SpaceX Iridium 8 Launch Info

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Launch time: 1-11-2019 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC ( instantaneous launch opportunity)

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

Payload: 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

“For this eighth and final planned Iridium mission, 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites will be launched as part of the company’s campaign to replace the world’s largest commercial communication satellite network. Including the seven previous launches, all with SpaceX, Iridium is deploying 75 new satellites to orbit. In total, 81 satellites are being built, with 66 in the operational constellation, nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares.” -SpaceX

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Crew Dragon on the pad

Exciting seeing a crew capable spaceship on the pad in the U.S. again!

Earliest possible launch date is Jan 17th but that may be revised. Stay tuned.

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From photo by Emre Kelly

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Build a paper version of Crew Dragon

AXM has just released a build of the crew dragon. Can’t wait to start building one.

AXM’s website

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1:48 Scale Crew Dragon by AXM

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Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-10 launch info

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Blue Origin’s next New Shepard mission (NS-10) is currently targeting liftoff tomorrow at 8:30 am CST / 14:30 UTC. This will be the 10th New Shepard mission and is dedicated to bringing nine NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into space through NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.

Launch time:  Dec 18th 8:30 am CST / 14:30 UTC

Webcast: https://www.blueorigin.com/

Payloads: 

Carthage College Space Sciences Program: The Modal Propellant Gauging experiment led by Dr. Kevin Crosby is a joint effort with the NASA Kennedy Space Center Cryogenics Laboratory. It demonstrates a way to measure fuel levels in microgravity by using sound waves.

Controlled Dynamics Inc.: The Vibration Isolation Platform (VIP) aims to separate payloads from the normally occurring vibrations experienced during spaceflight. The payload led by Dr. Scott Green allows researchers to have a clear understanding of microgravity’s effects on their research results.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab: On its second flight with Blue, the EM Field experiment will observe and collect data on the naturally occurring electromagnetic fields both inside and outside New Shepard during the launch. Principal Investigator Dr. Todd Smith will use success of this experiment to determine how global measurements of the Earth’s electromagnetic field can be conducted in the future.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Cooling tightly-packed electronics onboard a spacecraft can be challenging, and many solutions have not been able to undergo robust testing. Principal Investigator Franklin Robinson will test one of these solutions in his Flow Boiling in Microgap Coolers experiment.

NASA Johnson Space Center: On its third flight on New Shepard, the Suborbital Flight Experiment Monitor-2 (SFEM-2) led by Dr. Katy Hurlbert will analyze various aspects of the flight environment during New Shepard’s mission profile, measuring cabin pressure, temperature, CO2, acoustic conditions, acceleration and more. The data collected will help future researchers on New Shepard design the most effective experiments for the vehicle.

Purdue University: Dr. Steven Collicott’s payload looks at Zero-Gravity Green Propellant Management Technology, which aims to help advance the use of a safer and more environmentally friendly rocket propellant by better understanding the fuel’s behavior in microgravity.

University of Central Florida: Two teams led by Dr. Josh Colwell and Dr. Addie Dove both have planetary science payloads on NS-10. The Collisions Into Dust Experiment (COLLIDE) aims to understand how dust particles react after surface contact during exploration missions to places such as the Moon, Mars and asteroids. The Collection of Regolith Experiment (CORE) addresses the unique challenge of collecting and analyzing material samples in microgravity.

University of Florida: Dr. Rob Ferl and Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul are adapting technology designed for the ISS to suborbital uses with their experiment, Validating Telemetric Imaging Hardware for Crew-Assisted and Crew-Autonomous Biological Imaging in Suborbital Applications. By recalibrating the way data is collected, the experiment will enable more biological research on suborbital missions.

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VSS Unity enters Space

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity makes it into Space for the first time going past the Karman line.

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SpaceX CRS-16 Launch Info

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“CRS-16 is the sixteenth of up to 20 missions to the International Space Station that SpaceX will fly for NASA under the first CRS contract.

The Dragon spacecraft that will support the CRS-16 mission previously supported the CRS-10 mission in February 2017. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. ” -SpaceX

Launch time:  Wednesday, December 5 at 1:16 p.m. EST, or 18:16 UTC (instantaneous launch)

Where: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Payload: Dragon will be filled with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

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SpaceX SSO-A Launch Info

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UPDATE: Updated to Dec. 3rd

“SpaceX is targeting launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low Earth orbit on Monday, December 3rd from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Carrying 64 payloads, this mission represents the largest single rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle to date. The mission will also be the first time SpaceX has launched the same booster a third time. Falcon 9’s first stage for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission previously supported the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission in May 2018 and the Merah Putih mission in August 2018.” -SpaceX

Launch Time: December 3rd opens at 10:32 a.m. PST (1:32 p.m. Eastern), or 18:32 UTC, and closes at 11:00 a.m. PST, or 19:00 UTC.

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

Payload: 64 payloads of the SmallSat Express

Milestones: Most satellites released by US launch vehicle to date & 3rd Launch of same booster

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

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