The Latest SpaceX Rocket Launches...

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WOW!… I TOTALLY Missed that Landmark… Thanks for the information.

There were even a few more “Mission Met” events that occurred during this Launch and Landing:

(1) The Falcon 9 First Stage Booster used in this Group Satellite Launch today, successfully landed on the Drone Ship “Of COURSE I STILL Love You!” for the Sixth Consecutive Time. The Goal for “reasonable re-usability” set by Elon Musk is that if all the Falcon 9 Boosters can eventually be Launched and Landed Ten Times in a Row… they will have more than paid for themselves.

Think of it THIS way… If SpaceX was Using Up and Discarding their Rockets like Empty Beer Cans at a Company Picnic in the same manner that ULA does, THESE would be the LOSSES that would add up on the Tally for 100 Launches with NO subsequent Hardware Recoveries:

a. 100 Falcon 9 Rocket "Block 5" 210’ Tall Rocket Boosters.
b. 900 Merlin M1-D Low Atmospheric Rocket Engines.
c. 200 Rocket Fairing Halves valued @ $6,000,000 per Side.

So...Yeah… MAN! Savings, Dude... THAT is One Helluva Lotta BREAD!

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(2) For the First Time, a Pair of Fairings recovered during a Prior Launch was re-used on Today’s Launch...with ONE getting caught like a Fly Ball in the Net of the Recovery Vessel “Mz. Chief” and the other getting picked up by the Sister Ship, “Mz. Tree” a bit later after a Gentle Parachute Water landing.


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(3) I decided to give an Original ‘Nick-Name’ to the Claw-Held Service “Trunk” Module that eventually had to be discarded after being unhooked and cast off simultaneously during a literal “Barrel-Roll” Maneuver performed in Space Low Earth Obit at almost 18,000 MPH from the aft section of the Crew Dragon Capsule Number Two Demo Flight just prior to its recent “Igneous Re-Entry” and Safe Landing Back on The Earth.

I call it… “The Dragon-Wagon…” LOL


This was Today’s Launch Itinerary ...with ALL the activities being safely, efficiently and successfully completed:

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This is a Composite Image of The In-Flight Recovery of One of the SpaceX Fairings via “Mz. Tree”. Take notice of the presence of that Brown Canoe-Like Float on the center-aft deck of the Ship.

Apparently it was placed there as a Back-Up & Pick-Up Device to allow the Boat Crew the second chance of recovering the Halves from floating away on the Atlantic Ocean and then tow them right on back along side the Recovery Ship(s).

The other portion of this Image shows the “Lovely and Nice... Ms. Kay Tice” the SpaceX Engineer who performed ALL of the color commentary for Today’s Launch and Landings...Much Obliged, Kay!:

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Ms Tree catches a fairing half
SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessel Ms. Tree catches a Falcon 9 fairing half after launch of SpaceX’s eleventh Starlink mission on August 18, 2020. The fairing used on this mission previously flew in support of SpaceX’s fourth Starlink mission.

"SpaceX's new fairing recovery vessels Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief are so much better at their job than their predecessors Ms. Calculation and Near Ms."
 
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This weekend… SpaceX will Go Live in about 18 Hours to start the Countdown on Sunday, August 30th, 2020 @ 10:15 AM EST for Not ONE but TWO Separate Falcon 9 Rocket Launches for the Closest Rocket Launch Turnaround they have ever attempted, expecting these Launches to happen literally “Back To Back” within just a few hours of each other:

https://www.spacex.com/launches/

Read this Article to gather the “FGD”… (Fine Grain Details):

https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/spacex-closest-ever-launches/

It's hard to believe... but some time Today... the Folks over at the Boca Chica Texas SpaceX Testing Site may ALSO attempt another Starship (SN5) "Hop" ...Rocking & Rolling on their Powerful Raptor Rocket Engines as well... GO SPACEX!

Might as well get caught up on the Recent BIG Construction activities happening down in Texas prepping for more Starship events:


 
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I normally don't post so much "Back To Back" information... but there is also the Late Breaking Story of the Failure-Abort of the ULA (United Launch Alliance) during their efforts to launch an NROL (National Reconnaissance Office) Satellite into Outer Space earlier today that also deserves coverage.

That information comes on the heels of the Law Suit that SpaceX is apparently still pressing over the fact that they believe ULA, Blue Origin and Northrup-Grumman were given an unfair advantage in the bidding on contracts for similar such launches involving Heavy Military and National Security Reconnaissance Satellites... like the one that did NOT get off of ULA's Launch Pad earlier today.


This raises the question as to whether in THIS case, using the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket System in situations would have been:

(A) A WHOLE Lot Less Expensive
(B) Actually WORKED.

The linked Video shows the ULA Triple Orange Drink Bottles filled with LOX (Liquid Oxygen) and LH (Liquid Hydrogen) at first lighting off... and then just as suddenly...NOT going anywhere after an immediate abort and shutdown. Hopefully, they can rectify the situation sooner than later.

