The Latest SpaceX Rocket Launches...

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Unless this this topic demands being listed strictly over in the Videos section(s) ... many people have information before, during and frequently after these amazingly regular launches coming our way from SpaceX. This first one being posted today comes on the heels of the successful First Launch of the Falcon Heavy Triple First Stage Rocket that ended up with a bonus activity by landing the two outboards booster sections right back at Cape Canaveral-Air Force-SpaceX Dual landing Pads...almost simultaneously!

In a like manner ...todays launch is employing another previously used First Stage Booster to launch The PAZ Satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Hawthorne, California at around 09:17 EST. The link below will spring to life as soon as their coverage begins in just a short while. After the second launch of this particular First Stage Booster Rocket... it will not be getting recovered for re-use. In all probability... its unique Pacific Bound launch profile prevents this from being possible for the benefit of the delivery of the Satellite into orbit. So in about two hours from now... grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the show...;


SpaceX is getting Dead Serious about setting up their own Broadband Internet Service ... from Outer Space and compete with all of the other carriers... They should be worried about what Elon Musk has in store for this field:

 
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For the 50thTime… SpaceX has attempted and succeeded in launching a Satellite into orbit around the Planet Earth. This time… (at night time on the Florida Cape Canaveral Launch Pad) … The Satellite is the largest one ever to sit as a massive payload atop a SpaceX Launch Platform; indeed, it is as Big as a City Bus and weighing in at a Hefty Six (6) Tons. Take note of how long the Second Stage Rocket must fire in order to induce a lengthy amount of SI (Specific Impulse) "Push" in order to hurl this enormous thing at speeds close to 17,000 MPH in a mere matter of minutes.

Due to (26 Meter high churning North Atlantic Seas... The SpaceX Maritime Landing Platform called, "Of COURSE I Still Love You...!" remained In Port and was not used on this launch ... so the recovery of the Brand New First Stage Falcon 9 Rocket was not undertaken. It was landed directly into the Atlantic Ocean and its recovery may have to occur in an alternative manner... if at all. So...I wonder what the Salvage Rights would be on the value of the Metal alone inside of that object...? Man... That is a LOT of Scrap Aluminum-Lithium!

In order to accommodate such a large, 12,000 Pound Object the SpaceX Fairings length and width dimensions had to be enlarged. Once again, with the exception of secrecy necessary for launching Military Satellite Payloads… SpaceX continues with its publicly shared and very ambitious Launch Manifest Schedule. This one comes within two weeks of the first launch of the Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch. Please enjoy the hurling of the... HispaSat 30W-6 Satellite ...into orbit around our Planet:

 
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There was a March 30th, 2018 launch of another group of 10 Iridium Communications Satellites that was unfortunately “Blacked Out” due to some odd restrictions placed upon SpaceX’s use of so many in -flight on board Video Cameras. Even more Odd is the fact that this almost instantaneous launch “Change of Viewing” Ban Hammer was being swung by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and not from the NSA. The complete article is available for digest here;

https://www.space.com/40153-spacex-launch-video-noaa-restrictions.html

For Better News that will happen tomorrow regarding the Next Launch on the SpaceX Manifest for 2018… keep your eyes on the skies down here at Cape Canaveral for the next Dragon Re-Supply Mission to the ISS:

SpaceX does not expect to have a similar issue with its next launch on Monday (April 2), when it will launch a used Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship (also previously flown) to deliver NASA cargo to the International Space Station.”
 
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The 14th Cargo Re-Supply Mission (CRS-14) looks to be a "GO" aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket leaving from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida in about Two Hours from now (2:14 PM EST on Monday April 2nd, 2018). So ....Check back on this link around 4:00 PM EST Today and Watch The Launch LIVE.

