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    BOOM! SpaceX

    Tomorrow if the weather holds out.

    https://www.spacex.com/launches/
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    This is the Jeff Bezos funded thing, yeah? Or Elon Musk? I get my rich white dudes mixed up.
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    Starlink is insanity. Everyone will know who Kessler was real soon.

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    Wow, this is awesome. Think I'll call in sick to watch it.

    Good luck, Space X and astronauts. I'd be pooping my pants right about now.

    Demo-2 is the final major test for SpaceXís human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASAís Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for Americaís future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Starlink is insanity. Everyone will know who Kessler was real soon.

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    Gonna be exciting for sure. Fingers crossed the weather clears up today at launch pad.
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    SpaceX

    If you've been wondering what the opposite of quarantine looks like, tune into SpaceXís livestream at 4:30pm ET today. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be lifting off from Cape Canaveral to a place far, far away on SpaceXís Crew Dragon spacecraft.

    This launch will make big H History. Itís...

    The first crewed flight from U.S. soil into orbit since 2011
    The first time a private company will send astronauts into orbit
    The Crew Dragonís final test before getting the all-clear to run crewed NASA operations
    The itinerary: Within ~12 minutes of takeoff the Crew Dragon will be cruising in orbit. From there, itíll journey 19 hours to the International Space Station, where Hurley and Behnken will share some interesting Earth stories with their new roomies, NASAís Chris Cassidy and Russiaís Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

    NASA hasnít set an end date for the mission, but when the Crew Dragon does return, itíll splash down off Floridaís coast and a SpaceX vessel will retrieve it.

    Years in the making
    Since 2011, NASAís been paying about $80 million/head to send astronauts into space on Russian rockets. In 2014, it started shopping for a cheaper date and handed SpaceX and Boeing $3.1 billion and $4.8 billion, respectively, to build those capabilities back home.

    SpaceX had a few problems on the way, but itís faring better than Boeing. After a 2019 test flight failed, NASA found dozens of issues in Boeingís preparedness and is deciding whether to proceed with another test.
    Rewind some more: This public-private partnership goes back to the Obama administration, which retooled NASAís goals for space exploration and embraced commercial launch capabilities.

    NASA had always used commercial contractors to build rockets, but its engineers led design and build.
    Now, NASAís handed most of that off to private companies, which also get to keep their spacecraft.
    Zoom out: With growing competition for space dominance from China and Russia and a new military branch, the Space Force, public investment in the U.S. space industry is expected to increase.


    SPACE
    Move Over Skywalker
    Nasa astronauts
    SpaceX

    Curious about what it takes to pilot a NASA x SpaceX mission? Check out these resumes.

    Bob Behnken, joint operations commander
    The St. Ann, MO, native has a degree in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington University, a masterís and Ph.D. from Caltech, and started his high-flying career as a flight test engineer in the Air Force.

    Behnken will handle the Crew Dragonís rendezvous, docking, and undocking with the ISS and lead camp activities while aboard.

    Doug Hurley, spacecraft commander
    The Apalachin, NY, native has a B.S. in civil engineering from Tulane, attended naval test pilot school in Maryland, and served as a Marine fighter pilot. Hurley will oversee the launch, landing, and recovery.

    Fun fact: Both men were selected as astronauts in 2000 and have two spaceflights apiece under their belt. Theyíre long-time friends.

    Double fun fact: Hurley and Behnken are married to veteran astronauts Karen Nyberg and Megan McArthur, respectively. The four met as part of the NASA astronaut class of 2000. No pressure on their kids...

    Follow their mission at @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug.
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    Maybe the U.S. will stop relying on Russian rockets, costing us $75 million per ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVL-MTB View Post
    Maybe the U.S. will stop relying on Russian rockets, costing us $75 million per ride.
    Do you think that covers room and board, too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Do you think that covers room and board, too?
    In the Russian culture, you pay for services, then you pay under the table for "good" service... that, I know.

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    This is cool! Fingers crossed for a safe launch and flight.
    Goya! It's got what plants crave. It's got electrolytes. Livin in an Idiocracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVL-MTB View Post
    In the Russian culture, you pay for services, then you pay under the table for "good" service... that, I know.
    Good knowledge to have if you want to eat something other than Borscht on your flight.
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    In Soviet Russia, room and board covers you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    In Soviet Russia, room and board covers you.
    Pee tapes?
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    Godspeed, Crew Dragon.
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    T-minus 1 hour. Weather still a factor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aymrnzianf0
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    On a side note, astronauts look like stormtroopers. Hope they don't need to rely on blasters for anything.
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    Good Luck! Bob and Doug!
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    ^Nice!

