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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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As SpaceX readies the the Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule for it's first rendevous with the ISS the BBC give us an article to chew on:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18108742
Posted May 18, 2012, 18:53:49 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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And the Dragon.........stayed on the pad  Cry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18118136
Posted May 19, 2012, 10:59:10 AM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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That stinks, I was hoping to see a successful first flight to the iss.
at least it is going to try again later this week, may all go flawlessly next time.
Posted May 19, 2012, 17:19:13 PM Logged

Offline Snowcrash
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Tuesday for next attempt.

Here's a vid of near launch. They got really close.

Posted May 20, 2012, 15:32:37 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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The problem was abnormal pressue in one of the engines I think.

With the cost involved in building one of these better to not launch and fix it on the pad and have another go than launch and hope it goes OK!!

Hopefully they have sorted the issue out and we will get a sucessful launch Tuesday.
Posted May 20, 2012, 19:56:17 PM Logged
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Offline Data
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Launch success for SpaceX mission.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18154937#

Yay, they made it.
Posted May 22, 2012, 13:26:31 PM Logged

Offline Snowcrash
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at the end of the article there's this bit...

This was a container holding the cremated remains of more than 300 space enthusiasts, among them the late Star Trek actor James "Scotty" Doohan.

He makes it into space at last.  thumbsup

For those that like to sit and stare rather than read, here's the vid.

Posted May 22, 2012, 19:37:30 PM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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Possible viewing time form Brighton on the 24th but low in the night sky.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/view.cgi?country=United_Kingdom&region=England&city=Brighton

Or work it out for where you are, here.
Posted May 22, 2012, 19:40:55 PM
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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And so the commercialisation of space begins, this can only be a good thing in the long run.
Posted May 22, 2012, 21:04:15 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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And so "Puff" the magic dragon (sorry I couldn't resist  lol) has got clearance to rendevouz with the ISS on Friday

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18195772

Looking good so far SpaceX  thumbsup
Posted May 24, 2012, 20:36:18 PM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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Right, so it's been grabbed successfully at 13:56 GMT Fri 25th May.

Possible viewing if you're awake (from Brighton) at 3:37 am Sat 26th. 30 deg

Bit too low on the horizon from Dublin. Same time though. 15 deg

ISS + a dragon.
Posted May 25, 2012, 17:46:20 PM Logged
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Apparently the guy operating the ISS robotic arm said:

"Looks like we have us a Dragon by the tail"

Nice sense of humour there  thumbsup
Posted May 25, 2012, 18:25:41 PM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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That is great, a whole new set of doors are now open Smiley
Posted May 25, 2012, 21:15:40 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Now lets see what happens on re-entry, lets hope it all goes to plan.

Posted May 25, 2012, 21:17:29 PM Logged
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