This Cargo Group includes an enormous number of Plant and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Experiments to determine whether or not Food Plants can grow successfully in the Zero Gravity encountered in Outer Space for Long Duration Space Flights... and much more:


CRS-14 Docking:

 
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Once again… SpaceX has succeeded in not only launching a very important NASA Spacecraft (TESS) into an elliptical orbit position of around 270,000 Kilometers above the Earth… But NAILED the First Stage Rocket Landing on the SpaceX Recovery Barge/Ship “Of COURSE I Still Love You!” setting down inside of the inner-most Yellow Target Ring of the "SpaceX Bullseye". This took place in the early evening of Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 and you will appreciate being able to observe the actions of the Dry Nitrogen Thrusters located in the First Stage Falcon 9 Rocket due to the angle of the Sun bathing the rocket in bright light. Its presence make this Launch/Landing even more interesting to watch:


Today’s manifest payload was The NASA TESS Observatory Spacecraft; designated to attempt to study over 200,000 Stars that possess evidence of Exo-Planets in their ecliptic planes around those Stars. The Shape, Size and Variety of the Planets being explored so distant from us will no doubt reveal some very interesting Science. These are the links to the NASA TESS Spacecraft videos and information:



… and more information is located here:

https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/
 
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SpaceX will perform a cool Maiden Launch today (Thursday, March 10th, 2018 at around 4:12 PM EST) of its latest, updated version of the Falcon 9 Rocket Platform with an eye towards demonstrating a more consistent set of Launches, Landings and Re-Launches in order to streamline the time it takes to improve the repeatability of these amazing mechanical-chemical rocket powered machines. Apparently... today's effort will be designed to try to first ...get the Payload delivered into orbit... then return to the Cape Canaveral Landing Pads... Then Prep the same Rocket ... Re-Fuel and Re-Load it and send it right back up into the sky for a second go at this in the shortest possible time frame.

The impetus for making the more rapid turnarounds needed for such Space Launches and Landings is that, not only will it become the order of the day... but evolve into a common-place activity similar to that of Aircraft Travel. So if you get the chance to visit Spacex.com or visit the links below (...for our Florida GMT Nation Brethren... Just cast your eyes upwards towards The Cape and catch this activity in the early evening...) it might prove very interesting for us to see yet another live, historic effort from Elon Musk and his SpaceX Crew to normalize these activities for the thousands of launches/landings that will soon become necessary to support an eventual permanent Colonial Settlement of Humankind on Mars:

https://www.wired.com/story/watch-the-new-spacex-reusable-rocket-make-its-debut/amp

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/20...-Block-5-rocket-for-first-time/9131525894747/
 
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In keeping up with its very ambitious Launch Manifest Schedule ...SpaceX conducted the launch of the latest five Iridium 6 Communications Satellites ...preceded 11 minutes into the Launch by the GRACE FO (Follow On) group of Two Gravity Analysis Satellites also on board today (May 22nd , 2018 @12:14 PM PDT} from the Space Launch Complex SLC-4E platform at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Hawthorne, California. This flight will not include the usual recovery attempt of the First Stage of the 70 Meter Tall Falcon 9 Rocket due to the fact that this Booster was previously flown and is NOT one of the New Block Five Boosters.

However… efforts will be made to recover the Faring sections as they make up a considerable portion of the expense involved with these endeavors and if they can be located and recovered ...refurbishing them will save a lot of money for future SpaceX launches. This a longer than average film and the views it provides of the Polar Continent of Antarctica are quite new and remarkably beautiful to observe. The Launch Video can be observed as it unfolded earlier at this link:

 
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AN IMPORTANT UPDATE... June 9th, 2018:

I just realized that SpaceX does NOT maintain there own contemporary links with updates referred over to their Youtube site for any of their Historical Space Flights. Consequently... Today... I had to go back from the very beginning of these posts and edit in the proper Youtube Links to these prior launch videos.

Each of these videos of the complete launches rather than anything that has been posted either as foreshortened videos or as mere snippets of these various launches. In the future... I will follow up with each new launch and as soon as spacex.com releases these events over to their Youtube Channel ... I will continue to ensure that these videos remain viable per post and reliably linked back here for each of the follow-on launch postings... Sorry about that!

The familiar expression, “It’s As Big as a Bus….” Can be well applied to the SES-12 Communications Satellite… interesting even more so since this Orbital Space Device is actually made by AirBus as well. The latest SES-12 Satellite was launched by SpaceX on one of its Legacy Falcon 9 First Stage Boosters on Monday, June 4th, 2018 during a night time period. This launch should hold your particular interest because the SpaceX Narrator, Brian (Software Engineer) does an exceptional job of going much deeper into the details of the entire launch.