Anyhow... its NOT something for anyone to gloat over, since these Satellites are cutting edge and ready to go with providing surveillance information necessary to ensure our National Security. So we really need EVERY Launch to WORK, especially when these launches Cost the U.S. Tax Payers a BOATLOAD of Greenbacks; in THIS case an estimated $400,000.00 per launch.

The last bit of important information on this Video concerns the work and testing that seem to be dragging on FOREVER with the James Webb Telescope after, What is it now...some 15 Years on? ...Without being launched yet... WTF James Webb Guys? Let's GO DAMMIT ...I want to SEE what THIS Damned Thing Can SEE ...B4 I DIE!!!

 
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The Latest launch of the Starlink Satellites scheduled as the first of two SpaceX Falcon 9 Rockets to be launched today has been scrubbed for typical Bad Tropical Weather we see all day long boiling up from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico:


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/spacex-delays-starlink-fleet-launch-due-to-weather-aims-for-another-rocket-flight-tonight/ar-BB18w4Hr

"Standing down from today's launch of Starlink due to inclement weather during pre-flight operations," SpaceX representatives wrote on Twitter. "Next launch opportunity is Tuesday, September 1 at 9:29 a.m. EDT, pending Range acceptance."

However, the second launch is still a tentative “GO” for tonight around 7:00 PM or so for the other Falcon 9 to carry a a Satellite for Argentina into a Polar Orbit (of all things... from Florida instead of California as per their usual approach because it is tough to do so close to the Equator… Hmmm):


The idea is also to land the previously Used Falcon 9 First Stage right back at the Cape on the “Terra Firma” Landing Pad purpose built by SpaceX to be “Close to the Facilities...But not TOO Close…” The Night Time, Tail First Landings of these Amazing Machines is always an AWESOME sight to behold.

With Starlink delayed, SpaceX will now focus on tonight's launch of the SAOCOM 1B radar Earth-observation satellite for the Argentina's space agency, the Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE). SAOCOM is short for Satélite Argentino de Observación COn Microondas (Argentine Microwaves Observation Satellite). The mission has been delayed since March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The launch is scheduled for 7:18 p.m. EDT (2318 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at CCAFS and include the launch of two small rideshare satellites: the GNOMES-1 weather satellite by PlanetiQ and the Tyvak-0172 nano-satellite built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.”
 
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It looks like the Evening Launch of SAOCOM 1B is a GO in around 6 Minutes::

 
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Complete Success with the Polar Orbital Launch of the SAOCOM 1B Satellite (courtesy The Country of Argentina) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday August 30th, 2020. Here are the Major Highlights and Time Slots for viewing them (and the final launch of Two Ride-Share Satellites):

For the First Time… SpaceX successfully launched and delivered Three Satellites into a Polar Orbit from the Cape Canaveral Rocket Launch Facilities. Such a Launch from the Cape has NOT been attempted since the1960s.

(1) Watch the First 10 Minutes of the Narration to get the overall Flight Plan.
(2) Terminal Launch Down Count at 16:42.
(3) MECO (Main Engine Cut Off) and separation of the 1st & 2nd Stages at 19:18.
(4) Dual Faring Separation and Fall away exposing SAOCOM 1B at 20:43.
(5) Hyper-Sonic to Trans-Sonic Air Streaming through Titanium Grid Fins at 24:21.
(6) Falcon 9 1st Stage Final Descent, 3 Engine Burn & Pin-Point Landing at 24:30.
(7) Falcon 9 1st Stage achieves its 4th Perfect Landing on Earth at 25:02.
(8) From 25:02 ...segue watch until 26:58 for SECO (Second Engine Cut Off).
(9) From 30:27 Coast Phase to SAOCOM 1B Satellite Launch at 31:05.
(10) From 1:17:00 Launch of (2) Small Satellite Launches via Ride-Share Program.


The spectacular Launch and Landing of the Falcon 9 1st & 2nd Stages really looked amazing in the Twilight conditions with THE BEST Dual Camera Coverage of the Landing EVER.

Go SpaceX!
 
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This Video has some VERY Interesting insights from some 'Overseas Observers' of all the Shenanigans going on with ULA vs.SpaceX concerning their Dwindling Market Share of the prevailing Launch Contracts up for grabs right now:

 
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This Morning's Completely Successful Launch and Landing of the Starlink 11 Group of Satellites (and the recovery of the Falcon 9 Booster for its 2nd Time returning to the Earth after a Launch) brings them up to around 700 so far, sent into LEO (Low Earth Orbit).

Today, we also witnessed the additional progress of proving out the fact that the SpaceX Satellite to Satellite Communications ability of using Lasers to transfer Hundreds of Giga-Bits of Data in between them worked perfectly as part of their New Design for High Speed, Low Latency Internet Access to all parts of the Globe.

