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(SpaceX)   Falcon launch with ISS resupply at 3:25 EST - live webcast starts at 2:45. Bonus coolness: landing legs and an attempted soft landing in the ocean   (spacex.com ) divider line
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2014-04-18 01:22:26 PM  
Falcon---LAUNCH!!!!
 
2014-04-18 01:40:54 PM  
 
2014-04-18 01:41:12 PM  
The LAST time a Falcon was "launched":

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-18 01:43:11 PM  
I'll bet the launch packed quite a punch... oh the Princess beat me to it.

/thanks for the handy Princess :)
//always look on the bright side
 
2014-04-18 01:46:53 PM  

buntz: The LAST time a Falcon was "launched":

[img.fark.net image 426x321]

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-18 01:52:29 PM  
I sincerely hope Falcon sticks the landing.

/take THAT, LockMart LOSERS!!!!
 
2014-04-18 01:57:08 PM  

mark12A: /take THAT, LockMart LOSERS!!!!


McDonald Douglas and Grumman Aerospace still got us to the Moon and Back.

/fun fact: The Saturn Boost Stage and SIV transitory stage were built by McD.
 
2014-04-18 02:01:24 PM  
Anyone know how long it'll be before SpaceX plans to send people up to the ISS?  All I could dig up is that they were planning on making a variant of the Dragon capsule capable of carrying humans within 2-3 years...back in 2011.

Given the current...situation in Eastern Europe I'd definitely feel a lot better if we weren't completely reliant on Russia to get people up there.  True the ideal solution would still be for NASA to have an in-house launch capability, but I'd much rather NASA buy seats from an American cooperation we have at least some limited oversight over then a country we have suchtenuous relations with.
 
2014-04-18 02:02:50 PM  

Non-evil Monkey: Anyone know how long it'll be before SpaceX plans to send people up to the ISS?  All I could dig up is that they were planning on making a variant of the Dragon capsule capable of carrying humans within 2-3 years...back in 2011.


They have to demonstrate a failure rate of less than 1:500 for the FAA to certify their capsules for manned spaceflight.
 
2014-04-18 02:06:43 PM  
All SpaceX really has to do is add seats and an environmental control system to the existing Dragon capsule to send people to/from ISS. Being that we seemed perfectly cromulent with sending people on the Space Shuttle without a viable means of escape, why bother with one for the first few Dragon missions? Add the escape system when we acquire a round tuit....
 
2014-04-18 02:07:00 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: Falcon---LAUNCH!!!!


It's...eating..the angel

/favorite line
 
2014-04-18 02:08:42 PM  

mark12A: All SpaceX really has to do is add seats and an environmental control system to the existing Dragon capsule to send people to/from ISS. Being that we seemed perfectly cromulent with sending people on the Space Shuttle without a viable means of escape, why bother with one for the first few Dragon missions? Add the escape system when we acquire a round tuit....


That's not actually all they have to do. The Dragon currently has a pressurized cabin and an ECLSS for the cargo on board. Theoretically, they could add jumpseats to it now if they had to. However, the capsule is not FAA approved for commercial spaceflight, and unless NASA bought a capsule from them and outfitted it themselves, they could not legally fly the Dragon with a manned crew.

Interestingly enough, the Dragon has it's own escape boost system built into the capsule.
 
2014-04-18 02:09:50 PM  
CRS-3 delayed from April 6, Sept. 30, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 15, Feb. 11, Feb. 22, March 1, March 16 and March 30. Scrubbed on April 14. If Range gives a thumbs down due to weather, I may well lose the rest of my mind. It looks like they will be shooting the gap in the storms today.
 
2014-04-18 02:13:31 PM  
cdn3.thatsnerdalicious.com
 
2014-04-18 02:14:41 PM  
krofft.dementedstuff.com

"3:25 is a little late for lunch, doncha think?"
 
2014-04-18 02:15:58 PM  
razzfrazznnoautopreview.....

Take 2

www.vampirerave.com

"3:25 is a little late for lunch, doncha think?"
 
