Here is a replay of that very impressive launch. The launch is around 52 minutes into the video so you may want to fast forward, I am leaving the prelaunch video for the great information it contains.
Next up – the International Space Station.
Providing no last-minute issues or weather delays today will be a positive day for the history books. SpaceX is launching the first commercially built spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station.
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.
Here’s a replay of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV with the NROL-71.
Yes, I missed the live-launch. Not by choice I assure you. My day went something like this:
I was rushing to complete all outside tasks completed as quickly as possible, the temperature was around -18 C / 5 F. I also decided to make certain my snow-thrower machine while I was grilling chicken – the last chore.
The machine stared fine and was ready for action. I was going to NEED that thing as the forecast was for 40 to 60 cm / 15 to 24 inches. Later after bringing in the chicken I realized I did not have the key to the snow-thrower. I layered up and went out to the show-thrower and the key was gone. They key must have fallen out of my pocket. So I ended up looking for the key all afternoon and much of that outside and involving the 27 meter long path of snow I was wading through to feed the wild birds. That was loads of fun, sifting through the snow that whole distance, mercifully the snow was very light.
No luck. At this point the radar was showing the snowfall was only about an hour from starting. So I hurry to town, nobody had a replacement. This key is just stamped metal, not like a house or automobile key, simple but needed. Anyway we called a neighbor who I knew had it plowed to see if I could get them to do mine as well. The lady called her son and he came over we talked and he left wanting to see what he had that could help. We lined up the plow guy and next thing you know the neighbor’s son was back and he was holding the very key I needed!!
Yesterday (Sunday) we started the day at -19 C / -3 F and I cleaned out my driveway and the one to my workshop early when we had about 30 cm on the ground and again near the end when our total was 46 cm.
According to JAXA, the launch put “seven different satellites into orbit from Uchinoura Space Center on Jan. 17, 2018. The payloads consisted of the RAPid Innovative payload demonstration Satellite-1 (RAPIS-1), developed by JAXA via consignment to Axelspace Co., Ltd. and six ultra-small satellites.”