Ultimately, there may be as few as 12,000 of these Starlink Satellites in Orbit as necessary for their Full Operational Capabilities to commence. Eventually as many as 40,000 of them may be circling around in Outer Space about 500 Miles above the Earth.

They will be able to maneuver independently of each other by using their Long Life on-board Krypton Powered ION Thruster Engines. These Rocket Motors will make it possible for them to eventually De-Orbit at their End Of Life to safely Burn Up in the Earth's Atmosphere as required to minimize adding to the unnecessary, burgeoning presence of useless Space Debris.

I should add that, My God...The SpaceX Engineer, Ms. Kate Tice is not only gifted with having such a friendly, personable character in her interesting, factual and informative Narration of these events... She is also SUCH a Damned Fine, Good Looking Woman, Too. :>)

 
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I'm going to have to "Up My Game..." in order to stay on top of the rapidity of these Launches...This Morning... I completely missed the Drama of THIS one involving the 2nd Test Launch of a Proto-Type "Silo" of the Starship called (Serial Number Six) or SN-6. Once again... Eleon Musk Keeps The Surprises coming.

If you've been following "BocaChicaGal" in her efforts to cover the Boca Chica SpaceX Activities 24 Hours a Day... 366 Days of the Year...then you know that over this past week, a group of Engineers took Two HUGE Rolls of 304L Stainless Steel weighing 22 Tons to be used as Ballast in stabilizing the upper portion of the Space Ship (...just like it would be with an NROL Heavy Satellite mounted on top) and had them welded in place inside of a Huge Steel Box.

Well... even with that additional, concentrated Payload Burden, they STILL managed to have another Successful Test Launch of the Gigantic SN-6 Rocket Ship to a controlled height of around 150 Meters and then under FULL Control, powered by ONLY ONE RAPTOR ROCKET ENGINE...in glided over to the other Landing Pad and set down as gently as you please. So What about the next one? The Goal Height is 1,200 Meters...

And so, Day by Day... the possibility of us Managing to Get us to The Moon and to Mars and much further Beyond MUCH SOONER THAN LATER , all seems grounded in the reality of this progression of Successful Tests. Elon's relentless pursuit of his Mission; either With ....or Without NASA's Help... is proving to be something that we can ALL believe in.

 
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THIS COMING EVENT IS A VERY BIG DEAL FOR SPACEX...

Next Week… The SpaceX Engineers at the Boca Chica, Texas Facility will attempt to Launch a Fully Assembled Starship … Powered by Three Large SpaceX Raptor Engines; all burning CH4 (Liquid Methane as Fuel) and LOX (Liquid Oxygen as the Oxidizer) to a height of 60,000 Feet.

Then the Enormous Craft is scheduled to tip over on its side at around 11.4 Miles above ground in order to make use of its Giant Body to glide against and resist the Air while slowly steering itself as it falls back down under the Pull of the Earth's Gravity.

The expectation here is that the Craft will then fire its Rocket Motors back up with the intention of performing a typical “Tail Down Attitude Landing” similarly done successfully so many times before by its Falcon 9 First Stage Rocket Booster brethren.

This amazing and seriously accurate HQ CGI Video Simulation demonstrates what will hopefully soon occur... From Rocket Ship Launch... to Rocket Ship Landing:


...and HERE are the most recent ancillary SpaceX Engineering Updates surrounding the Boca Chica Facilities Activities...and MORE:

 
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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral after earlier scrubs
With the 7:29 a.m. liftoff, the mission is carrying 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.
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SpaceX launched a rocket carrying dozens of satellites into orbit just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cape Canaveral. Oct 6, 2020.
 
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This is a News Brief excerpted from the SpaceX YouTube Channel of Today's Launch along with the Video of the Full Successful Event:

On Monday, October 5 at 7:51 a.m. EDT, 11:51 UTC, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II Mission.

Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. One of Falcon 9’s fairing halves supported two previous Starlink launches. The Starlink satellites deployed approximately 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff.

Earlier this week, emergency responders in Washington State shared their experience using Starlink. In the wake of the wildfires that devastated areas of the state in August, first responders there have been using the service for their purposes and to help bring the residents of Malden internet service while they rebuild their community. Malden is located about 35 miles south of Spokane, Washington, which falls within the northern latitudes our satellites currently service.

The way emergency responders deployed Starlink in this context is representative of how Starlink works best—in remote or rural areas where internet connectivity is unavailable. Our Starlink network is still in its early stages, but as our network grows our coverage will grow as well. If you would like to receive updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area, please visit starlink.com.”


 
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SpaceX had a Successful Launch of a group of 60 SpaceX Starlink Telecommunication Satellites today, Sunday, October 18th, 2020 with a finely nailed landing of their Falcon 9 Booster onto their Drone Ship out in the Atlantic Ocean around 350 Nautical Miles off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. This is the 14th of the 18 Starlink Launches planned for this year and the 6th time for the Falcon 9 First Stage Booster Rocket to head out into space and land safe;y back on the Earth.

