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    Spacex Launch April 30: Animation, Photos

    Looking forward to the Spacex flight to the International Space Station.

    Here's a 2-1/2 minute animation of the flight: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/video...a_id=128674521
    (Crank up the volume!)

    NASA Commercial Space Transportation page: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/comm...cex_index.html

    Spacex photos and info: http://www.spacex.com/updates.php
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    Here is some info about the COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) program and the upcoming demo flight:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerc...ation_Services
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COTS_Demo_Flight_2
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    Dragon Cargo Configuration and Crew Configuration: http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php

    Popular Mechanics Dragon Diagram: http://www.popularmechanics.com/scie...te-spaceflight

    DragonLab data sheet: http://www.spacex.com/downloads/dragonlab-datasheet.pdf

    A Pictorial Review of SpaceX’s Eight Dragon Spaceships: http://www.geekosystem.com/dragon-review/

    Dragon design concepts (Red Dragon, DragonLab, Dragon Cargo): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_%28spacecraft%29
    Last edited by Space Racer; 04-03-2012 at 04:59 PM.
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    NASA's Consolidated Launch Schedule for the next several months:

    http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html


    12 Space Missions to Watch in 2012:

    http://www.space.com/14054-2012-spac...countdown.html


    Worldwide launch schedule:

    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/
    Last edited by Space Racer; 04-15-2012 at 10:12 AM.
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    The competition:

    http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/Video/FlashVideo.shtml
    (Click on Delta IV over on the right.)

    Who the heck is the ULA?
    http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/...Overview.shtml

    Not to mention

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ight_companies

    and a few of the "orbital launch systems" being developed in other countries:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...launch_systems

    But the Falcon 9 Heavy, Falcon X, and Falcon X Heavy have got them beat:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u25yQ...eature=related

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_...nd_XX_concepts
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    New Spacex update, including info about a test fire on Mon 30 April, which will be webcast on spacex.com:

    http://www.spacex.com/updates.php
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    The SpaceX webcast can be viewed via Livestream:

    http://new.livestream.com/
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    April 30, 2012

    Today, Monday, April 30, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will webcast a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket’s nine powerful Merlin engines in preparation for the company’ss upcoming launch. The webcast will be accessible by clicking the home page banner on spacex.com beginning at 11:30 AM PT /2:30 PM ET, with the actual static fire targeted for 12:00 PM PT /3:00 PM ET.
    http://www.spacex.com/updates.php

    Home page: http://www.spacex.com/
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    Well, the test fire was anticlimactic, to say the least.
    The countdown was delayed for an hour. The burn finally took place around 4:15. (I didn't think to check the clock until about 4:25.) It lasted about 2 seconds. The countdown clock stopped at T+00:03.

    It wasn't much of a burn. The rocket spewed a little smoke, kind of like a locomotive blowing off steam, and then it was over.

    I watched it on four links:
    http://www.spacex.com/
    http://new.livestream.com/
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-mobile

    All four showed the same video from the same cameras.
    The SpaceX link was courtesy of Livestream, without the prerequisite registration. But SpaceX started a few minutes later than Livestream and the others. It looked like someone at SpaceX dropped the ball.

    Ustream's channel is the same as NASA TV. Ustream has a hi def version and a mobile version. I watched the mobile version because it streamed better on my slow DSL connection. I liked it the best of the four. The slightly fuzzier resolution wasn't a problem.

    NASA TV timed out from time to time. I had to close it and restart it each time. Refresh didn't get it. (This may have had something to do with the computer I used.)

    Livestream and SpaceX had the clearest picture, but they spent half the time buffering. Livestream's picture expanded the most.

    Livestream had a running commentary from viewers, some of whom were not too bright. It was the only one of the four that required registration. It wasn't user friendly.

    Ustream doesn't have a DVR function. With the others, I could go back 20 minutes into the broadcast if I wanted.

    Ustream's hi def connection (http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv) buffers constantly. I can't watch it. I was glad they had the mobile version.

    I'll probably stick to Ustream for the launch.
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