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    Early birds can see the Dragon launch...

    NASA Greenlights SpaceX ISS Visit for May 19

    The launch of a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is scheduled for 4:55 a.m. ET, a SpaceX spokesperson said. NASA Television will start broadcasting the event at 3:30 a.m., she added.
    Clear skies on Friday night should mean that even on the FL west coast we should be able to see the rocket engines....if you care to be up at 4.55am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    Early birds can see the Dragon launch...
    It appears to me they want the Dragon capsule to arrive in orbit before stock markets open up

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    Quote Originally Posted by VolkerP View Post
    It appears to me they want the Dragon capsule to arrive in orbit before stock markets open up
    May 19, 2012 is a Saturday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    May 19, 2012 is a Saturday...
    Good catch of my typo....this thread had 157 views and you spotted the error.

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    Simple orbital mechanics, as well as the limited delta-V of the dragon mandate the early launch. I am planning on getting up early to watch the webcast (I actually was a SpaceX fan first, and only discovered Tesla because I was following SpaceX)

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    The launch was stopped by a computer detecting high pressure in an engine. Space X is investigating the trouble and will try to shoot for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

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    Went to see the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

    Only had an inexpensive hand-held camera, but it was well worth witnessing history being made here in the Sunshine state!!


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    Very nice shots!
    Buying an EV is one thing, being able to drive it beyond city limits another...

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    Beautiful shots, thank you!

    Visiting FL in September, hopefully we can witness an (unplanned) launch, must be amazing to see in real life!

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    I had the opportunity to sit on the bleachers for the launch of a rocket that deployed an ASC satellite (renamed to Spacenet upon successful deployment). Also was able to go into the control room observation area.

    There is nothing like seeing a launch up close and personal. Bucket list - check.

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