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Old 6th Jan 2015, 09:46
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Live Landing Attempt

SpaceX Falcon 9 cargo launch to the ISS. After payload separation they will attempt to start the motor on re-entry and do a controlled descent and landing onto a barge in the Atlantic. Launch approx 1120 UTC.

Live video here.
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Launch abort at T-90 seconds. Actuator drift. Next launch attempt Friday at 0509, (presumably East Coast Time.), 1009 UTC.
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Delayed to Friday.
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SpaceX's fifth official cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station is now targeted to launch on Saturday Jan 10th at 0947 UTC
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X MARKS THE SPOT: FALCON 9 ATTEMPTS OCEAN PLATFORM LANDING | SpaceX

NASA NTV-1 Sat 8.30 am - 10.30 am GMT

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

Thanks Elon, real nice of you to schedule this for ol' henry's birthday.
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Launch less than one hour away. Watching on UStream....
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Approximately how long does it take to get to and dock with the ISS?

Will we get to see anyhing in the night sky later?
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I think it normally takes a few days. It's to do do with trajectories and velocity. Some fairly precision parking is required, and you don't want to rear end the thing. Recently, though the Russians got up there in about six hours. They must know a short cut.

Is Ladbrokes or someone running a book on this robot ship landing?
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Landing attempt can also be viewed here:

Watch this: SpaceX's Falcon 9 barge landing is underway | The Verge
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SpaceX update on landing attempt:

Landing Update: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard.

Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future though.
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Still impressive.
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CRS-5 Launch
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Little Jim tells me he has run a wire all the way from SpaceX HQ to Castle Crun and a bell willl ring in our main R&R area when the first stage landing is on their television channel.

"whisper, whisper"

Ah, no, not quite, Little Jim tells me it's not an actual wire, and it's not an actual bell. He has 'subscribed' to 'youtube' and they will send an 'email' which puts an 'alert' on his 'tablet' and just sounds like a bell.

Same thing, really.
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Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.
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Ship itself is fine. Some of the support equipment on the deck will need to be replaced...
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Didn't get good landing/impact video. Pitch dark and foggy. Will piece it together from telemetry and ... actual pieces.
10:15 AM - 10 Jan 2015
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Growing up in the sixties all the blurb from NASA and the media showing us that space travel would be a normal everyday occurrence by now. It's taken a bit longer getting there, but things are getting more like Thunderbirds every day. I wonder how long it will take them to get it accurate enough to land through the summer house!

The onboard shots were interesting if a bit smudgy due to the ice. Shame they had no footage from the barge. Be interesting to see the landing from the ground so to speak.

Better luck next time chaps!
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Still no vid of the stage 1 landing, I guess they are finding it difficult to put anything together.

There is a vid of the July test landing, that's the one with all the ice.
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Approximately how long does it take to get to and dock with the ISS?

As a general rule if you watch the ISS overhead (look at Heavens-Above

You will see a point of light preceeding the ISS in the same orbit* for a few hours, maybe days before docking and a few hours/days after undocking.

* Not really, it's in a slower and higher orbit before docking and a faster and lower orbit when leaving, but you can't tell that with the naked eye.
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Landing through a summer house is nothing...I will be impressed when they can land under the swimming pool.
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NASA says two days to catch up with ISS, so that's sometime tomorrow.
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As someone who doubted that they would be able to balance a telegraph pole on a rocket exhaust, I was VERY impressed to watch this test flight - and doubt no more.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t15vP1PyoA
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