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SpaceX's First Manned Mission to Space Gets Its Launch Date: May 27

SpaceX will send astronauts to space first, and worry about its own satellites later.

 
Rich Smith
May 18, 2020 at 6:43PM

A planned SpaceX launch of 60 more Starlink broadband internet satellites, which was supposed to go up tomorrow, has been scrubbed "due to tropical storm Arthur" making the Atlantic Ocean a bit too choppy to attempt recovery of the launch rocket, announced SpaceX in a tweet today. The mission -- "Starlink-7" -- has therefore been postponed "until after launch of Crew Demo-2," said the company.  

As a result, we now know when SpaceX plans to launch its first-ever crewed mission -- a spaceship carrying actual astronauts, launched from U.S. soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. Barring further delays, that launch will take place on May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT.

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Photo of last Saturday SpaceX launch.  Photo taken from beach near Stuart, Florida.  SpaceX through up a bunch more internet satellites!

FWIW, rockets have been vertical landing for quite a while, long before Paypal existed or Musk had mastered self-hype PR.    In engineering it's a classic inverted pendulum problem which is often taug

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It's been scheduled for 5/27 for a long time. I'm not sure what postponing the starlink until after the crew dragon launch accomplishes, other than avoiding the weather. The astronauts will (are) quarantine at home in Houston for 2 weeks and then fly in a nasa jet to Florida some time before the launch 

 

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/05/20/falcon-9-crew-dragon-demo-2-launch-preps/

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Our C-130 picked up the mars rover the other week to take that to Kennedy for launch to Mars, we have been transporting the director of NASA ans some others to and from Kennedy in the B-200 for the launch on the 27th

https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8677/air-deliveries-bring-nasas-perseverance-mars-rover-closer-to-launch/

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29 minutes ago, orionflt said:

Our C-130 picked up the mars rover the other week to take that to Kennedy for launch to Mars, we have been transporting the director of NASA ans some others to and from Kennedy in the B-200 for the launch on the 27th

https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8677/air-deliveries-bring-nasas-perseverance-mars-rover-closer-to-launch/

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Wonderful information Brian.

Question please..... whose Antonov is it?  Does U.S. own it or do we rent it from de Russkies?? 

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1 hour ago, MooneyMitch said:

Wonderful information Brian.

Question please..... whose Antonov is it?  Does U.S. own it or do we rent it from de Russkies?? 

These guys.    One of them was coming to Mesa-Gateway (KIWA) pretty regularly for a while and it shows up at Phoenix Sky Harbor (KPHX) once in a while, too.

http://www.volga-dnepr.com/en/

 

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You see Volga dnepr and antonov bureau both in the states. Could be either. Volga dnepr just goes by Volga now which is a lot easier to say. I'm not really sure what either actually does besides be nearly impossible to understand

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3 hours ago, MooneyMitch said:

Wonderful information Brian.

Question please..... whose Antonov is it?  Does U.S. own it or do we rent it from de Russkies?? 

I believe it is rented, I just started with NASA so I do not know the total inventory of aircraft, just the ones out of Wallops island VA. 
 

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17 hours ago, philip_g said:

You see Volga dnepr and antonov bureau both in the states. Could be either. Volga dnepr just goes by Volga now which is a lot easier to say. I'm not really sure what either actually does besides be nearly impossible to understand

The Volga and Dnepr (Dnieper) rivers are major rivers in Russia.   Kind of like the Missouri and Mississippi here.    One of the nice things about the Russian language and Cyrillic alphabet is that words are very nearly completely phonetic and pronounced like they're spelled.   Compared to English it's a breeze to know how to pronounce things.  ;)

I like seeing them here.   When it comes to IWA they leave it parked out on one of the three runways because, I'm told, it's too heavy for the taxiways.   Repositioning is apparently expensive enough that it stays wherever it leaves a load until it gets a new load.   I've seen it parked at IWA for maybe a week or so.

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Hoping and praying for a safe and successful launch and mission. This is so important for way more than the obvious reasons.  I am reminded of how torn apart our country was during the time of Apollo and the successful first steps on the moon and how the entire world was united rooting for its successful outcome.  Cool space suits very stylish. US launch of astronauts from US soil, long overdue 

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They are now doing the 9 mile drive in the Tesla X to P39, the call will be made at the last moment, and will really be made according to a rigid go/no go protocol in place, along with either astronaut saying no for any reason at all.

 

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Man, those spacesuits Elon conjured up sure look like Storm Troopers [Star Wars] outfits!!! :lol:

And, the Dragon interior looks just like my friends Tesla X with its white interior!! 

So incredibly AWESOME!! 

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I'm watching SpaceX website and their coverage.

Watching the astronauts.............I think they might be a bit nervous as one of them keeps tightening his shoulder belt...........ya think?  :lol: 

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34 minutes ago, MooneyMitch said:

Man, those spacesuits Elon conjured up sure look like Storm Trooper outfits!!! :lol:

And, the Dragon interior looks just like my friends Tesla X with its white interior!! 

So incredibly AWESOME!! 

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