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2021-12-08 6:47:22 PM  
Got a space double header tonight.
 
2021-12-08 7:28:21 PM  
Tonight's launch is brought to by X-Ray Spex...

X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours! (Twndish 1978)
Youtube RUBXwxjoAus
 
2021-12-09 12:27:08 AM  
first orbital observatory that can polarize X-ray emissions.  No one knows what it will find, and no one knows which theory is correct

kind of awesome, it is going to be able to see things no one has been able to see before
 
2021-12-09 12:49:19 AM  

khitsicker: Got a space double header tonight.


Yep.  Good Times!
 
2021-12-09 12:57:09 AM  
Have they mentioned which booster this is?
 
2021-12-09 1:00:51 AM  
FLY, AND BE FREE!  GO GO GO!!!
 
2021-12-09 1:01:01 AM  
Liftoff!! go go go!
 
2021-12-09 1:02:58 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Have they mentioned which booster this is?


B1061-5
 
2021-12-09 1:03:44 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Have they mentioned which booster this is?


/r/SpaceX shows it as B1061 on its fifth flight.
 
2021-12-09 1:04:00 AM  
Staging is good.
 
2021-12-09 1:04:31 AM  

khitsicker: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Have they mentioned which booster this is?

B1061-5


clear_prop: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Have they mentioned which booster this is?

/r/SpaceX shows it as B1061 on its fifth flight.


Thanks.
 
2021-12-09 1:06:18 AM  
This booster previously launched Crew-1 and Crew-2, as well as a SXM satellite and a Cargo Dragon.
 
2021-12-09 1:09:29 AM  
Made it back to the Barn!  Cool!
 
2021-12-09 1:09:51 AM  
nailed it! this never gets old!
 
2021-12-09 1:11:25 AM  
I am late to the show, but in time to see the booster land. So, not late.
 
2021-12-09 1:11:50 AM  
Nice! Another night launch too. It's almost like we're really in the 21st Century for a change.

/ Instead of the noticeable slide back to Elizabethan times.
 
2021-12-09 1:22:09 AM  
Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions. I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights, and added Booster Tracking.  I figure SpaceX will hit 29 or 30 missions total for the year.

Year  # flown  Milestones
2006 - 1 - Falcon 1 successfully flies on its fourth attempt
2007 - 1
2008 - 2
2009 - 1
2010 - 2 - First Falcon 9, June 4, 2010
2011 - 0
2012 - 2 - First private spaceship (Dragon) to visit ISS
2013 - 3 - Falcon 9 v1.1
2014 - 6
2015 - 6 - Falcon 9 'Full Thrust' and first booster landing
2016 - 8
2017 - 18 - First Launch and Recovery of a reused booster / Dragon
2018 - 21 - First Falcon Heavy, First F9 Block 5, First booster with 3 flights
2019 - 13 - Successful Crew Dragon Demo 1; 1st Paying Falcon Heavy; Starlink; 1 F9 flies 4 times
2020 - 26 - 7 flights on one Falcon 9; Crew Dragon Certified; Starship test flights; Starlink Beta Opens

2021:

1     01/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5A    B1060.4
2     01/20/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 16    B1051.8
3     01/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 1 B1058.5
---   02/02/2021    Starship SN9 Test Flight
4     02/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 18    B1060.5
5     02/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 19    B1059.7
---   03/03/2021    Starship SN10 Test Flight
6     03/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 17    B1049.8
7     03/11/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 20    B1058.6
8     03/14/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 21    B1051.9
9     03/24/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 22    B1060.6
---   03/30/2021    Starship SN11 Test Flight
10   04/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 23    B1058.7
11   04/23/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 2 . .   B1061.2
12   04/28/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 24    B1060.7
13   05/04/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 25    B1049.9
---   05/05/2021    Starship SN15 - Successful test flight, Successful landing
14   05/09/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 27   (B1051.10 is the first booster to hit TEN successful launches and landings!)
15   05/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 26    B1058.8
16   05/26/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 28    B1063.2
17   06/03/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 22        B1067.1
18   06/06/2021    Falcon 9 - SXM 8          B1061.3
19   06/17/2021    Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV05  B1062.2
20   06/30/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 2 B1060.8
21   08/29/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 23         B1061.4
22   09/13/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 29   (B1049.10 reaches ten successful missions)
23   09/15/2021    Falcon 9 - Inspiration4 (B1062.3, Civilian Tourism Mission)
24   11/10/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 3 . .   B1067.2
25   11/13/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 31    B1058.9
26   11/24/2021    Falcon 9 - DART            B1063.3
27   12/02/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 32    B1060.9
28   12/09/2021    Falcon 9 - IXPE             B1061.5

