SpaceX , NASA launch Falcon 9 to International Space Station
Hey in less than two minutes it's, all about catching up with the International, Space Station that's traveling, north of. 17,000. Miles an hour about, 249. Miles, over. Planet, Earth, so that's, the idea that 19, hour catch up to, hook up with that let's go to NASA, at Cape Canaveral and hear, the countdown and the, readiness as we are now about a minute away. To. Page 2 locks loaders closed out propellant, fills our complete. Dragon. Is an auto Idol. Good, 9 1 minute 34 seconds to go till launch. Brown. Gasps close those is starting. Falcon. 9 is it start up dragon. Dozen countdown, FTS. Is armed for lunch. Under. A minute now the FTS, the flight termination system, has been armed. Dragon. SpaceX, go for launch. SpaceX. Dragon we're, go for launch let's light this candle. T-minus. 30 seconds. Stage 1 tanks pressing foreplay t-minus, 15 seconds. 9. 8. 7. 6 5. 4. 3 2. So. Rise not a new era of American space flight, before the budget emotions, of a new generation continuing. The dream 20. Seconds into flight stage 1 propulsion, is nominal. People's. 30 seconds, into this historic, mission. Flying. Crew. Falcon, einem look at him go. Falcon, power Tom tree nominal. And, 1d throttle down we're, throttling, down to get ready for the period of maximum dynamic, pressure. We're. In the throttle bucket. Reports, say all systems, are go. Vehicle. Is supersonic. We've exceeded Mach 1 on the Falcon 9. And, what do you throw elope. We're, throttling, back up the full hours we're through max Q. Copy. Want Bravo. And. We heard that one Bravo, call-out that's just the second board zone that they're in they'll continue to be on this until. The first age has done its job and they switch over to the second at this point Bob, & Doug pulling about 2.3. G's 2.3. Times the Earth's gravity, already. Blurring it up into 1,500. Miles per hour. We've. Heard the call out for EM vac engine chill that's getting the em back engine ready to light that will come at about 244, into flight, right. Now everything, continuing, to look good next. Major event, coming. Up is, going to be the triple, we'll, have main engine cutoff of the nine first stage engines, stage, separation and. An. Ignition, of the second stage engine, to continue, to carry astronauts. Into orbit. Coming. Up in about 20, second, and. 1d throttle down. We, heard we're throttling, down the Merlin engines on the, first stage. And we have Maykel. Because. Falcons. Stage separation confirmed. And, recognition. All. Right we have stage separation confirm. The first stage beginning, its flight back the second stage being powered by that single merlin, 1d vacuum. Engine has ignited and is. Daring, Bob and Doug, into, orbit, so they're gonna continue under the power of this second stage of propulsion is nominal. Which. Will cut off at Seco or second engine cutoff in about 8 minutes and 44, seconds, into, today's flight so a little over five minutes to go still on this, second. Stage you hear the call out to alpha, so they're now in the longest abort zone that carries them all the way from about North Carolina up the eastern seaboard, almost, to Canada. Things. Looking good though getting good call-outs nominal, for propulsion. On that second, stage bobbin. Though continuing, to make their way into orbit. Dragon, SpaceX nominal trajectory. That. Question of signal Bermuda dragon. Nominal, trajectory. All. Right here in nominal, trajectories, the dragon pointed in the right direction continuing. To make their flight uphill, hurt, acquisition, of signal no Bermuda, that's one of the other ground stations, that they're using to get telemetry and data back from this space cage to propulsion, to the fill nominal.
