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(Rocket Launch Live)   Astra will try to launch Tropics-1 for NASA for its third trip to orbit. Either that or it can make left turn at the pad and go sideways. Liftoff (or liftleft) is scheduled for Noon ET   (rocketlaunch.live) divider line
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2022-06-12 11:52:57 AM  
Holding at t minus 15 minutes.
 
2022-06-12 12:02:57 PM  
New time: 12 minutes after the hour. The delay was caused by a boat violating the safety range.
 
2022-06-12 12:07:44 PM  
Norway close to deflecting in the opening goal.
 
2022-06-12 12:11:33 PM  
no, we did not hear the hold
 
2022-06-12 12:13:01 PM  
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2022-06-12 12:16:47 PM  
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I believe that he said Norway.
 
2022-06-12 12:17:55 PM  
Not very communicative, but then I didn't notice anyone introducing themselves as a communication officer.
 
2022-06-12 12:18:37 PM  

WelldeadLink: Rann Xerox:
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I believe that he said Norway.


SHHH!  ;-)
 
2022-06-12 12:19:24 PM  
Let's see if she can launch while wearing four tons of ice.
 
2022-06-12 12:36:29 PM  
Holding at -31 seconds for LOX finalization
 
2022-06-12 12:37:44 PM  
What is Lox conditioning? For some reason I imagine something on a bagel. My limited brain capacity says liquid oxygen.
 
2022-06-12 12:45:46 PM  

dmacaroon: What is Lox conditioning? For some reason I imagine something on a bagel. My limited brain capacity says liquid oxygen.


I believe that they're running the liquid oxygen through a softener, so it makes a cleaner and sweeter smelling flame, and the laundry dryer sheet will work better.
 
2022-06-12 12:49:55 PM  

dmacaroon: What is Lox conditioning? For some reason I imagine something on a bagel. My limited brain capacity says liquid oxygen.


I THINK, with liquid oxygen, when they load it, it tends to slosh around a bit, so they need it to settle, vent, and fill back up.  That is why you often see venting and it takes a while to fuel up
 
2022-06-12 12:52:15 PM  
They are rapidly running out of time.
 
2022-06-12 12:56:37 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: They are rapidly running out of time.


Dammit, Chloe!
 
2022-06-12 1:01:24 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: They are rapidly running out of time.


Sorry, we have just under an hour.
 
2022-06-12 1:07:28 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: TheMysteriousStranger: They are rapidly running out of time.

Sorry, we have just under an hour.


They mentioned 20 minutes until bad weather.
 
2022-06-12 1:08:27 PM  
LOX conditioning: topping off the LOX tank due to boiloff while waiting for launch.
 
2022-06-12 1:25:44 PM  
They've been on hold so the team can "prepare for launch" for more than an hour. Only 35 minutes left in the launch window. Whatever "preparing" they need to do, they'd best get on with it.
 
2022-06-12 1:30:29 PM  

Wenchmaster: They've been on hold so the team can "prepare for launch" for more than an hour. Only 35 minutes left in the launch window. Whatever "preparing" they need to do, they'd best get on with it.


Are you here for launch or here for a boom?
 
2022-06-12 1:32:17 PM  
New time: 43 minutes after the hour.
 
2022-06-12 1:33:16 PM  

dmacaroon: What is Lox conditioning? For some reason I imagine something on a bagel. My limited brain capacity says liquid oxygen.


Not a rocket scientist, nor do I play one on TV, but Liquefied Oxygen (LOX) is generally left until late in the pre-launch preparations to minimize evaporation. The LOX tanks and associated hardware also need time to adapt to the new sub-freezing conditions.
 
2022-06-12 1:35:41 PM  
We are go for launch.
 
2022-06-12 1:37:03 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Wenchmaster: They've been on hold so the team can "prepare for launch" for more than an hour. Only 35 minutes left in the launch window. Whatever "preparing" they need to do, they'd best get on with it.

Are you here for launch or here for a boom?


There are a lot of things they need to get done before launch, which take time to accomplish. The deadline is the launch window, which they cannot change. Notice when the count-down timer re-started, they had ten minutes before launch. If anything goes awry, they probably won't make the launch window. If they want to launch before the window closes, they need to get a move on.
 
2022-06-12 1:42:29 PM  
Time for a little light music at minus seconds:

Rush - Countdown
Youtube XW-8yCKwhBE
 
2022-06-12 1:43:25 PM  
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2022-06-12 1:43:48 PM  
Woooo hoooo! Go, baby go!
 
2022-06-12 1:43:57 PM  
IT didn't go left.
 
