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Falcon 9 successfully delivers PAZ satellite as well as Starlink satellites

Photo: Derrick Stamos // Spacecoaster Images This morning at 6:17am PST (9:17am EST) SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from California's West coast carrying the PAZ satellite and 2 smaller satellites. After being delayed 24 hours, the Falcon 9 beautifully launched as it climbed into the California skies, becoming visible to everyone anywhere around the Vandenberg area. The first stage of this Falcon 9 rocket prevously supported the FORMOSAT-5 mission back in August 2017 from SLC-4E which sucessfully landed on the droneship, "Just Read The Instructions" (JRTI). This time, a soft landing in the ocean was performed and wasn't announced if it was successful or not. The fairings on

SpaceX delays the launch of the PAZ satellite

Earlier this morning, SpaceX had planned to launch the PAZ satellite into Low Earth Orbit from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Approximately 10 minutes prior to liftoff - SpaceX announced that they will be standing down from today's launch attempt due to strong upper winds. Another opportunity to launch will be tomorrow, February 22nd, at 6:17am PST (9:17am EST). Meanwhile, on the East coast, another Falcon 9 carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite is getting ready to launch. It successfully completed its static fire on February 21st around 12:45am EST. The liftoff is currently targeted for February 25th from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:35am EST. #SpaceX #Falcon9

The PAZ satellite set to launch Sunday by SpaceX

SpaceX is currently planning the launch of the PAZ satellite into Low Earth Orbit atop their Falcon 9 rocket. They're currently targeting a liftoff time of 6:16am PST (9:16am EST), with an instantaneous launch window, meaning it has to launch at that time and no later. The satellite will be launched from Space launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and will be released into its orbit approximately 11 minutes after launch. The first stage supporting this launch previously launched the FORMOSAT-5 mission in August of 2017 and will not be recovered after today's launch. A soft landing in the water may still be performed for extra data on the landings sinc

New droneship under construction for SpaceX rocket recovery

To this date, SpaceX currently has 2 droneships to land their first stage rockets on. Their first ever droneship, names "Just Read The Instructions" (JRTI) is currently located on the West coast for launches from Vandenberg in California. It was originally positioned on the East coast for launches from Florida, but was moved because they'd finished their second droneship - "Of Course I Still Love You" (OCISLY). "Of Course I Still Love You" is currently active on the East coast for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches from Historic LC-39A and from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40). Elon Musk stated on Twitter this morning, that "Side boosters landing on droneships & center expended is only ~10%

Crew Dragon recovery trainer spotted in Port Canaveral

Yesterday, February 9th, an object shaped similarly to SpaceX's Crew Dragon recovery trainer was seen in Port Canaveral. The mock-up was lifted by crane around 1pm and was lowered into "Go Searcher", a support ship used for SpaceX's recovery ops for first stage booster returns on the droneship. This full-scale mock-up of the spacecraft is made to practice safely getting astronauts out of the spacecraft after splashdown from the International Space Station (ISS). Doing these practices give the astronauts and support teams time to refine the processes during critical steps in safely rescuing the crew if needed. Different procedures are practiced for every situation from good to bad to ensure c

Falcon Heavy shakes Florida's space coast after a picture perfect launch (With photo gallery)

On Tuesday, February 6th, SpaceX launched their long awaited Falcon Heavy rocket and made history once again. After igniting the side boosters and then the core booster shortly thereafter, the rocket was released from the pad and began to roar to life and rumbled over the entire space coast. The Falcon Heavy rocket is comprised of 3 Falcon 9 cores strapped together. It isn't as simple as that - the core stage had to be redesigned to withstand the extreme forces being put onto it during flight from the side cores. The side cores have the new titanium grid fins which help the boosters steer down to the landing site at Cape Canaveral. The three cores total 27 Merlin engines and produce approxim

SpaceX's maiden launch of Falcon Heavy remains go for tomorrow afternoon

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:30pm EST, SpaceX plans to launch their long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket from Historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). The 3-hour launch window extends from 1:30pm-4:30pm EST with a backup window on Wednesday. At liftoff, Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of 2, being able to lift twice the payload than the Delta IV Heavy. Only the Saturn V rocket, the one that brought astronauts to the Moon, delivered more payload into orbit around the Earth. The Falcon Heavy is comprised of 3 Falcon 9 cores strapped together. It isn't as simple as that - the core stage had to be redesigned to withstand the extreme forces being put onto

Falcon 9 launches satellite successfully - Unexpectedly lands first stage in water intact

Today at 4:25pm EST, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took to the skies carrying the GovSat-1 satellite. The Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida off of Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40). The first stage of the Falcon 9 included recovery hardware, but would not be attempting a recovery. They would follow the regular landing procedures without landing on the droneship and it was planned to fall over into the water and explode due to the highly pressurized tanks rupturing. The first stage landed in the water and fell over - without exploding. Elon Musk tweeted, "...amazingly it has survived. We will try to tow it back to shore" and possibly have parts salvaged from it, but not official

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