His comments cover everything that happens; before during and after these amazing events… so even if you have only a passing fancy of concern about Space Flights and Launches in general… watching these things unfold will give you a chance to pause from your terrestrial troubles and reflect upon the things that can be done when so many smart, young people work together towards successfully doing something that H. G. Wells and Jules Verne could only dream of and write about. There are some very unique space images to be seen during this launch as well.

It might seems that these launches somehow all manage to blend; one into the other because SpaceX maintains such a busy Launch Manifest Schedule… But Please… Ladies and Gentlemen… Resist any jaded inclination you might have at becoming easily bored and avoid believing that all of this technological wizardry is merely passe… and maintain your capacity for becoming astonished by it all.

Very soon… Human Beings will climb atop the latest Block (5) Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle and once inside of a Dragon Capsule, they’ll strap themselves in and await being launched towards the Heavens while "Riding The Dragon" and tethered to over 1,000,000 Pounds of Rocket Fuel and Oxidizer to light it up, lift it off the Earth ...and hopefully, allow them to safely rendezvous with the International Space Station. So if nothing else… consider that each and every one of these SpaceX Satellite Launches is more than a simple exercise of “Practice Makes PERFECT”...and therefore each and every one is worthy of your kind attention:

 
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Over the last few days… The SpaceX “Falcon Heavy” Rocket System has managed to pass “Military Muster” and achieve its certification by the United States Air Force and in doing so ...has won a $130,000,000.00 Contract to launch the United State Air Force Space Command-52 Satellite into orbit. In addition to beating out whoever was in the competition for this prize… SpaceX has been winning the Lion’s Share of similar contracts; given their remarkable cost saving methods in manufacturing their complete major component systems in-house. We can look forward to this launch happening around the month of October of this year.

And with their proven payload capability and reliability as well as the re-usability factor from repeated successful recoveries of their First Stage sections of these Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy Rockets... this market share should come as no surprise. The Falcon Heavy Launch System is capable of lifting around 145,000 Lbs of Cargo into Earth Orbit... literally twice as much as any other Rocket Platform in the World. Think of it ...that is the ability of hurling almost 73 Tons at up to approximately 18,000 Miles Per Hours to remain up there in perpetual free-fall around our globe. Here is the article and some short videos on the matter:

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/06/21...ins-air-force-certification-130-mln-deal.html

The Chinese have a saying:

"May You Live In Interesting Times..."

We are privileged to be doing that... right now...
 
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This is the most recent and rare High Quality Night Time Launch video of the latest SpaceX Cargo Re-Supply mission to the International Space Station… designated the CRS-15 via the Cape Canaveral, Florida Launch Pad on June 29th, 2018. Of all the CRS Missions so far this year… THIS one displays a greater variety of closeups of the hardware prior to the launch and has more clarity in the images at every point of this launch:


This next video (for the sake of seeing more of the destination of the CRS-15 Mission... and how seriously dangerous coming back home to the surface of the Earth from that place can really be) ...covers the process of Multi-National Astronauts leaving the ISS in a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft… that takes around 3 hours to complete… Yeah… You wanna talk about having a “sustained pucker factor"…while being shoe-horned inside of that thing?

But thankfully... with rare exceptions.. .the cramped Soyuz Space Craft Line has been changed very little in over 50 Years of use because the Russian Engineers prefer reliability over wasting time and resources trying to anything create newer… and perhaps invite more problems than they already have should they attempt any radically new alternative or buggy Space Hardware to play out there at 18,000 MPH in their Sandbox in Space:


Also… This unusual engineering seagoing marvel from SpaceX calls the “Mr. Steven” Recovery Ship was used to successfully capture the discarded rocket fairings which are worth $6,000,000.00 in cost savings after last month’s Pacific Coast launch of some near earth Satellites:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07...ur-articulated-longer-arms-off-san-pedro/amp/
 
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SpaceX seems to be launching Rockets with Satellites aboard ... about as often now as I change my socks! Brian Mahlmstedt ... a Software Engineer for SpaceX out in Hawthorne, California stayed up late again last night for an early EST frame to Narrate the launch of the huge TelStar 19 Television and Internet Communications Satellite. He also introduced the Second use of the Block 5 First Stage Falcon 9 Booster as well and the First Launch of one of these from the Space Platform 40.