Upcoming Flights:
12/21/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 24
Q4/??/2021   Falcon 9 - Turksat-5B
Q4/??/2021   Starship / Super Heavy - Full Stack Test Flight
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-1
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-2
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Worldview Legion 1 & 2
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Space Adventures LEO Tourism Flight (Crew Dragon)
??/??/2021    Falcon Heavy - ViaSat 3
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - SARah 1
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - SmallSat Rideshare 1
??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - DOGE-1

01/??/2022    Falcon 9 - CSG-2
01/??/2022    Starship Orbital Flight 1
01/??/2022    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44
02/02/2022    Falcon 9 - NROL-87
02/21/2022    Falcon 9 - Ax-1
Q1/??/2022   Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV06
Q1/??/2022   Falcon 9 - NROL-85
04/15/2022    Falcon 9 - CREW 4
07/??/2022    Falcon Heavy - Psyche Asteroid Mission
Q3/??/2022   TBD       - USSF-67
11/??/2022    Falcon 9 - SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography)
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - PACE
??/??/2022    Falcon Heavy - USSF-52
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Ax-2
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Ax-3
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Intelsat-40e
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Smallsat Rideshare 2

(from http://www.spacex.com/missions, https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ and https://www.rocketlaunch.live/?filter=spacex)
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches)
 
2021-12-09 1:31:37 AM  
SECO-2!  Yay!  That plume coming off of the top of the Mvac Bell was making me nervous...
 
2021-12-09 1:34:54 AM  
Bye-Bye, Payload!  Have fun!

Put this one in the books, it's complete.
 
2021-12-09 3:35:03 AM  
I am amazed daily by the things that people have accomplished in the last ten years that we were told could not happen in our lifetimes.
 
2021-12-09 4:02:32 AM  

KB202: I am amazed daily by the things that people have accomplished in the last ten years that we were told could not happen in our lifetimes.


???

Rockets have been launching satellites for 60 years now.
 
2021-12-09 9:43:42 AM  

TotallyHeadless: KB202: I am amazed daily by the things that people have accomplished in the last ten years that we were told could not happen in our lifetimes.

???

Rockets have been launching satellites for 60 years now.


Rockets did not  substantially advance from 1960s until the 2010s if you don't count the Shuttle which was abandoned for good reason as the result of Columbia. Then SpaceX broke out with a rocket that was vastly cheaper even before they got the recovery of the first stages down. This forced the competition to try to innovate and a bunch of new startups like Rocket Lab started making new types of rockets.  And I will remind everyone that critics claimed that the recovery of the boosters was impossible right up to the point that Blue Origin did it for a suborbital booster followed very shortly by SpaceX doing it for an orbital class rocket.  SpaceX divided the price that NASA and the DoD had to pay for a major payload by four.

Elon is an ass, but he is responsible for more advanced in rocket tech since he first got to orbit in 2008 then in the decades before that.
 
2021-12-09 9:49:53 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions.


Thanks again for this epic summary.

??/??/2021    Falcon 9 - DOGE-1

I for one can't wait for this. Much rocket. Very boost. Such launch. Wow.
 
2021-12-09 9:51:52 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Elon is an ass, but he Elon's people are responsible for more advanced in rocket tech since he first got to orbit in 2008 then in the decades before that.


FIFY.
 
2021-12-09 10:10:26 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Have they mentioned which booster this is?


It's Jimmy.
 
2021-12-09 3:42:22 PM  

thespindrifter: TheMysteriousStranger: Elon is an ass, but he Elon's people are responsible for more advanced in rocket tech since he first got to orbit in 2008 then in the decades before that.

FIFY.


Obviously, it is a large team that makes the rocket, the the notion that many people have and I suspect you share, i.e. Elon only provided money, is false. He has been charge of technological development in SpaceX for the entire history of the company. He has been very hands on in every aspect of rocket development according to every first hand account that I have ever seen including those who are no longer with the company even those who are not on good terms with Elon. He hired every single person who worked on the Falcon 1. The engineering team at the  company is his creation. He is infamous for sleeping in SpaceX work areas because he never bothered to go home or the hotel.

Meanwhile consider: Musks entire fortune when he started SpaceX was the space equivalent to loose change. The rocket companies (and indeed rocket nations) from whom he took enormous business from all had far more money. The established rocket companies could buy anything he could. They could offer anyone Elon hired more money. They had a comfy relationship with the American government that Elon did not yet have and would not have for a decade. Yet they did not do what he did. Somewhere down the line, the leadership of a company must credited for the good and bad the company does.
 
