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Antares Launch - Wallops Island - Oct 27, 2014
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Antares Launch - Wallops Island - Oct 27, 2014 - October 26, 2014, 10:04 PM

Fellow nerds,

Just thought I'd post up that the 3rd launch (and first nighttime launch) of the ISS resupply rocket Antares is scheduled for tomorrow night at 6:45 PM, out of Wallops Island VA. The ISS should also be flying overhead shortly after launch.

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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch Pad-0A, Saturday, Oct. 25, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.The 72-hour launch forecast shows that there is a 98% probability of acceptable weather for launch at 6:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27. Here's an added bonus for those steppng out to watch the launch, the International Space Station is scheduled to fly over Wallops shortly after launch. It will become visible at 6:49 p.m. flying NW to SE with a maximum elevation of 87 degrees. It should be visible for about 6 minutes. To check the ISS visibility in your area go to NASA - Spot The Station
First Nighttime Launch of the Antares Rocket Scheduled Oct. 27 From Wallops | NASA


Where To Look To See The Antares Rocket Launch Monday | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


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October 27, 2014, 09:46 AM

I can actually see the launch from the balcony of my condo, although from a far distance so I can really only see the light from the rocket. I doubt I'd be able to see the space station due to light pollution.
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October 27, 2014, 09:57 AM

Sweet. I remember another launch I was able watch from my front yard. It was cool to see what appeared to be the various stages of the rocket lighting off as it went up.


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October 27, 2014, 05:46 PM

Just cancelled because of a boat in the range area. Why don't they boot these fools out of there in the first place?


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Just postponed, should be any minute now.

Edit: Nevermind I thought I saw something it was delayed, I guess it won't be tonight.

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Well it was a nice night on the beach. Only wish I could have captured this 20 second exposure with Antares streaking upward.





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NASA's Wallops Flight Facility: Here's a copy of the notice to mariners, just to share what it looks like (please share with your boater friends!) http://www.nasa.gov/.../files/ANTARE...NOTMARREVA.pdf. The surveilled hazard area is very large…some 1,000 nautical miles. The joint team comprised of multiple vessels from the Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Police, local mariners, and the three aircraft we had in the air worked very hard to keep the area clear. There were a number of boats closing in on the hazard area at one point in the count and the team successfully turned them away. This one boat--a sail boat--did not respond to hails via radio. We had an airplane make a number of passes (pretty low to the deck), but again, no response. Unfortunate, but at the end of the day, the core mission of the Wallops launch range--any launch range--is ensuring everyone's safety during a launch operation. Stay with us--95% chance of favorable weather tomorrow for a sunset launch--it will be gorgeous! Go Antares! Go Cygnus!
Link to their boat notice: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/fi...NOTMARREVA.pdf


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Cool so I didnt miss it? When is the new scheduled launch?


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Cool so I didnt miss it? When is the new scheduled launch?
Tonight, 6:22 PM, they have roughly a 10 minute window I think.


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Tonight, 6:22 PM, they have roughly a 10 minute window I think.

And hopefully they have sunk any idiots in boats downrange already.


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6:22 pm launch time. Looking a little cloudy


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That didn't go well.


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I had it streaming live on my laptop, everything was fine and I looked up to see if I could spot it. Waiting.... waiting... look down at my laptop. Why aren't they showing it going into to the air?

Oh... that's what all that smoke is.
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October 28, 2014, 05:27 PM

Did that shit just have a failure?

I saw a quick live shot w/no audio of the launch pad and I saw way too much stationary smoke and sparking with no tell tale launch plume?

I've seen something like that once before and lets just say we ended up with a blown out launch bucket and binned a $100MM satellite.



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