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Offline Shaledc

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Rumor is the Dragon 2 is being prepped for display at the Newseum in downtown DC on Wed - source, a guy on reddit who saw it being delivered last night.
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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #1 on: 06/10/2014 04:33 pm »
SpaceX confirms it will be on display at the Newseum, open to the public via twitter.

"Attn. DC SpaceX fans – next gen #Dragon will on public display for 1 day only tmrw 6/11 at the @Newseum!"

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/476388699492458497
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Awsome! IŽll be there tomorrow and take some pictures.

Any requests??


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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #4 on: 06/10/2014 06:05 pm »
Awsome! IŽll be there tomorrow and take some pictures.

Any requests??

See if you can shed some light on whether the vehicle has real superdracos and associated plumbing installed? In general, I'm sure many people here would love some clarification as to exactly what on the vehicle is flight hardware, if you get a chance to ask the SpaceX folks.

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #5 on: 06/10/2014 06:37 pm »
Awsome! IŽll be there tomorrow and take some pictures.

Any requests??

See if you can shed some light on whether the vehicle has real superdracos and associated plumbing installed? In general, I'm sure many people here would love some clarification as to exactly what on the vehicle is flight hardware, if you get a chance to ask the SpaceX folks.

And "will the walls stay bare shiny metal?"  This seems like a crazy thing to care about, but an unhealthy amount of discussion has revolved around this point.

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #6 on: 06/10/2014 06:39 pm »
Awsome! IŽll be there tomorrow and take some pictures.

Any requests??

See if you can shed some light on whether the vehicle has real superdracos and associated plumbing installed? In general, I'm sure many people here would love some clarification as to exactly what on the vehicle is flight hardware, if you get a chance to ask the SpaceX folks.

Found this on reddit: "A friend of mine who has seen it in person confirmed that there are engines/thrusters onboard. The spacecraft is, in his words , 'basically done except for the interior and berthing mechanism'."
http://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/27sdfu/profits_of_a_late_night_bike_ride_pics_of_the/ci41k5c

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #7 on: 06/10/2014 06:44 pm »
Awsome! IŽll be there tomorrow and take some pictures.

Any requests??

See if you can shed some light on whether the vehicle has real superdracos and associated plumbing installed? In general, I'm sure many people here would love some clarification as to exactly what on the vehicle is flight hardware, if you get a chance to ask the SpaceX folks.

Found this on reddit: "A friend of mine who has seen it in person confirmed that there are engines/thrusters onboard. The spacecraft is, in his words , 'basically done except for the interior and berthing mechanism'."
http://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/27sdfu/profits_of_a_late_night_bike_ride_pics_of_the/ci41k5c

May well be, but it would be good to get some confirmation from the SpaceX people at the event tomorrow if possible.

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #8 on: 06/10/2014 06:59 pm »
Why would they go there for 1 day?
Maybe the are on the route to ... where?

(The Newseum is not a very convenient stop on your way from Hawthorne to McGregor.)

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Why would they go there for 1 day?
Maybe the are on the route to ... where?

(The Newseum is not a very convenient stop on your way from Hawthorne to McGregor.)

IŽm guessing a private display for relevant government officials. 

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #10 on: 06/10/2014 08:46 pm »
I'm going to try and go as well.

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #11 on: 06/10/2014 08:50 pm »
Why would they go there for 1 day?
Maybe the are on the route to ... where?

(The Newseum is not a very convenient stop on your way from Hawthorne to McGregor.)

Inconvenient for getting to TX. But a great stop to make a quiet political statement and get plenty of easy media attention. It's a well placed building in DC.
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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #12 on: 06/10/2014 08:57 pm »
Would have to cancel a meeting to do it...  Might just show up anyways.

Anyone notice the iPhone pics that the top of the SC thruster-pods have little doors with attachments inside for lifting. Cool.

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #13 on: 06/10/2014 09:01 pm »
Rumor is the Dragon 2 is being prepped for display at the Newseum in downtown DC on Wed - source, a guy on reddit who saw it being delivered last night.
Welcome to the forum! :) Maybe trying to sway policy.... ;)
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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #14 on: 06/10/2014 09:14 pm »
Why would they go there for 1 day?
Maybe the are on the route to ... where?

(The Newseum is not a very convenient stop on your way from Hawthorne to McGregor.)

IŽm guessing a private display for relevant government officials.

Yeah.  That's the only reason it makes sense to set up the Dragon v2 three blocks from the capitol for a day.

Note that the Newseum is almost exactly the same distance from the Capitol Building as the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  Plus, as a new-ish museum (opened in 2008), they might be more accommodating when a certain space company phones up and asks permission to drop a capsule on their front lawn for a day.

FWIW, the Newseum is a few blocks closer to the Senate Office Building (and a few blocks further from the Rayburn House Office Building) than the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  So if I were really peering hard at tea leaves I might speculate that the Dragon was there for a specific senator or two.  (I suspect the real reason for selecting the Newseum is just event planning logistics.)

Also -- I wouldn't be surprised if there was an evening event planned for the VIPs after the 9-5 showing for the hoi polloi.

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #15 on: 06/10/2014 09:22 pm »
I'll be there and will try to take some photos. 

Anybody been to something like this before?  Should I expect a line?

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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #16 on: 06/10/2014 09:32 pm »
A close up photos of:
              - hatch door's latch (enough opening for space gloves to grip?)
              - hatch door's edges (type of seal?)
              - spacecraft's edge around the hatch door (double walls?)
              - strobe lights
              - any serial numbers tags on "flight ready" parts?
             


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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #17 on: 06/10/2014 09:32 pm »
I'll try to be there as well. For those taking the Metro subway to get there, the closest stop is the Archives station on the Green line. It looks to be about 2 block walk from there to the Newseum.

It's not cheap. Newseum tickets are $22.95 plus tax.

Newseum hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm.
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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #18 on: 06/10/2014 09:36 pm »
The reddit guy from the Newseum stated that there will be a separate line that won't require a Newseum ticket purchase but people will still have to go through a security line. 

I see the photo requests and will try to honor them if the opportunity presents.  Hopefully the capsule door will be open.   If this is a 'file by soviet funeral\ type deal, the opportunity may not present itself.
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Re: Dragon 2 on display at Newseum in DC on Wed June 11, 2014
« Reply #19 on: 06/10/2014 09:42 pm »
The reddit guy from the Newseum stated that there will be a separate line that won't require a Newseum ticket purchase but people will still have to go through a security line. 

I see the photo requests and will try to honor them if the opportunity presents.  Hopefully the capsule door will be open.   If this is a 'file by soviet funeral\ type deal, the opportunity may not present itself.

That's great about not needing to buy a Newseum ticket. Thanks for noting that.

I'm curious about the windows, and will try to get photos of them.
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