HD Feed of NASA's Final Shuttle Launch

Azhar

Fixing stupid since 1972
Joined
Jan 9, 2001
Messages
18,876
Awesome. Video's choppy on my end but it's still nice to watch.
 

Kaitian

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Aug 12, 2008
Messages
4,870
The clouds gives a nice impression of how fast the shuttle goes.
 

nakedhand

2[H]4U
Joined
Apr 21, 2008
Messages
2,127
Thanks for posting this link. Just made it 4 minutes before time, halted clock not included!

This was pretty special to watch. Sad that it had to come to this. I hope another form of a shuttle program will materialize some day.

So now the US is going to rely on the Russians for going to ISS and back?
 

Azhar

Fixing stupid since 1972
Joined
Jan 9, 2001
Messages
18,876
Thanks for posting this link. Just made it 4 minutes before time, halted clock not included!

This was pretty special to watch. Sad that it had to come to this. I hope another form of a shuttle program will materialize some day.

So now the US is going to rely on the Russians for going to ISS and back?

For the moment, yes. NASA is working closely with private Space X programs to promote LEO rockets and planes so that they can focus on deep space stuff.
 

somecallmeTim

[H]F Junkie
Joined
May 28, 2001
Messages
9,568
Had half the company gathered around watching the stream... Boss is on vacation - and he TOLD us to watch. This is both happy and sad moment rolled into one. Good launch, but the last one <sniff>
 

Kaitian

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Aug 12, 2008
Messages
4,870
Thanks for posting this link. Just made it 4 minutes before time, halted clock not included!

This was pretty special to watch. Sad that it had to come to this. I hope another form of a shuttle program will materialize some day.

So now the US is going to rely on the Russians for going to ISS and back?

NASA under Bolden is pushing for privatization which Boeing/Lockheed Martin (ULA) is pretty much the only real players in the game. SpaceX has yet to have any success with their rockets delivering anything to the ISS under contract. Until then, we won't be seeing a replacement for the shuttle for a while.

The ISS is going to be decommissioned apparently by 2020 because it's in such a shitty position and it is currently in declining orbit towards the Earth (2KM per month) unless somehow they fix the orbit decay.
 

nakedhand

2[H]4U
Joined
Apr 21, 2008
Messages
2,127
6600mph ftw

I think I heard a 15000 mph ! :D

Does everyone working in mission control get military training or are do they all have military backgrounds already?

Deep space exploration, yes please. Thanks for the reply Azhar.
 

Insula Gilliganis

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Feb 6, 2007
Messages
1,461
Made me feel like I was back in grade school in the 60s watching an Apollo liftoff!! Just needed Jules Bergman to make it complete!

Confusing & cluttered NASA website.. all the feeds started up immediately

Noticed both guys with Miles O'Brien were using Apple laptops
 

Elios

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Aug 12, 2004
Messages
7,282
I think I heard a 15000 mph ! :D

Does everyone working in mission control get military training or are do they all have military backgrounds already?

Deep space exploration, yes please. Thanks for the reply Azhar.

nope most are civilians and some on the night sift are very young was watching one night they interviewed this one girl working the night sift on the ISS control i think she was 26 or some thing and had been working for NASA for 4 years
 

txaggies07

Limp Gawd
Joined
Jun 18, 2009
Messages
200
nope most are civilians and some on the night sift are very young was watching one night they interviewed this one girl working the night sift on the ISS control i think she was 26 or some thing and had been working for NASA for 4 years

Yeah....I had a lot of buddies in mission control. They were all very young.

It is sad that this will be the last trip to space or a very long time for NASA. Bolden is one of the worst administrators NASA has ever had. Instead of spending 17 billion a year to develop a new launch capability, develop satellites for climate change, and develop satellites for space exploration....NASA is now spending 18 billion a year to just develop satellites or climate change and space exploration. NASA is not working closely with SpaceX. SpaceX has a contract and should send some cargo to the ISS soonish...and maybe one day people. NASA is not actively doing anything to get humans back into space. I wish I could go back and work at NASA in the 60s when they were actually doing something. Instead, I got to work there recently. I honestly don't think I have ever worked with such incompetent people as I had at NASA. /rant
 

GushpinBob

2[H]4U
Joined
Dec 11, 2007
Messages
2,721
First time (and last:() I've seen a shuttle launch live. I've always imagined the actual launch to be a lot slower (thanks to Hollywood), but seeing the Shuttle approaching the exosphere within under a minute...just wow!
 

Elios

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Aug 12, 2004
Messages
7,282
Yeah....I had a lot of buddies in mission control. They were all very young.

It is sad that this will be the last trip to space or a very long time for NASA. Bolden is one of the worst administrators NASA has ever had. Instead of spending 17 billion a year to develop a new launch capability, develop satellites for climate change, and develop satellites for space exploration....NASA is now spending 18 billion a year to just develop satellites or climate change and space exploration. NASA is not working closely with SpaceX. SpaceX has a contract and should send some cargo to the ISS soonish...and maybe one day people. NASA is not actively doing anything to get humans back into space. I wish I could go back and work at NASA in the 60s when they were actually doing something. Instead, I got to work there recently. I honestly don't think I have ever worked with such incompetent people as I had at NASA. /rant

Id believe it
you should watch the MIT videos they did on youtube with the people the built the shuttle
one of videos is of Chris Craft he TOTALLY called the axing of Constellation
 

txaggies07

Limp Gawd
Joined
Jun 18, 2009
Messages
200
First time (and last:() I've seen a shuttle launch live. I've always imagined the actual launch to be a lot slower (thanks to Hollywood), but seeing the Shuttle approaching the exosphere within under a minute...just wow!

It is pretty crazy how fast that thing can shoot up there.
 

