UPDATE 3: SpaceX Makes Third Trip to ISS This Morning, Dragon Capsule Encounters Trouble in Orbit
March 1, 2013 11:09 AM
comment(s) - last by
It looks as if the problem has to do with the Dragon's thrusters
SpaceX sent its Dragon capsule
to the International Space Station (ISS)
for the third time this morning, but it appears something went wrong after the launch.
Today's Dragon launch, known as the CRS-2 mission, was the capsule's third trip (but second official cargo delivery) to the ISS. It was scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:10 a.m. ET.
The launch was successful right up to the point of entering orbit. But right after the Dragon vehicle was released (it traveled atop the Falcon 9 rocket), a problem occurred.
As of right now, it looks as if the problem has to do with the Dragon's thrusters. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is already tweeting about the issue.
"Issue with Dragon thruster pods," Musk wrote on Twitter. "System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override."
The thrusters allow the Dragon capsule to move about in orbit.
Shortly after that tweet, Musk also posted this:
"Holding on solar array deployment until at least two thruster pods are active."
The CRS-2 mission entails the carrying of 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments, food for the astronauts and even some entertainment, such as a copy of "Up in the Air" by the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Dragon is due to arrive at the ISS Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET., unless current issues slow that process down.
The Dragon flew to the ISS for the first time in
, then made its first
official cargo run in October 2012
as part of a $1.6 billion deal with NASA.
will update this article as more details on the Dragon's issue in space today are revealed.
Updated 3/1/2013 @ 1:30 PM EST
reveals that the solar array deployment was successful, and that SpaceX is now attempting to bring up thruster pods 2 and 4.
Updated 3/1/2013 @ 3:00 PM EST
Elon Musk reported that pods 1 and 4 are back online, and the thrusters are engaged. Also, the Dragon has shifted from free drift to active control.
Updated 3/1/2013 @ 5:00 PM EST
According to Elon Musk's most recent tweet, "thruster pods one through four are now operating nominally." He added that they were getting ready to raise orbit and that all systems were back in action.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: cds in space?
3/1/2013 7:17:39 PM
A CD weighs about 15 grams. With case it's about 60 grams.
The Falcon 9 costs about $1300/lb of payload put into orbit. So that 15 gram CD cost $43 to send up there. If they sent it in a case, it cost $172.
Next time, stream the MP3s. (In seriousness, the vehicle probably had plenty of reserve payload capacity - i.e. extra fuel to burn. So the weight of the CDs didn't really cost anything except a 0.001% reduction in a let's say 10% safety margin. But if the mission had had a payload closer to the max capacity, you don't want to be sending up trivial things like CDs.)
RE: cds in space?
3/2/2013 10:58:16 AM
The rocket is going up regardless of if you stick a CD on it (with case attached, probably) or not. You might as well use any spare capacity there is, because the price of the launch is exactly the same even if you were to launch the rocket with just its mission payload onboard.
So your price of $43, or $172, is incorrect; the price is actually $free.
RE: cds in space?
3/3/2013 1:45:27 PM
It all adds up to opportunity cost. There may be other useless crap to send up there.
Also, there isn't a lot of 'extra room' on the ISS. They are going to have to find a place for it that is held down and then have to dig it up if they want to hear it. That kind of makes it useless since it can't be handled the same way that their other music does.
Oh, and FYI, there probably isn't copyright law on the ISS.
RE: cds in space?
3/2/2013 6:44:23 PM
Everyone forgets how much their data service provider is charging them for their data access fee. If they were sending up a single 650 MB CD worth of data on Verizon's international data roaming charges, it would be
$0.02/KB * 650 MB = $13,000.
Still cheaper to send it by rocket power. Faster too ;)
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
SpaceX's Dragon Completes First Official Cargo Run to the ISS
October 29, 2012, 10:35 AM
SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Reaches ISS, Station Captures Footage of Arrival
May 25, 2012, 3:30 PM
U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor Team Up for “Integration Training”
November 19, 2014, 9:15 AM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Ford Enlists Wind Energy Corp. to Provide Wind, Solar Energy to Four U.S. Dealerships
November 10, 2014, 10:58 AM
Disney Reveals Star Wars Ep. VII Title -- "The Force Awakens"
November 6, 2014, 3:45 PM
U.S. Navy Lockheed F-35C Completes First Carrier Landing
November 4, 2014, 12:44 PM
Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Donates $100M to Fight Raging Ebola Epidemic
October 23, 2014, 6:05 PM
Most Popular Articles
Wal-Mart: Miss Thanksgiving, Get Xbox One + Master Chief Collection for $299
November 17, 2014, 9:40 PM
Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone is Only $40 at Best Buy on Black Friday
November 18, 2014, 11:59 AM
Uber Exec Threatens to "Spend Millions" to Stalk Female Reporter and Her Family
November 19, 2014, 12:31 PM
Toyota’s Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Priced from $57,500 in the U.S.
November 18, 2014, 10:23 AM
Rand Paul Casts Crucial "No" Vote on Obama-Backed PATRIOT Act Renewal Bill
November 19, 2014, 5:15 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information