SpaceX Paz Launch Info



UPDATE: Perfect Launch and Deployment of Paz
Launch Time: Thursday February 22 at 6:17 a.m. PST
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base
Payload: Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite
Landing:  No – SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch
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Payload Details : “Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite is equipped with an advanced radar instrument designed for high flexibility, and with the capability to operate in numerous modes allowing for the choice of several different image configurations. It will be able to generate images with up to 25 cm resolution, day and night and regardless of the meteorological conditions. Designed for a mission life of five and a half years, PAZ will orbit Earth 15 times per day, covering an area of over 300,000 square kilometers from an altitude of 514 kilometers and a velocity of seven kilometers per second. On its slightly inclined quasi-polar orbit, PAZ will cover the entire globe in 24 hours, serving both government and commercial needs. PAZ also features a sophisticated Automatic Identification System (AIS), simultaneously combining for the first time ship AIS signals and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery, increasing the monitoring capacities of the maritime domain worldwide. It will also be equipped with a Radio Occultation and Heavy Precipitation experiment (ROHP) from the Institute of Space Science del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICE-CSIC). For the first time ever, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Radio Occultation measurements will be taken at two polarizations, to exploit the potential capabilities of polarimetric radio occultation for detecting and quantifying heavy precipitation events.” – SpaceX

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Virgin Galactic has a new website

Things have been quiet with Virgin Galactic except for a few glide test. Today in hope of seeing more milestones in the future they launch their new website. Click image below to visit.


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Advanced Falcon Heavy Model

Can’t wait to see the results of this build

According to the BPS Space Patreon website

“Barnard Propulsion Systems develops model rocketry components, aimed at closely matching the pace of advancement in the space-launch industry. Learning by experimentation is the most effective way to gain a deep understanding of new concepts, which is why providing hands-on experience with advanced rocketry components is important for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and astronauts.”

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The Falcon Heavy Paper Model

I had put this link in a previous post but wanted to do it again since this is a fabulous model to build.

AXM Paper Models has a great free download of a 1:100 scale build of the Falcon Heavy. AXM has included fabulous photos to guide you along the way. ….and yes it includes Starman and Roadster.

Falcon Heavy at AXM Paper Models


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What did the Falcon Heavy launch sound like?

Put on your headphones on. Sit back and take in the sounds(BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION) of being at the Cape brought to you by the excellent work of Destin at Smarter Every Day

Click HERE for the extended version

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The Amazing Flight of the Falcon Heavy


I am still in awe. That was the most exciting rocket launch since Apollo. In case you missed it.


Last view from Starman

Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on


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This is the Smallest Rocket to put a satellite in orbit

Uchinoura Space Centre – Japan

On Feb. 3rd 2018 JAXA launched the SS-520 rocket carrying the Tricom-1R satellite into orbit.

This is the smallest rocket in history to carry and deploy a satellite in orbit.

SS-520 Specifications:

  • Height – 31 feet (9.54 meters)
  • Weight – 2.9 tons (2.6 metric tons)
  • Diameter – 20 inches (52 centimeters)
  • Payload to Low-Earth Orbit – ~9 lbs (4 kg)

Payload on Feb 3rd launch: TRICOM-1R, also known as Tasuki

Video of launch

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