UPDATE: Nice Launch no issues
Launch Time: May 22nd 2018, 12:47:58 PDT – 3:47:58 EDT (19:47:58 UTC)
Launch Location: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Payload: Iridium NEXT 110 / 147 / 152 / 161 / 162 , GRACE-FO 1 / 2
Landing: No – SpaceX will expend the B1043 booster since it is Block 4 – Mr. Steven will attempt to recover the Fairing. This is still experimental so success is not expected.
Noteworthy: Last Iridium mission to fly on a block 4. The next Iridium launch will be a block 5.
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The second of four Iridium launches planned for 2018, this mission will deliver five Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, alongside the twin satellites for the NASA/German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission.
UPDATE: Successful Launch. Launch Video:
Launch Time: 4:39 a.m. EDT/8:39 a.m. UTC May 21th (5 minute window)
Launch Location: Wallops Flight Center, Virginia
Payload: Cygnus spacecraft ISS Re-Supply Mission OA9
Wallops Mission Status Center
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UPDATE: New Launch time of 4:14 p.m. EDT or 20:14 UTC May 11th
Launch Time: 4:14 p.m. EDT or 20:14 UTC May 11th
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 39-A at Cape Canaveral Florida
Payload: Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.
Landing: YES – on OCISLY
Noteworthy: The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission will be the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 Block 5 is designed to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability. This will also be the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite
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“Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite. Development of the satellite program, known as the “Bangabandhu Satellite Launching Project,” was managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) with technical support from Space Partnership International (SPI). The satellite, which is comprised of 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders, was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform and will be operated by the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL). Bangabandhu Satellite-1 has a primary service area encompassing Bangladesh and the surrounding region. The satellite will offer Ku-band coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, as well as India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. It will also provide Cband capacity for the entire region. Located at 119.1° East, Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will provide direct-to-home (DTH) services, video distribution and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications across Bangladesh. The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country. Bangabandhu Satellite1’s mission is expected to last at least 15 years.” – SpaceX
Joe Barnard over at BPS Space announced that the first batch of these for his test flights will arrive in a week or two. Specifically designed for Thrust Vector Control rockets.
Latest flight over at BPS space of a model using the Signal R2 and a standard motor.
Image Credit : NASA
Launch Time: May 5, 2018 (4:05 a.m. PT/7:05 a.m. ET) (2 hour window opens each day until 6-8-2018)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-401
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (1st launch from west coast to another planet)
Destination: Elysium Planitia, Mars
Payload: Insight Lander
Watch Live: streamed on NASA TV, NASA.gov/live, YouTube.com/NASAJPL/live and Ustream.tv/NASAJPL
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Launched to around 351,000 feet (66 miles) – nominal flight and landing of both booster and capsule.
Slowing down for landing
About to Land
Capsule under chutes