Freezebyte

2[H]4U
Joined
Sep 21, 2008
Messages
2,403
End of a 30+ year legacy. Can't believe its actually over now. Grew up all my life hearing and watching the space shuttles flight. So sad our country with its fucked up politics and greedy politicians has resulted in the end of such an incredible machine and era of human kind with no real planes to replace it
 

Brownstone

Gawd
Joined
Mar 12, 2007
Messages
873
I'm feeling pretty sad with this
Feels like an axe to my imaginatino and hopes for outer space

Is there anyway to donate to NASA ? If we could get 600millon ppl to donate 5 bucks a month we'd be in mars :(
 
Joined
Jun 19, 2002
Messages
622
Experienced the end of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and now the Shuttle (soon to come to a conclusion) Programs. Hopefully the United States can regain their place as the leader in space exploration. Godspeed Atlantis!
 

scojer

[H]F Junkie
Joined
Jun 13, 2009
Messages
8,359
I remember going to Kennedy when I was little, and it was amazing. This is a sad day. How can we let this happen? Don't answer that, it was rhetorical.
 

niconx

2[H]4U
Joined
Sep 26, 2004
Messages
2,951
End of a 30+ year legacy. Can't believe its actually over now. Grew up all my life hearing and watching the space shuttles flight. So sad our country with its fucked up politics and greedy politicians has resulted in the end of such an incredible machine and era of human kind with no real planes to replace it

No replacement?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Purpose_Crew_Vehicle
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Launch_System"]Space Launch System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:NASA_logo.svg" class="image"><img alt="NASA logo.svg" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e5/NASA_logo.svg/70px-NASA_logo.svg.png"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/e/e5/NASA_logo.svg/70px-NASA_logo.svg.png[/ame]

The SLS is actually based on the space shuttle and it can lift much more than the shuttle with an orbiter. The orbiter isn't really necessary this day in age. Back in the 1960's they thought that reusable vehicles were cheaper to operate, and back in the 1960's they didn't have other technology we have so they needed people on hand everywhere all the time.
 

Topaz

Limp Gawd
Joined
Dec 27, 2010
Messages
253
Both a sad and proud moment in the history of human ambition and exploration. If only there were some future program we could look toward as a continuation of what has gone before. I hope there will be before too long.
 

Xrave

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Jun 29, 2004
Messages
7,574
RIP space shuttle.

Bring on the new tech! Shuttles for civilians with blackjack...and hookers. In fact, forget the blacjack.

(no laws against prostitution in space?)
 

dajet24

2[H]4U
Joined
Jun 23, 2004
Messages
2,296
To bad we are entering a dark age of space travel. ( one could argue we have been in one for awhile I suppose)

Hope the private sector is truly up to the challenge.
 

daglesj

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
May 7, 2005
Messages
5,549
I remember watching the first one going up as a young kid. Its sad its ending but also quite sad that it wasnt replaced at least 15 years ago.

I never expected it to still be going at age 40.
 
T

tigerade

Guest
Thanx alot Obama for making us dependent on second rate space programs of foreign countries:mad:

The decision to cancel the Space Shuttle program was made in 2004.

NASA is not working closely with SpaceX. SpaceX has a contract and should send some cargo to the ISS soonish...

SpaceX does not have any NASA personel overseeing day-to-day operations. It's a private company and wants to do things on it's own. The next SpaceX flight will be the first time the company (or any private company, for that matter) has docked with the ISS. I'm expecting it to carry some low value cargo as it's the final test flight of the COTS program. This should go down later this year or early 2012.

SpaceX could also end up being the first private company launch crew to space when it's manned Dragon is ready in 2014.
 

Elios

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Aug 12, 2004
Messages
7,282
No replacement?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Purpose_Crew_Vehicle
Space Launch System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The SLS is actually based on the space shuttle and it can lift much more than the shuttle with an orbiter. The orbiter isn't really necessary this day in age. Back in the 1960's they thought that reusable vehicles were cheaper to operate, and back in the 1960's they didn't have other technology we have so they needed people on hand everywhere all the time.

ok you have A crew vehicle how you going to launch it?
dont say SpaceX they wont have a man rated rocket for the next 10 years if not 20
 

niconx

2[H]4U
Joined
Sep 26, 2004
Messages
2,951
ok you have A crew vehicle how you going to launch it?
dont say SpaceX they wont have a man rated rocket for the next 10 years if not 20

The Multi Purpose Crew vehicle and it's service module go on top of the SLS. Both are scheduled for service in 2016.
http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Purpose_Crew_Vehicle

Basically since you don't have the giant weight of the orbiter on the SLS you have much more lift capability. You don't even need to send crew at all, you can use the SLS exclusively as a heavy lift vehicle. You also don't have the extra systems and fragile heat shield of the orbiter to deal with.
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Launch_System"]Space Launch System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:NASA_logo.svg" class="image"><img alt="NASA logo.svg" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e5/NASA_logo.svg/70px-NASA_logo.svg.png"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/e/e5/NASA_logo.svg/70px-NASA_logo.svg.png[/ame]
 

niconx

2[H]4U
Joined
Sep 26, 2004
Messages
2,951
^ Oh yea, the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle can also be used for missions beyond low earth orbit. The shuttle does not have that capability.
 

Azhar

Fixing stupid since 1972
Joined
Jan 9, 2001
Messages
18,876
Thanx alot Obama for making us dependent on second rate space programs of foreign countries:mad:

We blew up several shuttles and launched several failed probes and rovers. I'd hardly accuse other countries of having second rate space programs.

The decision to retire the shuttle was set in stone decades ago. Politicians and engineers at NASA tried to extend it as long as it was safe to do so. It's time for them to scrap it.
 
Top