View Full Version : OOT: Watch Discovery launch at NASA TV.

07-14-2005, 06:26 AM

I know this has nothing to do whit the sh3 game but i would like to share that you have a great oportunity to watch the launch of the discovery shuttle at NASA TV directly on your computer.

Yesterday i was watching it for 2 hours. It gives an insight in something i cant even read about.
Its wery intressting to follow the procedur at close range. to se the crew members get thier lifesupport suits on and the straped down in thier seats in the shuttle.
Everything is filmed Live and at close range.

I think also that we can follow the hole space trip live coz they have plenty of small cameras on the ship, both inside and outside.

There is also expert comments too listen to that explain everything they do.

So for thos that are intressted in this you can go to this site:


And check for next schedule/attempt.

Watch it Live from this site:


I suggest you Download realplayer, free version.
Click the link under "powered by Akamai"
Watch nasa tv live whit realplayer.

Reason to use realplayer is that you can set your bandwhith and also alter the size of the window.

For me ,that is intressted in stuff like this, i find it wery intressting to follow it at close range directly on my computer.

07-14-2005, 07:20 AM
Thanks for the info, I tend to forget the internet is more than just games and..... urhm.. golf some days.
Next launch I will get my son to watch with me, he is 6 and will think this is the best.
Thanks again for the link.

07-14-2005, 08:45 AM
I was watching it with my son yesterday too. Very cool and very educational. Too bad the launch was scrubbed, but I'll be watching it again on Saturday if they go for it again. And I just got DSL that day, so I thought to myself, yeah, this is worth the extra money. I wouldn't have been able to enjoy that on 56k.

07-14-2005, 12:42 PM
I usually walk out my front door and look to the north for the white streak cruising out over the Atlantic.

...still remember when I saw the Challenger go up. Thought, now that streak looks odd. Then I went inside and found out what happened. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif I remember friends laughing at me that day in school (it was back in HS days) when I was first to break the news that day. ...they refused to believe at first, thought it was a stupid joke. Took a few minutes even after the teacher confirmation to finally sink in.

07-14-2005, 12:53 PM
I think the Challenger accident is one of those moments where we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we learned about it, like our elders were with the Kennedy assassination.

I was in junior college on the concourse, and joined a large crowd on the Bridge watching the bigscreen ...

07-14-2005, 01:37 PM
The space shuttle is a vast waste of money whos only existence is for political votes. As you all know a governments main goal isnt efficency, its to make the simpliest things cost the most amount of money and take the greatest amount of time. Examples...DMV, Amtrak, US Postal Service, do i need to go on? NASA is one of THEM.

For god sakes think about..they have a weather sensitive lauch...so where do the put the launch pad? In one of the rainest areas of the country...it is nothing but to buy votes and employ people that would otherwise just be geeks with no use in the world.

Luckly the commerical world is starting to catch up to NASA...that doesnt mean the government will ever disband it though..oh no..that would be shrinking government and we can never do that...i mean amtrak still exists for god sakes...

07-14-2005, 02:33 PM
Probably not worth bothering... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif


A short Google on NASA technology that has "spun-off" and benefitted us all reveals 100's of things we use on a day-to-day basis to make all our lives better.

Much of the pioneering technology you're using to play that favorite submarine game spun out of research thru NASA.

But, you're probably right... Eventually someone would've dreamed up things like:
graphite, advanced plastics (no doubt being used in your PC), grooved highways, GPS, TV satellites, bar coding, smoke detectors, cordless tools, medical imaging, advanced composite materials, the modern glass cockpit and aircraft control systems ...and yes even that computer joystick you play with obliviously after typing up an uninformed rant on how NASA is a huge waste of time and money.

07-14-2005, 02:55 PM
hmm, i have the nasa tv channel, but never bother to watch it before, since they usually had some pointless shows, but the space shuttle launch will be great to see, thanks for the info! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-14-2005, 03:05 PM
hrm hrmm :P GPS is a Swedish invention.
I had to say it coz that is proberly the only greate invention made by a swede.
Btw same guy invented the mouse for the computer.

So i live in sweden and i think its amazing that i can follow the launch of the shuttle from my computer, nearly on the other side of the world, and get an insight how it works.

07-14-2005, 03:37 PM
Could you post the name of the guy that invented the GPS. I was under the impression that GPS was US Military and not a private person.

NASA research is very important, but could be done for half the price. Most of the missions could be unmanned missions and the same research would still be done.
NASA hasn't had a good run with one boon doggle after another since the early 90's.
Very little of our PC's comes from NASA projects, but more from the manhattan project and other military R&D projects.
I agree that it is a massive drain whose money would find more vaule in other places. Not that the world doesn't need space research, just not quite so much hand over fist spending of billions. Look what happened on this launch, the tore the heat shielding off (AGAIN) when part of the launch tower broke. This is a multi billion dollor project and they have stuff breaking off and tearing holes in the shuttle?

07-14-2005, 04:17 PM
His name is Hakan Lans. In swedish his name is H√¬•kan Lans but you dont have a clue how √... is spelled http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And i must correct my self a bit. You are right that its the American military that developed the GPS system.
But iam not sure if Hakan is the one that have patent on it. I read from some sites that he have and from other sites i read he used the GPS system to invent a system called GP&C

The system that all airplane and ships at sea use to exact pinpoint thier location.

His patent can be read here:
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Se...,587&RS=PN/5,506,587 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=500&s1=5,506,587.WKU.&OS=PN/5,506,587&RS=PN/5,506,587)

Also i must correct my self on the mouse i claimed he invented. In sweden many people claim that he invented it so i tought also he did but i just read that the mouse was invented by an American named Douglas Engelbart 1963-64, when he was working on Stanford Research Institute.

The thing hakan invented was the colour grapich for computers and also a digitalizingboard.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Se...,928&RS=PN/4,717,928 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=500&s1=4,717,928.WKU.&OS=PN/4,717,928&RS=PN/4,717,928)

and the color graphics display

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Se...,986&RS=PN/4,303,986 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=500&s1=4,303,986.WKU.&OS=PN/4,303,986&RS=PN/4,303,986)

And its funny coz when i read about Hakan lanz i can se that he made an submarine when he was at age 17-18 years old that could dive down to 90 meters depth ( and surface again) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Iam sorry if i braged about this inventor before i knew all facts about him http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-26-2005, 05:39 AM
Its time again to watch it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

They are doing a new try.

Right now they are boarding the shuttle and there is about 3 hours before the set launch.

07-26-2005, 08:34 AM
5mins to go!!


07-26-2005, 08:51 AM
i saw the time the last post was and ran to the TV just in time to see the seperation of the main fuel tank. I'm glad we got them back up into space.

07-26-2005, 08:55 AM
Nice start http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Looks like theyve learned something from Wernher von Braun http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

07-26-2005, 09:12 AM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
I would like to see the russians starting one of their "Burans" one day. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Buran Space Shuttle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran)


07-26-2005, 10:44 AM
if anyone is intrested theirs a great FREE space flight simulator over at http://www.orbitersim.com it has a community forum with very nice ppl like this one (it is NOT a space shooter, it IS a simulation with an emphasis on realism .:no torpedoes:.) so if your intrested get ready for a steep learning curve. check out the site for more info

07-26-2005, 12:32 PM
That was one hell of a launch http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And the camera located on the fuel tank had an awesome view http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif - I can see it all now - multiple camera views of Shuttle launches!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif