Friday, March 24, 2006

T-Minus 10 minutes

T-minus 10 minutes

The strongback has been lowered and Auto-Sequence has begun.

The previous times that auto-sequence has occurred, the computer has aborted for a variety of reasons:

1. Glitch in the Video Camera
2. Power Surge/drop on the launch pad
3. Ground helium supply disconnected itself prematurely

All of those were enough to abort the launch. Wednesday's static fire had zero issues and no aborts.

There is every reason to expect that we will go all the way to launch.

Very exciting.

Of course, once the rocket takes off, then we see a whole bunch of things that we cannot test.

We want the stages to disconnect; we want the stage 2 engine to fire up correctly; we want the ferring to separate nicely; and we want the satellite to deploy perfectly.

Don't go away when the launch happens. It ain't over until the satellite is up and on.

K

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