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Falcon 9 - AsiaSat 8 (MISSION THREAD)

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Insertion burn should be about now with sat sep followed by it.

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S2 reignition confirmed

SECO-2

Payload separation confirmed

AsiaSat 8 is in its planned orbit.

One of the SpaceXers on NSF said the M1Ds performed perfectly, again, and are "rock stars."

AsiaSat 6 in just 20 days.

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BTW: when the video comes out you'll notice parts that look like they were taken in a tank of water. They have cameras in the propellant tanks and this time they gave us a peek :)

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Ah so that is what it was, lol... It looked so weird and super grainy, but... cool :)

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Specifically, It was the liquid oxygen tank so I can guarantee you it was "cool" ;)

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Awesome news and congrats to the SpaceX launch crew once again!

 

Another nice "IN YOUR FACE!!" to their naysayers! :p

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Video's up,

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From AsiaSat,

AsiaSat 8 Successfully Lifts Off

Hong Kong, 5 August 2014

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What was that at 00:29?

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The squiggle? Strong shockwaves jarring the camera, throwing its raster scan into Neverland. F9 v1.1/F9R have a massive acoustic blast, so much so that the first launch of this version took out most of the pad cams at Vandenberg. Now they're armored.

Falcon Heavy will be worse.- 27 engines instead of "just" 9.

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Looks like Falcon 9 can thread needles,

Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes)

07.08.14 16:59

Orbcomm CEO: SpaceX launch of our 6 sats was 0.005 deg from 47deg inclination goal, 0.5km from apogee goal of 720km, 0.5km from 620km perigee.

Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes)

07.08.14 17:01

Orbcomm CEO on SpaceX launch precision: Doesn't get much better than this. 10kg of fuel reserved for maneuvers now can be used for service.

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Looks like Falcon 9 can thread needles,

 

 

 

You would think that precision like this and the fuel savings it allows would hopefully sway other companies in to choosing spaceX over their rivals.

 

Out of interest - do you know if that extra fuel will increase the life span of those sats?

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It sure will, the guy even said so: "10kg of fuel reserved for maneuvers now can be used for service.". With service being its lifespan!

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Yup - more fuel = a longer service life. It could add about 13% or more to an OG2 satellites lifetime.

11 more OG2 satellites go up on another F9 later this year. Most likely after the Dragon V2 pad abort test in November.

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