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November 19, 2013, 08:01 AM

The payload is 29 small satellites, including a smartphone-based CubeSat built and tested by students at TJ high school in Alexandria.

The launch window goes from 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Rocket ready for tonight’s launch at Wallops | WTKR.com

Orbital Set to Launch Minotaur I Rocket in Support of ORS-3 Mission for the U.S. Air Force


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Slow: "Which satellite is for the NSA/CIA?"



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When did Wallops become such a hotbed for launch vehicles? I believe this is the 2-3rd LEO launch they're executed in the last year or so.



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When did Wallops become such a hotbed for launch vehicles? I believe this is the 2-3rd LEO launch they're executed in the last year or so.
In the past year when Orbital got the ISS resupply contract I believe. There's another Antares launch scheduled for Dec 7 or thereabouts.


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I'll be watching from a rooftop in DC hopefully. Looks like the back of the Capital is a good spot too.


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In the past year when Orbital got the ISS resupply contract I believe. There's another Antares launch scheduled for Dec 7 or thereabouts.
Cool. I remember we had to contract with SeaLaunch (when they were still around) to tow our payloads out in the middle of the Pacific and launch from a floating platform.

We could only watch the launch online.



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I'm going to try to receive the CubeSat's signal.

http://www.tjhsst.edu/students/activ...structions.pdf


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Thanks for sharing. I could see a previous launch from the balcony of my condo.
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Bumped to 8:15 according to NASA website.


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I'm going to try to receive the CubeSat's signal.

http://www.tjhsst.edu/students/activ...structions.pdf
What is the sat broadcasting? Or is it merely an exercise in receiving a beacon signal from space?



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I could see it really well through my binos. I could faintly see the plume and what I think were the stage separations when a fainter light would come away from it.


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What is the sat broadcasting? Or is it merely an exercise in receiving a beacon signal from space?
It just transmits a beacon every 13.5 seconds and a CW callsign every 10 minutes.


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I stood around outside and saw nothing. Nada. Zippy.
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Drove down with a couple friends and watched from the Chincoteague wildlife refuge, where the rocket flew overhead. I think I saw 2 or 3 stages before it started coasting. The first stage had a light beacon that activated after separation, I guess for recovery. Good show.


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