Yet ANOTHER launch!! SpaceX will be launching the Dragon cargo-spaceship later today.
Oh fast forward 14 minutes into the video for the launch if you are pressed for time.
Good launch and the Dragon is on the way. But. . .
Cargo is fine but the landing did not go quite as well:
SpaceX launches SSO-A: SmallSat Express from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Coverage at 13:32 ET / 18:32 UTC (published times by SpaceX)
SpaceX launches SAOCOM 1A satellite for Argentina.
The launch is from Vandenburg AFB in California and this also marks the first time the first-stage has returned to California – so SpaceX makes history again.
The launch is about 16 minutes into the video above from SpaceX. You can fast forward there but if you do you will miss some great information SpaceX always includes prior to launch.
Who will be the first passenger to go to the moon and back (hopefully)? SpaceX has signed a passenger and that person will be the first to ride the SpaceX BFR Mission to the Moon. The trip has been made by just 24 people in history.
We are about to find out who, when, and why! History in the making.
When? The SpaceX website says 18 Sept 2018 at 01:00 UT / 21:00 ET (on 17 Sept). However if one actually does the math using the little “timer to live” they give on the link, the start times are an hour BEFORE that. It can be confusing, that’s why I will almost always use UTC and the prevailing US Eastern time, I figure people in the states and Canada will easily convert that to what ever timezone they are in.
I am going to err on the side of caution and publish an hour before hand (the 1 am time). The 21:00 ET / 01:00 UT time makes more sense because that is 18:00 PDT.
A replay of this morning’s launch of a Telstar 18 satellite atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at the Kennedy Space Center.
Launch time is about 13-minutes into the video, although there is always a lot of good information contained in those minutes but fast forward if you must.
The Merah Putih is an Indonesian communications satellite and was put into a geostationary orbit from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The rocket 1st stage was a reused Block 5 first flown in May 2018 and it was as you will see (sort of) again landed on a drone ship.
The launch took off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida USA.
Wow that was a quick turn around for the replay!
A spectacular launch! You can fast forward to about 13 minutes into the video for the launch, but in doing so you miss a bit of good bit of information about the mission.
Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
Spaceport: Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Launch Complex 40
Launch time: 04:29 UTC / 12:29 EDT – Weather permitting
An update from Elon Musk on what I like to call: The “Mars-engines”.