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Old Sep 21, 2014, 10:09 AM
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SpaceX to the ISS

Another feather in the cap for SpaceX.

2.5 tons of cargo including a 3D printer (or, `Replicator' in Star Trek terms...).

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2...gear/16000115/
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 10:35 AM
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It's good, so that NASA can finally put 100% of their resources to Muslim outreach.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 10:37 AM
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It's good, so that NASA can finally put 100% of their resources to Muslim outreach.
Well, except for the 1.6 billion they paid spaceX
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 10:40 AM
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Well, except for the 1.6 billion they paid spaceX
Which frees up the other 10 billion it would have cost them to do it in house.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 11:06 AM
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Very impressive.

I wonder what they can do with a 3D printer that we can't do on earth?
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 11:09 AM
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Very impressive.

I wonder what they can do with a 3D printer that we can't do on earth?
I wonder how being in zero g will affect the printer.....
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 02:14 PM
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I used to live on the Halifax River in Daytona Beach and could watch the launches. If I went to the river bank and looked south there was a bridge a mile or so down. The river was lined up on the Cape and when a rocket cleared the horizon you would see it just under the bridge and then you could watch until it went out of sight. The night launches were great to watch, especially ones going to the ISS. Those took a more northerly track and were in sight longer.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 03:34 PM
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Watched the launch live with the kids, it was at a very convenient 3 pm local 0- 25000 KPH in 12 minutes
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 04:35 PM
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Here's the launch video...

SpaceX Dragon launches to the ISS (14 min 23 sec)
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 05:08 PM
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Which frees up the other 10 billion it would have cost them to do it in house.
Now that they are not doing it in house... how many did they layoff?

I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts that the vehicle crawler crew is still intact.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 05:51 PM
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Now that they are not doing it in house... how many did they layoff?

I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts that the vehicle crawler crew is still intact.
SpaceX doesn't use the crawler, rolling the vehicle out horizontally on rails. They now have contracts for 3 launch pads, 2 in Florida and 1 in California, and may possibly build a fourth in Texas. They also are developing a vertically controlled landing for recovery and reuse. The Falcon booster used on this mission will test the vertical landing over the ocean on its re-entry.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 07:19 PM
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The hysteria of the right some time ago given the nation had no response to re supplying the space station seems to have been absolutelely unwarranted, typical right wing reaction.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 09:43 PM
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SpaceX doesn't use the crawler, rolling the vehicle out horizontally on rails. They now have contracts for 3 launch pads, 2 in Florida and 1 in California, and may possibly build a fourth in Texas. They also are developing a vertically controlled landing for recovery and reuse. The Falcon booster used on this mission will test the vertical landing over the ocean on its re-entry.
That's my point. A machine that was built in half a decade in the 60's can't be gotten rid of because it does not have a use in case we need it some day.

Or heaven forbid get the sons and daughters (or grandkids) of the engineers who built it get to design a new platform for today's rockets.

No instead we keep several hundred (or thousand) people employed rebuilding and maintaining a machine built for a rocket from the 60's. Space Science indeed.
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That's my point. A machine that was built in half a decade in the 60's can't be gotten rid of because it does not have a use in case we need it some day.

Or heaven forbid get the sons and daughters (or grandkids) of the engineers who built it get to design a new platform for today's rockets.

No instead we keep several hundred (or thousand) people employed rebuilding and maintaining a machine built for a rocket from the 60's. Space Science indeed.
Point taken. NASA intends to use the crawlers for the proposed SLS (Space Launch System)/Orion programs. The costs will be typical astronomically NASA, but an even larger debate will be brewing as SpaceX develops an even larger launch system , its BFR, for a fraction of what a NASA-developed system will cost the taxpayers. That's a conundrum for SpaceX as well, since it needs the NASA contracts for its future growth, as do other large companies such as Boeing and Amazon.

The path to space is driven, as always, by money and politics, but still a worthwhile endeavor in my opinion.
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 11:35 PM
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Space X is as firmly attached to NASA's teat as Boeing and the others.

Right now it can claim some efficiencies... but they will fix that soon enough.

But NASA's current solution for manned space to the space station? Rather than pick one winner, they have two systems they will alternate between. Not two systems and we will use the most efficient or the cheapest, but lets set up two aerospace companies to gouge the tax payer like some movie.

Yippee... twice the expense, twice the cost.

How about this. Pick one. Ask the Russians for a price, and use the cheaper one. Eventually the Russians or the manufacturer can't go lower and you have your best price.
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