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Falcon 9: Crew Dragon DM-1 (uncrewed test flight)

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Astra.Xtreme    2,794

Booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Florida next week, but will be arriving Sunday morning.  Would have been neat to see this launch (unless it gets delayed).

 

I see there is a placeholder on the launch calendar for the 2nd Falcon Heavy launch on March 7th.  Any chance that could actually happen?  Haven't seen any info on it lately, so I'm guessing no, but one can only hope. :) 

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Jim K    13,445

That is the NET date ... kind of doubt they'll launch the FH on the 7th.  All three boosters are in the horizontal integration facility but I don't think they're bolted together ... plus you have DM-1 launching from the same pad on the 2nd.

 

Wouldn't doubt you need at least another week or two on top of that NET date.  My prediction is sometime towards the end of the month.  Without a firm date...just speculation. 

 

 

 

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DocM    16,536

 

ALERT: WEBCAST GOES LIVE 50 min BEFORE LAUNCH

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DocM    16,536

SpaceX will be using Firing Room 4 at the KSC Launch Control Center. FR4 was used for Apollo and Shuttle. 

 

Also,

 

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DocM    16,536
Posted (edited)
5 hours ago, Astra.Xtreme said:

Booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Florida next week, but will be arriving Sunday morning.  Would have been neat to see this launch (unless it gets delayed).

 

I see there is a placeholder on the launch calendar for the 2nd Falcon Heavy launch on March 7th.  Any chance that could actually happen?  Haven't seen any info on it lately, so I'm guessing no, but one can only hope. :) 

 

FH/ArabSat-6A is likely to be delayed to later in the month. Otherwise they won't have time to turn the pad around.

 

Besides, two huge launches in a week could fry millions of nervous systems ;)

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DocM    16,536
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SpaceX's Hans Koenigsmann reports the anthropomorphic test dummy on Crew Dragon is a "female" named 'Ripley'

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DocM    16,536
Posted (edited)

 

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DocM    16,536

Webcast live

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DocM    16,536

 

 

Prop load

 

1,700 people at the Banana Creek viewing area - at 0200

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DocM    16,536

 

Looks like a SpaceX-NASA co-broadcast. 

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DocM    16,536

 

At night, the black tower and white posts look cool!

 

 

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DocM    16,536

 

Liftoff!! 

 

 

MaxQ

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DocM    16,536

 

MECO 

 

S2 sep

 

S2 start

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S1 entry burn

 

SECO

 

Landing burn

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DocM    16,536

 

Touchdown!!

 

The stream from ASDS was much better

 

Crew Dragon separation!

 

 

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Wow....that was a CLEAN launch!

 

End of webcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FloatingFatMan    18,646

Like clockwork, man... Like clockwork! :D

 

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DocM    16,536

 

Ars Technica weighs in,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DocM    16,536

IMG_20190302_030749.thumb.jpg.e27c0523bf9ea39ced5a14816e5acdcc.jpg

 

Ignore the overlay and check out the tower

 

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Crew Dragon's nose cone has opened exposing the docking adapter, sensors and star trackers.

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