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    No way I want to defend him. But he is one of the...

    No way I want to defend him. But he is one of the few politicians who is genuinely interested in space.

    The news this moment is the landed Falcon booster is back in Port Canaveral. Julia Bergeron...
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    Not sure he will lose a lot of support. But a lot...

    Not sure he will lose a lot of support. But a lot of people who stayed home last time because they did not like Hillary Clinton, should come out and vote against Trump this time.
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    This photo shows his face better. Another photo...

    This photo shows his face better. Another photo with a wider frame showed that he was actually jumping. He had his feet in the air.
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    Arrived at the ISS, docking went well. Group...

    Arrived at the ISS, docking went well.

    Group photo including the 2 russian cosmonauts. Congratulations by some politicians. At least one of them expressed thanks to the russian cosmonauts as well....
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    The present night time view is very SF.

    The present night time view is very SF.
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    They mentioned yesteraday that this is something...

    They mentioned yesteraday that this is something very hard to do for the astronauts. Switching off all manual controls and let Dragon do the docking fully automatic. They are test pilots and have it...
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    Not so much now. But plenty of it in the time...

    Not so much now. But plenty of it in the time around launch.
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    Fortunately there is a mute button on the Youtube...

    Fortunately there is a mute button on the Youtube viewer. Lot's of NASA coverage is social media stuff, people posting their pets in a space suit or just waving into the camera and such stuff....
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    Just before the successful Dragon launch with...

    Just before the successful Dragon launch with crew to the ISS there was a mishap in Boca Chica, Texas.

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    On previous occasions Elon Musk clarified that these were not explosions but...
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    You should be able to go back to before launch on...

    You should be able to go back to before launch on the live stream.
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    Picture of the launch pad minutes before launch...

    Picture of the launch pad minutes before launch taken when the ISS passed over Florida.

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    On the way to the ISS at one point the astronauts...

    On the way to the ISS at one point the astronauts will perform a mock docking maneuver. When they actually approach the ISS the docking maneuver will be done automatically. Astronauts are able to...
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    Complete success so far. Dragon is in nominal...

    Complete success so far.

    Dragon is in nominal orbit. Separated from Falcon second stage.

    Left picture Dragon drifting away from the second stage Right picture...
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    They did fuel. The first stage was fully fueled,...

    They did fuel. The first stage was fully fueled, the second stage partly, when hold was called. That's part of the reason why it took so long to get the astronauts out of the capsule, they had to...
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    Let's hope they go up today. Doing many tries...

    Let's hope they go up today. Doing many tries must be tiresome to all involved. But manned flights have more requirements for go, mostly weather related.
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    They use a realtime OS, certainly not Windows....

    They use a realtime OS, certainly not Windows. Though realtime is relative, a nearly real time version of linux.
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    For a handful of essential functions they have...

    For a handful of essential functions they have buttons. Like deorbit and deorbit now. Difference being that deorbit gets them down on water, deorbit now gets them down no matter what the target area...
  18. I was thinking about another plane. They still...

    I was thinking about another plane. They still sometimes use a soviet design heavy lift cargo plane for some very large payloads. Seems that is not a Tupolew.
  19. An antique plane that can lift large payloads....

    An antique plane that can lift large payloads. Useful sometimes.
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    There is basically no difference in fuel...

    There is basically no difference in fuel requirements. Just more drifting. Maybe a little more small corrections but that takes very little. They have plenty of reserves. In fact way too much. They...
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    There is only one window a day to get to the ISS....

    There is only one window a day to get to the ISS. They launch the moment the ground track of the ISS passes over the launch site. Actually two but one trajectory would go over land, which is a NO NO....
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    10 minutes later they could have launched but ISS...

    10 minutes later they could have launched but ISS has an instantaneous window.
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    Next try on saturday. About 1 hour earlier.

    Next try on saturday. About 1 hour earlier.
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    clouds over the pad 51385

    clouds over the pad

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    Tornado warning in Brevard county, near the pad....

    Tornado warning in Brevard county, near the pad.

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    But they say weather is presently go, it gets better.
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    I am watching the SpaceX stream because it is...

    I am watching the SpaceX stream because it is ahead of the slightly lagging NASA stream. But I switched off the sugary comments and listen to the commentary of NASAspaceflight forum.
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    Looks like it. But the rocket is quite reliable....

