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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellites (22JUN2014/1724 EDT, 1424 PDT)
SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 22JUN2014 | Staff Writer

Posted on 06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites) Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

Delayed (from September, November, April 30, May 10, 27, June 11, 12, 15, and June 20, 21) several times by SpaceX due to a first stage helium leak and Orbcomm due to a potential defect in one of their satellites. On June 20th a launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fluctuation in pressure readings on the second stage. The June 21 launch window was closed due to poor weather conditions.

0215 GMT (10:15 p.m. EDT on Sat.) Tomorrow's Falcon 9 launch window opens at 5:24 p.m. EDT (2124 GMT), but the weather forecast is iffy with predictions for more stormy weather over Central Florida.

SpaceX ready for commercial launch for Orbcomm http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/140619preview/#.U6bXK7GSCog

Falcon 9 countdown timeline http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/countdowntimeline.html

Falcon 9 launch timeline http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/launchtimeline.html

Mission Press Kit http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/presskit.pdf

OG2 info sheet http://www.orbcomm.com/uploads/files/OG2-2.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbcomm_satellites#Orbcomm-G2

List of Falcon 9 launches http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_launches

Photos: Falcon 9 on the launch pad http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/prelaunch/#.U6bYFrGSCog

Delay-stricken SpaceX launch scrubbed by technical issue http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/140620scrub/#.U6bYTbGSCog 20JUN2014


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: falcon9; launch; rocket; spacex

1 posted on 06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

SpaceX ready for commercial launch for Orbcomm http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/140619preview/#.U6bXK7GSCog

Falcon 9 countdown timeline http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/countdowntimeline.html

Falcon 9 launch timeline http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/launchtimeline.html

Mission Press Kit http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/presskit.pdf

OG2 info sheet http://www.orbcomm.com/uploads/files/OG2-2.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbcomm_satellites#Orbcomm-G2

List of Falcon 9 launches http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_launches

Photos: Falcon 9 on the launch pad http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/prelaunch/#.U6bYFrGSCog

Delay-stricken SpaceX launch scrubbed by technical issue http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/140620scrub/#.U6bYTbGSCog 20JUN2014


2 posted on 06/22/2014 6:21:39 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1

Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites)

Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014

Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT)

Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral,

Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here http://www.spacex.com/webcast/


3 posted on 06/22/2014 6:23:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: EveningStar; SunkenCiv; DoughtyOne; Lurkina.n.Learnin; BenLurkin; null and void; ...

Just wanted to ping everyone to this launch.


4 posted on 06/22/2014 6:37:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BlueYonder; thingumbob; amzgirl; 75thOVI; Ravenstar; June2; LuvFreeRepublic; AdvisorB; 88keys; ...
Brevard County, Florida ping.

Let me know if you want on or off this ping list.
(not associated with the county government)


5 posted on 06/22/2014 8:36:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: NonValueAdded
Third time's a charm!

Thanks for the ping. . .

6 posted on 06/22/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT by mcmuffin (Freedom's On The March - Wave Goodbye!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Are they going to try to soft-land / soft-splash the booster?


7 posted on 06/22/2014 10:55:04 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

According to this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_launches

Second Falcon 9 booster with landing legs. Following second-stage separation, SpaceX will conduct a controlled-descent test of the discarded booster vehicle.

and this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Falcon_9_booster_post-mission,_controlled-descent,_test_program#Falcon_9_booster_post-mission.2C_controlled-descent_tests

Test flight 3

The third test flight and another attempt at recovery of the returned booster is planned for June 2014 on Falcon 9 Flight 10. Whereas the previous test did its “soft landing” some hundreds of kilometers off the Florida coast, this flight is aiming for a boost-back trajectory that will attempt the simulated ocean landing much nearer the coast, and closer to the original launch location at Cape Canaveral.


I think SpaceX should not waste any fuel on trying to land it back on or near the cape. They need to buy a large boat that can be modified with a platform that can capture the booster as soon as it lands and bring it back to shore.

Here’s another test of their F9R test vehicle but this time with set of steerable grid fins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgLBIdVg3EM


8 posted on 06/22/2014 11:02:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Hopefully the booster won’t land in the middle of a storm like last time. I do hope the on-board video is better this time around.

The video they had from their first successful test has been cleaned up to the point where you can actually watch it and see it land.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sqKXGCkpMA

Compare that with the raw/original footage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m8H8OlJ3o8&feature=youtu.be


9 posted on 06/22/2014 11:05:55 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Latest updates:

1715 GMT (1:15 p.m. EDT)
The precise time of the opening of today’s launch window is 5:30:54 p.m. EDT (2130:54 GMT).

1655 GMT (12:55 p.m. EDT)
SpaceX says they will webcast this evening’s Falcon 9 launch attempt beginning at 5:16 p.m. EDT (2116 GMT). The launch window opens at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT).

