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Posted by: TJ - Sun May 16, 2004 2:16 am
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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:49 pm
Man this is worse than last year.

Gates open in less than fifteen minutes, first flight could happen in a little more than an hour going by the estimate on Lindsey Clarke's website.

Anyone know of any live feeds available online?



Man I wish I was in New Mexico. :? :cry:


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:57 pm
any links to info would be great! wish i knew some numbers of people there!

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:20 pm
Rob Goldsmith wrote:
any links to info would be great! wish i knew some numbers of people there!


no kidding! the XPC people are doing a terrible job of coverage this year! I haven't found any video coverage at all! I wonder if that has to do with the cup being held on a air force base?

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http://www.personalspaceflight.info/
http://www.hobbyspace.com/nucleus/
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/x_cu ... index.html
http://www.space.com/xprizecup/

anyone else have a source?


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:39 pm
JesseD wrote:
anyone else have a source?


I wish. I've been checking Hobbyspace myself but I don't expect any updates until everything is done.


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Post LOL!   Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:12 pm
Although I keep forgetting that they are several hours behind EST. which is why nothing's happening yet. it's still 2 hours til the start of the earliest LLC window.

d'oh! :oops: :o


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Post Re: LOL!   Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:49 pm
JesseD wrote:
Although I keep forgetting that they are several hours behind EST. which is why nothing's happening yet. it's still 2 hours til the start of the earliest LLC window.

d'oh! :oops: :o


Clark Lindsey said that the gate opened for first flight attempt at 8:00, which means 10:00 EST and that Armadillo could have been in the air in as little time as an hour after the gate opened. So theoretically they could have launched about 45 minutes ago.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:52 pm
News on Hobbyspace, ignition troubles.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:52 pm
Update at:
http://spacefellowship.com/News/?p=3486

anyone else find anything please let us know :)

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:13 pm
Alan Boyle write at http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/
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the first time Armadillo tried to launch, nothing happened. The team had to track down the glitch, recycle its countdown and repressurize the Mod-1's propellant tanks for another go.

Armadillo Aerospace now says it has scrubbed this morning's attempt to win the Level 1 prize, due to problems with ignition (or actually, the lack thereof). They'll try again with the Mod-1 craft at 12:45 p.m. MT. That means that Armadillo's bid for the big $1 million Level 2 prize in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, using its Pixel lunar lander prototype, will likely have to wait until Sunday.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:17 pm
more links on hobbyspace.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:07 pm
Armadillo Aerospace's team just started out toward the launch pad for another try (at ~2:55PM EST), starting a 2.5hour window to complete the L1 challenge.

James Bauer, the team's welder, toldJason Silverman of Wired that debris had clogged the ignitor in the module's engine, leading to the first attempt's scrub.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:39 pm
Here's a couple of pics from Transterrestrial Musings:

Here's the second module AA built. note it doesn't have the computer box on top; it's not in flying condition.
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Here's the team coming back from the first scrubbed attempt.
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note Pixel going along for the ride!
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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:42 pm
Superb post JesseD!
Ill link the main news page into this thread :)
Keep it up ;)

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:44 pm
Thanks! I'm watching like, half a dozen blogs for updates. I'll try to post any updates as they occur.

edit: speaking of which, here's a picture of the Module, engine cleaned out and ready to take off for the second run:
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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:55 pm
excellent so its ready then! :)
Stay Tuned hey

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