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SpaceX Demo-2

GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 8,049
Who's watching? 

Not sure if any if our Florida crowd are there to watch it live.  If you are there in person let us know. I'd love to see some pictures. 

Best I can do is online. 



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  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,449
    Thanks for the reminder. Streaming the pre-game show now.
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,849
    What’s the big fuss about doing something that we did regularly over 50 years ago? 
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,449
    edited May 27
    For one, if it doesn't blow up on live TV like it did when I was in 2nd grade and everyone in the classroom freaked, NASA will grant SpaceX permission to carry the general public into space and up to the Space Station.
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,849
    SonVolt said:
    For one, if it doesn't blow up on live TV like it did when I was in 2nd grade and everyone in the classroom freaked, NASA will grant SpaceX permission to carry the general public into space and up to the Space Station.
    Just more adventures for the billionaires of the world... 
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 26,684
    edited May 27
    What’s the big fuss about doing something that we did regularly over 50 years ago? 

    so we dont have to rely on russia to get our space force up there =) this project is moving so quick ive seen three design changes in making this rocket in six months, its actually and old design now thats launching
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 8,049
    edited May 27
    I love that private enterprise is now involved and it's a new launch vehicle that this country hasn't seen in decades. Not to mention it makes our space program self-reliant again. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

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  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,931
    edited May 27
    We are watching 


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  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 954
    What’s the big fuss about doing something that we did regularly over 50 years ago? 
    I remember launches being a big deal when I was a kid and they seemed to be an even bigger deal before my time. It’s been almost a decade since NASA sent a man into space so that’s creating the extra buzz around this one. Also the fact that Space X is teamed up with NASA adds to the big fuss. 
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,774
    I'm no weather man, but they aren't launching today
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  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,449
    well ****
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  • EzraBrooksEzraBrooks Posts: 133
    It's the right call, they have too much riding on the launch.  Plus now they get another Tesla commercial when the astronauts get on again.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,800
    Do they run the rocket by a supercharger first?
  • speed51133speed51133 Posts: 691
    Well, if you recall, Nasa faked the moon landing. Crazy how many people believe this today. Not sure if they think we never even made it to space, or that the world is even round, or that the planet is a few thousand years old....
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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 7,478
    Weather for a weekend launch, at the moment, only seems marginally better than today:

    New launch dates for Crew Dragon

    • Saturday, 3:22pm ET (Weather: 60% go)
    • Sunday, 3:00pm ET (Weather 60% go)

    Add four hours for UTC.

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  • lentsboy007lentsboy007 Posts: 364
    I love space but am not an expert ... so can someone tell me how the US government hasn’t been able to launch our own astronauts into space since the shuttle retired ? Are they basically contracting out to SpaceX to develop the tech or has NASA not been able to figure out a new vehicle themselves ? 

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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 3,349
    edited May 27
    They don’t have a man approved vehicle. The government/industry are developing the new SLS heavy launch system but, it’s not ready yet and overkill for trips to ISS. 

    It will be used to return to the moon and for a future trip to Mars. 
    Greensboro, NC
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 11,186
    I love space but am not an expert ... so can someone tell me how the US government hasn’t been able to launch our own astronauts into space since the shuttle retired ? Are they basically contracting out to SpaceX to develop the tech or has NASA not been able to figure out a new vehicle themselves ? 
    Because Obama gave that $$$ to his buddies in Iran and changed NASA’s mission to researching climate change. 
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,300
    I love space but am not an expert ... so can someone tell me how the US government hasn’t been able to launch our own astronauts into space since the shuttle retired ? Are they basically contracting out to SpaceX to develop the tech or has NASA not been able to figure out a new vehicle themselves ? 
    No one wants to give tax money to them to develop another disaster like the Space Shuttle program......the most useless and deadly space program to date.  They tried to come out with a Shuttle replacement by the early 2000's, but it never happened.  Lockheed X33.  Then the Orion.....never happened.  

    Loved the Space Shuttle and the the history.....been to KSC several times and would watch the NASA channel for every launch and landing.  Unfortunately, the more you read the history, the more mind boggling the mismanagement, the design, the accidents and their aftermath, and all the other [near disasters] were, the more you'll never want to give NASA a dime to spend on developing anything on their own.  Hell, they had a whole shuttle launch facility built at Vandenburg they never used.

    The Space Shuttle was cool like an El Camino.  But half airplane and half space ship.....not enough of either though. :(


  • JonWessonJonWesson Posts: 83
    thetrim said:
    I love space but am not an expert ... so can someone tell me how the US government hasn’t been able to launch our own astronauts into space since the shuttle retired ? Are they basically contracting out to SpaceX to develop the tech or has NASA not been able to figure out a new vehicle themselves ? 
    Because Obama gave that $$$ to his buddies in Iran and changed NASA’s mission to researching climate change. 
    spaceforce to be in action soon.       that make simpletons like you happy.       they even have customize action suits included with trumps addled signature on sleeve.      make little boys brag maybe
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 22,567
    About the long-range Mars deal: 
    I don't feel the juice that is fueling this fascination with humans in the deep space and Mars conversation.  Matter of fact, I find the whole  drive to send a human to Mars quite an undertaking that needs to be throttled back/terminated.
    The expense of engineering the human into the loop versus the robotics and rovers we can get there now is several orders of magnitude more expensive.  For what "value add?"  (I get that this is the NASA current and future funding stream but again, for what?)  
    Other than the bragging rights how much is it worth?  We can send all the sophisticated hardware we need to achieve all the science we want-other than the buzz factor.  And suppose as they are on "final approach" the metric versus English fail to conversion factor comes into play again...auger in.  
    Off the soap-box.
    I will be watching the scheduled launch Saturday.  
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,849
    edited May 28
    Agree 100% Capt
  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 3,349
    Not to be a contrarian but, would we still think the Earth was flat and the Sun rotated around us? There is value and learning to be had from exploration. 

    And from a defense standpoint- we got to be king of the hill partly from lessons learned in the rocket arena. 
    Greensboro, NC
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 22,567
    Well, rumors are that a few of the "Flat-Earthers" have been lost due to going off the edge, attempting to comply with the 6 foot rule.   B)
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  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 8,049
    I do have to admit that every time they talk about Bob and Doug this is the image that comes to mind... 


    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

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  • EzraBrooksEzraBrooks Posts: 133
    edited May 28
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,131

    I feel like we need to get a big, blue exclamation point tag that we can use.
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,449
    Careful now or he'll shut down the twitters. 
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  • rconercone Posts: 196
    After obama killed the shuttle program the price of a seat on a Soyuz went up fourfold for American crew. It really saved the Russian program over the last decade, as the US was paying more for a single seat than the cost of an entire launch. 
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,411
    rcone said:
    After obama killed the shuttle program the price of a seat on a Soyuz went up fourfold for American crew. It really saved the Russian program over the last decade, as the US was paying more for a single seat than the cost of an entire launch. 
    Obama was President in 2004? Huh.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 34,489
    rcone said:
    After obama killed the shuttle program the price of a seat on a Soyuz went up fourfold for American crew. It really saved the Russian program over the last decade, as the US was paying more for a single seat than the cost of an entire launch. 

    Bush cancelled it, here's the NASA press release.  It flew for 30 years, and it was a dangerous craft.  It was $450M per launch in the last days it flew.  Russia charges $86M per seat.


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