It is expected that these New Boosters at minimum should be able to be fired 10 times in a row, without requiring anything more than Basic Maintenance and Re-Fueling of LOX and RP-1 in between these launches. If we want to get to Mars... this low cost and high reliability will become paramount in getting us there...and back.

And besides achieving the expected sterling "Money Shot" delivery of this device at around 560 Kilometers out in space for a Geo-Stationary Orbit... that New Block 5 First Stage Falcon 9 Rocket made a very successful ballistic trajectory approach out over the Atlantic Ocean and landed damned near Dead Center inside of the Bullseye of the Drone Ship called "Of COURSE I Still Love You". Brian closed out the show by mentioning that there will be yet another launch from the Cape Canaveral site ...in "Just a Few Days"... So Stay Tuned!

 
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As promised… Early yesterday morning, SpaceX successfully launched its latest batch of 10 Iridium “NEXT” Satellites from their launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Hawthorne, California. If you’ve ever seen the old SCI-FI Movie called “The Incredible Shrinking Man”… then you know that the protagonist winds up standing near the bow of his pleasure craft when suddenly ...a thick, creepy Fog and Mist moves rapidly towards him and after being enveloped and coated in some weird stuff... that is when his troubles begin.

Back in the 90’s I was on a lecture tour that took me to San Diego, California. As soon as I dropped off my gear in my room, I exited on the Pacific Ocean Beach mezzanine side of the Hotel to look around… just then this unbelievable Mist came over so fast and so thick that you could not take a step without being completely obscured in the dense, cool Fog. THAT was one of the spookiest damned things I had ever seen in my life!

The same phenomena is present here during this latest launch as the Pacific Fog obscures most of the view of the entire New Block Five (5) Falcon 9 Booster carrying the Satellites of the Iridium 7 Platform bringing their total of being successfully launched and deployed by SpaceX up to (65) Orbiting Satellites within the Iridium NEXT Constellation.

The Falcon 9 Booster was scheduled to land in very unfavorable high altitude sheer winds and choppy seas out in the Pacific on the SpaceX Drone Ship called “Just Read The Directions….” . It follows on that the Faring Recovery Ship, “The Mr. Steven” has been re-equipped with an even larger “Catch Net” (4 Times Larger) to try to snatch the Spacecraft Faring(s) right out of the air as they fall back to Earth… Difficult … Yes… but made even more so when facing sheer winds at 1,000 feet and very choppy Pacific waters. I'll do some follow up on this and find out how things went in all aspects ...post-launch.


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In spite of all the impediments of bad weather and untidy seas... The First Stage Falcon 9 Booster from Iridium 7 was successfully landed on the Big Floating Landing Platform Barge known as "Just Read The Directions..." around 10 Minutes after this Iridium 7 Launch started. Also... the image below shows a perfectly clear view of what the New Block 5 Booster looks like prior to launch. Note the sturdier Black Landing Legs and the All Black Mid-Section of the 2nd Stage of the Booster as new changes right along with a New Type of White Paint that will be less susceptible to "sooting" up once these Boosters land and minor refurbishment begins during its expected (10) Ten Consecutive Flights prior to requiring any Major Overhauls. Hopefully, this New Block "5" Platform will be good to go after what amounts to a "Diaper Change on a Healthy Baby" to allow the Rockets to return to service quickly and with less expense as well.

Have a Look at THIS "Baby":



As promised… here are the follow up images and article covering the Recovered Block (5) First Stage Falcon 9 Booster that was able to land on the Drone Ship “Just Read The Instructions...” during a recent period of High Winds and Rough Seas out in the Pacific. All of this happened in total darkness...save the obscuring over-illumination coming out from the three to one Merlin Rockets Engines being used to soft pedal the landing successfully.

https://www.dailynews.com/2018/07/2...ns-to-san-pedro-for-rocket-biz-recycling/amp/

...and likewise...the Mr. Steven Catch Net Ship Recovered the Fairings from the Iridium 7 Launch from the adjacent waters:

https://www.dailynews.com/2018/07/2...snatching-fairing-that-fell-into-the-sea/amp/

All in All... These are some very good outcomes from so much activity involving this Iridium 7 Launch. Only One More Iridium Launch to complete all of the (75) Satellites in this "NEXT" Constellation!
 
