F9: Dragon CRS-11 - ISS resupply (mission thread)


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DocM

NSF's Chris Gebhardt gets the first question at the presser :)

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Cygnus leaves tomorrow (Sunday), Dragon arrives Monday. The guys on ISS are gonna be busy.

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Space reality TV

 

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GULP!! NICE composite!!!

 

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DocM

Surprise, surprise....a Chinese experiment. "Commercial" becomes an end-around the Wolf Amendment.

 

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1049836.shtml

 

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SpaceX launches Chinese experiment, other supplies to space station

 

US space firm SpaceX on Saturday launched supplies to the International Space Station, including an experiment from a Chinese university that will test the effects of space environments on DNA. 
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Among the cargo is a 3.5-kilogram device from the Beijing Institute of Technology that sought to answer questions like "Does the space radiation and microgravity cause mutations among antibody-encoding genes and how does it happen?" 

There is a US law in place, known as the Wolf amendment, that bans cooperation between the US space agency NASA and Chinese government entities, but this deal is purely commercial and therefore considered legal. 

NASA spokesperson Kathryn Hambleton confirmed to Xinhua that there is a Chinese experiment that is launched on this mission, known as SpaceX CRS-11. 

"NASA complied with all legal requirements to notify the Congress of this activity, and all of the ISS partners approved the inclusion of the experiment," Hambleton said in an email.
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Skiver

Uninformed question time if you will...

 

Do Space X ever plan to re-use the Stage 2 boosters?

 

How far away are we from Dragon 2 or at least the Dragon variation that will land itself rather than splashing down via parachutes?

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anthdci
2 minutes ago, Skiver said:

Uninformed question time if you will...

 

Do Space X ever plan to re-use the Stage 2 boosters?

 

How far away are we from Dragon 2 or at least the Dragon variation that will land itself rather than splashing down via parachutes?

They are working  on re-use of stage 2, but it is quite a bit harder since it is going a lot faster than the stage 1 and it is a lot future downstream. Dragon 2 is getting a test flight at the end of the year, but I think that's going to be a splash down.

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DocM

∆ Correct. 

 

There'll be a test of S2 recover on the Falcon Heavy maiden flight, hopefully in Q4 this year - the LC-40 repair work is driving that date.

 

Propulsive is undergoing tests now, and Musk tweeted a reply  last year indicating a propulsive drop test had been done. 

 

Partial propulsive for crews will be used first: parachutes down to about 10 meters, then rockets for a soft landing.

 

Full propulsive is baselined for the CRS-2 cargo missions, starting about 2019. Once proven there it'll be people certified.

 

CRS-11 prepping for capture.

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Capture at ISS. Berthing ops soon.

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DocM

4k drone footage from LZ-1

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, DocM said:

4k drone footage from LZ-1

 

 

 

Video quality looks so good it almost looks fake!

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DocM

There are flat Earth'ers out there that think it is fake. They pollute every YouTube comments section.

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bguy_1986

Yah, I've watch a few for entertainment purposes (or tried too, some are pretty dry).  People are crazy...

 

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anthdci
8 minutes ago, DocM said:

There are flat Earth'ers out there that think it is fake. They pollute every YouTube comments section.

they can go and watch it in person, it's not like these launches are done in secret. 

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DocM

It's been strongly suggested, but they say the launch is real and splashes, the satellite and space video is CGI and the landing is another landed vehicle for show. Or some variant.

 

I gave up talking to them long ago.

 

 

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Unobscured Vision

Yeah. :no: Those people make my head hurt.

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Welcome to summer in the sub-tropics 

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