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Saturday, May 30, 2020

NASA and SpaceX is trying again Saturday to launch the Elon Musk-led company's Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station with a pair of NASA astronauts aboard the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The planned launch was postponed Wednesday due to weather concerns. Today's new window at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, is 3:22 PM ET. Livestream coverage of begins at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT. -- Deadline

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29 minutes to go, looks like a 50/50 chance for launch

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-30 02:54 PM | Reply

Elon Musk is an idiot on social media but this is greatness. Makes me wish I went into hard science.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2020-05-30 03:16 PM | Reply

Watching.

#3 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 03:21 PM | Reply

Damn allergies.

#4 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 03:27 PM | Reply

THings are looking really good!

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-30 03:28 PM | Reply

Yay!!!!

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:29 PM | Reply

13000 km/hr 14000 km/hr.... Amazing

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:30 PM | Reply

20000 km/hr

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:31 PM | Reply

Holy f--king cow!

#9 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 03:33 PM | Reply

Stage 1 rocket landed!

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:33 PM | Reply

27002 km/hr

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:34 PM | Reply

#10 - that's gonna bring down the cost of future launches.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-05-30 03:35 PM | Reply

200km up, above the earth.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:35 PM | Reply

Stage 2 separated. So cool.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:37 PM | Reply

If you were doubting, the earth IS round. We can see it on camera.

#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-30 03:37 PM | Reply

Makes me wish I went into hard science.

#2 | POSTED BY RCADE

I've never been involved in something like this, but the feeling an engineer gets when something they take an idea to a physical functional system is somewhere between sheer terror and orgasmic ecstacy.

#16 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-05-30 03:39 PM | Reply

I have a friend that works at nasa in Huntsville. They were in charge of designing and collecting data for some experiments on the ISS. this was the shuttle flight that burned up on reentry.

He had been working on this for 7 years and it was all gone in a matter of seconds.

#17 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-05-30 03:44 PM | Reply

Now they return us to the regularly scheduled golf tournament. Hilarious.

That's CBS.

Tiger is going to put a four footer.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 03:45 PM | Reply

What a surprise, Trump is trying to take credit for it.

#19 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-05-30 03:46 PM | Reply

Yay!

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-30 03:46 PM | Reply

Very good. Good to hear
inspiring and hopeful news
about this country in the
first time in seemingly forever...

Congrats to SpaceX, NASA,
and the two astronauts and
their families... God Speed.

#21 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-05-30 03:46 PM | Reply

Who in the hell was the guy on TV ranting about all the politicians and Mike Pence and Trump and what a valiant triumph this is for this administration?

Not a single remark about Musk?

Propaganda at its finest right there.

#22 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-30 03:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

outstanding.

Just received video confirmation that the bar on NASA ROAD 1 exploded with joy.

#23 | Posted by rhet at 2020-05-30 03:47 PM | Reply

"Fifty years ago today (Sept. 12), President John F. Kennedy whipped up support for NASA's fledgling Apollo program in a speech that contains perhaps the most famous words he ever uttered about space exploration.

Kennedy's stirring, soaring "moon speech," delivered at Rice University in Houston, laid out why the president believed sending astronauts to Earth's nearest neighbor by the end of the 1960s was so important. Kennedy had first aired that ambitious goal in May 1961, just six weeks after the Soviet Union's Yuri Gagarin became the first human to reach space."

And the piece of filth in the WH today thinks he is the same kind of leader? Ridiculous. Our country has sunk to a new low.
But, hey, it's ok with some of us.
The dumbest amont us.
We were a great nation, emphasis on "were."
Trump will never make America "Great Again." Because it is all about Trump not America. He doesn't even believe in America, no Republican does.
Realize that all the accomplishments made by Kennedy were made before Reagan wrecked our economic system. Welcome to Trump's Depression. He owns it. We should forever refer to it that way.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 03:55 PM | Reply

and all of this done in next Halloween's best selling costume.

#25 | Posted by rhet at 2020-05-30 03:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"and all of this done in next Halloween's best selling costume."

