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Old 05-12-2015, 07:51 PM   #321
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Ha, that's what they want you to think. In reality it is the first outpost of the alien invasion that is coming....
Yes, I know. working feverishly on my tin foil helmet as I type this...
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Looks like the Russians lost another satellite due to a launch failure.

Proton crash deals another blow to Russian space sector | Spaceflight Now

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Failure struck Russia’s troubled space program for the second time in three weeks Saturday, when a Proton rocket carrying a high-tech satellite for Mexico’s new $1.6 billion space-based communications network crashed shortly after liftoff.
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Oh well, a half a billion down the drain. Such is the space business. Looking good for Space x.
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I know I've said this before, but after actually seeing the town of Baikonur in Kazakhstan, it surprises me more that anything gets out of there without crashing!
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SpaceX has completed another successful resupply mission to the ISS. Their Cargo Dragon both brought supplies to the ISS and returned items to earth. It is the only spacecraft capable of bringing a significant amount of equipment back to Earth.

In the meantime, the Russians appear to be having some problems. I hope they can get back to their traditional reliability.

Excite News - Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program

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Rogozin said that a recent investigation into the activities of the Khrunichev company, the manufacturer of the heavy-lift Proton booster rocket, revealed numerous instances of fraud, abuse of office and falsification of documents, resulting in economic damage of 9 billion rubles (more than $180 million).
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Space - The Final Frontier

Here is one view of how commercial rocketry may change the world.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7535648

"The Space Age has finally come and it promises savings for American taxpayers, new high-quality jobs and economic opportunities we can't predict yet. A sustainable, market driven economy is emerging from the stagnant cocoon of traditional governmental contracting. California-based SpaceX has been granted certification by the U.S. Air Force for launching military payloads, which will bolster the Hawthorne firm's already robust manifest of commercial and NASA launch contracts. This certification breaks a long-standing monopoly held by Boeing and Lockheed's rocket company conglomerate United Launch Alliance (ULA).
The loss of this military monopoly combined with pressure from SpaceX's efficient manufacturing processes and innovative work on rocket reusability has pressured the formerly moribund incumbent to rapidly adapt to the new competitive landscape."
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San Francisco based Planet Labs has raised investments of more than $160 million to launch a massive constellation of inexpensive satellites that can image the entire Earth on the daily.
Reminds me of the Iridium program.
Iridium satellite constellation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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...even China Aerospace and Space Technology Corporation has complained that they can't compete with SpaceX pricing.
Ya gotta love it!
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Sounds like the trip to Europa is getting started. People think we are likely to find life there.


NASA budget proposal to initiate Europa mission plan | NASASpaceFlight.com
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Another attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon rocket will take place Sunday, if the launch gods permit.

SpaceX Falcon 9 ocean landing test June - Business Insider
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Cool. I hope they can pull it off, that will be a real first.
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New Horizons arrives at Pluto in a couple weeks...
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And the Ceres space portal is still wide open...NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak' : The Two-Way : NPR
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Oops!


Eighth supply mission goes belly up.


SpaceX rocket explodes after launch - Jun. 28, 2015
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Eighth supply mission goes belly up.


SpaceX rocket explodes after launch - Jun. 28, 2015
Man that sucks. I was expecting to wake up and watch videos of the Falcon9 trying to land on the drone ship. Not see it blow-up on launch.

Rocket science is hard, and space is dangerous.
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What a disappointment for those guys. Not to mention the folks on the ISS who lost their shipment.
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Another attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon rocket will take place Sunday, if the launch gods permit.

SpaceX Falcon 9 ocean landing test June - Business Insider
Yep. Will be a game changer if they get it right.

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No a good week for Elon Musk. First, looks like Chevy will beat him to the punch of making an affordable EV car that goes up to 200 mile on a charge, then the SpaceX explosion.

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So Elon's has been tweeting/working for 19 hours straight and obviously so has the engineering team.

Elon Musk@elonmusk 3h (1 AM PDT)3 hours ago
Cause still unknown after several thousand engineering-hours of review. Now parsing data with a hex editor to recover final milliseconds


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So Elon's has been tweeting/working for 19 hours straight and obviously so has the engineering team.

Elon Musk@elonmusk 3h (1 AM PDT)3 hours ago
Cause still unknown after several thousand engineering-hours of review. Now parsing data with a hex editor to recover final milliseconds
Par for the course during a anomaly/mishap in the industry. I've seen people work a regular day and then get called back in on the way home and are up for the next 16 hours working problems. 24 hour work days, while very rare, do happen.
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