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Title: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/30/2015 04:26 PM
UPDATES ONLY Coverage of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust mission with ORBCOMM-2 (Return To Flight)

Launch December 21 - 20:33 Eastern - NET.

Main Article(s) for RTF (as opposed to CRS-7 Failure):

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/spacex-conducts-falcon-9-improvements-busy-schedule/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/full-thrust-falcon-9-stage-testing-mcgregor/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-orbcomm-2-mission-falcon-9s-rtf/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-fire-full-thrust-falcon-9-first-stage/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/11/falcon-9-first-stage-cape-og-2-mission/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-static-fire-falcon-9-og-2-rtf/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-rtf-core-return-attempt-og2/

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Additional Resources:

SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0

SpaceX News Articles (Recent):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/

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SpaceX GENERAL Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=45.0 - please use this for general questions NOT specific to this mission.

SpaceX MISSIONS Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0 - this section is for everything specific to SpaceX missions.

SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - RTF and ORBCOMM Discussion Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=38149.0

ORBCOMM-2 General Discussion (Satellite side):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=18640.0


ORBCOMM-2 Party Thread:
Coming soon.


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L2 Members:

L2 SpaceX Section (Contains all relevant CRS-7/RTF/ORBCOMM-2 section)
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0

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RTF is going to be absolutely crazy demand.

As such, during these major events, we may suffer from occasional "bad gateway"/sluggish issue which occur when there's a bottleneck of thousands of people hitting the site at the same second.

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UPDATE: More info here:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31697.msg1328487#msg1328487
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: AndyX on 09/07/2015 01:15 PM
Cross posting on request!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/spacex-conducts-falcon-9-improvements-busy-schedule/

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: russianhalo117 on 09/25/2015 01:52 AM
SpaceX vid of Static fire test of F9v1.1 Full Thrust (1.2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbe1KNUBEEU
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 09/25/2015 02:23 AM
So many threads, need to make sure they are all in line.

Updated the previous article (as I said I would), added images and Elon's comment from Berlin:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/full-thrust-falcon-9-stage-testing-mcgregor/

(And remember to comment in the DISCUSSION thread). Just keeping everything ticking over (Updates, Discussion and McGregor in this case).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: input~2 on 10/13/2015 07:19 AM
Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes 19 minutes ago
SpaceX VP Rosen: Current assessment is a return to flight w/ in 6-8 weeks.#IAC2015
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/16/2015 03:04 PM
ORBCOMM gets RTF:

SpaceX statement

“As we prepare for return to flight, SpaceX together with its customers SES and Orbcomm have evaluated opportunities to optimize the readiness of the upcoming Falcon 9 return-to-flight mission.  All parties have mutually agreed that SpaceX will now fly the Orbcomm-2 mission on the return-to-flight Falcon 9 vehicle.

 

“The Orbcomm-2 mission does not require a relight of the second stage engine following orbital insertion. Flying the Orbcomm-2 mission first will therefore allow SpaceX to conduct an on-orbit test of the second stage relight system after the Orbcomm-2 satellites have been safely deployed. This on-orbit test, combined with the current qualification program to be completed prior to launch, will further validate the second stage relight system and allow for optimization of the upcoming SES-9 mission and following missions to  geosynchronous transfer orbit.

 

“This change does not affect the timeline for SpaceX’s return-to-flight mission which is still targeted to take place in the next 6-8 weeks. The SES-9 launch is currently targeted for late December 2015.”
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/16/2015 05:27 PM
ARTICLE for the Statement and state of play:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-orbcomm-2-mission-falcon-9s-rtf/
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/17/2015 05:25 PM
Converted this into the Update Only Section for the ORBCOMM-2 Falcon 9 RTF mission.

Next milestone will be the full duration static test of the First Stage at McGregor.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 10/17/2015 06:32 PM
ORBCOMM Announces Launch Window for Second OG2 Mission

October 16, 2015

Rochelle Park, NJ, October 16, 2015 – ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced that ORBCOMM and SpaceX plan to launch eleven OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the next launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket targeted to take place in the next six to eight weeks.

http://www.orbcomm.com/uploads/files/ORBCOMM-ANNOUNCES-LAUNCH-WINDOW-FOR-SECOND-OG2-MISSION.pdf
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA December 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/21/2015 11:46 AM
Preps for the Full Duration Static Fire are now taking place. Upcoming potentially later this week.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/22/2015 04:30 PM
Just to provide an update:

NET is still in November, but it's too far out to really know for sure. Smart money is on December, but right now NET is November.

Full Duration Static Fire is NET next few days. A successful test will be a major tick on the flow to launch, obviously.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/24/2015 01:12 AM
Static Fire is NET Saturday...but the weather is bad in the area, so we'll just have to keep an eye on it (or an ear as locals should know about this stage firing up for a full duration firing!)

Have an article in draft. Working out if to put it on before or after the Static Fire.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/24/2015 11:00 PM
So we're waiting for the test and I'll update this article when we hear of it. Is NET today, but the weather is apparently dire in the area.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/10/spacex-fire-full-thrust-falcon-9-first-stage/

Putting it on to also cover the latest NET dates for the next three missions, and such.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 10/26/2015 01:53 PM
Moog has shipped the Satellite Dispenser to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to support ORBCOMM Generation 2 satellites

26 October 2015 

East Aurora, N.Y., 26 October 2015

Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) Space and Defense Group has shipped the Satellite Dispenser to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) to support the launch of eleven ORBCOMM (Nasdaq: ORBC) Generation 2 (OG2) satellites.  The launch will take place in the coming weeks from Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) atop a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9, completing ORBCOMM’s next generation satellite constellation.  A Moog dispenser supported the previous successful launch of six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites on July 14, 2014.

 Both launches rely on a modular Satellite Dispenser built on multiple Moog EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) rings. The Dispenser protects the entire payload “stack” from launch vehicle vibrations and shock using a Moog SoftRide vibration isolation system. In addition, Moog provided the Dispenser electrical harness and will be performing the integration of the Dispenser/spacecraft assembly at the SpaceX CCAFS facility.

 The Moog ESPA, first launched in 2007, has established standards for secondary payloads, spawning the standard of “ESPA class” spacecraft. This versatile design can be used for Ride Share opportunities, multiple payload launches as with OG2, a modular spacecraft structural bus as with LCROSS, or the platform for a “free flyer” as for the Air Force EAGLE program. ESPA has enabled missions from Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to the Moon.

 The Moog SoftRide system has flown over 30 times since 1998 on ten different launch vehicles, isolating spacecraft and payloads from the rough launch vibration, shock, and structure-borne acoustic environment associated with the launch.  The SoftRide system uses a series of isolators ‘tuned’ to the launch vehicle environment and properties of the payload, in this case three ESPAs and eleven OG2 spacecraft. The SoftRide system allows the spacecraft design to be focused on the mission and not the first several minutes of the launch.

 Moog engineers and technicians will be performing launch site integration of the spacecraft to the ESPA/SoftRide Dispenser in the next few weeks.  Moog engineers will perform the mechanical integration of the OG2 spacecraft to the ESPAs and electrical harnessing and checkouts for the dispensing system that deploys the spacecraft into the correct orbits.

Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at www.moog.com.

Additional information about Moog’s Space Sector can be found at www.moog.com/space.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: pospa on 10/27/2015 08:20 AM
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/658913128420384768

SpaceX President Shotwell Oct 27 at CASBAA convention: Current target is early Dec for Falcon 9 v1.2 Full Thrust upgrade w/ Orbcomm sats.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: pospa on 11/07/2015 12:10 PM
The first shipment (6 pcs) of Orbcomm’s 11-satellite payload for the Falcon 9 rocket’s first flight since a June launch failure has arrived at Cape Canaveral.
http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/11/06/planning-for-december-falcon-9-launch-orbcomm-ships-satellites/

This picture shows all 11 OG2 satellites inside Sierra Nevada’s factory in Louisville, CO before shipment to Florida.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: kevin-rf on 11/07/2015 12:24 PM
I thought that picture was tweeted by ORBCOMM on October 22nd,...

https://twitter.com/SatelliteAIS/status/657170803067363328
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: pospa on 11/07/2015 06:24 PM
MOOG espa rings stacked and preparing for the integration to #OG2 satellites next week.
https://mobile.twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/661903344349392896
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Hywel1995 on 11/11/2015 05:23 PM
SpaceX FCC application for Orbcomm launch communications approved (F9-21)

EXPERIMENTAL SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION - https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=169199&x=.

With a NET of 23 November 2015 - https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=168689&x=.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/11/2015 05:52 PM
I know it's an update thread (sorry mods ;D) but in case anyone new gets confused, there's no way this launch is going to be November 23. It'll be December. The NET will be based on pre-requests, etc.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Nov/Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Beittil on 11/17/2015 07:33 AM
FCC application for the barge landing, coordinates would put the support boat in the area shown below. Barge within 10 nautical miles of it. NET date is stated as december 10th.

https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=initial&application_seq=68528&RequestTimeout=1000

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/20/2015 02:11 PM
And there's the stage that was spotted by the Facebook guy!

Confirmed arrival from the ORBCOMM CEO:
 
Marc Eisenberg
‏@Marc944Marc
Stage 1 arrives at the cape.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/20/2015 05:14 PM
To mark the shipping of the first stage (using an opportunity to get an OG-2 overview via William Graham too):
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/11/falcon-9-first-stage-cape-og-2-mission/
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Hywel1995 on 11/30/2015 07:00 PM
Credit to Reddit! Mission patch for RTF.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/01/2015 10:25 AM
Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Shipment of 11 Satellites for ORBCOMM’s OG2 Mission 2 Launch

SPARKS, Nev. (Nov. 30, 2015) –Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has delivered 11 ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites to the launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for ORBCOMM’s upcoming OG2 Mission 2 launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is targeted for mid-December 2015.  As the prime contractor for ORBCOMM’s OG2 satellites, SNC is responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the OG2 satellites in the constellation. 

“SNC looks forward to completing the OG2 constellation with the delivery of 11 flight-proven and highly-capable satellites for the Mission 2 launch,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “These 11 satellites were integrated and tested in a high-volume production environment, demonstrating our ability to efficiently integrate and produce constellations in this class. In addition to the design and build of all OG2 satellites, SNC will also support launch, in-orbit testing and deployment of these satellites simultaneously from our Satellite Operations Center in Louisville, Colorado.”

SNC successfully completed the Pre-Ship Review in late October 2015, and soon thereafter, all 11 satellites were shipped to the launch site, initiating launch operations. During launch operations, with the support of SNC engineers and technicians, the OG2 satellites will undergo further post-transport testing, fueling and inspection. This approach builds upon the OG2 Mission 1 launch and deployment of six spacecraft in July 2014.  Following the launch and the completion of in-orbit testing, the spacecraft will be incorporated into ORBCOMM’s global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications network, consisting of the Mission 1 OG2 spacecraft currently in operation as well as ORBCOMM’s Generation 1 (OG1) spacecraft.  ORBCOMM’s ubiquitous M2M network provides tracking, monitoring and control services for remote and mobile assets in core markets including transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil and gas, maritime and government.

“ORBCOMM and SNC are pleased to be in the final stages of the launch and test of our advanced next generation OG2 satellites,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s chief executive officer. “We expect to be offering our customers in Q1 2016, an enhanced, more efficient communications network, significantly increasing network capacity, coverage and performance, including an Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload on every spacecraft.”

All OG2 spacecraft are based on SNC’s flight-proven SN-100 satellite bus, which can be tailored to support a variety of applications, including communication, Earth observation, weather and space science. The SN-100 is designed for a five-year-minimum life and utilizes a modular payload deck that can be rapidly integrated and tested using highly automated scripts to test all functions. This allows the baseline satellite to be quickly and cost-effectively configured to meet the needs of many customers.
 
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: saliva_sweet on 12/01/2015 12:45 PM
Quote from: James Dean ‏@flatoday_jdean
SpaceX hopes to land next F9 booster on land at "Landing Complex-1" at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - TBA Dec 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Craig_VG on 12/01/2015 01:21 PM
Followup tweets:

(http://i.imgur.com/VewqfcX.png)

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/671685155971596289 (https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/671685155971596289)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 15, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Llian Rhydderch on 12/02/2015 11:36 AM
James Dean of Florida Today has published a story on it now, to go a bit beyond the Twitter posts.

Here's the link (http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/spacex/2015/12/01/spacex-wants-land-next-booster-cape-canaveral/76576142/) to the article.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 15, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/04/2015 12:23 AM
Per L2 the launch window is pretty long.

December 15: 2154-0054 local.

Static Fire early next week.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/07/2015 12:46 PM
It may not impact too much on the projection of a static fire this week (don't need the payload on top for this static fire I believe), but collating from the discussion thread, Orbcomm are saying NET 19th likely.

Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  14m14 minutes ago
Orbcomm: Best-guess estimate of Falcon 9 Upgrade launch of our 11 sats is Dec. 19. With the usual caveats.

Hat tip goes to:
https://twitter.com/TheLurioReport/status/673270563742289920  <---which he seemed to have deleted afterwards, but it was about the 19th.

SpaceX aren't saying anything at this time, because they never do give running commentary on NETs at the best of times, never mind a RTF flow. All dates are very much NETs anyway, until closer the time.

Per the goal of respecting that - but also keeping folk up to date as much as possible - we only add documented (L2, etc) dates to this thread (the Static Fire NET and launch windows are documented). I'll add again if they realign those documented windows to the 19th NET.

Continue the discussion in the discussion thread so as to keep this update thread as a quick view status update.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Toastmastern on 12/09/2015 04:26 PM
Mark Eisenberg 25min ago:

"All satellites fully fueled and attached to the rings.  Waiting on SpaceX to confirm launch date."
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: toruonu on 12/10/2015 08:36 AM
Elon made the official announcement:

"Aiming for Falcon rocket static fire at Cape Canaveral on the 16th and launch about three days later"

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/674885173838680064
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/10/2015 01:11 PM
Window is 20:25 to 23:25 local time for the 19th.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/11/2015 09:34 AM
ORBCOMM Announces Target Launch Schedule for Second OG2 Mission

 SpaceX to conduct static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket next week   

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced that SpaceX is planning to conduct the static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2015, which will launch eleven next generation  OG2 satellites  as part of ORBCOMM’s second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Once the static fire is completed to verify the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, ORBCOMM’s second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM ET.

ORBCOMM’s OG2 satellites are far more advanced than its current OG1 satellites designed to provide existing customers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while drastically increasing network capacity. In addition, the OG2 satellites are equipped with an  Automatic Identification System (AIS)  payload to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped vessels for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts, increasing asset visibility and the probability of detection for ORBCOMM’s AIS customers.

http://www.orbcomm.com/pdf/files/ORBCOMM-ANNOUNCES-TARGET-LAUNCH-SCHEDULE-FOR-SECOND-OG2-MISSION.pdf
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: xpete on 12/12/2015 01:06 AM
First close look of the F9 1.1 FT
https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacexphotos/23660653516/
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/12/2015 01:13 AM
Here's the full resolution image.

Update from SpaceX

http://www.spacex.com/news/2015/12/11/orbcomm-2-mission-update

"SpaceX is currently aiming for a December 16 static fire of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral, Florida in advance of the upcoming ORBCOMM-2 launch. The launch of 11 next-generation OG2 satellites is part of ORBCOMM's second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  The static fire will verify the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket and once completed, ORBCOMM'S second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later between 8pm and 9pm ET. For updates, visit www.spacex.com and www.orbcomm.com."
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 12/14/2015 07:30 PM
Quote
A first look at the fairing beside the #satellite payload for the @SpaceX ORBCOMM #OG2 launch @SNCspacesystems

https://twitter.com/SatelliteAIS/status/676496500726304769
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Flying Beaver on 12/15/2015 05:51 AM
ORBCOMM OG2 Mission 2 Launch Update (From Orbcomm)

6h ago

"We’ve got an exciting week ahead as we get ready for ORBCOMM’s upcoming OG2 Mission 2 launch. All 11 OG2 satellites are fueled and stacked on the satellite dispenser, so they are ready to launch. SpaceX has integrated the two stages of the Falcon 9 rocket and encapsulated the fairing around the satellite stack. The encapsulated fairing is targeted to be mated to the Falcon 9 early tomorrow (Tuesday, December 15). SpaceX is currently aiming for a static fire of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday, December 16. Once the static fire is completed to verify the readiness of the rocket, ORBCOMM’s second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later at around 8:30 PM ET."
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2015 05:35 PM
Marc Eisenberg (CEO of ORBCOMM) is on http://www.peggysmedleyshow.com/ talk show. I'm sure it'll be archived, but it was cutting in and out.

Main news is he said the launch is still on for "the next few days".

Static Fire should be tomorrow (he didn't reference that, but that was the latest).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/16/2015 01:21 PM
We are still expecting a Static Fire Test attempt later today. If we get word of a test, I'll post here (as I'll likely have an article ready to go too, but I'll update regardless) - but there is the obvious caveat that the engines firing up is just part of the test. Needs to be the parameters of the firing (a good firing on all nine engines), then a data review follows and then there's the LRR (Launch Readiness Review). SpaceX *may* tweet something later (which would be the official word), based on one of those milestones too.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: cscott on 12/16/2015 02:58 PM
ASDS appears to be on the move.
(Credit to @bargemanos: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36326.msg1458362.msg#1458362 )
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/16/2015 07:57 PM
A Falcon 9 is now back vertical on the SLC-40 pad (with visual confirmation) for the first time since the CRS-7 loss. We'll be a few hours from the Static Fire, if all goes well with the countdown milestones.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Darga on 12/16/2015 08:32 PM
and we have a map for this one. Work in progress Google Map link https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zXmjsQgIEPtk.kEXviMLLYGIk Added Second stage deorbit area
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/16/2015 09:37 PM
Obviously we know, but the interesting thing is ORBCOMM are continuing to update and may provide us with some confirmation of the upcoming Static Fire. Obviously we'll probably hear of it, but it always helps when an official source says so. A lot more value than some numpty called Chris Bergin posting it! ;D

http://blog.orbcomm.com/orbcomm-og2-mission-2-launch-update/
December 16, 2015

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rolled out of the hanger at the Cape earlier this afternoon in anticipation of static fire and is now vertical at SLC-40 launch pad.

