SpaceX Complete Mission

A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground Saturday after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight.

All nine engines for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Saturday morning. But with a mere half-second remaining before liftoff, the onboard computers automatically shut everything down. So instead of blasting off on a delivery mission to the space station, the rocket stayed on its launch pad amid a plume of engine exhaust.

Even NASA’s most seasoned launch commentator was taken off-guard.

“Three, two, one, zero and liftoff,” announced commentator George Diller, his voice trailing as the rocket failed to budge. “We’ve had a cutoff. Liftoff did not occur.”

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said that high combustion chamber pressure in engine No. 5 was to blame and that technicians would conduct an inspection later in the day.  If the engine needs to be replaced, a spare is available.

Tuesday is the earliest that SpaceX can try again to send its cargo-laden Dragon capsule to the space station.  The California-based company  formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is targeting every few days for a launch attempt to save fuel in case of rendezvous problems at the space station.  Wednesday also could be a launch option.

This was the first launch attempt by the several private U.S. companies hoping to take over the job of delivering cargo and eventually astronauts to the space station for NASA.  Only governments have accomplished that to date: the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.

Well not to worry SpaceX,  Facebook going public did not get off the ground on Friday either.

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Launch Update

NASA Public Affairs Office commentator Pat Ryan talks with Mike Horkachuck, NASA Project Executive for SpaceX, for an update on the SpaceX Dragon’s next launch attempt scheduled for Tuesday at 3:44 a.m. EDT.

Also Facebook was off another -4.20 down 10.99% @ $34.03-  52 week high for face is $45.00

Your not looking so bad SpaceX,  just lost a little time.

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Falcon 9 & Dragon On Mission

The third launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket occurred today, May 22nd 2012 at 07:44 UTC from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.  The rocket carried the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft into orbit on its second mission, COTS 2+.  This launch occurred after a scrubbed attempt on May 19th due to a high pressure reading from engine 5, after a visual inspection a faulty check valve was spotted to have remained open, after being replaced the rocket was cleared for flight.

COTS 2+ will have the Dragon fly under the International Space Station, test systems, abort scenarios and free drift ability of the spacecraft before if all goes well, berthing to the International Space Station’s Harmony Module making history.  Dragon would be come the first ever commercial vehicle to dock with the Station.

The Dragon is carrying 520 kg of cargo including crew clothing, food and various equipment for experiments.  It will also become the first cargo vehicle at the Station able to return cargo, It will return 660 kg of cargo including various hardware that has failed or needs returned for examination on Earth as well as some experiment items.

Once again Facebook is down another day.  Way to Go SpaceX looking GOOD!

Multiple investigations and lawsuits have been announced following reports of deceptive practices and insider trading in connection with last Friday’s $16 billion initial public offering of Facebook stock.

Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter of the IPO, is specifically accused of informing institutional investors and favored clients of its downgrade of Facebook and not telling the investing public at large.

Were so tiered of manipulated markets of Wall Street!  SpaceX is heads up here WE COME!

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Dragon Closes in


The SpaceX Dragon capsule closes in on the International Space Station for a series of tests to clear it for its final rendezvous and grapple.  This is the first American spacecraft to approach the ISS since the Shuttle.

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Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA, Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency and Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA grappled and berthed the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the station’s Harmony module May 25, 2012, marking a milestone in spaceflight history.  Dragon became the first commercially developed space vehicle to be launched to the station to join Russian, European and Japanese resupply craft that service the complex while restoring a U.S. capability to deliver cargo to the orbital laboratory.

This is an excellent on board video it puts you in the seat!  (no audio)

Also a good day for the country as far as morale goes,  long needed!

Thanks NASA and SpaceX along with Expedition 31 Team.  (Reel NASA Real Results)

NASA just showed Wall Street how it is done!  (Facebook down another -3.39% @ $31.91 you crooks!)

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Dragon Open

The hatch between the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station was opened by NASA Astronaut Don Pettit at 5:53 am EDT as the station flew 253 miles above Auckland, New Zealand. The hatch opening begins four days of operations to upload more than 1,000 pounds of cargo from the first commercial spacecraft to visit the space station and reload it with experiments and cargo for a return trip to Earth. It is scheduled for splashdown several hundred miles west of California on May 31.

NASA is opening doors and Wall Street is closing them.  5/29/12  Facebook down another  -$3.07  -9.27% @ $28.84

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Dragon Released

5/31/12 @ 09:49 GMT

The SpaceX Dragon was released from the Station’s Robotic Arm at 09:49 UTC today, May 31st. Slowly backing away from the arm the Spacecraft then conducted two short departure burns, seen visibly in this video as small white dots in the Draco thrusters.

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Dragon Splashes Down

The SpaceX Spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean around a minute earlier than planned after an extremely successful mission to the International Space Station, becoming the first Commercial Company to send a vehicle to the complex.

SpaceX will use a 185-foot working barge equipped with a crane, an 80-foot crew boat, and two 25-foot rigid hull inflatable boats (RIB) to conduct recovery operations.  On board will be approximately a dozen SpaceX engineers and technicians as well as a four-person dive team.

The boats will be waiting just outside of the targeted landing area.  Once Dragon lands in the water, the 25-foot boats will carry the experienced dive team to the floating spacecraft.  They will secure the vehicle and tow it to the barge where the crane will pick it up and place it on deck.  The ships will then begin the trip back to land.
Live views of actual splashdown were not available due to high cloud cover.

The video was captured on an infrared camera on a boat very far away.

Dragon Down, and guess what?  Yep Facebook down -0.97  -3.44%  @ $27.22

DOW takes a header,  down -274.88 wipes out 2012 gains.

Great job NASA and SpaceX, nice ride!

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Chase Plane Video

During the reentry of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, NASA and the United States Navy flew a P-3 Orion Cast Glance aircraft to capture airborne views of the spacecraft’s descent.  The aircraft, based at the Navy’s VX-30 squadron at the Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif., was able to record Dragon’s reentry, parachute chute deployment and the capsule in the water. Dragon splashed down at 11:42 a.m. EDT on May 31 in the Pacific Ocean, more than 560 miles off the coast of Baja California.  During its mission, Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft the rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station, paving the way for future commercial cargo delivery flights.

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In the future, Dragon will use SuperDraco thrusters to land on a landing pad on ground.


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