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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