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 12/16/2015 09:46 PM
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Orbcomm/F9: Here’s a hand-held iPhone-through-binocs shot of a Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/677253980792201216

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: psloss on 12/17/2015 12:35 AM
https://twitter.com/MatthewBTravis/status/677299464395218944

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Didn't see any steam cloud at 8:25. Waiting.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Flying Beaver on 12/17/2015 01:24 AM
https://twitter.com/MatthewBTravis/status/677312508387028998

"Well a #Falcon9 static test tonight would've been nice. Maybe tomorrow :)"

Looks like the test could be off for tonight, or at least this guy thinks so.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/17/2015 01:29 AM
Yeah, it had gone way past the Static Fire window, but they can be flexible with that for a Static Fire. Matt's out there and has heard it's not happening today. So let's hope for tomorrow. I don't believe this rules out the 19th at this time.

Note: There's no official word. But there wasn't any official word during any of this apart from the one note from ORBCOMM about vehicle vertical.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: WHAP on 12/17/2015 01:34 AM
Yeah, it had gone way past the Static Fire window, but they can be flexible with that for a Static Fire. Matt's out there and has heard it's not happening today. So let's hope for tomorrow. I don't believe this rules out the 19th at this time.

Do you know the window for tomorrow?  If not, what was it tonight?
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Kim Keller on 12/17/2015 03:16 AM
Yeah, it had gone way past the Static Fire window, but they can be flexible with that for a Static Fire. Matt's out there and has heard it's not happening today. So let's hope for tomorrow. I don't believe this rules out the 19th at this time.

Do you know the window for tomorrow?  If not, what was it tonight?

Early afternoon tomorrow.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/17/2015 08:45 AM
Launch Operations Forecast
Vehicle: Falcon 9 OrbComm-2

Issued: 16 Dec 2015 / 1400 UTC (0900 EST)

Valid: 20 Dec 2015 / 0125-0426 UTC (19/2025-2326 EST)

Synoptic Discussion: Warm conditions with southerly winds continue today as a weak frontal boundary remains stalled over Northern Florida. On Thursday winds switch more southwesterly bringing possible record high temperatures and afternoon showers. A strong cold push finally brings the cold boundary through Central Florida on Friday bringing showers and isolated thunderstorms as a high pressure area settles along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The cold front should make a clean push south of the Space Coast by late Friday afternoon leaving behind minimal cloud cover and bringing brisk northerly winds and much cooler air. The winds should remain gusty and northerly on Saturday, slowly weakening by the launch window. Temperatures will start in the low 50s on Canaveral Spaceport and struggle to reach past the low 60s. The primary weather concern for launch is liftoff winds.
Maximum upper-level winds will be from the west at 65 knots near 46,000 feet.
For a 24-hr delay on Sunday, winds lighten and turn easterly creating a slight risk for a coastal shower. Upper level clouds may also migrate in through the day, but they are expected to be completely made of ice crystals and not a threat to launch. The primary concern is cumulus clouds associated with showers.
Maximum upper-level winds will be from the northwest at 65 knots near 43,000 feet.

http://www.patrick.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070716-028.pdf
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Jim on 12/17/2015 12:41 PM
still vertical
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Eagandale4114 on 12/17/2015 01:13 PM
Orbcomm ceo stating that static file attempt will occur today.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/677473697704361984
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/17/2015 02:04 PM
Much earlier than yesterday too as there's no rollout (already rolled out). Could be within a few hours (pending a smooth count).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/17/2015 03:03 PM
Not sure if that's a new or old photo....

EDIT: It's a new photo, I'm told.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/17/2015 03:04 PM
Notice the difference between the above statement and the CEO of the customer :)

Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc  1m1 minute ago
We're on the pad, vertical and will attempt SF again this afternoon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 12/17/2015 03:07 PM
Full res image:

I'm fairly sure that's the current booster, an ACS pod is at the new location.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/17/2015 04:37 PM
Oooh, a SpaceX tweet....same as the ORBCOMM one, but again this means the potential of an official confirmation if they conduct the Static Fire:

SpaceX ‏@SpaceX  2m2 minutes ago
Falcon 9 went vertical yesterday and the teams ran through pad operations. Working towards static fire later today.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: psloss on 12/18/2015 12:23 AM
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/677659422005592064
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Orbcomm/F9: Rocket was venting oxygen vapor a few moments ago, indicating propellants on board; venting has now stopped
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: NovaSilisko on 12/18/2015 12:24 AM
Tweet from Musk:

Elon Musk @elonmusk
Falcon 9 is vertical on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Working towards static fire. Deep cryo liquid oxygen presenting some challenges.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: psloss on 12/18/2015 12:39 AM
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/677663975308460033
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Orbcomm/F9: A beautiful night at the Cape; Falcon 9 well lighted; no venting visible at present; window duration for static firing not known
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ngilmore on 12/18/2015 12:39 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/677663227271118848

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Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk  1m1 minute ago
@PaigeANjax -340 F in this case. Deep cryo increases density and amplifies rocket performance. First time anyone has gone this low for O2.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 19, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 12/18/2015 12:58 PM
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SpaceX Falcon 9 is still vertical. Aiming for static fire today and launch a few days after static fire complete

https://twitter.com/ORBCOMM_Inc/status/677848935969476608
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/18/2015 01:01 PM
NET Sunday launch window is understood to be 20:02 to 23:02 Eastern...if they successfully static fire today.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/18/2015 01:38 PM
December 18, 2015 (8:45 a.m. ET)

The Falcon 9 rocket remains vertical at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The teams will continue working towards a static fire today to verify the rocket’s readiness and aim towards launching a few days after the static fire is completed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/18/2015 03:59 PM
The idea was to put this on when they confirmed the Static Fire, but this is dragging on a bit so moved into a pre-test article - that I can update once the F9 fires up.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-static-fire-falcon-9-og-2-rtf/

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Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/18/2015 06:37 PM
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: mtakala24 on 12/18/2015 06:57 PM
Elon just tweeted 5mins from the static fire test.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: intrepidpursuit on 12/18/2015 07:15 PM
@elonmusk
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Abort triggered by flight computer on upper stage throttle valve. Adjusting thresholds and restarting count at T-10 mins.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/677945101184708609
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: andcarne on 12/18/2015 07:32 PM
@elonmusk
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@elonmusk holding for issue resolution
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/677949037815840768 (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/677949037815840768)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: mtakala24 on 12/18/2015 08:19 PM
Elon: "about 2mins from static fire"
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: mtakala24 on 12/18/2015 08:57 PM
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk  27s27 seconds ago
Aborted on ignition timing due to slow ground side valve. Adjusting ignition sequence by 0.6 secs for next attempt.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Mammutti on 12/18/2015 09:38 PM
Elon Musk:
"Rounding up to 1 sec for a bit of timing margin. Updating flight computer command sequence …"

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/677980503459270657
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/18/2015 10:03 PM
L2 now has an instantaneous T-0 of 20:29 Eastern for the attempt on the 20th. Previously was a three hour window. Next opportunity on the 22nd is showing a 15 minute window! Also KSC guys have been sent a security notice about exclusion zones for up to one hour post launch that looks very related to the land landing attempt.

Updated the article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-static-fire-falcon-9-og-2-rtf/
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: mtakala24 on 12/18/2015 11:10 PM
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk  12s12 seconds ago
Static fire test looks good. Pending data review, will aim to launch Sunday.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: input~2 on 12/19/2015 08:53 AM
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
ROCKETS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 200121Z TO 200455Z DEC,
ALTERNATE 210058Z TO 210432Z DEC
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 28-40N 080-37W, 29-24N 079-54W,
29-33N 079-30W, 29-31N 079-27W,
28-24N 080-22W, 28-19N 080-36W,
28-18N 080-44W.
B. 29-16N 079-52W, 29-50N 079-37W,
30-00N 079-30W, 30-36N 078-52W,
30-59N 078-25W, 31-01N 078-07W,
30-54N 077-50W, 30-35N 077-41W,
30-15N 077-51W, 29-32N 078-58W,
29-06N 079-43W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 1039/15.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 210532Z DEC 15.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE OP X0402 LAUNCH 091644Z DEC 15.

Date: 151342Z DEC 15
Cancel: 21053200 Dec 15
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Voyager4DK on 12/19/2015 10:11 AM
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk  1h1 hour ago
Currently looking good for a Sunday night (~8pm local) attempted orbital launch and rocket landing at Cape Canaveral
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/19/2015 04:59 PM
T-0 confirmed as 20:29 Eastern (01:29 UTC).

ORBCOMM ‏@ORBCOMM_Inc  5m5 minutes ago
Targeting #OG2 Mission 2 launch no earlier than Sun., Dec 20 at 8:29PM ET from launch pad SLC40
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: psloss on 12/19/2015 05:04 PM
Today's forecast from the 45th, now covering Sunday and Monday night (local).  Still 10% probability of weather violation.

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: macpacheco on 12/19/2015 09:28 PM
SpaceX OG2 webcast page created:

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

T-27 hours and counting on my mark. Mark !
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Zed_Noir on 12/19/2015 09:40 PM
SpaceX got a Livestream Orbcomm OG2 mission web page up.
Livestream link (http://livestream.com/spacex/events/4600161)

With running countdown time.  :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Mammutti on 12/19/2015 09:47 PM
There is also YouTube live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5bTbVbe4e4
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 12/19/2015 10:44 PM
Press release:

HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today SpaceX confirmed that the company is targeting launch of the 11 ORBCOMM satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Sunday, Dec. 20. The 60-second launch window opens at 8:29 p.m. ET. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on Dec. 21.

In addition to the primary mission of launching ORBCOMM’s fleet of commercial communications satellites, SpaceX is attempting a secondary test objective of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on land for the first time at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1. Previous attempts to recover the first-stage of the Falcon 9 have been attempted out at sea using the company’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships. Landing Zone 1 was previously known as Space Launch Complex 13, a former U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978. If successful, this test would mark the first time in history an orbital rocket has successfully achieved a land landing.

Just as when the Space Shuttle returned from space, there is a possibility that residents of northern and central Brevard County, Fla. may hear a sonic boom during landing. A sonic boom is the thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft or other type of aerospace vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound.

Residents of the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Courtenay, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville in Brevard County, Fla. are mostly likely to hear a sonic boom, although what residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.

Residents may wish to follow the company’s launch webcast for real time information concerning Sunday’s launch. The webcast will be available at SpaceX.com/webcast beginning at approximately 8:05 p.m. ET.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151219005015/en/SpaceX-Planning-Falcon-9-First-Stage-Landing-Attempt
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/20/2015 06:39 AM
Sunset on Falcon 9 carrying Orbcomm 2.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/20/2015 12:00 PM
Feature Article - By William Graham (really super, including an overview of the landing site's history):

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-rtf-core-return-attempt-og2/

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This thread has been converted to the launch day thread, given it provides a full flow overview to launch and the other threads have kept it very focused only on updates.

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Obviously, this is going to be a massive event and if the site starts to become overloaded with people we will remove "guests" (people not logged in) for a short period to ensure the site remains smooth. See note in opening post.

Remember, the forum format is not ideally suited to what has become incredible demand (and it really does become incredible demand) Huge demand and pages that have a lot of data = stressed out server hamsters. However, this format is superb for the amount of content we can put in one place and provides an archive of launch days - now over 10 years-worth.

That was the main focus, especially when we weren't a massively hit site, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who re-lives Shuttle launches and you can go back to Falcon 1 here. So the future will involve this format continuing (albeit with new software improvements), but we will be implementing additional live launch day resources via other formats next year, so that we still have these live threads for real time and archive, but with other live options within the site for real time...additionally handy for those increasingly viewing the site on phones etc.)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: SmallKing on 12/20/2015 12:32 PM
Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc
She looks ready
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/20/2015 01:20 PM
Having a look at the WX.

https://www.globalair.com/airport/apt.weather.aspx?aptcode=XMR

Showers moving in tomorrow and remainder of the week. No scrubs please...
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: input~2 on 12/20/2015 03:12 PM
2nd stage planned reentry in the Indian Ocean
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INDIAN OCEAN.
SOUTHEASTERN INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 03, DNC 04, DNC 05.
ROCKETS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 200237Z TO 200618Z DEC,
ALTERNATE 210214Z TO 210555Z DEC
IN AREA BOUND BY
12-15S 069-49E, 31-49S 094-43E,
49-12S 134-54E, 50-19S 134-32E,
49-08S 117-31E, 33-55S 084-58E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210655Z DEC 15.//

Authority: EASTERN RANGE OP X0402 REENTRY 091644Z DEC 15.

Date: 151025Z DEC 15
Cancel: 21065500 Dec 15

Also NOTAM
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F8606/15 -  RE-ENTRY OF LAUNCH VEHICLE WILL TAKE PLACE FLW RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED SURFACE TO UNLIMITED FOR ATMOSPHERIC RE-ENTRY AND SPLASHDOWN OF LAUNCH VEHICLE AND PARTICIPATING SUPPORT AIRCRAFT WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: S12 15 E69 49 S31 49 E94 43 S49 12 E134 54 S50 19 E134 32 S49 08 E117 31 S33 55 E84 58 TO BEGINNING. SFC - UNL, PRIMARY RE-ENTRY 151221 0223-0240 BACKUP RE-ENTRY 151222 0227-0244, 21 DEC 02:23 2015 UNTIL 22 DEC 02:44 2015. CREATED: 19 DEC 19:24 2015
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: psloss on 12/20/2015 06:45 PM
Weather forecast remains favorable, only 10% probability of a launch weather violation.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 20, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Brovane on 12/20/2015 07:54 PM
Interesting, just caught this on the Musk twitter feed. 

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Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk  2m2 minutes ago
Just reviewed mission params w SpaceX team. Monte Carlo runs show tmrw night has a 10% higher chance of a good landing. Punting 24 hrs.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/20/2015 07:58 PM
Tomorrow's attempt will be an Instantaneous T-0 of 20:33 Eastern. Remember to discuss on the discussion thread, especially as this decision is interesting.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/20/2015 08:21 PM
ORBCOMM have a different story:

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December 20, 2015 (4:00 pm ET)
We have an update regarding tonight’s target launch for ORBCOMM’s OG2 Mission 2. Upon further review of the static fire data, SpaceX has determined that an additional day prior to launch will allow for more analysis and time to further chill the liquid oxygen in preparation for launch. Please note that we will now be targeting launch for tomorrow, Monday, December 21 at 8:34 pm ET.

From ORBCOMM -- which seems to indicate more probability of launch success, not just landing.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/20/2015 08:47 PM
Update on the weather for the 22nd (UTC....this is the Monday attempt forecast, Eastern).
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: russianhalo117 on 12/20/2015 10:09 PM
SpaceX Livestream event has been updated and now showing:
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Date
Mon, Dec 21 2015 7:33 PM CST — Mon, Dec 21 2015 8:05 PM CST

About
With this mission, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM, a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine communication and Internet of Things solutions. The ORBCOMM launch is targeted for an evening launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. If all goes as planned, the 11 satellites will be deployed approximately 20 minutes after liftoff, completing a 17-satellite, low Earth orbit constellation for ORBCOMM. This mission also marks SpaceX’s return-to-flight as well as its first attempt to land a first stage on land. The landing of the first stage is a secondary test objective.

LINK: http://livestream.com/spacex/events/4600161
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Ohsin on 12/20/2015 11:26 PM
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Launch & landing can be seen on the http://SpaceX.com  webcast or in person from Cape Canaveral public causeway at 8:33pm local tmrw

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/678732298532085761


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Edit: Chris here. Not posting as that would break what I'm about to say. Remember this is an update thread. We have several other threads for discussion and such. This is just for updates. Trimmed.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/21/2015 01:21 PM
Having a look for tonight's WX.

http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/mlb.php

(Hint: it's interactive...)

Winds 12-13 kts. gusting to 17-18 kts. Pretty sporty for a landing if they try... ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2015 02:00 PM
KSC/Cape worker notices in L2 (they are sending things out about exclusion zones for First Stage return, etc) now citing a launch window of 2029 - 2034 Eastern for the Falcon 9/OG2 mission.

Not official, per anything Orbcomm or SpaceX have said yet.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2015 04:17 PM
KSC/Cape worker notices in L2 (they are sending things out about exclusion zones for First Stage return, etc) now citing a launch window of 2029 - 2034 Eastern for the Falcon 9/OG2 mission.

Not official, per anything Orbcomm or SpaceX have said yet.

Now ORBCOMM have confirmed the above.

ORBCOMM ‏@ORBCOMM_Inc  3m3 minutes ago
UPDATE: A 5 minute launch window opens at 8:29pm ET this evening for the #OG2 Mission 2 launch...
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Mammutti on 12/21/2015 04:36 PM
Still 20% probability of a launch weather violation.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2015 06:15 PM
A press kit:

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/spacex_orbcomm_press_kit_final.pdf
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Raul on 12/21/2015 07:49 PM
And press kit no.2. - Fairing deployment time corrected.

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/spacex_orbcomm_press_kit_final2.pdf
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Lars-J on 12/21/2015 08:01 PM
SpaceX tweeted an image: https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/679039057180024832
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2015 09:29 PM
L-3 hours.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/21/2015 09:53 PM
Here's where the action will hopefully be later.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/679068266975920128
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: mrhuggy on 12/21/2015 10:00 PM
Landing Weather Looks good
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: InfraNut2 on 12/21/2015 10:03 PM
Here's where the action will hopefully be later.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/679068266975920128

Full size pic.

...hopefully tonight no-one will stand where this guy stands... ;)

edit: added:

He gives a good sense of the size of this pad, though.

Also the name on the sign has been brought up-to-date.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/21/2015 10:30 PM
WX look good... :)

https://www.globalair.com/airport/apt.weather.aspx?aptcode=XMR#
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: rdale on 12/21/2015 11:32 PM
731pm radarmap showing some very light rainshowers over the water moving northwest, but also dissipating as they approach land. Some low clouds here and there but no thick stratus deck to block the view. Winds blowing around 8-12mph from the southeast.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/21/2015 11:40 PM
. :)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2015 11:55 PM
Ok boys and girls. L-35 minutes.

Webcast starting soon.
http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

Remember, this is an update only thread (for housekeeping etc.) Please use the other threads for discussion, and all the other side topics. This is solely focused on updates, such as countdown, screenshots, written updates.

Site is already very busy, but we have the webmasters on and we'll keep guests on as long as viable. As noted for major events (and it doesn't get much bigger than this, if we remove guests, it will only be for a short period to aid smooth operation. Follow @nasaspaceflight on twitter - I'll also be providing some updates on there too - to let you know when guests are back on if we remove them. Expanded note from earlier on this:


Obviously, this is going to be a massive event and if the site starts to become overloaded with people we will remove "guests" (people not logged in) for a short period to ensure the site remains smooth. See note in opening post.

