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Old 7th Sep 2017, 22:57   #81 (permalink)
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That was because they loved a sucker who was willing to buy a totally new one every time....
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Old 16th Dec 2017, 08:34   #82 (permalink)
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-...m-rebuilt-pad/

A previously-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a "used" Dragon cargo ship loaded with 4,800 pounds of equipment bound for the International Space Station blasted off from Cape Canaveral Friday, the first flight off a launch pad that was virtually destroyed when another Falcon 9 booster exploded on the ground last year. In a now-familiar but still thrilling sight, the rocket's first stage, which first flew in June to help launch another station cargo flight, flew itself back to a pinpoint landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station seven-and-a-half minutes after launch. It was the California rocket builder's 20th successful booster recovery over the past two years and its eighth on land......

The launching Friday was the first by NASA using a previously flown booster and only the second using a "flight proven" Dragon cargo ship. Recovering, refurbishing and relaunching booster stages is a key element of SpaceX founder Elon Musk's drive to lower launch costs. Equally important to SpaceX, Friday's launch was the first off pad 40 at the Air Force station since a Falcon 9 exploded five minutes before an engine test on Sept. 1, 2016, destroying that rocket and its $200 million satellite payload and virtually wiping out the launch complex and its systems.

In the wake of the mishap, SpaceX rushed to complete modifications to historic pad 39A at the nearby Kennedy Space Center, launching 16 successful flights in a row -- 12 from the Florida spaceport and four from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., before Friday's return to launch complex 40.

SpaceX needs both East Coast launch pads to fly off a backlog of satellites in its $10 billion manifest. The company plans to use complex 40 primarily for civilian and military payloads and to launch space station crew and cargo missions from pad 39A. It also plans to use the repurposed NASA pad to launch the Falcon Heavy, made up of three Falcon 9 core stages strapped together. The booster, which will generate 5.1 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, is scheduled for its maiden flight in January.....

SpaceX holds contacts valued at more than $2 billion for 20 space station resupply flights -- this was No. 13 -- and a subsequent contract covering another six cargo missions. SpaceX is building a piloted version of its Dragon capsule to ferry astronauts to and from the station under a separate $2.6 billion contract.....

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SpaceX rocket dazzles in California sky as it carries 10 satellites into space

A reused SpaceX rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space.

The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg air force base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications. The launch in the setting sun created a shining, billowing streak that was widely seen throughout southern California and as far away as Phoenix, Arizona.



Calls came in to TV stations as far afield as San Diego, more than 200 miles south of the launch site, as people puzzled about what caused the strange sight. Cars stopped on freeways in Los Angeles so drivers and passengers could take pictures and video. The Los Angeles fire department issued an advisory that the “mysterious light in the sky” was from the rocket launch.

Jimmy Golen, a sports writer for Associated Press in Boston who was in southern California for the holidays, said he and other tourists saw the long, glowing contrail while touring Warner Brothers studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank. “People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a ufo,” he said. “It was very cool.”



The same rocket carried Iridium satellites into orbit in June. That time, the first stage landed on a floating platform in the Pacific ocean. This time, the rocket was allowed to plunge into the sea. It was the 18th and final launch of 2017 for SpaceX, which has contracted to replace Iridium’s system with 75 updated satellites. SpaceX has made four launches and expects to make several more to complete the job by mid-2018.....
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Bugger!, I live north of Vandenburg and was looking at my pint and not the sky last evening.
My 'bro, who lives in Spain, asked me about it this morning.....
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 08:23   #85 (permalink)
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So what happened to Zuma? All indications so far seem to a successful launch. Rumours are a failure to separate from stage 2 (not a SpaceX failure), but the blog in the second post seems to indicate that is unlikely. (Replace the * with a t as usual) URL disabled so you can read the Who.e string.

If you prefer you can Click through from my third link. (Marco Landbroek)

Regardless, it looks like the launch of the Falcon Heavy is about a week away - and they have another successful first stage landing under their belt.

https://www.space.com/39328-spacex-s...statement.html

[url]https://sattrackcam.blogspo*.com/2018/01/fuel-dump-of-zumas-falcon-9-upper-stage.html[url]

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We watched the launch from our front porch. It is a pretty amazing sight to see, sure makes the windows and doors rattle. The sonic booms when it returns to the landing pad sure wake you up. Can't wait to see the big one!
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Excellent amateur footage of the 7th January launch/landing.

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