    RP-1 ó space grade kerosene. Strange brew indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    On a side note, astronauts look like stormtroopers. Hope they don't need to rely on blasters for anything.
    We here ar work were just talking about how sweet those new suits are! Much better than the old Michelin man ones

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    Who's watchin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Who's watchin?
    In.

    Hoping for a successful take off, eh.
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    Take off you hosers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    New word gleaned from that link: Crewcial.
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    Still waiting for final weather GO.
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    Dang...
    Dont make me go all Jonathan Winters on this gas station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
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    Darn it
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    Shit
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    Scrubbed. Better luck Saturday I think they said.

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    Well crap. See you Saturday.
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    What?

    Oh, scrubbed due to bad weather. Gotdammit.
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    rOCktoberfest 2015 pt I here
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    Haha net, so perfect.
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    Scheduled to re-try at 3:22 p.m. EDT. Only 50% chance of favorable weather.
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    17 minutes...
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    11 minutes. Iím hot sweaty hungry and dirty from my ride that I literally just got back from. No time for a shower, gotta see this!
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    God speed hosers!


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    Awesome launch!

    However it was interesting they lost signal to the drone ship no rocket, return signal, there's the rocket

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    Awesome launch!

    However it was interesting they lost signal to the drone ship no rocket, return signal, there's the rocket
    Musk probably cut the video at the right time for the conspiracy memes that I'm sure we'll be seeing shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fajita Dave View Post
    Musk probably cut the video at the right time for the conspiracy memes that I'm sure we'll be seeing shortly.
    I heard it was filmed in a desert in Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fajita Dave View Post
    Musk probably cut the video at the right time for the conspiracy memes that I'm sure we'll be seeing shortly.
    Lol, yeah.

    I'm sure every one of the sailors on board had their phones out taking video- we'll see those soon, hopefully.

    Hard to believe the turmoil going on below the clouds when the big blue marble looks so peaceful from space.



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    I'm curious, ,How does the crew capsule land when they return to earth? Parachute into the ocean like all in the past or does it land on a barge or earth?


    Just saw a show on TV that answered my question....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I'm curious, ,How does the crew capsule land when they return to earth? Parachute into the ocean like all in the past or does it land on a barge or earth?
    Apparently, this is a big worry.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...th/ar-BB14Oma6

    Musk added that while the threat was low, his "biggest concern" about the new spaceship was the capsule's asymmetric design, which is driven by its emergency escape system. While screaming back to Earth at 25 times the speed of sound, the capsule's heat shield will deflect and absorb the energy of superheated plasma ó but the forces of atmospheric reentry have a slim chance of causing catastrophe.

    "If you rotate too much, then you could potentially catch the plasma in the super Draco escape thruster pods," Musk said, adding this could overheat parts of the ship or cause it to lose control (by wobbling). "We've looked at this six ways to Sunday, so it's not that I think this will fail. It's just that I worry a bit that it is asymmetric on the backshell."

    Musk expressed the same concern about a roll instability, as the issue is called, during a press briefing after the company's Demo-1 mission ó an uncrewed test flight of its spaceship to orbit and back ó lifted off in March 2019.

    He also noted a concern about the ship's parachutes, which must deploy to slow down the Crew Dragon as it falls through thicker atmosphere.

    "The parachutes are new. Will the parachutes deploy correctly? And then will the system guide Dragon 2 to the right location and splash down safely?" Musk said at the time, though he said he sees "hypersonic reentry as probably my biggest concern, just because of the asymmetric back shell."
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    Dang I forgot all about it, was binge watching some Netflix! Will have to watch a re-run I guess.
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    Here's a live stream of the goings on with Dragon

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    They're about to do the "approach initiation burn". This will set the Dragon up for docking with the ISS.
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    Congratulations to the astronauts.

    Smart move leaving earth !
    Round and round we go

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    They're just about to dock with ISS.
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    Iím all over it. Very interesting. Thanks for the link net.
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    1969: "The eagle has landed."

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    Lol. At least one astronaut is wearing *gasp* cargo pants.
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    are the cargo pockets on the sides or front to back?
    Dont make me go all Jonathan Winters on this gas station.

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    Doug and Bob made it back!

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    One of the few splash downs [in my time] Iíve missed live on the tube. Good to hear it all went down without a hitch.
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    Many a fingernail was bitten off.

    Welcome back, hosers!
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    Hey hoser, look out da window. Where? Earth. good day eh

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