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SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon C3, Flight 4 LIVE LAUNCH THREAD
SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 7OCT2012 | Unknown

Posted on 10/07/2012 3:37:44 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

SpaceX is poised to start work on a $1.6 billion contract with NASA today, when a Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off with 882 pounds of supplies on the first operational commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station. Tonight's liftoff time is 8:35 p.m. EDT/5:35 p.m. PDT (0035 GMT). The capsule will return to Earth in late October with approximately 1,673 pounds of equipment from the space station.

(Excerpt) Read more at spaceflightnow.com ...


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

1 posted on 10/07/2012 3:37:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Will check in later.
Bump.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 3:39:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Related articles for reading:

Commercial resupply of space station blasts off Sunday
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/004/121005preview/

Dragon launch cargo manifest
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/004/launchmanifest.html


3 posted on 10/07/2012 3:41:24 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
Did they get the ice cream on board? I watched the NASA presser on that yesterday, and they weren't sure it was loaded.

/johnny

4 posted on 10/07/2012 3:45:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Other websites for viewing the launch.

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

http://new.livestream.com/spacex

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

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ustream.html (in HD)

For Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad users.
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/nasatv_live_iphone.html


5 posted on 10/07/2012 3:47:57 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: JRandomFreeper

Don’t know. I’ll have to check on that.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 3:49:00 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

For Twitter users you can follow the launch here.
http://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/


7 posted on 10/07/2012 3:49:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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8 posted on 10/07/2012 3:49:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (HH: "Obama just doesn’t really understand what he was talking about on subject after subject")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Today’s flight is the first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, but it’s the second time SpaceX has launched a Dragon capsule to rendezvous with the complex.
In May, the company completed a round-trip flight to the outpost, delivering limited supplies on what was largely a demonstration mission to prove Dragon’s ability to safely reach the space station.

“The 2,000-plus men and women of SpaceX have been working very hard to make this mission go a little bit smoother than the prior,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president.

NASA and SpaceX jointly funded development of the Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles, with the government providing $396 million in payments as SpaceX accomplished development milestones.

SpaceX has spent a total of $1.2 billion working on the Falcon rocket family and the Dragon spacecraft.

This time, Dragon is loaded with science experiments and spare parts needed by the space station.

“The Dragon is largely the same, although we are carrying the full complement of cargo racks,” Shotwell said.

“We’re taking about 1,000 pounds of cargo up,” Shotwell said. “This is the first time we’re taking powered cargo up. we’re taking up a GLACIER freezer, which has refrigerated science samples in it. This is also the first time we’re going to bring back a GLACIER as well. we’re quite excited about the mission both up and back.”

At today’s launch countdown gets underway, the weather team continues to give a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions for liftoff at 8:35 p.m. EDT. Thick clouds, anvil cloud and precipitation in the flight path are the launch rules that could be violated tonight.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 3:51:51 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
If they are 100% on the cargo racks, and only carrying 1000 lbs, there must be a lot of soft goods (clothes/food) going up this time.

/johnny

10 posted on 10/07/2012 3:58:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

According to this news report the ice cream has been loaded.

SpaceX launch today includes Santa Monica High Silly Putty experiment

By Hans Laetz, City News Service
Posted: 10/07/2012 12:19:12 PM PDT
Updated: 10/07/2012 12:20:00 PM PDT

(excerpt)

“Among the cargo heading up is freezers for scientific specimens to be sent back to Earth, and the spaceship will return with almost twice as much stuff as is going up this time. Extra space in the freezers has been loaded with ice cream for the astronauts, cosmonauts and other space explorers onboard the Iinternational Space Station.”


11 posted on 10/07/2012 4:00:40 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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12 posted on 10/07/2012 4:12:50 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I like it when rockets go up in the air


13 posted on 10/07/2012 4:16:03 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Jack Hydrazine; KevinDavis

big bump


14 posted on 10/07/2012 4:17:38 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JRandomFreeper

..hard to get excited over 884 lbs. of chickenshit cargo...

how many launches will it take to put a new toilet up there?


15 posted on 10/07/2012 4:26:29 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring bigger guns to a gun fight...)
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To: telstar12.5
I imagine that TP and the disposable paper bathtowels are going, as well.

It may be chickenshit cargo, but they gotta have that stuff, too.

/johnny

16 posted on 10/07/2012 4:28:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SamAdams76
This may not be an appropriate reply to your comment but it is hilarious!


17 posted on 10/07/2012 4:35:09 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

An old Air Force buddy of mine is the HMFIC of weather for this flight.

Go Mike!

Go Dragon! Go Falcon!


18 posted on 10/07/2012 4:58:27 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: KevinDavis

Thanks for the reminder. I’ve got NASATV up on the big screen.


19 posted on 10/07/2012 5:14:46 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Jack Hydrazine; KevinDavis
T minus 15 minutes and all looks good.

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ has a great pre-flight program going on. Cute space-babe too.

20 posted on 10/07/2012 5:23:28 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

... and of course, as soon as I post the above, they pause their program....