A Little, over four minutes 40 seconds into the flight Bob. & Doug flying, at more than 5,600. Miles. Already. Almost 200, miles downrange, from the Kennedy Space, Center nominal, trajectory, continuing. And while they continue up it looks like we are getting a view of the first age as well, yep. On your right screen you can see that first stage with the grid fins deployed, it's making its way back to, attempt to land on our drone ship of course I still love you today we're. Just about a minute a, couple, minutes away from the. Entry, burn and that's where three, of the nine, Merlin, engines, do ignite. To help slow the vehicle down as, it re-enters, back into the Earth's atmosphere and, then, after, the entry burn will be the landing burn which is just a single engine SpaceX. And orbital trajectory. And. You heard. Nominal. Starting chills does. That call out they are still, on a nominal trajectory on. Dragon. Still. On second-stage, and that's that em back, engine on second stage on your left screen. Again. On your right screen is that first stage booster coming, back, towards. Our drone ship of course I still love you we're about a minute away from entry. Burn. Meanwhile. That second stage continuing. To power dragon, into, orbit and, if you're keeping an eye on that timer that's gonna continue to burn until 8 minutes and 44, seconds, into flight so. A little over 2 minutes from now we'll hear the call-out Seco it, will then be a little deeper, a little more, good a little, over three minutes until, dragon, physically, separates, from the second stage of the Falcon 9 after the upper, trajectory. But. I could happen on the upper deck during. Continuing. To check in with Bob and Doug as, they are on a nominal, trajectory just. About, 10 seconds away from that first stage, starting. That entry, burn on your right screen we should be able to see that view live. Stage. One entry burn starter. And there. Is that entry burn beginning. This. Burn lasts about 36, seconds long stage. 2 FPS is saved. Well, that entry burn continues. Were just about a minute away from Seco. We'll have a number of events all happen in rapid. Succession. The. Second. Engine cutoff they'd want to be looking for that stage, one landing, burn shortly, after. Actually. Just within a, few seconds of each other. It's. Such a cool, view on your left screen seeing. Bob and Doug on Dragon, now. You can see the displays, that they are seeing right now than Center guidance. And. Back there also. We. Are coming up 25, seconds, or so away from Seco. Or second engine cutoff. This. Is also the point where Bob, and Doug are experiencing. Their highest g-force, for seeing the counter tick up to write about the morning, comic copy, Shannon, you, heard Shannon so that just means they're in their final abort zones if they were to abort at this point but either being abort to orbit or, to land, off the coast, of Ireland. Standing by for sighted one line on the floor no confirmation at back Darla step. And. Back shutdown they do in London where. Confirmation. Of Seco, second engine cutoff, now. We are waiting for our first days to, make its way to our drone ship of course I still love just a sex nominal, orbital insertion. What. You're seeing on your screen is a live view of our drone ship I just. Want to explain something that you're hearing you, hear a lot about of, course I still love you this is the drone ship that. Is going to be responsible, for retrieving the first stage that will, jettison into the Atlantic. These are reusable remember. These boosters or stages, are reusable, two different, drone ships will, be picking, them up so when you hear that it's not a country, love song it's. It's it's, really, a way and a means by which they. Reuse, these. Devices. When they come back down to work before they just fall into the ocean then you start from scratch, Elon, Musk and SpaceX have found ways to keep reusing them, dramatically. Cutting the cost of space, travel. As. Well as the cost of this travel, let's go back good orbital insertion so, that means. Falcon. 9 and Dragon right now exactly where they're supposed to be 10, we need to FRC, under everyone and, it's right in about 12 minutes when, the dragon will separate.
Looks. Like we saw 0g, indicator, floating, around there I know Bob and Doug Oh us a little, bit about what exactly that is that they brought up with them. And. Before, separation, before dragon, initiate, separation from the second stage they do make, sure to make they, do ensure, that the vehicle is not spinning and it is in good condition before. We, separate. That's. Right the upper stage does small, attitude maneuver using cold. Gas thrusters built. Into the rocket body itself. Exactly. So we do expect that separation, to occur in about a minute from now but. They. Do wait, until they have full confirmation that it is ready to separate. Such. Cool views I cannot get over this view that we are seeing right now Bob. And Doug on the right screen inside, of crew dragon, out in, space. Yeah. Already. 200. Kilometers, over planet Earth or a little over 124. Miles, traveling. In excess of. 2700. Meters 27,000, meters per second, or. About 16,000. Miles per hour. Again, we're just standing, by that separation. Event should be coming up shortly then, they'll begin a series of checks on the Draco thrusters that, are going to be used to maneuver, and then power dragon, on its, flight to the International, Space Station standing. By for separation. Expected. Losses signal, Wallops. It. Sounds like we had an expected, ello s lost a signal with one of the ground stations. Waiting. For confirmation now, of that struggling, separation, confirmed dragon. Separation, confirms there, is a great, view right in front of you. And. There's. That call out, dragon. Is now officially. Making, its way to the internet. Breath. Of relief right now crew, dragon. Is. Now in space it is now on its own and by. The way it's not dragon it's coming north at, 16,000. Miles, an hour and, that final, separation has. It now separated. And it, will be on it's nearly, 19, our, journey, to hook up with the international, space, station itself. Traveling, at about. 