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(SpaceX)   There once was a big SpaceX rocket/Whose previous launch try, winds blocked it/Tonight will it fly?/I guess it'll try!/Though it won't have a landing to brag "Stuck it!". Webcast starts at 1:15AM EDT/10:15PM PDT   ( spacex.com) divider line
    More: Live, EchoStar XXIII launch, Spacecraft propulsion, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39, Space exploration, Spaceflight, historic Launch Complex, EchoStar Corporation  
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2017-03-15 09:32:10 PM  
Launch delayed from yesterday due to high winds but tonight's weather looks more favorable. Falcon 9 will go up but won't land due to fuel requirements for the satellite placement. Oh well! Can't have everything.

More info here: http://www.space.com/36084-spacex-2nd-satellite-launch-try-thursday-w​e​bcast.html

"The EchoStar 23 satellite is scheduled to lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida Thursday at 1:35 a.m. EDT (0535 GMT). You can watch the spaceflight action live at http://www.spacex.com/webcast.
You can also watch the launch here, courtesy of SpaceX. The webcast will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT (0515 GMT).
The EchoStar 23 launch was originally supposed to occur Tuesday (March 14), but SpaceX scrubbed that attempt because of strong winds. There's a 90 percent chance that the weather will be good enough to allow a liftoff on this next try, which features a 2.5-hour-long launch window, SpaceX representatives said."
 
2017-03-15 09:36:12 PM  
Night launches are cool
 
2017-03-15 09:43:20 PM  
W00t
 
2017-03-15 09:55:10 PM  

dr_blasto: Night launches are cool


Ha, your handle is perfect for that comment. :)
 
2017-03-15 09:57:04 PM  
Magnificent headline, subby.
 
2017-03-15 10:00:09 PM  
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=50613
Also, early Sunday morning (4:45AM EDT, woof) the Dragon capsule will depart the ISS, broadcasted on NASA-TV.

"The deorbit burn and splashdown will not be broadcast on NASA TV. "

Booooo-urns. Those would be incredible to see.
 
2017-03-15 10:06:11 PM  

FrancoFile: Magnificent headline, subby.


Thank you!
 
2017-03-15 10:30:36 PM  
And ... my alarm clock is set.
 
2017-03-15 11:58:54 PM  
Godspeed Jebediah.
 
2017-03-16 12:39:09 AM  
Bumped to 2 AM EDT per Twitter
 
2017-03-16 01:21:11 AM  

Theaetetus: Bumped to 2 AM EDT per Twitter


img.fark.net
 
2017-03-16 01:31:18 AM  
Webcast just came on sporting the spooky space music!
 
2017-03-16 01:32:41 AM  

E-Brake: Webcast just came on sporting the spooky space music!


i'd say its all atmospheric but ... well ya know
 
2017-03-16 01:37:17 AM  

So, I'm working on a Limerick, but this is all I have so far:

There once was a rocket named SpaceX
Its pilot's wife's face looked like Spacek's
...

The last rhyme is supposed to be "gay sex". Any ideas that aren't super insulting to Sissy Spacek?
 
2017-03-16 01:43:55 AM  

Dansker: So, I'm working on a Limerick, but this is all I have so far:There once was a rocket named SpaceX
Its pilot's wife's face looked like Spacek's
...
The last rhyme is supposed to be "gay sex". Any ideas that aren't super insulting to Sissy Spacek?


Your meter sucks.
 
2017-03-16 01:46:37 AM  
A rocket was launched by SpaceX
(after a whole bunch of checks).
But don't call them careful,
or you'll get an earful,
about how they practice safe sex.
 
2017-03-16 01:49:20 AM  

Theaetetus: Dansker: So, I'm working on a Limerick, but this is all I have so far:There once was a rocket named SpaceX
Its pilot's wife's face looked like Spacek's
...
The last rhyme is supposed to be "gay sex". Any ideas that aren't super insulting to Sissy Spacek?

Your meter sucks.


Nonsense. You're just reading it wrong and not being helpful.
 
2017-03-16 01:50:49 AM  
SpaceX has got the launch crown,
the kings of space, filled with renown.
But who cares 'bout the launches
(if they're not botches) -
We want to see stages come down!
 
2017-03-16 01:53:45 AM  
What the hell is that thing?
 
2017-03-16 01:54:46 AM  
Thirty-nine-A launched men up to the moon,
a sight that made 'mericans swoon.
And that may be great,
but it's getting late,
so start the goddamned launching soon.
 
2017-03-16 01:57:23 AM  
"StrongBack" TE?  Is that a StrongBad homage?
 
