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(Rocket Launch Live)   SpaceX launches squid creatures to the ISS at 1:29 PM ET. Remember when using a never-flown booster was not notable?   (rocketlaunch.live) divider line
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2021-06-03 12:46:33 PM  
Hey!  SpaceX is inaugurating a virgin (booster) this time!  WooHoo!
 
2021-06-03 12:49:41 PM  
5:29pm ET now.  Weather is meh at the Cape today.
 
2021-06-03 12:51:32 PM  
Anyone know if the information listed in Launch Schedule - RocketLaunch.Live is good?

I've been looking for a source that updates faster than SpaceFlightNow.com, but the manifest RocketLaunch.Live lists looks too good to be true - like a true believer's fever dream.
 
2021-06-03 12:53:07 PM  
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2021-06-03 12:53:32 PM  
Not to take anything away from SpaceX, but I think Fark putting up a green thread on an event before it's half over is the greater accomplishment. What a time to be alive.
 
2021-06-03 12:54:05 PM  

Mztlplx: 5:29pm ET now.  Weather is meh at the Cape today.


... I thought launches to the ISS were instantaneous launch windows?

Unless they can let the ISS "go around a few laps" and adjust their flight profile on the fly?
 
2021-06-03 12:54:15 PM  

Mztlplx: 5:29pm ET now.  Weather is meh at the Cape today.


Countdown still live for about 35 minutes from now.
 
2021-06-03 12:55:56 PM  
Nm, my bad, that's UTC.  So yeah, in about half an hour Eastern.
 
2021-06-03 1:00:22 PM  
It is amazing how a new booster is un-routine. I'm almost a little disappointed we aren't going for 11.
 
2021-06-03 1:00:41 PM  
Looks like we has Oontz!
 
2021-06-03 1:00:46 PM  
We have oontz.
 
2021-06-03 1:02:50 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Hey!  SpaceX is inaugurating a virgin (booster) this time!  WooHoo!


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2021-06-03 1:12:42 PM  
This guy is directly out of central casting.
 
2021-06-03 1:12:43 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Mztlplx: 5:29pm ET now.  Weather is meh at the Cape today.

... I thought launches to the ISS were instantaneous launch windows?

Unless they can let the ISS "go around a few laps" and adjust their flight profile on the fly?


Yep.

You want to launch when the plane of the ISS orbit goes through the launch site - about every 95 minutes.  You adjust the second stage burn profile so that you can match the other orbital elements as necessary to get the Dragon to the rendezvous.  The lower the up-mass, the more flexibility you have in which launch window to take.
 
2021-06-03 1:13:04 PM  
Wow.  Hippy Santa is talking about cotton.
 
2021-06-03 1:20:30 PM  
Tardigrades...Little space traveling monsters...this should end well.
 
2021-06-03 1:20:57 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Anyone know if the information listed in Launch Schedule - RocketLaunch.Live is good?

I've been looking for a source that updates faster than SpaceFlightNow.com, but the manifest RocketLaunch.Live lists looks too good to be true - like a true believer's fever dream.


I've found it reliable. It usually updates several times a day when appropriate. Still, you'll get the changes faster via Twitter or directly checking official sources.  Be sure to check that JavaScript is set to your actual time zone. And for Eastern Hemisphere launches check for the time listed in UTC to avoid getting confused between the date for you and the date at the pad.

Everyday Astronaut also has a schedule looking at since his site usually has detailed info on the mission.
 
2021-06-03 1:22:46 PM  
T-7
 
2021-06-03 1:26:00 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Hey!  SpaceX is inaugurating a virgin (booster) this time!  WooHoo!


Does this mean that Virgin gets a cut? ;-)
 
2021-06-03 1:27:05 PM  
Booster recovery on land or drone ship?
 
2021-06-03 1:28:43 PM  
Looks like they're going to squeak it past the weather constraints.
 
2021-06-03 1:29:50 PM  
LIFTOFF!!!  Another day, another payload!
 
2021-06-03 1:30:20 PM  
GO GO GO!!
 
2021-06-03 1:30:24 PM  
Beauty!
 
2021-06-03 1:30:49 PM  
The audio and onscreen countdown looked to be a few seconds ahead of the video.  Usually they are more in sync, but might be an artifact of this being a NASA production.
 
2021-06-03 1:31:23 PM  
Glad they got it off before the weather really screwed them.  Lets see if they can stick the landing
 
2021-06-03 1:31:29 PM  
fantastic cameras today.
 
2021-06-03 1:31:47 PM  
Gods, what an Ascent view!
 
2021-06-03 1:31:50 PM  
Good looking launch, nice onboard downlook.
 
2021-06-03 1:32:28 PM  
MECO, Stage Sep, and Mvac Start, all Green.
 
2021-06-03 1:32:56 PM  

Unobtanium: Booster recovery on land or drone ship?


The Cape.
 
2021-06-03 1:33:52 PM  
And my internet has decided to turn this into a slideshow.
 
2021-06-03 1:34:19 PM  

FrancoFile: Unobtanium: Booster recovery on land or drone ship?

The Cape.


Wait, they just said drone ship.

Normally boostback burn = return to launch site.

So I don't know now.
 
2021-06-03 1:34:44 PM  

FrancoFile: Unobtanium: Booster recovery on land or drone ship?

The Cape.


Narrator just said drone ship
 
2021-06-03 1:35:24 PM  
I'm confused, they are doing a boost back but the have mentioned the drone ship a few times.
 
2021-06-03 1:36:17 PM  
Maybe conditions required a shorter distance than the normal ballistic entry and landing further out at sea?
 
2021-06-03 1:36:24 PM  
It was cool to see the first stage flip and start to burn back to earth from the view out of the back of the second stage.
 
2021-06-03 1:37:08 PM  
That was pretty cool after stage separation, where the first stage immediately turned around and took off... usually it seems like there's a much longer drift phase... or maybe the cameras don't show it... but watching the first stage immediately flip around and take off from the the 2nd stage's POV was cool.
 
2021-06-03 1:37:34 PM  
Hi there little boat!
 
2021-06-03 1:37:37 PM  

Unobtanium: FrancoFile: Unobtanium: Booster recovery on land or drone ship?

The Cape.

Narrator just said drone ship


Yea, they can only go back to the the Cape landing site if the payloads are relatively light and the target orbit is fairly low.  ISS is in a higher orbit target even if the payload isn't super heavy. Most payloads need more performance so that means they don't have enough fuel with a safety margin so they need the drone ship to make it back safely.
 
2021-06-03 1:37:38 PM  
And once again, they nailed it.
 
2021-06-03 1:38:03 PM  
W00t
 
2021-06-03 1:38:15 PM  
Rookie, you are no longer a rookie.
 
2021-06-03 1:38:46 PM  
Best video yet
 
2021-06-03 1:38:51 PM  
Those drone ship landings are cool.
 
2021-06-03 1:39:05 PM  
Love the vapor trail off the grid fins.
 
2021-06-03 1:40:38 PM  
And it seems I was at least 30 seconds behind. Nice landing.
 
2021-06-03 1:42:21 PM  
Whatever happened to the Atlas and Jupiter launches from the 60's, you know the ones you didn't know if they would blow up or not. Good times.
 
2021-06-03 1:42:31 PM  
OK, put this one in the books.  Booster and second stage did their jobs.  Now up to Dragon and ISS.
 
2021-06-03 1:42:57 PM  
17 successful launches.  Today is the 153rd day of the year.

That is exactly one launch every 9 days.


Bonus: China has had 15 good launches this year, other US providers 5, Russia 8, and India and Europe 1 each.
 
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