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(SpaceX)   So, is 'Rocketspotting' the new 'Trainspotting'? Falcon 9 B1052.5 is due to launch this week's Starlink 47 payload from LC-39A at KSC at 6:20 AM EDT Wednesday, May 18. Probably too early for a large thread, but it's honest work   (spacex.com) divider line
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2022-05-17 11:42:33 AM  
Nice thing is, I can watch the launch and go back to bed.
 
2022-05-17 12:02:39 PM  
Only if you have to climb into a toilet to grab the solid rocket booster that fell out of your ass.
 
2022-05-18 6:06:27 AM  
*yawn* - Now looks like Oontz at 6:45 AM.
 
2022-05-18 6:19:04 AM  
I woke up to poop at the perfect time.
 
2022-05-18 6:25:33 AM  
Wait for it...
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2022-05-18 6:47:34 AM  
... Whar Ooontz?
 
2022-05-18 6:47:44 AM  
Meh, still waiting
 
2022-05-18 6:48:55 AM  
Now looks like it's set for 6:59 AM.
 
2022-05-18 6:49:43 AM  
Oontz.
 
2022-05-18 6:58:36 AM  
Two minute warning.
 
2022-05-18 6:59:38 AM  
Looks like I picked a great time to click on this link
 
2022-05-18 6:59:39 AM  
The original dawn launch would have been spectacular. This is pink. Still cool. I can see the moon.
 
2022-05-18 7:00:32 AM  
LIFTOFF!!  And Awaaaaay we Go!
 
2022-05-18 7:01:46 AM  
Max-Q, and we're still good.
 
2022-05-18 7:03:26 AM  
MECO, Second Stage cut loose, Mvac Start, and Fairing Jettison.
 
2022-05-18 7:04:05 AM  
Nominal Trajectories.
 
2022-05-18 7:04:22 AM  
Literally one person cheering in the control room. It's early.
 
2022-05-18 7:07:09 AM  
There's the Entry Burn.
 
2022-05-18 7:08:54 AM  
And yet another successful landing!  GREAT Dismount!
 
2022-05-18 7:09:18 AM  
Perfect landing video.
 
2022-05-18 7:09:23 AM  
Looks like they pretty much dead-centered it.
 
2022-05-18 7:09:49 AM  
SECO-1.  Nominal Orbit Insertion.
 
2022-05-18 7:11:32 AM  
Nice landing. And another great shot of the moon, from a slightly different perspective.
 
2022-05-18 7:12:28 AM  
I know just enough about aerodynamics and physics to sort of understand
But it's still crazy to me you need 9 engines and 1.5+ million pounds of thrust to get to 1/4 of orbital velocity, and one engine to do the rest.
Anyway, adding moar boosters to my Jool station in KSP.
 
2022-05-18 7:13:58 AM  
Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions. I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights. Last year was a record, with Thirty-One missions.There are currently 53 listed so far for this year, with probably more Starlink missions to come! We can count on some of these slipping into 2023 or later, for any one of myriad reasons, but 2022 looks like another record year.  SpaceX's launch cadence is about one launch every 6.5 days so far; we'll see if they can maintain that rate.

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 CertifiedStarship test flightsStarlink Beta Opens
2021 - 312 ISS Crew/1 Tourist flights; 1st good Starship landing; 2 boosters hit 10 flights; Starlink is Live

2022:

1     01/06/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 34          B1062.4
2     01/13/2022    Falcon 9 - Transporter-3     B1058.10
3     01/18/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 35          B1060.10
4     01/31/2022    Falcon 9 - CSG-2                B1052.3
5     02/02/2022    Falcon 9 - NROL-87            B1071.1
6     02/03/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 36          B1061.6
7     02/21/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 37          B1058.11
8     02/25/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 38          B1063.4
9     03/03/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 39          B1060.11
10   03/09/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 40          B1052.4
11   03/19/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 41          B1051.12
12   04/01/2022    Falcon 9 -Transporter 4      B1061.7
13   04/08/2022    Falcon 9 - Ax-1 (Crewed; first fully private mission to the ISS) B1062.5
14   04/17/2022    Falcon 9 - NROL-85            B1071.2
15   04/21/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 42          B1060.12
16   04/27/2022    Falcon 9 - CREW 4.            B1067.4
17   04/29/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 43         B1062.6
18   05/06/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 44         B1058.12
19   05/13/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 45         B1063.5
20   05/14/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 46         B1073.1
21   05/18/2022    Falcon 9 - Starlink 47         B1052.5

