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Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:32 am

SpaceX is making good progress on their Boca Chica facility. I counted about 36 dump trucks an hour working on a 4 acre site near the future launch pad.




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Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:43 pm

Time for another launch and another try at landing on a floating spec in the ocean!

Launch time is 4:43 pm Eastern time. This is a supply run to the ISS and they are bringing the Bigelow inflatable module to test.

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The CRS-8 Dragon will be hauling 7,000 pounds worth of supplies up to the ISS. Almost half of that weight is from something incredible: a 12-foot wide space house that astronauts are going to stick to the side of the ISS and then inflate. BEAM (or the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) is the first test of this particular tech in space.
http://gizmodo.com/watch-spacex-send...-space-house-to-the-iss-1769720689

After sending the Dragon and payload off to the ISS the booster will again aim for "Of Course I Still Love You” bobbing peacefully in the ocean, unaware of the impending damage to come.... errr.... to see if SpaceX can actually successfully land on a barge in the ocean. The expectations are higher for success this time as the booster will not have expended as much as last time.

For those that shall be waiting and watching you can see it here:

http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html
or
http://www.spacex.com/webcast

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Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:36 pm

Less than 10 minutes now. Less than 10% chance of a weather violation. Very nice day down at the Cape and in the US SE in general.

Good day to see a ASDS landing I think!
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:48 pm

Good shot of the nose cone falling away. Dont think I've seen that before.
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:52 pm

Falcon 9 first stage on ASDS safe and sound!
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:58 pm

Dragon is in orbit and solar arrays have deployed!

That was a hoot!
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:06 pm

A great day for commercial, lower cost access to space! Congratulations SpaceX! Vision vindicated.

Next step: make it a reliably habitual occurrence.

Quite a feat, bringing that rocket back to stand on a platform floating in the Atlantic ocean.

Edit: Docking of the Dragon to the ISS is on Sunday.

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Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:06 pm

Stuck the landing!
 
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:08 pm

Quoting rampbro (Reply 107):

THAT is AWESOME!   

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Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:10 pm

Quoting rampbro (Reply 107):
Stuck the landing!

I don't know. Little outside the bullseye  
Pretty good considering that wave action. I thought the waves and wind were a bit more in play for causing havoc.

Pretty Awesome though.
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:42 pm

First stage landing video - complete with cheers from SpaceX Hawthorne...

http://youtu.be/RPGUQySBikQ
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:09 pm

A brilliant feat, congrats to Space X.

Now get Dragon carrying Astronauts, get the Heavy flying, maybe after that get the Heavy with at least some re-useable boosters, which could have implications for spaceflight beyond sats and ISS missions.

But for now, great stuff, with steady progress from a remarkable organisation.
 
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:57 pm

Quoting SeJoWa (Reply 106):
Quite a feat, bringing that rocket back to stand on a platform floating in the Atlantic ocean.

Musk said during the post launch press conference that winds in the landing area were at 50MPH!
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Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:34 am

And that barge was going through 10 foot swells too...

Just amazing.
  
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Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:13 am

Great booster view of the landing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08pbfFjzkJ8&feature=youtu.be

Awesome! (How many times can I say that?    )

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 112):
Musk said during the post launch press conference that winds in the landing area were at 50MPH!
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Quoting francoflier (Reply 113):
And that barge was going through 10 foot swells too...

I do not know how that thing does not just tip over from all that. I would love to see what they do and how they secure the booster for transit back to port.

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Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:29 pm

Any idea how soon they will try to fly this rocket again?


[quote=Tugger,reply=114]I do not know how that thing does not just tip over from all that. I would love to see what they do and how they secure the booster for transit back to port.

I'm thinking the same thing.

SPACE X stitched lots of new and untried ideas together here to make this work. Fantastic work!
 
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Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:41 pm

It doesnt tip over because 90% of the weight is right at the base, or in other words, the engines   The rest of the tube is very very light when not full of fuel, and the legs make for a wide base making tipping extremely unlikely.
 
