Category Archives: SpaceX

SpaceX Launches AMOS-17

Heres the replay, fast forward about 17 minutes as there was a delay (I almost missed the live shot).

Launch time: 22:53 UT

Coverage should begin 15 minutes prior to launch.

Spaceport: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

There are thunderstorms in the area that could cause a delay or postponement.

PLUS! There was no attempt to land the first-stage but there was an attempt to catch the fairing with the SpaceX ship Ms. Tree:

SpaceX Tries Again

FANTASTIC! The first-stage landing was AMAZING! I will try to get a video up by morning.

Scheduled launch time: 22:01 UT / 18:01 ET

There are showers around but the chances look reasonable for a launch — fingers crossed.

No Hop from Starhopper

SpaceX aborted a test “hop” from it’s Starhopper under development.

Apparently this was to be an untethered hop of 20 meters. The Raptor engine was halted after three seconds.

I like to think of the Starhopper as a space-bus as it eventually will carry up to 100 people into space, IF reports are correct.

SpaceX to Try Again

I had a strong suspicion the launch yesterday would not go off.

They will try again later today at 22:01 UTC / 18:01 EDT. They also have another opportunity on 27 July if necessary. They might need it.

Space X to Launch CRS-18

Scrubbed.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Dragon cargo-spaceship to the International Space Station today at (last I heard) 22:24 UT / 18:24 ET.

Scheduled coverage from SpaceX should start around 22:00 UT / 18:00 ET. Unfortunately the time is somewhat convoluted, back to the earlier days.

Ah well. To be honest I was thinking about the launch yesterday and I am thinking “no way will they launch”. My reasoning was this: the launch was coming from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with a Tropical Depression to skirt along the coast with the projected path taking it about as close to the space center area as it will get.

Want to know what kept me from posting it yesterday? Because my predictions are usually wrong! HAHAHA. What’s the saying, hash tag not always.

We shall see!

SpaceX Heavy – STP 2 Launch

According to SpaceX:

The primary launch window opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT, or 3:30 a.m. UTC on June 25, and closes at 3:30 a.m. EDT on June 25, or 7:30 a.m. UTC.

A backup launch window opens on June 25 at 11:30 p.m. EDT, or 3:30 a.m. UTC on June 26, and closes at 3:30 a.m. EDT on June 26, or 7:30 a.m. UTC.

Deployments will begin approximately 12 minutes after liftoff and end approximately 3 hours and 32 minutes after liftoff.

— Weather looks good.

SpaceX Launch Live

Mission: RADARSAT Constellation (Deployment at about T +54 mins)

Spaceport: Vandenberg AFB California – Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E)

Launch window open: 14:17 UTC / 10:17 ET

Launch window close: 14:30 UTC / 10:30 ET

Alternate window is 24 hours later (on 13 June)

Reused Falcon 9? Yes, it was the Crew Dragon 1st stage in March 2019.

Landing attempt? Yes and at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base! Should get some good looks at it.

Replays later in the day.

Good luck SpaceX!

See the Starlink Satellites

Dr. Marco Langbroek (sattrackcam.blogspot.com) captured the SpaceX Starlink satellites streaking over the Netherlands shortly after launch in this video (posted by VideoFromSpace).

I saw this particular video was released yesterday (Saturday) morning and went immediately to Heavens-Above and N2YO to get tracking information. Neither source had any, but luckily N2YO does list it today.

Starlink tracking from N2YO

I’ll include the Heavens-Above link because they are sure to have predictions up soon.

I have not been able to see them yet, plenty of opportunity in terms of passes overhead, but sadly I have lots of clouds. Perhaps tonight?