17,000. Miles an hour to. Mathematically. Get that hookup right you, have to be down to one ten-thousandth. Of a decimal in, both your speed and timing and visuals, it's. So overwhelmingly. Complicated, it makes me beg for having done better or trying. To do better in calculus but that doesn't even matter here. Tom, Jones, the. Astronaut, with us right now Tom there. Was a collective, sigh, of relief with, that final separation. How. Do you feel. I'm. Just amazed I think this is a fabulous development. For the United States space program and, we've got two people in orbit on their way to the space station the system worked perfectly, you know I had my heart pounding and you know tears in my eyes as this launch took place so this is really a momentous, event I'm so, happy for Bob and Doug and I'm I'm really technically amazed that this system has pulled this off so so, flawlessly. And it's a great sign of things to come. You. Know Tom I'm glad the camera wasn't on me through that night and my friend you know the one thing that's remarkable, I could remember as a kid and it was only film, in those days and it was provided well after the fact who could forget when John Glenn was launched, into space and, it was you know this grainy film footage he swore that he was seeing Sparks, and what, looked like fireflies. At the time you could barely make out the image but. Now this was so crystal, clear it looked like 8k, I don't, know what it was but, between the astronauts, in the capsule, and then the views of the stages, being jettisoned something, we would never see in the past some, of the later Shuttle, missions probably. Your own and, got to show some, of that but not nearly as chrisley, or as sweepingly, as this. It's. Very important, to share this, experience as, widely as we can and as intimately, and as a, split.
Second As we can so, we want to, appreciate, what the astronauts are going through during this harrowing. Journey to orbit you know they subjected to almost 4 G's a lot of vibration from the rocket and it looked pretty calm on the screen there but I know the adrenaline, was flowing through their veins they were just as excited as we are down, here so to share that experience and, to project. Yourself into, the crew dragon on the way to the space station I think as a way to get people excited about experiencing. This on, other, occasions maybe going to the Cape personally, or taking, a ride in 10, 20 years as a tourist or being an astronaut yourself one day it's a great way to share this, dynamic. Experience. You. Know it's one thing to go through the, pressure. Talking, to pressure for Gian you're gonna body but, then to know you know billions of people who are watching on live TV as we do so are, you cognizant. Of that when you're in that position it's, one thing to, say oh I'm fine I'm fine wait a minute the whole world's watching, yeah. We used to have a joke in the astronaut office which was you know it's great that they can watch me on TV oh they. Can watch me on TV so you can get help. Well. There was nothing embarrassing, about you young man I want to bring Doug Wheelock into this also like Tom no stranger, to this sort of thing this. This you, know 19, hour journey to, get, to the International, Space Station you know what thinking - about. That timing is going to be everything, it's a race at a very. Incredible, speed, everything's. Got to be precise, could you play, out these next 19 hours. Absolutely. It's actually great to hear from Tom. Jones as well as Charlie, Duke both of my both, of them my heroes, coming. On to the into the astronaut program so. Hello to them yes. So now we begin the, real that's sort of like a finely. Choreographed, dance between, the the spacex, dragon and this, and the international, space station, they each should have each other state, vector, and now we're gonna just try to catch, up to it and and. Traveling, at five miles per second, around, the earth and we're gonna we're, gonna dock just like with a with a kiss of the two spaceships in space. And it's just amazing, and so, there's a there's a series, of burns correction. Burns to. Raise our orbit to circular, lies our orbit and over. The next 19. Hours we're. Going to be doing phasing, burns correction, burns to, try to match precisely. Up, with the International, Space Station. Now. This will also be the same capsule, that will return, that we just don't know how, and when that will be and which one of the astronauts our cosmonauts, presently, up at the International, Space Station will. Come back but they will be coming back in, this, right. That's. Correct, that's correct in fact you. Know a successful. Mission for us is to have Bob and Doug home, safely, and we, we'd like to get a 30 day mission, we, have it if all, things are going well we'll stay till 30 days and then at that point if everything's still going well we, hope to extend it out even though as long as 120. Days. Wow. That's a long time for. The astronauts, and when you get that relief of once you're in space once you're in you know. You're. No longer dealing with the multiple. G's the four G thing I mean it physically. You've got it feel a lot better right I mean because that's that's, a pressure cooker you. You. Are you do feel a lot better and when you you. Know millions. Of people are watching us on TV but I, I'm sure that that did not go through their mind until that second. Stage, engine cut off and they gunned it they got really kind of breathe a sigh of relief and say like wow that was amazing, because they were completely. Focused I remember. My. Asset, both the space, shuttle and the Soyuz, I was, just completely focused, tonight and I you. Almost forget to smell the roses along the way you know so, but, now they're.
