COVID-19 Honorary Frontlines Launch Broadcast

This broadcast originally aired on D100 Radio at 3:10pm EST – 3:36pm EST on May 30, 2020.

On-Air Personalities: Dylan Carollo, Nikolai Eggleton

This exclusive broadcast of the NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 launch commemorated frontline workers across the country from beneficiaries of D100 Radio’s On the Frontlines: COVID-19 First Responder Fundraiser, with mission audio permission granted from NASA. (Photo courtesy of NASA/Flickr)

Transcript:

Dylan Carollo (00:01):
Good afternoon. My name is Dylan Carollo with D100 Radio.
Nikolai Eggleton (00:04):
And I’m Nikolai Eggleton with D100 Radio.
Dylan Carollo (00:06):
We have interrupted scheduled programming and are bringing you live to a special broadcast of the NASA/SpaceX Crew Dragon launch. Thank you for joining us on this historic day in our nation’s history, even with the weather scrubbing the original launch date of last Wednesday. Through these unprecedented times, our space program has been working tirelessly to initiate the first manned mission in about a decade.
Nikolai Eggleton (00:26):
Yes, and to honor our COVID-19 frontline workers, D100 Radio is proud to dedicate this broadcast to everyone battling this pandemic day in and day out.
Dylan Carollo (00:36):
Just coming off of a very successful fundraiser, On the Frontlines, we wanted to commemorate this day to our first responders and beneficiaries that have been truly impacted by the novel coronavirus. Leading up to the launch, and even after liftoff, we will be recognizing the people throughout these organizations who have worked incredible hours, made untold sacrifices, and exposed themselves and their families to this virus to save lives and hearts through this difficult time.
Nikolai Eggleton (00:59):
We have worked with NASA to provide the mission control audio of today’s SpaceX launch live, which will be broadcasted with approximately five minutes left on the countdown. This is most certainly a rocket launch of firsts.
Dylan Carollo (01:11):
I know Nikolai, can you believe it’s been over nine years since the last crewed launch on American soil?
Nikolai Eggleton (01:16):
You’re absolutely right. When was that? 2011?
Dylan Carollo (01:19):
July 21st, 2011. I feel like it was just yesterday.
Nikolai Eggleton (01:22):
Believe it or not, it will be the first time in history astronauts have reached low Earth orbit on a commercially-built rocket and spacecraft.
Dylan Carollo (01:30):
That’s just incredible. You know, Nikolai, that brings up a great point. The private sector, especially during COVID-19, has stepped up to the plate to help battle through these unprecedented times. Even in the space industry, the private sector has helped to fill a void, and in the case of space travel it is thanks to SpaceX. Now, it’s time to honor these frontline workers and first responder heroes that have sacrificed their time and well-being to impact the country in a positive way. Now it’s time to honor these frontline workers and first responder heroes. That have sacrificed their time and wellbeing to impact the country in a positive way.
Dylan Carollo (01:54):
Starting on the West Coast, a special thank you from D100 Radio and our entire listening audience to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles:
“We would love to thank the Cedars-Sinai Healthcare Heroes who have worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19.”
Nikolai Eggleton (02:05):
Frontline workers who have done so much in Boston – we thank you. Michael Allard, Dan Arkins, Nick Beinar, Cheryl Brathwaite, Laura Brathwaite, Cliff Brown, Emilie Burgess, Rana Chudnofsky, and Patrick Costello.
Dylan Carollo (02:22):
Furthermore, we have Jessica Covitz, Bill Davidson, Kevin Dillon, Joyce Donadio, Heidi Dotson, Leslie Feinberg, Jacque Francona, Stacie Fredricksson, and Greg Fricchione.
Nikolai Eggleton (02:35):
Back on the West Coast, D100 Radio, our listeners and UW Medicine would like to commemorate “all the UW Medicine front line healthcare workers.”
Dylan Carollo (02:45):
In particular from around the country: Carina Gupta, Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Betsy Hart, Nathan Hartvigsen, Ron Hirschberg, Arafat Knight, Laura Lakin, Charlotte Luckey, and Elyse Lynch.
