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(Space.com)   Tonight's Minotaur rocket launch from the Virginia spaceport that will put a record 29 satellites into orbit will be viewable for a good portion of the East Coast. Launch window opens at 7:30 p.m. EST   (space.com) divider line 104
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2013-11-19 10:58:05 AM
Can't wait for this.. We have clear skies tonight.. Might break out the DSLR and find a dark place for a long exposure..
 
2013-11-19 11:00:41 AM
Thanks subby.  For the last launch, I was in the northern OBX.  Had an awesome view of the rocket.
 
2013-11-19 11:14:06 AM

BunkyBrewman: Thanks subby.  For the last launch, I was in the northern OBX.  Had an awesome view of the rocket.


I saw the last one too but found out at the last minute and had no time to travel to a good place to photograph it.
 
2013-11-19 11:25:49 AM

styckx: BunkyBrewman: Thanks subby.  For the last launch, I was in the northern OBX.  Had an awesome view of the rocket.

I saw the last one too but found out at the last minute and had no time to travel to a good place to photograph it.


My neighbor down there is a professional photographer.  He got a few good shots of it, but nothing compared to how it actually looked.

I was watching the countdown live on Nasa TV online.  I saw this bright orange glow within a few seconds of the launch and was able to see the rocket within ten seconds and was viewable for at least a few minutes. It was definitely as cool as I hoped it would be.  I felt like a little kid watching it.
 
2013-11-19 11:52:19 AM

BunkyBrewman: styckx: BunkyBrewman: Thanks subby.  For the last launch, I was in the northern OBX.  Had an awesome view of the rocket.

I saw the last one too but found out at the last minute and had no time to travel to a good place to photograph it.

My neighbor down there is a professional photographer.  He got a few good shots of it, but nothing compared to how it actually looked.

I was watching the countdown live on Nasa TV online.  I saw this bright orange glow within a few seconds of the launch and was able to see the rocket within ten seconds and was viewable for at least a few minutes. It was definitely as cool as I hoped it would be.  I felt like a little kid watching it.


Same. Even from South Jersey (near Camden(ish))..

I was all like "Meh, I don't expect to see mu HOLY fark THAT THING IS HAULING ASS".  It only looked like a bright streak on the Horizon hauling ass to the sky but you still have an incredible realization and perception of it all that what you're seeing is a rocket 130+ miles away.
 
2013-11-19 12:39:34 PM
 
2013-11-19 12:54:56 PM

Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb


What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.
 
2013-11-19 01:01:50 PM

styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.



d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net

I don't think it will matter much.
 
2013-11-19 01:20:16 PM

Blues_X: styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.


[d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net image 850x600]

I don't think it will matter much.


Looks like Kerbin from my KSP game.
 
2013-11-19 01:27:38 PM

styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.


They're low enough to deorbit within a few years due to atmospheric drag.  The feds won't let you launch anything to LEO now that doesn't have a plan to deorbit within 25 years.

Also, it's only one of those cubesats that was designed by high schoolers.  I've got my eye on the Naval Postgraduate School's bird, since part of their communications system is common to a satellite I'm working on.
 
2013-11-19 01:49:43 PM
I came for Kerbal Space Program screenshots.

/leaving disappointed
 
2013-11-19 01:59:14 PM
We have a spaceport?
 
2013-11-19 02:04:32 PM
img.fark.net

"Look, honey, I think I see a parking orbit right past that old Telstar, but... awwww, that biatch Sandra Bullock took it!"
 
2013-11-19 02:15:25 PM

Professor Science: styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.

They're low enough to deorbit within a few years due to atmospheric drag.  The feds won't let you launch anything to LEO now that doesn't have a plan to deorbit within 25 years.

Also, it's only one of those cubesats that was designed by high schoolers.  I've got my eye on the Naval Postgraduate School's bird, since part of their communications system is common to a satellite I'm working on.


What did NPS put up? Curious simply because I pass the school daily.
 
2013-11-19 02:50:39 PM

Rev.K: I came for Kerbal Space Program screenshots.

