Category Archives: SpaceX

Views of Starman

UPDATE: For those wondering about that center section that was to land on the drone ship – the effort was not successful but that’s a minor detail really in an otherwise spectacular mission.

I am looking for ephemeris for Starman and the Tesla Roadster.

Live views of Starman from SpaceX. Starman is the SpaceX spacesuit and is situated behind the wheel of the Tesla Roadster currently flying along in outer space after being put there by the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch – Replay


 

WOW! Great launch and as always great video from SpaceX. Congratulations!

Launch time 18:30 UTC / 13:30 EST from Kennedy Space Center.

Updated Launch:  20:30 UTC / 15:30 EST, 20:45 UTC  / 15:45 EST delay due to upper level winds.  Everything else looks fine.

The payload? Not just dead weight as is usually the case, no this time the payload is the CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk’s midnight-cherry Tesla Roadster.

Heavy’s second stage will attempt to place the Roadster into a precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.

The Falcon Heavy is reported to have twice the payload capacity of the Delta IV at one-third the cost.

If the launch does not go off today the alternate date is tomorrow, same time.

This is NOT a Test

This is a static fire test of the Falcon 9 Heavy a week and a few days ago (see earlier post).

What is coming up will not be a test.  Yes!  The maiden voyage of the Falcon 9 Heavy will occur as soon as tomorrow (06 Feb 2018) from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

From what I know launch time is set for 18:30 UTC / 13:30 EST tomorrow.  If the launch does not go off as planned tomorrow, the next few days are planned for, each with a three-hour window each day.

The Falcon 9 Heavy is the most powerful rocket to take flight in a number of years.  The 70 meter tall (229 feet), 12 meter wide (40 feet) rocket will produce a thrust of 2.3 million kg / 5 million pounds to get into orbit.

Check back for a live link about 15 minutes before launch time.

Falcon 9 Heavy Testing

A very brief test of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy, the very first test.

Short duration? Yes. Impressive? Most definitely!

Part of the SoaceX description: Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

Space X Iridium 4 Launch — Replay

A replay of another spectacular Space X launch to deploy the fourth set of 10 satellites in this Iridium 4 launch. Watch the pre-flight portion of the video for a description of the Iridium network.

Launch is about 14:30 into the video. Not only is the launch spectacular but about an hour and twelve into the video we get to watch the deployment (s). I left the video intact but you can fast-forward through much of it if you are short of time.

Let’s try this, this should start at T +57:00, just prior to the satellite deployments.

Space X CRS-13 Launch – REPLAY

Here’s a replay from Space X. The launch is about 15-minutes into the video if you are in a hurry you can skip ahead.

NICE!!  Beautiful launch and excellent video!

WOW WOW WOW!  The stage one camera was AMAZING!  If you did not see this you will in the replay it’s  a MUST see.

Video documentation second to none, Space X sets the bar even higher than it was.  Good job and congratulations Space X.

Launch time is expected to be 15:35 UTC / 10:35 EST

Zuma Launch — Postponed

The Zuma mission did not launch as you may know. SpaceX is “take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing /for another customer.” Launch range has been preserved for 17/18 November but not date is solid as yet.

Will SpaceX put the “zoom” in Zuma? The launch window opens shortly at 01:00 UT / 20:00 EST.

Well if you are here on time you are seeing the same result “Live stream offline” message.  Keep in mind the window is two-hours.  I will just leave the feed up just in case.

Space X KOREASAT-5A Launch

Live Replay of coverage of the Space X Launch.

Launch window opens at 19:34 UTC / 15:34 ET

The backup date is tomorrow (31 Oct) at the same time.

The drone-ship “Of Course I Still Love You” will be deployed as a landing site for the first-stage.

I will put up a replay when it is available AND I have power and internet restored, hopefully by tomorrow afternoon.

Power update:  Still don’t have power or internet.  Just catching the launch now (08:39 UT) looks great!  Power later today?  We’ll see.

Power update 2:  Power and internet restoration is looking bleak.  Power company is saying power should be back on by 00:00 UT SATURDAY.  Bleh. . .

Space X Launch – Replay

Here’s the replay in case you missed it. Thanks to Space Videos.

Another Space X launch. This one from Vandenberg AFB in California.

Launch time: 12:37 UT / 08:37 ET

Payload: Iridium 3 satellite.

After the launch, the first-stage will land on a drone ship in the Pacific. The drone ship’s name is “Just Read the Instructions”.