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HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 09.03.2014, 23:26 | Message # 76
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SpaceX has successfully conducted a static fire test prior to its upcoming CRS-3 launch. Note the landing legs, and the general stick-like appearance of the vehicle cool



Launch is scheduled for 8:41 UTC on Sunday 16 March (1 week from today)





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Sunday, 09.03.2014, 23:28
 
Destructor1701Date: Monday, 10.03.2014, 05:11 | Message # 77
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If only it wasn't a night-launch!

We'll have to wait for Grasshopper 2 to do it's thing before we get a clear photo of dem legs.





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 11.03.2014, 23:38 | Message # 78
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The best shot yet of the legs






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HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 13.03.2014, 22:16 | Message # 79
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Dragon spacecraft being added to the Falcon 9. Launch is still on schedule for Sunday morning.






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HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 14.03.2014, 00:57 | Message # 80
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No sooner than I say it's on schedule they announce that it has been delayed.

Launch is now targeted for 30 March, with a backup date of 2 April.





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NovaSiliskoDate: Thursday, 27.03.2014, 05:56 | Message # 81
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Delayed again til an unknown time in the future.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014....aunches

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HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 27.03.2014, 08:32 | Message # 82
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Quote NovaSilisko ()
Delayed again til an unknown time in the future

Accursed be we by the gods!





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Destructor1701Date: Sunday, 06.04.2014, 16:44 | Message # 83
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Launch set for the 14th of April, AND! Joy of joys! It'll be a day time launch AND ocean soft-landing attempt.

VIDEO!







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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 14.04.2014, 03:55 | Message # 84
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Launch is set for tomorrow (Monday) at 20:58 UTC. Webcast starts here at 20:00 http://www.spacex.com/webcast/






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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 14.04.2014, 21:03 | Message # 85
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Launch scrubbed due to first stage helium leak. Next opportunity is Friday.




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HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 17.04.2014, 17:53 | Message # 86
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Launch is scheduled for tomorrow at 19:25 UTC. Webcast begins here at 18:45.

However, there is a strong chance that bad weather will delay the launch.






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Chris94Date: Friday, 18.04.2014, 20:47 | Message # 87
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Damn, what an epic launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule. Falcon 9 is truly a really powerful rocket.
http://www.spacex.com/webcast/




Dragon separation


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HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 19.04.2014, 02:52 | Message # 88
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Great photo of the launch


Still no data yet from the final stage of booster flight.



A terrific video by the space photo master Thierry Legault showing what appears to be Dragon, the Falcon 9 second stage, and the solar panel fairings orbiting Earth over Paris 25 minutes after launch.





More great images of the launch.


Also, reports indicate that the first stage landed successfully in the ocean! Recovery ships are attempting to reach its location, but rough seas might prevent recovery. Still, that the "landing" was successful under those conditions bodes well for the development of Falcon 9's reusability.





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SonofStarsDate: Saturday, 19.04.2014, 04:07 | Message # 89
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Awesome! I was at school during the launch so I very much appreciate the info and the pictures. smile




 
Destructor1701Date: Sunday, 20.04.2014, 21:10 | Message # 90
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Ah, man, I was on Reddit for the launch, and it was fantastic! I should have checked in here sooner - GREAT pictures!

The successful ocean touch-down amid 6 to 8 metre swell and high winds (preventing ships and a NASA aircraft from being on-station) is [expletive pre-emptively deleted]ING INCREDIBLE!

An hour before launch, they uploaded this little nugget of additional INCREDIBLITUDE:






 
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