SpaceX rockets and launches

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by rover07, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. 2hats

    2hats

    Underway right now. Currently powering to a sun synchronous orbit. This time they are experimenting and going to have a go at recovering one half of the payload fairing with a giant net mounted on a boat.
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  2. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Can we watch it anywhere?
     
  3. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Nah, no coverage of the fairing capture. The launch was boring too. Dark and foggy, and no booster landing.
     
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  4. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Yes, I just caught the separation on the SpaceX feed. A bit dull.
     
  5. 2hats

    2hats

    Missed the net…
     
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  6. 2hats

    2hats

    The F9 upper stage was spotted early yesterday evening, venting or executing (just having executed) a disposal burn over Scandinavia about two orbits after the launch:

    f9exhaust.jpg
    Orbital data suggests this was part of a two stage burn to dump the upper stage in the northern Pacific between the Aleutians and Midway.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2018
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  7. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    This is worth watching, if only for the booster landing footage.

     
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  8. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Skip to 8:50 if the DUUUUUUUDE NO WAY is too much :D
     
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  9. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    Two launches on Thursday, Hispasat 30W on an F9 from SLC-40, and GOES-S on an Atlas 5 from SLC-41. First time that they have had launches on the same day since the Gemini - Agena missions back in the mid 60s!
     
  10. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Yall and No Way dude were too much for me but I soldiered on because the two boosters coming home and landing seconds apart from one another was worth watching.
     
  11. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Spacex's own supercut of the FH launch. Includes core stage "landing"

     
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  12. sky_blue

    sky_blue New Member

    Do you guys know when is the Falcon 9 is expected to land in water?
     
  13. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    *in* the water?
    Only by accident or when deliberately expending the stage
    *on* the water?
    Only back when they were testing the landing procedure
    *on a boat* on the water?
    Multiple times already

     
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  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  15. 2hats

    2hats

    Launch due this Sunday at 0321BST from Vandenberg (radar imaging satellite to sun synchronous polar orbit) which will see the first attempt to return the first stage to land from the west coast launch site.
     
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  16. 2hats

    2hats

    Launch now delayed 24 hours to allow time to complete pre-flight vehicle checks.
     
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  17. 2hats

    2hats

    Launch still on target for 0321BST tonight. Should be quite a good display for people within 300km of VAFB. Launched at night, shortly after MECO it will be back in sunlight where the booster fly back burn should be lit and visible, then it will return to the Earth’s shadow where the re-entry and landing burns should at least be visible. Typical view from the coast just north of LA, south of VAFB (times PDT):
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  18. 2hats

    2hats

    Successful launch. As expected, some pretty exhaust plume (and RCS jet) patterns caught by sunlight during the ascent and boost back phases…


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    (e2a: somewhat reminiscent of various structures seen in the sky in the arctic regions in recent years, which are just RCS targetting adjustments for the MIRV platform in the latter stages of ICBM tests, and in at least one case a missile failure.)
     
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  19. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

  20. 2hats

    2hats

    Re-entry burn of the F9 second stage seen over Europe Monday morning (0440BST) setting it up for disposal in the Pacific south of Hawaii.
     
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  21. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Spectacular timelapse

     
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  22. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    I'm amazed that the launches have become so routine that this thread hasn't been updated for a while.

    Today has marked a major milestone. The first time that a booster has been used for the third time! It also launched the highest number of satellites that SpaceX has been asked to do.
     
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  23. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Not only has it launched 3 times, but it's also launched from all 3 spacex launch sites. It was their 64th launch and 32nd landing, so from now on they will have landed more than half the rockets they've launched.

    They didn't catch the fairing halves, but came very close and fished them out of the sea. Apparently they'll just hose them down and they'll fly again. Another $6m off the cost of flight.
     
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  24. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming that they have improved the enclosures and connectors for the electronics and the RCS gas lines to protect them from water ingress.
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  26. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Scott Manley's take on this:

     
  27. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    shoulda shut my mouth
     
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  28. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    That was a superb demonstration of the power of their control software. To make such a massive failure into a survivable landing was spectacular.
     
  29. 2hats

    2hats

    SpaceX VP of mission assurance comments on the anomaly…
     
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  30. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    That looks like a good display of fail-safe planning.
     

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