Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 / Dragon 2 : SpX-DM2 - EOM/Return: August, 2020 - UPDATES  (Read 113049 times)

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https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1290489140975251460

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Go Navigator has departed with Endeavour. They're coming home with a historic toasty marshmallow! Fair winds and following seas on the journey to Cape. #SpaceXFleet #DM2

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A selection of more photos by Bill a Ingalls released by NASA

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Press conference starting.
« Last Edit: 08/04/2020 08:35 pm by pb2000 »
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https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1290750670438629381

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Bob Behnken describing his descent in Crew Dragon through Earth's atmosphere: "It came alive... it doesn't sound like a machine, it sounded like an animal."

The parachute deployment was a "pretty significant jolt," like "getting hit in the back with a chair or a baseball bat."

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This is fantastic for what was still a test flight

https://twitter.com/spacecom/status/1290754121012633600

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@Astro_Doug Demo-2 mission expected challenges and things to go wrong but mission went just like the simulators from start to finish all the way. There were no surprises. Expected entry to vary from simulator, but vehicle was rock solid and things went exactly as expected.

https://twitter.com/spcplcyonline/status/1290754279117131777

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Hurley: expected more surprises, but mission went just like simulators. Esp thought there'd be surprises during reentry, but not. We felt just what we were trained to feel--not as much as a Soyuz landing, but a firm splashdown-- and how we bobbed in the water. Compliments to SpX.

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"We're almost kind of speechless as far as how well the vehicle did and how well the mission went."

@Astro_Doug reflects on the successful journey of the @SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft to and from the @Space_Station. #LaunchAmerica

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https://www.vandenberg.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2298267/multinational-space-operators-support-successful-return-of-dm-2/fbclid/IwAR1QEYNhjNv4q-6oXXXia7aGUWLfuszny9ie5mdKfs0WEXcopcjy-kqfktE/

Multinational Space Operators Support Successful Return of DM-2

By Maj. Cody Chiles, Combined Force Space Component Command Public Affairs / Published August 03, 2020

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Multinational military space operators from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States provided mission essential human space flight support, and emergency recovery support options, for the safe return of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Commercial Crew Program Demonstration Mission 2 from the International Space Station to the Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 1-2, 2020.

A combined team of U.S. and multinational exchange and liaison space operators stationed at Vandenberg AFB coordinated with a global network of space and military operations centers to support the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft with space surveillance sensor coverage, collision avoidance screening and warnings, recovery trajectory tracking, and rapidly deployable global personnel recovery capabilities, in support of DM-2.

“The U.K., Australian, Canadian, German and French space forces worked with our CFSCC and CSpOC team on tracking the Dragon capsule, space debris collision avoidance, and for contingency astronaut recovery plans,” said Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw, Combined Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Space Command. “My congratulations go to NASA and SpaceX for a safe and successful mission. The U.S. Space Force, U.S. Space Command, CFSCC and partner nations were proud to support.”

The return of the DM-2 marks the first launch and recovery of American astronauts from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight, STS-135, in July 2011; and the first capsule splashdown recovery at sea for NASA since the final Apollo mission in 1975. Additionally, this was the first crewed test flight of SpaceX’s Dragon, and the first time American astronauts were launched to and from the International Space Station aboard a commercial vehicle.

The Department of Defense has provided Human Space Flight Support Operations to NASA since 1958. The DoD continues to provide operational resources requested by NASA to support the Soyuz, Orion and other Commercial Crew Programs.

[Editor’s Note: For additional details about DoD rescue forces postured to support the DM-2 mission, see this Space News Webinar featuring Maj. Gen. John Shaw, Brig. Gen. Doug Schiess, and Lt. Col. Michael Thompson.]
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https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1290762509281001473

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Doug Hurley's advice to tourists who fly with SpaceX:

"You can't take a shower, going to the bathroom is a challenge, but in general it's an outstanding vehicle and they should be excited to fly onboard to get that experience if they're lucky enough"

Photo: @ingallsimages/@NASA

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One interesting thing that Doug Hurley mentionned at the end of the press conference is that at the time of the Demo-2 launch, the software for Forward docking port was ready but the one for the Zenith port wasn't yet ready. So it's one thing that will still need to be tested in future missions. 
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One interesting thing that Doug Hurley mentionned at the end of the press conference is that at the time of the Demo-2 launch, the software for Forward docking port was ready but the one for the Zenith port wasn't yet ready. So it's one thing that will still need to be tested in future missions.

That's one of the differences between DM-2 and USCV-1, I think.
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One interesting thing that Doug Hurley mentionned at the end of the press conference is that at the time of the Demo-2 launch, the software for Forward docking port was ready but the one for the Zenith port wasn't yet ready. So it's one thing that will still need to be tested in future missions.

This was also mentioned in the DM-2 Post Docking Briefing on May 31st at the 14:04-ish mark
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I think people are really interested in this new space era, especially when @Astro_Mike @astro_g_dogg and @Astro_Flow are talking about it on TV: ‘Space Launch Live: Splashdown’ Draws 4.3 Million Viewers On Discovery & Science Channel

https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1291022427816972290

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https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1291170120841060353

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GO Navigator and Dragon Endeavour are continuing their voyage towards Port Canaveral.

Still looking good for a Friday morning arrival. Subject to change!

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https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1291438711561912320

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!! Important info on Dragon Endeavour's arrival at Port Canaveral tomorrow

GO Navigator will sail straight into the Navy submarine basin to deliver Dragon for processing

Therefore, anyone hoping to see the spacecraft is advised to be at Jetty Park or on the beach in the red box‼ Important info on Dragon Endeavour's arrival at Port Canaveral tomorrow

GO Navigator will sail straight into the Navy submarine basin to deliver Dragon for processing

Therefore, anyone hoping to see the spacecraft is advised to be at Jetty Park or on the beach in the red box

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'No one meant any harm': Boater shares up-close experience with SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

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One of the many private boaters to make a beeline for SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday said there was no clear instruction given from any party on what boaters should and should not have done during the estimated 90-minute window that the NASA spacecraft spent bobbing in the sea before recovery.

Boater Chris Tipton said he and others on the estimated 30 boats in the vicinity that afternoon were excited to witness history and just wanted to get close enough to capture the moment via video and photo.

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https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1291706530786615296

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GO Navigator and Dragon Endeavour have sailed past West Palm Beach and and are heading towards Port Canaveral.

The ship is expected to arrive sometime around 4pm EDT today.

I'll tweet an alert approximately 2 hours before they will arrive.

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https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1290656183167131650

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A great aerial view of the SpaceX recovery team securing Crew Dragon Endeavour from the water after splashdown:

Credit: Mike Downs / @NASA

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1291821915636666369

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Drone video of the SpaceX team recovering Crew Dragon Endeavour after splashdown:

Credit: Mike Downs / @NASA

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https://twitter.com/john_winkopp/status/1291829157857566720

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Coming on in, off Cocoa Beach #GoNavigator @SpaceXFleet  1610

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