Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Launch on Friday!!!

So, we are getting ready to launch Friday morning!! (It was supposed to be Thursday but it got delayed a day for a rocket mechanical test).

August 24th, 2012
4:07 am

It's only a 20 minute launch window, so it either goes, or it doesn't. Then they try again the next day.

Some information about our mission, if you want to listen to a NPR recording, or you can just read the article.
http://www.npr.org/2012/06/25/155719933/twin-probes-to-investigate-mysteries-of-space-weather

Here is a picture from a few weeks ago, before the fairing was closed and moved over to Kennedy Space Center. I'm not in this picture, I was already back in Maryland.


Some really cool pictures of ULA stacking the rocket inside the VIF (Vertical Integration Facility):

http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av032/stacking/

And here's fairing moving past the VAB out to the VIF.


Then the important part; hoisting the nose cone on top of the rocket:

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av032/hoisting/

So I will send more information out tomorrow about how you can view the launch. But basically it will be streaming live online and if you have DirecTV there is a NASA channel that should have it.

Please send me an e-mail if you have any questions (sbucior@gmail.com). I'm in Florida right now, got to see the rocket rolled out to the pad this morning, and we are taking pictures tomorrow morning. Then I'm flying home so I can support the launch in the Mission Operations Center Friday morning.

Can't wait!!