The secret celebrities to be launched on SpaceX Falcon Rocket..latest attempt delayed..lift off this morning
When SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket it will secretly be carrying celebrities. Actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the original “Star Trek” series, died in 2005. His ashes will be on board this mission — as will those of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and 306 other people. If you have the money, Celestis, a space services company, will send your loved one’s ashes up to orbit Earth. l
Sound familiar? This is the second time around for Celestis and Space X; the companies tried to launch Doohan and Cooper and 206 others back in August 2008. When SpaceX launched the remains on its Falcon1 rocket, the rocket never made it to space. When the rocket failed to get to orbit, neither did the cremated remains, or, for that matter, some small satellites sent by NASA and the Department of Defense.
The satellites were lost, but Celestis has a performance guarantee, which means it holds some ashes back just in case something goes horribly, terribly wrong. It often does in the rocket business. Hence, a second chance. The Falcon 9 is currently counting down to a launch on Saturday morning at 4:55 a.m. EDT.
Fifty years ago Gordon Cooper piloted the Faith 7 spacecraft on a 22-orbit mission, the last flight of Project Mercury in May 1963. He later served as command pilot of Gemini 5 in 1965, racking up 225 hours in space. His ashes are returning on a rocket that is remarkably similar to the ones that first took him into the heavens.
The launch of the American SpaceX company’s re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed by at least three days.
The company was forced to abort the flight just as its Falcon rocket was about to leave the pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Early data indicated unusual pressure readings in one of the nine engine combustion chambers under the vehicle.
The company says it hopes to try again on Tuesday or Wednesday.
“We had a nominal countdown, right until about T-minus point-five-seconds,” explained SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell.
“The engine controller noted high chamber pressure in engine five; software did what it was supposed to do – aborted engine five, and then we went through the remaining engine shut-down,” she told reporters.
“We need to lift off with all nine [engines], which is why we aborted. You can lose up to two engines and still make your mission, just not at lift-off.”
The next earliest launch opportunity is 03:44 EDT (07:44 GMT; 08:44 BST) on Tuesday.
SpaceX will try again on Tuesday to launch its re-supply mission to the space station.
The first attempt on Saturday was thwarted by a faulty valve in one of the engines on the California company’s Falcon 9 rocket.
The lift-off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was aborted just half a second before the vehicle was due to leave the pad.
Tuesday’s attempt has been scheduled for 03:44 EDT (07:44 GMT; 08:44 BST).
SpaceX is endeavouring to become the first commercial concern to carry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).
it got away today..funny to read how the first attempt in 2008 went up in smoke with the ashes of the dead but they kept some in reserve..maybe and arm or leg of ash perhaps? beam me up..