Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Iridium NEXT Flight 4 : December 22/23, 2017 : Discussion  (Read 81085 times)

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no word on fairing but they never say. Much less public info about fairings than about the S1 landings when those were under development...
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View of launch from Los Angeles.

If I'd known it was going to be this spectacular, I would have had a better camera ready.

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View from San Diego.  Apologies for the poor quality.  Taken with my cell phone.

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Great shots. Looks like your timing was  dead on.  Caught stage separation.


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Can somebody tell the people on reddit los Angeles to take a chill pill -.-
"The Falcon has landed"

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Can somebody tell the people on reddit los Angeles to take a chill pill -.-

lol.  The mods there stickied a post explaining and there are still a dozen "WTF is that?" posts.
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Watched it from the Santa Barbara area.  Looked to me like the first stage kept burning for a long time after separation - doing extreme maneuvers for quite awhile.  Now I am thinking that it was the cold thrusters making large swirls that were visible in the sunlight.  Really a wild show.

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Pics from Santa Barbara

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No offense but this is an update thread....

Best launch that I have ever seen. Absolutely incredible. OMG!!! An RTLS in Florida is no where close. Launch was sensational. Then the sun lit up the plume. WOW. But it was just getting started. Stage sep and boostback had the usual amazing effects at night. However, the sun lit up the fairings. I could see both for over two minutes. One all the way through reentry. Eventually the hills blocked it. Then there was the first stage. The sun lit it up against a black backdrop. I saw that the whole way until the hill got in the way. Nitrogen thrusters visible, but the entry burn from a couple hundred miles away was the highlight of the night. WOW WOW WOW!! Never expected to see that today. Speechless. One of the best experiences of my life.

Words cannot do this justice.
Visual confirmation of fairing reentry is an update. Your post was anything but.

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« Last Edit: 12/23/2017 01:11 AM by deruch »
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Replay of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium-4 launch

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Those short "burp" restarts always freak me out. Merlin never reaches the glowing steady state that's my indicator of health for it, and it barely gets done jittering with start before it's jittering with shutdown...

Holy cow...




(PS: Not my vid)
« Last Edit: 12/23/2017 01:25 AM by tvg98 »

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The most visually impressive launch from my Vandenberg back yard in years and I'm driving across Louisiana 2000 miles away. Yay for lousy holiday timing. ;) Love that twilight effect high altitude light.  Nice job those who captured it. :)

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Looking at the Alhambra video I can see it was cold thrusters.  From my view there was a whole bunch more action from the first stage.  we could also clearly see both fairings separate and fall.  The sunlight versus dark was near perfect for the most spectacular launch I've seen 

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Hello Can someone tell me what that white crystal thingy is? id asume its frozen oxygen or RP1? but im just gessing

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Okay, SpaceX, great job.  Now let us see the splashdown video!
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Good close up.  Starting around 1:50, is one of the fairings thrusting?

« Last Edit: 12/23/2017 01:51 AM by RedSky »

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Hello Can someone tell me what that white crystal thingy is? id asume its frozen oxygen or RP1? but im just gessing
That’s a hunk of frozen oxygen.

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