/leaving disappointed



I have ONE, and ONLY ONE question for you, Jebediah Kerman!


i.imgur.com


EXPLOSIONS?


i.imgur.com

 
2013-11-19 02:59:12 PM

Cpl.D: Rev.K: I came for Kerbal Space Program screenshots.

/leaving disappointed


I have ONE, and ONLY ONE question for you, Jebediah Kerman!
[i.imgur.com image 500x500]
EXPLOSIONS?
[i.imgur.com image 850x531]


Ooh that is strange. I am currently flipping between KSP and the badass crater of badassitude and I`m trying to remember where the hyperion slaughter is.

It looks like you need more struts. I can tell from having seen a few explosions in my time. And the pixels.
 
2013-11-19 03:04:06 PM

dready zim: It looks like you need more struts. I can tell from having seen a few explosions in my time. And the pixels.


With enough struts you can launch anything
i.imgur.com

Even if it's something that was never meant to accomplish anything
i.imgur.com

... other than strutting while you strut
i.imgur.com

/80 mainsail engines is a hell of a drug
 
2013-11-19 03:05:29 PM
Too busy playing pirate

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-19 03:08:57 PM

Wendy's Chili: We have a spaceport?


YEP! commercial and goverment launches!

Spent a great deal of my childhood right behind Wallops Island, saw many launches.
 
2013-11-19 03:14:51 PM
I wish I was in Chincoteague, VA today.
 
2013-11-19 03:15:51 PM
After it releases the satellites, will it teach us how not to be a doormat?

Iron Will's my name,
training ponies is my game.


"What a darling little catchphrase".
 
2013-11-19 03:16:35 PM

Cerebral Knievel: Wendy's Chili: We have a spaceport?

YEP! commercial and goverment launches!

Spent a great deal of my childhood right behind Wallops Island, saw many launches.


Already had one cargo flight to the ISS, with another scheduled about 4 weeks from now.

The Minotaur rocket uses repurposed ICBM stages.  Watch this sucker move, and then imaging 80 of them taking off at the same time from a stretch of Montana.
 
2013-11-19 03:21:13 PM

Cpl.D: dready zim: It looks like you need more struts. I can tell from having seen a few explosions in my time. And the pixels.

With enough struts you can launch anything
[i.imgur.com image 640x400]

Even if it's something that was never meant to accomplish anything
[i.imgur.com image 640x400]

... other than strutting while you strut
[i.imgur.com image 640x400]

/80 mainsail engines is a hell of a drug


Indeed. I'm working on a space station to launch in one piece.

This is what you do when you've unlocked the tech tree and there's no need to science any more. That and to build orbital bombardment platforms.
 
2013-11-19 03:22:53 PM

Tr0mBoNe: Indeed. I'm working on a space station to launch in one piece.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-19 03:27:04 PM

styckx: Too busy playing pirate

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]


So which game is that?
 
2013-11-19 03:27:23 PM
What's the best place to get updated info on whether this thing will launch, delays, etc.? It would take me over an hour to get to where I intend to watch from, so I'm not sure I want to spend my whole night standing in the cold for no reason.
 
2013-11-19 03:27:36 PM
7:30-9:30 window?? So anyone know approximately I can expect it to actually happen? Hopefully after 8, would suck to miss it.
 
2013-11-19 03:29:19 PM
From the visibility map, it looks like I'll be just out of range to see it.
 
2013-11-19 03:30:12 PM

whenIsayGO: What's the best place to get updated info on whether this thing will launch, delays, etc.? It would take me over an hour to get to where I intend to watch from, so I'm not sure I want to spend my whole night standing in the cold for no reason.


spaceflightnow.com has a live stream of launch prep and text commentary.  I think it's on twitter too.
http://spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/ors3/status.html
 
2013-11-19 03:32:14 PM
www.localbozo.com
 
2013-11-19 03:33:41 PM

FrancoFile: whenIsayGO: What's the best place to get updated info on whether this thing will launch, delays, etc.? It would take me over an hour to get to where I intend to watch from, so I'm not sure I want to spend my whole night standing in the cold for no reason.

spaceflightnow.com has a live stream of launch prep and text commentary.  I think it's on twitter too.
http://spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/ors3/status.html


1955 GMT (2:55 p.m. EST)
There is a 100 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions on the ground at the time of launch, but space weather conditions are currently NO GO for launch.
Officials are monitoring an X-ray flux event caused by a solar storm.
 
