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Falcon9: SES-10 commsat

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DocM    16,543

 

So they've given Optimus a new name: OctoGrabber

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DocM    16,543

Funky music

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Launch net very quiet, venting.

This is also the first commercial use of the autonomous flight termination system (AFTS), or autonomous flight safety system (AFSS) in Air Force-speak. 

 

Webcast starts 

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Jim K    13,482

About two minutes before launch.  :woot:

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DocM    16,543

LIFTOFF!!

 

GO BABY GO!!

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DocM    16,543

MECO!!!!!!

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Jim K    13,482

Land baby land!

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Jim K    13,482

Come on ... magically appear.

 

Edit: Sweet!

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DocM    16,543

 

TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!

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SALSN    54

LANDED!!!

So nerve wrecking!

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anthdci    215

Wow, just wow.

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flyingskippy    167

So long ULA! So long Arianespace! Way to go SpaceX! That was awesome! 

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DocM    16,543

SECO coast, so a few until payload separation and EOM.

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DocM    16,543

Robin writes for Popular Science

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flyingskippy    167

My heart was beating so fast from lift off until MECO. The liftoff felt so slow! 

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Beittil    575

Screw you SpaceX for robbing me of my sleep! Man, I am gonna be such a wreck tomorrow... totally worth it though. Un FFING believable:woot:

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Beittil    575

Also, refire complete... S/C sep coming up soon.

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DocM    16,543

SES-10 deployed

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Beittil    575

And it's a wrap!

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DocM    16,543

 

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Staring down the maw of the dragon at S2 ignition

 

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DocM    16,543

Musk is preparing for a media event. 

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

If there were a "Aerospace Bowl 2", they won it like the first one ... :D Now comes the endorsement deals and the fat contracts.

 

Next set of Company Milestones:

- Mil/Gov Contract fulfillment (2017+)

- Dragon 2 Proving, Shakedown & Test Flights (2017-2018)

- Falcon Heavy debut (2017)

- Falcon-9 Block 4 & 5 rollout (2017 - 2018)

- ITS Design and Prototyping Phase (2019+)

 

SpaceX are pretty much gonna have everyone throwing money at them now -- and OldSpace is SCREWED. 

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DocM    16,543

 

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Musk:  Several reflights scheduled for later this year. Might fly as many as 6 reflights this year. FH two side boosters are being reflown. That will be interesting mission on FH... hopefully in good direction.  This core will have historic value.  Seeing if Cape might like to have it as something to remember the moment.  Present it as gift to cape

 

Musk:  Upper stage reuse is next.

 

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