I heard about a SpaceX engine test that went bad yesterday (20 Apr). A Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed in a fire. There is not a lot of information out about the event. Whatever the cause, there is almost sure to be a delay in the actual deployment of the ship.
Thankfully Scott Manley has a video out about what is known so far and the implications going forward.
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.