2013-11-19 03:41:25 PM

Tr0mBoNe: Blues_X: styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.


[d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net image 850x600]

I don't think it will matter much.

Looks like Kerbin from my KSP game.


I think that after the next patch and I start a new career mode, I'm going to NOT terminate every loose piece of debris that I leave in orbit. See if I can get it that messy.
 
2013-11-19 03:50:30 PM

FrancoFile: Cerebral Knievel: Wendy's Chili: We have a spaceport?

YEP! commercial and goverment launches!

Spent a great deal of my childhood right behind Wallops Island, saw many launches.

Already had one cargo flight to the ISS, with another scheduled about 4 weeks from now.

The Minotaur rocket uses repurposed ICBM stages.  Watch this sucker move, and then imaging 80 of them taking off at the same time from a stretch of Montana.


oh, it is a bad ass rocket, kinda wished it had a better looking nose cone though.. looks kinda blunted.

the black brant XII they launch out of there is by far my most favorite rocket from asthetic viewpoint. I know that these rockets are two completly differnt leagues.

But, yeah, there is a lot of shiat going on at wallops nowadays.


back when I was.... like... 14 I think, I was able to get a private tour of the place by one of the rocket surgeons out there. the activity wasn't nearly as fervish as it is now, and it was pretty awesome to bounce around the old sand roads and see the chuncks of rocket debris that they didnt bother to clean up.
 
2013-11-19 03:51:09 PM

Cpl.D: styckx: Too busy playing pirate

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]

So which game is that?


Assassins Creed IV
 
2013-11-19 03:53:04 PM
it would be nice if the modmins left this thread sticky for the night
 
2013-11-19 03:54:11 PM

JayCab: I think that after the next patch and I start a new career mode, I'm going to NOT terminate every loose piece of debris that I leave in orbit. See if I can get it that messy.


I'm already trying to make my space launches be the most dangerous as possible. I'm always launching at either 90 or 270 degrees and tend to alternate so I'm building up a pretty narrow field of high speed missiles going both ways. One day I'll run in to one :)
 
2013-11-19 04:02:39 PM

Rev.K: I came for Kerbal Space Program screenshots.

/leaving disappointed


Sorry, I forgot how to Kerbal...

www.smidgeindustriesltd.com

=Smidge=
 
2013-11-19 04:12:26 PM

Smidge204: Rev.K: I came for Kerbal Space Program screenshots.

/leaving disappointed

Sorry, I forgot how to Kerbal...

[www.smidgeindustriesltd.com image 850x637]

=Smidge=


*golf clap*
 
2013-11-19 04:21:07 PM

Blues_X: styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.


[d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net image 850x600]

I don't think it will matter much.


cloud.steampowered.com
Kessler Syndrome gets to be annoying when you have 20 little idiots constantly launching Kerbal X's and Untitled Space Crafts into orbit and locking them so they can't be deleted.
 
2013-11-19 04:33:35 PM

Smidge204: Rev.K: I came for Kerbal Space Program screenshots.

/leaving disappointed

Sorry, I forgot how to Kerbal...

[www.smidgeindustriesltd.com image 850x637]

=Smidge=


Go home, Jebediah, you're drunk.
 
2013-11-19 04:52:26 PM

New Farkin User Name: Kessler Syndrome gets to be annoying when you have 20 little idiots constantly launching Kerbal X's and Untitled Space Crafts into orbit and locking them so they can't be deleted.


I like to launch every other ship retrograde, just to freak 'em out when they reach the orbital belt.
 
2013-11-19 05:11:07 PM
i.imgur.com
wtb ride to orbit kthxbye
 
2013-11-19 05:14:30 PM

New Farkin User Name: Blues_X: styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.