Remember, the forum format is not ideally suited to what has become incredible demand (and it really does become incredible demand) Huge demand and pages that have a lot of data = stressed out server hamsters. However, this format is superb for the amount of content we can put in one place and provides an archive of launch days - now over 10 years-worth.

That was the main focus, especially when we weren't a massively hit site, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who re-lives Shuttle launches and you can go back to Falcon 1 here. So the future will involve this format continuing (albeit with new software improvements), but we will be implementing additional live launch day resources via other formats next year, so that we still have these live threads for real time and archive, but with other live options within the site for real time...additionally handy for those increasingly viewing the site on phones etc.)

Let's do this!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/21/2015 11:57 PM
http://livestream.com/spacex/events/4600161
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2015 11:57 PM
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/21/2015 11:59 PM
L-30 minutes. Webcast should be starting in 10 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:04 AM
T-25 minutes. New song.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:05 AM
Timeline has them into prop loading.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: deltaV on 12/22/2015 12:07 AM
The spacex.com webcast has started but the YouTube one hasn't. Weird.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:07 AM
T-22 mins.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Zed_Noir on 12/22/2015 12:08 AM
Webcast is on. New webcast host
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:08 AM
Pretty slick production - with engineers, and info for new people. Pretty good!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:09 AM
Here we go! New commentator.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:09 AM
T-20 mins.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:09 AM
Describing the vehicle.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:10 AM
Falcon 9 lets off a nice big vent.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:10 AM
T-20 minutes. Describes venting as "white smoke"!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:11 AM
Here's our regular host.

No issues in work.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:11 AM
Here's John.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:12 AM
Internal power is the next event. Range is green. Weather is green....watching ground winds.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:13 AM
T-18 minutes. Working no issues. LOX loading was at T-35 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:14 AM
T-17 minutes. 35% increase in overall performance.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:14 AM
Talking about the failure, resolution and how the landing will be different from Bezos, without saying his name.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:14 AM
T-16 minutes. Landing will be shown.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:15 AM
Here's the WBW guy.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:15 AM
T-15 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:16 AM
T-14 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:17 AM
Tour of the factory. Some decent screenshots to be had on the archived video of this.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Prober on 12/22/2015 12:17 AM
this guy was so much fun
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:17 AM
T-13 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:18 AM
T-12 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:19 AM
T-10 mins.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:19 AM
T-11 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 12/22/2015 12:20 AM
The spacex.com webcast has started but the YouTube one hasn't. Weird.

Chromecasting YouTube to the 56" now. Clean.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:21 AM
T-10 minutes. Describing upgrades.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:21 AM
Still go for launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:21 AM
T-9 minutes. Engine is in chilldown.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:22 AM
Erector retract upcoming.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:22 AM
T-8 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:22 AM
SC on internal power
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:22 AM
Go for upper altitude winds.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:23 AM
On the landing pad.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:23 AM
T-7 minutes. Weather is go.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Bargemanos on 12/22/2015 12:24 AM
Image from nathan made the live stream! to late to catch is though..
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:24 AM
T-6 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:24 AM
T-5 mins.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:25 AM
T-5 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:26 AM
Strongback retracting...
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:26 AM
T-180 seconds. Strongback retract.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:27 AM
T-4 minutes. Please, less talking heads!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:27 AM
T-3 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:28 AM
She likes to vent.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:28 AM
countdown net audio only...
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:28 AM
Go for launch.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:28 AM
T-60 seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:28 AM
T-2 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:29 AM
T-1 minute. Falcon 9 in startup.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: deltaV on 12/22/2015 12:30 AM
Cleared the tower.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:30 AM
LAUNCH!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:30 AM
LIftoff
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:30 AM
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:30 AM
Liftoff!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:31 AM
MaxQ
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:31 AM
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:31 AM
T+1 minute.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:32 AM
Staging!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:32 AM
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:32 AM
T+2 minutes. Comon Fairing!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:33 AM
Second stage burning. First stage returning.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:33 AM
good fairing sep
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:33 AM
First stage boostback.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:34 AM
T+3 minutes. Fairing separation.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:34 AM
s1 boostback starting
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:35 AM
T+4 minutes. Stage 1 boostback is starting.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:35 AM
Four mins to landing.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: deltaV on 12/22/2015 12:35 AM
7.5 km/s at T=5:39

Edit: never mind, that's 7500 km/hour.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:35 AM
T+5 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:36 AM
T+6 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:37 AM
Two mins to SECO.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:37 AM
T+7 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:38 AM
Entry burn.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:38 AM
T+8 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:39 AM
Here comes the first stage!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Lee Jay on 12/22/2015 12:39 AM
And he stuck the landing!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:39 AM
on the engine at the pad
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Tass on 12/22/2015 12:39 AM
YEEES! THEY MADE IT!

Landing successful.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:39 AM
T+9 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: clongton on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
FREEKING AWESOME!!!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: deltaV on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
Successful landing of first stage!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
stuck it !!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
My God. They've done it!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: andrewsdanj on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
Now THAT'S how it's done!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: te_atl on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
LANDED!!  Congrats Spacex!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
SECO!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: clongton on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
OMG I CAN BREATH NOW!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Alpha Control on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
Amazing!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
they did it!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Tuts36 on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
STUCK IT !!!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/22/2015 12:40 AM
Picked up some dust! 8)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:41 AM
T+10 minutes. Successful landing!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:41 AM
It's like the World Cup with U-S-A.

Coming up on deploy!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Radioheaded on 12/22/2015 12:41 AM
Congrats!!! What an amazing sight!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: grakenverb on 12/22/2015 12:41 AM
Yes!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Lee Jay on 12/22/2015 12:42 AM
It's not over yet.  Satellite deployment to come.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:42 AM
T+11 minutes. Second stage cutoff has occurred.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Perchlorate on 12/22/2015 12:42 AM
Just excellent!  Congratulations, all at SpaceX!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: SuperCal on 12/22/2015 12:42 AM
Way to go SpaceX !!!  :D
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 12:42 AM
In mundane news I heard the orbit was something like 641 by 611 km
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 12:42 AM
landing was beautiful.. finally
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:43 AM
T+12 minutes. Successful good orbit.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: abaddon on 12/22/2015 12:43 AM
First two deploys coming up.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: foltster on 12/22/2015 12:43 AM
Beautiful!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: NovaSilisko on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
Toasty!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
T+13 minutes. Talking about payload.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: SimonFD on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
A new era!! Well done SpaceX!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
Stay focused everyone. Deploy!!!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
First sat deploys
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
Let's get them all deployed! Then we can go crazy! ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: marshal on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
Congrats Spacex!!!
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Post by: jimvela on 12/22/2015 12:44 AM
sc deployment
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:45 AM
T+14 minutes.
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Post by: JasonAW3 on 12/22/2015 12:45 AM
Folks, history has just been made today.

     The first successful launch to orbit and recovery of a first stage, on land, of said rocket.

I think this calls for a drink!
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Post by: Tea Party Space Czar on 12/22/2015 12:45 AM
Congratulations SpaceX... told you Mr. Smith.

History here.

Satellite #1 successfully deployed.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Respectfully,
Andrew Gasser
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Post by: Glom on 12/22/2015 12:45 AM
It's no JJ Abrams piece, but SpaceX certainly do a launch cast with more vigour than your typical NASA C-span fare.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:46 AM
First satellite is away.
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Post by: Seer on 12/22/2015 12:46 AM
So much energy in the Spacex HQ. The rocket looked in good condition after it landed.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:46 AM
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:46 AM
Sats 3 and 4 have deployed.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:47 AM
Two to go.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:47 AM
Third deployment is away.
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Post by: Eer on 12/22/2015 12:47 AM
So glad I got to witness (from here in NY) the landing.

Congrats, SpaceX - carry on...
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:48 AM
T+17 minutes.
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Post by: Moskit on 12/22/2015 12:48 AM
Fifth and final deployment series now (11th sat).
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Post by: Lee Jay on 12/22/2015 12:48 AM
All 11 deployed.  Congrats SpaceX!!!
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Post by: jfallen on 12/22/2015 12:49 AM
This coverage is awesome.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:49 AM
Fourth deployment.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/22/2015 12:49 AM
Congratulations. That's all I can say. Unbelievable.
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Post by: Tuts36 on 12/22/2015 12:49 AM
And that's the lot! Huge congratulations on RTF success to SpaceX!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
All deployed.

Now you all get ONE post each of congrats, per tradition!

HOLY MOLY! ;D ;D
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Post by: abaddon on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
Watch twitter for relight confirmation, I suppose?
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
Last deployment!
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Post by: ehb on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
A hearty congrats to all involved for a successful mission.

Amazing on the landing!


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Post by: tigerade on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
Congrats SpaceX!!!  That was insanely fun to watch!
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Post by: arnezami on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
Congratulations!
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Post by: StuffOfInterest on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
I just watched history from a rented condo on St. Martin using two tablets for the SpaceX and YouTube streams along with my phone for NSF. Having followed SpaceX since yhe company beginnings and having even started a few of the SpaceX Wikipedia pages years ago I can't come up with a big enough congratulations for what they have done.
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Post by: Mapperuo on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
Amazing! Cannot beleive it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B6oiLNyKKI
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Post by: daver on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
AWESOME!!!  WTG SpaceX!
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Post by: JW98 on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
All away, cracking job SpaceX.
Bet there's some very excited engineers who can't wait to get their hands back on the first stage.
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Post by: BrightLight on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
Gee, just another ho hum evening
OMG This freaking AWESOME!!!
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Post by: Elmar Moelzer on 12/22/2015 12:50 AM
A huge and historic success! Well done SpaceX, well deserved!
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Post by: Robotbeat on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Congratulations, SpaceX!

What a roller coaster!

Kissed the wife, tears in my eyes. This is historic.

Also, geez, SpaceX, you HAD to combine return to flight, full thrust upgrade, AND first first stage land landing in the same flight! :D

"And remember, the goal is Mars because no one wants to go back to Jakku." --SpaceX dude :)
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Last comments.
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Post by: clongton on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Congratulations to the entire SpaceX team and to Orbcomm for the deployment of the entire constellation!
This has been/is an awesome evening!
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Post by: aceshigh on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Am i a wuss for getting my eyes full of tears when it landed? I was so afraid it would tip over... my heartbeat was exploding !
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Post by: WindnWar on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Congrats SpaceX, way to make something so hard look so easy. Can't wait to see how the stage held up and see them do it again.

History in the making one milestone at a time.

Freaking awesome!!! ;D
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Post by: DatUser14 on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Holy [redacted] ! That was amazing! Congrats Spacex. I got all jittery for like 20 minutes.
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Post by: kcrick on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM


Congrats to Space-X on an awesome mission ! 
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Post by: QuantumG on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Spectacular return to flight and an historic achievement. Congratulations SpaceX.
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Post by: Avariel on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Congratulations SpaceX! A moment in space history! Yay!
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Post by: nukie19 on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Landing video and deployment video.  Double thumbs up!
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Post by: Mikeace1 on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Congrats to a beautiful launch and landing. 'Merica.
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Post by: PhaseMage on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Woohoo! Congrats to humanity!
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Post by: deadman719 on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Amazing! We all just watched history in the making.  Congratulations to the entire SpaceX team...nice way to return to flight...with a bonus landing!
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Post by: Alpha Control on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
It really is fantastic! New version of the rocket; successful satellite deployments; AND an historic return of a first stage to an upright landing on the ground. Wow!

Can't wait for more images of the landing complex.
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Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 12:51 AM
Bets on how close to bulls-eye it landed ?  :)
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Post by: FinalFrontier on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Final deploy's over. All birds deployed. Mission successful webcast ended.

Congratualtions to Spacex on a historic and ground breaking RTF. I can breath again and Mars feels much closer now.

Looking forward to landing and launch replays on youtube. Big thanks to everyone at NSF and Chris for excellent coverage.
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Post by: wannamoonbase on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Congrats SpaceX employees.  Incredible and historic mission.  Looks 100% down the middle!

Unmentioned goal, I thought there was suppose to be a second firing of the upper stage to confirm that function for the upcoming SES mission.
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Post by: Escapist on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Incredible! I'm not working this project and I had a few happy tears at seeing this beautiful sight. Congrats to SpaceX and their whole team and support staff. Just incredible engineering and execution.
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Post by: Graham on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Congrats SpaceX, and thank you for shoving us into a new era of spaceflight. For that we all owe you a great debt, now let's celebrate!
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Post by: chad1011 on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Congratulations SpaceX on a historic launch and landing.  Absolutely amazing!
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Post by: DragonRoco on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Congratulations SpaceX. Wonderful RTF mission and recovery of the 1st stage.
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Post by: jgoldader on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Star Wars with the kids this afternoon, now this.  What a day!  Congrats SpaceX!  And thanks NASASpaceflight for the coverage!
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Post by: bioelectromechanic on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
speechless
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Post by: Bargemanos on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Congratz SpaceX! Well done! Still shaking, what a RTF. _0_
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Post by: Herb Schaltegger on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Holy freaking wow! Well done to all at SpaceX - that was truly awesome to watch.
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Post by: abaddon on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Amazing, delightful.  No words.  Congratulations SpaceX.  Also, congratulations to Orbcomm, as well as the USAF and FAA folks who worked hard to make the launch and landing possible.
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Post by: The_Ronin on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Awesome job, SpaceX!  My kids and me were literally jumping up and down for joy when the stage landed!  Absolutely incredible!!!!!!
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
"The goal is Mars, because nobody wants to go back to Jaku."
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Post by: Silmfeanor on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
History i'm sure.

That was some adrenaline-fueld watching. amazing landing. Can't wait for HD videos of that.

Congrats Orbcomm and SpaceX on the mission, and thanks NSF for the coverage. Amazing!
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Post by: JasonAW3 on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
OK, now all they need to do is repeat this a few times, then figure out how to recover the second stage.
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Post by: Helodriver on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
The single most audacious space launch since the first flight of the Space Shuttle!
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Post by: kirghizstan on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
i'm still shaking from this.  congrats SpaceX, you have made space exciting again.  When does Elon do a press conference in front of the rocket?
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Post by: AncientU on 12/22/2015 12:52 AM
Now that's what I call a return to flight!!!!!
Kick ass SpaceX.
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Post by: ulm_atms on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Amazing job SpaceX....

I wasn't alive during the moon landings but I have to think that this is what that felt like......
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Post by: edfishel on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Awesome!  Just awesome!
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Post by: meadows.st on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Wow! Just wow! ;D
Congrats SpaceX.
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Post by: thomson on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Congrats to SpaceX. You made history today.

It's almost 3am over here, but I don't think I will be able to sleep anytime soon.
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Post by: Eagandale4114 on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Best RTF imaginable.
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Post by: mrbliss on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
WOW! Way to make it look easy, SpaceX. Fantastic!

Loved the launch timeline bar on the bottom of the video, and the telemetry gauges (I assume they were telemetry, not just projected values).
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Post by: NovaSilisko on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Payloads deployed! - NOW I'll give one hell of a congratulations on a good RTF and an amazing first stage landing.
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Post by: ericspittle on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
I cried at work. Everyone looked at me funny. Don't care.
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Post by: MattMason on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
"You had a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."

A historic moment and a great return-to-flight. Sam Adams is now my lucky liquid fuel. Congratulations to everyone at SpaceX and ORBCOMM.
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Post by: Prober on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Welcome all 1600 NSF watchers, and Congrats SpaceX on successful RTL
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Post by: Mongo62 on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Concratulations SpaceX for making history today. I watched Neil Armstrong on live TV when he first stepped on the Moon. This flight was right up there, in my opinion.
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Post by: cartman on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
Congrats SpaceX, now its time to party!!!!
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Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 12/22/2015 12:53 AM
All deployed.

Now you all get ONE post each of congrats, per tradition!

HOLY MOLY! ;D ;D

Man, What Rush!! better than the 60's almost  ;D ;D

Well done SpaceX, What a crazy night... now to really celebrate!!  :D ;D :D
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Post by: sdsds on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
History!
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Post by: Mark McCombs on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
I cannot remember being this emotional/happy for a launch in a long time.

Congrats to SpaceX for the historic landing of the first stage booster and a successful RTF and deployment of the Orbcomm sat.

 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Post by: e of pi on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
Congratulations to OrbComm, thanks to the USAF and FAA for enabling this, and to SpaceX: 11 up, one down! :D
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Post by: TomH on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
I was jumping and shouting as much as I did when Neil set Eagle on Luna's surface. This is the dawn of a new age in space flight.............And this is the innovative company that will take the first humans to Mars!  CONGRATULATIONS ELON MUSK!!!
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Post by: Brovane on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
Congrats SpaceX on a successful RTF and bringing the 1st stage back. 
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Post by: Owlon on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX on a spectacularly successful return to flight and first stage recovery. I'm simply blown away.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
End of coverage.

Congratulations to SpaceX and Orbcomm for the successful launch and landing!
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Post by: averagespacejoe on 12/22/2015 12:54 AM
History has been made congratulations SpaceX, you have learned from the errors of CRS SpX-7 and become stronger now stop being a big baby and give me that CRS SpX-7 patch! I mean the first three rockets you had exploded and we have patches for those.

Anyway keep up the good work, revolutionize the industry, and stop hiding from failure use to make things better and stronger.

1st successful launch since the failure of CRS SpX-7 and the 1st successful landing of a 1st stage for SpaceX.
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Post by: BrianNH on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
Wow. That was just amazing.  Congratulations!   :)
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Post by: Duds on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
fantastic work
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Post by: NovaSilisko on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ELON MUSK!!!

And SpaceX's other 4,000 employees, of course...
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Post by: Jakusb on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
Awesome achievement!! Go SpaceX!!! Congrats for a flawless RTF and sticking the landing like a Pro!
Now I can finally try to get my heart rate down and get some sleep (3am here)
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Post by: Andrewwski on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
That's a hell of a way to return to flight.  We'd all be cheering if it was just another F9.1 launch.  But to make history and accomplish a landing at the same time is an incredibly impressive feat.

Congrats to everyone at SpaceX!
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Post by: douglas100 on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
Wonderful!  Congratulations to all at SpaceX!
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Post by: hrissan on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
Congrats to SpaceX! This is History Live...

