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D11 Sat: Launch Date March 19 at 6:48pm ET, Channel 573

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Dave, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. Mar 2, 2008 #701 of 1715
    hdtvfan0001

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    Or anything like Wolf Blitzer... :D

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    Looking forward to soon seeing bon voyage photos of the Odyssey.
     
  2. Mar 2, 2008 #702 of 1715
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    Nice pics! Glad you took the time to check the situation out for us. In a few days if we dont here anything another drive by would be good or better yet snorkel up to it and climb aboard and get some pics.

    Mike
     
  3. Mar 2, 2008 #703 of 1715
    lwilli201

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    They did test it in a horizontal position, but it is returned to the hanger on the launch ship. It remains in the hanger during transit to the launch site and until just before launch.
     
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    HIGHWAY

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    nice looking pics! stay away from sea launch they may have plate number. if odyssey still in port monday that is bad news.
     
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    Maa2p

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    One of the other forums I belong to has the D11 launch listed as "TBD" now. No other reasons.
     
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    Looking at the pictures it looks like the end of the platform we are seeing is where the rocket would be errected because you can seen the flame deflector on the bottom of the platform closest to where he was standing
     
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    lwilli201

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    Yes the pictures are of the business end of the Odyssey. If there is a problem with the sat itself, I would think it would have to be removed from the launch vehicle. That would require returning the rocket to the Commander, disassembling the launch vehicle and returning the sat to the assembly building. Any major repairs on the rocket would have to be done on the Commander. No word if the rocket has been returned to the Commander.
     
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    Unfortunately, there's no way to judge the image date. The copyright doesn't help.

    From the FAQ:

     
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    Can't go by that. I bring up my address, and I see a tree in my front yard that was cut down 3 years ago. But the image copyright states 2008
     
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    smiddy

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    I am getting all excited, this thing is supposed to go up so soon!
     
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    Actually, they test tilting it up into the vertical position before they leave port. They have already done that for this mission and there are pictures of it in the vertical position on the Sea Launch web site, but depending on what is causing the current delay and what they have to change as a result, they might do another tilt up test before they leave port.
     
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    Depending upon when the next shuttle goes up, D11 might be delayed to work around it. The next shuttle was tentatively set for the week of 3/10. I'm not sure of the exact date. I'm sure NASA and the other tracking facilites don't want the shuttle tracking interferred with by a coms sat launch.

    bob
     
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    cartrivision

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    Yep. Both the Yahoo maps and Google maps satellite imagery has the current year on their copyright stamp of every image even though the photograph is many years old in some cases.
     
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    I don't think that the space shuttle is a factor with the scheduling of the satellite launch, other than the launch time for the satellite not being at a time that might create a near-miss situation between the ascending rocket and the orbiting shuttle, which isn’t even remotely difficult to avoid.
     
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    Assuming D11 would go first, I still think they would want to make sure the booster rockets have fully de-orbited before they send up the shuttle. If d11 were latter, then no problem. Rememebr the shuttle only has about a 10 minute window each day. Murphy has a way of making wierd things happen.

    Bob
     
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    Again, you are talking about two different events that each happen at most a few times a year. The probability of them both happening to be being scheduled at conflicting times is so small that it's not really going to be a factor that will ever significantly affect the launch schedule of any Sea Launch mission, and even if there was a conflict, it would affect the Sea Launch scheduled lift off by a few hours at most.
     
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    Good news if it's true. WooHoo
     
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    Great photos. They do not make me nostalgiac for the time I spent in offshore oil construction. Though, the critter looks a lot cleaner and neater than did similar vessels in the Gulf of Mexico in days of yore.
     
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