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  • RIDING THE DRAGON: The Bidens' Chinese Secrets (Full Documentary)

    10/17/2020 3:40:12 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | September 4, 2020 | Youtube Channel: BlazeTV
    (h/t FReeper oldngray) RIDING THE DRAGON: The Bidens' Chinese Secrets (Full Documentary)    
  • Crew Demo-2 Splashdown (Livestream for early afternoon)

    08/02/2020 8:44:57 AM PDT · by Monty22002 · 174 replies
    Youtube/SpaceX ^ | 8/2/20 | SpaceX
    Youtube Livestream.
  • NASA’s Dragon riders capture the flag, nine years after it was left on the space station

    06/01/2020 5:35:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 6/01/20 | Alan Boyle
    A day after arriving at the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken laid claim to a U.S. flag that symbolizes America’s capability to send people to orbit from U.S. soil. The handkerchief-sized flag, sealed in a plastic envelope, has been kept aboard the space station since 2011, when NASA’s final space shuttle crew left it behind before making their departure aboard Atlantis. It was displayed above the Harmony module’s hatch - and, for a time, stored in an equipment bag, nearly forgotten - with instructions that it was to be taken...
  • Remarks by President Trump During SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch Briefing | Merritt Island, FL

    05/27/2020 5:10:23 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | May 27, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    Kennedy Space Center Merritt Island, Florida3:47 P.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  I just want to say this is a very exciting day for our country.  We have been at this long and hard for three and a half years.I want to thank Elon for — who’s been a friend of mine for a very long time, somebody I have great respect for.  But this is 24/7 for you.  You’re always thinking about this.  You’re thinking about other things, too; you have plenty to think about.  But this has been your baby.MR. MUSK:  This is the top...
  • Javelin

    01/28/2020 8:50:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 50 replies
    Military Today ^ | n/a | Staff
    Javelin is a US-made, man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. It destroys bunkers, tank, trucks and low flying helicopters. When the gunner determines the target, coordinates are sent to the logic gob, which locks on the target. After launch and during flight the crew run like hell from the firing position. The missile is equipped with imaging infrared seeker to deliver an 8.4 kg tandem shaped charge. A precursor warhead detonates any ablative armor, then the primary warhead penetrates the base armor. Javelin is capable of destroying any main battle tank in the world today.
  • My Pocket Demon

    09/16/2019 5:01:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 9-16-19 | MOTUS
    I’m convinced we all have a little pocket dragon.Not a demon exactly, more like a wizard who’s sometimes quiet and subdued but always there watching, smoldering – capable of igniting at any provocation. Mine’s name is Tempus Fugit and lately he’s been quite active. I feel him breathing down my neck even when at rest.As a temporary appeasement Raj and I are going an a vacation “up north” this week so posts will be short. But when we return he will require some form of ongoing accommodation so expect something along the lines of more “open threads” and fewer post-posts....
  • SpaceX says Crew Dragon capsule exploded due to exotic titanium fire

    07/16/2019 6:00:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    Teslarati ^ | 07/15/2019 | Eric Ralph
    ... Crew Dragon’s explosion was unrelated to the spacecraft’s propellant tanks, Draco maneuvering thrusters, or SuperDraco abort engines. Rather, the cause lies in a more exotic and unanticipated chemical/material interaction between a plumbing valve, liquid oxidizer, and a helium-based pressurization system. According to Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX is approximately 80% of the way through what is known as the fault tree, ….SpaceX executive was fairly confident that the results presented on July 15th would be representative of the final conclusion. The ultimate (likely) cause of Crew Dragon’s extremely energetic and destructive explosion centers around the spacecraft’s extensive SuperDraco/Draco plumbing and its...
  • New Zealand Girl Sends Prime Minister $5 'Bribe' To Fund Dragon Research

    05/14/2019 1:33:55 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | May 14, 2019 | Vanessa Romo
    Bazillions of adult Game of Thrones fans may currently be preoccupied with dragons, and the mother of dragons and that giant dragon-killing-dart machine — but one girl in New Zealand is trying to get serious about the real-life study of dragons. So much so that the 11-year-old recently tried to tempt Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern into launching a dragon research program, with a little bit of telekinesis studies on the side. Unfortunately, the prime minister could not be bought. She said it was a no-go.
  • Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?)

    05/09/2019 7:31:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 79 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) | Philip Robinson
    Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?) by Philip Robinson Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) The month of May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519). The polymath was well known for his contributions to science, history, engineering, architecture, drawing and especially painting, with his most famous painting being the Mona Lisa. For this anniversary the UK’s Royal Collection Trust is displaying some of its collection of Leonardo drawings in 12 different locations. One particular drawing is causing a stir.
  • SpaceX’s Unnerving Silence on an Explosive Incident

    04/30/2019 2:05:56 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/30/19 | MARINA KOREN
    (...) More than a week after the explosion, SpaceX remains silent about the incident. At this moment, even an “anomaly” in its test capsule should rattle the engineers, astronauts, and administrators invested in Dragon’s success. SpaceX was well on its way to launching American astronauts into space, a historic first in U.S. spaceflight history. (...) Barely two months ago, the same capsule was docked to the International Space Station, circling Earth. It arrived without people—this was only its first flight, after all—but plenty of fresh supplies, and the astronauts on the station opened the hatches and floated in. Several days...
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Suffers Anomaly During Engine Test

