Tag Archives: SpaceX
BIG Telephoto Lenses
Ever wonder how they get those amazing close-ups of the rocket launches?
This video shows you how they do it!
2017 – Every F9 Landing
A compilation of every Falcon 9 first stage landing in 2017 (18 launches / 14 landings)
Source: SpaceX / edited and compiled by Go To Space
FH Sound & Fury
Updated FH launch coverage
SpaceX has updated its launch coverage video to include onboard video of F9 both side boosters
360 Launch Video
Everyday Astronaut (Tim Dodd) has posted his 360 degree video of his experience three miles away from the Falcon Heavy launch. He is standing exactly where I was at the final Saturn V launch of Skylab. This is very nostalgic for me and I understand the emotions he must have been feeling.
You can watch it here in full 360 degrees: https://youtu.be/tBhuSTXMCaI *
Tim is doing a fantastic job covering SpaceX and spaceflight in general. His videos are simultaneously highly informative – and – entertaining! His enthusiasm is contagious.
Please check out Tim’s home page (https://everydayastronaut.com) and his YouTube channel.
You can support him via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/EverydayAstronaut)
Also be sure to check out his online shop (https://everydayastronaut.com/shop/)
If you have not already done so, check out A Blast (off) From My Past for an accounting of my experience at the Saturn V launch, some 45 years ago.
* I tried to embed the video, but WordPress and/or iOS Safari wouldn’t support 360 in the embedded version.
A Blast (off) From My Past
In honor of today’s Falcon Heavy Launch
Originally published https://contrafactual.com/2017/02/19/a-blast-off-from-my-past/
The image below is a screen capture from one the videos in the previous post on today’s SpaceX CRS-10 launch.
Life comes full circle. In a much earlier post I described what it was like to be standing at the water’s edge in the foreground at the last ever Saturn V launch.
- The Saturn V F1 engines were the most powerful rocket engines ever made. Each one produced over 1.5 million pounds of thrust. The five F1 engines on the Saturn V made it the most powerful launch vehicle ever at over 7.6 million pounds of thrust. Just over forty years ago on May 14, 1973 [almost 44 years as of this writing], I was lucky enough to be among the press and dignitaries sitting on the bleachers or standing in front of the turning basin at the Launch Complex 39 Press Site for the last ever Saturn V launch. I was 19 years old. My best friend’s aunt was a professional photographer. She got each of us a press pass for the launch of the Skylab space station. For a teenage space fan, who had watched every manned launch since Alan Shepard’s first suborbital Mercury launch, this was truly “dying and going to heaven”. For several days before the launch we got to go on exclusive tours of the launch site. We were able to see Walter Cronkite’s broadcast booth. NASA loaded us up with press packets and thick tomes of specifications. I can not begin to tell you how totally cool this was.
On launch day I was one of the throng of people standing to the left of the countdown clock in the picture above.
- I was just three miles away from the launch pad. When the engines fired up, the sound of the F1 engines was felt as much as heard. The low base rumbling seemed to reach directly into my chest and vibrate my heart and lungs [dare I say it was nearly orgasmic?]. As the Saturn V rose into the sky, I could smell the burned kerosene of the exhaust as I felt the waves of warm air wafting over me.
- This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The SpaceX image inspired me to search the Internet and YouTube for Skylab launch images. I scored big time. The second image is screen shot from the video below. Back in the day I had a fetish for white jeans (probably expressing my inner John Lennon). Trust me – I am in there somewhere.
Full video from 1973
The Internet is amazing. Welcome to the future.
Ran into a guy a few weeks back wearing an Occupy Mars T-shirt and asked him if he worked for SpaceX. Turns out he was a machinist at the McGregor facility. I shook his hand and thanked him for keeping the dream alive. He protested saying he was just a machinist and I told him that every job mattered in building rockets.
I actually tried to visit the McGregor facility a few years ago on a road trip back from Denver. They had just installed the new guard shack at the entrance and they turned me away. Apparently you can schedule a tour in advance but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. I suspect they have the occasional “open house” for the local residents of McGregor.
… and another makes 18
Another Launch / Another Landing
Yet Another BFR Analysis
This is short and well thought out. I personally think that point to point ICBT will eventually replace a large segment of air travel.
Full article at Futurism.com
BFR vs BFR
Everyday Astronaut does an excellent job explaining the differences between last year’s BFR* concept and this year’s new design.
* BFR = Big Falcon Rocket (yeah, totally)
ICBT | SpaceX
Inter-Continental Balistic Transport
From today’s SpaceX presentation (see previous post)
“Fly to most places on Earth in under 30 mins and anywhere in under 60. Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft. Forgot to mention that.” ~ Elon Musk via twitter
This will revolutionize travel.
This is how SpaceX funds the Mars missions.
… and commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in less than an hour
Elon Musk updates the plan for getting to Mars by revolutionizing space travel (and Earth travel). This talk concluded at 12:30 CDL Friday.
It’s all about reusability!
Best SpaceX Crashes
An official SpaceX video …
Elon has quite the sense of humor.
SpaceX launch of the US Air Force “minishuttle” Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) X-37B
Another successful launch and landing for Falcon 9. It is beginning to remind me of watching planes take off and land at the airport.
Side note: the contract to launch OTV-5 was awarded to SpaceX directly, without bid
SpaceX Press Kit
NASA coverage of the launch. Great camera views. Picture perfect launch.
I do so love the sound of rocket launches.
CRS-12 Falcon 9 Landing
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!
2017 – A SpaceX Odyssey
This is really cool …
Six SpaceX Launches Synchronized To The Landing
List of Falcon 9 Launches
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)
Watch (almost) EVERY SpaceX Falcon 9 landing attempted … in 80 seconds
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?
