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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-10-2017 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please use this topic to discuss Orbital ATK's OA-8 mission to resupply the International Space Station.

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posted 11-10-2017 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Orbital ATK and NASA have published projected visibility maps for the OA-8 launch, as targeted for 7:37 a.m. EST on Saturday (Nov. 11).
Weather permitting, the launch of Antares from Wallops Island, Virginia, on November 11, 2017 may be widely visible along the East Coast. However, because this is an early morning launch, it is likely that the sun will interfere with viewing from most locations.

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posted 11-10-2017 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will the freezing cold weather have any impact to Saturday's launch?

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Citing Spaceflight Now:
There is a 95 percent chance of favorable weather for Saturday's launch attempt, and officials said sub-freezing temperatures expected overnight before launch should not be a problem.

Temperatures are forecast to be between 25 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit at launch time Saturday, above the 20-degree limit for an Antares launch.

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Saturday's (Nov. 11) launch attempt scrubbed due to range violation.
The launch of Orbital ATK's Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST.

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Somebody will have some explaining to do when they land.

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Launch of the SS Gene Cernan at 7:19 a.m. EST (1219 GMT) on Sunday (Nov. 12) atop an Antares rocket from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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A spectacular fireball witnessed in Saskatchewan and Alberta (Canada) on Friday night was the Antares rocket body burning up as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere, CBC News reports, citing U.S. Strategic Command.
...the U.S. Strategic Command confirmed Sunday it was space junk burning up as it hurtled out of orbit and fell towards Earth.

"The 18th Space Control Squadron removed an Antares rocket body from the U.S. satellite catalog as a decayed object after it re-entered the atmosphere Nov. 24, 2017, over North America (vicinity Saskatchewan) at approximately 11:48 p.m. CDT," said chief of current operations Maj. Brian Maguire.

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