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GLAST - Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope
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post Jun 4 2008, 11:25 PM
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We're looking at an indefinite postponment now. The range is refusing to allow a waiver on a rocket issue, for both GLAST and Jason.


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post Jun 5 2008, 01:25 AM
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It appears that this involves a battery with respect to the flight termination system (FTS) and that the GLAST vehicle will get its battery from Jason; Jason will get a new one. I don't know what that means for the dates.


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post Jun 5 2008, 04:19 PM
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June 11 now.


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post Jun 10 2008, 11:58 PM
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If anyone is still paying attention, live coverage begins on NASA TV's media channel (only) at 9:45am EDT. There is a 40% chance of weather violation. Today they would have been no go for sure, it was stormy from around 10am through the day.
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post Jun 11 2008, 12:39 PM
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Indeed, the GLAST gamma-ray telescope, a $690 million successor to one of NASA's original Great Observatories, is scheduled for launch Wednesday 11th June 2008 from Cape Canaveral. 60% acceptable meteo conditions…
Liftoff aboard a Delta 2-Heavy rocket is targeted for 11:45 a.m. EDT.
Countdown just went in a planned 60-minute built-in hold wink.gif
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post Jun 11 2008, 04:01 PM
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Launch in another 5 minutes on media channel


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post Jun 11 2008, 04:05 PM
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GLAST has lifted off!

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post Jun 11 2008, 04:05 PM
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Lift Off


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post Jun 11 2008, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE (climber @ Jun 11 2008, 04:05 PM) *
Lift Off


Lol I was just going to say Lift off !
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post Jun 11 2008, 04:16 PM
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Should that not be GLAST-off ?

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post Jun 11 2008, 05:18 PM
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GLAST-off laugh.gif

June 11, 2008 - 12:05 p.m. EDT
GLAST has launched into space out of plumes of smoke and clouds at 12:05 p.m. EDT. The spacecraft will be going through a coast phase for about 50 minutes. GLAST will then be in the perfect orbit to monitor the universe. Let's hope everything will work out fine!
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post Jun 11 2008, 05:22 PM
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GLAST has just separated from the second stage and is now on its own. Congrats to the GLAST team!

edit : posted too soon. Still awaiting solar array deploy...

edit2 : I think we've had confirmation of solar array deploy. GLAST is truly on its way.


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post Jun 11 2008, 05:22 PM
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1720 GMT (1:20 p.m. EDT)

T+plus 75 minutes, 9 seconds. SPACECRAFT SEPARATION! NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope has been deployed from the Delta 2 rocket's second stage to complete today's launch from Cape Canaveral.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d333/status.html
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post Jun 11 2008, 05:53 PM
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Looked a bit unusual to me - blackening on the GEM's - and what looked like venting from the 1st stage shortly after launch.

Nice to hear it's up and away though smile.gif

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post Jun 11 2008, 10:02 PM
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Any word when we will find out the winner of the naming contest?


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