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  • Space X Crew Dragon Demo 2 Live Thread

    05/30/2020 9:40:24 AM PDT · by cll · 287 replies
    Crew ingress in progress. Second time is the charm. The hell with bad news. Onward, forward, skyward and spaceward! Godspeed Bob and Dough! And all ya'alls, take the red pill.
  • SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype explodes after rocket engine test

    05/29/2020 1:17:45 PM PDT · by amorphous · 58 replies
    Space.com ^ | 29 May 2020 | Tariq Malik
    SpaceX's latest Starship prototype exploded just after an engine test Friday, erupting in a dramatic fireball at the spaceflight company's South Texas proving grounds. The Starship SN4 prototype exploded shortly before 2 p.m. CDT (3 p.m. EDT) at SpaceX's test facility near Boca Chica, Texas according to a video provided by the South Padre Island tourism site SPadre.com. The explosion occurred about a minute after a short test of its Raptor rocket engine, but it was unclear what caused the conflagration.
  • SpaceX’s Historic Launch Should Inspire More Of Us To Take Risks

    05/27/2020 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 27, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    Amid the pandemic, the SpaceX launch should inspire us to be risk-takers, trying new things and starting new ventures. We can only achieve great things if we don't let fear dictate how we live our lives. Two American astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will strap themselves in the Dragon capsule, which sits on top of the Falcon 9 rocket — both built by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX — and depart for the International Space Station on May 27.This extraordinary event embodies much historic significance. The Falcon 9 rocket will be launched from the same launch pad at the Kennedy...
  • Space X Crew Dragon Launch - Live Thread [Scrubbed for today]

    05/27/2020 11:17:12 AM PDT · by cll · 245 replies
    NASA TV ^ | 5/27/2020
    First commercial, manned space flight in history. First American manned space flight since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
  • Astronauts perform one last dress rehearsal for big SpaceX launch next week

    05/24/2020 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 20 replies
    SPACE.COM ^ | 05/23/20 | Tariq Malik
    Two NASA astronauts climbed inside their SpaceX spaceship today (May 23) for one last rehearsal ahead of a historic launch into orbit next week. Astronauts Bob Behknen and Doug Hurley (along with NASA and SpaceX mission teams) performed the "dry run" test for their upcoming test flight on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The mission, NASA's first crewed launch from U.S. soil since 2011, will launch from Pad 39A of Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (May 27) at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT). "Exciting couple of days here at NASA Kennedy!" Behnken wrote on Twitter Friday ahead of...
  • NASA and SpaceX to launch astronauts into orbit this week on Crew Dragon spacecraft

    05/25/2020 1:05:52 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 39 replies
    Space.com ^ | 5/24/20 | Chelsea Gohd
    This week, astronauts will take off from American soil for the first time since 2011, riding aboard a SpaceX capsule in a historic test flight to the International Space Station. On Wednesday (May 27) at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT), veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will launch as co-commanders on SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle, which will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission, known as Demo-2, will fly the astronauts to the International Space Station. They are scheduled to arrive at the space station on May 28 and...
  • Days before landmark launch, NASA’s head of human spaceflight quits due to ‘mistake’

    05/19/2020 8:37:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 19, 2020 | Alan Boyle
    NASA’s top executive concentrating on human spaceflight, Doug Loverro, has resigned just a week before the scheduled start of a milestone space mission. Loverro became NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations last December, and was playing a leading role in NASA’s Artemis moon program as well as preparations for next week’s launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. That mission, set for liftoff on May 27 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is due to send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the station for a stay that could last...
  • Lilly Wachowski Tells Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump ‘F— Both of You’ After They Quote ‘The Matrix’

    05/18/2020 2:38:41 AM PDT · by ZagFan · 39 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5-17-2020 | Jeremy Fuster
    A note to conservatives: Lilly Wachowski probably will not like it when you quote “The Matrix.” On Sunday, Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted that people should “take the red pill,” advice that Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka retweeted with the enthusiastic comment “Taken!” Back in 1999, the red pill was a pivotal moment in “The Matrix,” as Neo is offered the choice to either take a blue pill and forget about the Matrix or to take the red pill and be revealed the truth about how the Matrix has been used by machines to enslave the entire human race. Musk’s comment...
  • Elon Musk stirs the pot with cryptic 'red pill' tweet

    05/17/2020 7:25:31 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17,2020 | By Frank Miles
    Tech billionaire Elon Musk, who has emerged as a champion of defying stay-home orders intended to stop the coronavirus from spreading, may have come out as a conservative on Twitter Sunday. "Take the red pill" the Tesla CEO wrote in a cryptic tweet to his 34 million followers. Some followers saw it as a sign that Musk was pushing for the conservative cause. Adviser to the president and first daughter Ivanka Trump later retweeted it, adding the word: “Taken!” Take the red pill" is a line from the popular 1999 movie “The Matrix” about seeking the unvarnished truth: "You take...
  • Elon Musk Lists 4 More Homes For $62.5 Million

    05/17/2020 7:13:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 47 replies
    Canyon News ^ | May 16,2020 | By Sahana Kaur -
    BEL AIR—On Thursday, May 14, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk listed four of his Bel Air mansions for a total of $62.5 million. Since this move comes a week after Musk listed two other homes in the same area, all of his Bel Air properties are now for sale for a combined total of $102 million. This barrage of listings comes shortly after he Tweeted: “I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house.” When Twitter user @kulpability asked Musk if he was doing it “because you need the cash” or “to protest the world burning down,” he responded...
  • Space Force launches X-37B plane into orbit for secret mission