Hope those flashes are not a fire at the stage base...
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Post by: OSE on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
Way. To. Go. SPACEX! Hell of a way to return to flight!
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Post by: Orbiter on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
"The Falcon has landed. I repeat, the Falcon has landed"

Freakin' awesome. Well done SpaceX.
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Post by: JasonAW3 on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
Heck, they last time I was as exited as this, I was watching the Eagle landing at Tranquility Base!
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Post by: zubenelgenubi on 12/22/2015 12:55 AM
<snip>
Unmentioned goal, I thought there was suppose to be a second firing of the upper stage to confirm that function for the upcoming SES mission.
Yes, the second stage will perform a de-orbit burn, dropping it into the Indian Ocean off the southwestern coast of Australia.

(See the map attachment in this post (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=38148.msg1460545#msg1460545) up-thread.)

And a hearty "Well Done" to the folks at SpaceX and the Eastern Range who made this happen!
Congratulations to Orbcomm, too!
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Post by: Profwoot on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Nearing 4am here and I'm absolutely wired. Congrats to everyone involved (and everyone else too).
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Post by: Poole Amateur on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
I don't have the words, that was amazing and my heart rate is beginning to return to normal. Was great to share this wonderful occasion with you NSFers and many thanks to Chris, Steven and all for their coverage.
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Post by: pmenstrom on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Congratulations!
Looking forward to FH, Dragon 2 and many more launches!
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Post by: bjornl on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Well done! Congratulations, and thanks for ruining my night  ;D
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Post by: Johnnyhinbos on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Crazy. Just speechless. That was amazing...
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Post by: hpras on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Congrats... Woot.... I missed Molly.
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Post by: Alpha Control on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
"You had a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."

A historic moment and a great return-to-flight. Sam Adams is now my lucky liquid fuel. Congratulations to everyone at SpaceX and ORBCOMM.


Is that densified Sam Adams?   ;D
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Post by: Moskit on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Finally we can wish a rocket "have as many landings as take-offs!".

Today it was so much more exciting to watch a rocket land than launch :-)
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Post by: Borklund on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Thank you to everyone who made this moment in time possible. It was (is) special. Now I gotta go wipe the tears off my face and try to recover from the adrenaline rush.
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Post by: tinorex on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
I am crying like a kid... Thank you.
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Post by: neoforce on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
My first real memory is from July 20, 1969, when I was 7 years old.  I remember how I felt with STS-1.

Nice to know at 53 years old I can still feel that way.

Way to go SpaceX!
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Post by: CraigLieb on 12/22/2015 12:56 AM
Congratulations SpaceX team. One for the history books.
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Post by: DeanHFox on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Congrats to the entire SpaceX team!  I can breathe again!

(and my family can quit sticking their heads in my den to see what the cheering is all about!)

HISTORY, FOLKS!  YOU HAVE JUST SEEN IT!   :D
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Post by: Norm Hartnett on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Amazing job SpaceX....

I wasn't alive during the moon landings but I have to think that this is what that felt like......

I was, and yes, this is exactly what if felt like. Congrats SpaceX!
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Post by: Skylab on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Amazing mission success, congrats to all involved!
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Post by: Moe Grills on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
  Congrats, SpaceX. Awesome!!!! You've taken spaceflight to a new level.
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Post by: dgates on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Amazing, simply amazing.  History being made, absolutely!  Congrats SpaceX and Elon Musk for having the vision to make it happen!
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Post by: ajebbatson on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Falcons claws are on the concrete! Amazing return to flight and return to land.
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Post by: Blizzzard on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Wow! Just WOW! I've been waiting for that for a LONG time, as I'm sure we all have! Everything was just perfect - incredible coverage, amazing results all round and history in the making! Couldn't be happier for everyone involved in RTF and sticking that landing!!
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Post by: gospacex on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
Nailed it!
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Post by: robertross on 12/22/2015 12:57 AM
A huge shout out to those at SpaceX on this incredible achievement, in both RTF & the successful LAND landing of te first stage.

Hopefully they get a well deserved rest for the holidays.

Thanks to all here for the great coverage; I never had a live feed as I'm in the boonies at the moment, so relied on your screenshots & feedback.

As for 2016: bring it on!
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Post by: ChrisN4BSA on 12/22/2015 12:58 AM
Amazing! Congrats to the Spacex team. I'm glad I was able to witness history tonight.

Now go enjoy your holiday so we can have a SpaceX filled New Year :)
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Post by: MarsInMyLifetime on 12/22/2015 12:58 AM
What an awesome accomplishment, souls laid bare with live video, come what may. The outcome was more than everything I hoped for this resilient SpaceX team and their vision for spaceflight. Tomorrow began today.
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Post by: baj on 12/22/2015 12:58 AM
Thank you SpaceX!
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Post by: Maxi962 on 12/22/2015 12:59 AM
It's amazing!!! GO SpaceX. An Italy fan. 8)
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Post by: Jester on 12/22/2015 12:59 AM
congrats to SpaceX.
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Post by: Jarnis on 12/22/2015 12:59 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX for an EPIC achievement. That's how it done.

Best. Christmas. Present. EVER.
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Post by: Baranquilla on 12/22/2015 12:59 AM
Congrats to all SpaceX people, you've been working your ass of for this, you have deserved this great win! Enjoy this true first!
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Post by: ey on 12/22/2015 12:59 AM
Huge congratulations to SpaceX and everyone involved on a successful launch, return to flight, and landing! And the first flight of the upgraded Falcon 9.
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Post by: lele on 12/22/2015 12:59 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!

I loved the 1st stage standing in the dark like some kind of weird monolith at the end of the webcast.
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Post by: tdrb6115 on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
Thanks, congrats and ENJOY! to everyone involved! You deserve it!
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Post by: EgorBotts on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
How awesome!

Congrats to SpaceX and all involved into this RTF.

Congrats to this site also for being what it is.
I'm typing very slowly in order to not wake up anyone in the house. Might have slip a "whoooohoooo" without noticing. What a fever!
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Post by: GreenShrike on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
And that's how it should be done -- launch, successfully complete the mission, and then come back home. :-)

Very good job.
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Post by: Callezetter on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
Big grats Spacex! Im in tears here, watching such a historic event! And the way you did it under pressure, under RTF, in new vehicle. Im stunned! Man I love space!
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Post by: Quindar on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
Tomorrow is my birthday so I am claiming this as a present to me from Elon, super job SpaceX people.  I got almost as excited as when I watched the moon landings way back when and I lived to see this day, cool, now I can hope to be around for some MarsX stuff too.
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Post by: chrisking0997 on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
thank you everyone at SpaceX for including us in this exciting journey.  We live vicariously thru you.   this was a stunning moment
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Post by: Space Ghost 1962 on 12/22/2015 01:00 AM
Congrats on the first orbital mission first stage landing. Looking forward to many more, and ...

Relaunch of a first stage!

Will Bezo's refly his suborbital before Musk? Who goes 2 for same stage with the same stage above the von Karmen line?
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Post by: mikes on 12/22/2015 01:01 AM
That was amazing! She came in on a blaze then settled down as if to say "What? Something going on?"
Huge congrats to SpaceX.
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Post by: Llian Rhydderch on 12/22/2015 01:01 AM
Super congrats to everyone at SpaceX!  And especially to Elon Musk for having the vision, drive and long-term commitment to pull this off despite a few stumbles, and many delays, along the way.
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Post by: CyclerPilot on 12/22/2015 01:01 AM
Congratz SpaceX!  Next stop Mars!
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Post by: rubtest on 12/22/2015 01:01 AM
One small step for Elon , one giant step for all of us
thanks SpaceX , space flight will never be the same again.
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Post by: NaN on 12/22/2015 01:01 AM
Congratulations SpaceX - amazing RTF, successful mission, and you even nailed the first stage landing while, amazingly, showing us the attempt in real time.
Thank you for what was possibly even more exciting than watching the first Space Shuttle launch.
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Post by: PhillyJimi on 12/22/2015 01:02 AM
Love It!  Elon and his team didn't play it safe.  They doubled down and upgraded the rocket and went for it! 
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Post by: RobW1 on 12/22/2015 01:02 AM
Successful return to flight on a newly-upgraded booster and all eleven satellites deployed. A good night by anyone's books.
But as if that's not enough, there is now a used first stage sitting back there on the ground, in one piece.
I'd imagine they'll need tranquiliser darts to bring Elon Musk back down to Earth tonight.
Congratulations and very well done SpaceX!
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Post by: Greg Hullender on 12/22/2015 01:02 AM
Ad astra, SpaceX, and congratulations!
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Post by: russianhalo117 on 12/22/2015 01:02 AM
congrats everyone
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Post by: Ludus on 12/22/2015 01:02 AM
Thanks SpaceX, you made history tonight.
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Post by: FuelNGo on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!!! Awesome and historical night!!! Time to break that first stage apart and see how she held up!
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Post by: Airhead50 on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
My wife was watching TV when I started screaming with tears running done me face. She saw the first stage standing straight an kissed me!

SpaceX, way to prove your dream is alive and well!!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
I have to admit, I'm a complete mess of joy, a blubbering grown man with something in my eyes. I was emotional, sad, a bit angry, but proud when Atlantis landed STS-135 - and I'm a huge Shuttle hugger. Tonight I'm all over the place.

I guess it's because we're not witnessing the end of something amazing, we're witnessing the start.

Ok, so - still a mess, but thanks to Steven and everyone who helped cover this.

Thanks to Mark for working some magic to keep the site up with guests on throughout! (Major server improvements, but watching 1100 a second hit the site scared the crap out of me). We stayed up throughout!

And here's William's excellent article updated.

What a time to be alive. I'm off to have a stiff drink.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/spacex-rtf-core-return-attempt-og2/
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Post by: montyrmanley on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
2015 has been a bummer of a year in a lot of ways, but SpaceX really lifted my heart tonight. I feel like a kid again, full of joy and wonder and excitement. Congratulations, SpaceX!
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Post by: PahTo on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM

Wow, way to stick the landing, and of course deliver some payload(s) to orbit!  Thanks NSF and Congrats SpaceX!
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Post by: rocketguy101 on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
Everybody has already said it for me, so all I can say is congratulations SpaceX!!!  Good show!
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Post by: LugdunameD on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
What an absolutely amazing experience it was to watch that entire process unfold live. I will seriously never forget watching the 1st stage come down in a cloud of flame and stop on the pad still as a rock like it did. Absolutely beautiful.
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Post by: Redcoat22 on 12/22/2015 01:03 AM
Congratulations Mr Musk
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Post by: MattyJ on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
Congrats Elon and SpaceX!! Speck of dust in my eyes here in Pittsburgh!
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Post by: Fletch on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
I am at home sick today, I suddenly feel so much better (waiting for the adrenalin to wear off).

Fantastic RTF, Launch, Landing and Deployment.

So it's onwards, upwards and downwards from here?
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Post by: Joaosg on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
Congrats SpaceX and SpaceXers for all the amazing things you keep doing. Today is another historic step in an epic Journey.

You guys are the real MVP.

Hug Elon for me please
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Post by: Hauerg on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
Congrats and THANK YOU.
Still giggling and shaking 20 minutes later.
3 am over here in Austria.
No chance of catching some more sleep.

The mment when the fire went out and the stage was still vertical!!  Prizeless.
Now interested in where exactly it landed.
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Post by: Rocket Science on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
Falcon upon return “Hello Cape, remember me?” ;D

Best Christmas present ever!! :)
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
Well done, my Space X family! You put tears in my eyes today. If there are any naysayers and cynics left; they can go...
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Post by: inventodoc on 12/22/2015 01:04 AM
congrats. this was the most exciting launch (and landing) i've ever seen.
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Post by: brettreds2k on 12/22/2015 01:05 AM
I can't wait to see how dead center it landed, I knew once they took the small barge out and made it a dry land attempt, they would nail it on the first try!! I can't wait to see day light pictures tomorrow of Landing Zone 1's pad with the first stage sitting there proudly.

Was I the only one cheering at home as if it was a football game when Falcon Stage 1 touched down? I was clapping and got tears in my eyes I will sadly admit lol
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Post by: Retired Downrange on 12/22/2015 01:05 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX, and all who worked to make this historic step. The FALCON has landed! Extreme joy to see the live broadcast of the landing, and share this experience with all the nasaspaceflight family here.

Thanks again Chris and your great team.

THE FALCON HAS LANDED!
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Post by: toruonu on 12/22/2015 01:05 AM
I wasn't around in the sixties, but this pretty much has to feel like it did then I guess, this is our generations Apollo moment, the moment where we all remember where we were. Me having just woken up on triple redundant alarms (of which I needed none as the baby started crying just 1 min before my alarm) in the middle of the night (3AM wake up) to witness this GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND!

Seriously perfect mission and the balls to do return to flight, upgraded rocket and widely publicised landing attempt all in one AND NAIL IT! This is what SpaceX is all about, it's having the balls and audacity to go and push the boundaries of what's known to be possible!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on behalf of the Estonian SpaceX fanclub! Keep going and loads of landings to you guys!
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Post by: lcs on 12/22/2015 01:06 AM
Lots of people Periscoping the launch and landing.  Check this out starting at 12:39 and listen for the sonic boom arriving right after landing:

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1DXGyBnbaBnJM
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Post by: corrodedNut on 12/22/2015 01:06 AM
Don't call it a comeback!
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Post by: Bowl2much on 12/22/2015 01:06 AM
What a great night... Thanks to SpaceX and NSF.

I just wish the webcast was not so simplified and narrated.

It was painful to know what was happening in the background and not be able to hear it.
I would say most of us knew the timelines and knew the cheers at those times HAD to be good.
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Post by: TheWhiteZombie on 12/22/2015 01:06 AM
All hail our lord and savior Elon Musk

May he continue to grace our planet with his vision before he returns to mars
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Post by: mtakala24 on 12/22/2015 01:06 AM
Congratulations SpaceX on a great RTF, Mission Success and Stage 1 landing!

We all hope to see many landings in the future. Hopefully with long range tracking views!
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Post by: Rocket Surgeon on 12/22/2015 01:07 AM
Best. Christmas Present. Ever!

And over the next few weeks it'll get even more interesting as we find out what sort of a condition the stage is. The end to all the speculation and arguments about economics, maintenance and turn around time is nearly here!
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Post by: ch1le on 12/22/2015 01:07 AM
I wasn't around in the sixties, but this pretty much has to feel like it did then I guess, this is our generations Apollo moment, the moment where we all remember where we were. Me having just woken up on triple redundant alarms (of which I needed none as the baby started crying just 1 min before my alarm) in the middle of the night (3AM wake up) to witness this GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND!

Seriously perfect mission and the balls to do return to flight, upgraded rocket and widely publicised landing attempt all in one AND NAIL IT! This is what SpaceX is all about, it's having the balls and audacity to go and push the boundaries of what's known to be possible!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on behalf of the Estonian SpaceX fanclub! Keep going and loads of landings to you guys!

Yes, there are more of us. Really amazing moment for mankind.
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Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 01:07 AM
Anyone seen this? Jeff Bezos on twitter

https://twitter.com/jeffbezos (https://twitter.com/jeffbezos)

Quote
Congrats @SpaceX on landing Falcon's suborbital booster stage.  Welcome to the club!

 ::) ;D
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Post by: jg on 12/22/2015 01:07 AM
Up there with the moon landing for a moment for me. 

Congratulations SpaceX!
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Post by: daveglo on 12/22/2015 01:07 AM
Words really can't convey the impact of this moment in spaceflight history.  This moment, on par with Lindbergh, the moment that a new path opened, and a high frontier beckoned not just to the elite nations, but to all men.

Elon Musk, and his talented and passionate SpaceX team have accomplished something that rightly stands as historic.  Many are saying this was like watching Armstrong, but as glorious as that event was, this day will have a greater impact on the common man than anything Apollo did.

It was humbling, and inspiring.

Thank you, SpaceX.  Well done.
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Post by: Ixian77 on 12/22/2015 01:08 AM
Congratulations to all at SpaceX.

For me:

1. 20 July 1969
2. 12 April 1981
3. 21 December 2015
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Post by: A12 on 12/22/2015 01:08 AM
History has been made.
I didn't believe to see that in my life span.
Bravissimi !
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Post by: Norm38 on 12/22/2015 01:08 AM
"LZ1, the Falcon has landed!"  What I heard off the replay.
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Post by: feynmanrules on 12/22/2015 01:08 AM
crazy good!  way to go spx and way to push for bigger dreams in space!
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Post by: Barrie on 12/22/2015 01:08 AM
Well, that was just majestic.  Phenomenal.  Well worth getting out of bed for!

Congratulations to all the individuals who made it happen.
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Post by: CuddlyRocket on 12/22/2015 01:09 AM
Dear SpaceX

Please make this routine. Getting a bit old now for all this stress and excitement! :)

Congratulations and many thanks.
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Post by: M_Puckett on 12/22/2015 01:09 AM
Ok Elon, time to spill the beans and let Chris sleep again.  We want the REAL Christmas Present now!

BTW, CONGRATULATIONS SPACEX!!!!
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Post by: punder on 12/22/2015 01:09 AM
Watching SpaceX, it's the 1960s all over again--in the sense that every launch means something new.  Apollo 11, STS-1 and Orbcomm 2: the same anxiety, the same enormous relief, and pride.

Thanks Chris and NSF.

Thanks Elon and Company!

GO SPACEX!!!
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Post by: msat on 12/22/2015 01:10 AM
That. Was. AMAZING!

Christmas came a little early for all the SpaceX folks. It was equally exciting for me to watch them unwrap their gifts!

Congrats to all those involved! We all just witnessed a new chapter in space flight!
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Post by: Semmel on 12/22/2015 01:10 AM
Congrats from me too :) Well deserved! I liked the professional webcast better to be honest... but tribute to your large followers base I guess is a small price to pay for witnissing your progress. Thank you SpaceX for the fantastic coverage, not only in images throughout the launch but also background information along the way.

Also, thank you NSF for beeing such a fantastic place to rock on :)
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Post by: aceshigh on 12/22/2015 01:10 AM
Anybody else was so afraid when the smoke cloud got illuminated in an orange glow and you couldn't see the rocket?
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Post by: gregpet on 12/22/2015 01:11 AM
 :)
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Post by: AndrewM on 12/22/2015 01:11 AM
Congratulations to all the teams involved and especially to SpaceX and ORBCOMM on a beautiful and historic RTF mission.
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Post by: punder on 12/22/2015 01:11 AM
Anybody else was so afraid when the smoke cloud got illuminated in an orange glow and you couldn't see the rocket?

