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Posted: 12/16/2014 8:00:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/8/2015 8:34:03 PM EST by AmericanPeople]
http://news.yahoo.com/spacex-rocket-launch-visible-along-us-east-coast-210512569.html;_ylt=AwrTccCsQKtUWWAAIOEPxQt.

"Early-bird skywatchers along the eastern United States have an opportunity, weather permitting, to see the private spaceflight company SpaceX launch a robotic Dragon capsule to the International Space Station before dawn tomorrow (Jan. 6)." Note that the trajectory should be identical on 10 January...just a different time.

It looks as though SpaceX may try to land the booster rocket on a platform after it does its job

Booster recovery article

The webcast is expected to start around 430 AM EST.

SpaceX webcast link

Livestream webcast

This is another ISS space station resupply mission. The launch time is determined by when the ISS orbit passes over the launch site.

Update (18 Dec 2014): Launch delayed until January 6, 2015

Source

"The SpaceX launch meant to test the process of landing the company's 14-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket on a "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the ocean has been delayed until January 6, according to Reuters. SpaceX spokesperson John Taylor named a problem with the routine pre-launch test firing of the rocket's engine as the reason.

According to article, the engine was lit but did not run the full duration of the test. "The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch," Taylor told Reuters."

Update: 8 Jan 2015. Launch is on Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 at 447 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:02:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:18:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2014 8:21:05 PM EST by shinoi]


Here's a video showing the soft landing on water they did.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpIwjw-iLuw
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:24:06 PM EST
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That video is an animation, aka not real
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:25:18 PM EST
Sure hope it don't blow up. Seems like the theme this year.
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:27:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:31:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2014 8:33:34 PM EST by shinoi]
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Originally Posted By dskeet:

That video is an animation, aka not real
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Originally Posted By dskeet:

That video is an animation, aka not real


Did you see the small inset video on the bottom right? The animation is more clear than the on-board camera they had.

Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:33:09 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/16/2014 8:42:45 PM EST
needs more Muslim outreach
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:08:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
If they do, it's a new era in space exploration, the cost will have just been cut by a factor of ten(Yes Pangea, you don't care for Musk, saved you the typin').
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It really bothers you that I don't adore the Musk, huh? How does his bathwater taste? A little "musky"?
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:10:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:14:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:



It doesn't really bother me, it's you just copy and paste that same remark into every SpaceX thread You are so predictable so I pre-empted you.
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Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Originally Posted By Pangea:
Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
If they do, it's a new era in space exploration, the cost will have just been cut by a factor of ten(Yes Pangea, you don't care for Musk, saved you the typin').


It really bothers you that I don't adore the Musk, huh? How does his bathwater taste? A little "musky"?



It doesn't really bother me, it's you just copy and paste that same remark into every SpaceX thread You are so predictable so I pre-empted you.


Same remark? Show me.

You do know that Space Ex is always hiring don't you? You could live the dream if you have what it takes.
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:18:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:24:13 PM EST
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Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Not until I retire from my current job. I have actually thought of sending my resume to SpaceX in a few years, I have a mutual friend who knows Musk pretty well.
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In a few years? It'll all be over by then. J/K
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:25:49 PM EST
I saw the letters KSC and thought it meant Kerbal Space Center.
Link Posted: 12/16/2014 9:57:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/17/2014 11:40:53 AM EST
More info on the attempt to recover the first stage. There is much more worth reading at the sourced article.

Source

"SpaceX engineers are gearing up to launch a Dragon cargo ship atop a Falcon 9 rocket Friday for the company's fifth operational space station resupply mission. And if all goes well, the Falcon 9's first stage will attempt to land on a barge stationed off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., a key milestone in SpaceX founder Elon Musk's drive to lower costs by reusing boosters that otherwise would be discarded in the sea.

The Marmac 300, a platform barge listed on McDonough Marine Service's website and modified for use by SpaceX, features a spacious deck measuring 300 feet long and 170 feet wide. The barge, which SpaceX calls an autonomous spaceport drone ship, was seen by reporters over the weekend docked adjacent to the Jacksonville cruise ship terminal."

Much more worth reading at the sourced article
Link Posted: 12/18/2014 7:07:31 PM EST
Delayed until January 6, 2015
Link Posted: 12/18/2014 7:50:55 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/18/2014 7:54:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:


Range slackers don't wanna work a holiday!
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Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:
Delayed until January 6, 2015


Range slackers don't wanna work a holiday!


