From yesterday’s Falcon 9 launch to resupply the International Space Station. I never get tired of watching these.
Note on the entry burn … first the center engine fires up (circular burn pattern), followed by the addition of two outer engines (oval burn pattern).
SpaceX is now successfully relanding the Falcon 9 on every attempt. Impressive!
OK, this is just too cool …
From EBS Ink-Jet Systems
More at http://handjet.com/
I want one …
Took these photos over the past few weeks. Finally posting them. In no particular order.
Hillary (Sir Edmund)
Patches and Pickles
Hillary, Pickles, Patches
This is really cool …
Six SpaceX Launches Synchronized To The Landing
OK … somebody had to do it. The complete list of every Falcon 9 launch is on Wikipedia!
As of June 25, 2017
- 37 launches
- 2 failures (one in flight, one on the launch pad pre-flight)
- 13 successful landings (8 droneship, 5 Landing Zone 1)
- 2 resused Falcon 9 boosters (both of which re-landed successfully – one on droneship, the other at LZ-1)
- 1 reused Dragon capsule
So … compare this to the Blue Origin numbers also care of Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Origin)
- 1 launch and crash landing of the New Shepard 1
- 5 launches and landings of the same New Shepard 2 booster (up and down – no payload to orbit)
And another successful launch and recovery – this time from Vandenburg CA (polar orbit). Back to back launch and landings.
New titanium grid fins (as opposed to the original aluminum grid fins) for better heat tolerance.