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T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:

 
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T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
T-minus 20 minutes and counting. Although the countdown is managed by the ground-based team, the aircraft crew actually pushes the button to launch Pegasus on its journey into space.

The circuitry for the release system has been armed by the launch panel operator aboard the aircraft. Later, a switch will be flipped in the cockpit by the co-pilot. This switch, located on the right-hand portion of the center console between the captain and pilot, "enables" the release to be become active.

In the final seconds of the countdown the Orbital Sciences launch conductor on the ground will call out "drop on my mark...3, 2, 1, drop." At that point, the co-pilot will push a button next to the enable switch, releasing the Pegasus rocket and NuSTAR to fall away from the L-1011 aircraft. See a photo of the drop button taken during a tour of the L-1011.

"It takes a couple seconds and then it releases," Capt. Bill Weaver explained during a previous interview. "There is no doubt about it that the rocket has released. There is a tremendous reaction throughout the airplane. It weighs 52,000 pounds, so we experience an instantaneous weight loss of 52,000 pounds and the center of gravity shifts aft 10 percent, so the nose comes up in a pretty pronounced fashion, which is good because we like that for separation.


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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
So, now they're launching rockets into space from planes?

Like an air-to-air missile?

Cool...
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
The Pegasus rocket's avionics have switched from power provided by the L-1011 to internal battery power
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
What is this thing going to do?
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
What is this spacecraft being used for once it reaches orbit?
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Well that was pretty lame...
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
What is this spacecraft being used for once it reaches orbit?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16578933


NuSTAR
will be first focusing high energy X-ray mission, searching for black holes, mapping supernovae, and studying the most extreme active galaxies.


ReadMore :
[link to www.nustar.caltech.edu]


[link to www.ustream.tv]
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
What is this spacecraft being used for once it reaches orbit?
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NuSTAR
will be first focusing high energy X-ray mission, searching for black holes, mapping supernovae, and studying the most extreme active galaxies.


ReadMore :
[link to www.nustar.caltech.edu]
 Quoting: IwantToBelieve76


Thanks OP!
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
It delivers payloads into space, like satellites. The Space Shuttle used to do that but this Pegasus Rocket can do it cheaper.
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Yet another launch I missed...

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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
here's a nice article about it from space.com


NASA Launches Space Telescope to Hunt Black Holes

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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
The Pegasus rocket's avionics have switched from power provided by the L-1011 to internal battery power
 Quoting: IwantToBelieve76




WHAT??

How is that possible?

What gives the thrust to the rocket?
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Thanks IWTB for posting something interesting and not some racist crap like the mods do.
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Hope it goes good for them. There looks to be a coronal mass ejection coming our way.

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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
In the final seconds of the countdown the Orbital Sciences launch conductor on the ground will call out "drop on my mark...3, 2, 1, drop." At that point, the co-pilot will push a button next to the enable switch, releasing the Pegasus rocket and NuSTAR to fall away from the L-1011 aircraft. See a photo of the drop button taken during a tour of the L-1011.
 Quoting: IwantToBelieve76

That's amazing to me, I never knew that about Pegasus. Their timing accuracy for the moment of launch can't be more accurate than a second or two then, but I guess it doesn't matter since they're not trying to rendezvous with an already orbiting spacecraft like ISS so they probably have a fairly wide launch window. It makes me wonder about the minimum size of the launch window needed for this system, but then again, I don't think it's intended for any missions that would require that level of precision.
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Thanks for posting IWTB~~~~glad you're back and hope all is well with you and your family!!!
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Just watched it and have a question. What type of aircraft did the launch, what was their speed and how high in the atmosphere were they???
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Loving all the occult symbolism on the mission's patch...

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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Why NuStar mission patch looks like a black hole?

[link to www.orbital.com]
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
Why NuStar mission patch looks like a black hole?

[link to www.orbital.com]
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
wormhole.. and instead of the rocket trail coming from the airplane its coming out of the wormhole!

the circular patterns.. kinda like a norway spiral.. gets white and black toward the center. spiralish..

hrmm..

