November 15, 2020


Space-X has launched a NASA mission with an international crew consisting of NASA and JAXA astronauts to the International Space Station. The mission commander, Colonel Michael Hopkins USAF, will be transferred and sworn in to the U.S. Spaceforce during this mission, and so this mission marks the first spaceflight of a Spaceforce servicemember. Hopkins has two spaceflights under his belt. Mission specialist Shannon Walker has done a previous tour to the ISS, Victor Glover is on his first spaceflight, but is an experienced test pilot and The Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, is one of 7 current (11 total) Japanese astronauts, has been an astronaut since JAXA was still NASDA, and has ridden fire twice. 

I dunno what the odd pulsing of the second stage engine pumps was, but it's now been 15 minutes, the capsule is in orbit, the first stage was recovered, and all 'splodies have been confined to the interiors of the engine nozzles.

Happy day! 

UPDATE: Final crew note; the zero gravity indicator on this mission appears to be Baby Yoda.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:45 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 For those curious, the launch is about eight hours after the stream begins.  The pulsing of the 2nd stage pumps is when the guineapigs pass through.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Nov 15 23:40:28 2020 (pN4dr)

2 Thanks Duck of Wonders, I replaced the stream archive with a 16 minute video of just the good bits. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Nov 16 04:59:38 2020 (5iiQK)

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