    Looks like it. But the rocket is quite reliable. NASA calculated the risk as a little better than 1/270 for loss of crew. Which was the formal requirement by NASA.

    The astronauts are about to...
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    You want detail info? What about the traditional...

    You want detail info? What about the traditional astronaut breakfast?

    Get the photo here, it's real.

    https://twitter.com/Astro_Doug/status/1265661081873195008

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    To get details on visibility at your location you...

    To get details on visibility at your location you can use

    Heavens-Above

    They already have DM-2 under the name Crew Dragon.
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    Launch time moves ~23 minutes earlier every day....

    Launch time moves ~23 minutes earlier every day.

    Weather is still a major concern. Not only in Florida but sea state all the way along the flight path from Florida to Ireland needs to be...
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    Time is running for the first manned flight of...

    Time is running for the first manned flight of Crew Dragon to the ISS. It is scheduled for wednesday, May 27 but the weather may not permit it.

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    Some news on the Mars Insight mole. It stil is...

    Some news on the Mars Insight mole. It stil is not successful in going deeper inside Mars. The latest photo.

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    Over the last weeks they seem to have stomped and scraped some surface...
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    Sticky: Respect. I understand you volunteer to be exposed...

    Respect. I understand you volunteer to be exposed to Corona virus and then take cannabis only?
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    51088 That's weird. The color scheme of the...

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    That's weird. The color scheme of the S-Bahn in Berlin. Has been then and still is.
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    Didn't say the argument is valid. Just that the...

    Didn't say the argument is valid. Just that the Trumpanzees will lap it up.
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    This can cut both ways. I see the argument...

    This can cut both ways. I see the argument coming, how is the economic downturn Trumps fault? It is the pandemic. Lots of people will buy into this.
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    Yes, but does the whole world deserve him? He is...

    Yes, but does the whole world deserve him? He is a disaster not only for the USA.
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    But his supporters don't care. Will that be...

    But his supporters don't care. Will that be enough for him to carry the vote? Is he stupid enough that he wants a second term?

    He may prefer to leave the disaster to someone else. And blame him...
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    Compressing air is very lossy. If you compress it...

    Compressing air is very lossy. If you compress it a lot, it becomes hot. That's much of the total energy expended for compression and it is lost as the heat dissipates.

    Besides the energy you can...
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    Just one photo. While SN4 is still being prepared...

    Just one photo. While SN4 is still being prepared for a short flight and waiting for FAA approval, the next improved model SN5 is being stacked. In the front 2 nosecones. They are being built at a...
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    Sounds like the always so successful plans fully...

    Sounds like the always so successful plans fully financed by governments, because governments know best - how to waste money. Like solar mirror concentrating powerplants. Always government sponsored...
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    They go over 300km with a 20 minute charge.

    They go over 300km with a 20 minute charge.
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    It has been the future now for 50 years at least....

    It has been the future now for 50 years at least. I observed it for that time. It will remain the future forever.
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    There is a story told by some high ranking...

    There is a story told by some high ranking Airforce Officer. He was in a meeting with a SpaceX team. He told one of the SpaceX team your team leader looks very young. He was told yes, he is young,...
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    Probably doesn't work with flat screens. Flat...

    Probably doesn't work with flat screens. Flat screens shoud therefore be prohibited.
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    The first stage of the rocket. Also Dragon,...

    The first stage of the rocket. Also Dragon, though presently the contracts determine new Dragon every flight but it seems likely that NASA will accept reuse of Dragon soon. Spacex says Dragon is...
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    Manned spaceflight is coming back to the US, with...

    Manned spaceflight is coming back to the US, with SpaceX Dragon 2 for NASA. The date is set for May 27, 20:33 UTC. Small slips are always possible, weather or some minor technical glitches. If the...
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    Even if the SEC continues its vendetta against...

    Even if the SEC continues its vendetta against Elon Musk. The Tesla share holders stand firmly behind him.
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    All I read that this tweet is not the type he...

    All I read that this tweet is not the type he needs approval for. He is on record previously and repeatedly making remarks that the share value is too high.
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    The SEC does not see the tweets as violating the...

    The SEC does not see the tweets as violating the agreement. Besides the role of the SEC is protecting the shareholders. Removing him would devastate the share value.

    He is still on the board, no...
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