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A retired NASA astronaut and three space tourists are right now tucked inside a SpaceX Dragon capsule above Earth for the first-ever purely commercial mission to the International Space Station. Flames billowed from the sky as the four-person crew were carried into space by a Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from NASA's Kennedy …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Probably time to build another space station...

    ...with a bar, casino and a pool this time!

    1. BristolBachelor Gold badge

      Re: Probably time to build another space station...

      What's the pool for? On Earth you need one to float and swim. In microgravity, you can just do that in the air without any worries about not breathing the water and having to dry off afterwards. Also how do you keep the water where you want it?

      Now relax with a Pimms or mojito, that I understand.

      1. An_Old_Dog Bronze badge
        Coffee/keyboard

        A pool in a space station

        1. Humans find partially-immersing themselves in warm water relaxing and pleasant.

        2. Keep the water in place via centripital force: build the space station as a large-diameter ring which spins around a zero-gravity core. The outer portion of the ring is fake-gravity "down".

        1. Mishak Silver badge

          Re: A pool in a space station

          With an "interesting" failure mode when the spin stops ;-)

        2. Management Order

          Re: A pool in a space station

          Wont the coriolis force do something odd to the pool, like make it curved or sloping or something? You could swim up hill.

    2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: Probably time to build another space station...

      You are thinking of the Axiom Space Entertainment Enterprise module, which is the second module Axiom intend to attach to the ISS. Axiom's long term plan is add modules to the ISS until they have enough functionality to disconnect and become an independent commercial space station operator.

    3. ravenviz Silver badge

      Re: Probably time to build another space station...

      Do you mean 3D pool with 12 pockets?

  2. Marki Mark
    Gimp

    <bender> With hookers and blackjack </Bender>

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Coat

      Porn in Space

      Now that would drive down the cost

      1. Snowy Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Porn in Space

        Just remember to water proof and make sure the panels in that area are easy to wipe down.

      2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

        Re: Porn in Space

        How will that drive down the cost? There is already an enormous amount of porn on the internet for free.

  3. Dwarf Silver badge

    Oh dear

    Start down this route and soon it will be all the things listed above, but the science will be removed since its taking up space. .. did you see what I did there :-)

    1. gerryg
      Trollface

      Re: Oh dear

      yes, you missed an apostrophe from "it's"

      1. Anonymous Coward Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Oh dear

        Presumably because the apostrophe was taking up too much space

  4. Ian Johnston Silver badge

    This "totally private mission" is, I note, completely dependent on the $150bn spent by various governments on the ISS itself.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      I think I must note that when I plan a vacation to Disney World, I don't account for the huge amount of money WDW Inc. has spent building the place. Nor do I account for the money spent on the road I will use to get there, or for some people the amount spent on the FAA, airports, aircraft, and other things making air travel possible.

      1. Ian Johnston Silver badge

        Your eccentric accounting practices are not my problem.

    2. VoiceOfTruth

      Well done for pointing that out.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      dependencies

      This "totally private mission" is, I note, completely dependent on the $150bn spent by various governments on the ISS itself.

      I note that the article doesn't mention the financials. In particular how much Axiom have paid for access to the ISS and for services provide by it. I expect the overnight rate is fairly high?

      1. Oneman2Many

        Re: dependencies

        I believe the figure is around $10m but don't know if that is split between NASA and the other agencies. There is a breakdown somewhere, meal costs are $2k per day. Life support and toilet are around 20k per day (seems cheap). AFAIK, I don't believe Axiom have taken any supplies up with them.

        https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/26/22250327/space-tourists-axiom-private-crew-iss-price

    4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      "This "totally private mission" is, I note, completely dependent on the $150bn spent by various governments on the ISS itself."

      Axioms longer term goal is to add modules to the ISS and eventually "spin off" (not literally), their own space station when the ISS reaches EOL.

      1. Ian Johnston Silver badge

        Well perhaps. But meanwhile, this "totally private mission" was mainly paid for by taxpayers.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    MS Windows lack of x265 codecs causes multi-million delay, forces SpaceX to hold off from docking.

    No mention in the article, that again Microsoft Windows apparently caused a multi-million pound delay due to the lack of codec to play output from a x265 video showing the stream from the SpaceX docking camera. The SpaceX capsule itself was working nominally. The initial solution was to attempt to install the open source software VLC Player 3.06 on a Windows PC on the ISS. The SpaceX capsule eventuallly came into range of a ground station again and they were able to relay the x265 video stream to Houston using the ground station link, to check alignment and alllow the docking to proceed.

    Years ago, shuttle astronauts had a similar problem when they were looking to enjoy some downtime, and couldn't get Windows XP to play a DVD 'out of the box'. Again the problem was a lack of a DVD Player/codecs installed in the Windows setup on the ISS. They ended up giving up on the idea.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: MS Windows lack of x265 codecs causes multi-million delay, forces SpaceX ...

      Picures or it never happened. Or at least provide a source for your claim.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: MS Windows lack of x265 codecs causes multi-million delay, forces SpaceX ...

        SpaceX Ax-1 Crew Dragon docking delayed by video issue

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zLsUtmSa3o

    2. msobkow Silver badge

      Re: MS Windows lack of x265 codecs

      Yup. And with all that bandwidth available nobody would have thought to just install the codec while over that groundstation. Nope, gotta stream the video down and back up because of Windows.

      Or maybe you're just full of it. :)

    3. Ian Johnston Silver badge

      Tedious FUD

      The Dragon capsule has docked with the ISS about 20 times, this being the fourth time with humans on board.

      хорошая попытка, товарищ

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
        Headmaster

        Re: Tedious FUD

        Did someone misread today's date, and confuse the 10 with a 1?

      2. iron Silver badge

        Re: Tedious FUD

        Facts are clearly not your strong point Vlad.

        Crew Dragon and Cargo Dragon are two different vehicles and so are Dragon 1 and Dragon 2. The Inspiration 4 mission did not dock with the ISS so Crew Dragon has docked with the ISS six times in total, five of them manned:

        Demo 1 (unmanned)

        Demo 2

        Crew 1

        Crew 2

        Inspiration 4 (did not go to ISS)

        Crew 3

        Axiom 1

        Cargo Dragon 2 has made five flights to the ISS.

        Dragon 1, which only carried cargo, flew to the ISS twenty times.

        So "Dragon" has docked with the ISS 31 times, 5 of them with humans on board.

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