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    Space X launch (May 30th 20:22)

    https://www.spacex.com/launches/

    On Wednesday, the California company SpaceX will launch a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It's something the firm has done many times before, taking cargo to the sky-high laboratory. But on this occasion, the firm will be transporting people.

    It's one of those seminal moments in the history of spaceflight.

    When Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken lift off atop their Falcon-9 rocket, inside their Crew Dragon capsule, it will mark the first time humans have left US territory to reach low-Earth orbit in almost nine years.

    But more than that, it sees a shift to the commercialisation of human space transportation - of companies selling "taxi" rides to government and anyone else who wants to purchase the service
    Should be a good watch.
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    Such a significant launch, hopefully goes ahead weather permitting.


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    I dare not watch it, to be honest.

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    Looking forward to this, fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    I dare not watch it, to be honest.
    Yes it is a bit nerve racking. Wonder what the astronauts are feeling apart from feeling really cool in them suits. Must admit everything looks very slick. I didn't think you could get a capsule to look so good. Sure I read somewhere the last human launch the cockpit was switches and dials where as this is all touch screen. Hope the menus are quick to navigate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprite1275 View Post
    Yes it is a bit nerve racking. Wonder what the astronauts are feeling apart from feeling really cool in them suits.
    I wouldn't be surprised if they are the calmest of anyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by sprite1275 View Post
    Sure I read somewhere the last human launch the cockpit was switches and dials where as this is all touch screen.
    Well, the last human launch from US soil was the Space Shuttle and that was originally now-ancient tech dials and switches from the 1970s, although I think the Shuttles got a glass cockpit upgrade at some point (which itself would now look rather out of date compared to anything truly modern).

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    Just been talking about this at work, so looking forward to it.

    I see Elon has gone for the minimal look in the capsule, and just hope the menu's are simple to navigate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Big View Post
    Just been talking about this at work, so looking forward to it.

    I see Elon has gone for the minimal look in the capsule, and just hope the menu's are simple to navigate.
    If it's anything like me navigating settings on my phone they will be at mars by the time they find 'park'

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    Its all automatic flight, controls are there just if needed.

    It certainly does look futuristic, from the capsule, controls to flight suits.

    Looking forward to watching it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if they are the calmest of anyone.



    Well, the last human launch from US soil was the Space Shuttle and that was originally now-ancient tech dials and switches from the 1970s, although I think the Shuttles got a glass cockpit upgrade at some point (which itself would now look rather out of date compared to anything truly modern).
    Would love to go and watch a launch. Especially the falcon heavy, just watching that on TV was amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprite1275 View Post
    Would love to go and watch a launch. Especially the falcon heavy, just watching that on TV was amazing.
    Yes, indeed.

    And I find the booster landings just as spectacular as the launches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    Yes, indeed.

    And I find the booster landings just as spectacular as the launches.
    The landings where they touch down upright look like something off Thunderbirds, only better because it's real!
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    Search for the visibility after the launch. It should be crossing the UK’s southern regions

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    Quote Originally Posted by T1ckT0ck View Post
    Its all automatic flight, controls are there just if needed.

    It certainly does look futuristic, from the capsule, controls to flight suits.

    Looking forward to watching it.

    I think everyone is missing the crucial question.



    Does this capsule have ludicrous mode?
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    ISS visible over the UK at 21.22 this evening too.

    Amazing to think when you see that, that the Space Shuttle will be blasting off soon after to catch it!

    I’ve read a few reports saying the shuttle itself might be visible at about 21.50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    I think everyone is missing the crucial question.



    Does this capsule have ludicrous mode?

    An even bigger crucial question. What watches will the guys be wearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr noble View Post
    ISS visible over the UK at 21.22 this evening too.

    Amazing to think when you see that, that the Space Shuttle will be blasting off soon after to catch it!

