Space Shuttle Discovery (mission STS-128) is scheduled to launch tonight
at 1:36 AM. The weather may hold out for good viewing of the launch,
with a forecast for "partly cloudy skies."
Viewing is possible from Gainesville, with Paynes Prairie observation
deck being a popular location to observe from due to a wide, flat area
allowing for nearly unobstructed view of the east-southeastern horizon.
Night launches are particularly spectacular! Bring a video camera,
digital camera, binoculars.
This is a great opportunity to promote both ham radio and the space
program by re-broadcast live NASA mission audio via ham radio, setting
up an information table, and getting out in the field with other
students and the general public.
Anyone interested in participating? There is portable equipment at the
Check the NASA web site for an exact timeline if you are interested in
If you have a scanner you can hear it live on:
GARC supports NASA Mission audio re-transmission over the 146.910
repeater. Any repeater user can activate the audio by keying up their
radio, identifying as "This is W4XXX for the Space Shuttle audio" and
(while keeping the radio keyed up) pressing 6 and then 1 on your
keypad. That will link the audio for 30 minutes. As long as someone
identifies, the audio will remain linked for another 30 minutes.
If the audio from W4YGC Mcclenny is not coming in well, you can turn it
off with 6 3. Another audio source is available from EchoLink. You
will need to connect to the *NASA* channel which is node number 13599.
The code is #C 13599. To disconnect, ##.
Here's the short version of the schedule:
*8:30 p.m. LAUNCH COVERAGE BEGINS on NASA TV
*12:31 a.m. Countdown resumes at the T-20 minute mark
12:42 a.m. Countdown enters a +/- 45-minute hold at the T-9 minute mark
*Mission Management Team conducts final "Go-No Go" poll for launch*
1:27:05 a.m. Countdown resumes at the T-9 minute mark
1:28:35 a.m. Orbiter Access Arm (OAA) retract
1:30:05 a.m. Launch window opens
1:35:15 a.m. Discovery to internal power
1:35:34 a.m. Onboard computers take control of countdown (T-31 sec)
1:35:58 a.m. Main Engine start (T-6.6 seconds)
*1:36:05 a.m. LAUNCH*
1:41:05 a.m. Launch window closes
1:44:29 a.m. Main Engine Cutoff (MECO) commanded
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