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Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:16 pm
by martyn20
One more chance for today 15:24 GMT

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:21 pm
by martyn20
Scrub for today, they will confirm in a few minutes if they will try again tomorrow, the window is the same as today 12:00-16:00 GMT

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:26 pm
by smeggypants
I started cooking. Oh well try again tomorow!!

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:50 pm
by martyn20
Weather is once again the main problem today, earliest launch time would be 13:20 but that does not seem likely at this point.

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:14 pm
by martyn20
Looks like they are targeting 14:30 but they are are ready to start the 4 minute count at short notice if there is a break in the weather before.

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:49 pm
by smeggypants
martyn20 wrote:Looks like they are targeting 14:30 but they are are ready to start the 4 minute count at short notice if there is a break in the weather before.


Mornin' :)

I'm about to start some kitchen DIY in a minute but I'll keep running into the room to check the thread and the ZBC coverage

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:46 pm
by martyn20
Might see something happening in the next 20 minutes

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:05 pm
by martyn20
Next possible launch time is 15:20

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:11 pm
by smeggypants
Phew - nearly missed it

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:13 pm
by martyn20
Now going for 15:30 but weather does look like it could be good, best chance they have had

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:19 pm
by smeggypants
I'm staying here now. I need a break from DIY, fucked!

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:24 pm
by martyn20
Count to begin 15:26 at T-4

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:27 pm
by smeggypants
Here we go then 2 minutes to go!!!

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:29 pm
by martyn20
Saying a little prayer

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:29 pm
by smeggypants
There doesnt' look like there's much holding it up at the moment

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:37 pm
by smeggypants
I thought it was goign to tip over when it first left the pad. perhaps some frantic gimbling going on? :eek:



I was also surprised to see the condom shaped payload twist right round when the booster stopped and came free.

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:37 pm
by martyn20
That looked good, they were worried about vibration but it looked stable from on board

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:40 pm
by martyn20
smeggypants wrote:I thought it was goign to tip over when it first left the pad. perhaps some frantic gimbling going on? :eek:



I was also surprised to see the condom shaped payload twist right round when the booster stopped and came free.


This was only a test for the first stage, the second stage was empty, in the actual rocket that second stage would have a rocket to keep it going forwards. The top bit will have just had a freefall to the sea the first stage had the parachutes they wanted to test

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:54 pm
by smeggypants
I wonder why they didn't test the second stage at the same time?

Stakes high for moon program

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:57 pm
by martyn20
smeggypants wrote:I wonder why they didn't test the second stage at the same time?


That's the next step and at least a year away, the hardest bit of a launch is getting it to the orbit, that's when the most power is needed and when the greatest strain is put on the rocket so it was important to test the first stage to confirm they had got over the vibration problems.