SpaceX launch of used Dragon to ISS scrubbed


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Capitalism in space: SpaceX has scrubbed today’s launch of a previously used Dragon capsule to ISS due to bad weather.

They are going to try again on Saturday, June 3.

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  • wayne

    Never be in a hurry to be struck by lightning.

    (Didn’t one, or more, of the Apollo launches get struck by lightening?)

    fyi– the NASA Channel was covering this live today and will be doing so again on Saturday.
    (they don’t generally cover SpaceX, or at least I don’t see them, and… my TV set is bigger than my computer monitor.)

  • Wayne: I prefer watching on SpaceX’s stream, mostly because they don’t have their announcers mouth preachy and badly scripted propaganda. They give it to me straight, which is what I want.

  • David Nudelman

    quote Bob Z “I prefer watching on SpaceX’s stream”

    Me too, the young blonde is very flirty

  • diane wilson

    Wayne, Apollo 12 was struck by lightning shortly after launch; it knocked out a bunch of electronics. Fortunately, someone on the ground knew the right switch to reset, and amazingly, one of the astronauts (Alan Bean, IIRC) actually knew where the switch was.

  • Dick Eagleson

    wayne,

    NASA only covers SpaceX launches when SpaceX is launching something for NASA. Thus far, that’s been Dragons and DSCOVR. Haven’t taken the time to check if the F9’s first test launch – with a mass that wasn’t Dragon – was covered by NASA or not.

    Second Mr. Zimmerman on the huge superiority of SpaceX’s own video feed.

    Second also Mr. Nudelman’s appeciation of the splendidly yummy Ms. Kate Tice.

  • wayne

    Dick–
    Thank you for enlightening me.
    -I did not think NASA-TV covered 100% of the SpaceX launches, ‘cuz I generally check to see.
    (tangentially— whoever programs that channel, needs to be replaced.)

    Personally, I prefer the technical-broadcast myself. And for the hosted-broadcast I prefer the older gentleman’s color-commentary, if I’m going to suffer through over-talk.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/katetice

    — a 5 year stint as “Diversity Intern” at Penn State. (I wonder who she voted for in 2008, 2012, and 2016? HAR!)

  • Dick Eagleson

    wayne,

    Agree the NASA launch webcasts are fairly awful. They’re also not very reliable. The webcast feed crashes a lot. I haven’t watched anything on a live NASA feed in maybe two years or more. SpaceX’s feed is a lot more solid and asymptotically close to infinitely more fun.

    Anent the SpaceX webcasts themselves, if there’s something I’m particularly curious about, I can always check the technical webcast via replay after the fact. For live viewing, I prefer the hosted webcast, particularly Ms. Tice and her black counterpart Ms. Tyson, along with their two male “backup dancers.” The cheers greeting each flight milestone from the crowd of SpaceX-ers clustered outside Mission Control in Hawthorne is always good too. Very infectious. Like being at a football game without having to – you know – actually watch football.

    Re: Ms. Tice’s politics – she’s a millennial. Kinda comes with the territory at that age. I see on her personal web site that she wants to meet Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I was a lefty in my salad days too. Oh, to be young and foolish – eh?

    I do wonder a bit, though, at how a blonde, Nordic, Valkyrie shieldmaiden-type like Ms. Tice ever got to be a “diversity intern.” Perhaps she was the token white girl?

  • Edward

    Dick Eagleson wrote: “I prefer the hosted webcast, particularly Ms. Tice and her black counterpart Ms. Tyson, along with their two male ‘backup dancers.’

    It’s nice that women are shown working in their role as engineers. When I was in college, only 15% of the engineering students were women, and my understanding is that it is about the same today. The show “The Big Bang Theory” addressed this issue, and showed two possible solutions for getting women more interested in science careers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7K8ydqGm2c (2 minutes, the problem)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypbRY14Fjjo (2 minutes, solutions)

    I prefer the hosted webcast, not (just) because of the eye candy engineers but because I often learn something new about how SpaceX does their engineering.

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