UP, UP, AND AWAY!... SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully launched and deployed the AsiaSat 6 satellite into its proper transfer orbit, delayed only 10 minutes due to some weather issues. Next up is CRS-4 (and maybe another first stage landing attempt). Clear skies to you.
Another successful SpaceX launch!
Posted 07 September 2014 - 10:59 AM
So smooth it was almost boring -- that's they way I want it! It'll be interesting to see how quickly they can set up and launch CRS-4 after this one.
Posted 07 September 2014 - 08:28 PM
You can hear one of the comm folks say, "First stage re-ignition successful" around the 4-5 minute mark of the flight, about the time you see a video link of the inside of one of the fuel tanks.
Posted 08 September 2014 - 12:04 AM
Yeah, that was slightly unexpected. They didn't install legs for this flight, and they made a pretty big deal about this payload being heavy enough as to use up their fuel reserves. On the other hand, they also advertise the ability to complete their mission even with an engine failure, so they are certainly keeping some fuel in reserve for that eventuality. As long as the engines all operate normally on the first stage, they should still have a little bit left over after staging. I'm guessing that they'll keep doing engine relights as long as they can get useful data from them, even if they expend the stage.
Posted 16 September 2014 - 12:58 PM
Sounds like Boing might be getting the biggest contracts instead of Space X. I suppose they are a very well known company to NASA.
Not sure how reliable this news agency is.
Here is one by Forbes.
Edited by maugi88, 16 September 2014 - 01:44 PM.