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Falcon 9's third launch attempt targeted for Monday (5:41pm EST/2:41pm PST)
SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 02DEC2013 | SFN

Posted on 12/02/2013 8:28:05 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine

After cleaning and replacing engine components, SpaceX is gearing up for another try to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Monday on a crucial mission to deliver the SES 8 commercial television broadcasting satellite to orbit. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 5:41 p.m. EST/2:41 p.m. PST (2241 GMT), the opening of an 86-minute launch window.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: launch; rocket; ses8; spacex
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Third try's a charm?
1 posted on 12/02/2013 8:28:05 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Git er Done!


2 posted on 12/02/2013 8:31:31 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis; Phil V.; God bless America-5; Straight Vermonter; buccaneer81; boris; ...

Let’s see if they can light this candle successfully on their third try.


3 posted on 12/02/2013 8:32:37 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Farnsworth

4 posted on 12/02/2013 8:33:36 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The one used in today's launch is the Falcon 9, 5.2m fairing. I don't think the S5 or S9 has ever launched,,, yet.

5 posted on 12/02/2013 8:36:20 AM PST by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Were the last 2 late aborts with the engines partially throttled up? that would signal the need to clean/ swap out engine components.

CC

6 posted on 12/02/2013 8:37:25 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Cape Canaveral - I’m so happy that name was resurrected.


7 posted on 12/02/2013 8:39:16 AM PST by DManA (rs Jus)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Live launch coverage here.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/status.html

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

http://new.livestream.com/spacex/SES8

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ustream.html (in HD)

http://mykalvi.com/spacex-launch-live-streaming-watch-online-ustream-nasa-tv-space-x-falcon-9-rocket-launch-video/

For Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad users.
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/nasatv_live_iphone.html

For Twitter users you can follow the launch here.
http://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/


8 posted on 12/02/2013 8:44:14 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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


9 posted on 12/02/2013 8:45:36 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

10 posted on 12/02/2013 8:45:57 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"Light it up! Go Team Go!"


11 posted on 12/02/2013 8:47:38 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: DManA
Cape Canaveral - I’m so happy that name was resurrected.

Me too, but it never actually went away, the land has always been Cape Canaveral, but the launch facility at Cape Canaveral was called Kennedy Space Center.

I'm still annoyed at my mom for throwing away my Cape Canaveral set during one of our many moves.

12 posted on 12/02/2013 8:51:52 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

While you are waiting feel free to take a tour of the launch site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FlhbMraqxA
19MAY2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaGHbXOBcWc
23MAY2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHVIduoyZX8
27OCT2010


13 posted on 12/02/2013 8:57:07 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: null and void

Neat. What was in your Cape Canaveral set?


14 posted on 12/02/2013 9:00:13 AM PST by DManA (rs Jus)
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To: Celtic Conservative
Were the last 2 late aborts with the engines partially throttled up? that would signal the need to clean/ swap out engine components.

There was one abort where the engines were starting to throttle up. The computer aborted when thrust wasn't developed fast enough. The problem was determined to be with the hypergolics (stored outside the rocket) used to light the engines. Any work done on the engines would probably be for cleaning, since the engines weren't at fault.

15 posted on 12/02/2013 9:02:35 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/007/131128scrub/#.Upy8PeJjGXM

Topped with a television broadcasting satellite, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket fired its engines and was moments away from liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, but the commercial booster aborted the launch after computers detected the engines were too slow building up thrust.

The countdown marched smoothly toward liftoff Thursday, with the rocket clearing key hurdles that hamstrung Monday’s launch attempt. The Falcon 9 pressurized its propellant tanks, switched to internal power and ignited its nine Merlin 1D first stage engines a few seconds before the appointed launch time.

But the Falcon 9’s computer-controlled countdown sequencer recognized a problem and called off the launch, shutting down the engines after they flashed to life and sent a wave of sound across the Florida rocket base.

The launch was “aborted by autosequence due to slower than expected thrust ramp,” Musk posted on Twitter.

As engineers continued to study the problem, SpaceX elected to restart the countdown to preserve a chance to launch Thursday.

Ultimately, however, SpaceX said they could not get comfortable with the issue in time and ordered another hold with less than a minute left in the day’s second countdown.

“We called manual abort,” Musk tweeted. “Better to be paranoid and wrong. Bringing rocket down to borescope (inspect) engines.”


16 posted on 12/02/2013 9:02:47 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Moonman62

Do you mean the TEA-TEB igniters weren’t getting the job done?


17 posted on 12/02/2013 9:09:24 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: DManA

A couple tin buildings several launch pads some Redstones, a couple Atlas, I think there might have been a Mercury capsule on one of them. It pre-dated our first orbital flight, IIRC.


18 posted on 12/02/2013 9:09:35 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I tried putting this on the Front Page but it seems to have been taken down. Why is that?