Nikolai Eggleton (02:58):
And now a message coming from the epicenters of epicenters, New York City. “The FDNY Foundation thanks all of our FDNY EMTs, paramedics, firefighters on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. We would also like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals.” And a special thanks from D100 Radio and our listeners.
Dylan Carollo (03:23):
Dedicating their lives and support towards COVID-19. We would like to recognize the following from Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and MassGeneral Program: Nicolette Maggiolo, Brendan McCaffrey, Jake McCaffrey, Megan McCarthy, Leonard Montgomery, Darshan Mehta, Teo Pique, Pat Smith, Louisa Sylvia, Bingyu Xu, and Ross Zafonte.
Nikolai Eggleton (03:47):
And from the Motor City, Henry Ford Health System: “On behalf of the entire Henry Ford Health System, we thank all the care teams of Henry Ford Health System, at each of our hospitals, the ICUs, the Emergency Departments as well as our home healthcare teams. With special thanks to Wright Lassiter, Bob Riney, Dr. Betty Chu, Dr. Steve Kalkanis and Dr. Adnan Munkarah.”
Dylan Carollo (04:14):
We would love to dedicate this launch as well to the frontline workers deployed in the Massachusetts National Guard, in particular, Armand Hunter, Hannah Jalette, and Ashley Clancy.
Nikolai Eggleton (04:23):
Last but not certainly least, a message from Ochsner Health in New Orleans: “Thank you to the entire team of healthcare heroes at Ochsner Health for working tirelessly on the frontlines of the COVID-19 epidemic to protect our community.”
Dylan Carollo (04:40):
With T-minus eight minutes and 17 seconds, we are now taking you inside Crew Dragon’s mission control audio, courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (04:49):
When we get to engine ignition at T-minus two seconds, we don’t want to try to run a highly chilled liquid oxygen through a warm pump. You had flashed that into gas and running gas through a high speed pump is not a good thing. So right now we are waiting for T-minus seven minutes. That’ll start the engine chill. Shortly after that we will also get the fuel shut down listening to the space X launch director in the background there. As I mentioned, the T-minus seven minutes. As we start the chill, we will also get into the final topping off of stage one field and then the field level will complete.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (06:16):
Right on time. That call out indicates that the fuel loading on the first stage is complete draining back lines. Now. So first stage and second stage fuel are complete liquid oxygen loading is continuing on both stages. You can see on the view on the left side of the monitor, the condensation the cold gas wrapped around the stages is the tank skins are chilled by the densified liquid oxygen. Picking up the humidity from the Florida.
Mission Control Speaker 2 (06:50):
It looks like at this moment we’re a little more than 90% full on the oxidizer on the first stage ticking up towards that 80% mark. On the second stage, we’ll be counting down all the way until about two or three minutes. As John and I just said until everything is loaded and then we will be go for launch.
Mission Control Speaker 3 (07:12):
Dragon has transitioned to configure for terminal count.
Mission Control Speaker 4 (07:16):
Vehicle tanks pressing or strong back retract.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (07:26):
We’re pressurizing the Falcon 9 tanks. We’re going to open the clamp arm around the second stage and begin to retract the strong back. We’ll move back about two degrees. That’ll get us to the lift-off position at lift-off. The strong back will then recline about 45.
Mission Control Speaker 4 (07:49):
Stage two on bleed.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (07:52):
Launch director called out the strong back retract has started on the left. You’ll see it go back just a couple of degrees.
Mission Control Speaker 4 (07:59):
Page one.
Deep Silence (08:05)
Mission Control Speaker 5 (08:15):
We are just four minutes away from lift-off. I got at this moment, Bob and Doug are really just laser focused on those displays. They have insight directly into dragon and the Falcon 9. They’re able to see where their fuel loading is at, how everything’s progressing down with the count.
Mission Control Speaker (08:34):
ASTS final set up started.
Mission Control Speaker 5 (08:40):
Three and a half minutes from launch.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (08:44):
And a strong back is now reclining away from the Falcon 9.
Mission Control Speaker (09:01)
Mission Control Speaker 2 (09:13):
Oh, they’ll bleed.