2014-04-18 02:16:43 PM  
 
2014-04-18 02:18:13 PM  

hardinparamedic: Interestingly enough, the Dragon has it's own escape boost system built into the capsule.


The Dragon Rider version will, this one doesn't.
Also, curious about that 1:500 failure rate. Certainly they don't have to fly 500 of them to get certified by the FAA. I also have doubts about them needing that certification to fly a crew. Links?
 
2014-04-18 02:18:42 PM  

hardinparamedic: Non-evil Monkey: Anyone know how long it'll be before SpaceX plans to send people up to the ISS?  All I could dig up is that they were planning on making a variant of the Dragon capsule capable of carrying humans within 2-3 years...back in 2011.

They have to demonstrate a failure rate of less than 1:500 for the FAA to certify their capsules for manned spaceflight.


So at 2:135  (1:65) is why the space shuttles no longer fly?  I thought it was more to age.  Was the requirement originally that high (and badly missed) or have we just wimped out and raised the bar by an order of magnitude?
 
2014-04-18 02:21:35 PM  

hardinparamedic: If anyone's interested, here are the FAA regs about commercial human spaceflight.


Um...never mind then. Thanks.
 
2014-04-18 02:25:33 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: So at 2:135  (1:65) is why the space shuttles no longer fly?  I thought it was more to age.  Was the requirement originally that high (and badly missed) or have we just wimped out and raised the bar by an order of magnitude?


The shuttles were joint ventures between the USAF and NASA, they weren't subject to FAA regulations because "Teh Gubament". It's also an interesting read about how the Shuttle became a Low Earth Orbit Bus rather than what NASA wanted, because the AF wanted to use them for military and spy purposes. (Hince why the AF maintains shuttle launch sites at various AFBs for polar orbit launches) They were also using technology that made your home 486/DX look high tech, and were almost 35 years old.

Before SS1, the FAA regulations for human commercial spaceflight didn't exist, because no one honestly thought it'd happen.
 
2014-04-18 02:28:24 PM  
The Dragon Rider version will, this one doesn't.

"Dragon Rider"? Me likey the name.

It's a pity the lawyers are getting in the way. No shortage of people willing to ride the thing without a launch escape system...

If the Falcon manages to pull off a powered landing demo, it will officially be Teh Shiat!
 
2014-04-18 02:29:25 PM  

mark12A: If the Falcon manages to pull off a powered landing demo, it will officially be Teh Shiat!


The Orbital Flight of DreamChaser 1 is scheduled for 2016, too.
 
2014-04-18 02:34:47 PM  
Yup, I'm getting the hots for Dreamchaser as well. It's basically what the Space Shuttle was supposed to be, in Max Faget's mind, until the Air Force started demanding a huge payload bay and enough crossrange capability to support a once around polar orbit mission....
 
2014-04-18 02:35:37 PM  

mark12A: Yup, I'm getting the hots for Dreamchaser as well. It's basically what the Space Shuttle was supposed to be, in Max Faget's mind, until the Air Force started demanding a huge payload bay and enough crossrange capability to support a once around polar orbit mission....


It's looking as well like the Air Force is getting it's own Space Shuttle separate from Commercials and NASA, the X-37C.
 
2014-04-18 02:37:42 PM  
 
2014-04-18 02:39:14 PM  
Any alternate streams for those of us behind mean ol' corporate proxies?
 
2014-04-18 02:40:58 PM  

bmckenna: Any alternate streams for those of us behind mean ol' corporate proxies?


NASA TV
 
2014-04-18 02:43:27 PM  

hardinparamedic: By the way, the X-37B has now been in orbit for over 500 days, breaking all previous records for non-station, individual spacecraft intended to be returned and reused.


What's the latest theory on what that thing's actual mission is?
 
2014-04-18 02:44:03 PM  

hardinparamedic: bmckenna: Any alternate streams for those of us behind mean ol' corporate proxies?

NASA TV


goes to ustream, which is also blocked...but ustream plays on my phone and the spacex stream does not. thanks! :)
 
2014-04-18 02:47:32 PM  

GleeUnit: What's the latest theory on what that thing's actual mission is?