SpaceX – Iridium 2
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.
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.
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!
More Every Day Astronaut
See also LZ-1 vs ASDS, also by Every Day Astronaut
Yet Another Falcon 9 Landing Video
(No sound, aerial view)
CRS – 11 Falcon 9 landing close up
June 3rd landing close up
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
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
Click to access crs11finalpresskit.pdf
Primary Thursday June 1 at 5:55pm EDT (21:55 UTC)
- Backup Saturday June 3 at 5:07pm EDT (21:07 UTC)
Jeff Bezos vs Elon Musk
Or Blue Origin vs SpaceX*
Note the dates of the quotes and video clips
Props to Jeff Besos and Blue Origin for effort … but seriously?
* compare to Soapbox Derby vs NASCAR
From another view
I can’t get enough of this stuff …
Falcon 9 Re-entry … How it survives
The video below does an excellent job of explaining exactly how the Falcon 9 survives re-entry
The heat of re-entry is due to the compression of the atmosphere ahead of the re-entering vehicle, NOT air friction. Think of a diesel engine that works by highly compressing the air in the cylinder above the ignition temperature of the diesel fuel which is then injected at maximum compression and temperature.
As in NROL-76 (NRO Launch-76), the recent SpaceX launch and SpaceX’s first classified mission.
National Reconnaissance Office
Develop. Acquire. Launch. Operate.
When the United States needs eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach – be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory – it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost-efficient industrial supplier, conducting rigorous launch schedules, or providing the highest-quality products to our customers, we never lose focus on who we are working to protect: our Nation and its citizens.
From our inception in 1961 to our declassification to the public in 1992, we have worked tirelessly to provide the best reconnaissance support possible to the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD). We are unwavering in our dedication to fulfilling our vision:
Supra Et Ultra: Above and Beyond.
Latest SpaceX Mission Notes
I am replaying the video for your convenience
Falcon 9 first stage by the numbers
Speed of sound = 343 m/s
Max speed on ascent = 1685 m/s (Mach 4.9 @ 68 km)
Max altitude (apogee) = 166 km
Max speed on descent = 1407 m/s (Mach 4.1 @ 65km)
Stage separation (2:47) to touchdown (9:24) = 6m 37s
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Go back and rewatch the video while paying close attention to SPEED and ALTITUDE
The Falcon 9 first stage trajectory is quite interesting …
LZ1 vs ASDS
SpaceX – Landing Zone 1 (land) vs Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (sea)
Why??? The following video (not by me) explains it all.
For the BEST EVER footage of a Falcon 9 landing see my previous post.
Best footage … EVER
SpaceX – today’s launch and landing. Fourth return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX makes this look easy!
I really should have commented on this sooner
Fly me to the moon
Official SpaceX announcement
To the moon – Alice – to the moon
SpaceX to send two paying customers around the moon next year
A brief history of SpaceX landings
Blue Origin’s got nuthin’ on this
Second time is the charm
SpaceX successfully launches CRS-10 from LC-39A | Falcon 9 first stage lands at LZ-1
Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Airforce Station
Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A, the southern most of the two most northerly pads) with SpaceX modifications
Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1 formerly LC-13 midway down ICBM road )
Aerial view of LZ-1 landing
Full coverage with some SpaceX provided historical clips
- https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex (very cool photos)
Aerial snapshots from Apple Maps (TOMTOM)
Welcome to the Future – the revolution will be Tweeted
If at first you don’t succeed …
LC-39A | Falcon 9
Recent status of LC-39A
Artist’s Conception of Falcon Heavy at LC-39A
Apple Maps (TOMTOM) View of LC-39A with SpaceX Modifications
Commercial Crew Update
Originally published on Jan 16, 2017 | NASA Commentator Kyle Herring talks with Kathy Lueders, the manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, about the status of efforts to develop commercial space vehicles to deliver human crew members to the International Space Station. NASA is working with Boeing and SpaceX as those companies work through milestones to get their vehicles, Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, ready for their first crewed flights to the station, while the space station program is reconfiguring the station and preparing for spacewalks to install the new International Docking Adapters to which the new commercial spacecraft will dock.
Although YouTube states that the above video was published this month, I suspect that it was actually recorded two years ago in mid-June 2015. Reason being that reference was made in the video (@6:20) of the upcoming launch of the International Docking Adapter (IDA-1). However IDA-1 was lost during the launch failure of SpX CRS-7 on June 28, 2015. (Reference https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Docking_Adapter)
Additionally the Crew Dragon Pad Abort occurred in May of 2015.
Elon Musk and SpaceX aren’t the only ones with their “eyes on the prize” of replacing the Shuttle for commercial U.S manned space launches. Boeing has unveiled a new streamlined light-weight space suit for it astronauts to wear aboard its CST-100 “Space Taxi”.
See also my post Bras In Space, the story of the Apollo spacesuit
Compare and contrast the Boeing CST-100 to the SpaceX Crew Dragon (aka Dragon V2)
Sticks the landing
SpaceX, that is. With this weekend’s successful launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, SpaceX sticks the landing.
Launch to landing
Reusability | SpaceX
SpaceX will be returning to flight on January 8th.
SpaceX is targeting return to flight from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) with the Iridium NEXT launch on January 8. SpaceX greatly appreciates the support of our customers and partners throughout this process, and we look forward to fulfilling our manifest in 2017 and beyond.
In preparation for the next launch, we present for your enjoyment and enlightenment a series of videos summarizing the five year history of SpaceX Falcon 9 reusability.
I never get tired of watching this. It 60s Sci-Fi realized at last.