CREW SpaceX Launch - Crew 4

herpes

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Jun 4, 2005
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But yee I think they'll stick the next one. It will be awesome if there's no fog.

And then they'll land like 99% of them and we won't even care because it will be so common.
 

infinite97

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Sep 18, 2001
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Jim Lahey

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Interesting


SpaceX abandons efforts to "catch" payload fairings. Over the last couple of years, SpaceX has experimented with two ships with large nets, Ms. Chief and Ms. Tree, to catch Falcon 9 payload fairings returning from space beneath a parafoil. However, as the SpaceXfleet.com website notes, these efforts have not proven to be as reliable as SpaceX engineers likely imagined. "Catching" also proved dangerous to the recovery ships themselves.

Still seeking optimization ... As a result, SpaceX has transitioned to "wet recovery" of the fairings, in which the Dragon recovery ships GO Searcher and GO Navigator quickly pluck the two halves are quickly plucked from the ocean after splashdown. But those vehicles are increasingly needed for Dragon missions, so as a result the SpaceX fleet is changing. Both Ms. Chief and Ms. Tree have undergone a decommissioning process, and SpaceX has charted a much larger ship, the Shelia Bordelon, to begin pulling fairing halves from the ocean with its 50-ton crane. This, too, seems to be something of a stopgap measure. (submitted by Ken the Bin)

And other rocket news from, https://arstechnica.com/science/202...s-catching-fairings-ula-bets-on-upper-stages/
 
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nadroj

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Sep 2, 2004
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SpaceX manned crew flight #2



If the liquid oxygen issue is resolved as expected and all else goes according to plan, Crew-2 will lift off at 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT) on April 22 and dock with the International Space Station just over 23 hours later, at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT) on April 23. A final launch readiness review is scheduled for April 20.

A backup launch window is available on April 23. After that, Crew-2 could launch on either April 26 or April 27, Steve Stich, NASA's Commercial Crew Program manager, added in the news conference.


 

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