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Post by Tabajara » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:11 am

The crew dragon capsule is en route to the ISS:
Flight recap:
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Post by Tabajara » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:49 pm

It did arrive as it should, with no drama:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03 ... ly-docked/
Right on schedule, the Crew Dragon spacecraft fired its Draco thrusters early on Sunday morning and docked safely with the International Space Station. A "soft" capture came at 5:51am ET, when the station was 418km above New Zealand. "Hard" capture, when 12 additional latches secured the spacecraft to the station, occurred 10 minutes later.

This marked the completion of a major milestone for SpaceX and NASA—the autonomous docking of a Dragon spacecraft with neither the assistance of crew on board the station nor the robotic arm used to grab and guide the cargo version of the Dragon spacecraft during supply missions.
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Re: Space - Phoenix finds ice and others

Post by impar » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:39 am

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Russia’s passive-aggressive reaction to SpaceX may mask a deeper truth
"Elon Musk has built the ship of the future."

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03 ... ft-behind/
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has proved itself in space — now it has to get back to Earth in one piece
With its hatch closed, the capsule is ready to leave the space station

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/7/18254 ... splashdown
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Post by Tabajara » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:34 am

And all went well, beyond spec: SpaceX aced the Crew Dragon test.

SpaceX completes a historic mission, crew flight possible later in 2019
At first blush, the performance of Dragon appears to have met or exceeded NASA's hopes for this flight to the International Space Station, including during the critical descent back to Earth Friday morning. "The vehicle really did better than we expected," Steve Stich, deputy Commercial Crew program manager for NASA, said shortly after the landing.

Over the last six days, among other milestones, SpaceX had to demonstrate the safe fueling of the Falcon 9 rocket, its launch, Dragon's separation and power performance in orbit, autonomous docking to the space station, undocking, a de-orbit burn, a controlled descent through Earth's atmosphere, and finally the deployment of four main parachutes on the way to a soft touchdown.
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Re: Space - Phoenix finds ice and others

Post by impar » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:34 am

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The president’s NASA budget slashes programs and cancels a powerful rocket upgrade
But it provides opportunities for commercial space

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/11/1825 ... -1b-europa
New White House budget spells trouble for NASA’s SLS rocket
By launching a Europa mission on a private rocket, NASA would save $700 million.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03 ... ls-rocket/
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Post by Tabajara » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:07 pm

Here’s why NASA’s administrator made such a bold move Wednesday
"I think we as an agency need to stick to our commitment."
by Eric Berger - Mar 14, 2019 10:11am BRT

In a remarkable turnaround, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Wednesday said the space agency would consider launching its first Orion mission to the Moon on commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space Launch System. This caught virtually the entire aerospace world off guard, and represents a bold change from the status quo of Orion as America's spacecraft, and the SLS as America's powerful rocket that will launch it.

The announcement raised a bunch of questions, and we've got some speculative but well-informed answers.

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During a hearing of the Senate Commerce committee to assess America's future in space, committee chairman Sen. Roger Wicker opened by asking Bridenstine about Exploration Mission-1's ongoing delays. The EM-1 test flight involves sending an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a three-week mission into lunar orbit, and is regarded as NASA's first step toward returning humans to the Moon. This mission was originally scheduled for late 2017, but it has slipped multiple times, most recently to June 2020. It has also come to light that this date, too, is no longer tenable.

"SLS is struggling to meet its schedule," Bridenstine replied to Wicker's question. "We are now understanding better how difficult this project is, and it’s going to take some additional time. I want to be really clear. I think we as an agency need to stick to our commitment. If we tell you, and others, that we’re going to launch in June of 2020 around the Moon, I think we should launch around the Moon in June of 2020. And I think it can be done. We should consider, as an agency, all options to accomplish that objective."

The only other option at this point is using two large, privately developed heavy lift rockets instead of a single SLS booster. While they are not as powerful as the SLS rocket, these commercial launch vehicles could allow for the mission to happen on schedule.
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Re: Space - Phoenix finds ice and others

Post by impar » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:48 am

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Astronauts From Failed Launch Will Return to the ISS Today

Last October, three astronauts aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket survived an explosive, mid flight failure. The ancient, Soviet-designed Soyuz rockets are notoriously reliable, with only 1 other recorded manned launch failure in 1975, but the 2018 incident put the future of the International Space Station in jeopardy, as it was, and still is, the only launch platform deemed reliable enough to haul astronauts to the ISS.

https://www.hardocp.com/news/2019/03/14 ... iss_today/
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Re: Space - Phoenix finds ice and others

Post by impar » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:41 pm

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Hayabusa2 finds that its destination is also a very dark rubble pile
It's a great day for asteroid fans as two missions report in.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03 ... bble-pile/
At Bennu, NASA finds a mysterious, boulder-strewn asteroid
Overall, the asteroid is very dark, but it has some distinctly brighter areas.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03 ... -asteroid/
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Re: Space - Phoenix finds ice and others

Post by impar » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:33 pm

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Brazil’s launch site is in a great location, but will US rocket companies want to use it?
The pros and cons of the Alcântara Launch Center

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/21/1827 ... tin-vector
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Re: Space - Phoenix finds ice and others

Post by Tabajara » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:07 pm

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Greetings!
Brazil’s launch site is in a great location, but will US rocket companies want to use it?
The pros and cons of the Alcântara Launch Center

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/21/1827 ... tin-vector
It all depends on the signed agreement. The US always wanted free access and control, as if it would be a installation on US soil, and no check whatsoever from brazilian customs or immigration. They might have got it, so there won't be a problem for US companies, as the military is fine with it.
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