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Dragon Spacecraft successfully lands in the Pacific

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 9 Dec 2010 - 22:34

I stumbled across this last night, super slo-mo views of a Shuttle launch from cameras used for engineering purposes and in super high quality, you can see everything from the SSME bells flexing to the explosive bolts at the bottom of the SRB's firing to umbilical arms swiftly moving out of the way into their housings.


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Post by Radiation Louis on Fri 10 Dec 2010 - 5:37

GOD NICKY AMAZING FIND!



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Re: Dragon Spacecraft successfully lands in the Pacific

Post by nickyf1 on Mon 13 Dec 2010 - 16:40



Soyuz TMA-20 being rolled out to Gagarin's Start. The craft, ''Варяг''("Varangian") will carry Commander Dmitri Kondratyev (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman (NASA) and Paolo Nespoli (ESA) to the ISS to complete the crew of Expedition 26.

Really fascinating watching how the Russians prepare for a manned flight in comparison to the USA. Note that the pad they are using is the exact same pad that Yuri Gagarin launched from in 1961 to become the first man in space. The Soyuz Rocket and Spacecraft is also effectively the Russian counterpart to the USA's Apollo Spacecraft as it was designed in the 60's and first flown (Soyuz 1) in 1967.

I'll try and get a live stream up of the launch if anybody is interested Smile

Its probably apropriate to change the name of this thread, eh? Seeing as we are covering a more broad spectrum of space activity.

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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 15 Dec 2010 - 21:26



Soyuz TMA-20, and its descent module ''Варяг'' (Viking in English) began its journey to the ISS to complete the crew of ISS Expedition 26/ Dmitri Kondratyev, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli join the current crew of Station CDR Scott Kelly, Aleksandr Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, who travelled to the station aboard Soyuz TMA-01-M (Callsign ''Ингул'', ''Inhul'' in English, a Ukrainian river)

Make sure to check out CDR Scott Kelly's Twitter account for really cool pictures from orbit. http://twitter.com/stationcdrkelly

And look out for Cady Coleman's twitter account too, these Astronaut accounts always have a lot of really cool pictures. http://twitter.com/Astro_Cady

If NASA ever does go to the Moon again, think of the coverage! Razz Live tweets from the Moon, eh?


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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 15 Dec 2010 - 21:56

So, the USA and Russia seem to be getting on with their manned spaceflight programmes for 2011, but what of the third human Spacefairing nation, China?

In 2011 China will launch ''Tiangong 1'' (Tiangong means ''heavenly place'') an 8 ton Space laboratory which will be used as a docking target for the upcoming Shenzhou 8, 9 & 10 flights in 2012 and 2013.

China has been making incremental steps with its human spaceflight programme. It succesfully launched its first Taikonaut into orbit in 2003 aboard Shenzhou 5, launched a two man crew aboard Shenzhou 6 and on Shenzhou 7, the first ever Chinese EVA (spacewalk) was completed. The Chinese space programme currently resembles that of the Soviet Union and the USA in the early sixties, albeit at a slower pace.

Below is an image of Tiangong 1 (the spacecraft on the left) with an approaching Shenzhou spacecraft (the one on the right). The Shenzhou is based, in concept, on the Soviet Soyuz, but it is completely made in China and has around 1.5 times the volume.



The Chinese plans are to launch two more Tiangong's after (2 and 3) before orbiting a 20-ton Space station (a similar scale to the Soviet Mir) and using Tiangong spacecraft as supply craft and as extra modules. The Space Station will be completed around 2020. China's plans are unknown afterwards, the Shenzhou may be replaced with another craft capable of Circumlunar flights perhaps?



Interestingly enough, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming's EVA on Shenzhou 7 was 14 minutes long, which fails to surpass Alexei Leonov's EVA of 20 minutes on Voskhod 2, and Ed White's EVA of 24 minutes on Gemini 4.

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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 15 Dec 2010 - 22:08

Compare that to Ed White's EVA on Gemini 4. Breathtaking footage. What the hell would be going through your mind as you stand on your seat through the open hatch waiting for the ''go''?


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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 17 Dec 2010 - 22:18

Варяг has successfully docked with the ISS. Expedition 26's crew is now complete!

What you see here is some views from the periscope of the Soyuz TMA-20 capsule as well as some views from the ISS. And you are basically seeing CDR Dmitri Kondratyev manouvering the craft using thrusters to control his rotation and translation. Basically, you rotate the craft so that its square on to the docking port, then translate foward into the docking port. Flying in space is nothing like atmospheric flight, the craft will always be rotating on its centre of mass.



Expedition 26 Commader Scott Kelly shows off the excercise equipment onboard the ISS:


And for those not familiar with the ISS, here is a tour by ISS CDR Michael Fincke (NASA) during Expedition 18 (some new modules have been added since this tour, so its even bigger now!)



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Post by nickyf1 on Sat 18 Dec 2010 - 12:17

Three hours after docking, and Alexandr Kaleri opens the docking hatch on the Raasvet module of the Russian Orbital Segment. First out is CDR Dmitri Kondratyev (Roscosmos), then Cady Coleman (NASA) and then Paolo Nespoli (ESA). I didn't watch the whole thing, but Its great to see that human spaceflight is still alive and is still a great adventure Smile


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Post by nickyf1 on Fri 24 Dec 2010 - 10:01

42 years ago on this day, Christmas Eve, the crew of Apollo 8, Frank Borman, Jim Lovel and Bill Anders, on the first ever mission to leave the safety of Earth orbit, witnessed the first Earthrise in the conciousness of man.

And, for their TV broadcast that night, live from Lunar Orbit, the crew of Apollo 8 read the opening of the book of Genesis.


merry christmas! Smile

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