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Florida Weather: The historic launch of SpaceX-NASA can once again be canceled



Florida Weather: The historic launch of SpaceX-NASA can once again be canceled
The latest weather forecasts show the odds of a go or no-go decision at 50/50 – the same as Wednesday, when SpaceX and NASA first attempt at launch rubbed.

“Saturday and Sunday can turn into weather very similar to Wednesday,” said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink, referring to the delayed launch. “We may be waiting for the decision on the match time again this weekend.”

The next launch opportunity is Saturday at 3.22 pm. ET, with a backup window 3 things. ET on Sunday.

Rubbing the launch because the weather is not uncommon.

“Scrub is part of doing spaceflight safely and successfully. During my last mission to @Space_Station the weather also caught us!” tweeted Bob Behnken, one of two astronauts who will ride the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule.

The main concern is that rain or even storms can form near the launch site at NASA’s NASA Space Center in Brevard County, Florida, according to 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron. The squadron, based at the Patrick Air Force Base nearby, provides weather assessments for launches at space centers. Flights through precipitation, runway clouds and waves along the flight path also need to be monitored according to NASA.
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Experts are on the lookout for lightning

Lightning is one of the biggest concerns for the launch planned this weekend.

Pat Hyland, a research fellow for the University of Oklahoma Mesoscale Meteorological Cooperative Institute (CIMMS) who supports NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), spent several years researching this very topic. During his undergraduate and graduate research, funded in part by a NASA EPSCoR grant, he focused on investigating the electric field factory network (EFM) at the Kennedy Space Center to determine the level of false alarms, and to assist NASA’s Lightning Launch Commitment. Criteria.

“The motivation for this research is partly because studies show that more than half of the lightning casualties result from the first or one of the first few cloud-to-ground (CG) flashes in a storm and that a large number of victims result from returning too fast for activities outside the room, before the lightning really stopped, “Hyland said. “We are looking for potential patterns in what is happening with surface electric fields to hopefully provide guidance for hazard warning decision-making situations, such as what happened at the Kennedy Space Center with their launch.”

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They also tried to look for patterns in the atmosphere during the lightning experiment that triggered the rocket.

“This is another reason why, even in the absence of direct lightning around the site, the launch can sometimes be removed because rockets can artificially trigger lightning,” Hyland said.

For example, lightning in that area will cancel flights, just as clouds with electric fields large enough to produce lightning are triggered by rockets. This happens when giant electric sparks occur when large rockets fly through atmospheric electric fields that are strong enough.

The electric field needed to induce lightning triggered by rockets is much lower than natural lightning.

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Another danger can also rub the launch

The historic launch of SpaceX was delayed because of the weather

Weather forecasters must also monitor wind, and weather settings from the launchpad.

If there is a sustained wind of 30 mph or more at 162 feet above the launch pad, the mission will be canceled.

Not just the weather at the launch pad location. The Weather Squadron must also monitor the weather downrange because if the Naga Crew Capsule faces a problem, it must have a safe landing location.

A whole team of meteorologists is ready to help from the 45th Space Wing and SpaceX to determine whether the weather will cancel the launch. As on Wednesday, a decision can be taken to take off.

Judson Jones from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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