Great launch and landing.
Video of the launch
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: THAICOM–8 launch has been postponed until tomorrow while they investigate a small engine glitch.
Launch Date: May 26
5:40 pm ET — DELAYED 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
…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)
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
First rocket launched from the brand new Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia. Enjoy these snippets from the onboard camera.
Congratulations to the 2016 T.A.R.C. Winners!
Odle Middle School team from Bellevue, WA
Full List Of Results for 2016