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Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:21 am

FYI:

DART will launch this afternoon. Spacecraft and it's Pegasus booster will be dropped from an L1011 carrier aircraft after takeoff from Vandenberg.

DART will demonstrate autonomous (sp?) rendezvous technologies.

I didn't catch the launch window times, but NASA TV coverage is scheduled from Noon - 2PM EDT. For those of you outside of the US that's about 40 minutes from now.

NASA TV schedule: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Breaking.html

Streaming NASA TV:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

edit: corrected for daylight time

[Edited 2005-04-15 17:23:19]
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:13 am

L1011 is sitting at the end of the runway running checklists.

Takeoff in about 15 minutes - drops spacecraft about an hour later...
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:27 am

L1011 is airborne...
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:53 am

About 30-min to launch now. I live just south of LA and my house faces southwest. I'll be outside at lauch time with my binoculars.
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:09 am

Heading back towards the coast now... I see you UAopsMGR!!  



About to turn back south....

edit: 15 minutes to drop...

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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:15 am

They were just up over SFO. You could see the field and then the city of San Francisco. There is some cloud cover to the west of where I'm at. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:32 am

That was cool! I saw the fairings come off and the RCS firings...

Did you see anything thru your binocs?
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:51 am

Too much cloud cover. I couldn't see anything. Figures, right over me its crystal clear, but along the coast lots of cloud. I'm surprised by the length of time NASA TV could track Pegasus with the long range trackers.
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:10 am

Quoting UAopsMGR (Reply 7):
I'm surprised by the length of time NASA TV could track Pegasus with the long range trackers

Yeah, wasn't that something! They had coverage right up to launch plus 10 minutes, just short of orbit insertion...
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RE: Dart Launch This Afternoon

Sun Apr 24, 2005 11:12 pm

Apparently DART worked a little too well. A collision between DART and it's target satellite is believed to have something to do with the inflight anamoly.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/050422_dart_update.html
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