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28 Oct 2014   #1
Anak

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Space stuff thread

Catastrophic failure of Antares rocket:

NASA rocket explodes on launch - CNN.com Video
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28 Oct 2014   #2
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Catastrophic failure of Antares rocket:

NASA rocket explodes on launch - CNN.com Video
I read about that earlier on today, a little shocked and surprised that no one was injured, I know it was unmanned but surely there were crew about...
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29 Oct 2014   #3
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I was watching the launch live, my heart sank....

The rule of thumb is; The larger the missile the larger the buffer zone.

For public viewing at Wallops the closest one can get is 7.5miles. I haven't found anything definitive yet, but I believe the Launch Control bunker was no closer than 1mile. IMHO, an educated guess to the diameter of the blast zone would be 1/2mile (0.8km) with debris falling as far away as 5miles (8.05km).

They certainly felt it at Launch Control, and to a lesser degree the Visitors Center 7.5miles (12.07km) away, the upper part of the line by the 175route marker is the approximate location of the Visitor's Center.
All personnel within the immediate launch area are accounted for and protected by specially hardened bunkers before liftoff.

For Cape Canaveral in Florida the closest the public can get is 10miles (16.09km), with Launch Control 5miles (8.05km), and I believe the VIP viewing area is 8miles (12.87 km) away.

The Antares launch was delayed Monday because a sailboat had wandered into one of two of the restricted zones downrange shown in the third pix.

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30 Oct 2014   #4
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Update to Antares Post.

I stand corrected.

In the past few days since the Antares explosion I have seen news reports of amateur video of the launch from 1.5miles (2.4km) away and reporters 3miles (4.8km) away.

This quote, and pix is from the Media Guide: Covering Orbital Launch Missions from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility This is a direct download link, I scanned it with Mbam and it was clean.
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Launch Viewing Site
The media launch viewing site is located on the Wallops Mainland, seven miles south of the Visitor Center. The viewing site is two miles across the marsh from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s launch pads. Media will be escorted from the Visitor Center to the media launch viewing site about two hours prior to the opening of the launch window.
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31 Oct 2014   #5
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It has been a tough week for Space Exploration...

Statement from Virgin Galactic:
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Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely.

The Virgin Galactic team is cooperating with our partners at Scaled Composites and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as well as local authorities. We understand that the NTSB is scheduled to arrive in Mojave tomorrow morning (Saturday Nov. 1) to commence their investigation, which is expected to last several days.

Local authorities have confirmed that one of the two Scaled Composites pilots died during the accident. The other pilot parachuted to the ground and is being treated at a local hospital. All of us at Virgin Galactic are deeply saddened by today’s events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those affected by this accident.

Source: Statement from Virgin Galactic
The web site for Virgin Galactic has been shutdown, the statement above is the only page there.

A news video report from NBC News: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight - NBC News
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01 Nov 2014   #6
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China recovers experimental lunar orbiter:

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BEIJING – China has successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

The eight-day trip that ended early Saturday marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after traveling around the moon. China plans to send a spacecraft to the moon in 2017 and have it return to Earth after collecting soil samples.

If successful, that would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to carry out such a mission.

Source: China recovers experimental lunar orbiter, moves ahead with plan for unmanned moon mission | Fox News
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12 Nov 2014   #7
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Follow the Rosetta mission landing live on 12 November

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Follow the Rosetta mission landing live on 12 November
10 November 2014

Rosetta will release the Philae lander at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET on 12 November at a distance of approximately 22.5 km from the centre of the comet. Landing will be about seven hours later at around 15:30 GMT/16:30 CET.

With a one-way signal travel time between Rosetta and Earth on 12 November of 28 minutes 20 seconds, that means that confirmation of separation will arrive on Earth ground stations at 09:03 GMT/10:03 CET and of touchdown at around 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET.

Follow the landing events throughout the day via

Source: ESA Science & Technology: Follow the Rosetta mission landing live on 12 November
All times in Blue adjusted for Eastern Standard Time U.S, November 12, 2014
  • Release Philae lander at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET - ( 03:35am )
  • Confirmation of separation will arrive on Earth ground stations at 09:03 GMT/10:03 CET. - ( 04:03am )
  • Landing will be about seven hours later at around 15:30 GMT/16:30 CET. - ( 10:30am )
  • Confirmation of touchdown at around 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET. - ( 11:00am )


Live coverage: Rosetta #CometLanding webcast on Livestream
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12 Nov 2014   #8
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12 Nov 2014   #9
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Sweet....apparently, due to the low gravity the lander weighs the equivalent of about 2 gramme. Going to be a tricky landing.
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12 Nov 2014   #10
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Double sweet John, thank you for putting that up!

I wasn't aware there was a BB Code for eesa. Are you going to keep it, and will it work for any live eesa feed without a value? eesa]?value?[/eesa
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