Category Archives: SpaceX

CRS – 12 Launch Replay

Brilliant!

I like the clocks, the last launch I noted both in a spreadsheet using values every few seconds and graphed the result.  Sadly I did not get a full set start to finish because they switch the data stream to different parts of the spacecraft, i.e: the different stages 1/2.  Still it was an interesting exercise.

SpaceX to Try Again

The last two attempts resulted in “aborts” at T-9 seconds due to guidance system errors.

Launch time: 23:37 UTC / 19:37 EDT

Good luck SpaceX

T minus 1:00, need to make it past t minus (t-) 9 seconds.

Yes! Launch!

Up and moving, love the ground camera.

Max Q? Yes!

MECO? Perfect. The 1st stage is separated and upper stage running.

Second stage shutdown and all looks good.

SpaceX Launch – Replay

If you miss the launch, I will have a replay up shortly.

WOW! Great landing on the drone ship in the Pacific, just about perfect. Imagine that, one company, two launches from two locations and even two successful first-stage landing on drone ships in two different oceans in what? Two days! (23 and 25 June).

The video as posted is actually still rendering so it might not be available straight-away.

Space X to Launch – Again

SpaceX will attempt another launch TODAY (25 June) at 20:25 UTC / 16:25 EDT / 13:25 PDT. This launch is an Iridium-2 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

A backup launch date is tomorrow (26 June) at 20:19 UTC / 16:19 EDT / 13:19 PDT.

Come back for a live link to be up at 20:00 UTC / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT.

Space X Replay – BulgariaSat 1

Fast forward to 16 minutes for the launch (16:25)
Good luck!

NOTE: Apparently the time listed here (and by Space X) do now match up with the the stated start of the live stream if you click on the video above.

Looks to be 19:10 UTC or 15:10 EDT. Ah, I just check the SpaceX site and it does say 19:10 UTC, must be the graphic and not updated.

Update 2: The one hour delay was for additional system checks.

GREAT LAUNCH!!!!

YES! GREAT LANDING OF THE 1st stage, will they reuse it a second time?

I’ll put a replay here when it is available.

SpaceX CRS-11 Launch – REPLAY

Excellent! The landing was spectacular!

Earlier:

Today’s launch is the second attempt at launch, the first scrubbed due to weather.

Launch Date/Time: 03 June at 21:07 UTC / 17:07 ET.

Alternate dates: 04 June at 21:07 UTC / 17:07 ET (identical to today’s window)

Historical note: This will be the 100th launch from Kennedy’s LC-39A.

Dragon will separate from the Falcon 9 rocket after 10 minutes of flight. The Falcon 9 will then attempt a landing at the SpaceX Landing Zone (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral.

If all goes according to plan the Dragon cargo ship will still dock with the International Space Station on 04 June.

SpaceX CRS-11 Launch – SCRUBBED

Today’s launch was scrubbed due to weather so now we go to the back up date:

Launch Date/Time: 03 June at 21:07 UTC / 17:07 ET.

Alternate dates:
Historical note: This will be the 100th launch from Kennedy’s LC-39A.

Dragon will separate from the Falcon 9 rocket after 10 minutes of flight. The Falcon 9 will then attempt a landing at the SpaceX Landing Zone (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral.

If all goes according to plan the Dragon cargo ship will dock with the International Space Station on 04 June.

Brush Fire Near Launch Pad 39A

In advance of the Space-X launch tomorrow  there was a “hold-down” test at Launch Pad 39A.   The “hold-down” test is a rehearsal for the launch to ensure the fueling and countdown procedures are all set before the actual launch.

The Falcon 9 rocket assembly consisting of nine Merlin 1D engines was fired for more than three seconds.  After the test fire crews were called to the scene and the four-acre fire was quelled by numerous helicopter water dumps.

The test is customary and apparently all is ready for the launch which you can seehere tomorrow.  Launch time is 21:55 UTC / 17:55 ET.

Space X Launches Inmarsat-5

The launch of the Inmarsat-5 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). LC-39A saw many of the Apollo missions and eventually Apollo 11. After Apollo LC-39A was used for the Shuttle program and now the site is being used by Space X and after much modification Space X can support launches of both commercial and crew missions on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.

This is the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 spacecraft in the Global Xpress (GX) constellation. Inmarsat, the only operator of a global Ka-band network, created the GX platform to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.

Because of mission requirements there was no attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket. is about 9-minutes into the video.