Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

SpaceX test fires rocket ahead of ISS cargo launch
Yahoo News ^ | 04/30/12

Posted on 04/30/2012 6:24:20 PM PDT by KevinDavis

SpaceX on Monday successfully test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket in a dress rehearsal for the May 7 launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a cargo-bearing mission to the International Space Station.

The test, known as a static fire of the rocket's nine main engines, lasted just two seconds, but allowed engineers to "run through all countdown processes as though it were launch day," SpaceX said on its website.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science
KEYWORDS: space
There will be a live thread (If anyone is interested) next week...

Also here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz366w0IE78
1 posted on 04/30/2012 6:24:34 PM PDT by KevinDavis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine; ELS; ToxicMich; Cronos; A_perfect_lady; Art in Idaho; perplyone; TheOldLady; ...

2 posted on 04/30/2012 6:27:30 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis
Private enterprise sending rockets into space? Insane. You must be listening to that crazy Gingrich again. Everybody here knows we can't afford it, and says so.
3 posted on 04/30/2012 6:28:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis
It will be kind of nice to get back to real rockets.

Photobucket
4 posted on 04/30/2012 6:28:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek; All

I agree..


5 posted on 04/30/2012 6:32:22 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

The Shuttles were great but we became over reliant on them when we should have kept using the Saturn series. Now we’re stepping backward to step forward.

The Saturn series were real bad asses.


6 posted on 04/30/2012 6:35:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
Agreed. However, at least somebody is doing something in the meantime. I'm glad to see Space X take the lead.

BTW, Apollo 4, the first time a Saturn V was launched, it was November 9th, 1967. My grandfather passed away that same day in Jacksonville and my uncle, who worked for NASA, could not get away from the launch to handle the funeral until my father could get down them. My aunt had to start the ball rolling until my uncle's shift was over.
7 posted on 04/30/2012 6:39:10 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Yes, and they’re really improving the fuel, which matters a lot. I knew a guy who worked on the “fuel handlers safety manual”, which was mostly about the elaborate chemical suits you had to use around the stuff that was just downright nasty and toxic.

Today it is a lot better, far less dangerous, but with as good or better a power delivery curve.

For the long term, I figure that they will invent a “durable engine” shuttle, that will be assembled in space, then fueled and used to take other spaceships from Earth to Lunar orbit and back, remaining in orbit when not in use. This will give the ships the shuttle transports the ability to carry a lot more cargo instead of fuel.

Eventually it will be used to do the same thing, but to Mars, getting the spaceship there and back much faster than it could do on its own.


8 posted on 04/30/2012 6:40:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Nowhere Man

My grandfather had business dealings with Jim McDivitt who flew 2 of the Gemini missions.


9 posted on 04/30/2012 6:48:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
10 posted on 04/30/2012 6:51:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek; All

I heard a rumor that Fritz Mondale ordered the blueprints of the Saturn 5 to be destroyed.. Is that true??


11 posted on 04/30/2012 6:57:50 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

Maybe he thought we would use them to nuke Russia.


12 posted on 04/30/2012 7:08:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: hinckley buzzard

just “Hie Me to Kolob” ... on a Saturn V ...


13 posted on 04/30/2012 7:18:36 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin "will win" the 2012 GOP Nomination in Tampa !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

I am hoping for a very successful mission


14 posted on 04/30/2012 7:21:53 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

bump


15 posted on 04/30/2012 7:24:55 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (SpaceX Dragon launch to ISS, Cape Canaveral AFS, May 7, 9:38 AM EDT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

The Saturn V was, IMHO, the most beautiful launch vehicle ever designed and built. Had a he!! Of a track record. 100% successfull launch rate. Only three engines malfunctioned, though didn’t impact flight safety. Those that rode them loved them.


16 posted on 04/30/2012 7:31:54 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

I bet those engines firing for two seconds would be able to power Al Gore’s mansion for... what, maybe a day?


17 posted on 04/30/2012 7:42:46 PM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nowhere Man; cripplecreek
I'm glad to see Space X take the lead.

A California based company.

The shuttle idea was born and designed in CA. I'm glad to see CA getting back into the aerospace industry.

BTW, the shuttle program was good, but orbiting the earth about 21,000 times was a bit much and the program was reduced to resupplying the ISS.

We should have built a small lunar exploration base, and put men on Mars during that period.

18 posted on 04/30/2012 7:55:23 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis
Why is SpaceX doing this and not NASA? Perhaps the feelings of nationalism or patriotism is less when a private enterprise does launches? There has to be some reason Obama has all but killed NASA. Think about it. Obama supports everything being taken over by the government so why is this being done by SpaceX? I'm thinkin' there's a certain psychology in play here that benefits the progressives ultimate goal of killing American patriotism.

Would be nice to see 'UNITED STATES' on this thing or a BIG American flag.. Oh that's right, it's SpaceX.. Open for business to anyone. This isn't an American thing, unlike NASA. Oooops, bye bye NASA. Mission accomplished.

19 posted on 04/30/2012 7:58:09 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

You forgot Apollo 18!


20 posted on 04/30/2012 8:13:42 PM PDT by GraceG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

OK George roll over and go back to sleep


21 posted on 04/30/2012 8:25:34 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
Why is SpaceX doing this and not NASA?

What's wrong with SpaceX building a business?

The COTS 2 launch is being paid for by NASA, i.e., the taxpayers.

Happy now? It's a government initiative? Only government people get to go to space, the rest of us are earth bound schmucks?

Elon Musk risked hundreds of millions of his own money to build Falcon. So far they have succeeded beyond anyone's dreams. What's your problem with that?

22 posted on 04/30/2012 8:32:14 PM PDT by Regulator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; KevinDavis
Why is SpaceX doing this and not NASA? Perhaps the feelings of nationalism or patriotism is less when a private enterprise does launches? There has to be some reason Obama has all but killed NASA. I'm thinkin' there's a certain psychology in play here that benefits the progressives ultimate goal of killing American patriotism. Would be nice to see 'UNITED STATES' on this thing or a BIG American flag.. Oh that's right, it's SpaceX.

The American flag is right there.

A picture of the COTS 2 Falcon 9 rocket at the SpaceX hangar


23 posted on 04/30/2012 8:38:06 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: hinckley buzzard

Personally, the idea of privatized space exploration is very appealing to me.


24 posted on 04/30/2012 8:42:10 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Ditto.


25 posted on 04/30/2012 8:48:22 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; KevinDavis
Would be nice to see 'UNITED STATES' on this thing or a BIG American flag.. Oh that's right, it's SpaceX..


26 posted on 04/30/2012 9:13:16 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: All

Privatized space-based businesses could be huge; not only in salary, but also what it could bring to us. I believe the space age hasn’t even started, but with individual initiative (and a lot of money), it could really take off if the red tape is cut down.


27 posted on 04/30/2012 9:19:09 PM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2; GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; KevinDavis

Look up at the pictures: it does have an American flag


28 posted on 05/01/2012 4:58:32 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Regulator
I think it's great what SpaceX is doing, let there be no doubt.. However, I just think that NASA was killed by Obama intentionally because so goes with it the history, the 'Apollo' stigma of patriotism and nationalism.. Obama wanted to wipe that chapter of our history OUT, starting new and fresh with more 'neutral' feelings with SpaceX; A private company open for business to the world.

"Houston, we have a problem".. Yeah, a REAL problem. They didn't get a Shuttle either and this was also a direct snub to 'Space City' for the same reason that Obama crushed NASA; The burying of our patriotic past.

29 posted on 05/01/2012 9:51:51 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson