Multiple Views of July 14th Soyuz Launch

Usually Soyuz launch replays are seen from a single camera view. Here we see multiple views from different cameras posted around the July 14th launch of Soyuz at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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On this Day 48 years ago July 16,1969

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Aerojet Rocketdyne and Solar Electric Propulsion

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Great article on Aerojet Rocketdyne’s push for Solar Electric Propulsion to enable deep space delivery of cargo, payloads and habitats. NASA has said that “SEP may deliver the right mix of cost savings, safety and superior propulsive power ”

Current list of Spacecraft using electric propulsion

“Approximately 75 percent of the mass required for human missions to Mars can be transported using SEP, thereby reducing the number of launches required. Additionally, the SEP systems under development now by NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne can reduce the amount of propellant needed for deep space missions by a factor of 10.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE  @ nextBIG Future

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SpaceX Intelsat 35e Launch info

 

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Launch Info

Launch time: July 2nd 2017, 7:36 PM EDT/23:36 UTC. Approx 58 minute launch window. (A backup launch window opens on Monday, July 3, at 7:37 p.m. EDT, or 23:37 UTC)

Launch Location: Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Landing: No (This satellite is too heavy for SpaceX to launch and still have fuel remaining to land the first stage.)

Webcast: Spacex Webcast

The fourth of the Intelsat EpicNG next-generation high throughput satellites, Intelsat 35e delivers high performance services in C- and Ku-bands. Its unique payload of C-band wide- and spot-beams enables higher efficiency and improved throughput for demanding applications including wireless backhaul, enterprise and mobility services in regions where weather patterns necessitate use of highly reliable Cband spectrum. The Intelsat 35e Ku-band services include a customized high power wide beam for DTH service delivery in the Caribbean, as well as services for mobility and government applications in the Caribbean, trans-Europe to Africa and the African continent.” -SpaceX

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…and the Rockets Red Glare

Iridium-2 Mission _ SpaceX _ Land

Landing photo from Iridium-2 mission  photo: SpaceX

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SpaceX Iridium-2 Launch info

UPDATE: Beautiful flight and great landing! 2 Flights and 2 landings in a little over 48 hours!

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Launch Info

Launch time: The instantaneous launch window is at 4:25 p.m. EDT, or 20:25 UTC, on Sunday, June 25 – A backup launch opportunity opens at 4:19 p.m. EDT, or 20:19 UTC, on Monday, June 26.

Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

Landing attempt: Yes

Landing Location: First stage of Falcon 9 will attempt a landing on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship that will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

New: Iridium-2 is the first mission Falcon 9 will fly with upgraded titanium grid fins—designed to provide greater control authority and withstand high reentry heat, which is important for rocket reusability.

Webcast: http://www.spacex.com/webcast

The payloads for this launch are the second set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium NEXT will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network of low-Earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest “tech upgrades” in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, 75 of which will be launched by SpaceX. The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.” -SpaceX

 

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SpaceX BULGARIASAT-1 Launch Info

UPDATE: Successful Landing of first stage on OCISLY. Most challenging landing to date! Bulgariasat still on it’s way.

UPDATE: New liftoff time set for 3:10 p.m. EDT.

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Launch Info

Launch Time: 2 hour launch window starts at 2:10 p.m. EDT, 18:10 UTC – backup launch opportunity on Saturday, June 24, at 2:10 p.m

Location: Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A)

Landing attempt: Yes

Landing Location:  Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt a landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship

Live Webcast: https://spacex.com/webcast

“BulgariaSat-1 is a geostationary communications satellite built by SSL in Palo Alto, Calif., which will provide direct-to-home television (DTH) and data communications services to Southeastern Europe and other European regions. It will be located at the Bulgarian orbital position at 1.9 degrees East longitude and will provide reliable satellite communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers.” -SpaceX

 

 

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