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November 17, 2020

Dragon at the ISS

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:10 am
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Sitting here watching the Dragon Crew-1 capsule docking with the ISS.  Missing Mike Nofsinger and wishing I could be sharing this joy.  I know he and I would be texting back and forth.

November 13, 2020

US manned space flight

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:17 pm
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The US is officially back in the manned space flight business now that NASA has certified the SpaceX Dragon capsule for regular use.  Story here. The first regular launch carrying 3 US and 1 Japanese astronaut for NASA and JAXA respectively is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at 7:49 p.m.

Even more interestingly, next year SpaceX will fly an entirely private crew to the ISS for a company called Axiom Space.  Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I so wish was still around to talk to him about all this.)

August 18, 2020

Cool space news.. with a Louisville connection

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:18 pm
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Story here.  It is a shame that this will be a non-crewed vehicle as a crewed version would be really neat.  We are entering the heyday of private spaceflight, and that is a good thing. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

SpaceX Dragon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:24 am
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Looks like the first full crew launch of the Dragon capsule will be in October due to a lot of other missions to the ISS in September.  Three NASA and one JAXA astronaut will be on board.  Can’t wait to see it. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

August 3, 2020

Thank God!

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:24 am
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SpaceX has done it.  The US is now back in the manned spaceflight business.  Looks like the first regular flight to the ISS in the Dragon capsule will be in September and will have 3 NASA astronauts and 1 JAXA astronaut. No more paying the Russians $70 million a seat.  Next stop, the moon and Mars. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I have not doubt is really, really happy.)

July 29, 2020

Coming home

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:21 pm
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Looks like the boys from SpaceX will be coming home on Saturday.  Yea! (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 14, 2020

A Day in Space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:46 am
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An online event celebrating spaceflight and space exploration.  I can guaranty that, were he still with us, Mike Nofsinger would be glued to his computer/TV watching this. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 19, 2020

Thinking of you, Mike.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:40 pm
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Mike Nofsinger would be excited by this.  I know he’ll be watching the launch.

May 12, 2020

A fire in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:04 am
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Interesting story here about the use of the Cygnus cargo deliver vehicle for a fire safety test prior to its destruction during re-entry. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 18, 2020

Thank God

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:09 am
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Looks like SpaceX will launch a crew to the ISS in May.  About damn time.  It is a national embarrassment that for the last 9 years we’ve been paying Russia to ferry us to the ISS. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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