Canaveral Launch Success! (see comment 649)

By: LowerCal , 10:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2011

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On the east side of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) is a circular area of low clouds rotating counterclockwise. High clouds above it are moving clockwise. Deep convection is bursting near the center.

UPDATE: A satellite loop of the system described is in comment 1. Similar systems continue to appear. Below I've added self updating satellite images and surface maps of the area.

I'll add loops of similar systems that I see to the comments. Currently there are loops in comments 1 and 7.

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661. LowerCal
10:41 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
A new blog entry is up.
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660. LowerCal
10:30 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
Gg Thanks for your kind words of confidence. I'll start easing back into my more informative blog entry format starting later today.

Pat Thanks for the great photos and the link to more.

Karen It looks like Catalina Eddy is headed for San Diego. You'll have nice afternoon before our day of winter tomorrow.

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659. SBKaren
7:56 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
Thanks to your loop link above, I now see why I am seeing more and more sunshine. Maybe a sunny day is in our future today!
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658. Patrap
5:07 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
657. Gatorxgrrrl
2:49 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Thanks for the info - I knew you would know!!
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656. LowerCal
2:48 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Spaceflight Now | Atlas Launch Report | PHOTOS: The view from the beach
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655. LowerCal
2:45 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
Nice work all, esp LC, Flight and TELCOM,


Beer's on me, we're outta here.

I'm taking you up on that. :^)

Quoting Gatorxgrrrl:
Hi everyone! Skye I LOVE the artwork - it should be illegal for one person to have so many talents, artist, sewing, cooking, gardening and weather expert!!!

Hey it looks like a lunar eclipse tonight, anything going on with the moon? lol
Lucky hubby, lucky kids and lucky us!

The Moon does look that way (an eclipse in progress) but it's going to look the same until it sets, so... no, it's not an eclipse, lol, but it is a beautiful crescent moon.

I'm glad you asked the question though. Those two brilliant lights equally spaced to the upper left of the crescent moon are Venus (closest) and then Jupiter. Tomorrow evening the crescent moon will be next to Venus, the next evening the crescent moon will be next to Jupiter and the next evening they'll be strung out again with the Moon at the top... all good photo ops.
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654. Gatorxgrrrl
2:28 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Hi LC - yeah the moon is doing a smiley face tonight:)
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653. LowerCal
2:25 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
I've made a couple additions to my Recent Photos... er, recently. ;^)
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652. Gatorxgrrrl
2:23 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Hi everyone! Skye I LOVE the artwork - it should be illegal for one person to have so many talents, artist, sewing, cooking, gardening and weather expert!!!

Hey it looks like a lunar eclipse tonight, anything going on with the moon? lol
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651. Patrap
2:23 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Nice work all, esp LC, Flight and TELCOM,


Beer's on me, we're outta here.

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650. LowerCal
2:21 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Rob I think the most common pastimes ECFL are watching launches and dorking launches... not necessarily in that order. ;^)

Skye Thanks for the art and today's launch pics. I'm adding one of the launch pics at the bottom of the blog entry. I hope you continue with the art and that it brings you as much enjoyment as it does us.
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649. LowerCal
2:20 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Today's Atlas V launch successfully delivered the Navy's MUOS 1 mobile communications satellite to the planned orbit.
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648. RobDaHood
12:09 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Thanks for the pics Skye!
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647. Skyepony (Mod)
11:39 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Rob~ Don't know if there was much to see from there. It just kind of disappeared quick as it went east. Lot of contrails kinda obscuring it too. Love it when they launch when the window opens.. Photos up!
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646. RobDaHood
11:17 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Glad you got to see it Skye.

I got busy and on the phone and forgot!
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645. Skyepony (Mod)
10:19 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Got pics! Wild launch with all the contrails. It maybe a bit til pics are up. I've got one of the kids colds.

Glad ya'll are enjoying the pencil drawing. In a little way WU & ya'll here had a part in the inspiration of that series.
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644. Skyepony (Mod)
10:15 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
I'm hoping the local is covering this. WE got a quick look & back to nba.. Spaceflightnow isn't loading. Got a link?
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643. RobDaHood
7:10 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Have a great Evening LC.
Will be watching for the launch.

Just noticed the latest shuttle drawing by Skye.
Totally awesome...I love it!

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642. LowerCal
6:22 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Countdown is underway. The weather forecast for the launch window is 80% favorable today. Your concern is validated, Rob. Gusty winds and cumulus clouds comprise the 20% possibility of weather constraint violations.

Happy trails to you...
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641. RobDaHood
1:28 AM GMT on February 24, 2012
Quoting LowerCal:

:^)

I may be off the grid at launch time tomorrow but feel free bump, comment or not.

Bump!

LOL

Only concern I think is that it is forecast to be pretty windy.

Will be checking in here tomorrow though!
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640. Patrap
11:18 PM GMT on February 23, 2012
Quoting LowerCal:
There really could be a giant planet hidden far beyond Pluto



..Interesting

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639. LowerCal
10:18 PM GMT on February 23, 2012
Quoting RobDaHood:
Wishing, and hoping, and hoping, and praying...