Mission Control Speaker 3 (09:18):
Dragon has transitioned through terminal count in his own internal [inaudible] stage one locks close out.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (09:26):
Okay. We’re a T-minus two minutes, 42 seconds. Stage one locks load has closed out. Stage two will continue to load for about another half a minute or so. Once we get the completion of stage two locks loading, we have to vent down the line so you’ll see another large white cloud coming off of the strong back. That’ll be normal. That’ll happen around T-minus one minute and 40 seconds. We’re going on internal power now.
Mission Control Speaker (09:56):
Just a few seconds away from the stage two locks. Load complete. It’s been almost nine years since we’ve been in this position. Lot of work done by thousands of people to get to this point. All our eyes focused on two now.
Mission Control Speaker (10:19):
Stage two locks. Load is closed out propellant fills are complete.
Mission Control Speaker (10:26):
Dragon is an auto idle.
Mission Control Speaker (10:30):
Stage two locks load complete all fuel, all oxidizer on Falcon 9 one minute 34 seconds to go till launch.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (10:41):
Starting…
Deep Silence (10:41)
Mission Control Speaker 3 (11:12):
Falcon 9 is in start-up.
Mission Control Speaker (11:14):
Dragon is in countdown. FTS is armed for launch.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (11:20):
Under a minute now. The FTS, the flight termination system has been armed.
Mission Control Speaker (11:26):
Directed SpaceX. Go for launch.
Mission Control Speaker (11:31):
SpaceX Dragon we’re go for launch let’s light this candle.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (11:39):
T-minus 30 seconds.
Mission Control Speaker 3 (11:53):
Stage one tanks pressing for flight.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (12:00):
T-minus 15 seconds
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero. Go NASA Go SpaceX!
Mission Control Speaker (12:24):
So rise of American space flight for ambitious of the new generation. Continuing the dream, 20 seconds into flight stage one propulsion is nominal.
Mission Control Speaker (12:42):
T-plus 30 seconds under this historic mission. Flying crew on board dragon and look at them go
Mission Control Speaker (12:53):
And when do you throttle down?
Mission Control Speaker 1 (12:57):
We’re throttling down to get ready for the period of maximum dynamic pressure. We’re in a throttle like that. Reports say all systems are a go. We’ve exceeded MOC one on the Falcon 9.
Mission Control Speaker (13:22):
And when do you throttle down?
Deep Silence (12:23)
Mission Control Speaker 1 (12:25):
We’re throttling backed up to full power is gone max queue.
Mission Control Speaker 3 (12:30):
Copying one bravo.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (13:35):
And we heard that one Bravo call out. That’s just the second aboard zone that they’re in. They’ll continue to be on this until the first stage has done its job and they switch over to the second. At this point, Bob and Doug pulling about 2.3 Gs, 2.3 times the Earth’s gravity already moving it over 1,500 miles per hour.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (13:55):
We’ve heard the call out for MVac engine chill. That’s getting the MVac engine ready to light. That’ll come at about two 44 into flight right now. Everything continuing to look good. Next major event coming up is going to be the triple. We’ll have main engine cut off of the nine first stage engines, stage separation, and then ignition of the second stage engine to continue to carry astronauts into orbit.
Coming up in about 20 seconds.
Mission Control Speaker (14:28):
And when do you throttle down?
Mission Control Speaker 1 (14:34):
When Heard we’re throttling down the Merlin engines on the first stage.
Mission Control Speaker (14:45):
And we have MICO [cross-talk] talking stage separation confirmed [applause].
Mission Control Speaker 1 (15:06):
All right. We have stage separation. Confirm the first stage beginning it’s flight back. The second stage being powered by that single Merlin one D vacuum engine has ignited and is now carrying Bob and Doug into orbit, so they’re going to continue under the power of this second stage.
Mission Control Speaker (15:23):
Propulsion is nominal.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (15:25):
Which we’ll cut off at SECO or second engine cut-off at about eight minutes and 44 seconds into today’s flight, so a little over five minutes to go still on this second stage. You heard the call out to Alpha, so they’re now in the longest aboard zone that carries them all the way from about North Carolina up the Eastern seaboard almost to Canada. Things looking good though, getting good call outs, nominal propulsion on that second stage, Bob and Doug continuing to make their way into orbit.
Mission Control Speaker (16:00):
Dragon, SpaceX, nominal trajectory.