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SpaceX...has once again kept up its busy Cargo Manifest Delivery Schedule by Launching the Indonesian Merah Putih (translated from Indonesian... that expression means “RED & WHITE” as the Colors of the Flag of Indonesia) Communications Satellite to a Geo-Stationary position using the First Block (5) First Stage Falcon 9 Booster that was used last month on its re-flight here on August 7th, 2018 just after 01:00 AM EST from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

No efforts were made to recover the Satellite protective enclosure after jettison since the Fairing Recovery Ship, “The Mr. Steven” was deployed elsewhere out in the Pacific Ocean. The First Stage Falcon 9 Booster looked sooty because just as planned… from now on… the Block (5) Boosters are expected to follow (10) Launch and Recovery sequences before requiring any serious “Dry Dock” Refurbishment. As usual… the Launch Narration is chock full of additional data.

Something very interesting happens just after the MECO (Main Engine Cut Off) occurs at T+ 00:02:48 and the Split Screen shows the Falcon 9 Booster on the Left Side of the Screen with its Titanium Grid Guidance Fins being deployed. If you look around the perimeter at the base of the Rocket Booster… you can see the various cluster of lights around the major cities that criss-cross Florida from the East Coast to the West ...and also observe the numerous lightning strikes emanating from many Thunderstorms happening and “grounding” all of that Electricity ...terrestrially ...all across the limb of the state.

When the Stage 1 Booster makes its approach towards the Landing Drone Barge, “Of COURSE I Still Love You! There will be a lot of “Oooooohs… OHHHHHHs! And Ahhhhhhhs...” with the SpaceX Staff vocalizing a lot more than usual… and all impressions to the contrary… a Real Surprise is in store for the Block (5) Booster returning from Outer Space for the Second Time. The successful payload delivery of the Merah Putih Satellite from the front delivery platform of the Stage 2 Falcon Rocket section as the Primary Mission Goal happens ...almost as an afterthought to this earlier drama.

After over 50 Successful Launch Events such as this and 27 First Stage Falcon 9 Booster recoveries; both on Land and at Sea… you might wonder...”Sooo... What’s All the Fuss and Fanfare About…?” when so many Young Engineers keep gushing out with so much emotion? It all comes down to this: The Human Crews for the 2019 Manned Dragon Missions for SpaceX, NASA and Boeing have just been named... and the feats that these Men and Women of SpaceX want to keep succeeding at… Flawlessly, if at all possible… is something akin to hitting a Golf Ball at 5Xs the speed of a Rifle Bullet over 160 Miles into Outer Space...and then having it make a U-Turn in Mid-Flight...and coming back in Total Darkness… and then hit a moving, square smidgen of Grass ...300 Miles Off Shore way out in the Atlantic Ocean...and get a Hole In One… Each and Every Time they try this out. So each time they can actually DO these amazing feats of brilliant effort without having any Materials or Engineering Failures… means more proof that their ideas and manufacturing will reliably work… when the “Golf Balls” theoretically being hurled along inside of their Machinery are replaced ...with Human Beings. So if you listen to their Cheers and Excitement through that sound lens... you'll know that they all understand what is really at stake here.


...and if You have ever wondered "Why Does the Video Feed of the Stage 1 Landings Always Cut Off Just when the Booster is About to Land...?" Here is a very thoughtful and valid explanation:

 
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Tonight at around 11:25 PM EST on September 9th, 2018... SpaceX will attempt to launch the Telstar 18 Communications Satellite into a Geo-Stationary Orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch window will extend to four hours due to the heavy cloud cover that can be filled with ice particles at very high altitudes.

