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Posted by: Lourens - Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:02 pm
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Antares test launch poll 

What will be the fate of the inaugural Orbital Antares rocket?
Launch postponed beyond the 21st 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Perfect launch, and they all lived happily ever after 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
Umbilical stays firmly attached this time. Very firmly. Pad abort. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
First stage malfunction, whole stack goes swimming 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
US and Russian parts cannot bear to say goodbye, staging failure 33%  33%  [ 2 ]
Second stage solidly refuses to light, but successfully burns up on re-entry 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GNC problems, destroyed by range control or ends up in the wrong orbit 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
Launches successfully, then accidentally survives re-entry and crashes into Kim Jong-Un's back yard. Whoopsie! 33%  33%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 6

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Post Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:02 pm
In a week, Orbital is planning to launch the first Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. I wasn't really sure where to post this, as the first stage engines and other parts are Russian, the second stage is a solid rocket motor made by ATK which is the darling of the Senate, and the launch itself is done commercially by Orbital under COTS, so partially paid for by NASA...

Anyway, they're going to try to send this Frankensteinian contraption spaceward, which gives us a nice opportunity for some armchair prognostication. Will it work?

Edit: Fixed up thread name, doh!
Edit: Updated poll for second attempt.

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:25 pm
...and Cygnus is built in Europe, so I guess we should be rooting for Orbital :wink:

EDIT: Said I, while wearing a SpaceX tee-shirt...

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:27 am
Why so cynical?


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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:21 am
Not sure what you're referring to, I wasn't trying to be cynical at least. I did think it an interesting contrast with the other COTS supplier, which likes to do everything in house. And Antares is a heck of a lot more expensive than F9 in terms of price per kilogram of cargo delivered to ISS. Or are you referring to the 0% success votes?

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:17 pm
For those who want to watch live

http://www.universetoday.com/101520/wat ... es-rocket/

in less than an hour from time of posting if weather good

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:52 pm
looks like an abort for today due to an umbilical on 2nd stage becoming dis-attached prematurely.

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:47 pm
Nice one again Lourens, those options always put a broad smile on my face :D

(too bad I missed this poll until now, so no voting from me)

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:19 pm
Well, there's word of a retry soon, so given that there were only two votes, I'll just reopen it I think when there's a date.

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:44 pm
There is your date:

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2013/04/18/ ... y-evening/

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:13 am
Poll duly updated. I've removed the time limit and you can re-vote, so I expect all of us to get it right this time ;-).

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:03 am
just in case you missed it: launch time has been changed again (the url above is still valid, but content was updated)

-> new target date is Saturday instead of Friday

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:36 am
I voted for the Kim Jung Un option. Mainly because I am an optimist :lol: . By the way, don't you think it's kind of interesting that a ruthless dictator is named after a psychologist?

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:37 pm
postponed again...
Next attempt: Sunday

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:00 am
I'm actually curious what the problem is with winds at altitude. Obviously you don't want to have too much wind on the pad, since the rocket is moving slowly there and you don't have sideways thrusters to compensate. But if the rocket is going Mach 1+, does a 100 mph wind really matter that much?

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Post Re: Antares test launch poll   Posted on: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:33 pm
Looks like it might launch today in about 30 mins see it live :-

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

They are saying it seem good athe moment.

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