SpaceX launches

The progress spacex is making is astounding, really. Next level engineering, propelling humanity forward, doing it better than any government program ever could. Sounds cheesy, but true.

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I know very well what the network is and what it does.

But they are also taking away from.our public space .
Like the oceans if nobody owns it…It has a high chance of being exploited and ruined.

Transporter-2 mission

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Mission Overview

SpaceX’s second dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This mission also marks SpaceX’s second launch to a polar orbit from Florida. On its way to space, Falcon 9 will fly on a southern trajectory along Florida’s eastern coast over the Atlantic ocean and may be visible from the ground.

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and five Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported Transporter-1 and a Starlink mission, and the other previously flew on SAOCOM 1B and a Starlink mission.

On board this launch are 85 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 3 Starlink satellites. While there are fewer spacecraft on board compared to Transporter-1, this mission is actually launching more mass to orbit for SpaceX’s customers.

Payload A total of 88 payloads including Starlink satellites (3x), Polar Vigilance (4x), Exolaunch YAM-2 & 3, Satellogic, Capella-5, HawkEye Cluster 3 (multiple sats), Spaceflight Industries (multiple sats including on two space tugs Sherpa-FX2 Sherpa-LTE1).
Payload mass ~11,000 kg
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1060
Past flights of this core 8
Launch site SLC-40 , Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Landing ground pad
Mission success criteria Successful deployment of payloads into contracted orbit

Stats

:ballot_box_with_check: 123rd Falcon 9 launch all time
:ballot_box_with_check: 82nd Falcon 9 landing (if successful)
:ballot_box_with_check: 104th consecutive successful Falcon 9 launch
:ballot_box_with_check: 20th SpaceX launch this year
:ballot_box_with_check: 8th flight of first stage B1060


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that’s amazing. do you know when it is launching? do they plan to recover all the engines on the super-heavy, or just hoping for a clean starship re-entry?

They might launch it this year.
The first launch will be deemed a success if it can lift off without blowing up :smiley:
They will not go for orbit first time. The starship is supposed to splash down in the ocean.

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I caught the first one the other day, will check out part 2 later. Even as a non-engineer I can geek out to this stuff.

I sort of follow spacex but had no idea of the scale of starship:

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Just noticed the Bezos peen rocket on the end. :rofl:

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Poor Jeff B. Reminds of a Spitting Image skit from years ago in which Arnold Schwarzenegger is singing a song, the chorus of which featured the memorable line “my villy is terribly small”.

Size shouldn’t matter with rockets, unless you have the smallest one and it looks exactly like a penis.

CRS-23

Launch:
2021-08-29T07:14:00Z

Overview

SpaceX’s 23rd ISS resupply mission on behalf of NASA, this mission brings essential supplies to the International Space Station using the cargo variant of SpaceX’s Dragon 2 spacecraft. Cargo includes several science experiments. The booster for this mission is expected to land on an ASDS. The mission will be complete with return and recovery of the Dragon capsule and down cargo.

Launch site LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Spacecraft type Dragon 2
Destination orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~400 km x 51.66°
Separation orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~200 km x 51.66°
Capsule C208-2
Past flights of this capsule CRS-21
Core B1063-4
Past flights of this core 3 (Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8)
Payload Commercial Resupply Services-23 supplies, equipment and experiments
Duration of visit ~1 month
Mission success criteria Successful separation and deployment of Dragon into the target orbit; docking to the ISS; undocking from the ISS; and reentry, splashdown, and recovery of Dragon.
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Besos failure in space endeavors makes him salty. His Starlink copycat project Project Kuiper can’t get off the ground. No rocket to launch to orbit and zero satellites in space. Besos now probably has more lawyers and lobbyist than actual engineers fighting the competition.

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Starlink 2-1 mission

Launch: 2021-09-14T03:55:00Z

Mission Overview

SpaceX is targeting Monday, September 13 for a Falcon 9 launch of 51 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The instantaneous window is at 8:55 p.m. PDT, or September 14 at 3:55 UTC, and a backup opportunity is available on Tuesday, September 14 at 8:56 p.m. PDT, or September 15 at 3:56 UTC.
The booster supporting this mission previously launched Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and seven Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing halves previously supported NROL-108 and the other previously flew on GPS III-3 and Turksat-5A.

