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mlyonsd
07-12-2009, 03:37 PM
Where is Donger? I'm tired of having to do his job while he's out messing around.

acesn8s
07-12-2009, 03:45 PM
I did not realize that there is a blackout every year at the end of June which prevents the shuttle from launching.

bevischief
07-12-2009, 06:57 PM
worthless without pics...

acesn8s
07-12-2009, 09:22 PM
Delayed. Will try again tomorrow.

Raised On Riots
07-12-2009, 09:26 PM
I thought we already did this, and were on our way to the moon.

mlyonsd
07-13-2009, 09:41 AM
Bump....new time is Monday 5:51pm CT.

If I knew how to modify the thread title I would so bite me.

Skip Towne
07-13-2009, 09:59 AM
Bump....new time is Monday 5:51pm CT.

If I knew how to modify the thread title I would so bite me.

You'll never know how to modify the thread title. It's a secret.

Donger
07-13-2009, 02:07 PM
I hope she flies today, but the weather looks like crap.

Donger
07-13-2009, 02:11 PM
I did not realize that there is a blackout every year at the end of June which prevents the shuttle from launching.

Huh?

Donger
07-13-2009, 02:12 PM
T-2:44 and counting.

acesn8s
07-13-2009, 02:17 PM
Huh?At the end of June there is radio transmition blackout that prevents ground control to speak with the shuttle. It is cause by the sun's position in relation to NASA's equipment or some shit like that.

Raised On Riots
07-13-2009, 02:24 PM
T-2:44 and counting.

Didn't we do this already?

Donger
07-13-2009, 02:24 PM
At the end of June there is radio transmition blackout that prevents ground control to speak with the shuttle. It is cause by the sun's position in relation to NASA's equipment or some shit like that.

Where did you hear that?

acesn8s
07-13-2009, 02:29 PM
Where did you hear that?Read it on NASA's website. We went to FL a couple of weeks ago and I was trying to see if we could watch a launch. After they delayed the last mission I thought our chances were good. But they said that they can't do a re-entry due to the blackout. That is why it was delayed until now.

Donger
07-13-2009, 02:38 PM
Read it on NASA's website. We went to FL a couple of weeks ago and I was trying to see if we could watch a launch. After they delayed the last mission I thought our chances were good. But they said that they can't do a re-entry due to the blackout. That is why it was delayed until now.

It had nothing to due with "June." After the last launch attempt was scrubbed due to a hydrogen leak, they had to clear the range for the MRO launch.

acesn8s
07-13-2009, 02:41 PM
It had nothing to due with "June." After the last launch attempt was scrubbed due to a hydrogen leak, they had to clear the range for the MRO launch.We missed that one by 3 hours. Had we known it got delayed we would have made it.

Donger
07-13-2009, 04:45 PM
T - 20 minutes and holding. Weather not looking good.

Donger
07-13-2009, 04:58 PM
T - 9 minutes and holding.

Donger
07-13-2009, 05:40 PM
Scrubbed again.

acesn8s
07-13-2009, 05:40 PM
T - 9 minutes and holding.Should get an update at 5:42 cdt?

mlyonsd
07-13-2009, 05:40 PM
No go due to weather. They'll determine within 30 minutes to try tomorrow or Wednesday.

acesn8s
07-13-2009, 05:41 PM
nevermind

Donger
07-15-2009, 11:39 AM
Endeavour is fully-tanked and is scheduled for a 6:03 EDT launch today. 60% chance of favorable launch conditions.

Skip Towne
07-15-2009, 11:44 AM
Endeavour is fully-tanked and is scheduled for a 6:03 EDT launch today. 60% chance of favorable launch conditions.

I'll bet you are crying "wolf" again. :p

Donger
07-15-2009, 11:45 AM
I'll bet you are crying "wolf" again. :p

If she doesn't fly today, I'll leave forever.

Skip Towne
07-15-2009, 11:48 AM
If she doesn't fly today, I'll leave forever.

Nah, it's not that serious.

Donger
07-15-2009, 12:49 PM
Red conditions presently on virtually all weather conditions right now. Hopefully it'll clear up in a few hours.

mlyonsd
07-15-2009, 12:55 PM
Endeavour is fully-tanked and is scheduled for a 6:03 EDT launch today. 60% chance of favorable launch conditions.

I knew if I waited long enough you'd crack and bump the thread.

It's bad luck when I do it.

Donger
07-15-2009, 01:40 PM
Astronauts strapping in now.