I was afraid every second until that last satellite deployed.
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Post by: InfraNut2 on 12/22/2015 01:11 AM
Congratulations SpaceX on making history today.

Well worth staying up till the middle of the night for this.
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Post by: Moonwatcher on 12/22/2015 01:12 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX for making history!
This.Changes.Everything!
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Post by: Rocket Science on 12/22/2015 01:12 AM
Watch it again!! 8)

"The Falcon has landed" :)


http://livestream.com/spacex/events/4600161
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Post by: Chris_Pi on 12/22/2015 01:13 AM
Anybody else was so afraid when the smoke cloud got illuminated in an orange glow and you couldn't see the rocket?

Couldn't tell for a second if it was lit-up exhaust or a slow-moving fireball. Then the motor shutdown and there it was.  ;D
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Post by: rickl on 12/22/2015 01:13 AM
I got almost as excited as when I watched the moon landings way back when and I lived to see this day, cool, now I can hope to be around for some MarsX stuff too.


Yes, I'm also old enough to remember Gemini and Apollo, and today, nothing is as exciting as a SpaceX launch.  That's because they keep pushing the envelope, just like back in the old days.


After the catastrophic failure in June, they didn't merely launch the same Falcon 9; they launched an upgraded version for the first time.  That takes some moxie.


Congratulations, SpaceX!  You had me about to turn blue.  I'm breathing again.  Thanks a lot.
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Post by: bioelectromechanic on 12/22/2015 01:13 AM
when's the presser?
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Post by: Stan-1967 on 12/22/2015 01:14 AM
Congratulation SpaceX!  Very well done RTF operation and amazing landing!   I watched this at home tonight alone, and was cheering out loud on the approach to landing and screamed at my PC screen with happiness when the engine shut down and the S1 was standing there steady!  WOW.

My oldest son is 18 and can't figure out what to do with his life.  I will show him this and tell him to pick something that inspires him like all those men & women in Hawthorne CA, Texas, & Florida ( kids in my book, some of them ) showed the world tonight.


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Post by: rickyramjet on 12/22/2015 01:14 AM
Congrats SpaceX!  History has been made today!
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Post by: mlindner on 12/22/2015 01:15 AM
That was f***ing AMAZING!

History has now changed. This marks the first day in a new age of space flight. Forever will this day be remembered by our future Martian prodigy. I will tell my children and grandchildren of this day.
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Post by: northenarc on 12/22/2015 01:15 AM
 There is no doubt that SpaceX tonight demonstrated that they are THE leaders in spaceflight technology, surpassing any other orbital launch system that exists today or is even proposed in the next decade. This is step one, when we see a full system of spacecraft relaunching on a regular basis then we'll know how big a dent this will make in the economics of space.   
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Post by: raketa on 12/22/2015 01:15 AM
I will see Mars landing in my life!!!!!!.So excited!!!!!!. This will change everything. It will gives us opportunity to make space flight by 2 orders cheaper, something around yearly NASA budget. Go Spacex.
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Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 01:15 AM
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX/photos/a.10150303260090131.563831.353851465130/10156855086875131/?type=3&theater

Long exposure of launch, re-entry, and landing burns of Falcon 9
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Post by: drpepper on 12/22/2015 01:16 AM
Congrats to everyone at SpaceX on this incredible achievement.

There are a lot of relieved engineers out there that now get to spend time with family over Christmas; rather than babysitting a cranky rocket, or worse, working a mishap investigation.
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Post by: psloss on 12/22/2015 01:16 AM
That's Ben Cooper, up on the VAB roof...I think he lives there now :)
https://twitter.com/LaunchPhoto/status/679122595606888448

Quote
First ever double streak!
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Post by: te_atl on 12/22/2015 01:16 AM
Next pic I really want to see of that rocket?   Tomorrow at dawn as the sun breaks upon the LZ.

Caption?

And so dawns a new age in space travel!
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Post by: astrobrian on 12/22/2015 01:17 AM
Well done SpaceX!
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Post by: Elvis in Space on 12/22/2015 01:17 AM
Not sure how to express my happiness but feel the need to put it on record. I am overjoyed.

Now make that thing fly again. And again. Prove again that the impossible can be done even if it takes a little longer. Prove that we are not a planet of twittering Kardassians or bloodthirsty religious zealots hell bent on killing each other. Put on display the big brass set that some small part of humanity still posses and let's do great things. Take the process away from the politicians and cold bureaucrats and give mankind a chance at tomorrow. Maybe, just maybe, we have witnessed the beginning of that.

 
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Post by: MikeMi. on 12/22/2015 01:18 AM
Can't remember any space event when around 50 people together with me (in our loop of contact) watched an event. Today is definetely a historic day, whata a night, whata excitement of what can happen next...
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Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 01:18 AM
its 2Am here in portugal.. don't think I can sleep now  ;D
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Post by: baldusi on 12/22/2015 01:19 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX, Orbcomm, the East Range and the FAA. A successful mission that also made history. That's how you return from a failure.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Martin.cz on 12/22/2015 01:19 AM
I still remember watching the first diminutive Falcon 1 trying to climb to orbit from the Omelek atoll all those years ago - only to crash on a reef not long after.

And look where we are now! :D Congratulation SpaceX, you did it!! :)
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Post by: macpacheco on 12/22/2015 01:20 AM
Elon I knew your guys would make it happen. You and your team made history today.

Get to orbit... done
Get to orbit with a good size rocket... done
Launch and recover Dragon... done
Dock to the ISS... done
Recover 1st stage... done

Looking forward to static fire of that recovered stage and relaunch it.

Make up room for dozens of recovered 1st stages as they will being piling up.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Tonioroffo on 12/22/2015 01:22 AM
The Generation before me could hear "The eagle had Landed".  Today I hear " The Falcon had Landed!". Chills down my spine.
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Post by: Colman on 12/22/2015 01:24 AM
Anybody else was so afraid when the smoke cloud got illuminated in an orange glow and you couldn't see the rocket?

Couldn't tell for a second if it was lit-up exhaust or a slow-moving fireball. Then the motor shutdown and there it was.  ;D

I same.. moment of 'oh oh' replaced by utter joy and elation...
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Post by: ChrisC on 12/22/2015 01:24 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX, that is indeed a great way to RTF.  I was screaming at the TV too.

But can we get back to this being an updates thread?  I think the policy here is ONE congratulatory message per user (if you must :) ) and then take it to the discussion thread.  Thank you.
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Post by: Rocket Science on 12/22/2015 01:25 AM
Somewhere up there looking down Dr. Goddard is smiling... :)
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Post by: ap12 on 12/22/2015 01:25 AM
This is the critical historic milestone for the reusable rockets that can protect all life and it is only due to Elon Musk's vision, courage, and determination and the brilliant intense teamwork of the 5000 people at SpaceX.

Congratulations, we owe you Elon, and we owe each and every SpaceXer. Thank you !!!
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Post by: S.Paulissen on 12/22/2015 01:26 AM
Somewhere up there looking down Dr. Goddard is smiling... :)
Heinlein...
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 12/22/2015 01:26 AM
I recall Apollo 15's LM, Falcon -- and to paraphrase Dave Scott, "Hawthorne, the Falcon is on the pad at Canaveral!"

Well done to everyone -- and not just for sticking the landing.  For making a push-rod separation between stages work, and for flying an upgraded version of both stages on RTF.

It's a good time to be alive.  Best in more than 40 years.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 01:27 AM
That's Ben Cooper, up on the VAB roof...I think he lives there now :)
https://twitter.com/LaunchPhoto/status/679122595606888448

Quote
First ever double streak!


Yes it is Ben's photo used by SpaceX. That is an amazing photo.
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Post by: flymetothemoon on 12/22/2015 01:27 AM
Extraordinary historic achievement. Phenomenal Elon Musk! The world just changed. Congratulations to all at SpaceX!
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Post by: MrHollifield on 12/22/2015 01:27 AM
My wife, who normally smiles understandingly when I talk about space, was right next to me as I cheered the returning stage saying, "That was SO COOL!"


RTF launch at initial T-0 ... Check
Nominal 1st stage flight with densified propellants ... Check
Staging and 2nd stage ignition on time ... Check
Nominal 2nd stage flight and on-target orbit insertion ... Check
Successful deployment of customer payload ... Check
and
Make first ever controlled landing of a stage of an orbital launch vehicle .., Check!


That's what I'd call a successful evening.


Congratulations to SpaceX, Orbcomm, CCAFS, and everyone involved in the historic launch and landing.

Title: wait but wait ...
Post by: laika_fr on 12/22/2015 01:27 AM
- experiencing brain buffer overflow -

Congratulation to all SpaceXers, past and present, this required a tremendous amount of work and guts.

The blue planet is more reddish tonight.
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Post by: WM68 on 12/22/2015 01:28 AM
Awesome  :)
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Post by: dkanen on 12/22/2015 01:28 AM
Overwhelming!  Joyous! ....

Now let's launch FH and see them land two side by side....

Go SpaceX
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Post by: cartman on 12/22/2015 01:29 AM
https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/679123284986757120
Quote
Stephen Clark
‏@StephenClark1

SpaceX launch team confirms a good deorbit burn of the Falcon 9 2nd stage, key test before future launches.
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Post by: Greg Pecchia on 12/22/2015 01:30 AM
A beautiful accomplishment SpaceX! 
This was the most exciting I've seen since the Moon landings.
A new era has begun, and the human Spirit of exploration has advanced.
 
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Post by: Ohsin on 12/22/2015 01:31 AM
https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/679123284986757120
Quote
Stephen Clark
‏@StephenClark1

SpaceX launch team confirms a good deorbit burn of the Falcon 9 2nd stage, key test before future launches.

And with that it is 10/10 Congratulations SpaceX. Very nicely done. :)
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Post by: Lee Jay on 12/22/2015 01:31 AM
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Post by: AndyX on 12/22/2015 01:32 AM
What a time to be alive. Thanks to NSF for the best coverage, again. Congratulations to SpaceX!
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 12/22/2015 01:33 AM
Congats to SpaceX!  If you are going to get past an accident, this is the way to do it!

This is something I never expected to see a few years ago. This moment may have just been a game changer in human history.

All of that fire, then it cleared, and there it was, just standing there like it had been on the pad a few minutes earlier.  Not at the bottom of the ocean. 

I can't wait to see what happens when they refly and then land one a second time! 

History may have been made, but this was just the first of many steps, until that step onto red soil.

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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 01:33 AM
Elon:

11 satellites deployed to target orbit and Falcon has landed back at Cape Canaveral. Headed to LZ-1. Welcome back, baby!
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Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 01:34 AM
yes!
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Post by: ClayJar on 12/22/2015 01:35 AM
Congratulations.  (I'd say more, but it would still seem inadequate.)

The bottle I'd been saving for this occasion has now been opened and enjoyed.  It'll be a while before I sleep tonight, but Mai seems to have come back out of hiding and is curled up and purring again.
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Post by: Rocket Science on 12/22/2015 01:36 AM
Elon: "Welcome back baby"...

https://twitter.com/elonmusk
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Post by: meekGee on 12/22/2015 01:36 AM
Anyone seen this? Jeff Bezos on twitter

https://twitter.com/jeffbezos (https://twitter.com/jeffbezos)

Quote
Congrats @SpaceX on landing Falcon's suborbital booster stage.  Welcome to the club!

 ::) ;D

Bezos gets 10/10 for trolling ability...
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Post by: meekGee on 12/22/2015 01:36 AM
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX/photos/a.10150303260090131.563831.353851465130/10156855086875131/?type=3&theater

Long exposure of launch, re-entry, and landing burns of Falcon 9

From the way the return streak is "shallower" - is it evidence the the stage is walking the IIP from off-shore to shore?  Or is it all in the camera perspective?   'cuz the launch streak is much steeper.
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Post by: Journeyman on 12/22/2015 01:36 AM
2015 has been a tough year for SpaceX, the world, and myself with never ending conflicts all over the world... My Mother passed away earlier this year...

But today was the day that SpaceX showed us the future and gave us hope! SpaceX not only returned to flight... They returned the Falcon back to the launch site and into the history books! And they did it on my mothers birthday! What a beautiful tribute that was!

Thank You SpaceX and Elon Musk for saving 2015!

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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/22/2015 01:36 AM
Full replay on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5bTbVbe4e4
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Post by: billh on 12/22/2015 01:37 AM
Awesome job! What a comeback!!
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Post by: darkenfast on 12/22/2015 01:37 AM
Wow, what a Christmas present for the world of spaceflight!  Thank you SpaceX, for yourvision, and thank you Chris and NSF staff for bringing it to us!

Whooopppeeeeee!
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Post by: raketa on 12/22/2015 01:37 AM
same with my wife and she likes how Spacex folks are crazy about their job.
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Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 01:38 AM
Just the landing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B6oiLNyKKI
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Post by: eriblo on 12/22/2015 01:39 AM
https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679125237678661632 (https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679125237678661632)
Quote
Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc  13m13 minutes ago
10/11 satellites checked in over Italy
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 01:40 AM
Elon is having a phone presser, but it was five minutes notice and I can't get through. However, there will be more quotes to come from those who could get the number to work.
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Post by: AirmanPika on 12/22/2015 01:40 AM
I'm so glad this wasn't a Miss Universe repeat.

"IT LANDED IT LAN*KABOOM* Oh..."
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Post by: BruceM on 12/22/2015 01:41 AM
Congrats SpaceX, Elon & all SpaceX employees.  What a fabulous evening!!!!!
-- Saved my first post three years for this!
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Post by: pietro on 12/22/2015 01:41 AM
The Falcon has landed in history! Congrats to Elon and SpaceX!
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Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 01:42 AM
Orbit from the audio was 657 by 611 km
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Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 01:42 AM
https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679125237678661632 (https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679125237678661632)
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Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc  13m13 minutes ago
10/11 satellites checked in over Italy

is this bad?
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Post by: Bubbinski on 12/22/2015 01:42 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!

My grandpa and I saw the launch and landing and were amazed. And my brother came in, he saw the stage landing, said it was crazy. 

I wasn't around for Apollo 11. I was a kid when STS-1 flew, we watched the launch on a B&W TV up in a cabin in the mountains.  Tonight we saw it on a 52 nch flat screen with the feed from an iPad.

Seeing this ranks right up there with seeing STS-1 and the Shuttle RTF missions in 1988 and 2006.
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Post by: sunbingfa on 12/22/2015 01:42 AM
It's so great!!!!!! Congratulations Spacex and Elon!

I was almost too nervous to watch the live video, but I'm so glad I did and not miss the historic moment.
Even my wife (who is not spacex fan) is exciting!

Years from now this day, and images will be mentioned over and over again. So glad to be able to watch the history happening.
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Post by: AJW on 12/22/2015 01:42 AM
Another step along the way!!   Congrats!
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Post by: eriblo on 12/22/2015 01:43 AM
https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679129580360343552 (https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679129580360343552)
Quote
Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc  14s14 seconds ago
All 11 have checked in,
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Post by: bunker9603 on 12/22/2015 01:43 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!

I didn't think it was possible to feel this way again about our future in space. I felt this way for the Apollo missions only to have my hopes for the future fade away. SpaceX has given me that hope again!

Watching the Falcon land tonight was amazing....I can't wait for the Falcon Heavy to launch, to see 3 cores land at the same time will be incredible!
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Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 01:43 AM
nice
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Post by: abaddon on 12/22/2015 01:44 AM
is this bad?
Was wondering the same myself.  Deploy looked nominal for all of them that we could see.
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Post by: Targeteer on 12/22/2015 01:44 AM
Not sure I can attach the actual photo but another cool, long exposure shot 

Long exposure of the launch (Left) and landing (Right) from Jetty Park (Port Canaveral). (Photo credit: Michael Seeley. The blue trails are a cell phone that someone was using in front of me.)
https://www.facebook.com/TheSpaceflightGroup/photos/a.254881331241559.67332.254774621252230/1072611756135175/?type=3&theater
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Post by: eriblo on 12/22/2015 01:44 AM
https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679129580360343552 (https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679129580360343552)
Quote
Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc  14s14 seconds ago
All 11 have checked in,

And that's the final gold star :) Congratulations to everyone involved!
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Post by: cartman on 12/22/2015 01:47 AM
Not sure I can attach the actual photo but another cool, long exposure shot 

Long exposure of the launch (Left) and landing (Right) from Jetty Park (Port Canaveral). (Photo credit: Michael Seeley. The blue trails are a cell phone that someone was using in front of me.)
https://www.facebook.com/TheSpaceflightGroup/photos/a.254881331241559.67332.254774621252230/1072611756135175/?type=3&theater
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Post by: Hywel1995 on 12/22/2015 01:48 AM
I may have scared my laptop I shouted that loud at it.

Great job SpaceX! Congratulations on your Return to Flight and a BIG congratulations on landing Stage 1 successfully at Landing Complex 1!

Congratulations to all involved!
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Post by: kraisee on 12/22/2015 01:49 AM
What an incredible achievement!

Congratulations to everyone at Space-X for all their hard work.   You guys are showing the rest of the world a really clean pair of heels right now -- and its really ballsy to try so many milestones on an RTF mission too!

Bezos has aready been the chump we expected of him tonight, and I fully expect ULA and Arianespace to say something equally dumb in the morning's press.   Its just sour grapes for some.

Champagne for the winners though! :)

Ross.
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Post by: tigerade on 12/22/2015 01:49 AM
Sonic boom at 2 min
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5pTDx-hFDc
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Post by: Sohl on 12/22/2015 01:50 AM
Congratulations! 
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Post by: moralec on 12/22/2015 01:51 AM
Congratulations Space X! Thank you bringing back to us the magic and excitement of the space age
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Post by: tleski on 12/22/2015 01:52 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!
Watched with my whole family and spilled coffee on my laptop just after the landing in all the excitement.
That was amazing! Can't wait for more to come.
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Post by: Brick_top on 12/22/2015 01:54 AM
nasa on twitter

Quote
Congratulations @SpaceX on your successful vertical landing of the first stage back on Earth! 

https://twitter.com/nasa (https://twitter.com/nasa)
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Post by: StephenB on 12/22/2015 01:56 AM
What a great day for SpaceX! You really need to be in it for the long haul.
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Post by: jfallen on 12/22/2015 01:56 AM
New landing discussion thread in reusable rockets section.  I guess we are all going to need that section more!
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Post by: DanielW on 12/22/2015 01:58 AM
Well that was awesome. I have been at a loss as to how to feel since that thing set down so pretty. Congrats to the team and thanks for making it feel like a step for all of us.
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Post by: CorvusCorax on 12/22/2015 01:59 AM
Roughly two years ago, they interviewed some guy from an "established space company" about the recent success story of SpaceX.