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Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:45 pm

Quoting Tugger (Reply 114):

I do not know how that thing does not just tip over from all that. I would love to see what they do and how they secure the booster for transit back to port.

They weld the feet to the deck. It's the fastest and strongest thing they could come up with.
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Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:49 pm

Quoting Planeflyer (Reply 115):

Any idea how soon they will try to fly this rocket again?

Elon stated in the post launch presser that they will test fire it 10 times at the Cape and if that goes well it could go on an orbital mission as early as May/June (Standard Elon Time) with (surprisingly) a paying customer.....
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Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:20 pm

Oh say can you see, that space is near free
what so longingly eyed since mankind's efflorescence [yes, yes, it's a hymn]
how we struggled to see and not reason to flee
out of gravity's well we escaped with much scheming

and the rocket's exhaust told me she was not lost
hit the bull's eye at last without cant what a blast
Oh hear that raucous clamor from Hawthorne rise to heaven
praise diminished launching fees and the cute blonde moderator.

Er, that last part doesn't work, but it's the thought that counts.


The primary mission is a success: Dragon has been captured by the space station's robotic, arm and securely docked.

http://twitter.com/NASA/status/719163657406418944

Next up [within a couple of months?], attaching and inflating the Bigelow Aerospace hab.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:39 am

Quoting SeJoWa (Reply 119):
Next up [within a couple of months?], attaching and inflating the Bigelow Aerospace hab.

It's being installed this coming weekend. So inflation probably a week or two after that.

Quoting casinterest (Reply 109):
I don't know. Little outside the bullseye

If you watch the video it touches down within the yellow circle then bounces/slides out. Probably due to a combination of wind, slight rise before engine cutoff, and bouncing.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:35 am

Quoting ZaphodHarkonnen (Reply 120):
It's being installed this coming weekend. So inflation probably a week or two after that.

They're not inflating it till the end of May.
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Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:40 pm

Quoting ZaphodHarkonnen (Reply 120):
If you watch the video it touches down within the yellow circle then bounces/slides out. Probably due to a combination of wind, slight rise before engine cutoff, and bouncing.

Oh I know, I was just being cheeky. They released a video showing them coming down really well onto it. I think the wave/wind at the end was the difference.

This is a video from the first stage, and you can see the shift here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08pbfFjzkJ8

Still an amazing accomplishment.
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Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:39 pm

Quoting casinterest (Reply 122):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08pbfFjzkJ8

Still an amazing accomplishment.

Absolutely! SpaceX and Elon Musk continues to impress.
 
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Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:21 am

Someone edited a fitting soundtrack to the landing video:

https://youtu.be/lSx4DGBstYA

Beware: NSFW...

 
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Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:16 am

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 117):
They weld the feet to the deck. It's the fastest and strongest thing they could come up with.

My understanding is that they weld shoes that cover the feet, directly to the deck for transit
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Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:23 am

LIVE webcam of the 1st stage being hoisted to shore in Port Canaveral:

http://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/
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Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:40 pm

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 126):
LIVE webcam of the 1st stage being hoisted to shore in Port Canaveral:

Amazing how big that 1st stage is compared to containers on ASDS and people on pier.
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Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:46 pm

Some new pics on SpaceX's Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex/

http://i.imgur.com/fhT0ce0.jpg
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Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:28 am

Found this on the tube today... Quite good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDoyWcLtBC4

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Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:08 pm

Interesting video (to those who are interested in this type of stuff) of the Falcon 9 booster being trucked back to Canaveral:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCv31VFk1Lg

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Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:30 am

An interesting development from SpaceX about missions to Mars.

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Elon Musk’s space transport company — chartered with a long-term goal of colonizing Mars — plans to send the first commercial mission to the red planet as soon as 2018 with assistance from NASA, SpaceX announced Wednesday.

Measuring about 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the Red Dragon spacecraft will not carry astronauts, but it will land on Mars to show the new capsule’s ability to reach far-flung destinations throughout the solar system, SpaceX said.

Musk plans to reveal SpaceX’s concept for sending humans to Mars in September at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

SpaceX announced the first Red Dragon mission on the company’s social media accounts Wednesday.