During which most of us won't be able to afford candy, costumes or homes. But hey be happy! The Trump depression is going to be fun.

#26 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 04:08 PM | Reply

good grief

Can you stop the hate for even a day like today ...for just a few minutes ?

Never mind. You've already answered that question.

#27 | Posted by rhet at 2020-05-30 04:19 PM | Reply

"Can you stop the hate for even a day like today ...for just a few minutes ?"

As milliions are losing their homes and jobs?"

Who is disconnected, me or you. I say you.

Today was a great achievement but while it was happening working class people were being evicted. Sent to live on the street. No, I can't stop the hatred for the 1% who just stole trillions from us. I pity those who can because their characters are so shallow. Empathy is an emotion that is lacking from Trump and his supporters. That you don't feel it is sad.

#28 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 04:24 PM | Reply

Just when I think Danni couldn't be a more miserable bitter person she one ups herself.

#29 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 04:24 PM | Reply

Wish I watched it live, just saw it now. But knowing it had made it took all the trepidation out of it. I'd of rather had to cross my fingers.

#30 | Posted by bruceaz at 2020-05-30 04:27 PM | Reply

#30 It was amazing. Maybe you can catch tomorrow's events live.

#31 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 04:29 PM | Reply

"Just when I think Danni couldn't be a more miserable bitter person she one ups herself."

Just so you know Gracie, I'm fine, I still have a job and am comfortable in my condo here in Ft. Lauderdale but I have something you don't. Compassion for those who don't enjoy the same things I do. If there is a miserable, bitter person here it is you. I don't know what happened in your life to be so bitter and uncompassionate but you should seek psychological help.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 04:35 PM | Reply

Empathy is an emotion that is lacking from Trump and his supporters. That you don't feel it is sad.

#28 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 04:24 PM | R

You have not the slightest clue of what you're jabbering about. I'm guessing that you're one of the people who say that, and then go into hysterics

about stereotypes or racists when someone makes a statement about Muslims / liberals / democrats or undocumented immigrants.

And I say "I'm guessing that" because if I didn't then I would be the same as you, and that's not acceptable.

#33 | Posted by rhet at 2020-05-30 04:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Damn the Scotch matrix (SM) is high today, no wonder you can't focus. This thread is about the launch.

#34 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 04:44 PM | Reply

Insult me as you will Gracie but I still have compassion for those who are losing everything. We are in a Pandemic and you still think everyone should be fully capable of paying their bills and buying their own food, I don't. I know some are not capable through no fault of their own.
I'm lucky and I still can but I don't believe that I deserve my position any more than those who aren't so lucky. You are a person who thinks they are in a position that is safe, I honestly hope you are, but in reality, a place you rarely visit, you may find out that you are as vulnerable as the rest of us. Moscow Mitch, just about a week or so ago, was advising states to declare bankrumptcy. Do you even know what that would mean for millions of Americans who had state pensions that they earned? Virtually all other pensions would collapse at the same time. Social Security would be history. Are you really that dumb or are you really that uncaring for other Americans?
You decide the answer to that question.

#35 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 04:54 PM | Reply

Take a nap, give it a rest. You hijacked a thread with your rambling hysteria.

#36 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-30 04:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rambling hysteria? As 30 million Americans lost their jobs? You are so clueless that I actually feel sorry for you.

#37 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 05:18 PM | Reply

You hijacked a thread with your rambling hysteria.
#36 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED

Thank you for the synopsis of Trump's speech.
Now I don't have to watch it.

#38 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-30 05:24 PM | Reply

I'll just say this in response to Gracie and Bruce. Whey you lose your job and your home and your family is hungry I'll ask you how much you really care about a space flight which we have done countless times before. And the idea that it was a private company that built the rocket....all the rocvkets we've used since the beginning of the space race were built by private companies. Just replace the name SpaceX with Boeing.
Why are we even having space flights now. We can't afford them.
I've been a big fan of space flights since I was about 12 years old when John Glenn flew, didn't even orbit, but it was exciting.
But that was a time when we did not have mile long food lines as we do today.
You folks just don't see what is coming. We are going into a real depression where homes are going to be lost, careers will be destroyed, families will starve.
Space flights will be seen as totally unnecessary spending.
Life is going to change far more than you expect.
If we are still living in homes with electricity and internet a year from now I'll be very glad but I'm not so sure we will be.