I don't remember who it was and I can't find the link but what he said was more or less:

>> SpaceX has had a streak of impressive successes, but sooner or later they are inevitably gonna have bad luck and a failure. And when that happens, its if and how they recover and come back from that which determines what kind of space company they really are.

(could anyone help me find that interview? I think it was in some youtube video)

I think today SpaceX has shown the world:

THIS is how it's done!!!

Big Congrats!!!!
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Post by: craigcocca on 12/22/2015 02:01 AM
Check out this video shot from Merrit Island. Landing burn at 5:00 into the video PLUS a very pronounced sonic boom just after 6:00 (sonic boom arrives post landing)

http://youtu.be/SRw0kShphIY
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Post by: kkattula on 12/22/2015 02:02 AM
Way. To. Go. 

(Another) Historic achievement for SpaceX.  And a big one.  Can't wait to see what they do next.  :-)
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Post by: jdc26 on 12/22/2015 02:02 AM
Congratulations to everyone at SpaceX for an amazing accomplishment that they should be extremely proud of.

Only the future will show how truly meaningful this accomplishment is.
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Post by: bunker9603 on 12/22/2015 02:05 AM
Not sure I can attach the actual photo but another cool, long exposure shot 

Long exposure of the launch (Left) and landing (Right) from Jetty Park (Port Canaveral). (Photo credit: Michael Seeley. The blue trails are a cell phone that someone was using in front of me.)
https://www.facebook.com/TheSpaceflightGroup/photos/a.254881331241559.67332.254774621252230/1072611756135175/?type=3&theater

Great image to bad it didnt make an X!
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Post by: joek on 12/22/2015 02:06 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!  That was a wonderful.  Hoping for many more.
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Post by: AAPSkylab on 12/22/2015 02:08 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!!!  Well done!!!!!

I remember the Gemini flights and Apollo when I was a kid.  We all thought it would always be like that.

My 19 year old son jumped up and down and hugged me so hard I thought he would break ribs when the exhaust cleared and Falcon sat on the landing pad.

May the new space age begin.

 :)



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Post by: guckyfan on 12/22/2015 02:11 AM
Congratulations to all SpaceX.

I listened to the beep beep of Sputnik and was hooked on spaceflight. It all culminated today.

On to Mars! I want to see it.
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Post by: Asteroza on 12/22/2015 02:13 AM
Er, wasn't there supposed to be a stage relight test after deployment, or is that a different mission?
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Post by: guckyfan on 12/22/2015 02:15 AM
Er, wasn't there supposed to be a stage relight test after deployment, or is that a different mission?

The second stage did a deorbit burn. So that was successful too, relight of second stage - check.
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Post by: xpete on 12/22/2015 02:17 AM
Congratulations SpaceX!
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Post by: ChrisC on 12/22/2015 02:19 AM
Roughly two years ago, they interviewed some guy from an "established space company" about the recent success story of SpaceX.  I don't remember who it was and I can't find the link but what he said was more or less:
 
"SpaceX has had a streak of impressive successes, but sooner or later they are inevitably gonna have bad luck and a failure. And when that happens, its if and how they recover and come back from that which determines what kind of space company they really are."

Sounds like Wayne Hale to me.  I'm sure someone will find the actual quote.
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Post by: davey142 on 12/22/2015 02:22 AM
Congrats SpaceX and Orbcomm. A well deserved break is in order!
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Post by: inonepiece on 12/22/2015 02:30 AM
I'll say it again, the enlightenment continues, you are awesome SpaceX'ers one and all, thank you!
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Post by: RedLineTrain on 12/22/2015 02:34 AM
Amazing, just amazing.  All that hard work and agony over the years paid off!  Congratulations.
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Post by: cartman on 12/22/2015 02:34 AM
Quote
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk 2m2 minutes ago

Falcon 9 standing on LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral
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Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on 12/22/2015 02:34 AM
Amazing shot.
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Post by: ugordan on 12/22/2015 02:36 AM
Almost surreal.
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Post by: JamesG123 on 12/22/2015 02:38 AM
Gonna have to stop painting them white...

I wonder if it is thermal degradation (burning) or just soot from the RP-1?
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Post by: GalacticIntruder on 12/22/2015 02:41 AM
Gonna have to stop painting them white...

I wonder if it is thermal degradation (burning) or just soot from the RP-1?

I'd say, wear them with pride. It earned those.
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Post by: Silmfeanor on 12/22/2015 02:41 AM
And a picture from the other side from the @spacex twitter account

(used the :orig tag for higher res but it's a bit grainy)
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Post by: Todd Martin on 12/22/2015 02:42 AM
Congrats SpaceX, my family was amazed and thrilled.  I also want to say thank you to the FAA and the Air Force.  They let SpaceX try returning this stage on land in their backyard without a successful barge demonstration.  They could have taken the easy way out and put up a bureaucratic shrug.  Instead, they were solid partners and advanced the state of the art.  Kudos!
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Post by: Antilope7724 on 12/22/2015 02:42 AM
Gonna have to stop painting them white...

I wonder if it is thermal degradation (burning) or just soot from the RP-1?

Does the paint serve a thermal or anti-corrosion function? If not, why paint it at all. Save some weight for payloads and the painting cost.
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Post by: Eagandale4114 on 12/22/2015 02:46 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/679145544673923072

10 second video from LZ - 1.
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Post by: daveglo on 12/22/2015 02:48 AM
Quote
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk 2m2 minutes ago

Falcon 9 standing on LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral

Can't really tell how close it is to the "X", but it sure seems centered in the lighting.  And I was really looking forward to winning the ASDS Landing Bingo.
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Post by: jg on 12/22/2015 02:49 AM
Quote
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk 2m2 minutes ago

Falcon 9 standing on LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral

Can't really tell how close it is to the "X", but it sure seems centered in the lighting.  And I was really looking forward to winning the ASDS Landing Bingo.

The twitter video just posted shows it landed very close to the center of the X....
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Post by: TomTX on 12/22/2015 02:50 AM
Congratulations, SpaceX!
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Post by: Tuts36 on 12/22/2015 02:50 AM
Quote
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk 2m2 minutes ago

Falcon 9 standing on LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral

Can't really tell how close it is to the "X", but it sure seems centered in the lighting.  And I was really looking forward to winning the ASDS Landing Bingo.

The twitter video just posted shows it landed very close to the center of the X....


Quick!  We need a crack team of video analysis experts to pinpoint the landing spot... for the bingo! 
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Post by: wjbarnett on 12/22/2015 02:50 AM
Congrats to all the SpaceXers, Elon and to all of us who have some chance of seeing Mars closeup in our lifetime!

I was in the theater watching Star Wars, but was kept informed by the ever so helpful and exciting tweets from our host and master: Chris B. Thank you!
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Post by: Antilope7724 on 12/22/2015 02:50 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/679145544673923072

10 second video from LZ - 1.

How close to the bullseye (SpaceX logo painted on the ground) did they get?  ;D
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Post by: billh on 12/22/2015 02:52 AM
At the start of the video, you can see a portion of the blue leg of the X.
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Post by: edkyle99 on 12/22/2015 02:52 AM
Impressive.  I saw amazing things at the Cape and KSC when I worked there, but never anything like this.

 - Ed Kyle
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Post by: Lars-J on 12/22/2015 02:55 AM
Massive congratulations to the whole SpaceX team!  8) This is a historic accomplishment, and the future looks bright.
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Post by: Dante80 on 12/22/2015 02:59 AM
Just woke up to go to work (Europe here). Best way to start the day!

Many congratulations to SpaceX, ORBCOMM and Elon Musk. This is a historic achievement.

Now...lets do it again, and again!
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Post by: cscott on 12/22/2015 02:59 AM
Congratulations, SpaceX!  I watched live with my three-year-old, who reenacted the whole flight in real time with a pair of model Falcon 9s, and a 3d printed Dragon he went for every time that Dragon hanging in Hawthorne made it on the screen.

He enjoyed it so much that bedtime was a little bit traumatic, until I gave in and let him bring one of the F9s to bed with him.  He's asleep now, still clutching the Falcon.
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Post by: aep on 12/22/2015 03:00 AM
Congrats to SpaceX for doing an amazing thing. As a sleepy 7 year old, I watched mankind first walk on the moon and as a college student, a 24 hour drive to watch the first Space Shuttle launch live. This makes me feel young again.
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 12/22/2015 03:05 AM
Here's the launch-n-landing-streak-X-shot from the SpaceX webcast page:

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I must admit that I am probably the only one who stayed calm and didn't shed any tears today (replaced with hand clapping  ;)). Probably because (1) I was not around when Apollo 11 and STS-1 flew, (2) I was focusing on whether the other changes to the F9 and (more importantly) the 2nd stage worked well and (3) I feel that there was never any doubt that SpaceX can complete a return-and-landing within this year. And so it was - flawless flight to orbit, right-on-the-pipe landing.  ;)

Well, the hard part of making the whole process work is still in front, but there's not a single doubt that the impressive work today will be looped around for years beyond. So to all SpaceX employees, have a nice Christmas cheers!

Now, let's hope that they do it again and again to the point that we don't need to cheer every time it lands, because I hope it will be routine by then.  8)

Also congratulates to Orbcomm for getting on board today - somehow they always stick to interesting ways to get to orbit (like the Pegasus back in the 1990s), but nothing really compares to this one.  ;)
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Post by: watermod on 12/22/2015 03:06 AM
Thank you Elon Musk and SpaceX for rebooting space travel!
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Post by: Mader Levap on 12/22/2015 03:06 AM
Congratulations! It is almost historical, despite what many folks there says.

I am looking forward to day when used stage will be launched second time, in total delivering payload to orbit twice.

THAT will be true history.
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Post by: ugordan on 12/22/2015 03:07 AM
That view.
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Post by: Zed_Noir on 12/22/2015 03:09 AM
Great live show. A fantastic sight of the Falcon in the middle of the smoke cloud after touch down.,   8)

Hope SpaceX got some onboard footage from the Falcon 9.
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Post by: mikelepage on 12/22/2015 03:09 AM
Congrats to all the SpaceXers, Elon and to all of us who have some chance of seeing Mars closeup in our lifetime!

I was in the theater watching Star Wars, but was kept informed by the ever so helpful and exciting tweets from our host and master: Chris B. Thank you!

Agree with the sentiment, but lol, seriously!?!  The movie buff in me is annoyed at you (vicariously on behalf of other cinema patrons) for having your phone out during Star Wars, and the SpaceX fan in me is annoyed at you for knowing the launch was on, but planning something else anyway.  Deconflict your schedule mate! :)
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Post by: meekGee on 12/22/2015 03:10 AM
And again, the landing streak is shallower than the launch streak.

I think they aimed off-shore.  I don't know if this will be standard practice forever, but my money's on it for this flight.

Here's the launch-n-landing-streak-X-shot from the SpaceX webcast page:

------------------------------------------------------

I must admit that I am probably the only one who didn't shed any tears today (replaced with hand clapping  ;)). Probably because (1) I was not around when Apollo 11 and STS-1 flew, (2) I was focusing on whether the other changes to the F9 and (more importantly) the 2nd stage worked well and (3) I feel that there was never any doubt that SpaceX can complete a return-and-landing within this year. And so it was - flawless flight to orbit, right-on-the-pipe landing.  ;)

Well, the hard part of making the whole process work is still in front, but there's not a single doubt that the impressive work today will be looped around for years beyond. So to all SpaceX employees, have a nice Christmas cheers!

Now, let's hope that they do it again and again to the point that we don't need to cheer every time it lands, because I hope it will be routine by then.  8)

Also congratulates to Orbcomm for getting on board today - somehow they always stick to interesting ways to get to orbit (like the Pegasus back in the 1990s), but nothing really compares to this one.  ;)
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Post by: Skylab on 12/22/2015 03:10 AM
SpaceX via Facebook:

"A landed rocket."

[Edit: Better resolution attached.]
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Post by: yg1968 on 12/22/2015 03:24 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/679145544673923072

10 second video from LZ - 1.

Uploaded to Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu2ESqJWY64
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Post by: Elmar Moelzer on 12/22/2015 03:28 AM
That view.
Almost dead center on the X! And there were people that were worried about them not being able to hit the target! Ha!
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Post by: IanO on 12/22/2015 03:46 AM
A big thank you to NSF for allowing me to follow the launch on my phone despite being stuck in rush hour traffic, trying to get home to watch the SpaceX stream. Despite the bad timing, I pulled into my driveway, refreshed the browser to the news that the Falcon had landed, leapt out of the car, whooped, threw my SpaceX cap in the air and did a happy dance around my front yard!  Thank you for letting me witness a unique moment in space history!

Another big thank you to the SpaceX webcast team, for allowing me to rewind to the beginning of the live stream  to watch it again (...and again ...and again!  Holy moly watching all the excited SpaceX employees yelling "USA! USA! USA!" was better than any live sporting event!)
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Post by: yg1968 on 12/22/2015 03:56 AM
You can hear the sonic boom in this video at the time of landing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBrfZrlpWaI
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Post by: StandardOrbit on 12/22/2015 04:01 AM
Fire  -->  Wheel  --> Airplane  --> Moon --> This  --> Mars

A Belated Happy Birthday, Elon!
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Post by: somepitch on 12/22/2015 04:02 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCBE8ocOkAQ
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Post by: okan170 on 12/22/2015 04:02 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX and the teams of folks who worked to make it possible!  I watched it at work and ended up trying to narrate for a group of suddenly-interested folks cramming around the laptop screen.  Watching the smoke clear and hearing the cheers even in the office (a few folks know about SpaceX), I'll remember that for a long time...   :D

Heres to putting a great capstone on a remarkable year of incredible highs and lows!  And to many more happy returns in the new year!
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Post by: llanitedave on 12/22/2015 04:20 AM
I was 13 when I watched Apollo 11's first moonwalk with my grandmother, who remembered seeing the Wright Brothers come to town with their amazing thing called an airplane.  I was psyched, she was humbled and overjoyed.


I feel a combination of both of those feelings, in a way I haven't experienced since that day.


Thank you so much, SpaceX!


Let's do it again!
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Post by: solartear on 12/22/2015 05:11 AM
Congratulations! to SpaceX on making some history. I greatly look forward to the next step, changing the course of history by cheaply reusing a first stage. Keep up the very good work.
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Post by: Ohsin on 12/22/2015 05:18 AM
Emily Lakdawalla posted this GIF of deployment.

Rehosted(GIF was 8MB): http://gfycat.com/EuphoricSecondCottonmouth

Also Orbcomm's news release
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/22/2015 05:29 AM
Wow! Many many congratulations SpaceX! Amazing.

Shame I'm the wrong side of the pond to watch this live, tears still welled up watching the replay.

I wonder if future generations will watch this and wonder what kind of bizarre winter solstice ceremony this was?   :D

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Post by: shm6666 on 12/22/2015 05:33 AM
Wow… I did have to sleep because I’m of to work, but my time was set to 06:30, I woke up and directly went NasaSpacefligt.com. When I saw the headline on the main page I draw a sigh of relief.

Then I went on to make my breakfast and watch the VOD. My breakfast was done in time for liftoff. What a ride!!! I did not expect them to get that a clean of a landing. That was absolutely beautiful!

But the thing that was the highlight for me was the deployment of the satellite and the beautiful pictures of it. Welcome back SpaceX to satellite deployment! May there be many more videos of satellites and dragons flying in space! Congratts to all at SpaceX!!!
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Post by: bad_astra on 12/22/2015 05:47 AM
Im still in awe. Waited for this day for longer than I'd want to admit. This was just wonderful.
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Post by: msat on 12/22/2015 05:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCBE8ocOkAQ

A bull's eye landing. Incredible!
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Post by: Comga on 12/22/2015 06:01 AM
Let me add my congratulations to Mr. Musk and the whole SpaceX team.  Spectacular in the extreme.
Gratitude to the Air Force and the FAA for their parts
Congrats to Orbcomm on going 11 for 11. Really glad you support SpaceX so well.
Big thanks to Chris and NSF for terrific coverage and access.   This is THE place to be if you are not at the Cape.
Wow
I have been watching SpaceX since 2003, and they still surprise me "to he upside".
Someone said that Musk is not to be doubted.  If he says he going to do something, it's going to be done.
That seems to be the case.
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Post by: jacqmans on 12/22/2015 06:11 AM
ORBCOMM Announces the Successful Launch of Its Eleven OG2 Satellites

 Second mission completes OG2 constellation to provide global M2M messaging and AIS services   

Rochelle Park, NJ, December 21, 2015 – ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced that it has successfully launched eleven next generation OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 8:29 pm ET. The eleven OG2 satellites were successfully separated from the Falcon 9 launch vehicle into the proper insertion orbit.

“Today marks a significant milestone for our company. We’d like to thank our vendors and partners for their cooperation in this effort,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “I’d also like to commend the ORBCOMM team for their hard work and dedication in making our second OG2 mission a success. Lastly, I’d like to congratulate SpaceX on making history by landing the Falcon 9’s reusable Stage one booster from a record altitude. It’s an exciting day for all of us in the space industry.”

After an initial health check, the satellites will undergo extensive In-Orbit Testing (IOT) to verify that all subsystems are properly functioning. The satellites are expected to be providing full commercial M2M messaging and Automatic Identification System (AIS) services within the next 60 days.

ORBCOMM’s OG2 satellites are far more advanced than its current OG1 satellites, designed to provide current and future subscribers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while significantly increasing network capacity. In addition, the OG2 satellites are equipped with an AIS payload to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped vessels for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts, increasing asset visibility and the probability of detection for ORBCOMM’s AIS customers.

Please visit our website at http://www.orbcomm.com/og2 for more information and further updates.
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Post by: tyrred on 12/22/2015 06:15 AM
To all the people who had a hand in this historic endeavor, everyone at SpaceX from the bedraggled interns to the engineers to Elon and Gwynne, the media, the freakin' helicopter pilot...

Thank you for this.  Made my millenium....