2022-06-12 1:55:49 PM  
Second stage failure.
 
2022-06-12 1:56:01 PM  
second stage engines failed. big oof.
 
2022-06-12 1:57:41 PM  
Started spinning at the end there.
 
2022-06-12 1:58:56 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: IT didn't go left.


I didn't know it went through Albuquerque.
 
2022-06-12 3:18:24 PM  

bingethinker: TheMysteriousStranger: IT didn't go left.

I didn't know it went through Albuquerque.


THe going left is a reference to one of their earlier attempts:

Watch Astra's Rocket Launch Sideways!
Youtube 9PS6z9P9nqs
 
2022-06-12 3:30:53 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: IT didn't go left.


It did go all right.
 
2022-06-12 3:45:29 PM  

dmacaroon: What is Lox conditioning? For some reason I imagine something on a bagel. My limited brain capacity says liquid oxygen.


Its liquid alright
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2022-06-12 5:54:56 PM  
At least someone finally shot a rocket into the Atlantic. The Pacific has been taking all of the shots lately.

/ Space is hard, water surface harder.
 
2022-06-12 6:52:39 PM  
 
2022-06-12 8:17:34 PM  

bingethinker: TheMysteriousStranger: IT didn't go left.

I didn't know it went through Albuquerque.


Eventually, it did. Suddenly dove underground and turned left.
 
2022-06-13 12:48:40 AM  
Dang it, I hope this doesn't end up being their swan song.  Stronger with them than without them.
 
2022-06-13 2:30:48 AM  

PScooter63: Dang it, I hope this doesn't end up being their swan song.  Stronger with them than without them.


In rocketry everybody pays their dues.
 
2022-06-13 9:13:06 AM  

studebaker hoch: PScooter63: Dang it, I hope this doesn't end up being their swan song.  Stronger with them than without them.

In rocketry everybody pays their dues.


In business, everyone that makes it as least a viable business strategy. Astra does not. They'd be on thin ice with even a good launch record.

Their whole gimmick (to attract customers) is supposed to be cost and flexibility (in both launch time and location). They advertise to be able to launch a small bird from anywhere.. even a Walmart parking lot, with as little a week's notice. However, to sustain profitability, they'd have to launch at a cadence even greater than SpaceX's. That's just not happening.

There are plenty of other promising companies to hitch your wagon to: Rocket Lab, Firefly, Relativity.. hell, if I had a smallsat I needed put up, I'd turn to Richard Branson before I ever gave Astra a look.
 
2022-06-13 3:13:23 PM  

The Bestest: There are plenty of other promising companies to hitch your wagon to: Rocket Lab, Firefly, Relativity.. hell, if I had a smallsat I needed put up, I'd turn to Richard Branson before I ever gave Astra a look.


If I had a smallsat to launch I would probably go with one of the sub-launchers that fly on the SpaceX rideshare/transporter missions or maybe even SHERPA if a bigger payload happened to be going my way.  That way I get SpaceX reliability and can fly a onesie payload.   Next choice would indeed be Rocket Lab et al, and down the indie launch food chain from there.

I don't know what to think about Virgin Orbit.  Branson is a kook but he builds better rockets than I do.  Respek
 
2022-06-13 3:21:22 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: New time: 12 minutes after the hour. The delay was caused by a boat violating the safety range.


There should be no holds for violating the safety range.  You want to stand under the flight path, you took the risk.

khitsicker: second stage engines failed. big oof.


bingethinker: Started spinning at the end there.


Yeah--I don't think the second stage engine failed, I think something went wrong and it was shut down by the computer.

CrazyCurt: At least someone finally shot a rocket into the Atlantic. The Pacific has been taking all of the shots lately.

/ Space is hard, water surface harder.


This was going fast enough I think it burned.
 
2022-06-13 3:39:48 PM  

Loren: TheMysteriousStranger: New time: 12 minutes after the hour. The delay was caused by a boat violating the safety range.

There should be no holds for violating the safety range.  You want to stand under the flight path, you took the risk.

khitsicker: second stage engines failed. big oof.

bingethinker: Started spinning at the end there.

Yeah--I don't think the second stage engine failed, I think something went wrong and it was shut down by the computer.

CrazyCurt: At least someone finally shot a rocket into the Atlantic. The Pacific has been taking all of the shots lately.

/ Space is hard, water surface harder.

This was going fast enough I think it burned.


I believe you're right.  The way I heard it, the second stage engine 'shut down early'.  That's consistent with a problem being detected and the computer issuing a shutdown.
 
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