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ORION Flight Test - Launch 12/04/14

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posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:22 AM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

I'll leave fast updates to you. You type faster.




posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:23 AM
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Now in terminal 4 minute count down.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:24 AM
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a reply to: JustMike

hehehehe

crud. HOLD

fuel valve didn't close.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:26 AM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

Yeah. Darned annoying, but essential they put on the hold.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:26 AM
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Back on external.

They still have just over an hour for the launch w i n d o w.
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posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:27 AM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

Hope they don't have to scrub for today' s window . But if they do, when's the next window ?



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:27 AM
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Fuel valves on the core and port fuel pods didn't show close



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:30 AM
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a reply to: JustMike

Depending on the weather, they could do it again tomorrow if need be. Where they want to send it up in the VABs simply depends on time of launching, fortunately and not the orbits of other objects (planets, moons, etc).



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:33 AM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

Thanks for the info.
... So, in that sense, their options are much more open than they would be with a real Mars launch, right?



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:35 AM
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The frustrating thing about this though is that the thing being tested (The Orion Spacecraft) hasn't been the issue, albeit it hasn't had the chance to be an issue -- the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle has been the issue. The Orion spacecraft itself is just sitting there on top of the Delta IV, waiting it's turn to perform (although I'm sure it's doing important procedures while waiting for launch).

When operational, I don't think the Delta IV will be the normal launch vehicle for Orion (the SLS will the go-to vehicle for Orion, I believe).


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posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:36 AM
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a reply to: JustMike

Oh yes.

For a Mars launch, depending on how you want to get there, you have to wait to launch until the Earth and Mars are in the right place.

You want your ship to get to where Mars is going to be at the right time. Leave too early and you're there before the planet is. Leave too late and you'll miss orbital insertion to Mars.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:37 AM
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They said they've had this issue with the Delta IV heavy before and that there's a work around.

Waiting to hear what they are going to do.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:39 AM
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a reply to: Soylent Green Is People

Yes, the Delta IV won't be what they use for missions.

They are planning to use the SLS (but of course they have to get those built and tested).



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:40 AM
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originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People

They said they've had this issue with the Delta IV heavy before and that there's a work around.

Waiting to hear what they are going to do.



Thanks. I heard them mention that.

It's just that I feel that everyone wants to see if the Orion can do it's thing, but the Delta IV launch vehicle (which really isn't being tested today) issues are getting in the way of that test.


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posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:41 AM
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They just said they are cycling the valves 5 times, as it's been known to clear the problem.

So we're waiting to see if it does.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:43 AM
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Yah, wish it was as easy as I do my launches on Kerbal Space program.

Problems? What problems, hit the space bar and go anyways!






posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:52 AM
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Still waiting on the results from cycling the valves.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 07:59 AM
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It's times like this that I always imagine there's some guy like Scruffy the janitor from Futurama, who looks over the engineers shoulders and goes:

"Why don't y'all realign the gyroscopic assembly to initiate a new verteron sequence?"

Or something like that.




posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 08:01 AM
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Launch window closes at 9:44 am EST.



posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 08:04 AM
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originally posted by: eriktheawful
It's times like this that I always imagine there's some guy like Scruffy the janitor from Futurama, who looks over the engineers shoulders and goes:

"Why don't y'all realign the gyroscopic assembly to initiate a new verteron sequence?"

Or something like that.



Or taps on the gauges, freeing up the stuck indicator needle.



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