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Reply Wed 27 May, 2020 01:50 pm
Is anyone interested in the launch scheduled for later today?
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mark noble
 
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Reply Wed 27 May, 2020 01:58 pm
@NealNealNeal,
It's SW, right of moon, about 3 o'clock, rising to 10.
About 9.44 pm - ISS flies-by approx 26 mins earlier (Northern hemisphere).

Falcon chasing ISS.

Means nothing to me.

Have a lovely day
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 28 May, 2020 07:29 am
@NealNealNeal,
Pretty much all of my life, the US has been launching astronauts into space. I watched the moon landings in grade school, went to the Houston Space Center in high school, followed shuttle flights in college and after. If anything, this launch is sad. The US has no space launch capability anymore and has to contract out flights to foreign countries and now private companies. SpaceX is doing what our country did 50 years ago while politicians talk about space travel to distract from their failed domestic agenda.
helmi15
 
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Reply Fri 29 May, 2020 10:23 am
@engineer,
Since low orbit space flights have become some kind of a routine now, it is maybe not a too bad decision to let this private companies do.
The more risky stuff then can be done by the government.
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helmi15
 
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Reply Fri 29 May, 2020 10:24 am
@NealNealNeal,
I am interested in it, though I just wait for articles in the newspapers. Hasn't this flight been re-scheduled?
oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 29 May, 2020 07:43 pm
@helmi15,
Rescheduled for tomorrow in fact.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 29 May, 2020 07:48 pm
@engineer,
engineer wrote:
If anything, this launch is sad. The US has no space launch capability anymore and has to contract out flights to foreign countries and now private companies.

The US still has a space launch capability. It's just being done by private industry instead of by the government.

Why is it sad that space travel has progressed to the point where it is a matter for private industry instead of big government?

The US government is focusing its development efforts on rockets that are much larger and heavier than the ones that private industry is building. Although there is some possibility that private industry will overtake the government when it comes to very large rockets too.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 01:05 pm

T-18 minutes...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 01:27 pm

https://i.imgur.com/4IP6dnN.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/NO0MgV5.jpg
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 01:55 pm
It's about time we had some presence in our solar system besides on the Earth. We need to practice and get good at sending people into space so that later we can send a lot more people farther into space.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 01:57 pm
@Brandon9000,
Oh yeah, like maybe to Barnard's Star.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 31 May, 2020 11:17 am

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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 31 May, 2020 01:30 pm
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:
Oh yeah, like maybe to Barnard's Star.

It is one of the closest stars, although it will be a very long time before we get out of the solar system.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 31 May, 2020 02:50 pm
@Brandon9000,
Yes, but the advantage of Barnard's star is that it is solo--not a multi-star system. The Alpha Centauri stars might have habitable planets, but that third star comes through every few million years, and might wreak havoc. At least there would not be that problem with Barnard's star. We need to send a probe out there as soon as possible.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2020 03:34 pm

SpaceX is up again, this time to launch a hefty communications satellite into orbit...

https://i.imgur.com/mYOmLEE.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/UEkKFlh.jpg
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2020 11:57 am

the spacecraft is expected to touch down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, today at 2:48 pm ET...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2020 12:39 pm

this will be the first ocean splash-down since 1975 ...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2020 12:49 pm

https://i.imgur.com/94BXXTF.jpg
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2020 01:27 pm

https://i.imgur.com/8024tGf.jpg
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