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Dragon Success and Atlantis Engines - SpacePod 2010.12.13

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The end is in sight for the Space Shuttle while the future of SpaceX is looking bright. I'm Benjamin Higginbotham and this is your SpacePod for December 13th, 2010. The big news this last week was that Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX has become the first company in the world to have a spacecraft launch, orbit the Earth, re-enter our atmosphere and be safely recovered. Until now only 3 countries have been able to accomplish this: the US, Russia and China. Here's a quick review of the launch itself just in case you missed it: 3... 2... 1... 0 We have liftoff of the Falcon 9 stage 1. The Falcon 9 has cleared the tower. First stage engines and tanks looking good. While watching a Falcon 9 rocket take off from SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is a lot of fun, I think watching the Dragon module separate from the upper stage is even more exciting. This is just the beginning. The Dragon capsule still needs to have the Photo-Voltaic Cells, or Solar Panels, added for energy generation, an additional maneuvering and docking test needs to be completed before SpaceX will be able to officially start carrying out it's cargo transportation contract with NASA under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, or COTS contract Now just as SpaceX is starting to spin up production NASA is winding down the Space Shuttle program. Last week the final three Space Shuttle Engines, or SSMEs, were installed in Atlantis for the Launch On Need mission and potential final flight of the Space Shuttle program STS-135. Each engine is fourteen feet long, weighs 6700 pounds, and is seven and a half feet in diameter at the end of the nozzle. Now that things have settled down a little bit here, it is our hope that we will resume our Live show this Friday at 0200 UTC. We'll have our Roku HD give-away where you can win a free Roku box. Allowing you to watch Spacevidcast Live on your HDTV. The only way to win is to watch live. And for those of you in the U S that's Thursday night at 6pm PST or 9pm EST. We'll see you there.

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Posted by: spacevidcast on Dec 13, 2010

The end is in sight for the Space Shuttle while the future of SpaceX is looking bright. I'm Benjamin Higginbotham and this is your SpacePod for December 13th, 2010.
The big news this last week was that Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX has become the first company in the world to have a spacecraft launch, orbit the Earth, re-enter our atmosphere and be safely recovered. Until now only 3 countries have been able to accomplish this: the US, Russia and China. Here's a quick review of the launch itself just in case you missed it
And while watching a Falcon 9 lifoff from SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, I think watching the Dragon module separate from the upper stage was even more exciting!
This is just the beginning. The Dragon capsule still needs to have the photovoltaic cells, or solar panels added for energy generation and additional maneuvering/docking tests need to be completed before SpaceX will be able to start officially carrying out its cargo transportation contract with NASA under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services or COTS contract.
Just as SpaceX is starting to spin up production, NASA is winding down the Space Shuttle program. Last week the final 3 Space Shuttle Main Engines or SSMEs were installed in Atlantis for the Launch on Need Mission and potential final flight of the Space Shuttle Program: STS-135. Each engine is 14 feet long, weighs 6,700 pounds and is 7.5 feet in diameter at the end of the nozzle.
Now that things have settled down a bit over here, it is our hope that we will resume our live show this Friday at 0200 UTC. We'll have our Roku HD giveaway where you can win a FREE Roku box allowing you to watch Spacevidcast live on your HDTV! The only way to win is to watch live. For those of you in the US that would be Thursday night at 6:00pm pacific standard time or 9:00pm eastern standard time. We'll see you there!

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