A pre-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has aced another launch-and-landing mission. The two-stage Falcon 9 lifted off at 3:46 p.m. EST (2046 GMT) today (Nov. 15) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About 32 minutes later, the rocket successfully deployed its payload, the Es'hail-2 communications satellite, into an elliptical geostationary transfer orbit. The rocket's first stage was already back on Earth at that point, standing tall on the deck of the SpaceX droneship "Of Course I Still Love You," which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast. The booster touched down on the robotic ship about 8.5 minutes after liftoff. [See more photos of SpaceX's Es'Hail-2 satellite launch!] The landing was the second for this particular first stage, which also helped launch the Telstar 19 Vantage communications satellite on July 22. "Of Course I Still Love You" served as the landing platform on that day as well. … [Read more...] about A Used SpaceX Rocket Just Launched a Satellite for Qatar, Then Aced a Landing
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SpaceX plans to launch a communications satellite and land a rocket today (Nov. 15), and you can catch all the action live. A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Es'hail-2 communications satellite is scheduled to lift off from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:46 p.m. EST (2046 GMT). You can watch live here at Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX; coverage starts 15 minutes before liftoff. You can also watch live directly via SpaceX. The launch window today runs for nearly 2 hours, closing at 5:29 p.m. EST, (2229 GMT). [See the Evolution of SpaceX Rockets in Pictures] If everything goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 will deliver Es'hail-2 to a geostationary transfer orbit about 32 minutes after launch. By that point, the rocket's first stage should be safe and sound on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast. The first stage is scheduled to touch down … [Read more...] about Watch SpaceX Launch a Satellite and Land a Rocket Today!
NASA's much-delayed Ionospheric Connection Explorer is scheduled to launch early tomorrow morning (Nov. 7) to begin studying the boundary where Earth's atmosphere meets space. The launch window opens at 3:00 a.m. EST (0800 GMT) and closes at 4:30 a.m. EST (0930 GMT), and the mission will be taking flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. You can watch the launch live at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, through a broadcast that begins at 2:45 a.m EST (0745 GMT). According to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the weather conditions favor a smooth launch, with a 90 percent likelihood of good conditions. Tomorrow morning's launch has a little twist: The rocket launch will take place from the air. That's because the mission, nicknamed ICON, is launching aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket, which is designed to fire after being dropped from an airplane called Stargazer L-1011 at a height of about 40,000 feet (12,000 meters). The Stargazer will drop the … [Read more...] about NASA Will Launch a Satellite to Study the Edge of Space Overnight. Here’s How to Watch.
Daily news 21 May 2018 By Leah CraneChina is getting ready for a trip to the far side of the moon. On 21 May, the China National Space Administration launched a satellite that will relay information between Earth and a planned moon lander and rover, both set to launch in late 2018. The satellite – called Queqiao, which means Magpie Bridge – launched from southwest China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center aboard a Long March 4C rocket. Chang’e 4, the moon lander, will be the first spacecraft ever to land on the far side of the moon, if all goes to plan. Because the far side always faces away from Earth, the lander will not be able to communicate directly with its operators – any commands sent to it, or data sent back, would be blocked by the moon itself. Advertisement To solve that problem, a satellite that sits in the line of sight both of the lander and Earth’s surface is needed to relay information back and … [Read more...] about China launched a satellite to help explore the moon’s far side
Update January 31st, 5:03PM ET: The Falcon 9 rocket successfully deployed GovSat-1, which is now in geostationary transfer orbit. Up next for SpaceX is the first flight of its new Falcon Heavy rocket, currently slated for February 6th. On Wednesday, SpaceX is set to launch its second Falcon 9 rocket of the year, sending up a satellite that will provide secure communications for the government of Luxembourg. And for the sixth time, SpaceX will use one of its boosters that has already flown to space and back. The Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched back in May 2017, when it lofted a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office and then landed back at SpaceX’s ground landing pad. However, this particular rocket won’t be flying again. SpaceX doesn’t have plans to land the booster after launch, and the company didn’t give a reason why. This satellite is going to a particularly high orbit, which means the Falcon 9 will have less fuel leftover to … [Read more...] about Watch SpaceX launch a satellite for Luxembourg on a used Falcon 9 rocket