2017-03-16 01:58:28 AM  

tkil: "StrongBack" TE?  Is that a StrongBad homage?


www.hrwiki.org
 
2017-03-16 01:59:35 AM  
Startup...
 
2017-03-16 02:00:40 AM  
Woooooo!
 
2017-03-16 02:01:39 AM  
Beautiful.
 
2017-03-16 02:02:04 AM  
Was that nosecone heating glow at about 01:30?
 
2017-03-16 02:02:28 AM  
Throttled up back those Merlin nine engines?

Dude...
 
2017-03-16 02:03:31 AM  
Stage separation successful, second stage lit. aaw, yeah.
 
2017-03-16 02:04:00 AM  
So are they flying the first stage back to KSC?
 
2017-03-16 02:04:13 AM  
w00t!
 
2017-03-16 02:04:45 AM  

studebaker hoch: So are they flying the first stage back to KSC?


Nope, is a non-recovery flight (needed all the gas to get heavy satellite to GTO).
 
2017-03-16 02:05:47 AM  
Well, shucks, that was interesting. Didn't know the fairing was a Faraday cage.
 
2017-03-16 02:06:35 AM  
OK, expendable first stage.

Paging Russian Submarines...move into position for stage recovery now.
 
2017-03-16 02:07:07 AM  
Presenter guy isn't great.
 
2017-03-16 02:07:59 AM  
Thank you, modmins, for posting this stuff in advance of a flight instead of after.  It's not newsflash-worthy, but it's still in that category for a lot of us.
 
2017-03-16 02:07:59 AM  

tkil: studebaker hoch: So are they flying the first stage back to KSC?

Nope, is a non-recovery flight (needed all the gas to get heavy satellite to GTO).


This. Heaving big-ass mass (er, big ass-mass?) to geosync is a long way from home. So we toss the first stage into the drink like we did from the 1950s and 60s to, well, right up about 2016.
 
2017-03-16 02:09:11 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-03-16 02:10:31 AM  
Ha, mouse cursor on the graphic feed, that's awesome!
 
2017-03-16 02:10:45 AM  

magic_patch: Presenter guy isn't great.


After he deployed that word salad they switched to the other guy + girl and never went back to him.
 
2017-03-16 02:11:27 AM  

Theaetetus: [img.fark.net image 512x268]


FARKIN SAVED.
/back in 15 minutes when they restart stage 2.
 
2017-03-16 02:13:29 AM  

Theaetetus: Well, shucks, that was interesting. Didn't know the fairing was a Faraday cage.


Or that it had a radio repeater in it so it appears transparent to the satellite.
 
2017-03-16 02:14:39 AM  
Amazing that 26k kmph is still "barely moving" at global scale.  Crazy.
 
2017-03-16 02:14:39 AM  

studebaker hoch: magic_patch: Presenter guy isn't great.

After he deployed that word salad they switched to the other guy + girl and never went back to him.


He was staring at his laptop screen and slipping out a few very average pieces of commentary. I'm sure liver commentary isn't easy but I doubt we'll be seeing him or his hoodie with rolled up sleeves again.
 
2017-03-16 02:15:03 AM  
That was gorgeous. Every launch gets me a bit verklempt, like it's just a huge accomplishment for all humankind every time one of those firebirds flies into space. And hearing the people cheer and whoop it up makes it more exciting.
 
2017-03-16 02:16:12 AM  
 
2017-03-16 02:16:42 AM  
 
2017-03-16 02:20:17 AM  

magic_patch: studebaker hoch: magic_patch: Presenter guy isn't great.

After he deployed that word salad they switched to the other guy + girl and never went back to him.

He was staring at his laptop screen and slipping out a few very average pieces of commentary. I'm sure liver commentary isn't easy but I doubt we'll be seeing him or his hoodie with rolled up sleeves again.


You may have nailed that one.
 
2017-03-16 02:23:01 AM  
Whoof, they gave this one a kick in the ass. Staging was at about 9500 km/h; compared to ses-9 which was about 8200. Pretty sure this is a heavier sat, too. Now, to see where this thing ends up...
 
2017-03-16 02:24:34 AM  

Theaetetus: [img.fark.net image 512x268]


That is fantastic.

Sugarbombs: Thank you, modmins, for posting this stuff in advance of a flight instead of after.  It's not newsflash-worthy, but it's still in that category for a lot of us.


Heck yeah! This one went live a couple hours ahead of launch which we thought was a pretty good amount of heads up, after listening to folk's input over the past several launch threads.
 
2017-03-16 02:26:38 AM  
I'm digging the music as they wait for SECO.
 
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