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Not from what I've heard and read. It was an early prototype that has the shape and mass of the Dragon capsules under production, but is just an inert mass. Unless they snuck something like communications in and didn't tell anyone...that wouldn't really be out of charachter for SpaceXgwobserver":1lr1abmk said:I was wondering if anyone knows if the dragon capsule in orbit has communications or any test equipment for testing and development?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N74l1XHVOTcAfter the Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully, later, over on the other side of the world, people in Australia saw a spiraling object in their early morning skies, about 6 am local time. Geoffrey Wyatt, from the Sydney Observatory, said it appeared to have been the Falcon 9 rocket, which launched about an hour earlier.
Direct link to article in docm post :Updated 8 hours 31 minutes ago
An astronomer says a bright spiralling light spotted in the sky by people across eastern Australia was probably a satellite, space junk or a rocket.
The UFO was seen moving through the sky just before Saturday's sunrise in New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT.
ABC News Online has received dozens of emails, pictures and videos from those who claim to have witnessed the huge white light.
Some described it as a "lollipop-type swirl". Others say it hovered for a while before gradually moving in an eastern direction until it was out of sight. Those who saw the object say photos do not reflect how large it actually was.
Geoffrey Whyatt from the Sydney Observatory says it was probably a satellite, space junk or a rocket.
"The fact that you've got the rotation, the spiral effect, is very reminiscent of the much widely reported sightings from Norway and Russia last year, which both turned out to be a Bulava missile which was being adjusted in its orbit," he said.
"So possibly a rocket, I would say, having some sort of gyroscopic stability rocket fired on its side."
Actually it was traveling west to east, as is clearly shown by the Gold Coast video showing it heading into the sunrise.newsartist":3usazdk4 said:Did the noted astronomer explain how the Falcon passed observers traveling East to West?
There is some mention of that here:MeteorWayne":30atqxov said:Not from what I've heard and read. It was an early prototype that has the shape and mass of the Dragon capsules under production, but is just an inert mass. Unless they snuck something like communications in and didn't tell anyone...that wouldn't really be out of charachter for SpaceXgwobserver":30atqxov said:I was wondering if anyone knows if the dragon capsule in orbit has communications or any test equipment for testing and development?
- Got lots of good data from the Dragon capsule. Though it was not a fully functional capsule, it was heavily instrumented and will help a lot with preparation for future flights.
Cosmicvoid":2iyfxk2g said:There is some mention of that here:
http://www.hobbyspace.com/nucleus/index ... emid=21153
Cause of abort?
- Problem with igniter on engine 3
- Sensors measure pressure as too high.
- After examination, decided limits were too conservative and widened them.
I heard some discussion that it was a problem with the network feeds being out of sync and not the launch itself.tgeairn":1ie9i9o5 said:Edit: For fun, I went back to the video and find that the first vertical motion is while T -00:00:03 is showing on the screen; by my stopwatch it (vertical motion) begins at ~T -00:00:03.5.
User SpaceSamurai in the comments section of space.com article stated that Australian event occurred at the moment when SpaceX vented excess fuel/oxidizer from 2nd stage tanks. That probably explains it all.vattas":20ybm7ev said:Was engine restart part of this mission? If not, how would it create these fireworks over Australia? That indicates something got broken?