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  1. #1681
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    SpaceX StarLink joins the SeattleIX Internet Exchange Point, meaning connected to the Internet at 10Gbps. This will be one of many local ground connections, and the bandwidth will grow - a lot.

    Reg: AS14593

    https://www.seattleix.net

    https://ipinfo.io/AS14593

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    Welcome SpaceX - Starlink (AS14593) at 10G.

    https://twitter.com/seattleix/status...94337349029889

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    Falcon 9 Block 5: PSN-VI (AKA Nusantara Satu) commsat launch

    Launch: Feb. 21 (Thursday)
    Time: 2045 Eastern (0145 UT Feb. 22)
    Pad: KSC LC-40
    Booster: 1048.3 (3rd flight)
    Booster recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You
    Fairing recovery: Mr. Steven net-ship (relocated to Eastern Range)

    Secondary payloads

    S5: US military - catalogs GEO satellites

    SpaceIL (Israel): Beresheet lunar lander

    https://youtu.be/XS0E35aYJcU
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Feb-21 at 07:43 AM.

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    Must set an alarm on my phone for that!

    And how cool is it that they are launching a private lunar lander?
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    AND, how cool is it that they can launch 2 GEO birds and a lunar lander and still recover the booster?

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    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    The framework of a new Starship Hopper nose fairing is going up in on the circular construction jig.

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    Raptor SN-1 has sacrificed itself to the test-to-failure gods,

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Merlins. The max chamber pressure run damaged Raptor SN 1 (as expected). A lot of the parts are fine for reuse, but next tests will be with SN 2, which is almost done.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1098653939141009408

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    Good Nusantara Satu launch, a very high energy stage landing (took 3 engines to land) and now in coast before payload deployments.
    psn6-landing.jpg

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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Highest reentry heating to date. Burning metal sparks from base heat shield visible in landing video. Fourth reflight scheduled for April.
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    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Falcon 9 first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, completing this boosters third launch and landing.

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    SpaceIL Beresheet, away

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    Nusantara Satu and S5 away

    Missions accomplished

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    Do we know if Mr Steven caught anything?

    And if the base heat shield took such a punch, will they have to do anything with it or can it be reflown as-is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Do we know if Mr Steven caught anything?

    And if the base heat shield took such a punch, will they have to do anything with it or can it be reflown as-is?
    It came through in good enough condition to do a precision landing, and isn't expected to go through a fourth reentry...next flight is the Dragon launch abort test, which is expected to destroy the booster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Do we know if Mr Steven caught anything?
    It was damaged:
    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...178#msg1914178

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    Yup, very rough seas - which also made the very tough stage landing triple-tough.

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    "It's been a long road,
    getting from there to here
    It's been a long time,
    but my time is finally near...
    "

    FRR says GO!!

    Dissenting ISS partner: Russia, over abort software

    To placate Russia a US team member will visit SpaceX next week.

    NASA gives go-ahead for SpaceX commercial crew test flight

    WASHINGTON NASA managers have given their approval for SpaceX to proceed with an uncrewed test flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 2.

    At the conclusion of a day-long flight readiness review at the Kennedy Space Center Feb. 22, NASA announced that it approved plans for SpaceX to fly a mission designated Demo-1, featuring its Crew Dragon spacecraft but without astronauts on board, to the International Space Station. The review featured more than 100 people from NASA and SpaceX, examining the readiness of both the spacecraft and the station to support the mission.

    The current schedule calls for a launch at 2:48 a.m. Eastern March 2, in an instantaneous launch window. The Falcon 9, lifting off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, will put the Crew Dragon into orbit. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the ISS one day later and remain there until March 8, when it will undock and splash down several hours later in the Atlantic Ocean.
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    Crew Dragon DM-1.jpg

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    I just can't IMAGINE what the Russians might be objecting to! Goodbye, monopoly.

    Why 2:48AM? Couldn't they have found a station pass that allowed a better time? That's dang near midnight here, long past my bedtime.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just can't IMAGINE what the Russians might be objecting to! Goodbye, monopoly.

    Why 2:48AM? Couldn't they have found a station pass that allowed a better time? That's dang near midnight here, long past my bedtime.
    LOL,I'll be asleep.

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