Launch Stuff

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Tonight SpaceX is slated to launch a big heavy geostationary direct broadcast satellite from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for Sirius XM. The satellite weights 7 metric tons and was manufactured by Maxar in Palo Alto California, formerly Space Systems Loral, a major satellite manufacturer not all that far from my home. Time is 00:26 AM EDT, 9:26 PM PDT and 04:26 UTC.

Booster will be B1061.3 on its third flight. Its previous adventures were Crew-1 and Crew-2, so this will be its first trip into space without those squishy little humans aboard. Landing on JRTI. This will be SpaceX's 122'd Falcon 9 launch, their 18'th so far this year and their 2'd in 3 days from Cape Canaveral! (Falcon 9's have given them a nice little revenue stream making them perhaps the most profitable commercial launch provider.

Michael Baylor's little write up from nextspaceflight.com, the one-stop place to go to find out what's happening. Michael puts lots of work into it

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/94

A news story from nasaspaceflight.com with all the details

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/06/sxm8-launch/

The SpaceX stream should be here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtDRR2F2wA

nasaspaceflight.com's livestream should be here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVEe6LYhWbY

Short Maxar video about the satellite


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRq2S-l2Z4Q

Photo taken this afternon from Maxar's WorldView3 satellite showing B1061.3 on its Cape Canaveral pad preparing for launch (Maxar photo)


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#42
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(May 31, 2021 04:45 AM)Yazata Wrote: This Thursday, June 3, SpaceX is slated to launch CRS 22, the latest supply capsule to the ISS. 17:29 UTC, 10:29 AM PDT, 1:29 PM EDT

Booster will be B1067, a raw rookie booster on its first spaceflight.

Livestreams in the usual places

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/109

Photo by French/ESA Crew-2 astronaut Thomas Pesquet of Cargo Dragon CRS 22 arriving at the Space Station


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End of an era in Port Canaveral, as Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) leaves for what might be the last time. It isn't leaving SpaceX service like the fairing catching sisters Ms Tree and Ms Chief. But it is moving to Southern California, not to a retirement community but to take up booster catching duties for Vandenberg launches which are expected to pick up in frequency after a long lull. It will be based at the Port of LA.

The newer Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) remains in Port Canaveral where it will be joined by the third and newest booster catching "drone ship" called A Shortfall of Gravitas (ASOG). The names are from Iain Banks sci-fi novels that Elon likes. The "drone ships" (that's what SpaceX calls them) are barges that are hauled by tugs to a position in the ocean where autonomously controlled station-keeping thrusters that use GPS allow the barges to position themselves in a precise spot and remain there with an accuracy of a few feet despite currents and winds, while the boosters steer themselves from space down to the same spot. (The boosters don't use homing beacons or anything like that.)

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/stat...3597551617

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous...drone_ship


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(Today 02:05 AM)Yazata Wrote: The Minotaur gets out of Dodge!

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/stat...9821164554


While the dialogue was vastly inferior to that of the second, the first video feed did have clearer camera footage and was minus that interval of obscuring clouds.
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