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(SpaceX)   Snowed in? Bored? Watch a live rocket launch Webcast of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching ThaiCom 6 starts at 4:25 EST   (spacex.com) divider line 97
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2014-01-06 09:40:24 AM  
yay!
 
2014-01-06 02:45:38 PM  
Awesome.. Nice lookin out Subby
 
2014-01-06 02:48:37 PM  
Well that's awfully nice, thanks! :).
 
2014-01-06 02:57:06 PM  
I hope it goes this time. On the other hand, I'm glad they delayed the launch from the 3rd; as I was busy and would have missed it.
 
2014-01-06 02:57:14 PM  
Says 5:06 ET on website.
 
2014-01-06 02:57:17 PM  

styckx: Awesome.. Nice lookin out Subby


CygnusDarius: Well that's awfully nice, thanks! :).


Any time, friends!

/propellant loading started a half-hour ago.
 
2014-01-06 02:57:36 PM  
Or walk out the front door and watch. The last launch at sunset was beautiful.
 
2014-01-06 02:57:58 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: Says 5:06 ET on website.


Webcast starts 40 minutes previous to launch window.
 
2014-01-06 03:02:01 PM  
Related, but the Antares launch out of Wallops Island, VA is now likely going to be the 9th at 1pm, but the 8th is also reserved.  A bit disappointing for northeast coasters since the original flight window (in mid-December) had it going out around 11pm (which was then delayed a day and set to 9pm), so I don't know if it will actually be visible unless you live around VA.  Looks like the next flight from there won't be until May - another Antares.
 
2014-01-06 03:07:46 PM  
Snowed in?   I'm callin' the NSA...
 
2014-01-06 03:13:46 PM  
www.halfmanhalfmovie.com
'Boom.  Big Boom Big Bada Boom.'
 
2014-01-06 03:15:47 PM  
Starring Sissy SpaceX.
 
2014-01-06 03:19:13 PM  
Any interesting new features being previewed on this launch? They're still a long way from putting the grasshopper tech on an actual spacebound rocket, right?
 
2014-01-06 03:25:12 PM  

Sharing Artist's Boobies: Any interesting new features being previewed on this launch? They're still a long way from putting the grasshopper tech on an actual spacebound rocket, right?


Nothing new.  This is the same basic plan as the December launch - supersynchronous transfer orbit.  But it also counts as a qualification flight towards bidding for DoD/NRO contracts.
 
2014-01-06 03:49:13 PM  
You know who else tried launching things in the cold?

quarkyscientist.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-06 03:52:11 PM  

OnlyM3: You know who else tried launching things in the cold?

[quarkyscientist.files.wordpress.com image 640x360]


all they had to do was wait 3 hours..  3 hours!
 
2014-01-06 03:53:43 PM  

Sharing Artist's Boobies: Any interesting new features being previewed on this launch? They're still a long way from putting the grasshopper tech on an actual spacebound rocket, right?


They actually demonstrated the grasshopper tech on the flight before last and they keep doing interesting things with the first stage booster even when they aren't bringing it back (things they don't talk about, but the RCS control burns are visible in the launch footage after separation).

For this flight, like the last one, they "sold" all the launch capacity of the first stage booster so don't have enough fuel to do the controlled "landing" (in the ocean without legs, so not really "landing") that they did with the first Falcon 9 launch.

That launch had too much spin and centrifuged the fuel away from the pumps before final splashdown so the "landing" wasn't successful -- the engine cut out 3 meters above the water.

They think the addition of landing legs will eliminate that spin issue due to air resistance.  They'll try to "land" in the water again, I believe, before they try to drop it on land -- there are negotiations to do regarding permissions to bring a rocket back to the Cape.
 
2014-01-06 03:56:40 PM  

OnlyM3: You know who else tried launching things in the cold?

[quarkyscientist.files.wordpress.com image 640x360]


It's 72F at the Cape right now...
 
2014-01-06 04:00:10 PM  

FrancoFile: OnlyM3: You know who else tried launching things in the cold?

[quarkyscientist.files.wordpress.com image 640x360]

It's 72F at the Cape right now...


Bastards! <<<ssshiverrr>>>
 
2014-01-06 04:10:56 PM  

shanrick: Starring Sissy SpaceX.


That might be the worst joke I've ever heard
 
2014-01-06 04:14:49 PM  
Winds are at 26 to 32 mph right now. Anyone know what the wind limit is for a launch? My bet is a scrub till the front passes

72* now , but will drop to 37* after sunset.
 
2014-01-06 04:23:08 PM  
It *is* impressive, what with launching the vehicle exactly one year in the past!

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/?=06jan2013   ←
 
2014-01-06 04:23:14 PM  

tampaflacouple: Winds are at 26 to 32 mph right now. Anyone know what the wind limit is for a launch? My bet is a scrub till the front passes

72* now , but will drop to 37* after sunset.


