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    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 intervene and dock manually if there is a problem, which is very unlikely.

    Dragon will do cargo flights besides crew flights and will need to do these fully automatically.
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    Watching it now ... but missed the launch.

    Hoping to see a replayed on the TV


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    Just a shot from the ISS

    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Hoping to see a replayed on the TV
    You should be able to go back to before launch on the live stream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    You should be able to go back to before launch on the live stream.
    Yep, that worked ... thanks!

    Watching now, 7 mins to launch


    Stage 1 engine chill

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    Dirk Live from Mission Control Udon Thani.

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    As it happened ... screen shots from the countdown/launch/orbit

    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ Beginning to retrack the strong back


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    ^ Thumbs up ... we are go for launch


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    ^ My Boys were counting down (but soon lost interest as it's not like Star Wars!)


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    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ If I'm reading it correct. 1139 klms/h and 10.3 klms above the Earth's surface


    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ Midway through the second 'abort zone' and pulling 2.3 g's


    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ Calling the Mvac engine chill


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    ^ Everything looking good
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    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ Throttling down the Merlin engines (on the first stage) in preparation for stage separation


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    ^ MECO - Main Engine Cut Off


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    ^ Stage separation successfull


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    ^ Second stage ignition successfull
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    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ At 2 alpha, the longest abort zone



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    ^ View also of Stage 1, fins extended, attempting to land on the drone ship ... Of course I still love you



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    ^ (re) Entry Burn on stage 1 (right image). Lasts for about 36 sec burn


    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    Entry Burn on stage 1 completed. Nice view on what the pilots see on their screens.
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    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa


    ^ Confirming SECO - Second Engine Cut off


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    ^ Drone ship loses video ... the conspiracy theorists will be active!


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    ^ First stage has successfully landed


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    ^ Left image ... highly technical zero G indicator

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    Space News thread-screenshot_2020-05-31-making-history-nasa

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    Endeavor......I was betting on Enterprise like the first space shuttle

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    Excellent news and congratulations to all involved and the thread managers here on TD.

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    And now you can practise docking...


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    Although there may not be an ISS with which to dock, I just smashed into it at high speed dead amidships.

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    Bob and Doug show us around. Good old Bob and Doug.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Although there may not be an ISS with which to dock, I just smashed into it at high speed dead amidships.

    I lost it.

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    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. Horrible for me, must be a generational thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    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. Horrible for me, must be a generational thing.
    I don't see any of that shit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I don't see any of that shit.
    Not so much now. But plenty of it in the time around launch.

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    15 minutes and 16km away from "Go/No Go" for approach initiation.

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    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 in their blood to do such things manually. They can but are allowed only if there is a problem with automated docking. Needing manual operations would be a major fail for Dragon, they have to suppress that urge.

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    Bump Time!!

    Much better than tonights drama. Its on right now. The Crew Dragon is about 300 meters from the Station. Tests going on, but its been very smooth and ahead of schedule. The shots of the approach with the earth below were dramatic. Tune in.

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