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SpaceX Successfully Launches, Recovers Falcon 9 For CRS-12 (techcrunch.com) 71

Another SpaceX rocket has been successfully launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center today, carrying a Dragon capsule loaded with over 6,400 pounds of cargo destined for the International Space Station. This marks an even dozen for ISS resupply missions launched by SpaceX under contract to NASA. TechCrunch reports: The rocket successfully launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 12:31 PM EDT, and Dragon deployed from the second stage as planned. Dragon will rendezvous with the ISS on August 16 for capture by the station's Canadarm 2 robotic appendage, after which it'll be attached to the rocket. After roughly a month, it'll return to Earth after leaving the ISS with around 3,000 pounds of returned cargo on board, and splash down in the Pacific Ocean for recovery. There's another reason this launch was significant, aside from its experimental payload (which included a supercomputer designed to help humans travel to Mars): SpaceX will only use re-used Dragon capsules for all future CRS missions, the company has announced, meaning this is the last time a brand new Dragon will be used to resupply the ISS, if all goes to plan. Today's launch also included an attempt to recover the Falcon 9 first stage for re-use at SpaceX's land-based LZ-1 landing pad. The Falcon 9 first stage returned to Earth as planned, and touched down at Cape Canaveral roughly 9 minutes after launch.
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SpaceX Successfully Launches, Recovers Falcon 9 For CRS-12

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  • by NEDHead ( 1651195 ) on Monday August 14, 2017 @05:42PM (#55012615)

    Which is what I always had hoped for the shuttle program

    • by crashumbc ( 1221174 ) on Monday August 14, 2017 @06:08PM (#55012787)

      Actually the shuttle spent MANY years as old hat. It after the first 3-4 years it only really made the news 3 times. The two explosions and the last missions.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        You forgot Hubble dude. The Hubble Space Telescope (OK, and parts of the ISS too) was the crowning achievement of the shuttle.

      • by haruchai ( 17472 ) on Monday August 14, 2017 @07:55PM (#55013505)

        Actually the shuttle spent MANY years as old hat. It after the first 3-4 years it only really made the news 3 times. The two explosions and the last missions.

        That's too bad because it proved to be a very expensive antique hat, on the order of $500 MILLION PER LAUNCH!!
        Much as I liked the idea of the shuttle, in the end the costs were much too high

        • Correction.

          The Hon. Mr. Rohrabacher asked NASA about Shuttle launch costs.

          It cost one billion dollars per flight.

      • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

        The Shuttle dropped out of the news after the first few flights, but it never became routine, the "airliner of space" that had been hoped for. It took a standing army of 35,000 workers to keep Shuttle going. And it was never turned around in the originally planned two weeks for the next flight.

        We want these SpaceX missions to become old hat and routine.

  • Musk (Score:2, Interesting)

    Is there anything that guy CAN'T do?
    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by sessamoid ( 165542 )

      Is there anything that guy CAN'T do?

      Convince the current POTUS not to be a racist, bigoted asshole?

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Baron_Yam ( 643147 )

        Actually, Elon failed to convince him not to be a fossil-fuel boosting climate change denier.

        It's a completely different rich guy who failed to convince him to be a racist, bigoted asshole.

        On that last note, I find it really sad that only the black guy felt the need to cut ties; in my opinion, it shows you that none of them have any principles unless it hits close to home.

        • Crap. "It's a completely different rich guy who failed to convince him to NOT be a racist, bigoted asshole."

          There are days where I really wish Slashdot allowed post editing, if only for a few minutes or so. And didn't stop me from posting a corrective child comment for a while.

    • by Z80a ( 971949 )

      To make the US internet good.

    • Break out of the computer simulation?

    • This is cool stuff! The post is ok the sub posters are a problem! the entire sub thread is nothing but a display by ignorant PC correct losers. There was no reason to bring any of this (what the bull leaves in the cow pasture) in. It is unrelated and just makes the 3 of you look bad. Ignore this sub thread! Just saying!
    • Is there anything that guy CAN'T do?

      Make an engaging presentation.

      He does well, but you can tell he's not a natural public speaker. There are a lot of long pauses while he gathers his thoughts.

      The main reason his presentations are successful is because the material is so damn interesting. He also has a lot of very good slides prepared. Otherwise, his presentation style is lackluster.

  • First the obvious, the Dragon will be berthed to the station, not to the rocket. That was done in Florida prior to launch.

    Secondly, this is likely the last new Dragon 1 pressure vessel that will be launched. Given that they splash down in rather corrosive salt water, there's significant effort to re-manufacture the capsules for launch, and the pressure vessel is a portion of that.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    When you talk about "space things" you don't use pounds, you use the metric system. http://edition.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric.02/

  • by theurge14 ( 820596 ) on Monday August 14, 2017 @08:05PM (#55013591)

    I got to take a private tour of the SpaceX testing facility in Texas a few weeks back, I was a few feet away from the team installing the flight computers on top of the Stage 1 in the hanger in McGregor a few weeks back.

    Amazing stuff to see in person, and really emotional to see the same Stage 1 launch today and land.

    (On another note, the people in the hangar were listening to Katy Perry as they were working. Sorry guys, I had to.)

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