#39 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 05:37 PM | Reply

Bob and Doug took off like true hosers that they really are, eh?

#40 | Posted by slugh at 2020-05-30 06:04 PM | Reply

Bob and Doug's excellent adventure!

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-30 06:06 PM | Reply

What a relief to see fire put to a good use for a change.

#42 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-30 06:11 PM | Reply

Did you see where the NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, while being interviewed by a NASA public relations person just had to interrupt the interviewer to make it all about Trump...

Interviewer Derrol Nail of NASA communications introduced Bridenstine, his boss, saying, "America's back, launching human astronauts again." He asked Bridenstine for his feelings about "President Trump becoming the third sitting president to watch a launch live from the Kennedy Space Center."

"To be clear," said Bridenstine, "I think he's the only sitting president to watch American astronauts launch on a brand-new rocket that has never launched before, and that's a big risk, you know."


Here's the link to the full article:

www.orlandoweekly.com

OCU

#43 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-30 06:49 PM | Reply

#39 DANNI honestly you sound (?) drunk - and I believe you are wildly incorrect. Regardless this is a thread about some pretty nifty technology, and a return to manned launches from the US. This is the way forward - not huddling in our basements wringing our hands.

#44 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-05-30 10:05 PM | Reply

I watched it on CNN.

How in the world do you screw up a live event....but CNN did.

About 1 min before the launch, it appears they implemented a time delay and suddenly the countdown backed up about 10 seconds.

Then when they reached zero, the ship was actually 10 seconds into the launch and then they kicked back to that.

They jumped back to the ship and it had already cleared the tower.

They they didn't show the landing of the first stage.

We were waiting for that to happen and they left that camera and came back to it after the first stage was completely landed.

How do you -- a live launch??

#45 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-05-30 10:38 PM | Reply

I watched it on CNN.

That was your first mistake.

#46 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-30 10:43 PM | Reply

Redial,

I have long since stopped watching CNN for anything.

It was the first thing I stumbled into that was showing the launch.

I hit lots of sites for information.

Never CNN.

I mean...I figured how could the screw up a live event?

#47 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-05-30 10:56 PM | Reply

This is a good site. You can get the NASA live feed and lots of news about space programs around the world.

spaceflightnow.com

#48 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-05-30 10:57 PM | Reply

I mean...I figured how could the screw up a live event?

I'm assuming because they usually like to run about 1500 video things at the same time.

#49 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-30 11:00 PM | Reply

I watched the launch on the SpaceX internet feed, which was basically the same as the NASA feed at least during the launch and immediately afterwards. I suspect that the 'delay' in the CNN feed could have been a safety precaution in case something went wrong and they could cut the feed so as to not show what actually happened, sort of like the when they put in a short delay during an interview with a sports personality or a rap singer so they can bleep out any of the "Seven words you can't say on TV" which might pop-up in the conversation.

BTW, here's the link to the SpaceX feed:

www.spacex.com

Note that the SpaceX feed will continue to show live video 24/7, or at least until after the Dragon capsule docks with the ISS.

OCU

#50 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-31 12:44 AM | Reply

Just watching a live broadcast from Dragon Crew capsule on NASA TV. Pretty roomy considering it's built to carry up to 7 astronauts at the same time.

Having been a lifelong space exploration fan, I've thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this, from the announcement several years ago thru the tests and now the launch.

#51 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-31 02:44 AM | Reply

I've been sadly distracted.

Yet, incredibly excited for this step. Thank god it happened on American soil with American design and materials.

