Sweet success falcon 9 launch
View of Earth from upper stage rear view camera at 8,000 miles pic.twitter.com/V4tdMUA48X
SpaceX successfully completes first mission to geostationary transfer orbit: spacex.com/press/2013/12/…
[PHOTO] Falcon 9 in flight, carrying SES-8 to GTO pic.twitter.com/48lhWHhn9s
Restart was good, apogee raised to 80k km (50k miles). Yes!!!
Spacecraft separation confirmed! SES-8 is now in its targeted GEO transfer orbit.
second stage restart burn successful. Orbit looks nominal.
[PHOTO] Falcon 9 and SES-8 liftoff from SpaceX's launch pad at Cape Canaveral pic.twitter.com/fucwgYH0s5
Reached parking orbit. Now coasting towards equator, where the upper stage will, if all goes well, restart to raise apogee
satellite currently in parking orbit, awaiting second burn. All systems nominal.
LAUNCH of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SES-8 satellite to GTO!!
Live video feed of launch at spacex.com/webcast
is GO for launch of #SES8
today at 5:41p ET. Watch LIVE starting at 5:25: spacex.com/webcast pic.twitter.com/zQYC2xUFBd
LAUNCH UPDATE: All known rocket anomalies have been resolved. Launch targeted for Tues, w/ Weds as a back-up. Window opens at 5:41pm ET.
The gas generator is a small rocket engine that powers the turbopump, which produces 7000 horsepower & weighs 160 lbs
Engines are cycling cleanly w ground pneumatics. Replaced gas generator on engine 9 (center) as a precautionary measure.
Abort was caused by oxygen in ground side TEA-TEB. Upper stage on separate internal circuit, so doesn't face same risk.
Rocket engines are healthy, but cleaning turbopump gas generators will take another day. Aiming for Mon eve launch.
We called manual abort. Better to be paranoid and wrong. Bringing rocket down to borescope engines ...
If launch aborts, we will bring the rocket down for engine inspection, so probably a few days before next attempt
Increasing helium spin start pressure. Probably <50% chance of passing all aborts, but worth a try. Countdown resuming ...
Launch now targeting 6:44pm ET. spacex.com/webcast
Launch aborted by autosequence due to slower than expected thrust ramp. Seems ok on closer inspection. Cycling countdown.
Launch targeting 5:39pm ET. Turn the big screen to spacex.com/webcast
just after 5:15. Happy #Spacegiving
Tonight's Falcon 9 launch is targeting a 5:39pm ET liftoff - 1st Thanksgiving launch from Cape Canaveral since 1959. Happy #Spacegiving
Good description of the launch by @WIRED
Falcon 9 launch window opens tmrw at 5:39pm EST. Watch LIVE at spacex.com/webcast
. Happy #Spacegiving
Scrubbed for today, Falcon 9's next launch attempt targeting Thursday 5:38pm EST
New T-0 for LAUNCH is 6:30pm spacex.com/webcast
Countdown clock has been reset to 13 min, awaiting new T-0 for launch.
T-8 minutes to Falcon 9 launch. Watch now: spacex.com/webcast
launch webcast LIVE now at spacex.com/webcast
Falcon 9 standing tall on the pad, ready to launch #SES8
to 80,000km orbit. Watch @ 5pm: spacex.com/webcast pic.twitter.com/C3RryK0kRz
Falcon 9 went vertical overnight, launch of @SES_Satellites #SES8
TONIGHT 5:37pm EST. spacex.com/webcast pic.twitter.com/WRLf04DJYj
Falcon 9 targeted to launch SES-8 for @SES_Satellites
tmrw. 1st SpaceX GEO transfer mission. spacex.com/webcast pic.twitter.com/COKp7zatXh
& SpaceX complete review of SpaceX’s safety systems – an impt milestone in prepping #Dragon
to carry crew: 1.usa.gov/17XQ9SO
are making sure innovative technologies meet rigorous requirements for human spaceflight: go.nasa.gov/1bsTuEG
The US now has 2 companies providing #AmericanMade
cargo delivery services to #ISS
. Tune in @11
:30amET to hear more! nasa.gov/nasatv
Recognizing all who have served, including the 300+ we proudly call part of the SpaceX family. #ThankYouVeterans pic.twitter.com/fQQAvOVM6v
The Olympic torch (and a crew of 3) made it to the #ISS
this morning. cbsn.ws/1c1IXSo pic.twitter.com/wDZsPjaVuW
estimates 20 billion planets in the Milky Way similar to Earth: ti.me/HCGAN1
. Plenty of reasons to keep exploring.
Factory Snapshot – New Production workspace looks out over upgraded #Dragon
assembly area pic.twitter.com/QBkP6qEItb
Getting festive in the rocket factory. Happy Halloween! pic.twitter.com/BRZRCSOMSy
[WATCH] This video by @esa
showcases spectacular digital images of Mars’ surface. nature.com/news/spectacul…
One of our fave photos from our last Falcon 9 launch – this close-up of all 9 engines firing at liftoff. pic.twitter.com/Xnsi22L1Ar