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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-02-2020 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some congratulations to SpaceX:
Congratulations SpaceX and NASA on completing first crewed Dragon flight!! Flag returned.Elon Musk

Congratulations on a successful Commercial Crew mission, NASA and SpaceX! — Boeing

Well done and welcome home Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken! Congrats Commercial Crew and SpaceX on the successful mission to return US astronauts to and from LEO and space station. — Chris Ferguson

Astronauts complete first splashdown in 45 years. Very exciting! Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after very successful two month mission. Thank you to all! — President Donald Trump

Congratulations to NASA, SpaceX, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, and all the hardworking women and men who made possible a successful conclusion to this historic mission. The first American splashdown in 45 years was executed with precision and professionalism, just like the entirety of this awe-inspiring trip to the International Space Station. This is a victory for American innovation and persistence, and I am proud of the role President Obama and I had in fighting to ensure that commercial crew flights from American soil would become a reality. — Former Vice President Joe Biden

Welcome home, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley! We launched the Commercial Crew program to strengthen our U.S. space program and it's been great to see its success. This historic NASA-SpaceX mission is a symbol of what American ingenuity and inventiveness can achieve. — Former President Barack Obama

Congratulations to NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken for their safe return today and thank you to NASA and SpaceX for their use of NAS Pensacola. It was an honor to be play a small role in such a monumental event. — Naval Air Station Pensacola

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NASA video
Now that our #LaunchAmerica crew has returned to Earth, join us in welcoming them as they fly into Ellington Field, home of our astronaut corps.

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posted 08-02-2020 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
U.S. Coast Guard statement

Regarding the pleasurecraft that were present at the splashdown this afternoon:

The Coast Guard worked closely with NASA and SpaceX to plan the recovery of the Dragon crew in a way that prioritized the safety of the boating public and those involved in the recovery operations.

Mariners were alerted to pending hazardous operations within a specified boundary by a Broadcast Notice to Mariners, issued 29 July.

The establishment of an official safety zone that authorizes the Coast Guard to hold legal authority over boaters in violation of entering an area was not available due to the targeted splashdown location being outside of the navigable waterways of the United States, which in most cases is limited to 12-nautical miles from shore.

A Coast Guard 87-foot patrol boat established a physical presence four hours before the scheduled splashdown to discourage boaters from entering within 10 nautical mies of the NASA-designated splashdown zone, for their safety from potential dangers associated with the operation. A Coast Guard 45-foot response boat was also deployed to the vicinity leading up to the scheduled splashdown.

Additionally, a radio broadcast was issued to mariners two hours before the scheduled splashdown to remind boaters of the operation and to stay clear.

With limited assets available and with no formal authority to establish zones that would stop boaters from entering the area, numerous boaters ignored the Coast Guard crews' requests and decided to encroach the area, putting themselves and those involved in the operation in potential danger.

While the Coast Guard has the legal authority to board vessels and enforce laws past the 12-mile navigable waterways rule, it would have required a massive undertaking of resources to engage each boat that came into the area and suspend their voyage or otherwise escort them out.

The boating public is often a valuable resource to the Coast Guard, and the spirit of cooperation we share is a relationship built upon 230 years of trust and understanding. The actions of those boaters today were not representative of the average boating community, and they put themselves and others at risk through their actions. This lack of regard for safety is something that the Coast Guard takes very seriously.

A comprehensive review of this operation will be conducted between the Coast Guard, NASA and SpaceX, and the development of lessons learned will be our next priority moving forward.

OLDIE
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posted 08-03-2020 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done SpaceX, NASA, and not forgetting the Coast Guard (who seem to have had a difficult task thrust upon them, with somewhat limited resources).

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posted 08-03-2020 06:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new start as well as beginning for America's space program!

oly
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Congratulations to SpaceX for conducting an amazing mission, the culmination of many years of dedication and commitment to provide the first crewed commercial launch system.

I hope that the post flight inspections of the Dragon go well and that a second launch goes ahead to demonstrate the reusability part of the SpaceX design.

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-03-2020 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
45 years later I was able to see a crew splashdown again. What a great adventure, congratulations to all involved!!

(Always good to see the last part of a long journey is a Gulfstream flight!)

"The Boys Are Back In Town."

Guess who just got back today
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven't changed that much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy

Robert Pearlman
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quote:
Originally posted by oly:
...demonstrate the reusability part of the SpaceX design.
The Demo-2 Dragon ("Endeavour") is scheduled to fly again on the Crew-2 mission in 2021.

Delta7
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posted 08-03-2020 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Endeavour its permanent name, or will each crew get to pick their own name for their spacecraft?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-03-2020 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked Bob and Doug that question just before they returned to Earth and Doug's reply was not clear. He likened the name to Mercury and Apollo astronauts naming their spacecraft, but also compared it to Soyuz commanders' call signs.

We will need to wait and see, but if it does stay with the spacecraft, it would be nice if SpaceX added the name to the capsule's exterior.

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posted 08-03-2020 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that was great. Congratulations to all involved.

Regarding the boating traffic jam and any future near-coastline landings: is the splashdown target predictable and tight enough to organize a safe watch event for boaters?

Sort of the flip side of getting a launch pass to view liftoff.

Perhaps unmanageable given open waters and weather/other variables, but wondering if they could turn a negative into a positive?

David C
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posted 08-04-2020 01:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OLDIE:
Well done SpaceX, NASA, and not forgetting the Coast Guard (who seem to have had a difficult task thrust upon them, with somewhat limited resources).

Yup, well done SpaceX, Doug, Bob and the Coast Guard.

Something's going to have to be done about the idiots who are giving the vast majority of boaters a bad name before next time though. Easier said than done.


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