Upcoming Flights:
05/25/2022    Falcon 9 -Transporter 5        B1061.8
06/07/2022    Falcon 9 - CRS 25                B1067.5
06/10/2022    Falcon 9 - Nilesat 301           B1049.11
06/??/2022    Falcon 9 - SES-22
07/??/2022    Falcon 9 - OneWeb Flight #14
07/??/2022    Falcon 9 - BlueWalker 3 Rideshare
08/01/2022    Falcon Heavy - Psyche/Janus Asteroid Mission
08/15/2022    Falcon Heavy - ViaSat 3
08/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter
09/01/2022    Falcon 9 - CREW 5
09/24/2022    Falcon 9 - Tranche 0
09/??/2022    Falcon 9 - WorldView Legion 1 & 2
Q3/??/2022   Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-1,2
Q3/??/2022   Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-3,4
Q3/??/2022   Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-5,6
Q3/??/2022   Falcon 9 - Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32
Q3/??/2022   Falcon 9 - Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34
10/??/2022    Falcon Heavy - USSF-52
Q3/??/2022   Starship / Super Heavy - Full Stack Test Flight
Q3/??/2022   Starship / Super Heavy - Orbital Flight 1
10/??/2022    Falcon 9 - Transporter 6
11/15/2022    Falcon 9 - SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography)
11/??/2022    Falcon Heavy - USSF-67
Q4/??/2022   Falcon 9 - Polaris Dawn (Crewed mission for Jared Isaacman)
12/??/2022    Falcon 9 - WorldView Legion 3 - 6
12/??/2022    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44  B1064.1, B1065.1, B1066.1
Q4/??/2022   Falcon 9 - Hakuto-R Mission 1 Lunar Lander / Emirates Lunar Mission Rover
Q4/??/2022   Falcon 9 - SES-18, SES-19
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV06 ("Amelia Earhart")
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - SARah 1
??/??/2022    Falcon 9 - SARah 2 & 3
Q4/??/2022   Falcon 9 - O3b mPower-7, 8, 9
Q4/??/2022   Falcon 9 - IM-1 Nova-C Lunar Lander
H2/??/2022   Falcon 9 - Amazonas Nexus

(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)
 
2022-05-18 7:15:04 AM  
Current launch cadence is one mission every 6.5 days.  Dayum, these guys are *cookin'*!
 
2022-05-18 7:15:32 AM  
See y'all tomorrow for the Starliner Show!
 
2022-05-18 7:15:55 AM  
Go back to sleep Nikki. Your work here is done.
 
2022-05-18 7:18:04 AM  
There was a iphone/ipad app...that listed would show satellite locations in the sky when you held it up...like a VR thing.

https://www.space.com/41678-spotting-identifying-satellites-best-mobile-apps.html
 
2022-05-18 7:44:51 AM  
Choose Life, Veronica.
 
2022-05-18 8:39:28 AM  
Not wearing any glasses I thought I saw "Rocketsplain" and thought that must be a hell of a weird Slate article at first.
 
2022-05-18 9:11:01 AM  
 
2022-05-18 10:25:39 AM  
Admittedly, Falcon launches.. or at least Starlink missions, have become pedestrian and uninteresting to me despite that fact that, as routine as they are, they're still an amazing technological accomplishment.

I'll be here tomorrow to see if Boeing continues being Boeing, though.
 
2022-05-18 10:37:43 AM  

The Bestest: Admittedly, Falcon launches.. or at least Starlink missions, have become pedestrian and uninteresting to me despite that fact that, as routine as they are, they're still an amazing technological accomplishment.

I'll be here tomorrow to see if Boeing continues being Boeing, though.


Even so, at this point, the guys in the factory building Mvac engines and Falcon second stages have to be very happy with their steady gigs.  That's gotta be some the most secure work there is in rocket manufacturing now.
 
2022-05-18 1:48:26 PM  

The Bestest: Admittedly, Falcon launches.. or at least Starlink missions, have become pedestrian and uninteresting to me despite that fact that, as routine as they are, they're still an amazing technological accomplishment.

I'll be here tomorrow to see if Boeing continues being Boeing, though.


They claim they fixed the Elevator Trim issues, though.
 
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