The CRS-3 mission is well underway after a beautiful launch and Dragon deployment. The big question and event that some of us are waiting for is the landing test of the 1st stage. This is the first Falcon 9 with landing legs.

As we wait for video and info on today’s F9 1st stage landing test  SpaceX has released video of a ground test of F9R. (at the beginning of the video you can see the much smaller Grasshopper to the right)

Update on recovery info on 1st stage(8:30pm -18th): Data upload from tracking plane shows first stage landing in Atlantic was good! Flight computers continued transmitting for 8 seconds after reaching the water. Stopped when booster went horizontal. Several boats enroute through heavy seas…

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British Pathe’ has just released 85,000 videos from 1896-1976 to YouTube. Among these are many rocketry gems. Videos I have never seen and great news coverage of historical rocket events. Below are a sample – fabulous in their rareity and documentation of events.

Gerhard Zucker and an early mail rocket attempt (1933)

Coverage of the Farside Rockoon launch

Launch of the British Black Knight rocket into space in 1958

World of Rockets(1959)

I hope to post many more with stories in near future.

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CRS-3 on the pad. landing Legs attached and ready credit: SpaceX

UPDATE(4-17):

SpaceX confirms April 18th launch date(Launch is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. EDT.) with  April 19th backup

Read here

 

CRS-3 Update

Today’s launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9’s first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, though weather on that date isn’t ideal.

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Watch Launch: www.nasa.gov/nasatv or spacex.com/webcast

Exciting First:  First Stage Recovery. Landing legs will be deployed and an attempt at a soft landing over ocean.

 

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Great plans available over at Make.

Link to the Step by step plans can be found here

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NASA Press Release

NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release on April 10 of a new online software catalog.

Organized into 15 broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies and the general public.

“Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio, making up about a third of our reported inventions every year,” said Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy chief technologist. “We are excited to be able to make that software widely available to the public with the release of our new software catalog.”

The technologies featured in the software catalog cover project management systems, design tools, data handling and image processing, as well as solutions for life support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis and robotic and autonomous systems. The codes represent NASA’s best solutions to a wide array of complex mission requirements.” …more here

LINK TO NASA SOFTWARE CODE

We are pretty familiar to watching NASA and SpaceX launches from the viewpoint of onboard rocket cameras. But what about Russian rockets?

Well here you go. Soyuz Flight VS07 with rocket cam.

Masten Space Systems Xombie rocket is guided with the Astrobotic hazard avoidance system to a perfect landing.

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