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SpaceX Dragon Capsule docking with International Space Station
ActionNewsJax.com ^ | May 25 2012 | AP

Posted on 05/25/2012 4:21:58 AM PDT by iowamark

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A privately bankrolled spacecraft is getting ever closer to the International Space Station for a historic docking today.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule contains a half-ton of supplies. The station's crew will use a robot arm to snare the Dragon.

On Thursday, the unmanned capsule came within 1½ miles of the space station in a practice fly-by. Early Friday, it returned to the neighborhood...

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They are having minor technical issues with the grapple.
1 posted on 05/25/2012 4:22:11 AM PDT by iowamark
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Watch live now:

http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/status.html

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html


2 posted on 05/25/2012 4:23:54 AM PDT by iowamark
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http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/status.html
“”FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1120 GMT (7:20 a.m. EDT)
And the spacecraft has restarted its movement toward the space station, flying closer to the complex at a deliberate pace of about one-tenth of a mile per hour.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1119 GMT (7:19 a.m. EDT)
Dragon is go to enter the safety zone around space station, which extends to a distance of 200 meters in all directions. But Andre Kuipers will call another hold at a distance of 150 meters, or 492 feet.””


3 posted on 05/25/2012 4:28:54 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

I’ve been trying to keep up with this since the Falcon launched a few days ago. Unfortunately when it did, internet was out for about 10 minutes and I missed the whole thing. But I was awake for all the action yesterday, and I’m paying attention now.

I’m sure I’ll be keeping up mostly with their entire mission. And I’ll admit, there are times when my eyes get a little misty. This is the next giant leap for mankind.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 4:29:53 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: iowamark; SunkenCiv; KevinDavis
Space ping

My post on my Facebook: Watch your heads, there be Dragons flying...

5 posted on 05/25/2012 4:36:50 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: iowamark

Bump!


6 posted on 05/25/2012 4:40:06 AM PDT by bd476
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To: iowamark

Here is the same video, but a little bigger on the screen:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ustream.html


7 posted on 05/25/2012 4:50:23 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: iowamark

Some cool links:

http://isstracker.com/

Real Time Satellite Tracking — http://www.n2yo.com/

The second one will let you track satellites traveling over your location so you can see them as they pass overhead.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 4:53:40 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: PastorBooks

Dragon is now within 200 meters.
Capture should now occur in daytime.
0910 EST for capture.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 4:58:34 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: PastorBooks

Excellent. Thanks for the cool link.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 4:58:50 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: iowamark

Bookmark.


11 posted on 05/25/2012 5:04:44 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: iowamark

Between yesterday’s testing and today, this is turning into a long wait. Still it’s fascinating that the Dragon is being remotely controlled by computer.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 5:16:58 AM PDT by bd476
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To: iowamark

So...they delivered a half a pickup truck full of stuff!


13 posted on 05/25/2012 5:24:24 AM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: montomike

Two points. It hasn’t been delivered yet. Capture should occur in less than an hour. Secondly, this is a test flight. They have approx. 1500 lbs of cargo onboard but the Dragon can deliver up to 7,000 lbs.


14 posted on 05/25/2012 5:32:36 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: montomike
Payload weight for the Dragon can be up to 13,228 lbs for a ferry flight. A lot of what they are taking is high volume, low mass soft goods like clothing.

Probably appropriate for the first test flight not to load up the spacecraft with max weight of expensive equipment.

/johnny

15 posted on 05/25/2012 5:46:17 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: saganite
7000 lbs is the payload for a return flight.

/johnny

16 posted on 05/25/2012 5:48:24 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: iowamark
President Barack Obama is pushing commercial ventures in orbit so NASA can concentrate on grander destinations like asteroids and Mars.

LOL!

17 posted on 05/25/2012 5:54:40 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: iowamark

This is way cool.


