SpaceX is a go for April 30th: 1st commercial launch to space station

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  1. YellowSubmarine

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    7 May is confirmed as the new launch date.
     
  2. PurpleBuddha

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    Wouldn't it be nice if we could ever be 100% sure about these things?
     
  3. Gary7

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    I sure hope it's managed better than Tesla was in it's first production run.
     
  4. YellowSubmarine

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    They are going to make a fire test in 3 hours and a half, a webcast will start in 3 hours. So we're going to get a piece of the action a week early. :lol:

    A hell of a long webcast for a 2 seconds firing test, though.
     
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    No bucks, no Buck Rodgers....
     
  6. YellowSubmarine

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    Yeah, the deer ran away.
     
  7. RAMA

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    Very curious about this one. Hoping the delay just adds anticipation. I'm watching it on the web.

    RAMA
     
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    Delayed at least 3 days, though more than likely may 19th now.
     
  9. YellowSubmarine

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    First they delay it 7 days, then delay it 3.5 days, then they'll delay it with 1.75 days, then with 0.875 days... We all know that this is never going to end...

    Does it have something to do with the initial failure that had to be fixed during the static firing test?
     
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    No, that was just an incorrect parameter on a warning indicator. It was set too conservatively.

    This delay is most likely either due to something found in software needed later on in the mission, or a problem found during the physical inspection. Like I said, hope it is only a 3 day delay, but more likely closer to 10.
     
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    New launch date is confirmed for May 19 around 4:55am EDT. Night Launch!
     
  12. YellowSubmarine

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    It would some that while some parts of the world are moving forward, others are moving backwards, often at the same time. :lol: Progress and regress of humanity, all in the same room!
     
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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.
     
  14. YellowSubmarine

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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).
     
  15. sojourner

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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.
     
  16. YellowSubmarine

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    Press Kit: NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission To Station, COTS 2 [WARNING: 33 page PDF]

    Webcast confirmed:
    The PDF contains what has already been announced, with more details, if anyone is interested in reading. I'm particularly hopeful for that part:
    And it features a cargo manifest that measures laptops in kilograms!
     
  17. sojourner

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    A press kit? really? ya don't say!:)
     
  18. RAMA

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    Ok, on with it already!
     
  19. Dukhat

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    Patience, my friend. This launch has been delayed for almost an entire year. A few more days wait is nothing. :)
     
  20. sojourner

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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.