Last Edited by Cellz on 06/13/2012 02:25 PM
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Why NuStar mission patch looks like a black hole?

[link to www.orbital.com]
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Because the mission involves looking for black holes.
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
In the final seconds of the countdown the Orbital Sciences launch conductor on the ground will call out "drop on my mark...3, 2, 1, drop." At that point, the co-pilot will push a button next to the enable switch, releasing the Pegasus rocket and NuSTAR to fall away from the L-1011 aircraft. See a photo of the drop button taken during a tour of the L-1011.
 Quoting: IwantToBelieve76

That's amazing to me, I never knew that about Pegasus. Their timing accuracy for the moment of launch can't be more accurate than a second or two then, but I guess it doesn't matter since they're not trying to rendezvous with an already orbiting spacecraft like ISS so they probably have a fairly wide launch window. It makes me wonder about the minimum size of the launch window needed for this system, but then again, I don't think it's intended for any missions that would require that level of precision.
 Quoting: Astromut


There is no window for satellite that is not in a synchronous orbit or can use Hohmann transfer orbit.
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
In the final seconds of the countdown the Orbital Sciences launch conductor on the ground will call out "drop on my mark...3, 2, 1, drop." At that point, the co-pilot will push a button next to the enable switch, releasing the Pegasus rocket and NuSTAR to fall away from the L-1011 aircraft. See a photo of the drop button taken during a tour of the L-1011.
 Quoting: IwantToBelieve76

That's amazing to me, I never knew that about Pegasus. Their timing accuracy for the moment of launch can't be more accurate than a second or two then, but I guess it doesn't matter since they're not trying to rendezvous with an already orbiting spacecraft like ISS so they probably have a fairly wide launch window. It makes me wonder about the minimum size of the launch window needed for this system, but then again, I don't think it's intended for any missions that would require that level of precision.
 Quoting: Astromut


There is no window for satellite that is not in a synchronous orbit or can use Hohmann transfer orbit.
 Quoting: EMPerror


It's true that it doesn't much matter for satellites such as this, but there may still be times when it's not safe to launch due to orbital debris collision mitigation within the initial parking orbit. Still, like I said such precision is not needed for a satellite like this. Back when the shuttle used to launch satellites the only limit on the launch window was usually a flight rule about how long the astronauts were allowed to be on their backs in the cabin.
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Re: T-minus 15 minutes and counting. The NuSTAR spacecraft has switched to internal power for launch. WATCH LIVE:
In the final seconds of the countdown the Orbital Sciences launch conductor on the ground will call out "drop on my mark...3, 2, 1, drop." At that point, the co-pilot will push a button next to the enable switch, releasing the Pegasus rocket and NuSTAR to fall away from the L-1011 aircraft. See a photo of the drop button taken during a tour of the L-1011.
 Quoting: IwantToBelieve76

That's amazing to me, I never knew that about Pegasus. Their timing accuracy for the moment of launch can't be more accurate than a second or two then, but I guess it doesn't matter since they're not trying to rendezvous with an already orbiting spacecraft like ISS so they probably have a fairly wide launch window. It makes me wonder about the minimum size of the launch window needed for this system, but then again, I don't think it's intended for any missions that would require that level of precision.
 Quoting: Astromut


There is no window for satellite that is not in a synchronous orbit or can use Hohmann transfer orbit.
 Quoting: EMPerror


It's true that it doesn't much matter for satellites such as this, but there may still be times when it's not safe to launch due to orbital debris collision mitigation within the initial parking orbit. Still, like I said such precision is not needed for a satellite like this. Back when the shuttle used to launch satellites the only limit on the launch window was usually a flight rule about how long the astronauts were allowed to be on their backs in the cabin.
 Quoting: Astromut


Good old times without much debris and with big spaceships. Now it will be interesting to see where will nanosattelites lead.
This launch just proves that future is reserved for similar scramjet launches.

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