Video: Boeing: This Time It’s Good News

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Boeing has for the first time taken astronauts into space.

  • Their spacecraft is called Starliner.
    • The rocket is an Atlas 5.
      • Original rocket designed by Lockheed Martin and now a joint venture with Boeing.
  • In 2020, SpaceX’s Dragon was the first commercial operator to take astronauts into orbit:
    • Spacecraft is called Dragon
    • PM: “Dragon” people into space. 🙂
      • The rocket is a Falcon 9.
        • Incredibly, SpaceX developed their own engine.

PM: This is all pretty amazing stuff.

  • Apparently Musk named the spacecraft Dragon from the song by Peter, Paul and Mary called Puff The Magic Dragon.
    • PM:
      • It’s a great song, but I never really appreciated the lyrics or knew what it was about.
      • Some felt it was about smoking weed because of the word Puff.
      • But it was simply a song about the loss of childhood innocence exemplified by a boy losing interest in his toy dragon.
      • Here are some of the lyrics:
      • A dragon lives forever, but not so little girls and boys
      • Painted wings and giant’s rings make way for other toys
      • One gray night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
      • And Puff, that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar
      • His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain
      • Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane
      • Without his lifelong friend, Puff could not be brave
      • So Puff, that mighty dragon, sadly slipped into his cave
        • Nice live version ‘here’ from 1986.  They had great harmony.