I don't know the wind limit.  But the spaceflightnow.com report of 10-20 minutes ago said only 10% no-go due to weather at launch time.
 
2014-01-06 04:25:03 PM  

OhioKnight: They think the addition of landing legs will eliminate that spin issue due to air resistance.


more struts fixes everything
 
2014-01-06 04:25:27 PM  
Going to hide in here now..  I almost got sucked into a climate change debate... fark that shiat..  That's almost as bad as a thread about  tipping.
 
2014-01-06 04:25:46 PM  

BafflerMeal: It *is* impressive, what with launching the vehicle exactly one year in the past!

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/?=06jan2013   ←


Subby.  The actual URL is just /webcast.  I threw the ? on the end to get it past the repeat-link filter.  I haven't written any checks this year...
 
2014-01-06 04:26:03 PM  

The Bestest: OhioKnight: They think the addition of landing legs will eliminate that spin issue due to air resistance.

more struts fixes everything


Except frame rates..
 
2014-01-06 04:27:15 PM  

FrancoFile: BafflerMeal: It *is* impressive, what with launching the vehicle exactly one year in the past!

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/?=06jan2013   ←

Subby.  The actual URL is just /webcast.  I threw the ? on the end to get it past the repeat-link filter.  I haven't written any checks this year...



Aw man.  The time travel option seemed much cooler.
 
2014-01-06 04:27:44 PM  
Can we get a play by play in the thread?  The stream is blocked at work.
 
2014-01-06 04:27:53 PM  
And we're live!
 
2014-01-06 04:29:04 PM  
She's a cutie!
 
2014-01-06 04:29:37 PM  
those glasses make her HOT!
 
2014-01-06 04:30:03 PM  
That is a sexy rocket scientist...
 
2014-01-06 04:30:42 PM  
Is this the rocket with asparagus staging? I head somewhere that SpaceX had actually made one.
 
2014-01-06 04:31:12 PM  

bootman: Can we get a play by play in the thread?  The stream is blocked at work.


Try spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/008/status.html

Same hosts as last time - young redhead female engineer and older guy with glasses and nasal voice.

Currently no issues on flight hardware.
Propellant loaded.
 
2014-01-06 04:32:54 PM  

Axel_Gear: Is this the rocket with asparagus staging? I head somewhere that SpaceX had actually made one.


Falcon Heavy first test launch is targeted for late this year.  But that will just test the basic 3-core design; it won't have propellant cross-feeds.
 
2014-01-06 04:32:54 PM  

Sharing Artist's Boobies: Any interesting new features being previewed on this launch? They're still a long way from putting the grasshopper tech on an actual spacebound rocket, right?


I believe OhioKnight already covered this, but I wanted to add that the next flight of the Falcon 9 (CRS-3) in late February will have legs and, according to the bastion of truth that is Wikipedia, will attempt to land back at the cape.

As a boring side note, I actually dreamt I met Elon Musk and congratulated him on today's launch about 30 seconds before my alarm went off this morning...right before he was going to give me a few million dollars, a Model S, and a super model for being so dang cool.
 
2014-01-06 04:32:56 PM  
Former Rocket Scientist

Virginia Tech  BS in Aerospace Engineering 1989
 
2014-01-06 04:33:11 PM  

FrancoFile: Try spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/008/status.html


Very much tanks.
 
2014-01-06 04:34:02 PM  
I didn't know they made rocket surgeons like that. Mmmm.
 
2014-01-06 04:34:45 PM  

FrancoFile: Same hosts as last time - young redhead female engineer and older guy with glasses and nasal voice.


What happened to the lady with the bondage gear from a couple of launches ago?
 
2014-01-06 04:46:48 PM  
Molly McCormick is a Geek goddess.
 
2014-01-06 04:50:50 PM  

AbiNormal: Molly McCormick is a Geek goddess.


I certainly wouldn't mind her launching my rocket if you know what I mean.
 
2014-01-06 04:51:05 PM  

Hollie Maea: FrancoFile: Same hosts as last time - young redhead female engineer and older guy with glasses and nasal voice.

What happened to the lady with the bondage gear from a couple of launches ago?


Don't tease me like that. Combining my love of science with my love of angry women would just be too much to bear.
 
2014-01-06 04:51:16 PM  

Hollie Maea: FrancoFile: Same hosts as last time - young redhead female engineer and older guy with glasses and nasal voice.

What happened to the lady with the bondage gear from a couple of launches ago?


Haven't seen her since.
 
2014-01-06 04:53:35 PM  

i.imgur.com

 
2014-01-06 04:53:41 PM  
T-13.  Over to the Flight Director.
 
2014-01-06 04:55:03 PM  
Getting dark quick..
 
2014-01-06 04:55:08 PM  

FrancoFile: Haven't seen her since.


Shutup and post a pic.
 
2014-01-06 04:59:16 PM  
Best I could find at short notice.
 
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