18 posted on 05/25/2012 6:05:51 AM PDT by kidd
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To: iowamark

New estimate on grappling time: 9:40 am Central


19 posted on 05/25/2012 6:06:51 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: JRandomFreeper

For the CRS variant of Dragon, the ISS’s Canadarm2 will grapple its Flight-Releasable Grapple Fixture and berth Dragon to the station’s US Orbital Segment using a Common Berthing Mechanism.[39] The capsule does not have an independent means of maintaining a breathable atmosphere for astronauts and instead circulates in fresh air from the ISS.[40] For typical missions, Dragon is planned to remain berthed to the ISS for about 30 days, similar to the Japanese HTV uncrewed vehicle.[41] The CRS Dragon’s capsule can transport 3,310 kilograms (7,300 lb) of pressurized cargo to the ISS in a volume of 6.8 cubic metres (240 cu ft) and return 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) of cargo in that same volume.[42] The CRS Dragon’s trunk can transport 3,310 kilograms (7,300 lb) of unpressurized cargo in a volume of 14 cubic metres (490 cu ft), and can dispose of 2,600 kilograms (5,700 lb) of waste in that same volume by destructive re-entry.[42]
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_(spacecraft)


20 posted on 05/25/2012 6:07:18 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Capture now being pushed out until 1040h EST...

They are going nice and slowly...don’t want to see any “OOOPS” moments...


21 posted on 05/25/2012 6:07:32 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: iowamark

Now holding at 200 meters
Waiting for a window for a closer approach
Cannot grapple the spacecraft in the dark


22 posted on 05/25/2012 6:08:37 AM PDT by kidd
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To: iowamark

Dragon now at 30 meter hold point


23 posted on 05/25/2012 6:13:15 AM PDT by kidd
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To: saganite
7000 pressurized and 7000 unpressurized cargo. Not a bad potential payload. And the extended trunk should increase the unpressurized cargo mass. I haven't seen any numbers on the extended trunk yet.

/johnny

24 posted on 05/25/2012 6:17:30 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GRRRRR
No bumps would be good. A Soyuz bumped MIR and that was a nightmare for all involved.

/johnny

25 posted on 05/25/2012 6:19:48 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: iowamark

“FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1333 GMT (9:33 a.m. EDT)
Mission control reports it will take another 20 minutes for Dragon to reach the capture point below the space station.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1329 GMT (9:29 a.m. EDT)
Dragon is now firing thrusters to nudge it closer to the space station. Its next destination is a hold point just 10 meters, or 32 feet, from the 450-ton orbiting outpost.”


26 posted on 05/25/2012 6:35:23 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: kidd

Inching towards the 10 meter point. Be there in 8 minutes.
External lights turned on.
May try a night capture


27 posted on 05/25/2012 6:38:40 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Go for capture given


28 posted on 05/25/2012 6:50:26 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Mission Control has given “GO FOR CAPTURE”
Dragon just 10 meters away.
The Canadian build robot arm will now reach up and snare the Dragon!

They are in ‘night time’ over Australia


29 posted on 05/25/2012 6:51:36 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: GRRRRR

Robot arm now moving...come here my little pretty!!


30 posted on 05/25/2012 6:54:06 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: PastorBooks

thanks for the link!


31 posted on 05/25/2012 6:54:21 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: catbertz

GOT IT!!!

Amazing.


32 posted on 05/25/2012 6:55:47 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: GRRRRR
LOL! "Got a Dragon by the tail".

/johnny

33 posted on 05/25/2012 6:57:34 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Did he say, “Now let’s turn it around and do it for real.”? My ears aren’t the best.


34 posted on 05/25/2012 6:59:54 AM PDT by houeto (FReepathon 2Q! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: houeto

“Looks like this sim went really well,” Pettit joked. “We’re ready to turn it around and do it for real.”


35 posted on 05/25/2012 7:01:20 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Looks like NASA tv is time delayed by 5 or 6 minutes.


36 posted on 05/25/2012 7:02:44 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Where are you getting the time diff? I had my ZULU clock up and it matched pretty close to what they were saying.

/johnny

37 posted on 05/25/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The video at:

http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/status.html

ran several minutes ahead of:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html


38 posted on 05/25/2012 7:12:49 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Weird. Video streaming can do things like that. I wonder if NASA has a delay policy.

Of course, it could be that Space-X has better equipment and bandwidth than NASA does, too. ;)

/johnny

39 posted on 05/25/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: iowamark
“Looks like this sim went really well,” Pettit joked. “We’re ready to turn it around and do it for real.”

Thanks iowamark. That's a classic!

40 posted on 05/25/2012 7:24:04 AM PDT by houeto (FReepathon 2Q! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: iowamark

Second stage capture complete!


41 posted on 05/25/2012 9:03:41 AM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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