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SpaceX Dragon Undocking with ISS ~~LIVE video~~ Splashdown @11:44 EST

 
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More video. Youtube.
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ahhh
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Great photo of launch.
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I'm off to bed. Way To Go SpaceX!!!!
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Damn the shit didnt Blow up. No fire and Chaos. Its so sad.
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dick NO DOOM?
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so who exactly is going to space? who is paying for the ticket?
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Nobody, cargo only.

Hopefully it will dock with ISS smoothly
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Here is the complete video of launch from SpaceX.
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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
1151 GMT (7:51 a.m. EDT)
Dragon's laser ranging instrument, called a LIDAR system, and the capsule's thermal imager appear to working as expected, but the big test won't come until Friday's final rendezvous with the International Space Station. The sensors will then be called upon to feed precise range and relative velocity data to Dragon's flight computer and guidance system.
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A historic day fo sho yo.


This launch was vital in creating an atmosphere of viability for private space stuff.

Now let's all back Planetary Resources and their mining project.

I want to spend a weekend in a Bigelow Orbital Hotel before I die.

The REAL space age is about to begin.
'Magically Delicious'
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Killshot.

Module appropriately called Dragon.
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Press release from SpaceX:







Successful Launch Kicks off SpaceX’s Historic Mission



Hawthorne, CA – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to orbit in an exciting start to the mission that will make SpaceX the first commercial company in history to attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station – something only a handful of governments have ever accomplished.

At 3:44 a.m. Eastern, the Falcon 9 carrying Dragon launched from SpaceX’s launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Now Dragon heads toward the International Space Station. On that journey it will be subjected to a series of tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the station.

Broadcast quality videos, including video inside of the SpaceX factory, may be downloaded at vimeo.com/spacexlaunch and high-resolution photos are posted at spacexlaunch.zenfolio.com.

At a press conference held after the launch, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk began, “I would like to start off by saying what a tremendous honor it has been to work with NASA. And to acknowledge the fact that we could not have started SpaceX, nor could we have reached this point without the help of NASA… It’s really been an honor to work with such great people.”

The vehicle’s first stage performed nominally before separating from the second stage. The second stage successfully delivered the Dragon spacecraft into its intended orbit. This marks the third consecutive successful Falcon 9 launch and the fifth straight launch success for SpaceX.

“We obviously have to go through a number of steps to berth with the Space Station, but everything is looking really good and I think I would count today as a success no matter what happens with the rest of the mission,” Musk said.

He continued by expressing his gratitude to the more than 1,800 SpaceX employees. “People have really given it their all.” Describing the scene inside of SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, he said, “We had most of the company gathered around SpaceX Mission Control. They are seeing the fruits of their labor and wondering if it is going to work. There is so much hope riding on that rocket. When it worked, and Dragon worked, and the solar arrays deployed, people saw their handiwork in space operating as it should. There was tremendous elation. For us it is like winning the Super Bowl.”

Explaining the significance of the day, Musk stated, "This mission heralds the dawn of a new era of space exploration, one in which there is a significant commercial space element. It is like the advent of the Internet in the mid-1990s when commercial companies entered what was originally a government endeavor. That move dramatically accelerated the pace of advancement and made the Internet accessible to the mass market. I think we're at a similar inflection point for space. I hope and I believe that this mission will be historic in marking that turning point towards a rapid advancement in space transportation technology."

This is SpaceX's second demonstration flight under a 2006 Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement with NASA to develop the capability to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station. Demonstration launches are conducted to determine potential issues so that they might be addressed; by their very nature, they carry a significant risk. If any aspect of the mission is not successful, SpaceX will learn from the experience and try again.

Mission Highlights: During the mission, Dragon must perform a series of complex tasks, each presenting significant technical challenges (dates subject to change):

May 22/Launch Day: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches a Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
May 23: Dragon orbits Earth as it travels toward the International Space Station.
May 24: Dragon’s sensors and flight systems are subjected to a series of complicated tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station; these tests include maneuvers and systems checks in which the vehicle comes within 1.5 miles of the station.
May 25: NASA decides if Dragon is allowed to attempt berthing with the station. If so, Dragon approaches. It is captured by station’s robotic arm and attached to the station, a feat that requires extreme precision.
May 25 - 31: Astronauts open Dragon’s hatch, unload supplies and fill Dragon with return cargo.
May 31: After approximately two weeks, Dragon is detached from the station and returns to Earth, landing in the Pacific, hundreds of miles west of Southern California.
About SpaceX

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. With a diverse manifest of 40 launches to deliver commercial and government satellites to orbit, SpaceX is the world’s fastest growing launch services provider. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to put a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely to Earth. With the retirement of the space shuttle, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft will soon carry cargo, and one day astronauts, to and from the Space Station for NASA. Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has over 1,800 employees in California, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Florida. For more information, visit www.SpaceX.com.
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Killshot.

