Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A Launch Info

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I’m very excited about seeing another Falcon Heavy Launch. Last years inaugural launch was one of the most exciting launches I have ever seen. So many key moments to look forward to including liftoff, side core landings, center core (will it land?) and of course success of the primary mission.

Launch time: 18:35 EDT (06:35 PM) // 22:35 UTC, April 11th 2019 (just under 2 hours long window)

Launch Location: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Payload: Arabsat-6A (13,200-lb)

Landing: YES – Side cores at LZ-1 & LZ-2 and center core on OCISLY

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

 

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SpaceX Commercial Crew Demo-1 Launch Info

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SpaceX will launch a crew capable Dragon, known as Crew Dragon, on a test mission to the International Space Station. There will be no crew aboard(except a dummy that will measure body responses and environment), but the Dragon will dock autonomously to the station. The objectives of this mission are to demonstrate most of the capabilities of their crew transportation system.

more info here

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, NASA will broadcast a prelaunch briefing from Kennedy

Launch Time: Launch is scheduled for 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday

Launch Location: Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

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SpaceX Nusantara Satu/Beresheet/AFRL Mission

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Artist’s concept of the Beresheet lander on the lunar surface (image credit: IAI)


Launch Time:
The 32-minute launch window opens at 8:45 p.m. EST
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Payloads:
SSL built the Nusantara Satu satellite for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), a leading Asian provider of satellite-based telecommunication services. Nusantara Satu is Indonesia’s first high-throughput satellite that will serve to improve internet connectivity in the region. Additionally, the satellite’s C-band and Kuband transponders will be used for voice and data communications and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In order to bring a secondary payload to orbit, SSL designed Nusantara Satu using its next-generation electric propulsion system. The launch demonstrates SSL’s ability to take small rideshare satellites to geostationary orbit efficiently and economically.

SpaceIL’s lunar spacecraft Beresheet (Hebrew for “in the beginning”), which competed in the Google Lunar XPrize, will be the smallest spacecraft to ever land on the Moon, at only 1,322 lbs, or 600 kgs. Upon deployment, it will travel to the Moon using its own power, a voyage that will take nearly two months. Once it arrives, Beresheet will be Israel’s first spacecraft and the world’s first privately-funded spacecraft to reach the Moon. Its mission is to transmit photos and video of its new home and conduct scientific measurements.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 experimental small spacecraft, developed and integrated by Blue Canyon Technologies, will carry out a one-year mission. The S5 mission leverages commercial advances and services in a rapid demonstration of small satellite capabilities.

Landing: SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship

Webcast: SpaceX Webcast            SpaceX Channel on Youtube

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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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