64

It’s entirely possible that it’s the client’s wishes to get that bird in the air ASAP. Remember not EVERYONE celebrates Thanksgiving.


43 posted on 11/25/2013 7:46:14 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: stevie_d_64

SCRUB. Launch will not happen today, and the next try is likely Thursday, Thanksgiving Day in the United States.


44 posted on 11/25/2013 8:07:35 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Oh...I read an article as to why they are going to attempt to launch on Thanksgiving.

It turns out the FAA will not issue a permit for a launch today or tomorrow....because both days are the biggest travel days of the year. Too many planes in the air. Go figure.


45 posted on 11/26/2013 9:06:43 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Makes sense!

I guess we could call this launch attempt on Thursday a turkey shoot!


46 posted on 11/26/2013 7:10:19 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Those of us here on the Space Coast will have a nice view and entertainment with our turkey!!

I also heard that there is too much air travel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Every north/south bound flight to/from the east coast of Florida goes up along the coast and fly within the ranges of the Cape and Air Station.


47 posted on 11/26/2013 9:40:57 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Jack Hydrazine
OKAY....let's try this again, shall we? SpaceX begins live webcast of the launch attempt at 2:15pm PST at...

SpaceX

48 posted on 11/28/2013 2:06:19 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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49 posted on 11/28/2013 2:07:50 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: hoagy62

It’s on now.


50 posted on 11/28/2013 2:17:00 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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