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Old May 4 2012, 11:28 PM   #31
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Re: SpaceX is a go for April 30th: 1st commercial launch to space stat

New launch date is confirmed for May 19 around 4:55am EDT. Night Launch!
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Old May 12 2012, 08:36 AM   #32
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Launch T zero now confirmed as 4:55 am Cape Canaveral time on Sat, May 19. I will be tweeting live from mission control.
It would some that while some parts of the world are moving forward, others are moving backwards, often at the same time. Progress and regress of humanity, all in the same room!
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Old May 12 2012, 05:02 PM   #33
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Who is the quote from? Elon?

I think it's awesome that they will be livestreaming in HD (even if the camera's aren't) for this launch.
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Old May 12 2012, 05:48 PM   #34
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Yup

There is no mention of video feeds anywhere I looked, though I hope there would be (there were for the firing tests, and I bet NASA TV will be streaming the launch). Though it is nice to have text updates alongside the video feed as they tend to give more context, they are certainly not the first thing that I'd like to have and I question Twitter as the choice for medium (though it never hurts to have them copied there).
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Old May 12 2012, 07:09 PM   #35
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I read it somewhere, looking for the source now. But anyway, they did it for the static fire the previous week, so guessing they'll use the same setup for the launch.

You can find the presskit here. Bottom of the first post.

ETA: Which now that I re-read it on page 3 says the launch will be webcast live. Doesn't say it will be in HD, but since the static fire was, we can assume it will be.
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Old May 15 2012, 07:52 PM   #36
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Press Kit: NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission To Station, COTS 2 [WARNING: 33 page PDF]

Webcast confirmed:
The launch will be webcast live, with commentary from SpaceX corporate headquarters in
Hawthorne, CA, at www.spacex.com.
The webcast will begin approximately 40 minutes before launch.
The PDF contains what has already been announced, with more details, if anyone is interested in reading. I'm particularly hopeful for that part:
On this mission, Dragon will be recovered by ship. Long term, once SpaceX has
proven the ability to control reentry accurately, we intend to add deployable landing gear to touch down on land.
And it features a cargo manifest that measures laptops in kilograms!
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Old May 15 2012, 11:07 PM   #37
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A press kit? really? ya don't say!
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Old May 15 2012, 11:24 PM   #38
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Ok, on with it already!
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Old May 16 2012, 12:08 AM   #39
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Ok, on with it already!
Patience, my friend. This launch has been delayed for almost an entire year. A few more days wait is nothing.
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Old May 16 2012, 02:36 AM   #40
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^hopefully it is only a few more days. I am really looking forward to SpaceX increasing their flight rate above once every other year.
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Old May 19 2012, 09:15 AM   #41
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Less than an hour to launch, guys. The Falcon 9 looks amazing in the dark.
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Old May 19 2012, 09:23 AM   #42
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Hehe, I have the livestream, SpaceX stream and watching NASA TV on cable.
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Old May 19 2012, 09:33 AM   #43
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Here NASA TV is coming 10 seconds earlier than the SpaceX stream, so I'm gonna know how the launch goes earlier than the guys at the SpaceX programme! Time travel!
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Old May 19 2012, 10:02 AM   #44
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damn. engine #5 read too high a pressure and the flight computer aborted.
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Old May 19 2012, 10:05 AM   #45
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It's always the fifth one that is betraying you, I'm telling you....
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