This brings the current total of these satellites being successfully launched into Low Earth Orbit to 800 Units circling the Earth in Outer Space. The Fully operational number of them will be between 12,000 and 14,000 for the Complete Coverage needed for Satellite to Satellite Laser Communications being faster than anything terrestrial happening right now.

Presently, the Starlink Technical Staff are testing the intercoms between sets of Starlink “Birds” and for ground stations reception as they go along.
Each Starlink Satellite weighs 260 Kilograms or 571.2019 Pounds or 34392.114 Pounds for All 60 being Launched in their Group.

This was the preliminary Launch News Release:

SpaceX is targeting Sunday, October 18 at 8:25 a.m. EDT, 12:25 UTC, for its fourteenth Starlink mission, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites to orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and a backup opportunity is available on Monday, October 19 at 8:06 a.m. EDT, 12:06 UTC. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station, launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, and three Starlink missions this year. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” Drone Ship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9’s fairing halves each previously supported two missions.


On a more personal note… SpaceX CEO & Chief Rocket Engineer Elon Musk recently endured the same Neurosurgery on his Cervical Spine (C-5 & C-6) that I underwent back in 1992 after suffering an on-duty combat training injury. From personal experience, I can testify that he probably felt SO MUCH BETTER after he woke up… But he’ll be in for at least a 6 Month Long Rehab. If he is Smart, he will go at it very slowly. (No Question about THAT).
 
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So… How Much SpaceX Hardware and Customer Money has been Saved by the ability of SpaceX to Launch and Recover the Falcon 9 First Stage Rocket Boosters by Land and by Sea over the Last Few Years?

THIS Was the Very First One that Finally Made it to the Autonomous Drone Ship:

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After that, as we head towards the end of 2020:

63 Falcon 9 Boosters have been Successfully Launched, Landed and Recovered containing:
603 Merlin M1D (Atmospheric) Rocket Engines
63 Merlin MVAC (Space Vacuum) Engines (In Space NOT Recovered...Yet)
252 Titanium Hyper-Velocity Guide Fins
? Recent Fairing Recoveries

This is an “Older” Article from back in 2016 (with some very interesting Reader Comments) published just after the First Falcon 9 Booster landed atop “Of COURSE I Still Love You”. The Technical and Financial Analysis back then presented a fairly grim and sobering picture of what the prevailing beliefs were about the realistic possibilities of “reuseability” of any Recovered First Stage Rockets.

So, at the present time, after having more than exceeded what the Article Writer(s) believed was possible, it makes for a stark contrast with just how Wildly Successful the SpaceX approach to Rocket Launches, Landings and Recoveries have actually been turning out:

https://spacenews.com/spacexs-reusable-falcon-9-what-are-the-real-cost-savings-for-customers/

If you've ever wondered,

"What are the Differences are between the (9) Merlin M1D Rocket Engines in the Base of the Falcon 9 First Stage Rocket Booster versus the Single Merlin MVAC Rocket Engine powering the Second Stage with various Payloads?"


Here is a Side-By-Side Comparison of their Consecutive Design Generations that started in the Mid 2000s and have evolved over the years with Engineering Design Improvements in their Materials, Appearances and Improved Performance as shown from Left to Right in this image:

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The Second Stage Single Merlin MVAC Rocket Motors have the Longer "Skirt" Length in their Bell Shaped Rocket Nozzle Design due to the lack of any external Atmospheric Pressure that ordinarily surrounds the Merlin M1D Rocket Exhaust right up to the very limit of the Earth's Air Envelope. This Extra Containment is necessary to Focus the exiting Rocket Exhaust into the Vacuum of Outer Space.

The Merlin MVAC Rocket Motors give slightly better power and performance in Outer Space than the Merlin M1D Rocket Motors do within the Atmosphere of the Planet Earth. This of course also means that were it necessary for ALL of the Rocket Engines to have those "Longer Skirts" down here... The SpaceX Engineers would NOT have been able to squeeze all (9) MVAC Engines under the super-structure of the Falcon 9 First Stage Rocket Booster! (Good Thing...)
 
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On September 11th, 1999, during an effort to identify potentially dangerous, Earth-crossing Asteroids, the Scientists running the LINEAR Project set up for this Mission discovered, among many other Space Borne Objects, a Bizarre, “Spinning Top”- like Asteroid called “Bennu”. A "Day" on "Bennu" is only 4.5 Hours long.

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This is arguably THE Best and Most Complete "Story of Bennu" describing the Mission and the Shape of Things to Come with that effort:



Due to the threatening size and Risk of Impact from this Thing being around 1/3 of a Mile Across, NASA made the commitment to Design, Build and Launch the OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft to pursue an arrival and orbit “Bennu” to make an ‘Up Close and Personal’ long term study of this Ancient Relic in Space. Asteroid “Bennu” was created from the light gravitational attraction of some coalesced rugged, leftover debris that was created during the formation of Solar System around 4.5 Billion Years ago.

