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Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:42 PM

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully docks with space station in test mission

Source: LA Times

A little more than a day after launch, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station early Sunday morning after autonomously maneuvering itself, marking another major milestone of this test mission.

The capsule did not have humans on board. Instead, it carried 400 pounds of supplies for the space station and a mannequin passenger named Ripley, outfitted with multiple sensors to measure her ride to space.

This was the first time a SpaceX capsule had attempted to attach itself to the station. During the Hawthorne company’s previous 16 resupply missions, its Dragon cargo capsule hovered below the station until it was grabbed by a robotic arm and attached to a port.

This time, the capsule gradually maneuvered itself closer to the station before docking on its own.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-crew-dragon-20190303-story.html

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Zorro Mar 2019 OP
Maxheader Mar 2019 #1
Adrahil Mar 2019 #6
Nitram Mar 2019 #7
mr_lebowski Mar 2019 #2
cab67 Mar 2019 #4
ChazInAz Mar 2019 #12
fascisthunter Mar 2019 #3
Iggo Mar 2019 #5
PoliticAverse Mar 2019 #8
EarthFirst Mar 2019 #9
Maxheader Mar 2019 #10
Cold War Spook Mar 2019 #11
Polybius Mar 2019 #13

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:43 PM

1. Uh...Anyone



Want to volunteer for the 1st ride?..

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 02:29 PM

6. I bet they have a line of volunteers,,,,

 

I was a flight test engineer for 25 years. Test pilots take these kind of risks all the time.

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 03:44 PM

7. I would without hesitation.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:45 PM

2. I have one question ... did they make Ripley look like Sigourney Weaver? (nt)

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:58 PM

4. not that I can tell.

It was wearing a space suit.

Had it been up to me, I'd have included a plush orange tabby with the dummy.

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Response to cab67 (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 09:51 PM

12. Quite a ship

The Falcon is certainly a lot better looking inside than the Nostromo.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:50 PM

3. Wow!

 

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:58 PM

5. I saw the word "crew" and my heart stopped for a second.

"The capsule did not have humans on board."

Phew! Thought I missed an important news item...lol.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 06:17 PM

9. Which billionaire will be the first ISS tourist? nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 06:45 PM

10. I'm glad besides the russian space program..


We have here the potential to go to the aid of the international space station..
If need be..

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 07:24 PM

11. How many years until our first colony on Mars?

 

I hope we can keep the Earth livable until we are solidly on Mars.

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 11:14 PM

13. How long before we even send a human to Mars?

It was supposed to happen by the 2000 or earlier. At this rate I doubt we see it by 2050.

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