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Old 10-17-2013, 01:06 AM   #1776
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NASA should be heading back to work soon.
I hope so. We have a bunch of people here in the Rocket city getting stir crazy from not working lol
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:55 AM   #1777
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NASA is back. Let's get back to work.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #1778
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #1779
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Dream Chaser will be conducting her first drop test in "a matter of days". The test was delayed due to the government shut down. An actual date is not known at this point, due to Sierra Nevada keeping it a tight secret.

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #1780
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it looks like a shuttle baby
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:37 PM   #1781
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:17 PM   #1782
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:21 PM   #1783
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1st Orbital Cygnus freighter departs space station, heads for destructive re-entry


Orbital Sciences' first Cygus cargo spacecraft is released by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to head for a destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. (NASA TV)


October 22, 2013 — Just before the hatch was closed to Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus resupply spacecraft, NASA astronaut and Expedition 37 flight engineer Karen Nyberg came floating out of the barrel shaped ship holding a photo of another space explorer — the namesake for the vehicle she was now exiting for the last time.

Hovering for a moment inside the Harmony module on the International Space Station, Nyberg affixed the portrait of the late space shuttle astronaut G.David Low to the hatch, which when shut would separate the "Spaceship G. David Low" from the orbiting complex.

The first-of-its-kind private cargo ship had been berthed at the station since late September, but was now emptied of its supplies and repacked with trash to be discarded when the ship is destroyed re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

On Tuesday (Oct. 22), Nyberg and her fellow crewmate, Luca Parmitano with the European Space Agency (ESA), were at the space station's robotic arm controls to release the Cygnus from its perch, beginning its the journey back to Earth.


NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg floats out of Orbital's first Cygnus cargo craft with a photo of the late G. David Low — the namesake for the spaceship — on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (NASA TV)

The Spaceship G. David Low – named in memory of Low, who made three spaceflights and helped lead the Virginia-based Orbital's development of a commercial cargo launch service prior to his death in 2008 — was released from the space station at 6:31 a.m. CDT (1131 GMT).

On Wednesday, the Cygnus, orbiting free from the station and under the control of Orbital's flight engineers, will fire its engines for a last time at 12:41 p.m. CDT (1741 GMT), setting up its fiery re-entry over the Pacific Ocean.

Launched Sept. 18 atop the company's Antares two-stage rocket, Orbital's first Cygnus spacecraft lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It arrived at the station 11 days later, a week late after a GPS data glitch and arriving Soyuz crew delayed its rendezvous.

Cygnus delivered about 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms) of cargo, including food, clothing and student experiments to the Expedition 37 crew aboard the orbiting laboratory. The freighter was only partially packed for this demo mission; future flights of Cygnus will fly larger payloads, increasing NASA's ability to deliver equipment and spare parts to the space station.


Attached to the Harmony node, the first Cygnus cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp., in the grasp of the Canadarm2, is photographed on the International Space Station. (NASA)

Orbital is the second of two commercial companies to fly demo flights to the space station as a part of the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) effort. The goal of COTS was to develop safe, reliable and cost effective cargo transportation systems. With this Cygnus mission coming to its successful end, the COTS program will be complete.

Orbital is now poised to begin this December with a series of eight Cygnus cargo missions to the space station under a $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA through 2016.

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:24 PM   #1784
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Today in Space History

1961: Freedom 7 is donated to the Smithsonian's National Air Museum by NASA Administrator Webb.

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Old 10-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #1785
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Things Chris Hadfield showed about living in space.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #1786
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I don't have all the info as of right now since the Dream Chaser's test is still highly secretive.

On her first free flight, Dream Chaser was performing nominally (normally). She was gliding and banking just as she was suppose to.

Until she came down to land.

Dream Chaser suffered a landing gear failure when her left landing gear failed to deploy. This caused Dream Chaser to flip over on the runway. It is not clear how many times she flipped.

Dream Chaser's condition is unknown as of right now. It is also unknown if video of the test will be released.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:25 PM   #1787
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Pictures and video are up. You can see the gear problems. However, you can not see the flip in the video. Other than the gear problems, Dream Chaser had a perfect flight. I suspect she'll fly again.



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Old 10-30-2013, 02:27 PM   #1788
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Is this supposed to be like a mini-Shuttle then?
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:44 PM   #1789
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Is this supposed to be like a mini-Shuttle then?
In many ways, yes.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #1790
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why the name dream chaser??
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:57 PM   #1791
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why the name dream chaser??
SpaceDev (The company that originally came up with Dream Chaser, which was later purchased by Sierra Nevada) came up with the name. It was originally going to be the HL20:



However, once Sierra Nevada purchased the company and gained money from NASA, they made an updated version of the HL20, and it gained the name Dream Chaser officially. However, it is a strong rumor that the Dream Chaser vehicles have names (The Dream Chaser test article is rumored to be called Eagle ). This hasn't been confirmed by Sierra Nevada though.

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Old 10-30-2013, 07:15 PM   #1792
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interesting thanks kinda reminded me of the beast of Kandahar
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:24 PM   #1793
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Interesting wing design.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #1794
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Please take 5 minutes to watch this video and sign a petition to double NASA's budget.

Currently, NASA gets 0.46% of a penny of your tax dollar. Our space program not only helps our economy, but shows young children that through knowledge, we can do anything.

All I'm asking is to take at least 30 seconds to sign a petition to double NASA's budget.

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Old 11-13-2013, 09:12 PM   #1795
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Done. I didn't realize NASA's budget was that small.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:00 AM   #1796
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Interesting wing design.
Looks like it would reduce the drag induced from falling through the atmosphere. And be highly roll-stable.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:36 AM   #1797
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I kinda wonder how big it is in person. Compared to a shuttle too.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #1798
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Yesterday was the International Space Station's 15th birthday.


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Old 11-22-2013, 09:31 PM   #1799
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And not a word in the news. They take it for granted until something goes wrong.
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And not a word in the news. They take it for granted until something goes wrong.
Anything positive is saved for the last 30 seconds of the broadcast. The rest has to be about scary things to keep us convinced that we need shepherds.
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