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.
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.
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.
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.
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.