A new era in NASA inspiration dawns with the US launch of the futuristic SpaceX Crew Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket
Here are the launch windows:
The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC, with backup instantaneous launch opportunities available on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC, and on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, or 19:00 UTC.
Wed May 27 2020 04:17pm ET
The Wednesday, May 27 launch opportunity has been scrubbed due to weather, they'll try again this weekend.
Sat May 30 2020 09:44am ET
May 30 2020 at 9:44am - @paulbraren's tweet - Here’s the odds of Rocket launch for the next 3 opportunities, with 50% chance of launch today. #LaunchAmerica
Sat May 30 2020 3:22pm ET - Liftoff!
If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll know that I'm an enthusiastic fan of all things space and aviation related. I remember the Columbia and Challenger disasters well. I was helping family in Florida in the 1990s, and luck would have it I got to see a Space Shuttle launch with my own eyes. It was incredible, but seen solo, I always wished for the chance to show my sons a launch to one day. That opportunity (mostly) happened in February of 2018, when we got to see that incredible Falcon Heavy launch with the 2 side boosters coming back to land tail-first, with the characteristic sonic boom punctuating the special occasion, standing there with my older son.
What's really special is that this mission marks the start of the privatization of space flight, with NASA now hosting both SpaceX and Boeing launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It's the culmination of a decade of dozens of successful launches of the now-very-reliable Falcon rocket featuring 9 innovative Merlin engines. What's also special is the new style, flare, and look of the futuristic spacecraft featuring a bright interior, mostly touch screens, and a decidedly modern overall vibe intentionally designed for function, but also to inspire future generations of astronauts across the earth.
I hope you'll enjoy this re-cap of some highlights from this special day that really caught my attention, even if weather does wind up delaying this launch window until this weekend. I know the emotions of any launch are certainly heightened, knowing full well how risky any such mission can be.
SpaceX and NASA live stream seems to be 720p60 max, but if I find a better one, I'll update this article.
NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch
May 25 2020 by Marcia Dunn at Fox19|Now
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It’s back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style “Right Stuff” capsule.
Make no mistake: This is not your father’s — or grandfather’s — capsule.
SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule outshines NASA’s old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. The Dragon’s clean lines and minimalist interior, with touchscreens instead of a mess of switches and knobs, make even the space shuttles seem yesteryear.
It will be the first astronaut launch from Florida since Atlantis closed out the space shuttle program in 2011, and the first American-made capsule to carry people into orbit since the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975.
See also at TinkerTry
- Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on May 04 2020 "Digital Transformation - Telsa/Elon - Fairphone - Intel - Rockets"
May 04 2020
- Experiencing the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch from 7 miles away, the most powerful rocket to launch since Apollo 17 in 1973!
Feb 05 2018
The last manned launch from US soil was STS-135, aboard the Atlantis, which launched on July 8th 2011.— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) May 23, 2020
It's been 3246 days, or 8 years 10 months and 19 days. Long we have waited, but this could be the new era of Space exploration.
Let's go @SpaceX 🚀 pic.twitter.com/yIOtPqSbVc
Here’s some @Tesla news that everyone should love. Check out the Model X that will carry @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug to the launchpad for the Demo-2 mission! #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/6GCQYDFXiv— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 13, 2020
Less than 2 days until @NASA & @SpaceX launch @AstroBehnken & @Astro_Doug on Crew Dragon! 👨🏼🚀👨🏼🚀🇺🇸 Here is a quick promo vid I made to celebrate the occasion! #LaunchAmerica @elonmusk— Owen Sparks 🚀 (@OwenSparks_) May 26, 2020
Music: @FirstManMovie pic.twitter.com/GMwa4omakR
🚨 WHIZ-BANG AUGMENTED REALITY GRAPHIC ALERT! 🚨— Ryan Hoke (@RyanHokeWAVE3) May 27, 2020
For weeks I've been hard at work my most complex augmented reality weather graphic, a breakdown of tomorrow's historic crewed @SpaceX rocket launch and how the weather will impact it. 🚀🛰️👨🚀🌎#WAVE3Weather @wave3news pic.twitter.com/s2UTJwyWlt
There's a cell over Orlando that would be the deciding factor for weather, but it's supposedly eroding— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
I’m live at Parish Park in Titusville where people are parked to watch the 4:33 launch. 🚀 @NASA is asking people to watch virtually because of the pandemic @SpaceX @WFTV #LaunchAmerica #wftv #florida pic.twitter.com/TjYECOXgqA— Cierra Putman WFTV (@CPutman_WFTV) May 27, 2020
Okay I'm crying. Bob and Doug's families say goodbye at their windows pic.twitter.com/JtJjhqZhl6— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
A new tradition of signing the white room with a sharpie pic.twitter.com/k2YWryHGO1— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Elon Musk answering questions along with Jim Bridenstine: "This is a dream come true, I think for me and for everyone at SpaceX" pic.twitter.com/EhB4o7HE7k— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Bridenstine: We need a new generation of Elon Musks....— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Musk: This is the result of thousands of tests, of thousands of design hours and a tremendous amount of smart people working incredibly hard to make this happen.— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Bridenstine on Tom Cruise flying to space: The answer is yes, we would love Tom Cruise to fly the International Space Station and make a movie. I'm all for that and we're going to do what we can to make that happen.— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Musk on what he said before the astronauts left: We've done everything we can to make sure your dads come back.— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Wow Air Force One getting a prime view of the launchpad pic.twitter.com/1Fau6wl1RT— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
The crew access arm retreats! pic.twitter.com/IdhTANgyWc— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) May 27, 2020
Weather is trying to pull a 2020 on this launch. Not today, weather, not today. #LaunchAmerica #SpaceX #CrewDragon pic.twitter.com/dnLNisxvH6— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) May 27, 2020
Due to weather, launch has been aborted for today, next 2 launch windows this weekend. Great dress rehearsal though! Given this was an instantaneous launch window today, this wasn't unexpected. https://t.co/b1DtfOS2ALhttps://t.co/Ca5zV3vuE9 https://t.co/FVbg5beTnH— Paul Braren (@paulbraren) May 27, 2020
Only 22 minutes to go, with weather looking decent at the moment, wow, this may happen today! 1.6 million watching the stream at https://t.co/JiblJRHLkW right now...— Paul Braren (@paulbraren) May 30, 2020
Thanks for the pic, @OwenSparks_! #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/kWbSoEWKoR
All I hear is Falcon 9 and Tesla😀 pic.twitter.com/wY3eNDltAY— Ray4️⃣Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ray4tesla) May 30, 2020
1.8 million on the @SpaceX stream! pic.twitter.com/IniWk1C69k— Paul Braren (@paulbraren) May 30, 2020
More cool space stuff
Amidst all the bad news and sadness in the world, we get this amazing gift to lift our spirits and give us hope. Amazing! https://t.co/KV5oj22wGl— Javier Verdura (@JVerdura) May 30, 2020