The Falcon 9 First Stage Booster being used tonight will be Brand New and they anticipate landing it in the dark back down on the floating landing platform... the Redoubtable "Of Course I Still Love You,,,!" around 300 miles off shore out in the Atlantic Ocean.

https://www.spacex.com/

This time... I am including this alternative link to the space.com as the folks at SpaceX have given them permission to do so:

SpaceX Will Launch Telstar Communications Satellite Tonight:


https://www.space.com/41762-spacex-telstar-18v-satellite-launch-webcast.html
 
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On Monday, September 17th, 2018 at around 6:00 PM EST… SpaceX will announce the Name of the First Passenger to be signed up for the Inaugural Flight of the Largest Spaceship ever conceived to be constructed… FOR REAL... in the History of Modern Rocketry and Space Travel. The Big Falcon Rocket or “The BFR” as it has been affectionately Nick-Named ...is so enormous and so complex that the only way to do it any justice in making any sheer size and scale comparisons is for you to observe this screen capture from a recent Youtube Video covering the differences that start from the Height of an Average Man… (Yup... That Tiny White Dot at the far left of the image... is a Man) then moving to the right through the various increasingly larger Generations of the Falcon 1 through the Falcon 9 and most recently… The Falcon Heavy (FH) Rocket Platforms....all standing next to an enormous BFR.

spacex-rockets-falcon-1-9-heavy-bfr-youtube.jpeg

Once built… These “BFR” Engineering Marvels will be the chosen re-usable methods for SpaceX to Launch not One but Two “BFRs” at a time… back to back ...into LEO (Low Earth Orbit) with the First BFR carrying the Humans and Cargo… while the Second one launches and mates up with its Twin... backwards... to refuel the First “BFR” ...topping it off with enough “GAS” to head out into space for long Trips to The Moon and eventually … out to The Planet Mars:

https://www.spacex.com/webcast

This is the SpaceX CEO and President ...Elon Musk... explaining the BFR to a rapt and astonished audience along with an Animation to give a better idea of how this will work:

 
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In keeping with a better sense of objectivity that, while I favor the developments and constant progress performed by the people at SpaceX… I completely realize and appreciate that such activities do involve many other nations, cultures and peoples on the Planet Earth...and those activities don’t happen in an engineering ‘vacuum’...even though the work they accomplish actually does. This next video from the Discovery HD television series “Mega-Structures” covers a lot of ground on the topic of the International Space Station in the arena of the space sciences and goes a long way in explaining the difficulties and technical aspects that must be overcome in order to be able to launch satellites and space station human life supporting equipment into low orbits around the planet… and remain up there in safety:


Even more contemporary is this NASA coverage of the Space Launch of the Japanese Heavy Lift Cargo Vessel to the ISS called HTV-7 that was launched on September 22nd, 2018 and which will arrive at the ISS for automatic docking sometime today on Thursday, September 27th, 2018. Please bear in mind that this second video covers a time span of almost 12 Hours… so it will be necessary to pick and choose your way through the various portions of this launch of (5) Five Tons of unique Cargo that might interest you the most:


If nothing else... these videos offer some contrast between what SpaceX is doing versus other Space Fairing Nations on the other side of the world.
 
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It is easy to forget the actual Human Dimension of First Hand Observation and the affect it can have on people when observing something as dramatic and impressive as the SpaceX First "All Up" First Test Flight of the Falcon Heavy Rocket with 27 Merlin Rocket Engines burning at Full Tilt and demonstrating what the World's Most Powerful Rocket by a Factor of 2 looks...sounds... and feels like... In Person.

This video also affords some spectacular scenes of the Two Outer First Stage Boosters coming back down to land successfully simultaneously at Cape Canaveral from several hundred miles up and away in Outer Space. There simply are not enough superlatives in the minds of the people on hand to see this wondrous event unfold:

Talk about making a “Florida Road Trip” turn out to be a very worthwhile experience for "The Kerbel Krew":


...and once again... this is the same activity from a Living Room Front Row Seat:

 
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In just around (7) Hours from 3:00 PM EST on Sunday October 7th, 2018… The Vandenberg Air Force site Rocket Launch Base used by the United States Air Force will be Ground Zero for the launch of a SAOCOM 1A Satellite Mission that will also involve the return of the Falcon 9 First Stage Booster Rocket during its First Attempt to land it under Rocket Power …right back where it started from on the newly created LZ-4 Landing Zone. This location was once occupied by the launches of Titan Missiles conducted by the USAF and was formerly known as “Space Launch Site 4W”. The Live Launch Broadcast can be viewed at around 10:20 PM EST on Sunday, 10/07/2018 at this Link:

https://www.spacex.com/webcast

Senior SpaceX Engineer, Hans Koenigsmann also provides a very worthwhile lecture on the Engineering and Performance of the various Falcon Rockets and Merlin Engine Designs he has spearheaded and the reasons for why they do the things they do... in the way they do them to obtain the necessary outcomes of safety and reliability in all of the SpaceX Hardware :


