The four people are on the way down. I've watched a tiny bit of the live stream - which is on right now. And one of the astronauts is watching "Spaceballs" on his iPad. :biggrin: Musk kicked in $50M towards the funding goal for St Judes. Earlier this evening it sounded to me like they wer...Jump to post
Engine failed about 15 sec into flight. New video from Firefly:
CRS-23 launch with first stage landing on A Shortfall Of Gravitas… https://youtu.be/x-KiDqxAMU0 I was hoping first stage landing video would be better with the new drone ship. They may have some more tweaking to do. Space flight related item: there is a shortage of LOX across the southern US. Appare...Jump to post
Thanks for starting an Astra thread. One of five first stage engines failed at lift off. This made the thrust to weight ratio 1 to 1. It hovered off of the pad. Didn’t start to climb until it burned off some propellant. Tumble was due to intentional flight termination.. The initial “lean and hover” ...Jump to post
People reported falling from the sky while departing . Media report people was hanging outside the C-17 on takeoff. Oh my god. Indeed. Oh my God. C-17 rolling, with people on the landing gear fairing: https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/1427204278695997442 Blurry video of two people falling from a ...Jump to post
Part 2 of Everyday Astronauts interview with Musk.
If you’ve got an hour, part 1 of Everyday Astronauts tour of Starbase with Musk is worth a listen….
If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”
The C-5 flight deck, cockpit doesn’t really describe it fully, had a major failing—it wasn’t sealed up under the pilots’ feet. Normally, not a problem until unloading out the front on a cold day. The cold and wind would blow up they the unsealed areas behind the panel and freeze your feet. I mentio...Jump to post
Starliner rolls out for 2nd test flight
Hubble back to science operations…
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... new-images
Successful switch to backup computer.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... telescope/
01:40 USGC informed of the pending crash (aircraft at about 600 ft at this time) 01:45 last ADS-B contact at 50’ 02:51 first pilot picked up by HFD boat 02:57 second pilot picked up by USCG helicopter / Given statement of Coast Guard helo crew this timeline appears implausible at worst or misinterp...Jump to post
Every reference I’ve seen regarding “an hour for USCG helo to arrive” has measured that hour from time of 737 takeoff, not time of ditching. What was Coast Guards planned response time? (Time from notification to airborne) The USCG have said in numerous reports they were notified around 01:40, wher...Jump to post
Every reference I’ve seen regarding “an hour for USCG helo to arrive” has measured that hour from time of 737 takeoff, not time of ditching.
What was Coast Guards planned response time? (Time from notification to airborne)
Computer suffered a problem a week ago. Backup computer is available but, as of 18 Jun, had not yet been tried.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... -telescope
SLS core stage was stacked today.
Amazing how the VAB can make even the largest pieces of hardware seem small.
I believe so.
I’m pretty sure I heard that the $28M would be donated to charity. Likely a tax write off.
Lot of cash for a short ride.
3rd seat just went for $28M.
For a suborbital flight.
Looked amazing when brand new then I don’t think they polished them again, they looked terrible, like they had a skin disease Oxidation on NWs bare metal surfaces always looked like crap. Especially around the doors where jetway rubber rubbed against the metal. Every time I heard the NW gong on the...Jump to post
No flippable rollers on 747F. C-5 has them so flush floor can be driven on. This is also one of the reasons for subfloor requirement on KC-10. I’m not sure if this still true, but when KC-10 was new the Booms wouldn’t even let folks walk on the floor. Either had to walk on the seat pallets or the ca...Jump to post
An entire study about all (tanker/cargo) possibilities of 747's in military service is available here : http://www.ausairpower.net/APAA/APA-2005-02.pdf This study was performed for the Australian tanker selection, but also a lot of info about the 747 military pallet cargo loads / loading possibilit...Jump to post
Boeing uses a custom loader for the Dreamlifter. If I’m not mistaken TLD made it for them. TLD is a manufacturer of commercial aircraft loaders. Someone mentioned above flying the loader in on a 747. Good luck with that. If memory serves 747 main deck is 19 feet in the air. Tunner and Halvorsen k-lo...Jump to post
It’s actually Jet-A now. JP-8 cost slightly more per gallon, and the powers that be decided that $ wasn’t worth the benefits ~ 2016, so we’re all switched now. If I recall correctly JP-8 had negative health effects for folks that came in contact with it. None of my Fuels MX or POL friends had anyth...Jump to post
But right after arrival your problems start when you try to unload your very heavy stuff, say outsized industrial installations, and need specialized equipment. That is why you have planners. Those folks are smart enough to come up with something. Like lining up a couple of standard cargo lifter tr...Jump to post
The reason for mentioning the 747-8F is that it has unique oversized capability and nose loading that frequently gets used by the USAF. In 20 years time when the 747 fleet runs low the USAF will lose that capability. A 747-8F fleet purchase by the USAF and privately operated would have secured 50+ ...Jump to post
And we have a Falcon 9 first stage with a record 10 launches under it’s belt….
Musk hosts Saturday Night Live… Dogecoin loses 24% of its value….
WesternDC6B wrote:lightsaber wrote:MDC862 wrote:The baby HAS to be given a great name out of this.
Juan Trip is my suggestion.
Dan Roman. (Let's see who gets the reference.)
SLS core stage offloaded at KSC this morning.
Oddly enough, an excellent picture appeared this week of the bilge drains. They are open on the ground and close with increased cabin pressure.
The cop you are referring to is now awaiting trial on felony charges. That's not exactly a two week desk assignment. "We will charge this one and hold her up as the example that we discipline our own this one time" is not even close to the same thing. Yeah then we have the Capitol police ...Jump to post
A much cheaper alternative would be a retired USAF C-5A/B from the Boneyard. NASA could have as many as they want, but I don't think they would need more than 3 or 4. These C-5A/Bs could be brought up to the C-5AMP and C-5M configuration, then sent to have the fuselage widened and taller while reta...Jump to post
NASASpaceflight review of the green run...
Doesn't the proximity of the launch and landing facilities risk damage to the neighbouring pads, and to vehicles waiting for launch there, in case of an explosion? If that's not an issue, why did NASA build their stuff so far apart at KSC in the first place? Complex 39 was designed for LOX/Hydrogen...Jump to post