Static fire Completed
Weather TBD
Payload 51 Starlink version 1.5 satellites
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ≈261 x 278 km 71°
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 FT Block 5
Core 1049.10
Past flights of this core 9
Launch site VSFB SLC-4E, California
Landing Droneship OCISLY

Stats

:ballot_box_with_check: 125th Falcon 9 launch all time
:ballot_box_with_check: 84th Falcon 9 landing
:ballot_box_with_check: 106th consecutive successful Falcon 9 launch (excluding Amos-6)
:ballot_box_with_check: 22nd SpaceX launch this year
:ballot_box_with_check: 1st dedicated Starlink launch from Vandenberg
:ballot_box_with_check: 2nd 10th flight of a booster

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Inspirati④n mission

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Launch: 2021-09-16T00:02:00Z

Mission Overview

SpaceX will launch its first commercial privat astronaut mission. The booster will land downrange on a drone ship.
The mission duration is expected to be 3 days.


The crew

Jared Isaacman

Commander & Benefactor Jared Isaacman is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments (NYSE: FOUR), the leader in integrated payment processing solutions. He started the company in 1999 from the basement of his family’s house when he was only 16 years old and has built it into an industry-leading payments technology company with over 1,200 employees. Isaacman is considered one of the industry’s most influential business leaders and has been featured by various media outlets and publications including Forbes, The Today Show, Fox Business News, ABC News, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Inc. Magazine, and Fast Company, among others.

An accomplished jet pilot, Isaacman is rated to fly commercial and military aircraft and holds several world records including two Speed-Around-The-World flights in 2008 and 2009 that raised money and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He has flown in over 100 airshows as part of the Black Diamond Jet Team, dedicating every performance to charitable causes. In 2011, Isaacman co-founded what would become the world’s largest private air force, Draken International, to train pilots for the United States Armed Forces.

Hayley Arceneaux

Hope

When Hayley was 10 years old, one of her knees began to ache. Her doctor thought it was just a sprain, but a few months later, tests revealed Hayley suffered from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Her family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her treatment and care, which included chemotherapy and a limb-saving surgery. She is now finished with treatment and thriving. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Spanish in 2014, and obtained her Physician Assistant ¶ degree in 2016. She now works at St. Jude – the very place that saved her life – as a PA with leukemia and lymphoma patients.

Chris Sembroski

Generosity

Chris Sembroski grew up with a natural curiosity about outer space. Stargazing late at night on the roof of his high school and launching high-powered model rockets in college cemented this passion. As a U.S. Space Camp counselor, he conducted simulated space shuttle missions and supported STEM-based education designed to inspire young minds to explore these areas and find their passions. As a college student, Sembroski volunteered with ProSpace, a grassroots lobbying effort that promoted legislation in Washington, D.C., to help open space travel and allow companies like SpaceX to exist. He then served in the U.S. Air Force, maintaining a fleet of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and deploying for service in Iraq before leaving active duty in 2007. Following his education from the Air Force, Sembroski earned a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In his career, Sembroski has sought innovative, industry-disrupting methods to monitor and maintain mechanical equipment, making everything from data centers to hospitals more efficient. He now resides in Seattle, WA, and works in the aerospace industry.

Dr. Sian Proctor

Prosperity

Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, and science communication specialist with a lifelong passion for space exploration. She was born in Guam while her father was working at the NASA tracking station during the Apollo missions and has carried on his dedication and interest in space. She’s an analog astronaut (a person who conducts activities in simulated space conditions) and has completed four analog missions, including the all-female Sensoria Mars 2020 mission at the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Habitat as well as the NASA-funded four-month Mars mission at HI-SEAS to investigate food strategies for long-duration spaceflights. Her motto is “Space2inspire,” and she encourages people to use their unique one-of-a-kind strengths and passion to inspire others. She uses her Space2inpsire Art to encourage conversations about creating a J.E.D.I. Space: a Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive space for all of humanity. Dr. Proctor was recently selected as an Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. She has a TEDx talk called Eat Like a Martian and published the Meals for Mars Cookbook. Dr. Proctor was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program. She has her pilot license, is SCUBA certified, and loves geoexploring our world. She has been a geoscience professor for over 20 years at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona and is currently on reassignment as the Open Educational Resource Coordinator for the Maricopa Community College District. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education.

Spacecraft Commander Jared Isaacman, “Leadership”
Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor , “Prosperity”
Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski , “Generosity”
Mission Specialist Hayley Arceneaux, “Hope”
Destination orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~400 km x 51.66°
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1062-3
Capsule Crew Dragon C207 “Resilience” (Previous: Crew-1)
Mission Duration ~3 days
Launch site LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Apogee altitude 590 km
Landing ASDS: 32.15806 N, 76.74139 W (541 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation and deployment of Dragon into the target orbit; orbital coast; reentry, splashdown and recovery of Dragon and crew.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1438298030336270337

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