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Live SpaceX launch 10am est. ETA: Launch aborted next try is 2/18 at 9:38 est tomorrow

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posted on Feb, 19 2017 @ 09:30 AM
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a reply to: stosh64

damn insomnia.......

good launch




posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 10:12 AM
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originally posted by: stosh64
a reply to: penroc3

Right?

Failure to launch!


Brings back nostalgic memories of my Saturday morning TV viewing as a kid in the 1970s -- i.e., the opening to the show "Far Out Space Nuts"...



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posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 11:00 AM
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I read that the capsule will dock with ISS on Wednesday, so it's on its own for three days. Is this time period always the same?

It is also designed to transport people to the ISS. Would they also be cooped up in that thing for three days?



posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 01:01 PM
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originally posted by: LardoCalorissian
I read that the capsule will dock with ISS on Wednesday, so it's on its own for three days. Is this time period always the same?

It is also designed to transport people to the ISS. Would they also be cooped up in that thing for three days?


It is not uncommon for a spacecraft to take one, two, or even three days to get to the Space Station. That was the case for manned spacecraft such the Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft (currently used to transport the crew), as well as unmanned supply craft.

The reason is that spacecraft don't go zipping around in orbit like we see on TV and in movies, mainly because they do not have enough fuel to do so. Instead, when a spacecraft such as these supply craft or the Russian manned Soyuz -- or even when manned space shuttles were launched in the past -- they have enough fuel upon launch to put them in an coasting orbit that (with a few relatively smaller engine burn maneuvers once in orbit) would make them end up in an orbit that eventually intersects with and generally matches the coasting orbit of the ISS.

That slow and eventual intersecting/matching of orbits takes a couple of days.

Example:
Liftoff! Soyuz Rocket Launches US-Russian Space Station Crew Into Orbit

A Russian Soyuz rocket launched an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts into orbit this morning, beginning a [col0r=Brown]two-day journey to the International Space Station..


To go directly there on launch would mean that they were moving at a much faster pace than the ISS to be able to directly intersect with them ISS and thus would require more fuel to slow down once they get there. Instead, they just get closer and closer on each successive orbit until they a generally matching the ISS orbit.

The video below is better and more detailed explanation:

If you want to skip ahead to the 5:11 mark to hear about the orbital maneuvers to get to the ISS, click this link:

youtu.be...

Full video here:


Or you can read about it here:
www.businessinsider.com...


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posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 01:10 PM
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a reply to: Soylent Green Is People

So they will be cooped up in that thing for three days?

Thanks for posting.(although I didn't really need the explanation)
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posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 01:19 PM
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originally posted by: LardoCalorissian
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People

So they will be cooped up in that thing for three days?

If it takes one, two, or sometimes three days for a manned Soyuz or manned SpaceX Dragon to get to the ISS, then yes -- they would be cooped up in their craft for one, two, or even three days. The Space Shuttle often took two or three days to match orbits with the ISS, but the Space Shuttle had a bit more elbow room.



posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 01:33 PM
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a reply to: Soylent Green Is People

Sounds legit.



posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 03:31 PM
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The post-launch fuel dump sparked mass UFO reports from Iran and Kuwait....

www.youtube.com...

For context, this just-posted report of mine....

satobs.org...



posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 03:55 PM
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a reply to: JimOberg

Very nice write-up Mr. Oberg. That should help clear up many similar unidentified sightings. We can go back and match unclassified launch dates with sightings.



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