Certainly the holidays may be a big factor. There is also the point about the test firing that did not go as planned. Plus add in possible lighting constraints for the first stage landing and you may come up with the new launch date.
Link Posted: 12/18/2014 7:56:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/18/2014 7:58:42 PM EST by HeavyMetal]
Link Posted: 1/4/2015 2:50:41 PM EST

2 days before launch of the SpaceX resupply mission to ISS, launch weather remains 60% 'go,' NASA reports - @NASA

Link Posted: 1/4/2015 3:18:18 PM EST
Want to know what it is like to work for Elon at SpaceX?

http://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-work-with-Elon-Musk/answers/5559684
Link Posted: 1/4/2015 4:03:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/4/2015 4:14:20 PM EST by snakes19]
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Originally Posted By Jurisprudent:
Want to know what it is like to work for Elon at SpaceX?

http://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-work-with-Elon-Musk/answers/5559684
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So like pretty much every other captain of industry type he is an asshole. When you are trying to change the world you don't spend a lot of time trying to make friends.
Link Posted: 1/4/2015 4:07:42 PM EST
Thanks for the update. Here is an article about the launch:

Article

"SpaceX is poised to kick off Cape Canaveral's 2015 launch campaign with a 6:20 a.m. Tuesday attempt to boost another batch of cargo to the International Space Station.:

Yuck. 420 AM MST.

My info shows sunrise in that area as 717 AM so this means a night launch and improved visibility further from the launch site.

A camera on a tripod, using a bulb setting for a longer exposure could yield a nice picture.
Link Posted: 1/4/2015 9:54:58 PM EST
Mine actually wasn't a dupe since you have not updated the fact they are now going to try landing the rocket but I will give this thread a bump with the new updated article.
http://www.popsci.com/spacex-will-try-land-one-its-rockets-next-week
Link Posted: 1/4/2015 10:00:40 PM EST
Thanks
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 8:23:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/5/2015 8:40:01 AM EST by Tony-Ri]
Looks like I'm waking up early tomorrow!

Also, Elon Musk is scheduled for a Reddit AMA tonight at 9PM:
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=amaverify%40gmail.com
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 9:22:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By dskeet:

That video is an animation, aka not real
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Originally Posted By dskeet:

That video is an animation, aka not real


No only a portion of it is a animation all the other boxes that pop up ARE real.
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 5:00:19 PM EST
The ISS (space station) will make a pass over that area around 553 AM EST when it is at max elevation (32 degrees) in the southeast. It is moving from southwest to northeast. It should be easily visible.
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 5:04:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:
The ISS (space station) will make a pass over that area around 553 AM EST when it is at max elevation (32 degrees) in the southeast. It is moving from southwest to northeast. It should be easily visible.
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Link Posted: 1/5/2015 5:05:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/5/2015 5:06:23 PM EST by Caboose314]
I wish them luck and success, despite being their former competition.
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 5:12:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By War_Face:
Sure hope it don't blow up. Seems like the theme this year.
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That was last year. The reset the clock by waiting for this year.
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 5:14:56 PM EST
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Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:
The ISS (space station) will make a pass over that area around 553 AM EST when it is at max elevation (32 degrees) in the southeast. It is moving from southwest to northeast. It should be easily visible.
http://heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=UCT






Check the position and time zone. They appear to be incorrect for Florida.
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 5:20:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:


Check the position and time zone. They appear to be incorrect for Florida.
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Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:
The ISS (space station) will make a pass over that area around 553 AM EST when it is at max elevation (32 degrees) in the southeast. It is moving from southwest to northeast. It should be easily visible.
http://heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=UCT






Check the position and time zone. They appear to be incorrect for Florida.
You have to set the location to get accurate pass information.
Link Posted: 1/5/2015 9:05:35 PM EST
Check the first post for viewing it along the east coast.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 12:45:41 AM EST


Too early...
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:10:42 AM EST
I'm up! T-11
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:20:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/6/2015 6:22:11 AM EST by Tony-Ri]
Uho hold. Poo. Wonder what the abort was for.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:21:38 AM EST
Tag this thread too, watching.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:22:37 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Tony-Ri:
Uho hold. Poo. Wonder what the abort was for.
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Countdown aborted.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:22:48 AM EST
Bummer
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:23:12 AM EST
Issue with the 2nd stage. Next launch window is January 9th.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 6:57:08 AM EST
I was going to be stuck in an airport for this. That's where I'm posting from now... But with this delay I'll be able to see it in person.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:42:05 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Master_of_Orion:
I was going to be stuck in an airport for this. That's where I'm posting from now... But with this delay I'll be able to see it in person.
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Take Pichers!
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 6:35:40 PM EST
New launch date Saturday, 10 Jan 2015, 447 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 6:38:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Pangea:


Same remark? Show me.

You do know that Space Ex is always hiring don't you? You could live the dream if you have what it takes.
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Originally Posted By Pangea:
Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Originally Posted By Pangea:
Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
If they do, it's a new era in space exploration, the cost will have just been cut by a factor of ten(Yes Pangea, you don't care for Musk, saved you the typin').


It really bothers you that I don't adore the Musk, huh? How does his bathwater taste? A little "musky"?



It doesn't really bother me, it's you just copy and paste that same remark into every SpaceX thread You are so predictable so I pre-empted you.


Same remark? Show me.

You do know that Space Ex is always hiring don't you? You could live the dream if you have what it takes.


I hope it's "Space X is a POS"
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 6:39:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tony-Ri:
Uho hold. Poo. Wonder what the abort was for.
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2nd stage mechanical issue, was during countdown phase. A real nail biter
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 7:03:46 PM EST
I get up early for this stuff.
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 8:27:35 PM EST
God speed Jebediah.
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