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Falcon 9, COTS-1




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Falcon 9
Primary Payload: Dragon capsule
Launch Date: NET December 8, 2010
Launch Window: 9:00 a.m. to 12:22 p.m. EST 
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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QWERTY 2988 = COMMERCIAL ORBITAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES-1 (COTS-1) · LAUNCH NO EARLIER THAN (TENTATIVE): 08-NOV-2010 · LAUNCH VEHICLE: SPACEX FALCON 9 · LAUNCH SITE: LAUNCH COMPLEX 40 · LAUNCH WINDOW: 9 A.M. - 1 P.M. EST · DESCRIPTION: THE FIRST COTS TEST FLIGHT OF THE FALCON 9 ROCKET WITH THE DRAGON 9 CAPSULE ATOP WILL DEMONSTRATE KEY LAUNCH CAPABILITIES INCLUDING ON-ORBIT OPERATION, ENTRY, DESCENT AND SPLASHDOWN OF THE CAPSULE (NASA Launch Schedule) = SHAPE NOTES THEMSELVES PROBABLY DATE FROM LATE 18TH CENTURY AMERICA. THEY APPEARED PUBLICLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WHEN TWO PUBLICATIONS CAME OUT USING SHAPED NOTE HEADS - THE EASY INSTRUCTOR BY WILLIAM LITTLE AND WILLIAM SMITH IN 1801, AND THE MUSICAL PRIMER BY ANDREW LAW IN 1803, INTENDED FOR USE IN SINGING SCHOOLS. LITTLE AND SMITH USED THE FOUR-SHAPE SYSTEM SHOWN ABOVE (Shape note).

QWERTY 1294 = WITH THE RECOGNITION OF PITCH INTERVALS AND THE NAMING OF NOTES, ACCURATE MEASUREMENT, OBSERVATION AND TEST BECOME POSSIBLE, AND THE SCIENCE OF ACOUSTICS HAS BEEN BORN (Twelve-note gamut) = WELCOME TO THE PLANET. WELCOME TO EXISTENCE. EVERYONE'S HERE, EVERYONE'S HERE. EVERYBODY'S WATCHING YOU NOW. EVERYBODY WAITS FOR YOU NOW. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? = WELL, YOU KNOW HOW IT IS NORTH. ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP AND GO, BASTA! L'AMERIQUE IS GOIN TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET! I'M EXITING, STAGE LEFT. AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU ARE SITTING IN PARIS.

QWERTY 4368 = HAWTHORNE, CA - MARCH 29, 2010 - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES (SPACEX) ANNOUNCES THE SUCCESSFUL ACTIVATION OF ITS NEW DRAGON SPACECRAFT COMMUNICATION HARDWARE ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) DURING A SERIES OF OPERATIONS CONDUCTED IN JANUARY AND MARCH. DUBBED THE COMMERCIAL ORBITAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (COTS) ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY (UHF) COMMUNICATION UNIT, THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ALLOW ISS CREWMEMBERS TO MONITOR AND COMMAND APPROACHING OR DEPARTING DRAGON SPACECRAFT DURING CARGO DELIVERY MISSIONS TO THE ORBITING LABORATORY = ACCORDING TO LEGEND, BEFORE HUANG-DI WAS BORN THERE WAS "A RADIANCE FROM THE GREAT STAR CHI AND THE DIPPER CONSTELLATION (URSA MAJOR). HIS CONCEPTION WAS MARKED BY A "THUNDERCLAP ON A CLEAR DAY IN THE SKIES". HUANG-DI THEN BEGINS HIS UNIFICATION OF CHINA AND IS ALSO CREDITED WITH BEING A CULTURE-HERO, HAVING BROUGHT TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (INCLUDING ACUPUNCTURE) TO THE COUNTRY. HIS WIFE TAUGHT THE CHINESE HOW TO MAKE SILK. (THIS IS CONSISTENT OTHER ANCIENT LEGENDS THAT ALSO ATTRIBUTES A WOMAN "WHO CAME FROM THE SKIES" TO HAVE TAUGHT SILK MANUFACTURE. MORE ON THIS LATER) (Aliens of Ancient China).

NASA Sets Coverage For Cots 1 Launch Targeted For Dec. 7 :: Nov. 30, 2010 :: MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-168. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first SpaceX Falcon 9 demonstration launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is targeted for liftoff on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Liftoff will occur from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 9:03 a.m. to 12:22 p.m. EST. If necessary, launch opportunities also are available on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 with the same window. Known as COTS 1, the launch is the first flight of the Dragon spacecraft and the first commercial attempt to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit. This is the first of three test launches currently planned in the Falcon 9 test flight series. It is intended as a demonstration mission to prove key capabilities such as launch, structural integrity of the Dragon spacecraft, on-orbit operation, re-entry, descent and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. NASA established the COTS program to procure a commercial launch service to stimulate the commercial space industry, to facilitate a private industry cargo capability to the International Space Station as soon as achievable, and to achieve cost effective access to low Earth orbit that will attract private customers.

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE
The prelaunch news conference for the COTS 1 Falcon 9 launch is planned for L-1, currently Monday, Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m., at the press site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Television will provide live coverage, and the briefing will be streamed at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

The prelaunch news conference participants will be:
- Phil McAlister, acting director, Commercial Space Flight Development NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Alan Lindenmoyer, manager, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program, NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston
- Gwynne Shotwell, president SpaceX, Hawthorne, Calif.
- Mike McAleenan, Falcon 9 Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

A post-mission news conference will be held at Kennedy approximately one hour after splashdown occurs.

Falcon 9 Launch Postponed To No Earlier Than Wednesday :: Dec. 6, 2010 :: RELEASE : 10-310 : CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A demonstration launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program has been rescheduled for no earlier than Wednesday, Dec. 8. The delay is because of a crack in the engine nozzle on the rocket's second stage. During a routine review of close-out photos of the rocket on Monday, SpaceX engineers discovered the crack, which measures about three-inches long. Preparations continue on the rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 in Florida. SpaceX is considering several options, including repairing the crack or shipping a replacement part from California. More information on the launch schedule will be announced when available. To learn more about the COTS 1 launch, visit: www.nasa.gov/cots [+]

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