We know it's not armed, even though the AF has experimented with ASAT and kinetic kill vehicles in the past. The SM-3 and THAAD systems both have theoretical ASAT capabilities to LEO.

More than likely, Spy missions, military experiments on materials and biologicals, and autonomous satellite maintenance. Right now, it's official mission is testing space systems endurance for an upscaled, piloted version known as the X-37C, which will have the ability to carry a crew of six.

We know it's not spying on the Chinese and their Wet Laboratory in orbit.
 
2014-04-18 02:47:48 PM  

GleeUnit: What's the latest theory on what that thing's actual mission is?


Nunya. Move along, citizen.
 
2014-04-18 02:48:14 PM  

hardinparamedic: If anyone's interested, here are the FAA regs about commercial human spaceflight.


I don't suppose you could help a moran out, could you. I'm having trouble finding the meat in that bureaucratic mess.

At any rate, according to SpaceX, they intend to fly crew by 2017 and their production capacity currently maxes out at 40 cores a year (even though they'll be lucky to launch 10 this year) so the math doesn't really work for 500 launches before crew.
 
2014-04-18 02:49:58 PM  

SewerSquirrels: I don't suppose you could help a moran out, could you. I'm having trouble finding the meat in that bureaucratic mess.

At any rate, according to SpaceX, they intend to fly crew by 2017 and their production capacity currently maxes out at 40 cores a year (even though they'll be lucky to launch 10 this year) so the math doesn't really work for 500 launches before crew.


AFAIK, it's theoretical reliability, not in practice. Although the loss of a SpaceX crewed launch, even with a successful LES activation and crew recovery, would end up terminating manned commercial spaceflight for a long period of time.
 
2014-04-18 02:51:17 PM  
launch is also on the NASA cable channel for those that have it, though they're not showing the SpaceX studio thingie.. just a wide shot of Cape Canaveral and an audio feed of SpaceX launch control
 
2014-04-18 02:51:40 PM  
No technical issues at this time per SpaceX mission control. Weather is good for launch.
 
2014-04-18 02:58:33 PM  

mark12A: Yup, I'm getting the hots for Dreamchaser as well.


Of course the elephant in the room is that Dreamchaser is currently planning on using the Atlas V for the push to orbit and that rocket uses Russian RD-180 engines (which ULA currently has a 2 year supply of and have sold 7 years worth to the military).
 
2014-04-18 03:03:16 PM  
it always kinda amuses me..
on NASA TV, they keep showing shots of the different control rooms: SpaceX launch control in Cape Canaveral, NASA ISS control in Houston and SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne..

the contrasting aesthetics between them is fascinating
 
2014-04-18 03:04:00 PM  
Of course the elephant in the room is that Dreamchaser is currently planning on using the Atlas V for the push to orbit and that rocket uses Russian RD-180 engines (which ULA currently has a 2 year supply of and have sold 7 years worth to the military).

Teh hotness would be Dreamchaser launched on Falcon Heavy with all recoverable boosters.

/YAY! The videostream is making it through the firewall!
 
2014-04-18 03:06:31 PM  
heh.. also GMG has Kerbal for $16 at the moment
 
2014-04-18 03:08:12 PM  
hm.. judging by what I'm seeing on NASA TV, the spacex webcast is a full minute behind
 
2014-04-18 03:12:56 PM  
nevermind, prolly just my cappy internet.. after refreshing, the webcast is only 15 seconds behind
 
2014-04-18 03:14:37 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-18 03:20:43 PM  
FIVE MINUTES!

And Jeb is STILL Smiling!
 
2014-04-18 03:22:59 PM  
can't they time warp... this waiting is killing me.
 
2014-04-18 03:23:42 PM  
T - 2 minutes, range green
 
2014-04-18 03:27:19 PM  
Go baby go!
 
2014-04-18 03:27:45 PM  
reggiestake.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-18 03:28:45 PM  
MECO and separation
 
2014-04-18 03:34:09 PM  
Any word on the 1st stage.  Did it spin in and there were no survivors?
 
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