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SpaceX 2018

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX speaking at TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference AEROSPACE on the FRONTIER OF COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT.

Also note that today SpaceX successfully relaunched a previously launched F9 booster to place the GOVSAT-1 satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (http://www.spacex.com/webcast) This is the second launch this year. UPDATE – first stage was not intended to land on a drone ship but survived the water landing (“This rocket was meant to test very high retrothrust landing in water so it didn’t hurt the droneship, but amazingly it has survived. We will try to tow it back to shore.” https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/958847818583584768)

FRONTIER OF COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT

Note the last video shown is appears to be the first concept 2016 “ITS” video, NOT the 2017 somewhat scaled back “BFR” video.

Falcon Heavy is scheduled to launch this upcoming Tuesday February 6.

80 Seconds

Watch (almost) EVERY SpaceX Falcon 9 landing attempted … in 80 seconds 

https://youtu.be/Gum4EVbg7_0

And that doesn’t even count two back-to-back landings last week on an Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (Atlantic AND Pacific) plus the landing at LZ-1 at the beginning of June. Oh … and don’t forget the May 1st landing at LZ-1. So that makes it 18 landings?

 

See also

https://contrafactual.com/2017/06/25/spacex-iridium-2/

https://contrafactual.com/2017/06/23/bulgariasat-1/

https://contrafactual.com/2017/06/13/yaf9lv/

https://contrafactual.com/2017/06/07/crs-11-falcon-9-landing-close-up/

https://contrafactual.com/2017/06/04/crs-11-falcon-9-landing/

https://contrafactual.com/2017/05/01/best-footage-ever/

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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