We would NOT like it if "Bennu" placed a "Bullseye" upon us... and struck our planet at its orbital velocity of 65,000 MPH. Please visit this linked WIKI for more detailed information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101955_Bennu

On December 3rd, 2018, the OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft arrived at “Bennu” after a two-year long journey and was successful in establishing a very close orbit around the Asteroid at 2,000 Feet above its surface. Ever since, the Spacecraft Onboard Sensors and Cameras have been actively studying everything about this weird object and has transmitted that Data back to the Earth.

This fascinating Video will show those remarkable, almost “3D” like images captured by this Capable Craft during this study period with a beautiful, almost “3D CGI” like quality of these recorded movie sequences:


On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, NASA reported that information and imagery received from the OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft proved that the “Collection Arm” portion of that Space Machine was able to briefly land on the surface of “Bennu” and collect a substantial Sample of the Asteroid Regolith Rubble, Sand and Rocks with the intention of sending that "Fresh Soil Sample" back to the Earth by the Year 2023:


Nice Work... NASA.
 
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Accuracy:

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto two years ago. It was a three-billion mile trip that took nine and a half years. According to NASA, the trip “took about one minute less than predicted when the craft was launched in January 2006. Think about that. In an untested, decade-long journey, NASA’s forecast was about 99.99998% accurate. That’s like forecasting a trip from New York to Boston and being accurate to within four millionths of a second.

from the book "the psychology of money" by Morgan Housel. page 200 softcover.
 
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In around Two Hours from now… SpaceX will launch the Fourth mission of a GPS III Satellite Space Vehicle atop a Brand New Falcon 9 First Stage Rocket Booster on a Mission for the “United States Space Force” :

https://www.spacex.com/launches/
 
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11 Minutes to Launch:

 
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On Sunday, November 8th, 2020... The Four Human Beings who will occupy Cabin Seats aboard the next Crew Dragon Capsule being called "Crew 1" arrived quietly by a NASA Business Jet on site at the NASA facilities at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. There will be No More Crew Demo Space Vehicles being Tested from this point on.


Here you can see the Crew Dragon Space Capsule, Cargo and Life Support Section and the Second Stage Falcon Booster fitted with a hidden single, Merlin Vacuum Rocket Engine capable of delivering around 220,000 Pounds of Thrust, This version is slightly more efficient than any of the 9 Merlin M1D Engines snugged up below in the base of the First Stage Booster. Once Again... NASA hearkens back to a time when the "Red Worm" LOGO was the Standard Stencil and Decal of the Agency, going back to the halcyon days of the Appolo Missions from the 1960s and 1970s:

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This planned "Flight of Four" will be the inaugural launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Spacecraft capable of carrying One More Crew Member than is ordinarily possible when traveling inside of the Old but Reliable Russian Soyuz Capsules. The State Sponsored Soviet Cosmonauts have been using it to travel by leaving the Earth from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome Spaceport in Kazakhstan from the Earth ...heading right up to the ISS as often as needed and eventually, arriving safely back down on the Earth, time and time again for almost 60 years on now.


We shouldn't be too smug about just how reliable; albeit primitive the Old Russian Soyuz Capsules have been and remained so over the many decades since the Russians became the first people to successfully Launch Yuri Gagarin into a Stable Orbit around the Planet and marking that "Space" with a symbolic Human Footprint. They have performed reliable service with rare technical difficulties that have since been sorted out for the sake of better safety.

But... to get back to the latest accomplishments of SpaceX and their Crew Dragon Design is the reason for us to focus on a the Dream of Elon Musk to return America to making Regular. Affordable Manned Space Flights to and from the ISS... The Moon and eventually ...The Planet Mars. His hopes are wrapped up in our being able to move to and from these bodies, roaming rapidly and comfortably through the Blackness of Space, allowing Mankind to successfully become a Multi-Planet Species.

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The New "Crew 1" Dragon White Capsule is capable of carrying as many as (7) Seven Crew Members (or Passengers) if necessary... a VERY nice feature if you need to transport EVERYONE off of the ISS in the case of any serious Emergency. These Folks are scheduled to take flight atop a Brand New Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket Booster on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 for an anticipated Launch at around 7:49 PM from Cape Canaveral facilities.

In the mean time... they'll have the chance to get oriented and finalize their Space Flight Plans before the Scheduled Launch. The Latest Tropical Weather may be the deciding factor at to whether this Launch will be a "GO" as we are having Late Season Tropical Weather threatening and which will definitely factor in to the scheme of being able to launch within a safe level of upper atmosphere High Winds.
 

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This is literally an "AWESOME Site" in every sense of the word "Sight" because it shows the level of Scientific and Technological Progress NASA has been able to achieve for the On Site-In Situ Kind of studies of our Solar System Bodies that are being done here with literally being able to "Watch What Bennu....Is Getting UP To..." any time they want...