“SpaceX is planning to send Dragons to Mars as early as 2018,” the company said on Facebook. “Red Dragon missions will help inform the overall Mars architecture that will be unveiled later this year. These missions will help demonstrate the technologies needed to land large payloads propulsively on Mars.”

Musk has kept details of SpaceX’s Mars initiative secret ahead of his presentation later this year in Mexico.

More than half of Mars missions have ended in failure, and NASA is the only space agency to successfully land a spacecraft on the red planet and return useful science data.
http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/04/27...n-to-send-mission-to-mars-in-2018/
 
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Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:50 am

I'd rather see a Falcon Heavy launch first, as thats been delayed since 2013  
 
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Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:23 am

SpaceX just won a military contract for a 2018 F9 launch - http://spacenews.com/spacex-wins-82-...alcon-9-launch-of-gps-3-satellite/

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Sun May 01, 2016 1:30 am

360 view of F9 landing on barge in 1080p

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDK5TF2BOhQ
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 5:04 am

Launch in a few minutes! 
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 5:46 am

Ha! Not likely to succeed huh? 1st stage is right on the bullseye.
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Fri May 06, 2016 8:46 am

Yup, could not have got too much closer to the bullseye.
Awesome stuff. Now to re-fly a returned booster.
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Fri May 06, 2016 9:37 am

Congrats SpaceX for another returned booster stage....
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Fri May 06, 2016 12:17 pm

Nicely done!

I enjoyed the tweet from Musk: "May need to increase size of rocket storage hangar."

Well, Mr. Musk, why don't you start launching them back up instead of hoarding them?
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 2:53 pm

That was impressive, almost boring!
One moment it was not there, the next it was. And looking like it was always there.

I like how the booster lights up the ship for a few moments prior to landing just like an overhead light, nice even lighting.

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Fri May 06, 2016 2:58 pm

There is some concern of damage on this booster, as it was a three engine deceleration burn rather than the single engine used previously - the reentry was hotter as well, and there was a post-landing fire which is yet to be investigated, so it will be interesting to see what the final outcome of this landing is.
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 3:24 pm

Quoting moo (Reply 141):
There is some concern of damage on this booster, as it was a three engine deceleration burn rather than the single engine used previously - the reentry was hotter as well, and there was a post-landing fire which is yet to be investigated, so it will be interesting to see what the final outcome of this landing is.

There's nothing to investigate. Kerosene dribbles out of the fuel lines for several minutes every time they get a booster back or have an extended test fire. It's normal and expected.

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Fri May 06, 2016 3:56 pm

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 142):
There's nothing to investigate. Kerosene dribbles out of the fuel lines for several minutes every time they get a booster back or have an extended test fire. It's normal and expected.

Except this time they fired up the active fire suppression system on the barge, which they didn't do for the previous one - and comments coming from friends inside SpaceX say that there is concern about the fire that was visible.

So yes, there is something to investigate, and yes they are investigating it.
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 4:34 pm

Yeah this was a lot tougher than the previous re-entries. But they learn so much with every single landing. A few more of these landings and they'll be ready for Falcon Heavy.. with three Stage 1 boosters landing the same way as this last one, at the same time. That will be amazing.  
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 5:00 pm

Quoting JetBuddy (Reply 144):

I understood FH core would land downrange and later than the boosters...
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Fri May 06, 2016 5:08 pm

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 145):
I understood FH core would land downrange and later than the boosters...

Yes, the idea is that the main booster would throttle down but burn for longer after launch (including possibility for a later throttle up), meaning it stages well after the two saddle boosters are on their way back to their landing sites.
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 5:12 pm

Where can I find the video for the launch/landing? People are talking about it but I have yet to see it! Thanks.
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 5:23 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lYZLxr3L4E

Skip to the 29 minute mark if you want to see the landing only.
 
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Fri May 06, 2016 6:58 pm

Well done yet again to Space X.
Cannot wait to see a Falcon Heavy launch.
Might even go to FLA for it.
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