Orbital Inclinations archive
Date : May 2012

Dragon at ISS: Shedding a tear over one heckuva deal

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Published on: May 27, 2012

Early Friday morning when astronaut Don Pettit grabbed hold of the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the space station’s robot arm, and I sat at my desk staring at the picture-perfect image on my monitor, a surge of emotions washed over me. It was an incredible moment, when a private company had launched its own rocket[…]

Remembering a recent, very busy day in space

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Published on: May 27, 2012

Lost in the noise of all the preparations to launch the SpaceX Falcon 9 a week or so ago, I’m not sure anyone in the space community really noticed it, but on one day, Thursday, May 17, here’s what happened… After launching from Kazakhstan late on Monday the 15th, on Thursday the 17th at 12:36[…]

SpaceX poised to make history. If all goes well.

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Published on: May 13, 2012

If all goes well, early this coming Saturday morning, well before sunrise, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft on top will launch from complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on what could be an historic cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. If all goes well with an extensive[…]

The spirit of entrepreneurship and exploration together in space

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Published on: May 6, 2012

Friday’s Atlas 5 launch was clearly the top space news story of the day here on Florida’s Space Coast, but another important space-related event happened that may have gotten lost in the noise. Sierra Nevada – not the mountain range, college or brewing company but one of the new commercial space companies competing with others[…]

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