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by Kyle 05-25-2017, 06:40 PM

SpaceX continues its rapid launch cadence with the CRS-11 mission! Aiming for a static fire on Saturday, with a launch on the 1st of June at 5:55pm EDT (21:55pm UTC). Planned landing at LZ-1, the third LZ-1 landing of the year. This mission will reuse the pressure vessel previously flown on the SpaceX CRS-4 mission. CRS-11 will carry the NICER neutron star observer, as well as the MUSES and ROSA payloads.



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Static fired moved forward a day to tomorrow.
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Old 05-25-2017, 06:40 PM   #2
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Do you know when they will fly the first Crew Dragon?
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:19 PM   #3
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Crewed Dragon is a long way off. But I've heard of a remote control test flight in November (this year?)

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https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/12/1...-back-to-2018/

So "planned" crew Dragon in May 2018. I'd realistically expect that to slip. The best plans don't ever unfold according to "the plan".
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A delay?...Kind of like SLS, Just say'n

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Dragon1 had the luxury of acceptable losses. Crewed Dragon2 does not.
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 Planned landing at LZ-1, the third LZ-1 landing of the year.
I love how Cape Canaveral/KSC is actually a real spaceport, complete with both a runway and a vertical landing pad as well as launch pads.

Oh Robert Heinlein, if only you were here to see this.
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 I love how Cape Canaveral/KSC is actually a real spaceport, complete with both a runway and a vertical landing pad as well as launch pads.

Oh Robert Heinlein, if only you were here to see this.
And they're already recovering stages at rates approaching 70% (see my signature). Absolutely insane times we live in.
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 I love how Cape Canaveral/KSC is actually a real spaceport, complete with both a runway and a vertical landing pad as well as launch pads.

Oh Robert Heinlein, if only you were here to see this.
That's a good point. When I started Orbiter I couldn't imagine that the vertical landing pads would be realistically plausible for anything but helicopters.

Also, the shuttle was still flying in those days...
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 A delay?...Kind of like SLS, Just say'n
Turns out developing a crewed spacecraft and human rated launch vehicle in the 21st century is kinda, sorta difficult.
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Static fire moved to Sunday.

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F9 vertical on the pad

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Nominal static fire... too nominal, if anything. Set off a brush fire.
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Any photos of the payload in the trunk ?
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Weather 70% GO... of note this mission will mark the 100th launch from LC-39A.

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Falcon 9 is now vertical on LC-39A.
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Heads up for any Orbinauts in Southern UK - I reckon the Dragon capsule should be visible (weather permitting!) quite high in the sky, about 70deg elevation, to the South, about 20 mins after launch. It will be in sunlight for a couple of minutes before passing into shadow. You can also see the Falcon9 2nd stage following the capsule, and possibly the solar array covers to either side. Followed 10 minutes later by the ISS. Crossed fingers for a successful launch and no clouds :-)
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Good luck !! I don't think we'll see anything here, on the northern east coast (Cape Cod). Too light out.
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