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.
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.
Here is the SES-10 Hosted Webcast from of the historic flight by Space X. Being “out of town” most of the week, I barely got to see the launch. The hosted webcasts usually provide a good bit of information and this one is no exception:
The post yesterday never published. I had it in a queue but I made a mess of it and, well, nothing happened – my apologies.
Here is a replay of the Space X Dragon cargo ship departing the International Space Station. The cargo ship was released at about 05:11 EDT / 09:11 UTC (if my time conversion is correct).
The Dragon will NOT burn up in the atmosphere as some ships do. The returning 5,400 + Lb / 2,450 + kg payload includes samples from a variety of scientific experiments.
The thrusters on Dragon will fire at around 10:00 EDT / 14:00 UTC commencing a deorbit burn which will send the ship into the Pacific Ocean 54 minutes later where it will be retrieved and returned by recovery teams.
As far as I know there will be no live coverage of the splashdown and recovery, however there could be video after the fact.