First manned SpaceX launch
~8.15pm today
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Don't know if peeps here are interested, but this evening is the first manned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket + Crew Dragon capsule flight. They're (hopefully!) going to the International Space Station.

Blast off should be about quarter past eight this evening!

Yep, I'll be watching. Shame it had to be delayed, as the earier departure tonight means it'll be too light to see them going overhead.
Go on weather!

Fuelling starts in a couple of minutes...
Phew! That couldn't have gone much better!

As well as the Dragon making it successfully into orbit, the first stage of the Falcon 9 made a perfect touchdown on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You. :)

Just 19 hours to the space station, now...

:excellent:
Bravo and God speed, astronauts.

Their spacesuits look a bit disappointingly B-movie, though... or is it just me?
NervousPete wrote:
Bravo and God speed, astronauts.

Their spacesuits look a bit disappointingly B-movie, though... or is it just me?

Yeah, it's because they were designed with input from a costume designer who works on the superhero films.
I thought the suits were better than in Pacific Rim Uprising but not as good as in The Martian.

Of course, they work in real life. So they've got that going for them. :)

(edit) Yeah, the welly boots aren't doing it for me. I mean, is it going to be muddy on the space station?

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Of course, I'd really need to see Jessica Chastain wearing a SpaceX suit to make a fair comparison. :D
Clearly, their first project on arrival will be to clean the ISS sewers.
Hmmm... Rather them than me.

Meanwhile, they should arrive at the space station at about 3.30pm this afternoon.
I was watching at 3.30 and couldn’t see anything.

Also I am now blind.
Oh. Sorry to hear that. (?)

I watched it on the same stream as above, but it was actually pretty boring. The Dragon docked on its own - it just ever so slowly crept up to the station until it was attached. Various people made stilted speeches about how honoured they all were... That was it.

I imagine at some point the two dudes will be piling out into the station and there'll be hugging and clapping of people on their backs. I'll watch a recording of that.
Firefox wrote:
Of course, they work in real life. So they've got that going for them. :)

They're just G-suits, right? They're not rated for vacuum?
Grim... wrote:
Firefox wrote:
Of course, they work in real life. So they've got that going for them. :)

They're just G-suits, right? They're not rated for vacuum?

They *are* vac suits - it said in the launch commentary. They're mainly in case of the cabin depressurising.

One cool thing is that when they're walking out to the pad their hands are bare. Then, when they get strapped in, the gloves unfold from inside the sleeve cuffs. They slide their hands into them, then seal them with two layers of gas-tight zippers up the side of each sleeve/glove. So it's then all one piece, and they don't have clunky metal locking rings attaching separate gloves like you see on every other space suit. I imagine that helps manual dexterity and comfort quite a bit.

I have a suspicion that that might be the reason for the "wellies" - to get a good seal with the trousers of the suit. They do look a lot thinner and more flexible than actual wellies.
Huh, they're very impressive then.
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