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F9: Iridium Next #4 mission thread

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DocM    16,589

Date: December 22, 2017 
Time: 1726 PT, 2056 ET, 0126 GMT 

Launch pad: Vandenberg SLC-4E  
Stage landing: ASDS Just Read the Instructions

 

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SpaceX Opens Media Accreditation for Iridium-4 Mission

 

HAWTHORNE, Calif.  Nov. 20, 2017. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's Iridium-4 mission from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch is targeted for no earlier than December 22.

A Flight-Proven Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications.

 

 

 

 

 

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Date: Dec 22

Time: 1726 PST, 2026 EST, 0126 GMT

 

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Beittil    582

Imho they should still recover it for good sport and not being ocean polluters when they have a perfect way of like... not polluting the ocean with another rocket stage.

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anthdci    218
27 minutes ago, Beittil said:

Imho they should still recover it for good sport and not being ocean polluters when they have a perfect way of like... not polluting the ocean with another rocket stage.

I agree, even if it is to recycle the materials. I'm sure those who would be out at sea over christmas would disagree though. I wonder how much of the stage is left when it hits the ocean. Cant be much more than the octaweb I'd have thought.

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DocM    16,589

Meet the high speed fairing recovery ship Mr. Steven. Pics before and after modifications.

 

Mr. Steven is 205 ft long and is pump-jet powered. Currently in the Port of LA, apparently awaiting the Iridium #4 launch.

 

MrSteven_before.thumb.jpg.46b65a0ae587a08b182091c7411f1652.jpg

 

MrSteven_fairing_recovery_ship.thumb.jpg.11664688383754bce9de798e6c5ac19b.jpg

 

 

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+rdlenk    150

GO Fairing (Mr. Steven) is a pretty cool boat. I spent some time on it while it was here on the east coast. 

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DocM    16,589

Funky music

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100% GO weather  

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Falcon 9 will launch 61s after the H-IIA launches in Japan.

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DocM    16,589

Liftoff!

 

 

MaxQ

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DocM    16,589

S2 chill

 

 

 

Sep
S2 start
Fairing sep

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S1 water landing burn

SECO

Parking orbit good

 

S1 splashdown

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In coast before satellite deployments

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devn00b    60

That was so much fun, Got to watch the launch out our window (we live along the flight path in southern cali) with my daughter. Was cool to watch the 1st stage, since they weren't showing it until it started to drop rather quickly and cooled so we couldn't see the engine glow anymore (I'm guessing?)

 

My daughter was pumped to see it live and as close as we were. She is now planning her future things around launches from Vandenburg lol. 

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1st bird deployed
2nd bird deployed


Now one every 100s

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Perfect

 

 

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flyingskippy    167

Watched from 40,000ft on my flight home for the holidays. I see LA got some great views on Twitter. 

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