So why would it be so important to orbit an object over One and Half Billion Miles away from the Earth shaped like a 'Child's Spinning Top' and gather granular information about it? Well... take a gander at what Scientists managed to discover back in 2015 ...hidden under 300 Meters of Ice flowing into the Greenland Hiawatha Crater and filling a space made by the impact that is over 31 Kilometers wide::


Knowing as much we can about these Near Earth Asteroids might give us enough time to figure out how to Re-Direct them at great distances...with just enough deflection for them to MISS hitting the Earth like THIS one did quite recently in terms of geological time frames.

Somewhere between 3,000,000 Years Ago to as recent as 12,000 to 20,000 Years Ago... During the latter part of the most recent Ice Age... an Object approximately One Mile Across did THIS to the edge of Northwest Greenland, The LINEAR Near Earth Passing Asteroid Project is looking for these things threatening our world ...right NOW:

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...and a SECOND Crater in the same area? Sure... just look at the other YouTube Videos shwoing the Schumacher-Levy Asteroid breaking up as it was torn apart by the enormous gravitational tidal forces before plunging through the Atmosphere of the Gas Giant Planet: Jupiter. So THIS Second Object that caused the other Impact Crater may have behaved in the very same way as it approached the Earth:

 
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The “Crew 1” Dragon Capsule Launch to the ISS from Cape Canaveral, Florida is scheduled for this coming Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at an “Instantaneous Launch Time” of 07:27 AM EST:


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The "Crew 1" Crew Dragon Launch has been re-scheduled to happen in around 4 Hours:

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Actually... NASA has jumped in already to show their pre-launch people... so if you want their take on the NASA side of the story before SpaceX gets into what they will be doing... that is being covered live ...now 11/15/2020 @ 3:32 PM.
 
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When SO Much is at stake... Being so aware of the Lives of Four Human Beings... Sitting for hours on end inside of a Capsule atop 1,000,000 Pounds of Rocket Fuel and Oxidizer... With All of the complex Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and Hydraulic Systems having to work PERFECTLY in tandem and in sequence to meet every requirement necessary for a "GO" Signal and a Final Countdown Sequence to Start.... is ALWAYS a Nerve-Wracking Experience.

For the long hours of TV Wathcing In between though, I caught myself allowing my mind to wander to questions like,"With Three Men... One Woman On Board... And One Toilet... Who gets to Prioritize Access...and in "Zero" Gravity, Too...?" Then there was the fact that after NASA-TV took over the SpaceX Channel... there was that same old tiresome, repetitive NASA Narration droning On and On and On over EVERYBODY else familiar to us from SpaceX.

Ordinarily, the Men and Women from SpaceX chosen as Narrators are actually Engineers themselves. So we know them from many other Launch Events as being parsimonious in their speech, accurate about their Technical Content and as always very Friendly and Spot-On for accuracy... without just repeating" What the Cap-Com JUST Said" when providing Launch Updates.

But... After a few hours of listening to this nonsense,.. I found myself Yelling at the NASA Narrator on my Laptop Screen, "Lady... For Chrissakes... WIll You PLEEEEAZE Just STFU!".

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I wanted to hear from the Engineers like Ms. Kate Tice and Mr. John Insperger from SpaceX... NOT from someone wearing a NASA Scientist's "White Lab Coat-Flight Jacket" who had to ask Kate..."Which End does the Fire come out of...?"

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And then finally... They Fired Off the T-TEP Green Igniter Flame...The RP-1 and Liquid Oxygen Mixed and Burned a Bright Orange Flame from the Nine Merlin M1-Rocket Engines... and the Four Astronauts were OFF THE PAD AND ON THEIR WAY TOWARDS A LOW EARTH ORBIT.

Elon Musk's SpaceX Team is just about as GOOD as it GETS. First... He and his Engineers have created their Space Machines out of "Whole Cloth" with New and Innovative Ideas and Designs fit for delivering regular, predictable results (even though NOTHING about Rocketry and Space Travel should EVER become Routine). Second... He has managed to accomplish so much just about as Economically as it can all possibly be done.

Contrast the Fresh Faces from SpaceX with the "Stiff Shirts" that still seems to permeate the ranks of the NASA Corporation with "That Good Ol' NASA Philosophy" they can't seem to shake loose, is their absurd need for sloppy, ill timed, obsequious sentimentalism right up to Launch Time.

Who's Big Idea was it to have the Entire Families of the Astronauts greeting them with NO proper respect for the need to keep the COVID-19 Virus from being carried up to the International Space Station ...just so "America can see that "One Last Good-Bye" before these folks have to climb inside of their Spaceship?! Who DOES That?! And then there was Everybody from NASA using SpaceX Hardware as their Back Drop and trying to make it look like THEY created all of this Stuff? WTF? NASA? Supplied the Astronauts... SpaceX? Supplied EVERYTHING ELSE!

