Want to watch a rocket blast off? Just come back to my apartment with me. No, you don't have to. Thanks to this live feed from Cape Canaveral, you can see a massive cluster of nine Merlin 1C engines launch the 141-foot-tall, 333 ton Falcon 9 rocket with it's Dragon freighter nose capsule (man, the aerospace industry must employ more former D&D players than any other profession) 155 miles into the atmosphere right from the comfort of your own workplace. The Falcon is built to delivery cargo and one day even astronauts to the International Space Station, but today's mission is just to collect data on the ascent. "We're on track to go to T-Zero at 11am eastern time," says Elon Musk, the CEO and chief designer at SpaceX, the company that made the rocket. "We're all systems green." Psyched!
Friday, June 4th, 2010