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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1560 on: 05/31/2012 04:02 PM »
Is it me, or does Musk sitting in the front watching the landing with his back to the rest of the company just strike anyone else as a pre-Vatican II mass?
Speaking as someone who gets to sing at missa cantata fairly regularly, it's just you.  :P
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1561 on: 05/31/2012 04:03 PM »
I'm pretty sure the Latin Missal did not involve the celebrant tweeting...

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1562 on: 05/31/2012 04:03 PM »
Nobody a SpaceX MC seems to be celebrating something went wrong?   :-X

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1563 on: 05/31/2012 04:03 PM »
CONGRATULATIONS SPACEX!!

Mission 100% successful, what an achievement. That's something else.

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1564 on: 05/31/2012 04:03 PM »
WOW! WHAT A RIDE!  :D

Can't wait to see this done with a crew onboard!
Will it be a splashdown at sea, or landing on land?

That's still TBD.  They may use splash-down initally or use the superdracos to brake to near-zero velocity and near-zero altitude after a parachute descent over the way the Soyuz does.  After a while, it will be fully-propulsive - braking and landing will be carried out under superdraco thrust.
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1565 on: 05/31/2012 04:03 PM »
Nobody a SpaceX MC seems to be celebrating something went wrong?   :-X

They just did you missed it
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1566 on: 05/31/2012 04:05 PM »
The Orion should drop to the deck to get a good view. Just do a fly by to get good video

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1567 on: 05/31/2012 04:06 PM »
I have a hunch that all future LEO Dragons besides the contracted 12 CRS flights will use propulsive landing. Once they've got it working, it's much cheaper operationally for SpaceX.

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1568 on: 05/31/2012 04:06 PM »
It sounds like they wait for the recovery forces to arrive in the area before detaching the parachutes, perhaps to improve chances of recovering them.
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1569 on: 05/31/2012 04:07 PM »
Congratulations to SpaceX once again.    Cots 2/3 mission success is in the books.

I can see the capsule in the water from the P3 images.   It's certainly there.
I wonder if the early landing threw off the ablity to film it from the ship.  If that was possible at all.

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1570 on: 05/31/2012 04:09 PM »
It sounds like they wait for the recovery forces to arrive in the area before detaching the parachutes, perhaps to improve chances of recovering them.

Also maybe to help get the first visual - big red parachutes are easier to see than the little capsule.

Huge congrats to SpaceX on a very smooth mission.
« Last Edit: 05/31/2012 04:10 PM by mikes »

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1571 on: 05/31/2012 04:09 PM »
Congrats to SpaceX!
A new era in spaceflight has begun!
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1572 on: 05/31/2012 04:10 PM »
I have a hunch that all future LEO Dragons besides the contracted 12 CRS flights will use propulsive landing. Once they've got it working, it's much cheaper operationally for SpaceX.
One day, perhaps, fully propulsive landing from BEO...
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1573 on: 05/31/2012 04:10 PM »
that was about as perfect a mission one could hope for given all the "firsts" that had to happen... Well done SpaceX...   


now.... when is the next launch  :)  :)   
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1574 on: 05/31/2012 04:11 PM »
come to think of it...
this was actually the first spacecraft splashdown i have seen live ever (or first in my lifetime for that matter)
 :o

edit: not counting Mir of course  ;D
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1575 on: 05/31/2012 04:11 PM »

Wonder how far the goalposts will move in
Congress after a mission like this ;)
« Last Edit: 05/31/2012 04:12 PM by docmordrid »
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1576 on: 05/31/2012 04:11 PM »
Does anyone else feel like a regular camcorder is capable of superior visual quality than some of these spotter cameras are providing?  :P

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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1577 on: 05/31/2012 04:12 PM »
Fantastic mission! Definately one for the record books.
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1578 on: 05/31/2012 04:12 PM »
now.... when is the next launch  :)  :)   

Mission CRS-1 (SpX) - September 2012, all going well.

As for the goalposts? Look for these talking-points:

"It was three years late!" ((c) Sen. Richard Shelby)
"There weren't any crew!"
"It can't go BEO!"
« Last Edit: 05/31/2012 04:17 PM by Ben the Space Brit »
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Re: OMG it's the SpaceX Party Thread!
« Reply #1579 on: 05/31/2012 04:12 PM »
Does anyone else feel like a regular camcorder is capable of superior visual quality than some of these spotter cameras are providing?  :P

Or a cell phone!

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