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Falcon 9: SES-9 commsat rides first Enhanced F9 (mission)

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Unobscured Vision    2,682

I see. Wasn't aware of that.

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The Evil Overlord    18,442

I think we need to build a very large Space Station, potentially the size of a small moon, possibly in grey, so it's a neutral colour, equip it with defensive capabilities, and a main gun if needed, and have it supported with long range ships, also arm it, just to be safe, we can call these support craft, 'Star Destroyers', which in turn could also be used as carriers, they could be capable of launching little ships for support-defence, we could call them Tie Fighters I suppose.

That way, we can explore all we like without having the need to worry about 'what if we can't land them', as they wouldn't need to land anywhere.

For landing craft, we could simply build shuttles with retractable wings.

 

And on a side note, we MUST prevent anyone from modifying Korelian YT1300 Cargo Freighters.

And finally, anyone opposing the 'Empire' we could build when using such vehicles must be terminated :p 

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PaulRocket    44

Keep tweeting at Elon that we want landing footage! I'm getting the feeling they won't release any...

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SALSN    54

Well they released all the other ones even though they failed, so I think we will get this one eventually as well.

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DocM    16,656

The launch was Friday night after a long campaign, so they deserve a weekend. Likely next week.

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Draggendrop    5,747

An airplane flew past a rocket launch and passengers took these incredible photos

 

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It all happened fast; the rocket travels at thousands of miles per hour.

 

But if you were lucky enough to be on a nearby plane at just the right moment, you would have been treated to something that seems like a view from the future: a rocket streaming by in a bright flash of light as it began its 25,000 mile journey toward the stars.

 

Will Carr got that very view from his plane on Friday, and gave Tech Insider permission to share his photos here. (We first spotted them on Reddit.)

 

"The pilot made an announcement over the speakers saying that we were gonna slow down so that we could see it up close," he wrote on Reddit. "[P]retty much everyone was glued to the windows. After he said we had to speed up again everyone was clapping. It was amazing."

There are 6 images at the link, here is the first one. Great timing...:)

 

will-carr-was-flying-near-cape-canaveral

Will Carr was flying near Cape Canaveral, Florida, when he took these shots of a SpaceX rocket taking off.

 

http://www.techinsider.io/photos-spacex-launch-rocket-from-plane-2016-3

 

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SpaceX has put some great HD images of the SES-9 launch on Flickr account...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacexphotos/

 

:D

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DocM    16,656

NSFers are analyzing new video

 

There may have been RCS jets firing off the jettisoned fairing halves, indicating a fairing recovery attempt.

 

That could be why there was a 3rd tender ship, GO Searcher.

 

More as it develops, if it develops.

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Beittil    584

Meanwhile, the ASDS is still nowhere near back home yet. So it could be until tomorrow for the first images to appear.

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PaulRocket    44
47 minutes ago, DocM said:

NSFers are analyzing new video

 

There may have been RCS jets firing off the jettisoned fairing halves, indicating a fairing recovery attempt.

 

That could be why there was a 3rd tender ship, GO Searcher.

 

More as it develops, if it develops.

This is the video Doc is talking about, starting at the 5min mark:

 

 

Projected arrival for ASDS is 4 am tomorrow. However it might be a bit later...

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Draggendrop    5,747

It appears regular "consumables" will be required on the TE after the kick of a F9FT launch....

 

burning transporter erector on spacex falxcon9 FT SES9 launch

video is 1:07 min.

 

 

 

 

Go Quest in port...white containers on deck.

goquest_feck.thumb.jpg.cdf5f4ac0515e8a89

 

Go Searcher in port...empty deck

go-searcher-deck.thumb.jpg.f33bb6a3c97a1

 

E3 and ASDS ( /s  GTO lawn dart platform) due in morning.

 

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:450521/mmsi:367564890/vessel:GO%20QUEST

 

http://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/

 

:D

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DocM    16,656

Doesn't look that bad

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Draggendrop    5,747

 

Excellent...time is money...:D

 

Imgur host of OCISLY images, in port.

http://imgur.com/a/FTLmn

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Unobscured Vision    2,682
2 hours ago, Draggendrop said:

 

Excellent...time is money...:D

 

Imgur host of OCISLY images, in port.

http://imgur.com/a/FTLmn

Awww yeah. :yes: 45 days early to ops location 1, with gas in the tank if they need to move the bird elsewhere. Bet SES is friggin thrilled. Potential (likely) repeat customer there, folks. SpaceX adds another notch in the win column.

