SpaceX Crew Dragon DM-2: US returns to crewed launches (mission)


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DocM
6 hours ago, Steven P. said:

This part was annoying though, here's what happened: 

 

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Most often vibration knocks the satellite dish out of alignment for a few seconds, but it can also be plume ionization. Irritating either way. 

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anthdci

With the age of the Soyuz design, could we end up seeing things reversed and the Russians paying SpaceX for rides to the space station?

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Emn1ty
45 minutes ago, anthdci said:

With the age of the Soyuz design, could we end up seeing things reversed and the Russians paying SpaceX for rides to the space station?

Possible, but I think at present unlikely.

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12 hours ago, Emn1ty said:

Possible, but I think at present unlikely.

I wonder if the 2 cosmonauts on board the ISS will be allowed to take a look inside the Endeavour...

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On 6/1/2020 at 12:29 PM, anthdci said:

With the age of the Soyuz design, could we end up seeing things reversed and the Russians paying SpaceX for rides to the space station?

Russian cosmonauts boarded the DM-1 Crew Dragon after it arrived, and likely they'll check out DM-2. No biggie as they'll be riding US Commercial Crew vehicles as part of a seat-trading agreement.

 

So will commercial astronauts, in the short term to ISS proper but also to the AXIOM Space commercial module which will be attached to ISS.  Later it'll detach to grow into a commercial space station. NASA is big on commercial space stations for after ISS is decommissioned

 

https://www.axiomspace.com/

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Unobscured Vision

I was thinking that also. SpaceX is technically International, so paid flights aren't out of the question as long as USGov doesn't embargo it (China, for instance).

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Emn1ty
2 hours ago, Unobscured Vision said:

I was thinking that also. SpaceX is technically International, so paid flights aren't out of the question as long as USGov doesn't embargo it (China, for instance).

I think that Russia is more likely to not book flights simply because it being so much cheaper and convenient would make their own space program look bad. Maybe here or there if scheduling conflicts but outside I imagine they'll want to keep their Soyuz system alive as long as possible to feel competitive.

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6 hours ago, Emn1ty said:

I think that Russia is more likely to not book flights simply because it being so much cheaper and convenient would make their own space program look bad. Maybe here or there if scheduling conflicts but outside I imagine they'll want to keep their Soyuz system alive as long as possible to feel competitive.

Russia has already seriously cut Soyuz production.

 

They're ramping up to qualifying their new Orel (Eagle) spacecraft and Irtysh (formerly Soyuz-5) booster for a 2022-2023 test.

 

Orel is quite Dragon-like.

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DocM
8 hours ago, Unobscured Vision said:

I was thinking that also. SpaceX is technically International, so paid flights aren't out of the question as long as USGov doesn't embargo it (China, for instance).

 

SpaceX has already boarded 2 commercial flights, and so long as China uses an international docking adapter  it should be able too fly to their station.

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The Crew Dragon USCV-1/Crew-1 operational mission will launch after DM-2 returns. The 4 person crew, 3 NASA and 1 JAXA (Japan), is finishing up training.

 

 

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On Wednesday NASA and SpaceX will select the date and landing zone where DM-2 will return to Earth, likely within a week.  Possible landing zones include in the Gulf  coast of Florida between Tampa and Pensacola or the Atlantic coast of Florida between KSC and Jacksonville.

 

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Go Navigator just moored up NAS Pensacola......

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Crew Dragon, Bob & Doug are coming home today, landing in the Gulf...

 

 

 

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Splashdown about 1448 Eastern.

 

Boca Chica tracking is engaged

 

 

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Jim K

Live stream:

 

 

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DocM

<60 miles akltitude

Sea state <2 feet

Comms restored

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WB-57's camera has her

 

Drogues deployed

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Mains deployed

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Splashdown!!

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Purging the service bay before opening the hatch. Low levels of fumes.

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FloatingFatMan
9 hours ago, DocM said:

 

Lowest. Resolution.  Camera. EVER! 😛

 

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