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Old 02-23-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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This is getting really interesting. If all goes as planned (always a big if), SpaceX will fly their crew vehicle - Crew Dragon - on March 2nd. Or, in plain terms, next week.

https://www.space.com/nasa-spacex-cl...st-launch.html

That's - pretty big. The flight will of course be unmanned - the intent is to launch, dock with the ISS, run through a bunch of systems tests, undock, deorbit and splashdown. Of course there will be problems found -that's the purpose of testing - but SpaceX has delivered pretty well so far. The next flight will be an unmanned launch abort test (sometime in April) and if that goes as planned, we may be looking at a manned flight in June. The unmanned launch abort test will involve destroying the first stage - but in true SpaceX fashion, they've picked one that has flown three times already. Musk is a difficult chap, but it's hard to argue that he doesn't do some cool stuff.

(Fun tidbit: One ISS partner expressed concern - Russia. I'd not want to speculate, but with Roscosmos standing to lose a steady income stream, it is tempting to assume that perhaps they'd want to delay if they can.)

If Boeing gets their Dreamliner flying in 2019, we'll go from having no manned spaceflight capability to having two systems. This commercial crew program idea sure has paid off.

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Old 02-23-2019, 06:33 PM
 
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This is good news. And it's about time. We should not have to depend on Russia or any other nation to get our men to the ISS. If all goes well with the testing plans are for a manned flight in July.

This launch will be at 2:48 a.m. EST next Saturday. That would make it 12:48 a.m. MT so I should be able to stay awake to watch it live.
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Old 02-26-2019, 03:12 PM
 
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(Fun tidbit: One ISS partner expressed concern - Russia. I'd not want to speculate, but with Roscosmos standing to lose a steady income stream, it is tempting to assume that perhaps they'd want to delay if they can.)
Well the issue was the lack of an independent docking system. If the main computer fails, then the vehicle may impact the space station. It's at least a plausible engineering concern.
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:19 AM
 
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Great launch, looking forward to ISS docking next.
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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A successful launch, and I remain impressed by the ability to successfully return and land the stage one booster. That's a major advancement and greatly reduces costs. I'm looking forward to the docking with the ISS tomorrow morning.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:04 AM
 
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Nice dock with ISS!
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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Of course I had to be at sea with no Internet as this happened. But we have all the boxes checked -simulated dock abort at different distances etc. - and the ISS crew has transfered the supplies. Ahead of schedule.

And - is that one gorgeous spaceship or what?

Said it before, Musk is a difficult chap, but damn if SpaceX isn't getting the job done.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:36 AM
 
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A successful launch, and I remain impressed by the ability to successfully return and land the stage one booster. That's a major advancement and greatly reduces costs.
Never gets old. I watch that every single time if I can, and it still amazes me.
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Old 03-04-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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Good for them! Space X has been a source of much compelling space travel news of late. I'm almost starting to feel optimistic about the prospect of manned space exploration again. Hopefully the re-entry will go smoothly.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:05 AM
 
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Good for them! Space X has been a source of much compelling space travel news of late. I'm almost starting to feel optimistic about the prospect of manned space exploration again. Hopefully the re-entry will go smoothly.
Me too, this is exciting news. Can't wait for another manned Moon landing.
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