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Posted by: Lourens - Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:34 am
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How much of the upcoming SpaceX Dragon mission to the ISS will be successful?
Poll ended at Fri May 18, 2012 10:34 am
Launch failure, F9/Dragon never reaches orbit 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Launch successful, some issue during checkout prevents Dragon from attempting to berth with ISS 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Dragon attempts to berth with ISS but fails 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Dragon successfully berths with ISS, but has to undock early due to some unforeseen problem 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Dragon successfully completes ISS visit, but fails to return to Earth in one piece or is not recovered successfully 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Mission is a complete success 56%  56%  [ 9 ]
After reaching orbit successfully, Dragon broadcasts the cryptic message "Screw you guys, I'm outta here" and autonomously fires its Draco thrusters to enter a Mars transfer orbit, never to be heard of again until humanity reaches Mars in person in 2042 31%  31%  [ 5 ]
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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Tue May 22, 2012 7:42 pm
One poll option down, six to go!

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Fri May 25, 2012 8:09 am
another option down ;)

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Fri May 25, 2012 11:42 am
Why is it, we have all this technology up there yet the photos we get look like a S**t nokia camera from 2005?

I want full HD shots!!!!

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Fri May 25, 2012 2:04 pm
Capture! 8)

Don Pettit: "looks like we have caught a Dragon by its tail"
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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Fri May 25, 2012 2:07 pm
Another one down! (1) SpaceX are awesome!

I thought most of the images were pretty good. The limiting factor is probably the downlink from the ISS, and in case of the camera at the end of the robotic arm the fact that it's probably catching quite a bit of radiation out there. Then there's the harsh lighting, think of the Armadillo Aerospace ballute picture, that looked funny as well.

I loved his "That was a good simulation, we're ready to turn around and do it for real now!" quote as well. I was a bit surprised, he seemed a bit grumpy yesterday when he was calibrating the cameras, I thought André was the more cheerful one of the two, but apparently Don has a sense of humour as well. Good stuff!

(1) Strictly speaking, for the third option to fall it'll still have to be berthed, but that's the easy part.

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Fri May 25, 2012 4:12 pm
Dragon berthed to Harmony :) So my second-choice ptoin is out of question now. What's left? Only a 100% success :)


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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Sat May 26, 2012 10:22 pm
Dragon compared to pick-up truck by astronaut high praise indeed i think :wink: :twisted:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18221760

After all the delays i think it was nice it was just about attached on international Geek day may the 25th :-

http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/ ... 452327.ece

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 10:43 am
Four down! It's all up to re-entry now. Go, PICA-X! :)

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 11:04 am
I'm not really worried about PICA-X, that stuff has worked amazing on the last flight. I think the two critical items for re-entry are:
1) GNC bay door needs to be properly closed
2) Separation of the trunk has to work as intended.

A failure in either of those tasks would likely doom Dragon to a fiery death :(

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 3:14 pm
Trunk jettisoned! 8)

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 3:50 pm
Today looks like a good day for Dragon fishing in the Pacific!

Welcome home Dragon! :D 8)

There be dragons:
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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 4:16 pm
Yep, it's down safely! One and a half option left, but it seems to be floating around happily, so fishing it out of the ocean shouldn't be much of a problem. If they do that, the mission's a complete success. Pretty amazing.

What's also amazing is that there's a space craft coming down on the other side of the world, and there's an aeroplane with a long-range infrared camera filming it, and that signal is then sent up to a satellite, down again somewhere in the US, multiplexed with other relevant signals, patched into the Internet, and transmitted through a transatlantic cable to my living room, where I can see the whole thing live on my computer screen. Who needs flying cars? This is the 21st century right there :).

I loved the reaction of the astronauts on the ISS. Calling up Houston "It should be down by now, right? Is it there yet?" and when told that it was still coming down "Are the chutes open yet?". They were quite anxious to be kept up to date, too.

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 4:52 pm
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there's a space craft coming down on the other side of the world, and there's an aeroplane with a long-range infrared camera filming it, and that signal is then sent up to a satellite, down again somewhere in the US, multiplexed with other relevant signals, patched into the Internet, and transmitted through a transatlantic cable to my living room



hahahaha ace

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 8:56 pm
I told you it would work!

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post Re: SpaceX Dragon to the ISS   Posted on: Thu May 31, 2012 10:22 pm
I win!

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