21 posted on 10/07/2012 5:25:02 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: tet68

Launched, looking good.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 5:40:17 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: tet68

First stage separation confirmed.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 5:42:01 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Lots of clouds but saw a rather slow climb to orbit compared to the usual Atlas & Delta launches.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 5:42:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (HH: "Obama just doesn’t really understand what he was talking about on subject after subject")
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To: NonValueAdded

Did he say “New Hampshire acquisition of signal?”


25 posted on 10/07/2012 5:43:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (HH: "Obama just doesn’t really understand what he was talking about on subject after subject")
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To: NonValueAdded

Can someone explain what we are seeing? I’m watching the Livestream. No commentator.


26 posted on 10/07/2012 5:46:55 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: dayglored

T+10 min. Dragon is in orbit. Way to go!


27 posted on 10/07/2012 5:48:40 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Lawgvr1955

Dragon is deploying its solar array now. You should be hearing mission control audio.


28 posted on 10/07/2012 5:51:09 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (HH: "Obama just doesn’t really understand what he was talking about on subject after subject")
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To: sima_yi

Disappointed they didn’t show any of the camera shots on climb-out. They were visible in the desktop monitors.

Good flight so far.


29 posted on 10/07/2012 5:53:07 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: All

Sweet!!


30 posted on 10/07/2012 5:53:40 PM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: NonValueAdded

It’s probably Newfoundland.


31 posted on 10/07/2012 5:53:50 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: brityank

Don’t worry. They’ll put some video together showing it that will be posted to GoogTube.


32 posted on 10/07/2012 5:55:44 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: brityank

I am sure they have a ton of proprietary info and data they don’t want to share with the world.


33 posted on 10/07/2012 5:56:26 PM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

100% Cargo RACKS only.

Not 100% Cargo racks with 100% cargo CONTAINERS loaded with 100% full with cargo.

Think of a semi tractor on the highway.

Now have it pulling a nearly empty double decked car hauler trailer. It has one little SMART car in the middle of the lower level. The semi is pulling 100% of its cargo rack capacity, with almost no cargo.

Once they are sure that the semi can handle the load and tracks straight & true on the highway, they will load more vehicles until they have tested it with a full load.

This is what Dragon is doing, working up to full capacity of 13,000 lbs +.


34 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:50 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: BwanaNdege
Or it could be boxes of soft goods. They sent up a lot of that kind of stuff last time. Lots of bulk, not much weight.

Yeah. I understand about working up to full weight loads. Contract says 20 tons over 12 flights.

/johnny

35 posted on 10/07/2012 6:04:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: sima_yi
Yep, I've been watching launches since the mid-60's, they never fail to thrill me!

This one has the added significance of signalling a new age of private commercial spaceflight, which is so wonderful!!

36 posted on 10/07/2012 6:07:56 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I watched the live video feed on SpaceX’s website. Beautiful launch.


37 posted on 10/07/2012 6:11:49 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps; Jack Hydrazine
> I watched the live video feed on SpaceX’s website. Beautiful launch.

Yeah, that was the place to be. And how cool to watch the solar panels deploy!

38 posted on 10/07/2012 6:15:36 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: brityank
Disappointed they didn’t show any of the camera shots on climb-out.

I switched to the Spacex feed when NASA TV didn't show the separation of the first stage. The Spacex feed showed more video from the rocket.

39 posted on 10/07/2012 6:20:40 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: FreedomOfExpression

Thanks; I should have done that. Next time, if I’m still around! :^)


40 posted on 10/07/2012 6:27:45 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Here’s my video of the launch. It went into a cloud before 1st stage MECO unfortunately:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4c18sJynC4


41 posted on 10/07/2012 7:20:26 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Great video! Thanks!


42 posted on 10/07/2012 7:29:28 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: KevinDavis; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Jack Hydrazine.
...set to blast off with 882 pounds of supplies on the first operational commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station.

43 posted on 10/07/2012 8:16:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: brityank
Next time, if I’m still around! :^)

Hopefully you're not going anywhere soon.

44 posted on 10/07/2012 9:29:09 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Why less than half a ton of supplies?


45 posted on 10/08/2012 1:27:28 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: wastedyears

It’s possible they are starting small and will be increasing the payload weight on each successive flight. The CRS-2 launch will using Dragon’s trunk.

“CRS-2 will debut the use of the Dragon’s trunk – used for unpressurized/external cargo, that will utilize Dextre for removal operations (see image left) - with payloads already allocated for a ride uphill in the trunk (L2 Link).”
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/09/spacex-october-7-dragons-opening-crs-mission-iss/


46 posted on 10/08/2012 2:36:09 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

Just saw the ISS pass overhead with Dragon about 7 degrees behind.


47 posted on 10/09/2012 4:44:28 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

Kewl!


48 posted on 10/09/2012 7:14:16 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: KevinDavis

Falcon 9 launch tomorrow morning at 10:10am EST.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/005/status.html

Rocket: Falcon 9
Payload: Dragon (CRS 2)
Launch Date: March 1, 2013
Launch Time: 10:10 a.m. EST (1510 GMT)
ISS Grapple: March 2 @ 1130 GMT
ISS Departure: March 25 @ TBD
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Landing Site: Pacific Ocean
Feed: NASA Television


49 posted on 02/28/2013 9:22:13 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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