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Old 21st Apr 2021, 21:50
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Thursday 22nd - SpaceX/Crew Dragon Launch

SpaceX Falcon9/Crew Dragon Launch Thursday

......Planned for 1011 UTC.

If the various planned crew rotations go according to schedule French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet will end up as the commander of the ISS later in the year.

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Now delayed until Friday 0949 UTC due weather

https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-2-...t-launch-delay.
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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 11:26
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Successful launch to orbit and recovery of the first stage.

The first time in history of a manned launch using a previously flown booster and capsule.
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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 16:13
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Successful launch to orbit and recovery of the first stage.

The first time in history of a manned launch using a previously flown booster and capsule.
The capsule may well be second hand but I'ms sure it's good as new..after all it only had 27 million miles on the clock prior to today's launch...
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Gotta say, the crew spacesuits are a little 1960s James Bond baddy organisation...


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Gotta say, the crew spacesuits are a little 1960s James Bond baddy organisation...
I'd say more like a 1950s Boys Own annual. But I suspect a bit more comfortable than the NASA design of a few years back.

Say what you wish about Musk, he's enabled things that most though were just pipe dreams of a fantasist not long ago.
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 10:20
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https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10/crew-3-frr/

SpaceX given green light to launch Crew-3 mission to ISS, Crew-2’s return date setHaving completed the Flight Readiness Review for the United States Crew Vehicle 3 (USCV-3) mission, NASA, ESA, JAXA, and SpaceX teams have given the green light for Crew-3 to launch on October 31 at 02:21 EDT (06:21 UTC) and for Crew-2 to return to Earth no earlier than November 4.

Crew-3 will mark SpaceX’s fifth crewed mission and their third operational crew flight to the International Space Station (ISS). If this launch window is met, the crew will dock with the ISS on November 1 at 00:10 EDT (04:10 UTC).

Crew-3 is the eighth Crew Dragon mission, following the Pad Abort Test, DM-1, In-Flight Abort, DM-2, Crew-1, Crew-2, and Inspiration4 missions.

Crew-3 will launch NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, and Kayla Barron along with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer.
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NASA and SpaceX have delayed a mission sending four astronauts to the International Space Station to avoid "a large storm system," the agency said Saturday.

The astronauts of "Crew-3" were due to launch aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft named "Endurance" fixed atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday.

But they will instead aim to launch at 1:10 am (0510 GMT) on Wednesday, which "would have Crew-3 arriving at the space station later the same day about 11 p.m (0300 GMT Thursday)," NASA said in a statement.

They will then carry out "a short handover with the astronauts that flew to the station as part of the agency's SpaceX Crew-2 mission," it added.

Should a launch on that date be impossible, "a backup opportunity" is available on November 4, SpaceX said on its website.
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Nasa has announced a rare health-related delay in its SpaceX rocket launch of four astronauts to the international space station, the second postponement of the mission in a week, citing an unspecified medical issue with one of the crew.

The space agency on Monday described it as a “minor medical issue” that was “not a medical emergency and not related to Covid-19”, but it declined to elaborate on the nature of the problem or say which astronaut was involved.

The launch, originally set for Sunday but then postponed until Wednesday because of unsuitable weather conditions, had been rescheduled for Saturday night, Nasa said.…
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Another 4 down, another 4 up - and another booster landed.

Samo samo……

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Another 4 die, another 4 up - and another booster landed.

Samo samo……
Die? That's a first for them. I missed that.
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Bloody autocorrection - down….
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And another Starlink launch today too.
Spectacular in the cool Florida sun.

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Developing story this evening. Anti-satellite missile test by Russia has created a debris cloud which may intersect with ISS orbit. Anatoly will be the best source for updates.
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https://www.space.com/russia-asat-te...-irresponsible

Russian anti-satellite test a 'dangerous and irresponsible' act that threatens astronauts, US says
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