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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #260 on: 08/05/2014 03:03 PM »
Do we really have to wait 20 days to eat another lunch?
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #261 on: 08/05/2014 03:15 PM »
"The laws of physics are unforgiving"
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #262 on: 08/05/2014 03:16 PM »

Mine just paused at T-20 and then I saw the the luanch update thread that it has lifted off leaving me really confused?  :-[

I think they have luanches at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, not at CCAFS.

I was thinking maybe Baja California. Buenos Luanches SpaceX!

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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #263 on: 08/05/2014 04:10 PM »
Do we really have to wait 20 days to eat another lunch?

Not to worry!! Think of this as the Diet before Thanksgiving / Christmas Pig Out!!! by the manifest I had in the Spring, there "maybe" 10 lunches by this time next year!!! Makes me hungry just thinking about it!!  ;D
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #264 on: 08/05/2014 04:19 PM »
First stage engine relit!
 
Heard that, too...  Wonder what they were testing with this flight - just precision in getting to a return/splashdown area, or perhaps something else (for example, fuel reserves after a heavy launch)?
 
--Noel
 


I think they just try to practice first stage turnaround and retroburn with whatever fuel they have left, even if they don't have enough for a landing.  They've done that before, if I recall.

Perhaps they turned it nose down and relit the main- just for the fun of it.
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #265 on: 08/05/2014 04:38 PM »
I feel a little sorry for the Pad gremlins, they tried so hard. They even pulled in their MacIver gremlin at the last minute but the darn Falcon 9 left the pad anyway.  :P
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #266 on: 08/05/2014 04:42 PM »
Commander Hadfield used William's article on his feed! :)


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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #267 on: 08/05/2014 04:45 PM »
Commander Hadfield used William's article on his feed! :)
Cool!  Great PR, that.

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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #268 on: 08/05/2014 08:36 PM »
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Perhaps they turned it nose down and relit the main- just for the fun of it.

As a kid, did you ever attach fireworks to lawn darts?  ;)

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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #269 on: 08/05/2014 08:44 PM »
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Perhaps they turned it nose down and relit the main- just for the fun of it.

As a kid, did you ever attach fireworks to lawn darts?  ;)

I attached fireworks to EVERYTHING!  It was the 70's and 80's.  No one cared back then, and you could buy copies of the "An*rch*st's Cookbook" at Waldenbooks as a guide for backyard fun without winding up on some automated NSA watch list for even spelling out the title.
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #270 on: 08/05/2014 11:59 PM »
Man-made noctilucent clouds as seen from Orlando courtesy of SpaceWeather.com, Mike Bartils and SpaceX rocket:
« Last Edit: 08/06/2014 12:30 AM by veblen »

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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #271 on: 08/06/2014 12:04 AM »
That is pretty.
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #272 on: 08/06/2014 12:19 AM »
Man-made noctilucent clouds as seen from Orlando, courtesy of SpaceWeather.com, Mike Bartils and SpaceX rocket:

Attach, instead of embedding, pictures.  That one is pretty, though.
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #273 on: 08/06/2014 12:33 AM »
Man-made noctilucent clouds as seen from Orlando, courtesy of SpaceWeather.com, Mike Bartils and SpaceX rocket:

Attach, instead of embedding, pictures.  That one is pretty, though.

Now attached, not embedded:)

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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #274 on: 08/06/2014 01:34 AM »
I found this link via Transterrestrial Musings.  Apparently this morning's launch set some records, at least in recent years.


http://spaceksc.blogspot.com/2014/08/for-record-books.html


Three orbital launches in eight days is practically reminiscent of the 1960s launch tempo.  Very cool.
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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #275 on: 08/06/2014 02:58 AM »
Man, why must all the fun space stuff this week (Asiasat 8 and Rosetta orbit insertion) happen at zero dark thirty on work nights? Thankfully there's NSF.com & video replay.

Congrats to SpaceX and Asiasat!
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: The Crouching Falcon... Flying ASIASAT-8 Party Thread
« Reply #276 on: 08/06/2014 03:08 AM »
I found this link via Transterrestrial Musings.  Apparently this morning's launch set some records, at least in recent years.

http://spaceksc.blogspot.com/2014/08/for-record-books.html

Three orbital launches in eight days is practically reminiscent of the 1960s launch tempo.  Very cool.

Not only that, but from the article:

The just-under-22-days [SpaceX] turnaround is a modern-era (2000 - present) record for shortest turnaround of a CCAFS pad to launch again. The previous record holder? SpaceX, earlier this year 34 days between SES-8 on December 3, 2013 and Thaicom 6 on January 6, 2014.
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