    04/20/2019 8:48:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    According to Florida Today, large plumes of smoke were seen emanating from the area, indicating something had gone wrong. There were no injuries caused by the anomaly, which is now under control, according to officials with the 45th Space Wing based at the Air Force station. SpaceX plans to use its Crew Dragon capsule to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The capsule successfully flew for the first time in March. During the uncrewed mission, the spacecraft docked itself with the space station and then returned to Earth, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean. That first...
  • NASA, SpaceX Launch First Flight Test of Space System Designed for Crew

    03/03/2019 8:07:40 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | 02 Mar 2019 | Press Release
    For the first time in history, a commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft and rocket, which launched from American soil, is on its way to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “Today’s successful launch marks a new chapter in American excellence, getting us closer to once again flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “I proudly congratulate the SpaceX and NASA teams for this major milestone...
  • SpaceX’s New Crew Capsule Aces Space Station Docking

    03/03/2019 8:04:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, crew Dragon is a different beast. It docked autonomously under the station astronauts’ watchful eyes, instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for berthing. The capsule’s nose cap was wide open like a dragon’s mouth, to expose the docking mechanism. Behnken said that’s the way it should work when he and Hurley are on board; they may push a button or two and will have the ability to intervene, if necessary. As part of Sunday’s shakedown, the station astronauts sent commands for the Dragon to retreat and...
  • Daryl Dragon, the ‘Captain’ of ’70s Duo Captain & Tennille, Dies at 76

    01/02/2019 3:04:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 122 replies
    Variety ^ | 01/02/2019
    Daryl Dragon, the hat-wearing musician familiar to 1970s music fans as half of the bestselling duo the Captain & Tennille, died Tuesday in Prescott, Arizona at age 76. Dragon’s ex-wife, Toni Tennille, “was with him as he took his last breath,” said Harlon Boll, a spokesperson for the singer. In a statement, Tennille said, “He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him.” Dragon died of renal failure, according to Boll.
  • NASA Astronaut May Be Among Last to Launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome

    12/01/2018 10:25:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | November 30, 2018 05:44pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    Dec. 3, NASA astronaut Anne McClain is expected to take her first spaceflight aboard Soyuz, as every U.S. astronaut has done since 2011. But starting as early as next year, U.S. astronauts will climb on board commercial crew vehicles manufactured and launched from the United States. It's been a long journey for NASA, which has been pushing a crew program to completion... ever since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011.... Since then, NASA has had no way of flying astronauts into space from the United States. Instead, all space station astronauts have had to fly from remote Baikonur,...
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy and NASA crewed launches will fund BFR development

    10/29/2018 11:38:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 105 replies
    New Big Future ^ | October 29, 2018 | Brian Wang
    If SpaceX gets lucky the BFR development costs could come in at the $2 billion low-end estimate. Elon Musk had estimated that it would cost $2 billion to 10 billion to develop. A few more critical successes over the next year will enable SpaceX to solidify the finances and funding for the BFR. The needed critical successes are the NASA crewed launch certification in mid-2019 and successful Falcon Heavy launches in 2019. SpaceX has pre-sold a moon orbit tourist flight to a Japanese billionaire. This was likely for $500 to $800 million. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy already has up to...
  • SpaceX Dragon Successfully Returns to Earth From the ISS

    08/25/2018 10:57:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 30 replies
    “If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.” --Elon Musk
  • Memos detail FBI’s ‘Hurry the F up pressure’ to probe Trump campaign

    07/06/2018 6:32:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/6/18 | John Solomon
    Multiple reviews of whether FBI agents’ political bias affected the Russia-Trump collusion case remain in their infancy, but investigators already have unearthed troubling internal communications long withheld from public view. We already know from FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s now-infamous text messages with his fellow agent and reported lover, Lisa Page, that Strzok — the man driving that Russia collusion investigation — disdained Donald Trump and expressed willingness to use his law enforcement powers to “stop” the Republican from becoming president. The question that lingers, unanswered: Did those sentiments affect official actions? Memos the FBI is now producing to the...
  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station

    05/06/2018 1:33:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | May 5, 2018 05:25pm ET | Tariq Malik,
    Dragon launched to the space station April 2 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to deliver 5,800 lbs. (2,630 kilograms) of experiment gear and other supplies for the station's six-person crew. This is SpaceX's 14th cargo delivery mission for NASA, and the second flight of this Dragon capsule. (It last flew in April 2016 on an earlier station cargo flight for NASA.) On this return trip, Dragon is carrying a wide variety of science gear, including mice that have been living in special habitats on the station to study the health effects of space travel. Other samples of plants, insects...
  • SpaceX proposes to conduct Dragon splashdowns in Gulf of Mexico

    04/10/2018 8:31:56 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    Space News ^ | 4/10/2018 | Jeff Foust
    SpaceX is seeking permission to perform splashdowns of its Dragon spacecraft in the Gulf of Mexico, part of a shift in spacecraft recovery operations from the Pacific Ocean. In a draft environmental assessment prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration, SpaceX proposes to conduct up to six Dragon landings a year in waters off the Gulf coast, between Texas and Florida. The assessment, completed in March, was published in the Federal Register April 5. According to the report, the Gulf of Mexico would serve as a contingency landing site for both cargo and crewed Dragon missions should the primary landing zone...