Tag Archives: Falcon 9

SpaceX – Iridium 2

And another successful launch and recovery – thus 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.

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_spaceport_drone_ship (ASDS)

http://www.teslarati.com/spacex-set-second-weekend-launch-new-titanium-grid-fins-tested/

http://www.spacex.com/news/2017/06/24/iridium-2-press-kit

BulgariaSat-1

SpaceX does it again … relaunch and landing of another Falcon 9

Falcon 9’s first stage for the BulgariaSat-1 mission previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this year. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt a landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Link to the Press Kit

 

Personal observation … I cannot believe the bozos who comment that this is all faked based on video dropouts. When I “watched” the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions live video was rare to non-existent after the initial live launch video.

You go SpaceX!

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CRS-11 Falcon 9 Landing

Yet another Falcon 9 landing (from yesterday June 3rd) at LZ-1. Note the arrival of the sonic boom just before landing. Starting to get routine (as it should). This was also the first re-use of a Dragon capsule (Woo Hoo). 

For more info on LZ-1 see:

For more on the CRS-11 mission see:

Feels like the 60s again.

CRS-11 ISS Resupply

SCRUBBED DUE TO WEATHER 

From http://www.spacex.com/webcast


   

New milestones for SpaceX

  • First reflight of a Dragon capsule
  • Another re-landing of Falcon 9 booster at Landing Zone 1
  • 100th Launch from LC-39A

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/crs11finalpresskit.pdf

Launch windows:

  • Primary Thursday June 1 at 5:55pm EDT (21:55 UTC) 
  • Backup Saturday June 3 at 5:07pm EDT (21:07 UTC)