...and here is Gwynne Shotwell, the CEO of SpaceX giving a motivating TED Talk on SpaceX to a group of Young Engineers:

 
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Due to the spectacular completion and nature of Just How Great this latest Launch and landing came off... I will add some "PLOBS" or... "Post Launch OBServations" from now on to make mention of anything that happened that was particularly awesome or significant occurring before, during and after these launches. Here Goes:

The SAOCOM 1A Launch happened out on the West Coast of California last night due to the need to launch the Falcon 9 Rocket and its Cargo in roughly a Southerly Direction... almost into a Polar Orbit to place the satellite in its expected orbital path to cover Argentina and other areas of South America. The sky was inordinately clear and very "Twilight" in appearance just before the Launch.

SPOILER ALERT:

There are some uncommon views of the adjacent Launch Pad and we don't get to see just how dangerously close the New Landing Pad for the Returning Falcon 9 First Stage Booster really is... until the last few minutes of the Video. The view of the California Coastline with the City Lights from the nearby landscape is amazing. The best way to appreciate all of this is to just watch this 30+ minute Video of how everything came off ....As Smooth as SpaceX Glass:

 
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On October 16, 2018… A piece of leftover debris from a SpaceX Rocket Launch washed up along the US Eastern Atlantic Seaboard Coastline of the North Carolina Outer Banks:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-rocket-debris-washes-up-along-outer-banks-north-carolina/

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Since this is the second time a debris piece like this (... the last one being a jettisoned SpaceX Nose Cone) has been recovered in close proximity to this latest find… it might be worth modeling the variables of the Rotation of the Earth, The Moon's predictable gravitational affect upon tidal flows and the Coriolis Effect happening in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean if SpaceX intends upon collecting as much of this stuff as possible from a reliable locale for Post Operations Materials Analysis.

I like the idea that SpaceX leaves behind the least amount of Space Junk as possible floating around out there in Low Orbit around the Earth ...and by recovering and landing so many First Stage Boosters (with 9 Merlin Engines per Booster) from just falling into the Ocean depths as it is getting awfully crowded up there with all this stuff.

This video will illustrate just what a “Hornets Nest’ that stuff really is and the fact that as these items will all eventually endure ‘Orbital Decay’ causing them to fall by the Force of Gravity at very high velocities that manage to dip just below the required 18,000 MPH necessary to keep this crap going endlessly around above our heads. That congestion of Space Junk can threaten the Human Population when it comes down unpredictably from Outer Space ...and is even more dangerous for any would-be ‘Space Travelers' when trying to penetrate that Veil of Crap via Rocket Ships heading on out into the clear and empty areas well above the orbital ecliptic of the Planet Earth. Life imitates Art here as the Shades of the Pixar Movie 'WALL-E comes to mind':

"Too Much TRASH in Your FACE? There's Plenty of SPACE ...in OUTER SPACE!"
BNL (Buy-N-Large) Advertisement for the AXXIOM Star-Liner 5 Year Cruise into Deep Space.


 
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This is a reprise of the Highlights from the SpaceX First Test Flight of the Falcon Heavy Rocket Platform from many months ago. But the difference here though... is that there are some additional snippets of the setting up of the Special Tesla Roadster inside of the 2nd Stage Fairing Compartment that do not appear in the filming on the Launch Day Youtube Video.

Once downloaded... this short segment can be SLO-MO’d using VLC (Videolan) to get a better look at what was necessary to do to solidly mount and launch the Tesla Red Roadster on its Billion Year (thats right...YEARS...Not MILES) Journey around The Sun. This is the stuff that should whet our appetites for every single coming SpaceX Launch. Watch the looks on the faces of the Kids as they stand in awe ...while the windows in buildings nearby vibrate from the rumble of 27 Merlin 1D Engines...Literally Hauling ‘Buggy’ into Outer Space!:

 

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