2021-12-09 4:17:43 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: thespindrifter: TheMysteriousStranger: Elon is an ass, but he Elon's people are responsible for more advanced in rocket tech since he first got to orbit in 2008 then in the decades before that.

FIFY.

Obviously, it is a large team that makes the rocket, the the notion that many people have and I suspect you share, i.e. Elon only provided money, is false. He has been charge of technological development in SpaceX for the entire history of the company. He has been very hands on in every aspect of rocket development according to every first hand account that I have ever seen including those who are no longer with the company even those who are not on good terms with Elon. He hired every single person who worked on the Falcon 1. The engineering team at the  company is his creation. He is infamous for sleeping in SpaceX work areas because he never bothered to go home or the hotel.

Meanwhile consider: Musks entire fortune when he started SpaceX was the space equivalent to loose change. The rocket companies (and indeed rocket nations) from whom he took enormous business from all had far more money. The established rocket companies could buy anything he could. They could offer anyone Elon hired more money. They had a comfy relationship with the American government that Elon did not yet have and would not have for a decade. Yet they did not do what he did. Somewhere down the line, the leadership of a company must credited for the good and bad the company does.


P.S. - Anyone who doubts that Elon actually understands the engineering going on at SpaceX should watch the three-part interview he did with 'The Everyday Astronaut' as he gave them a tour of the Boca Chica facility, and then maybe reconsider the question.

Starbase Tour with Elon Musk [PART 1]
Youtube t705r8ICkRw


Yeah, he can be, and often is, an asshole.  Just my opinion, but I suspect it might have gotten worse lately because he seems to be under a lot of stress and may be in dire need of a vacation.
 
2021-12-09 4:18:20 PM  

WelldeadLink: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Have they mentioned which booster this is?

It's Jimmy.


No, it's Becky!
 
2021-12-09 5:11:46 PM  
Watching an LEO plane change was absurdly awesome. That was the most fun I've had watching a launch since DM-2.
 
2021-12-09 7:49:55 PM  
For SpaceX to use a 4x flown booster on a customer mission is rather awesome.

Reusability has become operational.
 
2021-12-09 8:00:28 PM  

studebaker hoch: For SpaceX to use a 4x flown booster on a customer mission is rather awesome.

Reusability has become operational.


NASA lets them use previously-flown boosters to launch astronauts, so they must be pretty sure of their reliability.
 
2021-12-09 8:06:27 PM  

Flt209er: Watching an LEO plane change was absurdly awesome. That was the most fun I've had watching a launch since DM-2.


Not the first time we've seen a rocket flying sideways.
 
2021-12-09 10:40:10 PM  

studebaker hoch: Flt209er: Watching an LEO plane change was absurdly awesome. That was the most fun I've had watching a launch since DM-2.

Not the first time we've seen a rocket flying sideways.


Whoever came up with the 'SpaceX' - 'SpaceY' meme was a frickin' *Genius*!

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(*SO* glad Astra made it to orbit next time!)
 
2021-12-09 10:40:51 PM  

studebaker hoch: Flt209er: Watching an LEO plane change was absurdly awesome. That was the most fun I've had watching a launch since DM-2.

Not the first time we've seen a rocket flying sideways.


Hey - how goes?  Having fun with the ISS docking simulator?
 
2021-12-09 11:38:05 PM  
Nicholas D. Wolfwood:

Hey - how goes?  Having fun with the ISS docking simulator?

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I noticed that right as you are within a few meters of the docking ring, trying to make small corrections to your approach will cause huge overcorrections that chasing just makes worse.

IRL the crew isn't allowed to control the thrusters for the last few meters, and I think I now understand why.
 
2021-12-10 1:18:31 AM  

studebaker hoch: Nicholas D. Wolfwood:

Hey - how goes?  Having fun with the ISS docking simulator?

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I noticed that right as you are within a few meters of the docking ring, trying to make small corrections to your approach will cause huge overcorrections that chasing just makes worse.

IRL the crew isn't allowed to control the thrusters for the last few meters, and I think I now understand why.


Yeah, I've been thinking about writing up what I've learned about "piloting" that thing and making it available to any Farker who's interested or has run into problems.

Seriously, though, if I could ask them to make any one change to that thing, it would be to have it randomize the starting position instead of flying the exact same situation Every.  Bloody.   Time.
 
2021-12-10 3:56:02 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: studebaker hoch: Flt209er: Watching an LEO plane change was absurdly awesome. That was the most fun I've had watching a launch since DM-2.

Not the first time we've seen a rocket flying sideways.

Whoever came up with the 'SpaceX' - 'SpaceY' meme was a frickin' *Genius*!

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(*SO* glad Astra made it to orbit next time!)


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