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SpaceX successfully launches unmanned crew capsule into orbit

By Bubbajim · 8 replies
Mar 2, 2019
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  1. At 2:49 a.m. ET today, SpaceX launched their latest Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While Falcon 9’s have completed many successful lift-offs, today’s was special because it is the first outing for SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon module, designed to take astronauts into orbit.

    Carrying 400 pounds of crew supplies, an Earth plushie toy, and a test dummy called Ripley, the rocket and attached capsule headed skywards without a hitch. Around 11 minutes later, the Falcon 9 boosters and capsule detached from one another successfully.

    The Falcon rockets are famous for being self-landing and reusable, and once again the boosters managed to land themselves onto a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

    While everything has gone to plan so far, this is only the first stages of a test that will have SpaceX personnel on the edge of their seats for nearly a week.

    The Crew Dragon capsule is headed to the International Space Station (ISS) and if all goes to plan, it should dock there at 6 a.m. ET on Sunday. The capsule will deliver its payload of supplies and remain in place until March 8. Then comes the real test.

    What goes up, must come down – and the crucial part of the demonstration is to see how well the capsule returns to Earth. After all, you don’t want to send astronauts into space if you can’t get them back in one piece.

    To do that, the capsule is fitted with life-support systems, a fourth parachute (instead of the usual three) and more powerful thrusters to help control the vessel, should anything go wrong.

    If all stages of this test go according to plan, a final “in-flight abort test” will be the only remaining hurdle before SpaceX can begin sending people into space.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,160   +4,114

    I still think that Musk should have put his a** where his mouth was, and went along for the first flight.

    Oh well, IMO, Musk seems to use his a** for his mouth anyway. Never mind.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  3. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,075   +188

    In another 200 years if not sooner, Alien 1 movie will become a reality.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,160   +4,114

    wiyosaya likes this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,680   +4,025

    Looks like they managed to succeed in spite of Musk ..... We can only hope that when he goes broke a more responsible company will step in and take over ......
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  6. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 950   +453

    Docking will occur this night or early morning. I might be able to catch it live if they stream.
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    Lil' Rocket Man! :laughing:
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,160   +4,114

    The heck with that NASA stuff. I want to see "Little Elon", model his spacesuit at an LGBT fashion show....:laughing:

    One can only imagine what the banter between "the tower", and Musk might sound like.

    "This is fashion control to Musk 1, we have you on our strut your stiff channel" (Musk), "roger fashion control, ignition is primed and my biometric wood-o-meter is nearly off the dial" (Fashion control) "Then your cleared for sashay down runway 1. God's speed"
    wiyosaya likes this.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    We will all probably find out the real conspiracy:
    The dummy launched in Musk's Tesla last year was really Lil' Elon himself; the Dummy stayed on the ground and is taking Musk's place.

    You knew that already? Awesome catch! ;) :laughing:
    captaincranky likes this.

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