Falcon
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Post by: WindyCity on 12/22/2015 06:29 AM
I began watching live rocket launches during the Mercury era. This was as exciting and awe-inspiring as any space feat I've ever seen. With all the gloom and doom in the world today, SpaceX has given all of us something meaningful to cheer for. Congratulations to the entire team. Bravo!
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Post by: Jimmy_C on 12/22/2015 06:59 AM
I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of congratulations for Space X. This is such an amazing accomplishment! I hope it will be a harbinger of things to come! Thank you for the updates too. I was at work and couldn't watch out live, so these live threads are really helpful.
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Post by: Oersted on 12/22/2015 06:59 AM
Heartfelt congratulations from the Algarve, Portugal, where dawn is fast approaching. It is the dawn of a New Space Age.

A few thoughts:

SpaceX not only accomplished an extremely ambitious Return to Flight, testing several new techniques and technologies: they also did it for all the world to see, in the best traditions of American openness and transparency. If we, in the rest of the world, cheered the US on during the Space Race it was not just because we supported Democracy against totalitarianism, but because America played with open cards, bradcasting failures as well as successes live. It is hard to sympathize with those who work in guarded secrecy, only showing what they chose to show. That is a sign of weakness, not strength, and that was as clear back then as it is now. SpaceX, you were gutsy today and your courage will pay off.

Elon Musk, not just inspirator, financier and CEO but also Chief Engineer at SpaceX, has joined the ranks of the Greats of Space: Tsiolkovsky, Goddard, v. Braun, Korolev. He has shown visionary leadership, grit, stubbornness and true dedication to a higher goal which to many appeared a pipe dream but now fast approaches reality.

The US - with its young, accomplished scientists and engineers and can-do capitalist system - has left the rest of the world in the dust. Again. Here from Europe we chear you on, because a future where the US leads is a brighter future than one led by other would-be world powers. It is good to see that Democracy Rocks and charges ahead, especially this year when dark forces have reared their ugly head so often.

Congratulations SpaceX, congratulations USA, you did it!

The Falcon has taken flight flawlessly.
The Falcon has blazed an X in the sky.
The Falcon has landed.

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Post by: Kaputnik on 12/22/2015 07:19 AM
Pregnant wife refused to let me stay up till 2.30am local time for this, so I had to catch it surreptitiously in the middle of the night and silently scream for joy as I read through the coverage on NSF.
What an achievement. What a world my kid is going to live to see.
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Post by: intrepidpursuit on 12/22/2015 07:21 AM
I watched from 13 miles away on Cocoa Beach. It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen. None of the videos do it any justice. It flew back to shore. I knew exactly what to expect and yet it took my breath away.

Thank you Elon, and all our friends at SpaceX. You didn't just return to flight less than 6 months after a devastating failure, you did it with a new vehicle, new fuel procedures, an 11 satellite payload, and you flew it back to land! This is huge. Not just for space, but as an example of how to handle failure, how to handle naysayers, and how to be confident in your own hard and careful work.

Congratulations! Now let's do it 3 times next month too.
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Post by: dorkmo on 12/22/2015 07:24 AM
shout out to the machinists, the welders, the cable layer-outers, the paint crew, the fork lift operators, the checkers and the double checkers, the cooks, the gophers, the janitors, the truck drivers, the pipe benders, the plastic and carbon fiber molders, and on and on. what an enormous task and awesome accomplishment for everyone at spacex.
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Post by: Nick Simeonoff on 12/22/2015 08:08 AM
Congratulations SpaceX.  The landing sonic boom was heard all over the world.
I truly believe that this is the Sputnik moment for everyone else -Arianespace, Roscosmos, The Chinese.
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 12/22/2015 08:08 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiK29-BeTw0

The increased thrust was fairly noticeable on the webcast and I think this shot confirms it (it cleared the lightning towers close to 1 second faster than the v1.1 per my count).
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Post by: litton4 on 12/22/2015 08:36 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/679145544673923072

10 second video from LZ - 1.

How close to the bullseye (SpaceX logo painted on the ground) did they get?  ;D

I would say that K23, k22 or L23 would be the winner (from the CRS7 bingo)

Congrats to SpaceX and Orbcomm, for a completely successful flight AND RETURN!!!!!!
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 12/22/2015 09:19 AM
Wow...! I hoped but, seriously, I had my doubts that I would ever see this! Such a perfect, flawless mission!

That, by the way, is the real achievement. Not to take anything away from the successful entry, descent and landing; that's a superb engineering achievement and will ensure that SpaceX rightly has a place in the engineering books. However, to me, what is more important is that this was a flawless RTF with all mission objectives, primary and secondary, achieved seemingly flawlessly.

There are still, even now, those who criticise Elon Musk and say that SpaceX is a 'hobby rocket' organisation that has more to do with his ego than anything else. I would urge these ultra-sceptics to look at what this relatively small and young organisation did on the night of 21st December 2015 and reflect on the fact that, in the end, despite all the billions spent and grand-sounding declarations and animations... they were first.

Well done to the team at SpaceX, from the lowliest welder and janitor to the CTO, Mr Elon Musk, for their hard work, vision and dedication to keep going when progress was slow, times were tough and the sceptics were loud in their jeers.

This, then is the new Space Race: Not between nations but between madcap, brilliant and driven men like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, modern-day versions of Howard Hughes with a vision and the determination to see it through.
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Post by: bolun on 12/22/2015 09:30 AM
Another milestone achieved! Congratulations to SpaceX!  :)
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Post by: Hauerg on 12/22/2015 09:39 AM
Wow! Many many congratulations SpaceX! Amazing.

Shame I'm the wrong side of the pond to watch this live, tears still welled up watching the replay.

I wonder if future generations will watch this and wonder what kind of bizarre winter solstice ceremony this was?   :D

I am on the wrong side as well. But that only means that now I am already awake for 10 hours, while it's not even noon.
Simply could not sleep after the landing.
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Post by: Space Pete on 12/22/2015 09:43 AM
I'd like to offer my huge congrats to SpaceX for not only pulling off a flawless RTF, but also for accomplishing a truly groundbreaking achievement in spaceflight history.

Even I, a former Shuttle hugger, will admit that SpaceX are now probably the single most likely entity - out of all other commercial and government organisations - to land the first human being on Mars. Your efforts are truly leading mankind's expansion into the universe - which is an absolutely massive thing to do.

You have my utmost respect and admiration.

What a day for space history!
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Post by: ChefPat on 12/22/2015 11:42 AM
Congratulation to SpaceX on a successful RTF & First Stage Landing. Now that you've got one back lets see it returned to the launch pad & flown again.
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Post by: Kaputnik on 12/22/2015 11:58 AM
Congratulation to SpaceX on a successful RTF & First Stage Landing. Now that you've got one back lets see it returned to the launch pad & flown again.

I agree with the sentiment but Musk has ruled that out for this particular vehicle:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/21/10642028/spacex-falcon-9-landing-elon-musk-wont-fly
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Post by: kamilfredo on 12/22/2015 12:04 PM
Amazing success...big congratulation...
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Post by: HM_DLR on 12/22/2015 12:28 PM
I have been on this great site since 2005 and I have decided to post now. Congratulations to SpaceX and this site's fine coverage.
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Post by: Pete on 12/22/2015 12:43 PM
Congratulations SpaceX on a flawless flight.


And Thank You, for giving me the best Christmas Present I could possibly have asked for.
Viewing this launch (and landing!) was the best thing ever!
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Post by: Hodapp on 12/22/2015 12:55 PM
 :D Congrats to Space X and their team!  Wow! Awesome! ;D
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Post by: chipguy on 12/22/2015 01:04 PM
Thanks for the early Christmas present SpaceX! It has restored optimism about space exploration I haven't had since the end of Apollo. Congratulations to everyone involved at SpaceX and at the cape facilities.
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Post by: shuttlefan on 12/22/2015 01:05 PM
This has got to be the most-spectacular event ever in all the years I've been watching rocket launches. Congratulations Spacex!
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Post by: ChefPat on 12/22/2015 01:11 PM
Congratulation to SpaceX on a successful RTF & First Stage Landing. Now that you've got one back lets see it returned to the launch pad & flown again.

I agree with the sentiment but Musk has ruled that out for this particular vehicle:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/21/10642028/spacex-falcon-9-landing-elon-musk-wont-fly
I would imagine that they'll tear this one down to the nuts & bolts to see how it did.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/22/2015 01:21 PM
https://twitter.com/wikkit/status/679305190181351425 (https://twitter.com/wikkit/status/679305190181351425)

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Ben Brockert ‏@wikkit 1m1 minute ago

There's a crane set up next to the Falcon 9.2, looks like they'll have it horizontal today.
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Post by: cartman on 12/22/2015 02:10 PM
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Ben Brockert ‏@wikkit 4m4 minutes ago

Here's a pic of Falcon 9.2 crane ops.
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Post by: jacqmans on 12/22/2015 02:11 PM
Photo Credit: Mike Killian (from his facebook site)
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Post by: Dave G on 12/22/2015 02:23 PM
Photo Credit: Mike Killian (from his facebook site)

Chris,

Should we create a post-flight updates thread ?

I'm really interested in any updates and/or pictures of the recovered first stage.
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Post by: Star One on 12/22/2015 02:33 PM
Congratulations to Space X.
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Post by: whitelancer64 on 12/22/2015 02:35 PM
Congratulation to SpaceX on a successful RTF & First Stage Landing. Now that you've got one back lets see it returned to the launch pad & flown again.

I agree with the sentiment but Musk has ruled that out for this particular vehicle:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/21/10642028/spacex-falcon-9-landing-elon-musk-wont-fly
I would imagine that they'll tear this one down to the nuts & bolts to see how it did.

I'm sure there's a small army of SpaceX engineers frothing at their mouths ready to take it apart and see how well it survived reentry and landing. There's an enormous amount to be learned from this recovered first stage!
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Post by: mr_magoo on 12/22/2015 02:45 PM
Congratulations to everyone at SpaceX.    You earned your Merry Christmas this year.
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 12/22/2015 02:47 PM
Should we create a post-flight updates thread ?

Why not stick with this one? Historically, post-flight news has gone on to the last updates thread for the mission unless it's something with its own unique and only semi-connected discussion (like a failure investigation).
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/22/2015 02:58 PM
https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679280298455101440 (https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679280298455101440)

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Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc 3h3 hours ago

All 11 satellites were placed out of flight mode and into normal Operating mode (to GES).  Thanks for all the well wishes.

https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679280298455101440 (https://twitter.com/Marc944Marc/status/679280298455101440)

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Marc Eisenberg ‏@Marc944Marc 3h3 hours ago

We'll work for the next couple of months to bring them into commercial service.  Have a happy holiday all.

I don't know about you, but I'm certainly going to have a happier holiday now :)
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Post by: mongo on 12/22/2015 03:04 PM
Congrats to Space X.................if the first stage had a camera during boost for launch coverage, is there video of the ENTIRE sequence of turn around, boost back, entry and landing?  That would be spectacular to see.
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Post by: ugordan on 12/22/2015 03:10 PM
Another image taken a short while ago:
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Post by: mtakala24 on 12/22/2015 03:11 PM
Congrats to Space X.................if the first stage had a camera during boost for launch coverage, is there video of the ENTIRE sequence of turn around, boost back, entry and landing?  That would be spectacular to see.

Seeing the stage covered in soot, I strongly suspect that the lens would have been covered with it at the beginning of the boost back burn.
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Post by: russianhalo117 on 12/22/2015 03:15 PM
Another image taken a short while ago:

you can see that its been moved and lifted on to the deservicing structure so the legs can be retracted/removed along with tank offloading and such.
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Post by: mongo on 12/22/2015 03:17 PM
Congrats to Space X.................if the first stage had a camera during boost for launch coverage, is there video of the ENTIRE sequence of turn around, boost back, entry and landing?  That would be spectacular to see.

Seeing the stage covered in soot, I strongly suspect that the lens would have been covered with it at the beginning of the boost back burn.

What makes the middle of the booster clean, and the other 2 parts dirty?
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Post by: russianhalo117 on 12/22/2015 03:18 PM
Congrats to Space X.................if the first stage had a camera during boost for launch coverage, is there video of the ENTIRE sequence of turn around, boost back, entry and landing?  That would be spectacular to see.

Seeing the stage covered in soot, I strongly suspect that the lens would have been covered with it at the beginning of the boost back burn.
given L2 info do you think they'll clean this stage before proceeding into next years testing??
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Post by: russianhalo117 on 12/22/2015 03:19 PM
Congrats to Space X.................if the first stage had a camera during boost for launch coverage, is there video of the ENTIRE sequence of turn around, boost back, entry and landing?  That would be spectacular to see.

Seeing the stage covered in soot, I strongly suspect that the lens would have been covered with it at the beginning of the boost back burn.

What makes the middle of the booster clean, and the other 2 parts dirty?
the LOX frost layers
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Post by: cscott on 12/22/2015 03:22 PM
There are lots of soot questions on the other threads.  My best theory right now: at launch the top of the rocket is full of LOX and covered in ice.  The bottom half gets sooted up during launch, but the top stays clean (soot goes on the ice, which then falls off), with a sharp dividing line where the LOX tank starts.

At S2 ignition (after all the ice and most of the LOX is gone) the top of S1 gets sooted up.  The top soot doesn't have a sharp division, it just fades out.  You can see streaks where protuberances shadow the soot, making it clear the source of the soot is from above.

Boostback, reentry, and landing burns apparently do not contribute significantly to the soot.
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Post by: TrueBlueWitt on 12/22/2015 03:33 PM
Haven't seen this posted, and this is great news as well.  There was a third Objective

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/679218508224401408 (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/679218508224401408)

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Peter B. de Selding
SpaceX confirms successful Falcon 9 Upgrade 2d stage reignition after Orbcomm sats released - key for GTO telecom missions, where $$ lie.


Edit: 
And now a full article on this Third Obejective @SpaceNews.
http://spacenews.com/falcon-9s-second-stage-restart-was-just-as-important-as-sticking-the-landing/
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Post by: Lar on 12/22/2015 03:34 PM
Wow! I missed this one as I was enroute from Detroit to Shanghai, but this is so super awesome. Congrats to all at SpaceX and to OrbComm for having the vision and grit to stick with SpaceX, and to all the other parties that helped.

Truly the dawn of a new era.
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Post by: Davp99 on 12/22/2015 03:55 PM
It's Great ...

I've Lost count how many times I have watched the T-0 to the landing 7, deployment.

 Isn't it just Great that we as Space fans, have SpaceX  to fill our emptiness lately. As you can tell by my Avatar,               Go SpaceX Nice Job !
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Post by: abaddon on 12/22/2015 04:02 PM
Another image taken a short while ago:
So, are the tanks we can see in the foreground (particularly the ones on the left, which are helium tanks IIRC) for storing leftover propellant and helium?
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Post by: Semmel on 12/22/2015 04:05 PM
Does anyone have a launch video with radio voice but without the talking heads? They did a good job of covering the launch for the general public but I would prefer the traditional footage, pure rocket..
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Post by: llanitedave on 12/22/2015 04:54 PM
Does anyone have a launch video with radio voice but without the talking heads? They did a good job of covering the launch for the general public but I would prefer the traditional footage, pure rocket..


I liked seeing Tim Urban there, in a train wreck sort of way.  His articles on WaitButWhy are so technically detailed and deep, but on the live broadcast he was reduced to excited jibberish.




As was I.
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Post by: macpacheco on 12/22/2015 04:59 PM
Guys, this is an UPDATE thread. Everybody gets one free congratulatory post, discussions have a specific thread for that.

Moderators, please remove this post freely.
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Post by: dawei on 12/22/2015 05:10 PM
I'm late to the party but can't stop myself from saying ... AWESOME JOB to SpaceX.  Big congrats to all who worked on this for so many years.  And a special thanks to nasaspaceflight for your superb coverage as usual.
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Post by: Lars-J on 12/22/2015 05:19 PM
SpaceX added more landing pictures to their Flickr page, from cameras pre-positioned at the landing site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacexphotos
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Post by: Lars-J on 12/22/2015 05:21 PM
...They also added some launch pictures:
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Post by: Eagandale4114 on 12/22/2015 05:33 PM
...They also added some launch pictures:

I think your last upload had issues. Its mostly greyed out for me.
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Post by: Antilope7724 on 12/22/2015 05:48 PM
...They also added some launch pictures:

I think your last upload had issues. Its mostly greyed out for me.

I thought that was a closeup of the new two-tone grey and white paint scheme.  ;D
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Post by: Jakusb on 12/22/2015 05:59 PM
Any transcript or even audio of Elon's press conf call that seems to have taken place last night?
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Post by: NovaSilisko on 12/22/2015 06:06 PM
...They also added some launch pictures:

I think your last upload had issues. Its mostly greyed out for me.

It is in the thumbnail for me, but full-size is fine.
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Post by: Ludus on 12/22/2015 06:25 PM
I notice how regular the band of carbon dark is on the base with the sharp outline of where the landing legs were folded. Curious why it would seem to end so cleanly at the top? Is there a ring or something there that would deflect flame?
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Post by: Herb Schaltegger on 12/22/2015 06:30 PM
I notice how regular the band of carbon dark is on the base with the sharp outline of where the landing legs were folded. Curious why it would seem to end so cleanly at the top? Is there a ring or something there that would deflect flame?

Given how sharp that transition is, I'm reasonably certain there is an ablative coating used on the lower fuselage of Stage 1 from the thrust structure up to well above the tops of the legs. I don't think "icing" explains the clean nature of the transition fully.
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Post by: ChrisC on 12/22/2015 06:30 PM
I notice how regular the band of carbon dark is on the base with the sharp outline of where the landing legs were folded. Curious why it would seem to end so cleanly at the top? Is there a ring or something there that would deflect flame?

Discussed above, check earlier pages.  LOX tank icing.

Let's continue to try to bring this back to updates only, folks.  See the discussion thread.

FYI Lars-J fixed his image embed. No need to point out that it's working for you.
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Post by: mwfair on 12/22/2015 06:30 PM
Here's a transcription of the numbers:

F9 Orbcomm-2 launch  12/21/2015 20:29 EDT (+23:00 in youtube.com / watch?v=O5bTbVbe4e4)
time        alt  speed range  note
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+0:0?:??     supersonic
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+0:02:26    MECO / sep
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+0:02:46     Flip
+0:02:52     fairing 
+0:03:50     boostback 
+0:04:20     boost cutoff 
+0:04:36     ?? aquisition
+0:08:02     reentry
+0:08:12     reentry burn
+0:08:40     reentry cutoff
+0:09:11     landing burn
+0:09:27     SECO   657x611 inc:47d
+0:09:49     touchdown
+0:14:26     deploy1,2
+0:15:37     deploy3,4
+0:16:16     deploy5,6
+0:17:22     deploy7,8

errors maybe fixed: inclination,
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2015 07:31 PM
OK! So....I've been told there is amazing footage - that will hopefully be released - of the Falcon 9 OG2 S1 external camera view of the stage sep, boost back, reentry burn and landing!