    05/17/2020 10:10:16 AM PDT · by bitt · 20 replies
    nypost ^ | 5/17/2020 | JACKIE SALO
    The newly-established Space Force blasted a secretive space plane into orbit from Florida Sunday for a mystery military mission. The launch out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marked the sixth flight for the solar-powered X-37B craft — which is flown by remote control without a crew. Riding atop an Atlas V rocket, the craft left from Space Launch Complex 41 at 9:14 a.m., following a one-day delay due to bad weather. Officials won’t say why or how long it will remain in orbit, but the last mission lasted a record-breaking two years in space. Jim Chilton, who is senior...
  • Alameda County Finally Agrees To Allow Tesla’s Fremont Factory To Remain Open

    05/13/2020 10:39:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/13/2020 | John Sexton
    On Monday, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he was reopening his Tesla factory in Fremont, California whether officials in Alameda County liked it or not. He suggested that if county officials planned to arrest someone, they should limit themselves to him. Musk wasn’t joking about reopening. Video of the parking lot showed it was mostly full that afternoon. In response, Alameda County sent a letter saying Musk needed to submit a plan which would have to be approved. Musk did submit the plan and late last night Alameda County officials accepted it. On late Tuesday evening, the Alameda...
  • Elon Musk hasn't been arrested, as production continues at Tesla without California county's permission

    05/12/2020 2:24:26 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12 2020 | Gary Gastelu
    Elon Musk remained a free man on Tuesday afternoon, despite violating shelter-in-place orders by reopening Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., factory without permission from Alameda County, where the facility is located. Musk tweeted on Monday that production had restarted, saying: “I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.” The county health department said Monday that Tesla had gone beyond the minimum allowed operations, which opened Musk up to a potential misdemeanor charge and either 90 days in jail or a fine of $1,000 per day. However, the Fremont Police Department,...
  • China’s massive Long March 5B’s rocket falls out of orbit over Atlantic Ocean

    05/11/2020 10:03:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 05/11/2020 | Stephen Clark
    Most of the rocket was made up of hollow propellant tanks, but the dense turbomachinery of the core stage’s two YF-77 main engines could have survived the fall from space. The Long March 5B rocket lifted off May 5 from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island in southern China, carrying a prototype for China’s next-generation crew capsule into orbit on an unpiloted test flight. The launch May 5 marked the debut of a new configuration of China’s heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket. On the Long March 5B, Chinese designers removed the rocket’s second stage and replaced it with a...
  • Martian rock samples might bring alien viruses to Earth, expert warns

    05/11/2020 10:27:36 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2020 | Dana Kennedy
    Scientists are preparing for a potential close encounter of the viral kind. Researchers say that when humans return from a planned visit to Mars in the 2030s, they’ll have to quarantine because rock samples from the Red Planet could be as dangerous as Ebola — even if the likelihood they are is low. Rockets returning from Mars will have to undergo a chemical cleaning involving intense heat as well.
  • X-37B Space Plane's Microwave Power Beam Experiment Is A Way Bigger Deal Than It Seems

    05/10/2020 5:23:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    The Drive ^ | 05/08/2020 | Brett Tingley
    According to a Space Force press release, which went out on May 6, another payload aboard the X-37B will be an experimental system designed by the Naval Research Laboratory that is capable of capturing solar power and beaming that energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves. Naval Research Laboratory’s head of beamed power has explicitly stated in the past that this system has enormous implications when it comes to long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In addition, it could allow satellites to provide reliable power anywhere on the planet or even to spacecraft or other satellites in orbit. In...
  • U.S. military tracking unguided re-entry of large Chinese rocket

    05/09/2020 9:56:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    spaceflightnow ^ | May 9, 2020  | Stephen Clark
    The core stage of China’s Long March 5B rocket is expected to fall back to Earth unguided after nearly a week in orbit. The Long March 5B rocket launched May 5 with a prototype for a next-generation Chinese crew capsule. As of Saturday, the rocket stage was circling Earth in an elliptical orbit ranging between 94 miles (152 kilometers) and 167 miles (270 kilometers) in altitude, according to U.S. military tracking data. A prediction issued Saturday by the U.S. military, which tracks objects in orbit, forecasts the rocket’s re-entry in a 24-hour period between 2335 GMT (7:35 p.m. EDT) Sunday...
  • SpaceX performed the 2nd of the StarShip SN4 Static fire test [Boca Chica Texas]

    05/09/2020 6:04:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2020 | space googlevesaire
  • Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla out of California, sue over coronavirus order shutting down Fremont factory

    05/09/2020 3:45:35 PM PDT · by granite · 44 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | May 9, 2020 at 2:37 p.m | By NICO SAVIDGE
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk lashed out at Alameda County public health officials Saturday on Twitter, claiming his car company will leave California and sue the county over coronavirus lockdown orders that have shuttered its Fremont factory. “Tesla is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately. The unelected & ignorant ‘Interim Health Officer’ of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!” Musk tweeted Saturday morning, referring to Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan. He continued in another tweet, “Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future...
  • Elon Musk: Tesla will move from California to Texas/Nevada due to local coronavirus response

    05/09/2020 1:50:23 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 58 replies
    Electrek ^ | May 9, 2020 | Fred Lambert
    Elon Musk announced that Tesla will move its headquarters and more from California to Texas and Nevada due to the local response to the coronavirus, which he believes is excessive. Over the last few weeks, Musk has been criticizing the shelter-in-place orders and restrictions related to the pandemic – going as far as calling them fascist. Things are now starting to ramp up from just talk to actions. As we reported earlier this week, Tesla attempted to reopen Fremont factory following comments from California’s Governor about starting to slowly reopen the state, but Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is...