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(Rocket Launch Live)   Watch four NASA, JAXA, & ESA astronauts launch to ISS at two seconds past 5:49 AM ET. They will be using Bob and Doug's Crew Dragon Endeavour and the booster that launched Mike Hopkins's crew in November   (rocketlaunch.live) divider line
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2021-04-22 10:12:50 PM  
 if you're anywhere you can see it, it could be pretty good and worth getting up and taking a look. The rocket is estimated (by someone on the internet) to hit sunlight 4 mins into the flight.  Stage separation is around T+ 2:40. When the debris, dust, etc. from separation hits the sunlight, and you get a pretty good jellyfish cloud!
 
2021-04-23 5:02:24 AM  
Ugh, about to pass out, tired as fark. No alcohol. That's why dammit!

/ It is rocket fuel, or can be anyway.
 
2021-04-23 5:30:11 AM  
Morning, folks!

Cool launch - Booster was used to launch Crew 1, capsule was used on Crew Demo-2 (Bob and Doug), and one of the astronauts on this launch is Bob's wife!

Bob 'broke in' the capsule, now his wife flies the same spacecraft to the ISS.  "Honey, give me the keys!"
 
2021-04-23 5:32:28 AM  
The sweet spot is usually ~half an hour before sunrise, or half an hour after sunset, but hopefully we'll have a good show.
 
2021-04-23 5:47:16 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Morning, folks!

Cool launch - Booster was used to launch Crew 1, capsule was used on Crew Demo-2 (Bob and Doug), and one of the astronauts on this launch is Bob's wife!

Bob 'broke in' the capsule, now his wife flies the same spacecraft to the ISS.  "Honey, give me the keys!"


I thought the job of a husband is to lose the keyes?
 
2021-04-23 5:47:41 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Morning, folks!

Cool launch - Booster was used to launch Crew 1, capsule was used on Crew Demo-2 (Bob and Doug), and one of the astronauts on this launch is Bob's wife!

Bob 'broke in' the capsule, now his wife flies the same spacecraft to the ISS.  "Honey, give me the keys!"

I thought the job of a husband is to lose the keyes?


Keys.
 
2021-04-23 5:49:05 AM  
I set my alarm. I am up.

Go for launch!
 
2021-04-23 5:49:16 AM  
WE HAVE LIFTOFF!

GODSPEED AND SAFE TRAVEL, ASTRONAUTS!!!
 
2021-04-23 5:49:55 AM  
Goooooooo!!!
 
2021-04-23 5:52:28 AM  
Staging is good, Second Stage engine start is good.
 
2021-04-23 5:55:18 AM  
Looks perfect so far.
 
2021-04-23 5:55:41 AM  
I just moved to Alaska from Clearwater, FL and we could see these on clear nights all the way from the gulf coast. I'd always go out and watch them.
 
2021-04-23 5:56:07 AM  
Man, that plume burp after max Q throttle up had me holding my breath...
 
2021-04-23 5:57:21 AM  
First Stage entry burn is good.
 
2021-04-23 5:57:34 AM  
10,000mph. That would be a hell of a ride.
 
2021-04-23 5:58:40 AM  
AND THEY STICK THE LANDING!

Anyone know how many flights this is for this booster?
 
2021-04-23 5:59:18 AM  
Second Stage orbit insertion is good!
 
2021-04-23 5:59:19 AM  
Dead center. Never gets old.
 
2021-04-23 6:00:20 AM  
Sticks the landing.  So amazing to watch.
 
2021-04-23 6:01:22 AM  
Crew Dragon has separated from second stage, we are good.
 
2021-04-23 6:02:19 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: AND THEY STICK THE LANDING!

Anyone know how many flights this is for this booster?


Second flight.
 
2021-04-23 6:03:46 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: AND THEY STICK THE LANDING!

Anyone know how many flights this is for this booster?


I believe this is the 2nd time on that booster.
 
2021-04-23 6:06:20 AM  
Always so amazing to watch. It's 2am and I'm going back to bed.  Goodnight all.

Godspeed Dragon Crew!
 
2021-04-23 6:07:57 AM  
Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions. I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights.
The manifest is starting to flesh out for this year, with more Starlink launches, Rideshare missions, and other customers being added.  Currently, it's at 26 launches this year, but it's a cinch there will be more added as the year goes on.  Weather and technical issues allowing, SpaceX could conceivably hit 36 or 37 missions in 2021 if they want to hit their mandated target for building out the Starlink Constellation.

