SpaceX CRS-1 Blastoff

Congrats SpaceX.


All systems nominal.... I edited these photos from SpaceX cameras.

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  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Screen Shot 2012-10-07 at 5.35.34 PM

    Nine Merlin engines cranking
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    Stage separation (video frame from camera on rocket):
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    Second stage heat, while booster is the dot in the distance
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    Backside of the solar cells unfolding
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    Here are prep photos from earlier today, and updates from SpaceX and the launch video.
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Moments ago, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden
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    From the press conference, with leaders from ISS, NASA and SpaceX:
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    Go G-Shot
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    From Q&A, I heard that Bluebonnet vanilla ice cream with chocolate swirl was the flavor of ice cream on board. The Orbcom secondary payload deployed successfully. Dragon is en route to station. Opening star tracking bay is the next key step.
  • js brain 3y

    Just imagining the astronauts at the ISS, how excited can they be, waiting for the Dragon...
  • PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE 3y

    Amazing launch !! Bravo to Elon and his team, and to you Steve, for believing and pushing this dream to become a reality !
  • solerena 3y

    yes, "A dream you dream alone is only a dream
    A dream you dream together is reality"
    Yoko Ono
  • chicbee04 3y

    Fabulous!! I witnessed, with sadness, Endeavor's final flight over Tucson, and this is a big step forward...
  • PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE 3y

    Just saw the video of one of the engine failure. Impressive how robust the system is !!

    “Falcon 9 detected an anomaly on one of the nine engines and shut it down. As designed, the flight computer then recomputed a new ascent profile in realtime to reach the target orbit, which is why the burn times were a bit longer. Like Saturn V, which experienced engine loss on two flights, the Falcon 9 is designed to handle an engine flameout and still complete its mission. I believe F9 is the only rocket flying today that, like a modern airliner, is capable of completing a flight successfully even after losing an engine. There was no effect on Dragon or the Space Station resupply mission.”
  • Jason McDonald 3y

    PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE Yeah, I don't buy the engine shut down. The plume was clearly still lit if you freeze frame on the chunk of the bell being ejected. Can you get uneven heating of the bell in that configuration? With the atmosphere cooling on the outside and radiative heating from the adjacent bells? (spit balling)

    Falcon9 Engine loss by Pieces of Eye
  • Martin McLean 3y

    Pieces of Eye. It might not be the bell, might be just the engine shroud. Its possible that the shroud broke up, bumped engine and engine registered an anomaly because of the bump and shut down. So not as dramatic, but still certainly something to look at. here, the "pontoon" shaped thing covering the engine, see the top piece?

    but ofcourse this is armchair engineering..
  • Martin McLean 3y

    Still it was a superb launch and well worth waking up at 3am to check it out! Congrats to spacex.
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Thanks. SpaceX gave some details in today's update:
    "Approximately one minute and 19 seconds into last night's launch, the Falcon 9 rocket detected an anomaly on one first stage engine. Initial data suggests that one of the rocket's nine Merlin engines, Engine 1, lost pressure suddenly and an engine shutdown command was issued. We know the engine did not explode, because we continued to receive data from it. Panels designed to relieve pressure within the engine bay were ejected to protect the stage and other engines. Our review of flight data indicates that neither the rocket stage nor any of the other eight engines were negatively affected by this event.

    As designed, the flight computer then recomputed a new ascent profile in real time to ensure Dragon's entry into orbit for subsequent rendezvous and berthing with the ISS. This was achieved, and there was no effect on Dragon or the cargo resupply mission.

    Falcon 9 did exactly what it was designed to do. Like the Saturn V (which experienced engine loss on two flights) and modern airliners, Falcon 9 is designed to handle an engine out situation and still complete its mission. No other rocket currently flying has this ability.

    It is worth noting that Falcon 9 shuts down two of its engines to limit acceleration to 5 g's even on a fully nominal flight. The rocket could therefore have lost another engine and still completed its mission."
    And here is a slo-mo video of the engine failure.
  • goodeye03 (Rich) 3y

    Great images...Incredible machines.
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    and a series from this morning:

    Dragon at Station
  • Steve Jurvetson 2y

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    "Dragon departed the station early this morning with 1,673 pounds of return cargo including hardware, supplies, and a GLACIER freezer packed with scientific samples. Dragon is the only craft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies to Earth, and this mission marks the first time since the space shuttle that NASA has been able to return research samples for analysis."
  • Llowell Williams 2y

    Great image, thanks for the CC license! I used it for a post on my blog with full credits to you and a link back here.
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