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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
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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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