Okay... The NASA Rant's Over...
Here is the Full Day-One Launch Saga from YouTube....Warts and All...With more to come over the next few days as they Crew 1 Dragon Capsule tailgates the ISS and then Docks to the Special Port:

 
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Starting at around 7 Hours and 19 Minutes into this first video you get a GREAT VIEW of the approach of the SpaceX Crew 1 Capsule in the Free-Fall Orbit of Space arriving at and then ...moving slowly in towards the ISS with the Canada Arm extended outwards for Exterior Video Capture. It follows on from there until Crew Dragon Docking and Vestibule Pressurization happens at around 8 Hours and then with Crew Ingress to the ISS at around 10 Hours into the Video. Playing these segments a 2Xs Speed gives a better indication of contrasting motion:



Bravo SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster Rocket and Falcon Second Stage too for giving the SpaceX Crew 1 Folks such a Smooth and Safe Ride from our Planet up and into Space and through numerous Low Earth Orbits at just under 18,000 MPH to close in on the ISS. Bravo SpaceX in Hawthorne, California for their efforts with NASA in getting them Automatically Docked and Safely aboard the ISS, courtesy the work of Astronaut Kate Rubens.

She carefully prepared the Three Hatches from within the Space Station to the Space Capsule and then after equalizing the Atmospheric Pressure, she invited the Four American Astronauts to float on through the Hatchways in “Zero Gravity” and greet Ms. Rubens and the Two Russian Cosmonauts. This successfully raises the compliment of ISS On Board Personnel from Three to a “Lucky Seven” where the Four Members of the Crew 1 Group will remain on board the ISS for an extended Six Month Mission.

Afterwards, SpaceX CEO and Engineer Gwen Shotwell said that she has already got plans for a LOT more Crew Dragon Missions; some of which may also involve the participation of "Private Astronauts" as The First Commercial Paying Customers to be sent into Outer Space.

The Latest Rumor about this idea is that The Actor Tom Cruise may be doing just that in order to Film an Action Movie on board the ISS in "Real Zero Gravity".
 
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It is probably worth noting the contrast of a 60 Year Old Technology that, for the most part has reliably carried Russian Men and Women... and Our Astronauts as well, up and into Outer Space ever since the American STS Program was Moth-Balled for being" TOO Expensive to Continue". We are talking of course of the original USSR Soyuz Expeditions Program that continues to be the "Old Iron Horse for Russian Space Travel" for the present Russian Federation.

Historically, the Russian Space Program has also contributed to support the likes of ULA (United Launch Alliance) with their Amazing Four Nozzle RD-180 Rocket Engines that a group of American Businessmen negotiated for what they considered back then to be "Mere Peanuts" by purchasing around 100 RD-180s for use on American Rockets.

They did so during "The Glasnost Period" after the Cold War thawed out; presumably because it was Cheaper to Buy these Better Russian Rocket Motors than it was for ULA to spend the money on the Research necessary to Innovate, Design and Build their OWN Rockets right here on American Soil ...which they also knew would NEVER be able to achieve the same high level of Rocket Power and Performance produced by the Russian RD-180s.



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That was all Well and Good for ULA... right up until Elon Musk and SpaceX arrived on the Space Flight Game Playing Mesa as an "Upstart" that many in this "Space Business" did NOT want competing for their overly lucrative contracts ....using 1950s Technology. The rest of the story now as we all know it... literally IS History for the Wildly Successful Private and Governmental Business known as ...SpaceX.

Earlier in the Russian Soyuz Program, (back in 1971) they suffered in the same way and with the same difficulties that the Americans would have to overcome ...and STILL must do so... likewise today with ALL Space Flights. They endured the tragic loss of all three of their Cosmonauts on board the Soyuz 11 Capsule that failed to function with its Life Support System on its return flight from orbit:

In Memory of the Crew of Soyuz 11:

Cosmonauts Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev.

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Unfortunately, after un-docking from the World's First Space Station called the Russian "Salyut 1" ...as the capsule de-orbited and dropped through the High Altitude regions of the Atmosphere, the Crew Cabin accidentally de-pressured. Due to a flaw in their Capsule Emergency Operations, there was No Back Up Oxygen being fed into the Cosmonauts' Space Suits.. All of the Crew were trapped inside while plummeting towards the ground...but in fact, were lost due to suffocation even before the Capsule touched down under parachutes and cleverly designed reaction rockets allowed the Soyuz 11 capsule to land softly ...back on Russian Soil.

We should pause often enough to realize that as on the Earth...In Space...There is NO Place for Politics or Language Differences... No Place for Cultural Barriers... No Place for Racism or Sexism. The lives of ALL these Astronauts and Cosmonauts will always depend upon their being able to work and live together in an Environment that will KILL HUMAN BEINGS Instantaneously if they ever become distracted, thoughtless or act carelessly towards one another out there in the Black Emptiness of Outer Space. They must all live and work together to become ONE FAMILY on board the ISS ... Looking Out for Each Other... and Surviving Because of THAT Effort:

This is The Launch of the Soyuz Expedition #63 to the ISS:

 
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Earlier on Saturday, November 21st, 2020, we had a rare Daytime West Coast Launch of a Very Special Satellite that is capable of combining the technologies of several other systems; including some designed and up in space already courtesy the ESA (European Space Agency).