Mission Control Speaker (16:04):
Accusation of signals, Dragon nominal trajectory.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (16:12):
All right here in nominal trajectories of dragon pointed in the right direction, continuing to make their flight uphill. Heard acquisition of one of the other ground stations that they’re using to get telemetry and data back from this spacecraft.
Mission Control Speaker (16:24):
Stage Two, propulsion is still nominal.
Dylan Carollo (16:30):
Dylan here on D100 Radio, we have officially taken off, America is back and launched. D100 Radio, our listeners, our First Responders and all of those wonderful people who have donated to our fundraiser and continue to support our first line responders we say thank you and just know that we have dedicated this launch to you and when you look up into space in the future – just remember you were there and continue to be part of making history.
We’re going to recognize the first responders from around the country again right now starting on the West Coast, a special thank you from D100 Radio and our entire listening audience to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles:
“We would love to thank the Cedars-Sinai Healthcare Heroes who have worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19.”
Nikolai Eggleton (17:11):
And now for the frontline workers who have done so much in Boston – we thank you. Michael Allard, Dan Arkins, Nick Beinar, Cheryl Brathwaite, Laura Brathwaite, Cliff Brown, Emilie Burgess, Rana Chudnofsky, and Patrick Costello .
Dylan Carollo (17:29):
Furthermore, we have Jessica Covitz, Bill Davidson, Kevin Dillon, Joyce Donadio, Heidi Dotson, Leslie Feinberg, Jacque Francona, Stacie Fredricksson, and Greg Fricchione.
Nikolai Eggleton (17:41):
Back on the West Coast, D100 Radio, our listeners and UW Medicine would like to commemorate “all the UW Medicine front line healthcare workers.”
Dylan Carollo (17:52):
In particular from around the country: Carina Gupta, Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Betsy Hart, Nathan Hartvigsen, Ron Hirschberg, Arafat Knight, Laura Lakin, Charlotte Luckey, and Elyse Lynch.
Nikolai Eggleton (18:05):
A message coming from the epicenters of epicenters, New York City. “The FDNY Foundation thanks all of our FDNY EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. We would also like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals.” And a special thanks from D100 Radio and our listeners.
Dylan Carollo (18:26):
Dedicating their lives and support towards COVID-19. We would like to recognize the following from Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and MassGeneral Program: Nicolette Maggiolo, Brendan McCaffrey, Jake McCaffrey, Megan McCarthy, Leonard Montgomery, Darshan Mehta, Teo Pique, Pat Smith, Louisa Sylvia, Bingyu Xu, and Ross Zafonte.
Nikolai Eggleton (18:49):
And from the Motor City, Henry Ford Health System: “On behalf of the entire Henry Ford Health System, we thank all the care teams of Henry Ford Health System, at each of our hospitals, the ICUs, the Emergency Departments as well as our home healthcare teams. With special thanks to Wright Lassiter, Bob Riney, Dr. Betty Chu, Dr. Steve Kalkanis and Dr. Adnan Munkarah.”
Dylan Carollo (19:17):
We would like to dedicate this launch as well to the frontline workers deployed in the Massachusetts National Guard, in particular, Armand Hunter, Hannah Jalette, and Ashley Clancy.
Nikolai Eggleton (19:29):
Last but certainly not least, a message from Ochsner Health in New Orleans: “Thank you to the entire team of healthcare heroes at Ochsner Health for working tirelessly on the frontlines of the COVID-19 epidemic to protect our community.”
Dylan Carollo (19:43):
We are hearing from mission control right now that the Dragon has just went through entry burn. We’re going to take you back to mission control audio right now. Thank you so much for tuning in and stay tuned in to hear the official mission control of the SpaceX/NASA first commercial crew launch and over a decade. Thank you for tuning in.
Mission Control Speaker (20:00):
In rapid succession. That’ll be the second engine cut-off for that, stage one landing burn shortly after.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (20:11):
Actually just within a few seconds of each other. It’s such a cool view on your left screen seeing Bob and Doug on Dragon right now. You can see the displays that they are seeing right now themselves.
Mission Control Speaker (20:28):
And back there. All that stuff.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (20:33):
We are coming up 25 seconds or so away from SECO or second engine cutoff.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (20:40):
This is also the point where Bob and Doug are experiencing their highest G-Force. We’re seeing the counter tick up to write about point.
