SpaceX is, at last word, still on track for their "demonstration" (non-critical cargo) delivery to the International Space Station, launching 30 April.
If everything goes to plan, it still won't be quite fast enough to send 'em a hot pizza, even starting from the 'za jernt closest to the Cape (anybody got the number?); but it'll mark the first time since the last Shuttle flight that a cargo left the U.S. for delivery to people living in Low Earth Orbit. And on a commercial flight! I dunno if the NORAD Two-line Element Set counts as an address or not; right now, if what SpaceX ships has to be signed for, there's only one address they need to find anyway.
My best wishes for their success.
(PS: I wonder if you could use a satphone on ISS? And how the pizza delivery guy would take the joke if you called in an order?)
(PPS: If you can dial out, you can dial in! New funding stream for NASA: 1-900-###-ISS1, rings up to the space station but no promise you'll get anything but an answering machine or recorded message, $20 minimum. Wanna bet that thing would get calls 24/7/365?)
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