Captain Rick: The International Space Station has a new camera that broadcasts live video streaming of earth as it orbits every 90 minutes. This is amazing new technology that was made possible by a recent supply mission by SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship. I captured this stunning image looking south over the Baja of Mexico as the ISS flew over Los Angeles just after 3 PM this afternoon.
Click the above image to watch live streaming video as the ISS passes over your area
Images are shown in a window at the left, when available subject to earths lighting and communication ability. A window at the right shows the current ISS location with a Google satellite image below. The ISS orbits the globe every 90 minutes. Each path is about 500 miles west of the previous.
Info on SpaceX’s Dragon … a private commercial space vehicle that takes over for the retired Space Shuttle
Dragon is a partially reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company based in Hawthorne, California. Dragon is launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle, and is capable of both manned and robotic operation.
During its uncrewed maiden flight in December 2010, Dragon became the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to be recovered successfully from orbit. On 25 May 2012, an uncrewed variant of Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with and be attached to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX is contracted to deliver cargo to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program, and Dragon began regular cargo flights in October 2012.
SpaceX is additionally developing a crewed variant of the Dragon called DragonRider. DragonRider will be able to carry up to seven astronauts, or some combination of crew and cargo, to and from low Earth orbit. SpaceX has received several U.S. Government contracts to develop its crewed variant, including a Commercial Crew Development 2 (CCDev 2)-funded Space Act Agreement in April 2011, and a Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap)-funded space act agreement in August 2012. The spacecraft’s heat shield is furthermore designed to withstand Earth re-entry velocities from potential Lunar and Martian spaceflights.
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