    I’ve read a few reports saying the shuttle itself might be visible at about 21.50.
    It would be more than amazing if it actually was the Space Shuttle I can assure you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADDOG View Post
    An even bigger crucial question. What watches will the guys be wearing.
    There is only ONE !

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    Those suits look like something out of an old low-budget sci-fi show

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    Live feed of the crew now. One is def wearing a watch!
    Cuidich 'n Righ

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    Bad weather may delay the launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADDOG View Post
    An even bigger crucial question. What watches will the guys be wearing.
    From the live feed it looks like an x-33 to my untrained eyes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    It would be more than amazing if it actually was the Space Shuttle I can assure you!

    It is a space ship that shuttles astronauts back and forth. Therefore this new one is also a “space shuttle”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADDOG View Post
    An even bigger crucial question. What watches will the guys be wearing.

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    Devon and Cornwall: pay attention!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Wow! Historical Time Shock here: I'm used to gritty b/w footage of Bibendum-like suits in front of a myriad of analog dials and knobs. Not this: high res footage and this looks like a pumped-up Tesla dash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thieuster View Post
    Devon and Cornwall: pay attention!

    will it be visible?

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    I was lucky enough, at the age of 9, to be in Florida at the time of the Space Shuttle Atlantis takeoff on May 19th 2000. We’d been doing the Disney thing but I remember dad getting us up really early and getting in the car to drive as close to the Kennedy Space Centre as we could. I seem to remember we didn’t get far out of Orlando before hitting the traffic jam that was every other Floridian trying to do the same, so we got out of the car and watched from the road. It was quite impressive to behold.

    I’ll definitely be outside tonight with a glass of wine hoping to catch a glimpse.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    will it be visible?
    It should be, but I guess it depends on how late the sun goes down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebag View Post
    I was lucky enough, at the age of 9, to be in Florida at the time of the Space Shuttle Atlantis takeoff on May 19th 2000. We’d been doing the Disney thing but I remember dad getting us up really early and getting in the car to drive as close to the Kennedy Space Centre as we could. I seem to remember we didn’t get far out of Orlando before hitting the traffic jam that was every other Floridian trying to do the same, so we got out of the car and watched from the road. It was quite impressive to behold.

    I’ll definitely be outside tonight with a glass of wine hoping to catch a glimpse.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thieuster View Post
    It should be, but I guess it depends on how late the sun goes down.
    Sun down 2104hrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr noble View Post
    It is a space ship that shuttles astronauts back and forth. Therefore this new one is also a “space shuttle”.

    You are Dominic Cummings and I claim my ficticious pounds.


    So clever my foot fell off.

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    The interior of that capsule looks properly impressive - very cool and high tec.


    Astronauts seem so excited they appear to have dozed off...
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Confused, the live feed just said 1hr 20 mins from launch but it’s predicted over UK at 8.55- am I being dumb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Confused, the live feed just said 1hr 20 mins from launch but it’s predicted over UK at 8.55- am I being dumb?
    I thought launch was 9:30 BST?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    I thought launch was 9:30 BST?
    Just going from Mennos pic he put up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Just going from Mennos pic he put up.
    States times are in UT (universal time?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdes24uk View Post
    X-33 I reckon.

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    Crikey they're rolling out the whole shebang for this... Shatner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    States times are in UT (universal time?)
    Cheers- just saw that👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    Crikey they're rolling out the whole shebang for this... Shatner!
    Plus Trumpy and the Pences.

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    Now scheduled for 9.33pm UK time..
    Last edited by TheFlyingBanana; 27th May 2020 at 20:31.
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Nasa live feed here if anyone prefers it:




    Range is currently RED for launch though... but looking promising.


    Launch time update - 9.33pm UK time.
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Bloody weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Bloody weather
    Space X should relocate to the Midlands. We have better weather than anywhere.

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    Looks like some big CBs growing around the launch area. Hope it isn't scrubbed.

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    Looks like a no go. Bummer.

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    Aarrgghh!

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