#52 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-31 03:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I anyone wants to give it a go, you can try to dock the Dragon to the ISS via the link at the bottom of this post.

Hint: Get pitch, yaw, and roll trimmed out first. All numbers should be + or - 2.0 or below.

Once you have yaw/pitch/roll trimmed out and stabilized at the beginning, it's all about the controls on the left for relative altitude, right-left, and speed.

Things move much more quickly with the altitude and speed controls (on the left) once you're withing 10 meters of the ISS.

I'm a trained pilot, but this is a different egg since it's also in weightlessness where there's no friction to aid in slowing down drift and speed. Anticipate moves that need to be made.

Hint #2: Easy does it. If you're moving too quickly in one direction, counter that with smaller moves in the opposite direction.

It's fun and challenging. Took me 4 attempts.

iss-sim.spacex.com

#53 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-31 04:33 AM | Reply

Note that the SpaceX feed will continue to show live video 24/7, or at least until after the Dragon capsule docks with the ISS.

OCU

#50 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-0

I watched the liftoff and stages later in the day and I was sad to see that the rocket landing on the drone ship was missed. Lost signal and then when it came back on, the rocket was on the ship. What a marvel of engineering as well as a substantial monetary saving !

#54 | Posted by rhet at 2020-05-31 11:14 AM | Reply

What a clean machine. The execution was flawless.

At least America can still do something right!

Elon Musk really is our Tony Stark.

#55 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-31 12:54 PM | Reply

Yes, the live feed from the landing ship is often interrupted at the last minute by the blast from the Falcon rocket's engine. And did you notice at all the landing legs were INSIDE the 'bullseye' target on the landing ship?

OCU

#56 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-31 02:33 PM | Reply

Danni,

"We are going into a real depression where homes are going to be lost, careers will be destroyed, families will starve."

For years people will be debating the wisdom to shutdown the economy.

If even 1,000,000 people died, would it have been worth reducing the economic impact of millions and millions of lives destroyed?

I'm not suggesting anything.

But I am asking the question that will be debated for decades after we fully know the outcome of our decisions.

#57 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-05-31 03:36 PM | Reply

Danni,

And if the public opinion becomes it would have been preferable to consider the needs of the entire country instead of focusing on "politics", "the poor", "the rich", "blaming Trump", and "scapegoating", it will be interesting to see just who gets the blame.

#58 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-05-31 03:51 PM | Reply

But I am asking the question that will be debated for decades after we fully know the outcome of our decisions.
#57 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

Pretty much only the USA, Brazil, and Russia are going to debate that.
Since they are the ones whose leaders royally ---- the bed on the Coronavirus.
Not really much to debate. We failed. End of debate.

#59 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-31 05:21 PM | Reply

And did you notice at all the landing legs were INSIDE the 'bullseye' target on the landing ship?

OCU

#56 | Posted by OCUser

Absolutely amazing. I still watch videos of 1st stage landings. The Falcon Heavy landings are especially cool with two of them landing simultaneously.

www.google.com

#60 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-31 06:33 PM | Reply

Finally a break in the action for a while...

#61 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-06-01 02:10 AM | Reply

What a marvel of engineering as well as a substantial monetary saving !

#54 | POSTED BY RHET AT 2020-05-31 11:14 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

That part isn't true yet. Parallel supply chains, building and refurb, are expensive. Global rocket launch demand has to go up at least an order of magnitude for savings. Early flights were intentionally underbid to seize market share, covered by investors. They're bleeding cash and have had to go fundraising. They pulled in a billion last year from a Canadian teacher's pension fund. Early Starlink based valuations were wildly unrealistic and rolled back accordingly.

#62 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-01 09:19 AM | Reply

and they've exploded their 4th test Starship by accident so far :( that's with 1 Raptor. They're supposed to run 31 of those in the first stage. Going to need some more tuning...

#63 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-01 09:20 AM | Reply

#63 | Posted by sitzkrieg

If Dragon is an example of the final result, don't count Musk out on Starship :-)

#64 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-06-02 03:51 AM | Reply

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