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Old 05-03-2016, 05:54 PM   #1
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SpaceX launch with droneship landing attempt (updated) - NAILED IT

spacex launch may 5th

SpaceX is targeting launch of JCSAT-14 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on May 5 (1:21am ET, 10:21pm PT, 5:21am UTC). SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver JCSAT-14, a commercial communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship. Given this mission’s GTO destination, the first-stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing unlikely. The launch webcast will go live about 20 minutes prior to liftoff.

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So this launch is actually on May 4 here on the Hawthorne coast, right?
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Correct.
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The name of the barge is the same as last time. I'm surprised they can reuse it that quickly. I would figure the thing takes a serious beating and would need a lot of work between landings.
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My guess is it wouldn't need to be as strong as a standard launch pad. It isn't experiencing as much thermal stress and doesn't have to support the weight of a fully loaded rocket.
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My guess is it wouldn't need to be as strong as a standard launch pad. It isn't experiencing as much thermal stress and doesn't have to support the weight of a fully loaded rocket.
that and they apparently just ziptie the gopro when it gets knocked over upon landing.

I won't watch this live like the past XX launches, its pretty neat that it has become "routine" now.
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The name of the barge is the same as last time. I'm surprised they can reuse it that quickly. I would figure the thing takes a serious beating and would need a lot of work between landings.
From what?

There is a rather substantial heat sink right underneath the landing pad to allow for quite a lot of cooling capacity. I'd also imagine that the landing procedure doesn't have the rocket motor going full blast like the launch process does.
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that and they apparently just ziptie the gopro when it gets knocked over upon landing.

I won't watch this live like the past XX launches, its pretty neat that it has become "routine" now.
One successful landing is far from routine.
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The name of the barge is the same as last time. I'm surprised they can reuse it that quickly. I would figure the thing takes a serious beating and would need a lot of work between landings.
I would think the barge was designed to take a successful landing without problem. It is only when the stage 1 blows up that it causes major problems.
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I'm currently in Florida supporting this launch and recovery. Been pretty shitty weather here the past couple days, lots of cumulus clouds and lightning. Tomorrow supposed to be windy, hopefully it dies down for rollout, prop load and launch. We don't have a very high success rate planned for this landing due to the exceptionally hot re-entry profile and there is a definite possibility that we run out of fuel prior to landing.

On another note, the recovered booster that marked our first successful droneship landing has been officially recommissioned. Stay tuned for details.
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On another note, the recovered booster that marked our first successful droneship landing has been officially recommissioned. Stay tuned for details.

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Success! Another successful landing!
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