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Message 1505026 - Posted: 17 Apr 2014, 1:49:05 UTC

2 pieces of news here.

SpaceX makes another launch attempt to ISS

SPACEX is shooting for another launch attempt on Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

NASA confirmed the launch date on Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast for Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date.

Mission Control has rescheduled urgent spacewalking repairs because of the new launch time.


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SpaceX Leases Apollo 11 Launchpad for 20 Years

According to Space.com, SpaceX will lease Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in a 20-year agreement with NASA. The launchpad will be modified for SpaceX's purposes while also preserving the historic aspects.

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Message 1505382 - Posted: 17 Apr 2014, 22:01:03 UTC

Thanks Wiggo.
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Message 1505393 - Posted: 17 Apr 2014, 22:55:03 UTC - in response to Message 1505382.  

Thanks Wiggo.


Ditto :)
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Message 1506003 - Posted: 19 Apr 2014, 10:49:29 UTC - in response to Message 1505393.  

Thanks Wiggo.


Ditto :)


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Message 1506435 - Posted: 20 Apr 2014, 10:09:10 UTC - in response to Message 1506003.  

Thanks Wiggo.


Ditto :)


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Message 1506698 - Posted: 20 Apr 2014, 21:31:43 UTC - in response to Message 1506435.  

Thanks Wiggo.


Ditto :)


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Message 1506700 - Posted: 20 Apr 2014, 21:36:27 UTC

Do we know if it's being launched today yet? Or have I got my days muddled up... :/
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Message 1506729 - Posted: 20 Apr 2014, 22:50:13 UTC - in response to Message 1506700.  
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As I understand it was launched Friday and docked at the ISS today.
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Message 1506758 - Posted: 21 Apr 2014, 0:34:18 UTC - in response to Message 1506729.  

As I understand it was launched Friday and docked at the ISS today.


Thanks Betreger - just as well my finger isn't needed on any pulses :)
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Message 1506760 - Posted: 21 Apr 2014, 1:00:23 UTC

Here ya go Annie. ;-)

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/20/international-space-station-easter-cargo-spacex

The crew of the International Space Station on Sunday took delivery of a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the ISS following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts eventually used a robot arm to capture the capsule, 260 miles above Egypt.

More than two tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies and legs for the station's resident robot. Nasa also packed family care packages for the six spacemen.


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Message 1506788 - Posted: 21 Apr 2014, 3:10:57 UTC - in response to Message 1506760.  

Here ya go Annie. ;-)

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/20/international-space-station-easter-cargo-spacex

The crew of the International Space Station on Sunday took delivery of a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the ISS following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts eventually used a robot arm to capture the capsule, 260 miles above Egypt.

More than two tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies and legs for the station's resident robot. Nasa also packed family care packages for the six spacemen.


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Those fruit flies get everywhere! :) Thanks Wiggo.
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Message 1509050 - Posted: 27 Apr 2014, 1:18:03 UTC
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SpaceX Files Protest Against U.S. Air Force Space Launch Monopoly.

http://www.dailytech.com/SpaceX+Files+Protest+Against+US+Air+Force+Space+Launch+Monopoly/article34799.htm#sthash.dFmk7olR.dpuf

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that his company is in the process of filing a protest against the United States Air Force, targeting the military branch’s contracting procedures, with the case slated for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Specifically, Musk says the Air Force’s purchase of 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV), which is headed by the United Launch Alliance as the core providers of the launches, “blocks companies like SpaceX for competing for national security launches. We feel that this is not right. National security launches should be competitive and not sole-sourced.”


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Message 1511525 - Posted: 2 May 2014, 21:42:04 UTC

SpaceX's Falcon 9-R reusable rocket has completed its 2nd test flight which saw the rocket reach 1000 metres and then make a controlled landing.

http://www.dailytech.com/Second+Flight+of+SpaceXs+Falcon+9R+Soars+to+3280ft+Makes+Controlled+Powered+Landing/article34847.htm

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Message 1511540 - Posted: 2 May 2014, 22:32:59 UTC - in response to Message 1511525.  

Very cool, thanx Wiggo
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Message 1511608 - Posted: 3 May 2014, 3:09:20 UTC - in response to Message 1511540.  

Very cool, thanx Wiggo



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Message 1511878 - Posted: 3 May 2014, 18:38:10 UTC - in response to Message 1511525.  

SpaceX's Falcon 9-R reusable rocket has completed its 2nd test flight which saw the rocket reach 1000 metres and then make a controlled landing.

That's nice; is the rocket supposed to be reusable? If they put shoulder straps on it I would buy one.

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Message 1511889 - Posted: 3 May 2014, 19:20:59 UTC - in response to Message 1511878.  
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That's nice; is the rocket supposed to be reusable?

As I understand it that's the point, a big time cost reduction.
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Message 1511893 - Posted: 3 May 2014, 19:29:19 UTC - in response to Message 1511889.  

That's nice; is the rocket supposed to be reusable?

As I understand it that's the point, a big time cost reduction.

Interesting as they get paid by the pound delivered and having to carry fuel and equipment up for a landing cuts way back on what can be delivered. That's why the space shuttles glide back home. It seems SpaceX and the USAF have different ideas on how this should be done.
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Message 1511922 - Posted: 3 May 2014, 21:14:47 UTC - in response to Message 1511893.  

Interesting as they get paid by the pound delivered and having to carry fuel and equipment up for a landing cuts way back on what can be delivered.

I am sure they have crunched the numbers and came up with a viable plan or they wouldn't be doing it.
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Message 1517960 - Posted: 18 May 2014, 23:30:27 UTC - in response to Message 1511922.  

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Returns Critical NASA Science from Space Station

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m. EDT Sunday, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station.

A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing. Some cargo, including a freezer packed with research samples collected aboard the space station, will be removed at the port in California and returned to NASA within 48 hours.

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/may/spacex-dragon-spacecraft-returns-critical-nasa-science-from-space-station/
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