Year  # flown  Milestones
2006 - 1 - Falcon 1
2007 - 1
2008 - 2
2009 - 1
2010 - 2 - First Falcon 9, June 4, 2010
2011 - 0
2012 - 2 - First private spaceship (Dragon) to visit ISS
2013 - 3 - Falcon 9 v1.1
2014 - 6
2015 - 6 - Falcon 9 'Full Thrust' and first booster landing
2016 - 8
2017 - 18 - First Launch and Recovery of a reused booster / Dragon
2018 - 21 - First Falcon Heavy, First F9 Block 5, First booster with 3 flights
2019 - 13 - Successful Crew Dragon Demo 1; 1st Paying Falcon Heavy; Starlink; 1 F9 flies 4 times
2020 - 26 - 7 flights on one Falcon 9; Crew Dragon Certified; Starship test flights; Starlink Beta Opens

2021:

1    01/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5A
2    01/20/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 16
3    01/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 1
4    02/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 18
5    02/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 19
6    03/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 17
7    03/11/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 20
8    03/14/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 21 - NINTH mission for this booster
9    03/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 22
10   04/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 23
11   04/23/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 2

Upcoming Flights:

04/28/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 24
06/01/2021    Falcon 9 - SXM 8
06/03/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 22
06/17/2021    Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV05
07/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 2
07/??/2021    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44
08/18/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 23
09/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Inspiration4 (Civilian Tourism Mission)
09/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Worldview Legion 1 & 2
10/??/2021    Falcon Heavy - USSF 52
10/23/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 3
11/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5B
11/17/2021    Falcon 9 - IXPE
11/24/2021    Falcon 9 - DART
12/04/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 24

(from http://www.spacex.com/missions and https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-sche​dule/)
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of​_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches)
 
2021-04-23 6:20:52 AM  
And the Russian government announces they want to end our partnership in space.
Just out of the blue.
How odd.
 
2021-04-23 6:53:33 AM  

gas giant: And the Russian government announces they want to end our partnership in space.
Just out of the blue.
How odd.


They want to build their own station, with hookers and blackjack.
 
2021-04-23 7:04:55 AM  
Wonder what Bob and Doug said at the launch...
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2021-04-23 7:40:30 AM  
I was like "Wow!, I can see stars in the background." Then I realised that my monitor was dusty.
 
2021-04-23 7:47:16 AM  

grokca: I was like "Wow!, I can see stars in the background." Then I realised that my monitor was dusty.


Or your screensaver came on.

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2021-04-23 8:06:27 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions. I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights.
The manifest is starting to flesh out for this year, with more Starlink launches, Rideshare missions, and other customers being added.  Currently, it's at 26 launches this year, but it's a cinch there will be more added as the year goes on.  Weather and technical issues allowing, SpaceX could conceivably hit 36 or 37 missions in 2021 if they want to hit their mandated target for building out the Starlink Constellation.

Year  # flown  Milestones
2006 - 1 - Falcon 1
2007 - 1
2008 - 2
2009 - 1
2010 - 2 - First Falcon 9, June 4, 2010
2011 - 0
2012 - 2 - First private spaceship (Dragon) to visit ISS
2013 - 3 - Falcon 9 v1.1
2014 - 6
2015 - 6 - Falcon 9 'Full Thrust' and first booster landing
2016 - 8
2017 - 18 - First Launch and Recovery of a reused booster / Dragon
2018 - 21 - First Falcon Heavy, First F9 Block 5, First booster with 3 flights
2019 - 13 - Successful Crew Dragon Demo 1; 1st Paying Falcon Heavy; Starlink; 1 F9 flies 4 times
2020 - 26 - 7 flights on one Falcon 9; Crew Dragon Certified; Starship test flights; Starlink Beta Opens

2021:
1    01/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5A
2    01/20/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 16
3    01/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 1
4    02/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 18
5    02/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 19
6    03/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 17
7    03/11/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 20
8    03/14/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 21 - NINTH mission for this booster
9    03/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 22
10   04/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 23
11   04/23/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 2

Upcoming Flights:
04/28/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 24
06/01/2021    Falcon 9 - SXM 8
06/03/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 22
06/17/2021    Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV05
07/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 2
07/??/2021    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44
08/18/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 23
09/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Inspiration4 (Civilian Tourism Mission)
09/??/20 ...



Their launch pace this year so far is once every 10 days.  That's stunning.
 
2021-04-23 8:31:09 AM  

dammit just give me a login: if you're anywhere you can see it, it could be pretty good and worth getting up and taking a look. The rocket is estimated (by someone on the internet) to hit sunlight 4 mins into the flight.  Stage separation is around T+ 2:40. When the debris, dust, etc. from separation hits the sunlight, and you get a pretty good jellyfish cloud!