FAX
07-15-2009, 01:41 PM
That's good thinking on the part of those astronauts.

FAX

Donger
07-15-2009, 01:46 PM
That's good thinking on the part of those astronauts.

FAX

It's one of the first application exam questions.

Donger
07-15-2009, 02:50 PM
Hatch has been sealed and locked. To the ship!

Alton deFlat
07-15-2009, 03:02 PM
Print 'em... oh wait that doesn't apply here.

BTW, a few years ago, my daughter was on a trip to Johnson Space Center, and she was one of two in her group chosen to be inside mission control during a shuttle launch. She had to go through a background check before being allowed. Unfortunately the launch was scrubbed. Not because of bad weather in Florida, but because of bad weather at one of the emergency landing sites.

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:03 PM
Print 'em... oh wait that doesn't apply here.

BTW, a few years ago, my daughter was on a trip to Johnson Space Center, and she was one of two in her group chosen to be inside mission control during a shuttle launch. She had to go through a background check before being allowed. Unfortunately the launch was scrubbed. Not because of bad weather in Florida, but because of bad weather at one of the emergency landing sites.

No. A seagull farted in Orlando, violating crosswind max at launch.

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:09 PM
T - minus one hour and counting.

FAX
07-15-2009, 03:11 PM
Wow. They have to strap in 2 hours before launch, Mr. Donger? What if somebody has to pee, dude?

FAX

Skip Towne
07-15-2009, 03:11 PM
Astronauts strapping in now.

They wear seat belts? What pussies.

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:15 PM
Wow. They have to strap in 2 hours before launch, Mr. Donger? What if somebody has to pee, dude?

FAX

They wear diapers during ascent and re-entry.

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:18 PM
All weather conditions just went green (in a good way) except for an anvil cloud that's still hanging around.

mlyonsd
07-15-2009, 03:18 PM
What's the weather looking like?

mlyonsd
07-15-2009, 03:18 PM
All weather conditions just went green (in a good way) except for an anvil cloud that's still hanging around.

Cool.

FAX
07-15-2009, 03:20 PM
They wear diapers during ascent and re-entry.

Whew. That's good news, right there.

I know that, were I an astronaut, I would have to pee real, real bad at or around T-10.

FAX

mlyonsd
07-15-2009, 03:23 PM
Whew. That's good news, right there.

I know that, were I an astronaut, I would have to pee real, real bad at or around T-10.

FAX

That's why they wear movable visors on their helmets.

If you listen to the launch and what leads up to it on the NASA channel you'll usually hear at some point the astronauts being ordered to lower their visors.

This isn't for the flight, this is because one of the 7 crapped his pants and they're afraid one of the other 6 will barf in the cabin if they smell it.

ChiTown
07-15-2009, 03:24 PM
Whew. That's good news, right there.

I know that, were I an astronaut, I would have to pee real, real bad at or around T-10.

FAX

Pee wouldn't be my issue. At T-10, I'd be crappin my pants..........

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 03:27 PM
They wear diapers during ascent and re-entry.AND when they're driving cross-country to kill their lover.

Reerun_KC
07-15-2009, 03:28 PM
AND when they're driving cross-country to kill their lover.

ROFL

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:29 PM
Whew. That's good news, right there.

I know that, were I an astronaut, I would have to pee real, real bad at or around T-10.

FAX

Well, Alan Shepard actually did pee his suit during the wait for Freedom Seven (our first manned launch) to launch. And he wasn't wearing a diaper.

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:40 PM
All weather green. T - 29:15

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 03:46 PM
That's why they wear movable visors on their helmets.

If you listen to the launch and what leads up to it on the NASA channel you'll usually hear at some point the astronauts being ordered to lower their visors.

This isn't for the flight, this is because one of the 7 crapped his pants and they're afraid one of the other 6 will barf in the cabin if they smell it. Talk about "ascent". :)

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 03:47 PM
All weather green. T - 29:15Not to pick a nit, but wouldn't it be 1:29:15?

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:48 PM
Not to pick a nit, but wouldn't it be 1:29:15?

There are two built-in holds coming. One at T - 20:00 and then another at T - 9:00

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 03:49 PM
Now I'm confused. NASA TV shows T-~20 min or so, but I thought the launch was at 1703 Central, which is over an hour away????

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:49 PM
T - 20:00 and holding. Ten minute hold.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 03:49 PM
Oh OK. Gotcha.

Donger
07-15-2009, 03:51 PM
Now I'm confused. NASA TV shows T-~20 min or so, but I thought the launch was at 1703 Central, which is over an hour away????

That's correct. The holds at 20 and 9 last a specific amount of time, barring any issues. So, when you add the two remaining hold times to the countdown clock, it will add up to 6:03 EDT.

mikey23545
07-15-2009, 03:56 PM
I live about 50 miles away from the Cape, and so far this is the best the weather has looked this close to launch.

The last several days it has been pouring at this time.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 04:02 PM
That's correct. The holds at 20 and 9 last a specific amount of time, barring any issues. So, when you add the two remaining hold times to the countdown clock, it will add up to 6:03 EDT.Actually, I knew that and just plain forgot. My bad.

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:04 PM
T - 15:00 and counting

Coogs
07-15-2009, 04:04 PM
That's correct. The holds at 20 and 9 last a specific amount of time, barring any issues. So, when you add the two remaining hold times to the countdown clock, it will add up to 6:03 EDT.

So the last hold at 9 minutes is nearly a 45 minute hold?

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:07 PM
So the last hold at 9 minutes is nearly a 45 minute hold?

Yes. Countdown will (hopefully) hold at 9 minutes at 5:09 EDT and resume at 5:54 EDT for a 6:03 EDT departure.

Coogs
07-15-2009, 04:08 PM
Yes. Countdown will (hopefully) hold at 9 minutes at 5:09 EDT and resume at 5:54 EDT for a 6:03 EDT departure.

So it is OK to turn the channel for a while, and not miss anything?

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:09 PM
So it is OK to turn the channel for a while, and not miss anything?

Heh. Yes. They won't go early and the launch window is only five minutes.

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:10 PM
T - 9:00 and holding. Count resume in 45 minutes.

mikey23545
07-15-2009, 04:35 PM
So far, weather here and off to the south (in the direction of the Cape) still looks pretty good.

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:39 PM
16 minutes remain in hold. Go/no-go calls coming up soon.

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:51 PM
No constraints to launch, Endeavour is go!

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:55 PM
T - 9 minutes and counting!

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:55 PM
Ground launch sequencer initiated.

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:57 PM
OAA retract

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:58 PM
T - 6:30 and counting

FAX
07-15-2009, 04:58 PM
Is that good or bad?

FAX

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:58 PM
APU pre-start

Donger
07-15-2009, 04:58 PM
Is that good or bad?

FAX

That's good.

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:01 PM
T - 3 minutes. Aero checks complete.

BigMeatballDave
07-15-2009, 05:01 PM
I just turned it over to the NASA channel on Directv. Too bad this isn't HD.

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:02 PM
Beanie cap retract

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:02 PM
Close and lock visors

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:02 PM
T - 1:30

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:03 PM
T - 60 seconds

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:03 PM
Internal power

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:04 PM
Auto sequence start

BigMeatballDave
07-15-2009, 05:04 PM
Awesome. This never gets old.

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:04 PM
Liftoff!

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:04 PM
Roll complete

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:05 PM
400 mph 5800 feet

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:05 PM
Max Q

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:05 PM
Throttle up

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:06 PM
1,200 mph 60,000 feet

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:06 PM
1,900 mph 90,000 feet

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:06 PM
SRB seperation

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:07 PM
3,100 mph 37 miles up

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:08 PM
56 miles up, 5,600 mph

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:08 PM
Negative return

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:09 PM
Press to ATO

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:10 PM
8,300 mph

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:10 PM
Press to MECO

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:11 PM
Single engine Zaragoza

Baconeater
07-15-2009, 05:11 PM
Are we there yet?

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:11 PM
Single engine press 104

allen_kcCard
07-15-2009, 05:12 PM
Double Duper Bouble ERO

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:12 PM
12,700 mph

Monty
07-15-2009, 05:13 PM
They've already traveled the same distance as Dallas to KC. I'd love to travel to KC in 10 minutes. :thumb:

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:13 PM
MECO!

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:13 PM
Nominal MECO. No OMs required

FAX
07-15-2009, 05:14 PM
I don't think they should have retracted the beanie cap.

FAX

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:15 PM
I don't think they should have retracted the beanie cap.

FAX

The propeller doesn't provide additional thrust.

Donger
07-15-2009, 05:23 PM
Endeavour now passing over the UK.

mikey23545
07-15-2009, 05:24 PM
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/441/shuttle.th.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/i/shuttle.jpg/)

The view from my front yard.

mikey23545
07-15-2009, 05:27 PM
I was also lucky enough to see all the faked Apollo flights lift off from my yard back in the day...

