Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) FD10 - EOM - UNBERTH, ENTRY, SPLASHDOWN  (Read 285906 times)

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Josh says Prelim data is a splashdown was where it should be.
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While we're passing time... I figure just a few seconds in parachute deployment is worth a minute of splash-down time.   
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ISS crew wants to watch status briefing later on

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Elon:

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P3 planes are meant to track submarines, so should be able to find Dragon either way ‪#Dragon

http://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/208223888876912640

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Two minutes early - does that speak to the reentry accuracy or is this attributable to the parachute deployment altitude?

We don't know about Dragon, but historically, parachute deployment is triggered by pressure-altitude, not timing or any other factor.

They're thinking it's mostly on target, so at least the ground track wasn't way off.

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That ridiculous bank of monitors and he's tweeting on his phone...

It sounds like they're pretty happy with how on target it was. Perhaps the main chutes were released slightly late?

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Parachutes have been spotted, but not Dragon.
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Josh notes the two minutes difference on the splashdown is within family for a water landing.
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Dragon in the water:
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Dragon in the water! (I lost my feed twice.)
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Speculation: Seeing as the parachutes were late, and that the vehicle landed on target, the guidance system on Dragon purposely delayed deployment to improve landing accuracy.

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THE DRAGON HAS (SPLASH) LANDED

SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Safely Completes Historic Mission to the Space Station

 

Hawthorne, CA – This morning, at approximately 8:42 AM Pacific/11:42 AM Eastern, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) completed its historic mission when the Dragon spacecraft splashed down safely in the Pacific.  The vehicle will now be recovered by boats and start the trip back to land. 

 

At 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk will join NASA Space Station Program Manager Mike Suffredini and NASA COTS Program Manager Alan Lindenmoyer for a press conference to discuss today’s exciting events.

 

Reporters wishing to participate in the event can call in to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Newsroom at 281-483-5111.  For NASA TV downlink information or to watch it live visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .

 

Last week, SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station.  Previously only four governments – the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency – had achieved this challenging technical feat.  Dragon departed the space station this morning.

 

Broadcast quality videos, including footage from the recovery ship will be posted to vimeo.com/spacexlaunch and high-resolution photos will be posted to spacexlaunch.zenfolio.com as soon as they are available.

 

This is SpaceX's second demonstration flight under a 2006 Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement with NASA to develop the capability to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station.

 

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Lee Jay: I don't think that there are floatation bags; I don't remember any on C1

My apologies then.  They say the mind in the first thing to go...

AIUI, recovery crew attaches floatation bags, there are none onboard.

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Elon:

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P3 planes are meant to track submarines, so should be able to find Dragon either way ‪#Dragon

http://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/208223888876912640
LOL! Not without a sense of humor. :)

You can see Dragon sitting in the water from the P3, though. :)
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What a beautiful sight!  Seems to have gone according to plan.
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