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SpaceX, NASA Set May 7 as New ISS Mission Launch Date (9:38 a.m. EDT)
Mashable.com ^ | 25APR2012 | Lance Ulanoff

Posted on 04/26/2012 10:40:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

Billionaire Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX is, it seems, no more immune to mission delays than our former space ferry captain, NASA. Early yesterday, Musk announced on Twitter a week-long delay of the scheduled launch of the Dragon spacecraft (atop the company’s Falcon rocket) while Musk’s team debugged the Dragon’s docking code.

When Mashable spoke to Musk a few weeks ago, he actually joked about how that part of the first private mission to the International Space Station would go:

“The thing that’s interesting and slightly scary is that Dragon is a robotic spaceship, automatically navigating itself to the space station,” Musk explained. “It does pause at various points and ask if everything is OK. So it asks permission to proceed.”

Musk paused and added with a laugh, “But who knows, it could be like Hal 9000, ‘Open the pod bay doors,’ and it doesn’t do it.”

Now, however, the launch is back on track with a new day, May 7. Musk posted another tweet “Just confirmed with @NASA that May 7th is go for launch of Falcon 9 & Dragon to the Space Station” and NASA issued a brief statement, “We appreciate that SpaceX is taking the necessary time to help ensure the success of this historic flight. We will continue to work with SpaceX in preparing for the May 7 launch to the International Space Station.”

As always, a launch of this nature and complexity could run into further delays, whether technical or — as just happened with the Dragon’s predecessor, the Space Shuttle Enterprise and its last trip to the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York — weather could scuttle the mission again.

We’ll be watching Musk’s tweets and, hopefully, the skies on May 7th. In the meantime, you can learn more about what compelled Musk to enter the space race by watching the video interview below.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: cots; falcon9; launch; spacex

1 posted on 04/26/2012 10:40:57 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: KevinDavis

SpaceX Ping.


2 posted on 04/26/2012 10:50:08 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I'm actually kind of pissed about this because it reminds me of Obama's ideology and plan for America's demise. Everything our gov't SHOULD be doing, they aren't (protecting the borders and space exploration), and everything they SHOULDN'T be doing, they are (authority over Keystone and oil drilling activities, health care, etc.).

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this is by design?

3 posted on 04/26/2012 10:52:52 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: KevinDavis; amzgirl; 75thOVI; Ravenstar; June2; LuvFreeRepublic; AdvisorB; 88keys; Matchett-PI; ...
Brevard County, Florida Let's Light this Candle ping.

Let me know if you want on or off this ping list.
(not associated with the county government)


4 posted on 04/26/2012 10:54:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (SpaceX Dragon launch to ISS, Cape Canaveral AFS, May 7, 9:38 AM EDT)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I note the lack of replies on this thread. I guess everyone is too busy pissing on Romney’s Wheaties.

This is epic. The first privately done space flight. It’s not pretty, really a cargo flight but this is huge and it removes the dependency on Russia. You got to love it.


5 posted on 04/26/2012 10:55:03 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: SunkenCiv

science ping


6 posted on 04/26/2012 11:02:06 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me $h!t, w!th d!fferent fl!e$". :^)
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To: Peter from Rutland

yes, it is.... epic. :-)


7 posted on 04/26/2012 11:03:34 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me $h!t, w!th d!fferent fl!e$". :^)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

You’re so angry for SpaceX launching the Falcon 9 that you just wanna hire the roadrunner to catch Speedy Gonzalez and send him back to Mexico?

Or that you could slide nekkid into a pile of broken glass?

Or you could eat orangutan toe jam...?

Tear the pouch off of a marsupial?

Drive a combine down the main street of New York City?

Play pin the tail on the donkey...with a real donkey?

French kiss a leper?

Snuggle up with a porcupine?

Wanna pull your eyes out with a rusty spoon and feed ‘em to a truck load of hungry mountain lions?


8 posted on 04/26/2012 11:06:07 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Peter from Rutland
The first privately done space flight

Um, no... SpaceX has done private space flight before. And put a capsule into orbit and returned it safely (with a 50 lb cheese wheel in it, for laughs).

Other companies regularly put payloads in orbit.

It may be the first private docking with the ISS, but it isn't the first private space flight by a long shot.

/johnny

9 posted on 04/26/2012 11:08:26 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Did you take your Hydrazine today?


10 posted on 04/26/2012 11:24:03 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Two tablespoons full of unsymmetrical dimethyl every morning!


11 posted on 04/26/2012 11:27:35 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Peter from Rutland

NASA is an American tradition, so.. Bye bye NASA, compliments of Barack!


12 posted on 04/26/2012 11:30:36 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

is it SpaceX or are they having problems with the Russians


13 posted on 04/26/2012 11:44:09 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Peter from Rutland

I’m excited to see this, too. Private spaceflight is the only way to the stars.


14 posted on 04/26/2012 1:36:16 PM PDT by Notforprophet
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’m off work that day. Pelican Park in Sat Bch has always been my favorite spot to watch a launch from. Any Freepers want to meet up there?


15 posted on 04/26/2012 2:06:35 PM PDT by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: Notforprophet

Yes, NASA is not the way to go. Private biz can do it better and cheaper.


16 posted on 04/26/2012 3:14:35 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Jack Hydrazine; FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

I know its Friday but still its a little early to be that toasted. The problem with drinking is that it makes you think you’re being smart and clever.

If you have a point, address his. I can’t argue with anything Feds said.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 1:25:56 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Tunehead54

Is your post directed at me?


18 posted on 04/27/2012 1:30:19 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Yes. Your #8 to his #3. Please address point by point where you disagree with Feds or maybe just say “Oops - sorry”. Your call. ;-)


19 posted on 04/27/2012 2:12:16 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Two tablespoons full of unsymmetrical dimethyl every morning!

You must be some kind of space-alien type with a weird metabolism.

That would kill a normal Earth-type homo sapiens stone cold dead.

20 posted on 04/27/2012 2:19:50 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Tunehead54

I don’t see how post #3 relates to the story posted so I asked some silly questions back.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 4:26:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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