Baconeater
07-15-2009, 05:42 PM
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FAX
07-15-2009, 05:48 PM
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/441/shuttle.th.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/i/shuttle.jpg/)

The view from my front yard.

Okay. That's cool.

FAX

Donger
07-15-2009, 06:03 PM
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/441/shuttle.th.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/i/shuttle.jpg/)

The view from my front yard.

Yeah, well, I can see Pikes Peak from my office!

Bastard...

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 06:08 PM
I was also lucky enough to see all the faked Apollo flights lift off from my yard back in the day...Well, obviously, we should ignore you on this, since you're in on the conspiracy.

:D

How far away are you from the Cape? That'd be SO fucking cool.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-15-2009, 06:19 PM
At the end of June there is radio transmition blackout that prevents ground control to speak with the shuttle. It is cause by the sun's position in relation to NASA's equipment or some shit like that.By the way, there are 2 windows of satellite blackout per year, near the equinoxes. There is a period of up to 10-15 minutes a day for a period lasting a week or two where the comm satellites basically eclipse the sun. In other words the sun is pointed straight at the recieving dish. The noise from the sun completely overwhelms the intended data. I can see where launch & recocery options would be limited there.

Donger
07-30-2009, 11:41 AM
Endeavour scheduled to land at KSC tomorrow at 10:47am EDT.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:17 AM
27 minutes from de-orbit burn.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:29 AM
Weather is green. Go on de-orbit burn.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:37 AM
Six minutes until burn.

mikey23545
07-31-2009, 08:40 AM
Is that radioactive shuttle getting ready to come back to earth?

The weather around here looks great for a Cape landing.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:40 AM
OMS burn coming up. Will fire for 2:51.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:41 AM
Is that radioactive shuttle getting ready to come back to earth?

The weather around here looks great for a Cape landing.

Yep. Landing on 15 so she'll be coming from northwest to southeast. Lucky you.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:43 AM
Two good engines. Slowing by about 200mph/second.

Donger
07-31-2009, 08:46 AM
Good burn, no trim required. Now she falls.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:00 AM
Atmosphere interface around 10:21 EDT. Speed 18,000 mph, altitude 400,000 feet.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:09 AM
On the ground in 41 minutes, preferably with the wheels down.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:14 AM
Entry interface in five minutes. Trivia time: the shuttle's descent rate is 20 times what you experience on a commercial aircraft landing.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:18 AM
Entry interface over the west coast of South America.

Skip Towne
07-31-2009, 09:19 AM
I liked it better when they "splashed down" in the ocean.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:20 AM
I liked it better when they "splashed down" in the ocean.

Well, you'll love Orion then.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:21 AM
Aero surfaces now active. Roll reversals coming up.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:25 AM
25 minutes until landing. 16,500 mph, 350,000 feet

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:27 AM
16,000 mph, 245,000 feet. Approaching Panama and Nicaragua.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:28 AM
15,400 mph, 224,000 feet

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:32 AM
219,000, 13,500 mph. 18 minutes.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:33 AM
Now over Caribbean, approaching Grand Cayman and Cuba.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:35 AM
11,000 mph, 190,000 feet

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:35 AM
14 minutes

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:36 AM
Intermittent comms.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:37 AM
Over Cuba.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:37 AM
167,000 feet, Mach 10.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:38 AM
Approaching Florida. 11 minutes.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:39 AM
Over Florida, east coast of Okeechobee

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:40 AM
9 minutes, 3,800 mph, 125,000 feet

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:42 AM
Take air data

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:43 AM
Visual from KSC

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:43 AM
1,600 mph

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:45 AM
60,000 feet, 1,200 mph

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:46 AM
Manual control

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:46 AM
Bang! Bang!

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:47 AM
3 minutes, 500 mph

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:47 AM
On final.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:48 AM
17,000 feet at 400 mph

big nasty kcnut
07-31-2009, 09:49 AM
Great landing
Posted via Mobile Device

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:49 AM
Flair, gear down.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:49 AM
Touchdown!

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:50 AM
Nominal chute.

Donger
07-31-2009, 09:51 AM
Wheel stop! That's how you do that.

mikey23545
07-31-2009, 09:57 AM
Usually I can hear the twin booms, but I'm up at my store which is about 30 miles further away from the Cape than my house...