:^)

I may be off the grid at launch time tomorrow but feel free bump, comment or not.
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638. RobDaHood
1:53 AM GMT on February 23, 2012
Wishing, and hoping, and hoping, and praying...
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637. LowerCal
1:38 AM GMT on February 23, 2012
The launch weather forecast is now 60% favorable for Friday.
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636. LowerCal
11:19 PM GMT on February 20, 2012
The Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida has been rescheduled for Friday, February 24 in a 5:15-5:59pm EST time window. The launch vehicle will have five smoke producing solid rocket boosters.

The forecast is for only 40% favorable launch weather conditions on Friday. The weather forecast is 80% favorable for Saturday and Sunday.

You can find current status updates and live launch coverage at

Spaceflight Now | Atlas Launch Report | Mission Status Center
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635. LowerCal
12:34 AM GMT on February 18, 2012
Dawn Mission: Dawn - Home Page

I'm copying comment 566 here for convenience.

Quoting Patrap:
Break out da Glasses!!



3D Ride on asteroid vesta


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634. LowerCal
12:25 AM GMT on February 18, 2012
Quoting LowerCal:
Wrong! It will be least five days before another launch attempt.
Quoting RobDaHood:
See you tomorrow LC.
I'm off to cook a couple steaks on the deck.
Thanks!
I was wrong about the likelihood of a launch attempt tomorrow. You're welcome anytime for any reason, Rob. Enjoy those steaks. We'll be doing the $5 foot long tonight. :^)
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633. LowerCal
12:19 AM GMT on February 18, 2012
Wrong! It will be least five days before another launch attempt.
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632. RobDaHood
11:28 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
See you tomorrow LC.
I'm off to cook a couple steaks on the deck.
Thanks!
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631. LowerCal
11:23 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
SCRUB! United Launch Alliance (ULA) is calling it quits for today. It's likely they will reschedule for tommorrow with the window shifted about 4 minutes earlier.
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630. LowerCal
11:20 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Quoting RobDaHood:
I'm still watching.
Although, I'm kinda hoping they wait until I have clear skies.
If I'm not mistaken, this is the heaviest lift that they've done with this platform. I'd like to "See" it.
That's an interesting fact. It would be slower. Let us know if it is noticebly slower to you.
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629. LowerCal
11:18 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
The last minute of today's window, 6:26pm EST, is not being used due to a COLA cutout (collision avoidance safety measure). COLA cutouts ensure the rocket isn’t launched on a course that would take it too close to another object already in orbit.
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628. RobDaHood
11:12 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
I'm still watching.
Although, I'm kinda hoping they wait until I have clear skies.
If I'm not mistaken, this is the heaviest lift that they've done with this platform. I'd like to "See" it.
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627. LowerCal
11:10 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Currently T minus 4 minutes and holding. Count would resume at 6:21pm EST if there is any hope of launching today.
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626. LowerCal
11:06 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Last chance T zero is now 6:25pm EST.
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625. LowerCal
11:01 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Quoting RobDaHood:

Yeah it does.

I just got my 30 percent precip, even if they do launch, I won't be out there waving!
:o)
Glad you got that much needed rain. I'll have to try spotting you some other time.

T zero is now 6:10pm EST. Today's window closes at 6:26pm EST.
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624. LowerCal
10:57 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
New data - looks like thick clouds will probably keep the remaining window closed.
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623. RobDaHood
10:56 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Quoting LowerCal:
Rob I does look pretty sitting on the pad. :^/

Yeah it does.

I just got my 30 percent precip, even if they do launch, I won't be out there waving!
:o)
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622. LowerCal
10:54 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
T zero now 6:05pm EST.

Thick clouds and hopefully upper wind constraints will clear shortly.
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621. LowerCal
10:52 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
T zero bumped to 6:00pm EST.
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620. LowerCal
10:51 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Rob I does look pretty sitting on the pad. :^/
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619. LowerCal
10:47 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
T zero (launch time) is now 5:55pm EST.

Current constraints are thick clouds and upper level winds.
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618. RobDaHood
10:44 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Just ran through the roll call. No go for weather.

Rescheduled 5:53 local.
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617. LowerCal
10:42 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Correction: T zero is 5:50pm EST.
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616. LowerCal
10:41 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
T minus 4 minutes and holding.

T zero is now 5:52pm EST.
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615. LowerCal
10:39 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Bogon You're welcome and thanks for the blast from the past. :^)

Rob Thick clouds and upper level winds are currently RED and T zero has been pushed back to 5:47pm EST.
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614. RobDaHood
10:22 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Solid overcast here, looks like a few showers might be passing over the cape.
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613. LowerCal
10:11 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Quoting RobDaHood:
Lousy weather for tossin' rockets today.
:o(
True dat, Rob. With a little over half an hour until the launch window opens the constraints for cumulus clouds, thick clouds and disturbed weather are all RED.

I think we'll see a repeat of something close yesterday's strategy where they keep bumping "T minus zero" (launch time) forward in small increments ready to take advantage of any brief break that may present itself.
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612. Bogon
10:06 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Thanks to you and Patrap I caught up on the Dawn mission to Vesta. Pretty cool.

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