 

Yeah ... that's how it's done.

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Draggendrop    5,747

Few extra images....

 

fWNb1zo.jpg

 

 

and a series of images here...

http://imgur.com/a/7WGd3

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Beittil    584

That's a big hole! Damn :D

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Unobscured Vision    2,682

Ouchies ...

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PaulRocket    44

Told you! So not as bad as I thought but still pretty bad...

I am hoping that this will move them more to the direction of RTLS for CRS-8. I'd really love to see a daytime RTLS and another core for them to inspect and potentially refly...

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DocM    16,656

CRS-8 looks to be April 4, 2215 Z (1815 E) +/- with an instantaneous window.

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PaulRocket    44
2 minutes ago, DocM said:

CRS-8 looks to be April 4 2215 Z (1815 E) with an instantaneous window.

So not quite daytime but not quite as dark as well! 

 

Edit: Just checked, sunset will be at 19:40 so it should still be quite light out. Hoping for some beautiful footage!

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DocM    16,656

They couldn't go sooner because of other visiting vehicle launches in late March. Its getting busy up there.

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Unobscured Vision    2,682

Yep, really heavy traffic pattern up there this spring. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the launch date isn't put off another week (or more). I know we all want BEAM up there ASAP, but the ISS does have limits with how much traffic it can handle plus housekeeping/mission duties.

 

To be fair, this is exactly what we were all hoping for when the ISS got finished -- a bustling hub of activity with a full arrival/departure manifest, and all docking ports allocated. Gotta line up to get in! :yes: It's earning its' keep, folks.

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Draggendrop    5,747

There are a few images of ASDS OCISLY, 2 days after arrival in port.  ( nice over heads)

 

http://imgur.com/a/SHt5g

 

:D

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DocM    16,656

http://spacenews.com/spacex-says-reusable-stage-could-cut-prices-by-30-plans-first-falcon-heavy-in-november/#sthash.TTXVJPQF.dpuf

 

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The first use of the Falcon 9 Upgrade rocket occurred in December, for the launch into low Earth orbit of 11 small communications satellites for Orbcomm Inc. of Rochelle Park, New Jersey. 

 

SpaceX was able to return the first stage to a landing zone near the launch pad. Shotwell said she visited the stage and was impressed with how little wear and tear it showed. “You pull off the cover and that wire harness is pristine,” she said. "The metal is still shiny. You pull off the thermal protection system that we have near the engine, and that engine is beautiful. It is perfectly clean. It was extraordinary how great it looked. In fact we didn’t refurbish it at all. We inspected it and then three days later we put it on the test stand and fired it again. The goal is not to design a vehicle that needs refurbishing. It is to design a vehicle that we can land, move back to the launch pad, and launch again. Hopefully our customers will get comfortable flying the third or fourth time.”
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“We identified problems with our chilled LOX,” said Shotwell. “For Orbcomm we did not have these problems. We were actually using a different LOX tank. And then we added additional tanks for extra capacity [for the latest mission]. We didn’t overcome it for the first two attempts so we switched back to the original tank that we used for Orbcomm. Then we had to wait for a boat on the third attempt, there was a boat in the way. And then the fourth attempt was upper-level winds. We got it off on attempt number five. So we had five attempts in eight days. And there’s no question but that the LOX issue, while painful for SES, was a kind of minor thing and it’s definitely behind us.” 

 

The LOX tanks in question are on the ground, not on the rocket.
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The twitchy tanks are getting, or have been, fixed.
 

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Draggendrop    5,747

Here is a video of ASDS repairs. Near the end, one can see the section of decking cut out, allowing repairs and new deck plates to be installed. These are routine repairs for a ship yard, she'll be up and running in no time.

 

SpaceX - OCISLY - scrap removal

video is 4:54 min.

 

 

 

:D

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