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SpaceX F9v1.1 Launch: AsiaSat 8 (Aug 5th)

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  1. Mario Kadastik

    Mario Kadastik Active Member

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    Well the current planned launch according to Spaceflight Now is August 4th for the AsiaSat 8 satellite with a launch window of 5:25-7:25AM GMT. Let's hope this launch has less hiccups than the OG-2 launch had :)
     
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    It would certainly give the naysayers and pro-ULA politicians less ammunition if the launch goes off as planned.
     
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    rabar10 FFE until Model 3

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    #3 rabar10, Jul 30, 2014
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    Launch bumped back slightly to August 5th, with the Static Fire set for tomorrow July 31st.

    Source: NSF mission update thread

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    And the successful static fire took place yesterday: Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of ASIASAT-8 mission | NASASpaceFlight.com

    Interesting -- sometimes the payload (whether it is Dragon or one or more satellites) is mated to the rocket during the static fire tests, and sometimes it's not.
     
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    We're holding at 13:00 to launch. They have yet to say what the issue is.
     
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    Launch aborted at T minus 1 minute till launch. Standing by for analysis. Depending on reason may be able to retry. Two hour launch window tonight
     
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    Bedtime for me, hope it goes well!
     
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    still stuck at T-13:00

    I missed what was to be the launch, and its just a silent screen with no information as to the delay....

    edit: as I was talking they reported that the computer on one of the engines stopped them. They are reviewing the data to see why and if there is any reason they cant try again, hence the hold. They say there is no reason they cant go for it from a weather perspective. I'm up for another hour working on my computer, so we'll see if they go before I'm off to bed.
     
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    Me too - hopefully all goes well either later tonight/this morning, or recycled for launch tomorrow or later.

    The only detail shared w/r/t the abort was a "first stage thrust vector control issue".
     
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    #10 markwj, Aug 4, 2014
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    Voice over is saying they are recycling for a launch within the window.

    Update: They are still evaluating and will decide in another 40 minutes or so. They have another hour or so after that in the launch window.
     
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    Well the latest on the webcast was that they are going for a second attempt, but it will be close to the end of the launch window. They've reset the clock to T-00:20:00, but haven't started the countdown and expected about 10 min ago that the analysis will take another ca 40 minutes so expect a decision within 30 minutes.
     
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    Is there live feed from this launch?
     
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    SpaceX | Webcast Or look at the youtube link doug gave in the other thread.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Launch was at 08:00 GMT. 4mins in, and looking good.

    Really surprised to see them make this second launch, helped by the large launch window.

    One of the local roadster owners living here in Hong Kong works for AsiaSat and joking mentioned that he was a customer for two of Elon's companies. Shame Solar City doesn't operate out here.
     
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    Looks successful! Only one more upper stage engine burn to go

    interesting to see if they have another successful water landing of the first stage. Not sure if they were attempting that on this flight.
     
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    It's am impressive difference. Usually the first stage separates at T+00:02:30, but on this launch the burn lasted all the way to +3 minutes so indeed they had to burn up all the fuel and had nothing left for the slowdown burn. Also interesting was the new frame shown this launch for the second stage. Was that the propellant tank that showed the bubbling liquid?
     
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    Also, I've not heard twitter updates on the launch results etc. Usually Elon or SpaceX have tweeted about the results etc. Could it be the night time launch causing this? I seriously doubt Elon was asleep during the launch. Here's what NasaSpaceFlight has reported, but it looks like it's from factbook, not actually confirmed by SpaceX

     
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    Well from the webcast link they have "Payload Separation Confirmed!" listed at around 5 hours ago (4:30-ish AM EST)
     

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