Interesting photos were shown during the SpaceX OTV-5 broadcast of an experimental Hall-Effect thruster that was flown on OTV-4. Here are some images from that broadcast.
More on Hall Effect Thrusters
Science Channel video on Ion thrust
UPDATE: Launch and Landing Successful – 2nd stage burn successful beyond that we enter the realms of secrecy. Hopefully we will get some kind of confirmation that the X-37B entered its desired orbit.
For the first time SpaceX will launch the secretive X-37B Space Plane for the Air Force on a secret mission in Space.
As of 9/6 is a 50% Go for weather as Irma approaches. I’ll post updates as launch window approaches.
Launch Window: September 7th at 13:50 UTC and closes at 18:55UTC (9:50AM to 2:55PM Eastern Standard Time)
Launch Location: Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral
Payload: X-37B for Air Force
Landing: Yes on LZ-1
Webcast: SpaceX Webcast
OTV-5 Video of rolling out for staging:
UPDATE: Successful flight, deployment and landing.
Overview: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver FORMOSAT-5, an Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), to a low-Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX is targeting launch of FORMOSAT-5 from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Launch Time: Thursday, August 24 at 11:51 a.m. local time (2:51 pm ET), or 18:51 UTC
A backup launch window opens on Friday, August 25 at 11:51 a.m. PDT, or 18:51 UTC
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Landing: Yes – in the Pacific on “Just Read the Instructions”
Payload: FORMOSAT-5 will operate in a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 720-km with a 98.28 degree inclination angle. As with the FORMOSAT-2 satellite, the primary payload on FORMOSAT-5 is an optical Remote Sensing Instrument (RSI), which provides 2-meter resolution panchromatic (black & white) and 4-meter resolution multi-spectral (color) images. FORMOSAT-5 also hosts a secondary scientific payload, an Advanced Ionospheric Probe (AIP), developed by Taiwan’s National Central University.
“Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function.” – Elon Musk
see his original post here
Last of SpaceX’s original order of 12 Commercial Resupply missions. Here is the cargo resupply manifest for this mission.
Launch: August 14th 2017, 12:31 EDT / 16:31 UTC
Location: Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Yes – LZ-1
Webcast: Spacex Webcast
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Falcon Heavy – image credit: SpaceX
Elon Musk announced on Instagram and Twitter yesterday that Falcon Heavy will launch in November.