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Manned SpaceX launch

Posted By: mikeeb

Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 2:07pm

Here is the future of space travel, and in the near future, possible space tourism.
This will be the first manned launch from US soil since they abandoned their Space Shuttle program in July 2011.
"The rocket will lift-off at around 4.33pm EDT (9.33pm BST), and if it all goes to plan, it means we could see the rocket flying over the UK 15 minutes later, which will be around 9.45-9.50pm."
It should be visible for a few minutes looking south, with the rocket moving west to east.
I am hoping to get a glimpse of it tonight. smile
https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/spacex-rocket-carrying-astronauts-fly-22092659

Also watch the launch live
https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
Posted By: Fidelio

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 3:40pm

Hi Mike, the link seems to say this happened yesterday.
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 4:03pm

Originally Posted by Fidelio
Hi Mike, the link seems to say this happened yesterday.

It is tonight Fidelio, the Mirror have got the day wrong grin
Click on the live link and it gives you the times for tonight, just add 5hrs to get BST. thumbsup
Posted By: snowshoes

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 4:21pm

9:30pm BST.. might not happen. Thunder storms this afty.
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 4:57pm

Originally Posted by snowshoes
9:30pm BST.. might not happen. Thunder storms this afty.

Looking at weather.com, it has scattered thunderstorms at 4.30pm and cloudy from 4.45pm onwards, so hopefully just delay the launch for 15 minutes or so.
Fingers crossed it doesn't postpone the launch for another day because the skys are clear here. pray
Posted By: snowshoes

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 5:38pm

They only have a 2 minute window to get it off.
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 6:48pm

Don't dampen my hopes snowshoes, haha!
Posted By: snowshoes

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 6:58pm

I won't but the weather might lol
Posted By: snowshoes

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 8:26pm

oh well mike, we'll have to wait till Saturday
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 8:39pm

Originally Posted by snowshoes
oh well mike, we'll have to wait till Saturday

Damn it frown
I hope we have clear skies Saturday
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 27th May 2020 8:47pm

Just checked and NASA will now attempt the test flight to the International Space Station on Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET.
That is such a shame. Now there will be no chance of spotting it here because it will be too light.
Ahh well!
Posted By: keef666

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 29th May 2020 6:39am

Waiting for the breaking news Covid 19 is now in space!
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 1:34pm

Originally Posted by keef666
Waiting for the breaking news Covid 19 is now in space!

Hahaha! That will never happen, they have been on strict lockdown. wink

Lift off tonight at 8.22pm.
Watch it live here thumbsup
https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 3:01pm

We should be able to get a glimpse in the UK about an hour after launch. smile
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 6:21pm

It's like the gods are against the take off.
Weather.com has scattered thunderstorms around the launch time and mostly cloudy either side of it.
https://weather.com/weather/hourbyh...b55e34c0508ee35e5bab186fb5f800fa680e6693
Posted By: snowshoes

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 7:09pm

looks like it's a go....3:09pm
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 7:56pm

All went well. smile
Will not be able to see it here as it will be too low on the horizon looking southwest.
Trying to track it on https://www.heavens-above.com/ but it is down, also trying to track the ISS but that site is down as well. Must be too much traffic to their websites.
Posted By: diggingdeeper

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 8:06pm

Here it is passing us just before 9pm, it was just above the sun. You can still see it high up now.

Attached picture IMG_0437[1].JPG
Posted By: Greenwood

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 30th May 2020 9:59pm

Dagnabbit, someone reminded me about that this afternoon and I still forgot to look for it! Grrr...
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 31st May 2020 2:29pm

You can get a good view of the space station tonight Greenwood.

Rises 10° over the horizon (start time): 21:23
Approaches From (start direction): West
Highest Point This Pass: 21:25
Sets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction): SE
Goes into Earths Shadow: 21:30
Approximate ISS Pass Details: Daylight Pass Below the Moon.

DD, can you clarify that image? It looks like the craft is moving from left to right, but the SpaceX rocket was moving from right to left.
Posted By: diggingdeeper

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 31st May 2020 5:51pm

You are assuming it heading towards us and/or climbing, it would have finished its main vertical ascent so it would be roughly heading towards the point on the horizon where it would disappear, it is moving away from us.

Attached picture IMG_0439[1].JPG
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 31st May 2020 6:08pm

Yes, I am assuming that that craft looks like it is rising and moving from the left to the right.
Confusing me here or am I being a thick? The SpaceX rocket should have been moving from the west to southwest, which is from the right to the left.
Posted By: diggingdeeper

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 31st May 2020 6:26pm

That's right, it was below West, moving South faster than it was moving East, therefore it was heading further away from us.

If it started from the West moving East faster than it was moving South it would be approaching us.

Airplanes approaching you appear to move upwards, airplanes moving away from you head downward toward the horizon otherwise they'd be off to Mars instead of maintaining altitude.
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 31st May 2020 6:37pm

thumbsup
Posted By: diggingdeeper

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 31st May 2020 7:37pm

But not strictly true - if its heading away from you at greater than ninety degrees then it will still head towards the horizon..
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 1st Jun 2020 12:59pm

Now stop confusing me DD. Everything will eventually head towards the horizon when moving away from you, regardless of °.
Posted By: diggingdeeper

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 1st Jun 2020 5:31pm

Originally Posted by mikeeb
Now stop confusing me DD. Everything will eventually head towards the horizon when moving away from you, regardless of °.


Yes, I didn't say anything like what I meant to say then I forgot what on earth I was on about. I won't bore you with it other than to say lines of perspective that pass over your head.
Posted By: mikeeb

Re: Manned SpaceX launch - 1st Jun 2020 6:40pm

Haha! happy
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