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#61 IsItPluggedIn

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:28

Hey Doc, Any news on the first stage?

 

I wonder if this includes the recovery of the first stage.

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected, meeting 100% of mission objectives.




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Posted 08 January 2014 - 05:00

No at-sea landing attempt, or announcements, but very likely high altitude maneuvers like SES-8 to practice reorienting for a stage re-entry. Some images had hints of thruster fire, plus when the first stage shut down they called "MECO-1", which hints at a first stage re-start followed by a MECO-2 etc. - the re-entry burns. They usually don't enumerate them unless there's more than one.

#63 Beittil

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 06:36

Success pays off!

 

 

 

Orbital, SpaceX gain repeat customer with Thaicom
BY STEPHEN CLARK
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: May 4, 2014
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Replicating a teaming arrangement that achieved success in the January launch of the Thaicom 6 communications craft, the Bangkok-based telecom operator says it will select Orbital Sciences Corp. and SpaceX to build and launch another television broadcasting satellite.

 

http://spaceflightno...8/#.U2cyc_l_tUA



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 09:25

Yes, it does. There are a couple of other big satellite deals pending as well - including a large constellation.



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