Gonna They're gonna happen experience, physiologically. It really changes you every, part of your being your of, course your physical, the. Physical, things. That go on that, change in your physiology, in, your mental state your emotional, state and your and your kind of your spiritual, kind of Purpose Driven state. You know it's it's it's sort of rounds out all those those. Those parts, of the human existence and so it really space changes you not. Only physiologically. But in other ways as well and that, helps you really appreciate this. Beautiful, blue planet that we live on for sure. Now. That's for sure we were showing some images the astronauts I didn't want you to think that aliens had taken over the ship, that was footage, from earlier today. Those. Adel. Men and women not wearing a black suits that look almost like ninjas, they. Help prepare the astronauts, to get them set up in the council I didn't want you to think that aliens had somehow taken over. The, capsule, here but they are well on their way right now and, astronaut. Tom Jones on this experience, that Doug was alluding, to here, you've got to be relieved when at least you're at this stage because at least the initial hard part is, over what, are some of the bumps now I don't want to you know be. A crepe hanger here but what are some of the things they have, to prepare for ahead, of what's going to be a very, precise, has, to be exact, hook up with the International, Space Station right. You. Know you experienced, the launch almost, as an observer you know you're almost detached, from your body as you watch yourself go through the acceleration, the vibrations, and you're monitoring the autopilot so, you're part of a the world's greatest physics, experiment, for the first eight and eight, minutes 45 seconds here and then, when you get weightless, the starter gun goes off that's when your mission is really starting, and you've, got to perform to. Everybody's. And so now, you're getting ready to transition, the ship from blast-off, mode to, orbital, mode switching. Software, modes over getting rid of the or, getting the solar cells online to charge your batteries onboard to. Convert the cabin, to. Orbit, mode get out of your space suits and prepare. The life support systems for orbital mode so all of the system's checkouts, occur and that's where these test pilots are going to be at their best. The. Only way I'd like it to and you guys you. And Doug are the heroes here and the astronauts, that the world of trying out of the amusement, park that's. My experience here and I got plenty sick on that so, I can imagine what that that pressures gotta be but, Tom, when you look at this now and what it showed private, enterprise can do working in conjunction, with NASA and this is one of the toughest, feet that, men, can pull off. This. Is a very good sign I would imagine. It's. Gonna be fantastic to, have NASA engaged, with these two suppliers of transportation. To the space station it's, a very healthy commercial, sector that's being demonstrated here today we, can go on to tourism we can go on to private research modules, the space station and independent. Labs in orbit and that's a world-beating, capability. Nobody else has that capability we're, now extending this innovation, you know to low-earth orbit and beyond. That I can see companies, like Blue Origin SpaceX. Boeing. Sierra. Nevada all being part of our return to the moon and they might be supplying the Landers that take astronauts back to the surface in just a few years. That's. A very good point you get a multiple private players they're, already Jeff Bezos he's, let. Me deep in this stuff Richard Branson, so they all want. A future part to play in all of that Tom. Thank you very much I want to go to Kristin Fisher right now Chris, in case you didn't know besides being a crackerjack reporter, correspondent. Anchor she. Is the daughter of astronauts. You might have heard that once or twice here I'm always fascinated by that because I remember quite, well seeing. As I'm so much older than Kristin she. Was called our first Astro talk, but. She is skewed going, into space. Fortunately. Into journalism, the world is grateful for that but, Kristin went on reading about the fact that this is going to lead to space, tourism. Menai. Might get a second, shot at this so I don't know how you feel about that but what do you think. Neal. We could be the first journalists, in space think about it and boy. Launch. After, all those concerns, about whether all, the all the concerns, to scrub on Wednesday today they ended up getting beautiful.
