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    Crew Dragon Demo-2

    Crew Dragon Demo-2

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    SpaceX is ready to make space history with its first astronaut launch for NASA next week.


    No showstoppers were found during a crucial flight readiness review (FRR) for SpaceX's Demo-2 mission, keeping the company's first-ever crewed flight on track for a May 27 liftoff, NASA officials announced today (May 22). More...
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    Crew Dragon Demo-2 (or DM-2) will be the first crewed test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on 27 May 2020 at 20:33:33 UTC (4:33:33 PM EDT). Demo-2 will be the first crewed orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since the final Space Shuttle mission, STS-135, in 2011, on which Douglas G. Hurley was the pilot. Hurley will be spacecraft commander on Crew Dragon Demo-2, joined by Robert L. Behnken as joint operations commander. Crew Dragon Demo-2 will also be the first two-person orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since STS-4 in 1982. More...
    The Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission is intended to finish the validation process for human-rated spaceflight operations on SpaceX hardware. If successful, the demonstration flight will allow for human rated certification of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the Falcon 9 rocket, the crew transportation system, launch pad, and SpaceX's capabilities. The mission includes astronaut testing of Crew Dragon capabilities on orbit. More...
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    The Science Channel is advertising they'll be showing it live. Which kind of worries me, considering the other schlock they present.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The Science Channel is advertising they'll be showing it live. Which kind of worries me, considering the other schlock they present.
    Well, it will probably have annoying commercials, but at least it will be an hour or so they WON’T be showing trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Well, it will probably have annoying commercials, but at least it will be an hour or so they WON’T be showing trash.
    Isn't this the same channel that shows "How the Universe Works" and other similar shows that often include Phil Plait as one of the talking heads? Sure, some of their shows sound sensationalistic, but when you watch most of them, then end up as debunkers or other reasonably skeptical by the end. I mean, at least part of the time, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The Science Channel is advertising they'll be showing it live. Which kind of worries me, considering the other schlock they present.
    I hope they aren’t the only ones. After all, America’s return to crewed orbital launches and the first ever crewed private orbital launch strikes me as a major historical event. I know it is easier to catch things on the internet these days so we aren’t dependent on the big or not so big networks anymore, but still.

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    Looks to be the nicest Falcon paint job.

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    So it looks like the weather is the only thing standing between them and a launch on the 27th, really hoping those weather forecasts shift in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    Isn't this the same channel that shows "How the Universe Works" and other similar shows that often include Phil Plait as one of the talking heads? Sure, some of their shows sound sensationalistic, but when you watch most of them, then end up as debunkers or other reasonably skeptical by the end. I mean, at least part of the time, right?

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    Part of the time, right. But they show some real junk as well.
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    The Worm is Back!

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    The original NASA insignia is one of the most powerful symbols in the world. A bold, patriotic red chevron wing piercing a blue sphere, representing a planet, with white stars, and an orbiting spacecraft. Today, we know it as “the meatball.” However, with 1970’s technology, it was a difficult icon to reproduce, print, and many people considered it a complicated metaphor in what was considered, then, a modern aerospace era. More...
    I really like that

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    3 Days to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetaDust View Post
    The Worm is Back!

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    I really like that

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    This was misrepresented a lot online when it was first announced, while the worm will be used in some official capacities, the intent is to alternate it with the vector/meatball and not replace the vector logo entirely.
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    The tug Hawk and ASDS Of Course I Still Love You have departed for the first stage recovery zone.

    SpaceX page with mission event times

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    The astronauts will announce their spacecraft's name on launch day.

    Falcor?
    Ruth?

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    X ae a-12?
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    X ae a-12?
    That's been changed to X AE A-xii!
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    Not Wall-E?

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    I hope the four-leaf clover on that is unnecessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I hope the four-leaf clover on that is unnecessary.
    Isn't it missing a stem? Looks to me more like a separator.

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    The globe reflected in the visor threw me off for a moment because I was seeing the dark area as land and the lighter as water. Where the heck is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The globe reflected in the visor threw me off for a moment because I was seeing the dark area as land and the lighter as water. Where the heck is that?
    I did something similar. I was wondering why that lone star was in a light blue blob sitting in a darker blue area until if finally dawned on me that it was supposed to represent Florida. Using the same color for land and ocean doesn’t make identification easy. The star is a little confusing too since there are also similar stars in the blue area of the flag. Couldn’t they have used something else to represent the launch point and more obvious colors?

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    No no.. It's a giant fish (or salamander) about to swallow the ISS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I hope the four-leaf clover on that is unnecessary.
    The 4-leaf clover is traditional on SpaceX patches.

    It started with the 4th Falcon 1 launch. They'd had 3 failures and only had enough money for one more launch, so someone added the 4-leaf clover for good luck. Falcon 1 #4 was a success, SpaceX survived, so they kept it.

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    Any word on the weather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Any word on the weather?
    NOAA says for Melbourne FL:

    A slight chance of showers between 9am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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    The range now says the weather is 60% go.

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    NASA TV webcast starts at 1200 Eastern

    SpaceX webcast starts at 1215 Eastern

    Launch: 1633 Eastern

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    So 4.5 hours of webcast prior to launch? Sounds like a bit much. I'm guessing the bandwidth may get pretty bad as the launch approaches, but we've always got the Science Channel for backup.
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    Our local CBS TV station said they were going to cover it. I suspect it will get a fair amount of TV coverage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    So 4.5 hours of webcast prior to launch? Sounds like a bit much. I'm guessing the bandwidth may get pretty bad as the launch approaches, but we've always got the Science Channel for backup.
    Too long in my opinion. I don't remember the coverage for A11, but it doesn't seem like 4.5 hours. Too much hype IMO. But I hope for a successful launch.

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    CBSNews

    How to watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch

    What: Launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying two NASA astronauts
    Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    Time: 4:33 p.m. ET
    Location: The Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
    On TV: Your local CBS station

    Live stream online: Pre-launch coverage begins 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday in the video player above. Watch live launch coverage on CBSN — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.

    24 hours of live coverage: A live stream of the mission will continue in the video player above for more than 24 hours, until the Crew Dragon docks at the space station on Thursday, May 28.
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