1505 GMT (11:05 a.m. EDT)
The launch window opens at 5:30 p.m. EDT and extends to 8:08 p.m. EDT (2130-0008 GMT), according to an official U.S. Air Force weather forecast.

The forecast predicts an 80 percent chance conditions will violate one of the weather rules for liftoff today, with widespread showers and thunderstorms expected over the Space Coast.

The outlook calls for broken clouds at 2,500 feet, 10,000 feet and 30,000 feet, southeast winds at 12 to 16 mph, and a temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit at launch time.

“Showers and thunderstorms will form on the sea breeze in the early afternoon and, with southwesterly flow [and] stay near the Cape through the afternoon,” the Air Force weather team wrote in a forecast synopsis. “Conditions will gradually improve near sunset and through the evening hours. The primary concerns are cumulus clouds, lightning, anvil clouds and high electric fields within the window. With conditions not appearing to change through mid-week, similar weather concerns will persist for a few days.”


10 posted on 06/22/2014 11:07:38 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks I just linked to your photo:

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/prelaunch/#.U6bYFrGSCog

I was surprized the rocket doesn’t really seem to have tails. It that all done now, basically also with rockets?


11 posted on 06/22/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: mcmuffin

I’m thinking if they light the candle today, you’ll have to be close to see it. Unless they stream it live.


12 posted on 06/22/2014 11:11:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Do you mean fins?

They don’t need fins since the engines are gimballed.


13 posted on 06/22/2014 11:19:34 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Fins. Yes thanks.

I’m sure that’s not a breathtaking concept, but it’s new to me.

I appreciate that.


14 posted on 06/22/2014 11:21:16 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

We need SpaceX to get the Falcon 9 man-rated ASAP!

Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: America Strikes Back
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/22/russia-bans-us-from-international-space-station-am.aspx


15 posted on 06/22/2014 11:25:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: NonValueAdded

It’s going to be broadcast live. I’ve provided the links above.


16 posted on 06/22/2014 11:25:58 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Space Shuttle Engine Gimbal Check
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_jserW1Mbk

J-2X Rocket Engine Gimbal Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ABMicmaZo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2gU4CVDV6Y

Flometrics Gimbal Rocket Test - Side View
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-xZHYyCuk

Shuttle Endeavour engine noozle gimbal test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wtg_3Y4lFc

Testing engine gimbal on vertical takeoff and landing rocket 2005/07/30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOGveB2Fktk


17 posted on 06/22/2014 11:32:46 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Oh hey, this is today.

Just under two more hours.

(bookmarking the link)


18 posted on 06/22/2014 11:32:52 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thank you very much Jack Hydrazine.


19 posted on 06/22/2014 11:57:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

You are quite welcome!


20 posted on 06/22/2014 11:58:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: DoughtyOne

LAUNCH POSTPONED!!!!

1835 GMT (2:35 p.m. EDT)
Today’s launch has been postponed, according to a tweet by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. There has been no update from SpaceX on the reason for the delay or when they plan another launch attempt.


21 posted on 06/22/2014 11:59:53 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ouch! None the less, it does show an amazing bit of careful scrutiny for them to catch things before a big negative event.

I was surprised reading that the engines are checked after firing but before launch, presumably to abort before liftoff.

Didn’t realize they had that capability. Once again, leaving as little as possible to chance.


22 posted on 06/22/2014 12:11:01 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

1940 GMT (3:40 p.m. EDT)
SpaceX has released a statement on today’s postponement:

“Today’s Orbcomm launch attempt has been scrubbed to address a potential concern identified during pre-flight checks. The vehicle and payload are in good condition, and engineering teams will take the extra time to ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance prior to flight. The rocket will remain vertical on the launch pad with the next available launch opportunity targeting Tuesday, June 24th.”


Try again Tuesday!


23 posted on 06/22/2014 1:39:25 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks JH.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 2:47:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks. That sounds good.


25 posted on 06/22/2014 6:17:46 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Looks like it will be a while

SpaceX pushes commercial satellite launch to next month
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/06/23/spacex-pushes-commercial-satellite-launch-to-next-month/


26 posted on 06/24/2014 11:17:28 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/140623delay/#.U6o71LGSCog

SpaceX has not disclosed any information on the problem, but sources said the issue was with the Falcon 9 launcher. A report by CBS News, citing an unnamed source, said the problem may be an engine actuator used to steer the Falcon 9 rocket in flight.


I’m sure they static tested these engines for approval to flight status and it didn’t fail at that time. There might be a weakness that has been revealed in the design of the actuator.


27 posted on 06/24/2014 8:03:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It was a success

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/m/news/news.php?release=2014-214#.U7SULdBlCSw

Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Lifts Off!


28 posted on 07/02/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Oops. Different mission.


29 posted on 07/02/2014 4:30:07 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Thanks for the update!


30 posted on 07/02/2014 7:55:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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