Yep, it was spectacular. I'm about 200 miles south of the liftoff and from here it basically looked like a huge comet. For the first time in my life I could clearly see the separation.
 
2021-04-23 8:56:00 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions. I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights.
The manifest is starting to flesh out for this year, with more Starlink launches, Rideshare missions, and other customers being added.  Currently, it's at 26 launches this year, but it's a cinch there will be more added as the year goes on.  Weather and technical issues allowing, SpaceX could conceivably hit 36 or 37 missions in 2021 if they want to hit their mandated target for building out the Starlink Constellation.

Year  # flown  Milestones
2006 - 1 - Falcon 1
2007 - 1
2008 - 2
2009 - 1
2010 - 2 - First Falcon 9, June 4, 2010
2011 - 0
2012 - 2 - First private spaceship (Dragon) to visit ISS
2013 - 3 - Falcon 9 v1.1
2014 - 6
2015 - 6 - Falcon 9 'Full Thrust' and first booster landing
2016 - 8
2017 - 18 - First Launch and Recovery of a reused booster / Dragon
2018 - 21 - First Falcon Heavy, First F9 Block 5, First booster with 3 flights
2019 - 13 - Successful Crew Dragon Demo 1; 1st Paying Falcon Heavy; Starlink; 1 F9 flies 4 times
2020 - 26 - 7 flights on one Falcon 9; Crew Dragon Certified; Starship test flights; Starlink Beta Opens

2021:
1    01/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5A
2    01/20/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 16
3    01/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 1
4    02/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 18
5    02/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 19
6    03/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 17
7    03/11/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 20
8    03/14/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 21 - NINTH mission for this booster
9    03/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 22
10   04/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 23
11   04/23/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 2

Upcoming Flights:
04/28/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 24
06/01/2021    Falcon 9 - SXM 8
06/03/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 22
06/17/2021    Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV05
07/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 2
07/??/2021    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44
08/18/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 23
09/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Inspiration4 (Civilian Tourism Mission)
09/??/20 ...


Meanwhile: https://spaceflightnow.com​/2021/04/21/​boeing-crew-capsule-test-flight-now-sc​heduled-for-late-summer/
 
2021-04-23 11:38:59 AM  

turboke: grokca: I was like "Wow!, I can see stars in the background." Then I realised that my monitor was dusty.

Or your screensaver came on.

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That accounts for the flying toasters.
 
2021-04-23 11:54:27 AM  

Merltech: Meanwhile: https://spaceflightnow.com​/​2021/04/21/boeing-crew-capsule-test-fl​ight-now-scheduled-for-late-summer/


while forcing them to do another uncrewed test is completely justified given what happened with the last one, this would have been a death sentence to any company other than Boeing.
 
2021-04-23 3:24:37 PM  
Did they name it 'Dragon' to piss off the PRC?
 
2021-04-23 4:21:53 PM  

2wolves: Did they name it 'Dragon' to piss off the PRC?


I *think* the name was originally picked as a nod to Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragonriders of Pern' series.

Remember, Musk tends to go to speculative fiction for names - 'Of Course I Still Love You' and 'Just Read The Instructions' are from Iain M. Banks' 'Culture' books.

And IIRC, 'Crew Dragon' was originally to be be called 'DragonRider', and the version slated to land on Mars would have been 'Red Dragon'.
 
2021-04-23 7:22:04 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: 2wolves: Did they name it 'Dragon' to piss off the PRC?

I *think* the name was originally picked as a nod to Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragonriders of Pern' series.

Remember, Musk tends to go to speculative fiction for names - 'Of Course I Still Love You' and 'Just Read The Instructions' are from Iain M. Banks' 'Culture' books.

And IIRC, 'Crew Dragon' was originally to be be called 'DragonRider', and the version slated to land on Mars would have been 'Red Dragon'.


Gray Dragon:
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2021-04-23 10:45:02 PM  

Fursecution: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: 2wolves: Did they name it 'Dragon' to piss off the PRC?

I *think* the name was originally picked as a nod to Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragonriders of Pern' series.

Remember, Musk tends to go to speculative fiction for names - 'Of Course I Still Love You' and 'Just Read The Instructions' are from Iain M. Banks' 'Culture' books.

And IIRC, 'Crew Dragon' was originally to be be called 'DragonRider', and the version slated to land on Mars would have been 'Red Dragon'.

Gray Dragon:
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Ridden by Grey Lensman?
 
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