Dubbed the NASA Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite, this one has among many of its other sensing capabilities, the ability to measure the Heights of Ocean Waves to within Centimeters. Good Information to Know if you live in Amsterdam, New York or Miami as the World's Ice Caps melt under the onslaught of Global Warming or are facing the grim reality of rising sea levels at landfalls during major storms

I'm opting for the inclusion of this NASA Video in order to describe What it is and How this Machine looks and behaves. Sadly, once again within the last several days (God... I hope they don't make a habit of doing this every time SpaceX is making a Launch of NASA Hardware) ...the
NASA NOOBS have unfortunately dominated the SpaceX Broadcast Channel with people who neither work for SpaceX nor have any rational idea of what proper Space Launch Etiquette involves.

If they DID ...they would know well enough to STOP REPEATING AND OVERSTATING THE OBVIOUS THINGS WE CAN ALL SEE ON THE TV SCREEN . Jesus Palomino Guys... Really... Just Watch how the SpaceX Folks do this part and learn that The Best Thing To Do...is to JUST STFU!

For anyone feeling unfulfilled with the abbreviated version shown below, they can always seek out "The Long Hand Version" over on YouTube covering this Launch, That one includes all of the other materials that may prove interesting for NASA followers and anyone else interested in the tangential stories. This time, I'm only linking to the foreshortened
SpaceX Launch and Landing version this time. But first... Here is a short NASA Production Video about the
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And here is the "CLIFF Notes" version of Today's Launch and Landing of the Falcon 9 System. This happened on what can only be described as a PERFECT DAY for doing so. We get a rare glimpse of the Crystal Clear Skies over the California Coast at Vandenberg Air Force Launch Facilities and we can clearly see the SpaceX Hardware performing well in all its glory with the Magic of 10 Merlin Engines (9 below and 1 above).

Try not to let the Gabby Guts NASA NOOB who talks incessantly; gushing for every second during the Landing of the Falcon 9 Rocket DEAD CENTER at Vandenberg Launch Complex ruin this cool experience for you. Unlike him...You've all had the chance to SEE this happen at least 63 times before.

 
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At the end of a remarkably Busy Week of two earlier launches... Here again in less than 17 Hours on Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 9:56 PM EST *** ...SpaceX will Launch yet again another group of 60 StarLink Satellites for their Starlink Communications Constellation.

I'm very happy to know now that Canada has already granted a Telecommunications License for StarLink Services becoming available for Canadian Citizens under their "Better Than Nothing Beta Test" Services Program for areas in Southern Canada presently without High Speed, Low Latency Broadband Internet Communications. The details are listed in the attached image below:

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The Falcon 9 Block 5 Booster being flown on this Mission has been to Outer Space and Landed back on the earth on (6) prior successful Missions. This effort demonstrates the sincere determination of SpaceX to prove their idea of Realistic, Economic, Reliable Re-Usability by challenging their company with making (10) Space Launches and Landings per Booster before retiring them from service.

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It is an important distinction that no other Space Faring Nations nor any Private Space Launch Corporations have managed to achieve this level of proven economic efficiencies by following the SpaceX Standards and Principles for Safe and Affordable Space Launch Deliveries of Man. Machines and Materials. Of course...they also do NOT have the Genius of Elon Musk to help them along with these issues... now do they? ;>)


And while the Topic of the SpaceX Starship Heavy Launch Vehicle down in Boca Chica, Texas probably deserves its own separate Posting... I'll tack it on here instead. Our interesting Foreign Correspondent here is Felix Schlang, the Host of the WAI (What About It?) Channel on YouTube.

He always does SUCH a good and comprehensive job whenever playing "catch-up" for us on this amazing subject matter and in this particular report, he stresses all of the important facts about the most recent problem of SpaceX not having a Flame Diverter Chute built down into the ground under the Huge Launch Platform Facilities.

There have also been so many new and very troublesome developments plaguing the ESA (European Space Agency) with its problematic VEGA Rocket System failing over and over that also merits our close attention. So let's let this excellent Video-Blog speak to ALL of these issues:


*** 38 Years ago today, at the Ripe Old Age of 33... I Ran and Completed the British - American Marathon...Starting at "The Old Sombrero" Sports Stadium in Tampa, Florida and finishing at the St. Petersburg Florida Waterfront near Al Lang Field for a completion distance exactly equal to that of the Classic Greek Marathon (shown below) for a Total Distance of 26 Miles 385 Yards.

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"Time of Your Life... Eh Kid?" Guido The Killer Pimp ...from "Risky Business"
 
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The Latest Starlink Satellite Mission is a GO in about 7 Minutes:


Damn... Sorry about this... The Launch Schedule Timer just flipped over for another 23 Hours or so. Oh Well... Better safe ...Than Sorry.
 

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