Experimental Thruster shown on X-37B

Interesting photos were shown during the SpaceX OTV-5 broadcast of an experimental Hall-Effect thruster that was flown on OTV-4. Here are some images from that broadcast.


More on Hall Effect Thrusters
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Science Channel video on Ion thrust

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SpaceX X-37B OTV-5 Launch Info

UPDATE: Launch and Landing Successful – 2nd stage burn successful beyond that we enter the realms of secrecy. Hopefully we will get some kind of confirmation that the X-37B entered its desired orbit.

For the first time SpaceX will launch the secretive X-37B Space Plane for the Air Force on a secret mission in Space.

As of 9/6 is a 50% Go for weather as Irma approaches. I’ll post updates as launch window approaches.


Launch Window: September 7th at 13:50 UTC and closes at 18:55UTC (9:50AM to 2:55PM Eastern Standard Time)

Launch Location: Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral

Payload: X-37B for Air Force

Landing: Yes on LZ-1

Webcast:  SpaceX Webcast

OTV-5 Video of rolling out for staging:

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SpaceX FORMOSAT-5 Launch Info

UPDATE: Successful flight, deployment and landing.


Overview: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver FORMOSAT-5, an Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), to a low-Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX is targeting launch of FORMOSAT-5 from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Launch Time: Thursday, August 24 at 11:51 a.m. local time (2:51 pm ET), or 18:51 UTC
A backup launch window opens on Friday, August 25 at 11:51 a.m. PDT, or 18:51 UTC

Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Landing: Yes – in the Pacific on “Just Read the Instructions”

Payload: FORMOSAT-5 will operate in a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 720-km with a 98.28 degree inclination angle. As with the FORMOSAT-2 satellite, the primary payload on FORMOSAT-5 is an optical Remote Sensing Instrument (RSI), which provides 2-meter resolution panchromatic (black & white) and 4-meter resolution multi-spectral (color) images. FORMOSAT-5 also hosts a secondary scientific payload, an Advanced Ionospheric Probe (AIP), developed by Taiwan’s National Central University.

Webcast: http://www.spacex.com/webcast

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SpaceX unveils Spacesuit


“Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function.” – Elon Musk

see his original post here

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SpaceX CRS-12 Launch Information


Last of SpaceX’s original order of 12 Commercial Resupply missions. Here is the cargo resupply manifest for this mission.

Launch: August 14th 2017, 12:31 EDT / 16:31 UTC

Location: Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Landing: Yes – LZ-1

Webcast: Spacex Webcast

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Falcon Heavy will launch in November


Falcon Heavy – image credit: SpaceX

Elon Musk announced on Instagram and Twitter yesterday that Falcon Heavy will launch in November.

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Armstrong Flight Research Center historic videos now on Youtube


NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly Dryden) has placed a huge catalog of research and flight videos to a Youtube channel. Check out this great playlist on Lifting Bodies.



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