We’re excited to announce our first foothold in the Southeastern United States at the TrekTrax convention in Atlanta, GA this weekend!
From Friday, the 25th, to Sunday, the 27th, the Star Trek-themed event will also feature a Firefly programming track. There’ll be costuming, games, door prizes, giveaways–not to mention us, too! The local Browncoats running the track will have a petition on hand and form letters for you to make your voice be heard to the Powers that Be at SpaceX that, when the Dragon has its first manned crew, the ship should be named Serenity!
See you there!
This past weekend SpaceX successfully launched its third resupply mission to the International Space Station. On April 18 the Falcon 9 rocket lifted off into the grey, afternoon sky of South Florida, carrying the Dragon capsule out of the world and into the black, where she rendezvoused with the ISS early on Easter morning, April 20. Today the crew of the ISS will be busy unloading the Dragon’s cargo. She will remain berthed at the space station for about a month, and is scheduled to return to Earth on May 18.
This mission is also significant because it was SpaceX’s debut of the new “legs” on the Falcon 9 booster rocket, which allowed the first stage of the rocket to stabilize its descent and return intact through the atmosphere to splash down in one piece. This opens the door to the possible reuse of the Falcon 9, and will eventually lead to the first truly reusable American spacecraft since the Space Shuttle.
We at Take Back the Sky congratulate the men and women of SpaceX and NASA on this spectacular achievement. We look forward to the day, hopefully within the next two years, when a ship just like this one will launch on a similar mission with American astronauts on board– a ship we hope will bear the name Serenity…
Perseverance is a big part of any mission, whether you’re launching a private spaceship into the black or trying to convince a privately owned space corporation to name the first manned version of that ship after the shiniest gorram spaceship in science-fiction history.
After a couple of scrubbed attempts, SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Dragon on its third resupply mission to the International Space Station today at 3:25pm EST. Live coverage of the launch begins at 2:45pm at http://www.spacex.com/webcast/. We’ll be watching (and tweeting) along with you as the Dragon breaks atmo and spreads her wings.
Here’s to a good Friday for a successful launch!
She’s beautiful, ain’t she?– Spectators admire the Dragon atop the Falcon9 on the launch pad.
Zoe: Get her running “again?”
Zoe: Sooo… not running now?
Mal: Not so much… But she will.
— Firefly, “Out of Gas”
Scrubbed launches and launch delays are just a fact of life in the space industry. Spaceships are complex vehicles that rely on a lot of intricate mechanisms to function properly, and if any one of those systems, no matter how small, isn’t in perfect working order, it can spell disaster out in the black. We fans of science-fiction have become accustomed to the portrayal of spaceships like Serenity or the Millennium Falcon as the “lovable bucket of bolts,” but the truth is very far from what Hollywood has sold us, and when dealing with a real space launch, if there is even the slightest chance that everything isn’t absolutely perfect, then safe is better than sorry.
And so SpaceX’s CRS-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station was delayed yet again today. This time the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket that was to carry the Dragon capsule to the ISS was scrubbed due to a first stage Helium leak. SpaceX expects to have the problem rectified in time for the next launch opportunity, which will be Friday, April 18 at 3:25pm EST.
And when the Dragon does finally break atmo for CRS-3, you can bet we’ll be tuned in, watching in wonder…
We all know that in crime, politics and space flight the situation is always fluid, but NASA and SpaceX announced earlier today that the CRS-3 Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station (the very same mission we told you all about in our recent posts) is in fact a GO for tomorrow, Monday, April 14, 2014.
The launch is scheduled for 4:58PM, EST. Updates and a live webcast of the launch itself can be found here:
If you’re following us on Twitter, we plan to make every effort to live tweet the launch as it happens. If you’d like to share in our virtual launch party, there’s still time to follow us at @TakeBacktheSky.
We hope you’ll join us as we watch the ship that will one day be called Serenity break atmo tomorrow evening!
“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty—not destroy it!”—Yuri Gagarin, first man in space
By the time this post hits the web, “Yuri’s Night” celebrations will already be in full swing around the planet.
Every year on April 12, people the world over hold parties and other events to celebrate mankind’s achievements in space. Some of these events are full-on, blowout shindigs with all manner of craziness, while others focus more on education and outreach. Continue Reading
Ni hao, travelers,
We’re pushing this out there to make sure no one misses that the launch this weekend has been delayed at least into next week, no firm date yet.
There’s nothing wrong with the Falcon rocket or Dragon craft, the onus for this actually lies with the United States Air Force and range issues. For those of you playing the home game, “range issues” refer to things like tracking radar and sensors “downrange” that track the rockets lifting off from Kennedy Space Center from after takeoff as it ascends over the Atlantic. There apparently was a fire at the USAF radar station in question on Monday, and it seems they never really finished fixing the dish that caused said fire when it shorted out.
The announcement comes as an Atlas V rocket carrying a national security payload on a different pad had to be delayed for the same reasons.
SpaceX is still keeping their live feed up in case their big miracle happens, and will no doubt have the new “T-0″ launch time up the moment they decide on it. In the meantime, we wouldn’t want to rob you of rocket goodness, so enjoy this footage of the previous CRS-2 launch: