Category Archives: SpaceX

SpaceX Demo-1 Last Steps

The SpaceX Demo-1 mission is about to come to a close as far as the “optics” goes. The analysis will go on for weeks to be sure.

Thanks to NASA for the coverage (replays later in the day) the live feed will remain up for much of the day.

Undock: 07:31 UTC / 02:31 ET

Splashdown: 13:45 UTC / 08:45 ET

Here’s the recovery:

Good luck on a solid finish SpaceX!!!!

So far so good. The undocking was successful and as far as I know free of anomalous events. I will leave the NASA feed up for most of the day and post replays later.

Falcon 9 Return to Port

Here’s a chance to see the SpaceX drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” arriving at Port Canaveral with the first-stage of their Falcon rocket (B1051) on the morning of 05 March 2019.

Tomorrow 08 March 2019 the Crew Dragon will depart and return to Earth. You can watch a NASA live feed here beginning at 07:00 UT / 02:00 ET with the deorbit burn and re-entry at 12:30 UT / 07:30 ET

Demo-1 Docking Replay

Here is a replay of the Crew-Dragon docking to the International Space Station. Thanks to Videosfromspace for the replay.

Hatch Opening. COMPLETE! 12:07 UTC

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NASA TV coverage of the historic SpaceX Demo-1 mission.

I had a technical issue but I cleared that up.

The hatch opening is scheduled for 08:30 ET / 13:30 UT.

They are putting Crew-Dragon through it’s paces right now. I like the timing overlay. The image of Crew-Dragon alone in the black is rather surreal.

Two critical steps remain, docking and undocking/return. Scratch docking, we have at least a soft-dock, I have lost audio on two devices. I have captions going on one of them (this feed actually).

I wonder how Ripley enjoyed his flight. Who’s Ripley?

Docking complete! Audio is back too.

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Here we have the docking. Fingers crossed for success; funny that implies luck, but luck should not and must not be a factor. I don’t care – good luck SpaceX!

SpaceX and NASA Ready for Demo-1

The first launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft aboard the company’s Falcon 9 rocket is now only tomorrow.

For this first flight which is of course a test the flight will not be crewed and is aptly named Demo-1.

Demo-1 is scheduled for 02:49 EST / 07:49 UTC from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. This launch is a VERY significant step because it will be the first launch of a commercially built American rocket and spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

According to NASA, meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron continue to predict an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for launch on Saturday morning, with the possibility of thick clouds or cumulus clouds posing the main concern.

Join us here for this historic event!

Image: NASA

Space X -Nusantara Satu Replay

Here is the replay starting at T-minus 10 seconds if I did everything correctly.

Space X launches the Nusantata Satu satellite from Cape Canaveral Florida.

The 32-minute launch window opens at 8:45 p.m. EST, or 1:45 UTC on February 22.

In the event there is not a launch the back up date is just minutes short of 24 hours.

Also deploying on the mission: Beresheet lunar spacecraft and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 spacecraft. I believe the Beresheet lunar spacecraft is an Israeli lander, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

SpaceX Launches Iridium 8 – Replay

The launch replay.

Below is the replay of the first-stage landing on the barge:

This launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, is the eighth and final set of satellites in a series of 75 that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation.

Weather looks good – good luck SpaceX

Is SpaceX Launching Today? Done!

A good question, will SpaceX be making the fourth attempt to launch the GPS III SV01 mission? Indications are yes because they are listing the time 13:51 UTC but are not yet providing a link.

SpaceX comes through as expected.

Good luck wishes, hoping this time will be the one.

I’ll put a replay up later today. This is taking a little longer because the orbit is higher than typical, about halfway between the low orbit of the International Space Station and the high geostationary orbits.

Great launch though.

SpaceX to Launch GPSIII SV-01 – Aborted

SpaceX is launching a Global Positioning System III space vehicle (SV) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. What is a GPS space vehicle? I don’t know exactly, it is a launch for the US Air Force.

The launch window opens at 14:11 UTC / 09:11 ET (26 minute window)

Replays later today (if it goes up).

Side note: I am really please to see this launch, I thought the Rocket Lab launch was today, then when that was a couple of days ago I thought I was going mad. Not mad, just a but confused. LOL. Crazy busy is the big problem. There are a few launches scheduled by various entities, I will try to get caught up.