Watch live now:
“”FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1120 GMT (7:20 a.m. EDT)
And the spacecraft has restarted its movement toward the space station, flying closer to the complex at a deliberate pace of about one-tenth of a mile per hour.
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1119 GMT (7:19 a.m. EDT)
Dragon is go to enter the safety zone around space station, which extends to a distance of 200 meters in all directions. But Andre Kuipers will call another hold at a distance of 150 meters, or 492 feet.””
I’ve been trying to keep up with this since the Falcon launched a few days ago. Unfortunately when it did, internet was out for about 10 minutes and I missed the whole thing. But I was awake for all the action yesterday, and I’m paying attention now.
I’m sure I’ll be keeping up mostly with their entire mission. And I’ll admit, there are times when my eyes get a little misty. This is the next giant leap for mankind.
My post on my Facebook: Watch your heads, there be Dragons flying...
Some cool links:
Real Time Satellite Tracking — http://www.n2yo.com/
The second one will let you track satellites traveling over your location so you can see them as they pass overhead.
Between yesterday’s testing and today, this is turning into a long wait. Still it’s fascinating that the Dragon is being remotely controlled by computer.
So...they delivered a half a pickup truck full of stuff!
This is way cool.
New estimate on grappling time: 9:40 am Central
Now holding at 200 meters
Waiting for a window for a closer approach
Cannot grapple the spacecraft in the dark
Dragon now at 30 meter hold point
“FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1333 GMT (9:33 a.m. EDT)
Mission control reports it will take another 20 minutes for Dragon to reach the capture point below the space station.
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 1329 GMT (9:29 a.m. EDT)
Dragon is now firing thrusters to nudge it closer to the space station. Its next destination is a hold point just 10 meters, or 32 feet, from the 450-ton orbiting outpost.”
Second stage capture complete!