[d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net image 850x600]

I don't think it will matter much.

[cloud.steampowered.com image 850x478]
Kessler Syndrome gets to be annoying when you have 20 little idiots constantly launching Kerbal X's and Untitled Space Crafts into orbit and locking them so they can't be deleted.


What server?  I'll drag them down into the atmosphere.  Or shoot them down.
 
2013-11-19 05:29:57 PM

Jackpot777: I wish I was in Chincoteague, VA today.


Dang, it.  I keep missing these things by about a week or so.  I was working at Wallops Island and staying in Chincoteague just the week before last.

I was also on CG-62 just before that.  Boy am I glad I wasn't going underway with them - drone blasted into the ship right about where I would normally have my ass parked.
 
2013-11-19 05:57:54 PM

Cpl.D: New Farkin User Name: Blues_X: styckx: Blues_X: The 28 Cubesats were designed by high schoolers:

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-satellite-built-high-sch oo l-students-launches-tonight?src=SOC&dom=fb

What do they do with them after their useful life is over though? 28 softball size pieces of debris floating around for god knows how long doesn't seem like a bright idea.


[d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net image 850x600]

I don't think it will matter much.

[cloud.steampowered.com image 850x478]
Kessler Syndrome gets to be annoying when you have 20 little idiots constantly launching Kerbal X's and Untitled Space Crafts into orbit and locking them so they can't be deleted.

What server?  I'll drag them down into the atmosphere.  Or shoot them down.


Almost any server. I think doing that is bugged ATM, it might just make a duplicate ship and debris on the ground, or at least for rovers inside the bubble.
 
2013-11-19 06:36:12 PM

styckx: BunkyBrewman: styckx: BunkyBrewman: Thanks subby.  For the last launch, I was in the northern OBX.  Had an awesome view of the rocket.

I saw the last one too but found out at the last minute and had no time to travel to a good place to photograph it.

My neighbor down there is a professional photographer.  He got a few good shots of it, but nothing compared to how it actually looked.

I was watching the countdown live on Nasa TV online.  I saw this bright orange glow within a few seconds of the launch and was able to see the rocket within ten seconds and was viewable for at least a few minutes. It was definitely as cool as I hoped it would be.  I felt like a little kid watching it.

Same. Even from South Jersey (near Camden(ish))..

I was all like "Meh, I don't expect to see mu HOLY fark THAT THING IS HAULING ASS".  It only looked like a bright streak on the Horizon hauling ass to the sky but you still have an incredible realization and perception of it all that what you're seeing is a rocket 130+ miles away.


I was like that the first time I saw a shuttle launch from the west coast of FL.

"Meh, won't be able to see much....holy crap that's a huge orange fireball!"
 
2013-11-19 06:40:46 PM

crotchgrabber: What did NPS put up? Curious simply because I pass the school daily.


http://sp.nps.edu/NPS-SCAT/

Apparently it's a solar cell test platform.  I just want to see how well their link budget matches up with the actual downlink performance.
 
2013-11-19 06:47:21 PM
I don't want to be pessimistic, but NASA Wallops' twitter sez they've been working on a tracking problem for the past 2 hours. :/
 
2013-11-19 06:49:14 PM

Cpl.D: dready zim: It looks like you need more struts. I can tell from having seen a few explosions in my time. And the pixels.

With enough struts you can launch anything
[i.imgur.com image 640x400]

Even if it's something that was never meant to accomplish anything
[i.imgur.com image 640x400]

... other than strutting while you strut
[i.imgur.com image 640x400]

/80 mainsail engines is a hell of a drug


Whackjob, is that you?
 
2013-11-19 06:53:34 PM

Professor Science: crotchgrabber: What did NPS put up? Curious simply because I pass the school daily.

http://sp.nps.edu/NPS-SCAT/

Apparently it's a solar cell test platform.  I just want to see how well their link budget matches up with the actual downlink performance.


Thanks. I tried to look it up when i got to a real computer and got distracted by some of the other stuff they're working on.
 
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