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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #620 on: 06/03/2017 11:43 PM »
Does anyone know what that boat was doing just offshore at liftoff?
Watching the launch like everyone else?

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #621 on: 06/04/2017 12:06 AM »
Astromice report "zero g and we feel fine"...
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #622 on: 06/04/2017 12:58 AM »
Here's a fun question. It took 50 years (1967-2017) for 39A to get to 100 launches.
How many years for the next 100?

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #623 on: 06/04/2017 02:17 AM »
Here's a fun question. It took 50 years (1967-2017) for 39A to get to 100 launches.
How many years for the next 100?
Between Iridium NEXT 1 and now, there have been 6 flights (CRS-10, Echostar 23, SES-10, NROl-76, Inmarsat 5, CRS-11) in 141 days, all from the same pad, or one flight every 23.5 days.  So, 100 flights would require 2350 days, suggesting that the 200th flight from Pad 39A will be on Thursday, November 9, 2023.  However, if no weather or technical issues ever occurred, and SpaceX matched their record (so far) of a 14-day turnaround every time, they could hit 200 by Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Of course, the pad being taken offline for 40-60 days or more in preparation for Falcon Heavy might push it to the right - but then, increased launch cadence might push it to the left (and also, once LC-40 is online, 39A might become a bit less popular).  Also, it has been speculated that Elon wants ITS flying by 2022, which could have quite an impact on launch cadence (maybe increasing it, but probably decreasing).  Then again, Elon's timetable is also known to defy standard time conventions, and thus such analysis is well-suited for the party thread.
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #624 on: 06/04/2017 11:05 AM »
Crafty, I think you just kicked a hornets nest ;-)
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #625 on: 06/05/2017 01:20 PM »
Hans (SpaceX): Very happy.  Thanks NASA for cargo. Pad team worked awesome.  Dragon team working hard now.  Thanks to 45th Space Wing and Air Force.  Special thanks and shout out to good weather.

Yeah whatevs. They didn't recover the fairings...  :)

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #626 on: 06/05/2017 06:37 PM »
Welcome back to the ISS, Dragon C106!
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #627 on: 06/05/2017 09:02 PM »
And the Dragon came back, the very next day..the Dragon came back they thought it was a gonner and the Dragon came back..He just couldn't stay away

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #628 on: 06/07/2017 01:21 AM »
So, today's big news was about SpaceX flying the X-37B for the USAF in August. When that news got out today, I also heard some "unofficial news" got out as well, the cargo the vehicle carries. While not confirmed at all by sources, I hear ...
-- X-37B is manned
-- the cargo bay for X-37B carries a Gemini spacecraft. At least the re-entry module of a Gemini spacecraft.

Here is how I think it works: when on orbit, two pilots climb down into the cargo bay where the Gemini is. They take a hammer and smash a hole in the heat shield, and climb inside. When the bay doors open, so do the Gemini doors. The astronauts then use Kodak Super 8mm film cameras to take pictures. So, the X-37B actually is....the MOL! At end of mission, the pilots use the ejection seats to return to earth, landing on parachutes (or perhaps personal methane prop landing rockets) and the Gemini is jettisoned.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #629 on: 06/07/2017 02:06 AM »
You know, Gemini did not need a LAS.
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #630 on: 06/07/2017 06:21 AM »
So, today's big news was about SpaceX flying the X-37B for the USAF in August. When that news got out today, I also heard some "unofficial news" got out as well, the cargo the vehicle carries. While not confirmed at all by sources, I hear ...
-- X-37B is manned
-- the cargo bay for X-37B carries a Gemini spacecraft. At least the re-entry module of a Gemini spacecraft.

Here is how I think it works: when on orbit, two pilots climb down into the cargo bay where the Gemini is. They take a hammer and smash a hole in the heat shield, and climb inside. When the bay doors open, so do the Gemini doors. The astronauts then use Kodak Super 8mm film cameras to take pictures. So, the X-37B actually is....the MOL! At end of mission, the pilots use the ejection seats to return to earth, landing on parachutes (or perhaps personal methane prop landing rockets) and the Gemini is jettisoned.

 ;D
The sad thing is: there are places in the Internet where that scenario would be taken literally.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #631 on: 06/07/2017 10:33 AM »
The sad thing is: there are places in the Internet where that scenario would be taken literally.
What, and the CRS-11 first stage recovery kicking up two sheets of plywood is not proof enough that it is not all an elaborate sound stage?
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #632 on: 06/07/2017 12:39 PM »
What happened to stalwart warriors of Truth, fighters against corporate and government lies?
Where are "CRS-11 is sooo fake" videos on youtube?? It's four days now, and not a single video yet...

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #633 on: 06/07/2017 01:11 PM »
Astromice report "zero g and we feel fine"...

How did you translate that from "Squeak Squeak"?
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #634 on: 06/07/2017 01:21 PM »
^^^ Google Translate, of course.  Mice are in the new beta.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #635 on: 06/07/2017 02:59 PM »
^^^ Google Translate, of course.  Mice are in the new beta.

I find that hard to swallow.

European mice or African mice???

ALSO ... brings new meaning to the notion of high (pitched) beta impacting ISS operations.
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #636 on: 06/07/2017 04:44 PM »
Oooo... I hope that they don't impact the ISS... That could be messy!!!
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #637 on: 06/08/2017 01:03 AM »
The History Channel: Making of the SpaceX booster return hoax.  'They used a very large flaming boosterang'

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #638 on: 06/08/2017 12:46 PM »
[ULAlaunch coverage]... is about as exciting and awe-inspiring as watch paint dry.
You don't watch enough of them, then. They have shown video of spacecraft separation in the past.

Jim speaks truth!!!! You can NEVER watch too many launches! Amirite?
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #639 on: 06/08/2017 01:45 PM »
[ULAlaunch coverage]... is about as exciting and awe-inspiring as watch paint dry.
You don't watch enough of them, then. They have shown video of spacecraft separation in the past.

Jim speaks truth!!!! You can NEVER watch too many launches! Amirite?

You're never wrong, Lar.
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