Any way to put it back up there?


19 posted on 12/02/2013 9:13:10 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: null and void

Hey, I saw that on Antiques Roadshow. Said it was worth $250,000 to a collector.


20 posted on 12/02/2013 9:13:32 AM PST by DManA (rs Jus)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; All
The launch has been postponed again.

Now looking at Tuesday or Wednesday.

Source link.

21 posted on 12/02/2013 9:14:06 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Elon Musk said they were contaminated with oxygen.


22 posted on 12/02/2013 9:16:07 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: kristinn

Dadgummit!


23 posted on 12/02/2013 9:23:42 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Is there any chance that any NASA holdovers are ‘sabotaging’ anything. Big govt can’t have private industry succeed.


24 posted on 12/02/2013 6:19:50 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: George from New England

That’s always a possibility.


25 posted on 12/02/2013 6:39:26 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Okay....let’s try this AGAIN, shall we?

(This is getting monotonous...)


26 posted on 12/03/2013 2:24:44 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis; Phil V.; God bless America-5; Straight Vermonter; buccaneer81; boris; ...

Guess I’ll ping everyone again.

Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1
Payload: SES 8
Launch date: December 3, 2013
Launch time: 5:41 p.m. EST/2:41 p.m. PST (2239 GMT)
Launch window: 86 minutes
Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Only 12 minutes until launch!

Let me know if you want to be on my launch ping list let me know.


27 posted on 12/03/2013 2:29:54 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks for the reminder.


28 posted on 12/03/2013 2:31:20 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Bullish

And I thank hoagy62 for the reminder. I almost forgot about it!


29 posted on 12/03/2013 2:32:21 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Bullish

2229 GMT (5:29 p.m. EST)
T-minus 12 minutes. The launch team has verified all consoles are go for liftoff at 5:39 p.m. EST (2239 GMT).

The sun has just set here at Cape Canaveral, and the Falcon 9 rocket is bathed in light as the terminal countdown autosequence is about to begin at the T-minus 10 minute mark.

2232 GMT (5:32 p.m. EST)
T-minus 9 minutes and counting. Prevalves leading to the Falcon 9’s Merlin 1D first stage engines are opening, permitting super-cold liquid oxygen to flow into the engines to condition the turbopumps for ignition.


30 posted on 12/03/2013 2:33:35 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

You’re welcome. Glad to help. Now, let’s see if THIS time they can get this bird to fly.


31 posted on 12/03/2013 2:33:38 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Light this candle!

Go SpaceX!

Six minutes to go and all is well...


32 posted on 12/03/2013 2:34:52 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: hoagy62

The arms are retracted back. T-5 mins.


33 posted on 12/03/2013 2:36:14 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Strongback is retracted.
Four minutes to go...


34 posted on 12/03/2013 2:36:54 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The bird is on internal power...


35 posted on 12/03/2013 2:37:55 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Maybe that was the FTS that was on internal power.

2 minutes left!


36 posted on 12/03/2013 2:38:46 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

T-1 minute!!!

Both Falcon 9 and the SES 8 are go.


37 posted on 12/03/2013 2:39:56 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I think it’s gonna happen.


38 posted on 12/03/2013 2:40:23 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

We have liftoff and the Falcon 9 has cleared the tower!


39 posted on 12/03/2013 2:41:06 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They’ve reached Mach 1 and now Max Q.


40 posted on 12/03/2013 2:42:24 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thar she blows.


41 posted on 12/03/2013 2:42:45 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

First stage sep and 2nd stage ignition!


42 posted on 12/03/2013 2:44:08 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Fairing sep successful!


43 posted on 12/03/2013 2:45:07 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

missed it by 4 minutes

CRAPOLA

i see the remnants of the burn - thats all now


44 posted on 12/03/2013 2:46:51 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That was very strange - at one point I saw four separate point sources of flame. I said to myself, G-D, I hope that was staging. The first stage seemed to climb after the second for quite a ways. Then there were two additional points of flame that seemed to come off the second stage. Strap ons? Didn’t think that configuration had those.


45 posted on 12/03/2013 2:49:06 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: George from New England

Sorry to ping you at the last minute.


46 posted on 12/03/2013 2:49:33 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: NonValueAdded

The first stage will climb a bit even after staging. What you saw up there I don’t know.


47 posted on 12/03/2013 2:51:15 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

There’s a very pretty effect from the vapor trail in the high clouds, catching the sun’s last rays at altitude. Looks like snow white frosting on top of them. I hope my pictures come out.


48 posted on 12/03/2013 2:52:14 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: George from New England

No video.

They made it to orbit though.


49 posted on 12/03/2013 2:52:37 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

So far, so good. Fingers crossed!


50 posted on 12/03/2013 2:52:44 PM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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