Blue Skies and, now what. A day for both NASA SpaceX. And Elon, Musk what he has been able to accomplish in just a few short years there, were a lot of people who didn't think he would be able to do it now his company has become the first to put astronauts. From any country into, orbit they've also been able to prove. That they can land, the, rocket the Falcon 9 rocket on, that, drone ship and reuse it in the future and that is so critical for the future of human spaceflight because it makes it more, affordable. It makes it more financially. Feasible to, have more, frequent, rocket, launches and of course you know this has also been such, a huge day for President Trump he went down on Wednesday he went back again he wanted to be there he has made space such, a huge priority in his administration, and right after the launch he, was asked, why, did you want to be there why was this so important, to you here, was his response. Do. We have that soundbite if I don't we have that no. We christen, we, do not apologize, for that I know your computer right. Good. Not a problem but I can paraphrase he was basically, saying that I wanted to be there for this moment because. It was such a historic, moment in for, NASA for SpaceX, and. For the entire country, and you know I'd be as in here these uh protests. Behind, me becoming. A little bit louder you know it's just striking the contrast, between you watch this moment, of American. Ingenuity, the greatest, things, that America can accomplish and. You contrast that with these peaceful protests, happening right outside the. White House and actually I've just been told that we do have this soundbite from President Trump so I'd like to go ahead and play it. I. Said. I I'm, very sorry about that we do not have that here but as Kristen said and she is that and we're gonna go back to her a little bit later he's outside the White House she is competing with protesters. There they, were there last night it got pretty hairy last night but, as Kristen also pointed out the backdrop, is kind of interesting in case you're getting a case of deja vu, it has happened before doesn't Tracy Cernan, know it the daughter of gene cernan the last man to walk on the moon Tracy, I was thinking of you ahead of this very honored to have you again on you. Know when your dad was up there you. Know hopping. Around in the moon and trying, to sing I might point out I stressed trying to, sing he was if. We were in the middle of the Vietnam War we had just been a few years out from the 60s, and, assassinations. And protests, and riots, and yet, there, was this magic. This moment, that that showed the better part of. The. Human. Species and I remember, he pondered. That and, said this is all good and looking, back at the earth he would say it. Is a beautiful, place but, the backdrop, was was startling, at the time with, startling I'm thinking even now some of the same stuff alive. And well protests, in Hong Kong protests, in this country, and and. And man, conquering. The Stars you. Must add the, same sense of deja vu. Yes. I think so you, know he, always felt bad. Because. He was in there in his little bubble of the space program in the space race and they were headed, there and, his, colleagues. His Navy pilot some buddies were fightin Vietnam or and he, always had a lot of turmoil with that feeling he should be with his crew members but. He was there doing something that was important, and and the space race was what was important, at that time and once, again I, find, really, feel. Good about the fact that today was successful, and today went well and it looks like we are making, our next big step to, go back to the moon and and create, some excitement again once again about the, space program. You. Know I think, of you - Tracy talked about timing we're joking. With Kristen Fisher of course the daughter of astronauts. But even Kristen can't compare with you because your dad left your, initials, on the lunar surface and. I think you even had a lunar, rock named. After you III would feel compelled to tell Kristen top that how, did you manage that oh I.
Don't Know well I guess he was up there thinking. About me in, the, middle of doing all his work. And and, being doing. What he was supposed to do so I guess that's pretty special, and, having, a name rock, named after me yeah that was pretty neat thanks to mr. bean he's painted that picture and we can all remember that. Alan. Bean the Apollo 12 astronaut. If. It went into folklore but namely the fact that your initials, are carved in there that they're not gonna be moving anywhere, anytime soon. Do you ever look up like your dad used to think hey in a way I'm. Up there. Yeah. I do I am. Part of daddy's up there and I look up there every time I see that moon thinking, about him and. Those. Initials one day I hope, someone can come back and go back up there and. Take a picture and and, just. Create those memories so again, but it's. Really it is very special and I guess I am the only unique one that has it up there. Well. He should be honored and I know we thought the world of you and. Tracey. I never. Forget your kindness at, your dad's funeral allowing, me and my son Bradley to, be there with your family it was a very, very. Special moment your dad was a very very special hero, thank you very much and thank, you for what you contributed, to getting people excited, about space oh we. Hope so I hope this is a is the beginning, again really. Do and thank you always. Well. It's amazing I like the way said that it's a beginning again, Tracey Cernan, the daughter the last man to walk on the moon and remember, what's possible, the. Same deed Cernan who said I don't care who picks up the tab as long as we get back there he, was not loathed sir private enterprise, making, money he, was up, to somehow, someway, getting there when I asked him what John Kennedy, would think of a private can to be doing that or pride a company, doing that he would say, Kennedy. Would probably just say whoever can sign the damn check, he's. Probably right he, was probably right, I want you to stay tuned to fox news channel for this continuing, coverage of this very historic mission, it has just started it's nowhere near done on Neil, Cavuto. This. Is being the Fox News special.