Module appropriately called Dragon.
 Quoting: abhie


The Dragon was named after Puff the magic dragon. bonghit

The rocket is called the Falcon after the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars. starwars

[link to www.space.com]

PS: I love any excuse to use the storm trooper humping gif.
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May 24: Dragon’s sensors and flight systems are subjected to a series of complicated tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station; these tests include maneuvers and systems checks in which the vehicle comes within 1.5 miles of the station.
 Quoting: RayGun

I may try to track it that day in broad daylight. Should prove interesting. Would be really sweet if I could manage to fit both ISS and Dragon in the same field of view.
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A historic day fo sho yo.


This launch was vital in creating an atmosphere of viability for private space stuff.

Now let's all back Planetary Resources and their mining project.

I want to spend a weekend in a Bigelow Orbital Hotel before I die.

The REAL space age is about to begin.
 Quoting: Lucky Charms


There used to be a time across all of humanity when such things like a rocket launch into space seemed to unite people...nowdays it's like old news...

Not many care about the scale of this kind of thing.

It really is a historic day.

hf
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May 24: Dragon’s sensors and flight systems are subjected to a series of complicated tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station; these tests include maneuvers and systems checks in which the vehicle comes within 1.5 miles of the station.
 Quoting: RayGun

I may try to track it that day in broad daylight. Should prove interesting. Would be really sweet if I could manage to fit both ISS and Dragon in the same field of view.
 Quoting: Astromut


That would be awesome if you could catch them together.
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Hope it makes it, one failure could prob kill'em funding wise right now.
 Quoting: MacElroy

The company has been launching the SpaceX Falcon series of boosters for a few years now.
They do it at a fraction of the price of a gubment rocket and from what I've read they turn a profit.
The Dragon capsule also comes in a manned version soon to be tested.
Right now they have private and foreign government contracts to keep them in business and flooded with cash for years.
They are currently seeking the environmental OK to build their own launch facility in South Texas.
The private sector has made it to space and they are ready to exploit it.
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Looks like SpaceX is having a good day.


From Spaceflightnow.com


"Dragon's commanded abort demonstrations, employing full burns and pulsed firings of its Draco thrusters, were completed earlier today. The craft also demonstrated its free drift mode, in which Dragon's attitude control thrusters are switched off.

NASA and SpaceX are reviewing data from the demos.

The abort and free drift functions are required for Dragon's approach to the space station. An abort may be necessary if problems develop during the final phase of rendezvous, and Dragon must go to free drift mode before being grappled by the station's robot arm.

SpaceX has thus far reported no significant issues with the spacecraft on its first day in orbit. More burns are on tap overnight and tomorrow to fine-tune its high-speed pursuit of the space station"
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so it's gonna do 3 revolutions ..........
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its going to crash into the space station instead of docking
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From Elon Musk twitter

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk
Dragon fly by of Space Station planned for 12:47 am California time. All systems green. #dragonlaunch



Things must be going good for them to approach the ISS.
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All scheduled objectives complete. Including abort demos and free-drift.

All Dragon systems nominal. Scheduled for capture at 8:06 AM ET Friday 25th.
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When you think of the speed at which both are moving it's amazing.

Being able to synch something like that.
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Tweet

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Dragon Mission Update: Dragon spent last night through today firing thrusters to catch up to the International Space Station.
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When you think of the speed at which both are moving it's amazing.

Being able to synch something like that.
 Quoting: ArunaLuna


I think they are moving at 17,500 MPH. I guess that is why NASA is making SpaceX prove they have complete control over the Dragon before it gets near the Space Station. One small error an they could have a high speed fender bender.
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When you think of the speed at which both are moving it's amazing.

Being able to synch something like that.
 Quoting: ArunaLuna


I think they are moving at 17,500 MPH. I guess that is why NASA is making SpaceX prove they have complete control over the Dragon before it gets near the Space Station. One small error an they could have a high speed fender bender.
 Quoting: RayGun


What would happen if say they do fumble the dragon and it takes out the ISS...does the junk just fly off into space or is this in orbit somewhere that it'll actually fall to earth?

(yes I am actually THAT retarded and don't know)

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When you think of the speed at which both are moving it's amazing.

Being able to synch something like that.
 Quoting: ArunaLuna


I think they are moving at 17,500 MPH. I guess that is why NASA is making SpaceX prove they have complete control over the Dragon before it gets near the Space Station. One small error an they could have a high speed fender bender.
 Quoting: RayGun


What would happen if say they do fumble the dragon and it takes out the ISS...does the junk just fly off into space or is this in orbit somewhere that it'll actually fall to earth?

(yes I am actually THAT retarded and don't know)

tomato
 Quoting: ArunaLuna


The relative velocity between the two spacecraft is not that high. Granted a collision could result in depressurization of the space station, sure, but it's not going to knock the spacestation out of earth orbit and into deep space. If a collision happened ultimately the debris would succumb to orbital drag and return to earth. I seriously doubt that will happen though; Dragon doesn't go all the way to docking, it just gets within grappling distance and the station's robotic arm will take it from there.
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Wow...thanks Astromut for the explanation!
It'll be interesting to watch...
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Found this link showing proximity of Dragon to the ISS. Going to an exciting couple days.

[link to www.lizard-tail.com]
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You can watch the first Dragon fly-by of the ISS tonight starting @ 2:30 AM EST on NASA TV.
[link to www.nasa.gov]

I'm going to bed so if anyone wants to update this thread, please do.

Thanks
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