Monday, December 7, 2015

#OA4 Cygnus scrubs and launch weekend with Rafi visiting Atlantis! #RNK

As VIP guests, Jen and I were able to take Rafi to visit Atlantis for the first time before the United Launch Alliance launch attempt of Orbital ATK's Cygnus OA4 mission to the ISS on an Atlas V. Thank you to +Carl Carruthers and +NanoRacks! Jen and I were busy posing Rafi in silly ways +Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex :-) 

Rafi's first visit to Atlantis!
Rafi's first toilet training and space toilet.
The launched was scrubbed due to weather.
The next day I tried to watch again from the beach, but it scrubbed due to high winds. I should have brought a surf board instead of a camera. After I ran back to help run the +Yuri's Night booth at the Cape Canaveral Friday Fest.
Saturday there was no attempt. Sunday it launched! But we couldn't see it from home as it hit the cloud deck really fast. We did hear it and feel it as it rocketed towards the ISS.

The official stats:
Dec. 6 Atlas 5   •  OA-4
Launch time: 2144:57 GMT (4:44:57 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-061, launched the fifth Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo freighter on its fourth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-4. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Nov. 19. Scrubbed on Dec. 3, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. Read our full story. [Dec. 6]


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