The T.A.R.C. 2016 Video

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Sped up F9 Landing from Onboard Camera

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F9 Launched and Landed- Thaicom 8 mission

Great launch and landing.

Video of the launch



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SpaceX’s Thaicom 8 Launch info


UPDATE: Now scheduled for May 27th at 5:39pm ET  – Yesterday’s scrub was because of “a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator”

UPDATE: THAICOM8 launch has been postponed until tomorrow while they investigate a small engine glitch.

Launch Date: May 26
Launch Time: 5:40 pm ETDELAYED TO 7:40
Launch Window: two-hour – 5:40-7:40 ET
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral
First Stage Landing Attempt: Yes – on “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver THAICOM 8, a commercial communications satellite for Thaicom, to a supersynchronous transfer orbit. Thaicom is one of Asia’s leading Asian satellite operators, influencing and innovating communications on a global scale. SpaceX is targeting launch of THAICOM 8 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on May 26 with a backup date of May 27. The approximately two-hour launch window opens on May 26 at 5:40 pm ET, 9:40 pm UTC. A backup launch window on May 27 opens at approximately the same time. The satellite will be deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship. As with other missions going to geostationary orbits, the first-stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing challenging. “ -SpaceX

Countdown clock

…and while you wait get busy on building your own paper model of this vehicle (thanks AXM!)

Watch Live SpaceX Broadcast – Hosted (with SpaceX announcers)or if you prefer – Technical(only countdown audio and rocket video)

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India’s new space shuttle


Yesterday a shuttle was launched but it wasn’t by the US, China or Russia. India launched a scaled down version of their new shuttle. The RLV-TD (Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator) was launched yesterday from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 07:00hr IST.

“From that peak altitude of 65 km, RLV-TD began its descent followed by atmospheric re-entry at around Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound). The vehicle’s Navigation, Guidance and Control system accurately steered the vehicle during this phase for safe descent. After successfully surviving a high temperatures of re-entry with the help of its Thermal Protection System (TPS), RLV-TD successfully glided down to the defined landing spot over Bay of Bengal, at a distance of about 450km from Sriharikota, thereby fulfilling its mission objectives. The vehicle was successfully tracked during its flight from ground stations at Sriharikota and a shipborne terminal. Total flight duration from launch to landing of this mission of the delta winged RLV-TD, lasted for about 770seconds.” – ISRO


image credit: ISRO


Image credit: ISRO

Link to ISRO press release  and more images can be found here

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Soyuz 2.1a Onboard Camera

First rocket launched from the brand new Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia. Enjoy these snippets from the onboard camera.

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T.A.R.C. 2016 Winner


Congratulations to the 2016 T.A.R.C. Winners!

Odle Middle School team from Bellevue, WA

Full List Of Results for 2016

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