Mission Control Speaker (20:47):
Shannon.
Mission Control Speaker (20:48):
Copy Shannon.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (20:50):
You heard Shannon, so that just means they’re in their final abort zones. If they were to abort at this point would either be an abort to orbit or to land off the coast of Ireland standing by for a second confirmation.
Mission Control Speaker (21:02):
Step and Beck shut down.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (21:09):
Confirmation of SECO second engine cut-off.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (21:13):
Now we are waiting for our first stage to make its way to our drone ship.
Mission Control Speaker (21:18):
Dragon Space X Nominal orbital insertion [inaudible].
Mission Control Speaker 6 (21:27):
And while you’re seeing on your screen is a live view of our drone ship where our first stage will be coming down. It looks like we lost that live view, but wait for confirmation of that landing shortly here and there you can see on your screen Falcon 9 has landed. This is the first Falcon 9 to carry humans to orbit, so very exciting for us and as you can see on your rights screen, Bob and Doug are still making their way to their targeted orbit. So exciting today.
Mission Control Speaker (22:10):
It doesn’t stop.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (22:11):
It does not stop.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (22:13):
Alright, we did, we did hear again that call out good orbital insertion, so that means Falcon 9 and Dragon right now, exactly where they’re supposed to be.
Mission Control Speaker (22:22):
We need an FRC on recovery one.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (22:24):
And it’s right at about 12 minutes when dragon will separate. It looks like we saw zero G indicator floating around there. I know Bob and Doug owe us a little bit about what exactly that is that they brought up with them.
Deep Silence (22:43)
Mission Control Speaker 6 (22:44):
And before separation, before Dragon initiates separation from the second stage. They do make sure to make the, they do ensure that the vehicle is not spinning and it is in good can get conditioned before we separate.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (22:56):
That’s right. The upper stage does small attitude maneuver using cold gas thrusters built into the rocket body itself.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (23:07):
Exactly, so we do expect that separation to occur in about a minute from now, but they do wait until they have full confirmation that it is ready to separate such cool views. I cannot get over this view that we were seeing right now. Bob and Doug on the right screen inside of Crew Dragon out in space.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (23:32):
Yeah. Already 200 kilometers over planet earth or a little over 124 miles traveling in excess of 2,700 meters, 27,000 meters per second or about 16,000 miles per hour. Again, we’re just standing by that separation event should be coming up shortly and there’ll begin a series of checks on the Draco thrusters that are going to be used to maneuver and then power dragon on its flight to the International Space Station standing by for separation.
Mission Control Speaker (24:08):
Expected loss of signal walls.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (24:12):
It sounds like we hadn’t expected Los loss of signal with one of the ground stations waiting for confirmation. Now of that
Mission Control Speaker (24:20):
Dragon separation confirmed.
Mission Control Speaker 1 (24:22):
Dragon separation confirmed.
Mission Control Speaker 6 (24:24):
There is a great view right in front of you of dragon separating and there’s that call out. Dragon is now officially making its way to the International Space Station today.
Mission Control Speaker (24:42):
Dragon SpaceX with that separation call. Oh, we have a few words for you from our Falcon 9 team.
Mission Control Speaker (24:49):
Standing by.
Mission Control Speaker (24:52):
Dragon, chief engineer on Dragon to the ground. Bob, Doug, on behalf of the entire launch team, thanks for flying with Falcon 9 today. We hope you enjoy the ride and wish you a great mission.
Mission Control Speaker (25:07):
Thanks Bala. Congratulations to you and the F9 team for the first human ride for Falcon 9, and it was incredible. Appreciate all the hard work and thanks for the great ride to space.
Mission Control Speaker (25:21):
Copy out.
Mission Control Speaker (25:23):
I’m proud of you guys and the rest of the team. Thank you so much for what you’ve done for us today. Putting America back into low earth orbit out from the Florida coast.
Dylan Carollo (25:35):
This is Dylan with D100 Radio just tuning in. If you’re just tuning in, the Falcon Dragon launch has just concluded and they are on their way to the International Space Station. Thank you so much for tuning into our COVID-19 first responder honorary broadcast. We are going back to original programming and we are back on D100 Radio. Thank you so much again for tuning in.

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