Let's hope SpaceX release it (no I've not seen it myself).
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Maciej Olesinski on 12/22/2015 07:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvWBf1IjzrY
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 12/22/2015 08:26 PM
Wow, fancy seeing the NASA KSC channel posting footage of a non-NASA launch. From the VAB roof, I'd say:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ_IueWEPas

And the landing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCeIG06iAEA
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Lee Jay on 12/22/2015 08:55 PM
http://www.sncorp.com/AboutUs/NewsDetails/2499 (http://www.sncorp.com/AboutUs/NewsDetails/2499)

SPARKS, Nev. (Dec. 22, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully completed the solar array deployment and initial on-orbit checkout phase as planned for all 11 satellites launched for ORBCOMM’s Generation 2 (OG2) Mission 2. The communication satellites were launched on December 21, 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  The launch utilized an innovative configuration of three stacked EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) Grande rings to carry the eleven satellites to orbit.

“The initial results of the on-orbit performance of the spacecraft have met or exceeded our performance criteria,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “I would like to thank all the members of our spacecraft systems team as well as our payload subcontractor, Boeing, for delivering this next-generation satellite system.   We also want to express our appreciation to ORBCOMM for this opportunity to provide these 17 satellites over the past year and two launches, allowing them to offer their subscribers a more enhanced and efficient network capacity. We are proud to have led such an extraordinary team for the OG2 program and to enable this next generation constellation mission.”

SNC is the prime contractor and spacecraft bus manufacturer for OG2, completing all design, manufacturing and integration at SNC’s facility in Louisville, Colorado. The first six OG2 mission satellites were launched on July 14, 2045. Once the final 11 satellites are phased into their final orbital positions, the constellation will be complete.

Similar to management of the 2014 launch, SNC will provide ORBCOMM on-orbit servicing and operations support from SNC’s Satellite Operations Center in Louisville, Colorado, in addition to on-site support at the ORBCOMM Network Control Center in Sterling, Virginia.

“We'd like to thank SNC for their hard work and dedication to making this mission a success,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s chief executive officer. “We are pleased with the initial operation of the spacecraft and look forward to integrating the recently-launched satellites into the constellation. This launch solidifies the exponential growth of ORBCOMM’s network capacity.”

All OG2 spacecraft are based on SNC’s flight-proven SN-100 satellite bus, which can be tailored to support a variety of applications, including communication, Earth observation, weather and space science. The SN-100 is designed for a five-year-minimum life and utilizes a modular payload deck that can be rapidly integrated and tested using highly automated scripts to test all functions. This allows the baseline satellite to be quickly and cost-effectively configured to meet the needs of many customers.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 12/22/2015 09:57 PM
Any orbital tracking data yet on the eleven spacecraft launched?
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: pericynthion on 12/22/2015 10:20 PM
Yes, they're on Space Track in 613 x 657 km x 47 degree orbit.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: parham55 on 12/23/2015 12:15 AM
Congratulations to SpaceX and ORBCOMM! You actually had my non space interested friend jumping up at down screaming at the tv. Well done.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Dave G on 12/23/2015 02:52 AM
Any transcript or even audio of Elon's press conf call that seems to have taken place last night?
Hear, hear!

Lots of hard news from the post launch press call being reported in bits and pieces in various articles, like that fact that SpaceX will not reuse this particular stage, but they will do a test static fire on it very soon (https://immedtech.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/spacexs-reusable-falcon-9-rocket-wont-fly-again-elon-musk-says/).

How much more have we not heard from this post launch press call?  It would be real nice to hear the whole thing.

For me, the landing is just the beginning.  The interesting part is what happens to the stage after landing...
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 12/23/2015 03:02 PM
Any transcript or even audio of Elon's press conf call that seems to have taken place last night?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgNekVW0pps
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: PreferToLurk on 12/23/2015 04:42 PM
Many thanks! Been waiting for this ever since I heard it happened.  Too bad about the wind buffering, but almost everything can still be heard.

Many of the responses were simply stock answers that have been around for a while. But after two non-answers on the cost/price of a reused booster ("fuel only costs $200k"), Elon did finally specify that Spacex is still very much aiming for literal "gas and go" reuse, and expects to get there within "a year or two". It will be interesting if they maintain this optimistic business plan after analysis of the first few returned stages.

I was also amused by Musk's anecdote about standing on the causeway, hearing the sonic boom just as the booster touched down, assuming a booster RUD, and thinking "oh well, at least we got close". Then walks back into mission control only to be greated by staff jubilation and video of the stage upright on the pad! 


Edit: Whoops, forgot this was the update thread. Well, I haven't said congrats yet, so, Congratulations SpaceX! Keep up the inspiring work!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: MP99 on 12/23/2015 06:23 PM
Belatedly want to add my huge congrats.

Fantastic that the landing went so smoothly. Looks to me like landing accuracy means ASDS landings are fine for launches where the margins aren't so large - and that is also a fantastic result.

Let's relight this candle. (OK, not this actual candle - never expected this one to do a second orbital flight. But it's what follows once this becomes routine that has the chance to truly be exciting, and we're set on the path to that now!)

As the presenter pointed out on the night, it's all pointless unless the payload is delivered OK. Great to see RTF go so smoothly, and I think they now have the experience with the new GSE to make sub-cooling a lot less hassle for SES.

cheers, Martin
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Jdeshetler on 12/23/2015 06:45 PM
Wow, fancy seeing the NASA KSC channel posting footage of a non-NASA launch. From the VAB roof, I'd say:

And the landing!

SpaceX Rocket Descent by NASA - Stabilized

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtLe1wEkpIs

Cheers,
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/24/2015 02:37 AM
I'll be getting that tweeted, Jay. And a reminder to all (as much as I'm breaking the rule here ;D) the tradition is we have an update thread that's all updates right through to mission success. Then we let loose with a congratulations post each (for whoever wants to...) and then we go back to updates. We have several threads per mission (will be setting them up for the next missions over the holidays), but yeah it's the tradition to allow a relaxation in the aftermath of a launch.

So the discussion that follows now is best in the....drum roll....wait for it....discussion thread for this mission. Did a split n' merge for the back end of this thread (no posts were harmed in making of that merge) into the discussion thread. I know I missed some, but it's the above video is a good one for here, the rest continue in the discussion thread as a cut off point.

I could have gotten that across with about 50 percent less words than the above, so I'll shut up now! :)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Jarnis on 12/24/2015 05:57 AM
Link to a transcript of the post-landing telecon:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LASaDGJ2871fBc9YA7WjCOk7WSvIP3V5g_yz6nks4XQ/edit?usp=sharing

(Now with zero wind noise! Shamelessly lifted off a relevant Reddit thread)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: QuantumG on 12/24/2015 06:05 AM
Glad someone did it.

http://shitelonsays.com/transcript/postlanding-teleconference-with-elon-musk-2015-12-22

Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/24/2015 01:27 PM
https://twitter.com/wikkit/status/680025787504947201 (https://twitter.com/wikkit/status/680025787504947201)

Quote
Ben Brockert ‏@wikkit 23m23 minutes ago

Falcon 9.2 Watch: appears to be no longer vertical on pad. Hopefully the spacexers get tomorrow off.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Kabloona on 12/24/2015 01:52 PM
One more pic from LZ-1.

https://mobile.twitter.com/SpaceXTrip/status/679933830493540353/photo/1
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Torbjorn Larsson, OM on 12/24/2015 02:16 PM
I'll add my belated congrats to SpaceX/Mars colonization. I am nursing two broken ribs and a (healed) brain bleeding, but damn if it would hinder my watching the webcast!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 12/24/2015 05:16 PM
More pad remote camera shots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oBWhLxoZk
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Ohsin on 12/25/2015 07:29 PM
Another photograph of vertical recovered core from Instagram user "smallbusinessexpert"

https://www.instagram.com/p/_r6wWuiVgz/

Image and a video of  legless recovered core being transported horizontally

Thanks to Instagram user "alternativeauto_2.0"

https://www.instagram.com/p/_ryekMHsQw/
https://www.instagram.com/p/_rxv0Unse7/

Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: docmordrid on 12/31/2015 11:37 PM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/682717803166695425

@elonmusk
Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again. https://t.co/7w6IfJGtXM

(boosted images gamma a tad)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: mlindner on 01/01/2016 11:50 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/682717803166695425

@elonmusk
Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again. https://t.co/7w6IfJGtXM

(boosted images gamma a tad)

Image is fine, use an IPS display. Linked the version at (from the flickr photo stream (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXmradGUMAA5Tx9.png:large), couldn't find the larger version used above) without having details on the upper part of the rocket washed out.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/01/2016 01:08 PM
Cross-posting high resolution image from general discussion thread.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: WulfTheSaxon on 01/01/2016 02:48 PM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/682717803166695425

@elonmusk
Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again. https://t.co/7w6IfJGtXM

(boosted images gamma a tad)

Image is fine, use an IPS display. Linked the version at (from the flickr photo stream (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXmradGUMAA5Tx9.png:large), couldn't find the larger version used above) without having details on the upper part of the rocket washed out.

I think it depends more on your preference for display gamma setting than your display’s black level. I’m actually on a 1440p CRT with black levels that beat global-backlight IPS, but I nevertheless found that brightened image helpful.

Attached is, hopefully, a version that everyone can agree on – just using the “equalize” option in the GIMP brightens it up a bit without washing anything out.

Mods: Feel free to move all these image-brightening posts to the discussion thread.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/03/2016 12:09 AM
From SpaceX FB:
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/04/2016 06:39 PM
Soot in high res.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Dante80 on 01/04/2016 06:42 PM
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: woods170 on 01/04/2016 06:52 PM
Soot Marvelous engines in high res.
There. Fixed that for ya.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Johnnyhinbos on 01/04/2016 07:35 PM

This is a great pic! I am fascinated by the stuff revealed with the raceway cover removed. It's possible it's just the exposure of the photo, but it seems pretty sooty under that cover, which is surprising.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 01/06/2016 06:30 AM
Falcon 9 first stage at LZ-1
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: CraigLieb on 01/06/2016 02:26 PM
Falcon 9 first stage at LZ-1
These are some of the most moving 'actual' images I have seen lately. Thank you. They are now on my desktop. Apologies to the moderators, but a "like" on the post is insufficient to cover it.  Feel free to message me privately or delete the post if it is against rules.

Edit/Lar:  Yes, they're awesome. but you can cross post your approval to the discussion thread... it takes a bit more work but it keeps the update thread for updates. (the one congratulatory post notwithstanding) Thanks.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/08/2016 06:43 PM
Quote
January 8, 2016

Here is an update on the status of ORBCOMM’s 11 OG2 satellites.  SpaceX put us within a fraction of a degree in inclination and 5 kilometers in altitude of the intended orbit. Credit to SpaceX on a second nearly flawless launch! The satellites separated from the Falcon 9 launch vehicle seamlessly, and the solar panels and antennas deployed as expected. Within just over an hour after launch, all 11 satellites established connectivity at ORBCOMM’s Gateway Earth Stations around the world.

We have made significant progress on our launch operations over the past couple of weeks. Our joint effort with Sierra Nevada Corporation to perform In-Orbit Testing (IOT) on the OG2 satellites is going very well, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both teams.  The IOT team completed the satellite bus testing at the end of December, which was ahead of schedule, and we are already more than half way done with the initial payload testing. We have begun propulsion maneuvers to separate the satellites into their orbital planes; they are currently about 4,000 miles apart when measured from “tip to tail” (from the front satellite to the back satellite). Next, we will focus on communications testing.

Overall, the satellites are operating as expected, and we are extremely pleased with the milestones we have achieved for this mission to date. At the current pace, we expect to provide nearly full commercial service for M2M messaging and AIS services to our customers by the end of the first quarter.

http://blog.orbcomm.com/orbcomm-og2-mission-2-launch-update/
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Eagandale4114 on 01/12/2016 05:09 PM
Launch and landing video feature

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANv5UfZsvZQ
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Ohsin on 01/13/2016 03:00 PM
Can't confirm if this one was indeed taken on its way to SLC-40 but it is a new image of recovered stage. Posted 20hrs  ago.

Thanks to Instagram user sunrisesurfer2

Quote
#falcon9 on the way for another #staticfire test on Thursday after a successful landing after last launch.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAc5TtDBM8e/
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/14/2016 02:30 PM
As noted in the OG2 discussion thread, in the future we'll have a dedicated thread tracking returned cores. Let's continue to chat in the discussion thread and continue to only use this one for actual updates....such as:

Mid-afternoon is the target for the firing today (remember, Static Fires are fluid targets anyway, but mid-afternoon ish is what I'm told).
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: terryy on 01/14/2016 11:36 PM
Found these pictures on Instagram of the returned Falcon 9 first stage upright at SLC-40:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAgKlpqThVv/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAfiYwJgmn4/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAfh61ugmm9/
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: MarekCyzio on 01/15/2016 03:45 PM
Weather is getting really ugly, lightning strike inside CCAFS:
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: rdale on 01/15/2016 03:52 PM
No lightning inside CCAFS as of now = the closest strikes have been east of Daytona. Strong winds likely with the line as it comes through.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/15/2016 10:48 PM
There will be an attempt shortly. If you're in the area over the next hour or so, point your eyes and ears in the direction of SLC-40. Yesterday's scrub wasn't the rocket's fault. A scrub is a scrub, but it's worth noting this returned core hasn't done anything wrong, per one of the goals of this test (the goal of eventual reuse/re-fly - not that this stage is going to re-fly).
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Toastmastern on 01/16/2016 12:20 AM
Complete according to someone at Jason-3 conferance, even Hans didn't know :D

Hope the one yelling had a clue at least :D
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/16/2016 12:20 AM
Hans Koenigsmann during Jason-3 briefing just now said that the static fire was performed.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/16/2016 12:22 AM
Hans Koenigsmann during Jason-3 briefing just now said that the static fire was performed.

They were looking at a 8pm Eastern T-0, so it fits! I'm not on the webcast, I assume he specifically said the returned OG2 core?
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Toastmastern on 01/16/2016 12:24 AM
Hans Koenigsmann during Jason-3 briefing just now said that the static fire was performed.

They were looking at a 8pm Eastern T-0, so it fits! I'm not on the webcast, I assume he specifically said the returned OG2 core?

He got a question regarding the stage-1 and said that it was put through a static fire but that he didn't know the status. I guess some other SpaceX guy in the back did cause someone yelled that it went well :)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/16/2016 12:24 AM
They were looking at a 8pm Eastern T-0, so it fits! I'm not on the webcast, I assume he specifically said the returned OG2 core?

Yes. He didn't know the current status himself, but someone in the room told him it had just been completed and "went very well".
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: yg1968 on 01/16/2016 12:25 AM
Hans Koenigsmann during Jason-3 briefing just now said that the static fire was performed.

They were looking at a 8pm Eastern T-0, so it fits! I'm not on the webcast, I assume he specifically said the returned OG2 core?

Yes they asked for an update on the static fire of the recovered first stage. But it was a guy in the audience that said that.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/16/2016 12:27 AM
Brilliant!

Article in work!
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: RAN on 01/16/2016 12:40 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/688173528017850368

"Conducted hold-down firing of returned Falcon rocket. Data looks good overall, but engine 9 showed thrust fluctuations."
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Rebel44 on 01/16/2016 12:49 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/688175650570547202

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk  · 2m2 minutes ago 
Maybe some debris ingestion. Engine data looks ok. Will borescope tonight. This is one of the outer engines.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/16/2016 01:03 AM
Short article :)

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/spacex-fire-up-falcon-9-first-stage-slc-40/
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/16/2016 09:18 PM
Short article :)

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/spacex-fire-up-falcon-9-first-stage-slc-40/

An addition to the article based on hands on data observation passed on to us, and mass confusion and a lot of flapping about a non-official video.....the static fire burn was just shy of two seconds.
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/18/2016 06:28 PM
The stage is back at LC-39A. Credit to @SpaceKSCBlog
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: ugordan on 01/18/2016 06:43 PM
Meanwhile, in space... Current separation of the 11 sats, less than 10 days since thrusting began. Altitudes being adjusted and satellites starting to drift out of plane. Credit to ORBCOMM CEO, @Marc944Marc
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: acsawdey on 01/19/2016 03:26 PM
I hadn't seen these mentioned anywhere, they both related to the ORBCOMM-2 RTLS:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/12/2016-00443/waiver-of-acceptable-risk-restriction-for-launch (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/12/2016-00443/waiver-of-acceptable-risk-restriction-for-launch)

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/12/2016-00444/waiver-of-debris-containment-requirements-for-launch (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/12/2016-00444/waiver-of-debris-containment-requirements-for-launch)
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/07/2016 07:53 PM
We're often (and rightly) told we ignore the sats after S/C sep, so here's one for the OG-2 birds:

SNC handover 11 OG2 satellites following in-orbit checkouts
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/03/snc-handover-11-og2-satellites-orbit-checkouts/
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 03/18/2016 07:39 AM
Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: catdlr on 06/25/2016 07:42 PM
re-post of original with audio correction.

SpaceX - First Landing 12-21-2015

USLaunchReport

Published on Jun 25, 2016
We had to re post for audio corrections. Listen to the sonic boom at the same moment of touchdown. Listen to the thousands of people in and around Port Canaveral as the Merlin engines fired for final descent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apcbGh55krU?t=001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apcbGh55krU



Title: Re: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES
Post by: grythumn on 08/04/2017 08:50 PM
We're often (and rightly) told we ignore the sats after S/C sep, so here's one for the OG-2 birds:

SNC handover 11 OG2 satellites following in-orbit checkouts
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/03/snc-handover-11-og2-satellites-orbit-checkouts/

(Old thread, but I suppose this is an update. :) )
http://spacenews.com/three-orbcomm-og2-satellites-malfunctioning-fate-to-be-determined/

12 of 18 satellites currently operational. Demo satellite deorbited prematurely, FM-111 failed in 2015. 4 more have failed, three in 2017 (haven't found the SV numbers referenced, or a constellation status page.) Possible replenishment satellites, called OG3, likely to go into high inclination orbits to compliment partnership with Inmarsat's GEO satellites.

The article references Orbcomm's SEC filing, which refers you to "Note 6 - Property and Equipment", which I haven't located on SEC's or Orbcomm's site.

-Bob