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« Reply #1250: August 02, 2020, 12:14:02 AM »
So the splashdown of the two astronauts who left the space station today will be off the coast of Pensacola tomorrow, pretty cool. I have friends who think they’re going to sit on the beach and watch it, methinks they’re a bit delusional I mean that’s gotta be a ways off shore, right? 

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« Reply #1251: August 02, 2020, 12:25:50 AM »
I've gone and sat on the beach for lesser reasons...
So the splashdown of the two astronauts who left the space station today will be off the coast of Pensacola tomorrow, pretty cool. I have friends who think they’re going to sit on the beach and watch it, methinks they’re a bit delusional I mean that’s gotta be a ways off shore, right? 

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« Reply #1252: August 02, 2020, 12:33:11 AM »
I've gone and sat on the beach for lesser reasons...

Lol yea me too, who’m I kidding I’m going to go and see absolutely nothing like all the other yahoo’s :lol:

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« Reply #1253: August 02, 2020, 04:56:57 AM »
Admit it Skippy - you enjoy being with the Yahoos.  It's not much different than when 2IPAs & I walk on the beach Tuesday as Isaias makes it through NC

Lol yea me too, who’m I kidding I’m going to go and see absolutely nothing like all the other yahoo’s :lol:

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« Reply #1254: August 02, 2020, 01:22:28 PM »
I wish they showed a countdown to the next activity. :|

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« Reply #1255: August 02, 2020, 02:55:34 PM »
Dragon safely retuned :clap:

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« Reply #1256: August 02, 2020, 03:20:04 PM »
Seems to have gone flawlessly.  It's a moving thing to watch. 

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« Reply #1257: August 02, 2020, 05:38:37 PM »
Seems to have gone flawlessly.  It's a moving thing to watch. 

Yep. Very reminiscent of Apollo

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« Reply #1258: August 05, 2020, 11:39:36 AM »
Space X conducted a successful test of their massive rocket that will be used for their Mars mission.

https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-sn5-prototype-1st-test-flight.html

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« Reply #1259: September 30, 2020, 11:56:05 PM »
ULA Delta-4 Heavy launch aborted 7 seconds before launch tonight.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/09/28/delta-385-nrol-44-mission-status-center/

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« Reply #1260: October 01, 2020, 08:38:03 AM »
Yet another SpaceX launch at 9:17 today.

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« Reply #1261: October 01, 2020, 10:24:15 AM »
Yet another SpaceX launch at 9:17 today.

aborted with 18 seconds to go.  Not a great week for launches.

The ISS will be over the DC area on 10/8 from 7:03 - 7:10 PM and should be clearly visible without a telescope.  It will be traveling NW to SE.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/index.cfm

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« Reply #1262: October 01, 2020, 11:00:31 AM »
aborted with 18 seconds to go.  Not a great week for launches.

The ISS will be over the DC area on 10/8 from 7:03 - 7:10 PM and should be clearly visible without a telescope.  It will be traveling NW to SE.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/index.cfm
Down Connecticut to  the 17th to Independence, then onto Pennsylvania?

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« Reply #1263: October 01, 2020, 11:05:42 AM »
Down Connecticut to  the 17th to Independence, then onto Pennsylvania?

depending on traffic, yes.  It will be using Waze so it may get rerouted through a parking lot and a couple of residential neighborhoods. :)

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« Reply #1264: October 01, 2020, 03:19:15 PM »
I can see some self-righteous runner screaming at the ISS for going 17,115 mph over DC's "Safe Streets" speed limit 
depending on traffic, yes.  It will be using Waze so it may get rerouted through a parking lot and a couple of residential neighborhoods. :)

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« Reply #1265: October 01, 2020, 09:34:58 PM »
Wallops launch at 8:43pm. Iss supply capsule

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« Reply #1266: October 01, 2020, 09:40:29 PM »
Hopefully some witnesses and notaries for the mail-in ballots
Wallops launch at 8:43pm. Iss supply capsule

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« Reply #1267: October 01, 2020, 09:42:44 PM »
Aborted at t-minus 2:21

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« Reply #1268: October 02, 2020, 02:15:02 AM »
9:16 pm tomorrow for another try from wallops.

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« Reply #1269: October 02, 2020, 08:04:42 AM »
Curious - what's the purpose of Wallops?  Is there some thought we need multiple launch locations?  Is there a cost savings?  Proximity to Goddard?  Why would a secondary launch location be on the East Coast rather than say, White Sands?  is it to bail over the ocean in case of failure?

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« Reply #1270: October 02, 2020, 09:43:53 AM »
Curious - what's the purpose of Wallops?  Is there some thought we need multiple launch locations?  Is there a cost savings?  Proximity to Goddard?  Why would a secondary launch location be on the East Coast rather than say, White Sands?  is it to bail over the ocean in case of failure?

It was established in 1945 to provide a launch facility in support of research being done at Langley.
here's its history: https://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/everydaylife/wallops_60th.html

The reason for launches from the East Coast instead of the West Coast is that they can use the earth's rotation as sort of a speed boost.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/why-does-nasa-launch-rockets-from-cape-canaveral-florida/352412

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The west-to-east rotation of the Earth causes all points on Earth (except the poles themselves) to move eastward with some velocity,” NASA said.

This eastward velocity is greatest at the equator with the Earth rotating at a speed of roughly 1,040 mph. This rotational speed decreases as objects move closer to the poles, reaching zero for objects directly over one of the poles.

NASA takes advantage of Earth’s natural rotation by launching toward the east from Cape Canaveral.

The speed at which the Earth rotates at Cape Canaveral is roughly 914 mph, helping to give rockets some extra speed to reach their destination.


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« Reply #1271: October 02, 2020, 05:49:44 PM »
It was established in 1945 to provide a launch facility in support of research being done at Langley.
here's its history: https://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/everydaylife/wallops_60th.html

The reason for launches from the East Coast instead of the West Coast is that they can use the earth's rotation as sort of a speed boost.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/why-does-nasa-launch-rockets-from-cape-canaveral-florida/352412

It's latitude that determines relative launch velocity, not longitude. That article notes that they launch rockets to the east to take advantage of the rotation, but if the launch site was on the west coast at the same latitude, launching toward the east would have the same result. That said, Vandenberg launches south to get to high inclination angles, causing the payload to cover the entire globe as it orbits.

*edit: worth noting that Cape Canaveral is 28.5N while White Sands and Vandenberg are around 32N, so FL does allow for heavier payloads with the same fuel consumption.  Also worth noting that JCA was also correct - when rockets got big, they couldn't safely launch from White Sands without putting people at risk. The east coast allows launches to deal with rapid unexpected disassembly as well as purposefully scuttling the rockets without putting people at risk.

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« Reply #1272: October 02, 2020, 06:38:52 PM »
What are you drac, a rocket scientist? :). Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #1273: October 02, 2020, 07:43:14 PM »
What are you drac, a rocket scientist? :). Thanks for sharing.

Heheh - I'm not, but my brother was. If nuclear missiles and satellites count in that arena. He worked at Vandenberg, NORAD, and a godforsaken place in ... Idaho I think, where he sat at a 1950's era console waiting for word to turn his key and press the big red button. He also tracked objects in Low Earth Orbit and some other space related type things.

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« Reply #1274: October 02, 2020, 07:44:51 PM »
Any UFO stories?

Heheh - I'm not, but my brother was. If nuclear missiles and satellites count in that arena. He worked at Vandenberg, NORAD, and a godforsaken place in ... Idaho I think, where he sat at a 1950's era console waiting for word to turn his key and press the big red button. He also tracked objects in Low Earth Orbit and some other space related type things.