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Thomas

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #120 on: May 31, 2020, 04:08:41 PM »
I went out last night to look for it, and I was thrilled to see the little white dot appear in the west and sail under the moon. A darkening blue sky, no stars - only the two lads in their pod shooting along. I'm excited enough when it's the ISS or a lowly satellite, so this was a treat.

Blumf

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #121 on: May 31, 2020, 06:07:10 PM »
The farts of the Dragon capsule are now intermingled with the farts of the ISS.

Alberon

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #122 on: August 01, 2020, 11:25:33 AM »
The manned Dragon demo mission is due to end tomorrow. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley should undock from the ISS at 12.34am and should touch down in the water at 7.42pm (both UK times). So hopefully there will be no problems with it. All going well the first general service launch of a crewed Dragon should take place in September with a second in Spring 2021.

Meanwhile SpaceX's SN5 Starship prototype is getting close to actually leaving the launch pad for a 150m hop. The steel can successfully completed a static fire and may carry out the hop next week.



The SN6 and SN8 are already being/have been built (the SN7 was just a simple test tank). If not the SN5 one of those might make the 20km high test flight in a window running from the middle of August to end of February.

Meanwhile Boeing seems to still be stuck in the woods.

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Members of NASA’s independent panel of aerospace safety advisors raised concerns last week about quality control problems that “seemingly have plagued” Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule program,

Donald McErlean, a seasoned aerospace industry consultant and member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, said July 23 that Boeing is making progress toward resolving the technical problems. Boeing plans to fly a second, previously-unplanned Starliner Orbital Flight Test to the space station late this year, followed by a Crew Flight Test in the first half of 2021 with a three-person team of astronauts on-board.

“However, despite this progress, which is definite and in fact measurable, the panel continues to be concerned about quality control problems that seemingly have plagued the Boeing commercial crew program,” said McErlean, a former chief engineer for the U.S. Navy’s aviation programs.

Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #123 on: August 02, 2020, 09:27:06 AM »
It is a bit like Formula One.  Rich shit for rich cunts and only vaguely interesting when there is a big crash.

Alberon

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #124 on: August 02, 2020, 07:35:31 PM »
The Dragon capsule has completed the deorbit burn and is about to enter the usual communication blackout zone as it comes through the atmosphere.

BlodwynPig

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #125 on: August 02, 2020, 07:39:09 PM »
I somehow think these rich men's pet projects shouldn't be the focus of humanity at the moment.

Alberon

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #126 on: August 02, 2020, 07:43:08 PM »
Well, they're not. If this is what the majority of the planet's resources were being spent on I'd agree, but it isn't.

It is possible to deal with this AND, for instance, climate change. As a species we've just chosen not to.

Meanwhile the Dragon capsule has just got through the communication blackout and re-established contact.

Wonderful Butternut

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #127 on: August 02, 2020, 07:45:02 PM »
Now, now, I'm sure we'll find all the solutions to global shortages in space...

...which rich cunts will monopolise, sell off slivers of it at artificially inflated prices and keep the rest for themselves.

Nevermind, carry on.

Zetetic

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #128 on: August 02, 2020, 07:45:53 PM »
As a species we've just chosen not to.
The things choosing to fund this (and not other things) are not of my species.

Alberon

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #129 on: August 02, 2020, 07:49:36 PM »
Splashdown!

Everything seems to have gone well.

Blumf

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #130 on: August 02, 2020, 08:06:16 PM »
Go on. Push the button that fires the SuperDraco launch escape thrusters. It'll be a laugh!

Alberon

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #131 on: August 05, 2020, 04:54:02 PM »
SpaceX's other project, the Starship had a successful 150m hop test yesterday. Here's the SN5 in flight



and here's the video of it.

https://youtu.be/s1HA9LlFNM0


Dex Sawash

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #132 on: August 05, 2020, 05:49:35 PM »

Thunderbirds have slightly improved FX

Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #133 on: August 05, 2020, 06:55:15 PM »
Thunderbirds have slightly improved FX
not sure about that. gerry anderson would have stuck fins on an aerosol can and painted it red

Alberon

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Re: Commercial Manned Space flights
« Reply #134 on: August 05, 2020, 06:57:49 PM »
They’re still getting there. It’s thought the SN8 will have a proper nose cone and fins, but probably won’t be red. Probably.

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