Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) FD10 - EOM - UNBERTH, ENTRY, SPLASHDOWN  (Read 294386 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

About 10 meters off Station now, as a guestimate on my part.
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Offline Chris Bergin

Station should be complete with the attitude change.
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Offline Chris Bergin

Dragon's cool little lights are on.
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Offline Chris Bergin

All live and all in sequence, but the camera angles are dramatically different:
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Offline Chris Bergin

Big arm having a good stretch now.
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Offline Chris Bergin

I know this is about Dragon, but how about that SSRMS. Very cool bit of kit.

I remember when it had Scott Parazynski on the end (although her was also on the end of the OBSS I think) for the Array repair. That was epic.
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Offline Chris Bergin

35 mins to release.
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Offline Chris Bergin

Sunrise!

SpaceX update:

SpaceX Mission Update

 

Dragon has successfully been de-mated from the International Space Station.

We now anticipate that the spacecraft will be released from the stationís robotic arm closer to 2:35 AM Pacific.

 

Updated Dragon Return Timeline Ė (times are approximate and subject to change)

Time (Pacific)     Event

02:35                     Dragon released by the stationís robotic arm

02:36                     Dragonís Draco thrusters fire first departure burn

07:51                     Draco thrusters fire deorbit burn

08:09                     Dragonís trunk is jettisoned

08:35                     Drogue parachutes are deployed

08:36                     Main parachutes are deployed

08:44                     Dragon lands in the Pacific

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Dragon's cool little lights are on.

An interesting note; Those lights indicate starboard (green) and port side (red). Traditionally ocean going vessels moor to port on the port side, where passengers later will board. The Dragon is no different, the entrance hatch, where passengers later will board, is on the port side.

This is also the same reason we always board airliners on port side (left side).

(reason for always moor on left side; the steering oar on ancient vessels always was on the right side (starboard), due to the prevalence of right-handedness). It's fun when an old "standard" still lives on in the latest spacecraft. :)

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Offline Chris Bergin

Good note Malu!

Out of Ku.
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Offline Chris Bergin

Dragon looking "snow white" as Don Pettit described it during the post-berth presser.
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Offline Chris Bergin

View becoming more epic by the minute.
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Offline Chris Bergin

A bit cloudy on Earth today ;D
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Offline Chris Bergin

There's our favorite console (Shuttle mission fans will get that reference).
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Offline Chris Bergin

Looks pretty much where it should be for release, based on the grapple views earlier.
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Offline Chris Bergin

Josh notes this should be the last daylight pass for the Station and Dragon.
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Offline Chris Bergin

SpaceX about to command Dragon to free drift. This will result in the strobe light turning on.
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Lost Ku, but SpaceX confirm free drift mode.
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Offline Chris Bergin

Couple of young people in MCC-H ISS FCR (probably under 30 ;) - reference to the SpaceX general thread)
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