SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with record 143 satellites aboard
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosted a record 143 small satellites into a polar orbit on Sunday in the company's first dedicated "rideshare" mission. CBSN's Lana Zak reports. Subscribe to the CBS News Channel HERE: http://youtube.com/cbsnews
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SpaceX is targeting Sunday, January 24 for launch of Transporter-1, SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The 22-minute launch window opens at 10:00 a.m. EST, or 15:00 UTC.
Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission, the ANASIS-II mission, a Starlink mission, and launch of Dragon’s 21st cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. On board this launch are 133 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 10 Starlink satellites – the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission. The Starlink satellites aboard this mission will be the first in the constellation to deploy to a polar orbit.
Watch SpaceX Transporter-1 Launch (143 Satellites into orbit!)
Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX just broke a new record by launching 143 satellites into polar orbit aboard its rideshare program from Cape Canaveral on Sunday morning. Watch the recap here.
Inside KSC! for Jan. 22, 2021
The Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I mission is one step closer to its flight to the Moon. With manufacture and assembly complete, Orion moved from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Multi-Payload Processing Facility. Exploration Ground Systems and Jacobs teams, will complete ground processing for flight, which includes fueling and servicing the spacecraft in preparation for launch atop the Space Launch System later this year. Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is being prepared for the company’s second Orbital Flight Test, OFT-2, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. A Docking System cover was installed on the Starliner crew module in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility. Technicians also performed tests to measure the weight and balance of the spacecraft to ensure optimal performance during launch and re-entry.
See Virgin Orbit's first space launch in multiple camera views
Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket launched to space after separating from its carrier 747 aircraft on January 17, 2021. The Launch Demo 2 mission deployed 10 tiny cubesats into orbit, which flew via NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites program. -- Full Story: https://www.space.com/virgin-orbit-launches-10-satellites-to-orbit Credit: Virgin Orbit
SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, January 20 for its seventeenth Starlink mission, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center. The instantaneous window is at 8:02 a.m. EST, or 13:02 UTC. The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously flew on seven other missions: the SXM-7 mission in December 2020, launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission in June 2019, launch of Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission in March 2019, and four Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported a Starlink mission and the other previously supported two.
Virgin Reaches Orbit With The Help of Cosmic Girl
Virgin Orbit have joined a short list of private companies which have successfully developed and launched an orbit capable rocket. Launcher One is an air launched, cryogenically fueled 2 stage rocket able to carry about 300kilograms to a 500km orbit. In terms of payload it's more capable than Rocket Lab's Electron, but more expensive, and able to operate from an airport so may actually launch satellites from the UK in the future. Virgin Orbit's website (in case you need to launch a payload)
https://virginorbit.com/ Here's Erik's video of the launch from the beach:
Virgin Orbit Reaches Space! Overview of LauncherOne and the Demo-2 Launch
What is LauncherOne? Why is it dropped from an airplane? How will it compete with Rocket Lab's Electron? 0:00 Introduction
0:26 Demo-2 Launch
2:09 Air-launched Rockets
4:48 Pegasus Rocket
5:21 Specs of LauncherOne
6:01 Demo-1 Recap
6:27 LauncherOne vs Electron
7:05 Conclusion Virgin Orbit reaches Space! On January 18th, 2021, the LauncherOne vehicle successfully launched the ELaNa 20 mission for NASA into orbit. This being the first to reach orbit for the company. LauncherOne is dropped from a Boeing 747 named Cosmic Girl. The two-stage rockets utilize the NewtonThree and NewtonFour engines, both developed by Virgin Orbit, and rely on Kerosene and Oxygen as their fuel source. The rocket is a two-stage small satellite launch vehicle. By using an air-launched rocket, LauncherOne is able to increase the mass it can carry to orbit. Additionally, Virgin Orbit intends to launch from airports around the globe to reach different orbit inclinations. However, this first mission reached a 500km by 500 km orbit with an inclination of 60 degrees. Disadvantages of air-launched rockets include, limited in size by the carrier aircraft, additional forces due to ascent flight, and the few moments of freefall prior to ignition. How does LauncherOne compare to Electron? Although LauncherOne can carry 500 kg to a Sun-synchronous orbit, it does cost $12 million, compared to Electron which can send 300 kg to Low Earth Orbit at a $7.5 million price point. The two vehicles will be in close competition with each other as they continue to develop and improve. Thanks for watching! And consider subscribing if you enjoyed this video! Thank you to all my Patrons that help support Martian Wolf! You all really help make this happen! Twitter: https://twitter.com/wolf_martian
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SLS Green Run - NASA Ignites RS-25s (Slow-Mo)
The Core Stage of NASA's next moon rocket, SLS, static fires its four RS-25 main engines for 67.2 seconds during the Green Run test. Engine #4 had a "Major Component Failure", or MCF, signaling SLS to shutdown early. NASA is working to find the issue seen during the test. Filmed and edited by Brady Kenniston (@TheFavoritist). All content copyright to NSF. Not to be used elsewhere without explicit permission from NSF. Click "Join" for access to early fast turnaround clips, exclusive discord access with the NSF team, etc - to support the channel. Rolling Updates and Discussion: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=37.0 Articles: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=SLS NSF Store: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/shop/ (Join L2 and support NSF here: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/l2/) 0:00 SLS Ready to Fire
0:09 ROFI Ignition
0:17 RS-25 Ignition
1:12 Major Component Failure Occurs
1:25 RS-25 Shutdown
1:43 Water Vapor Rainbow
2:27 Full Duration Test - Single Camera View
4:03 ROFI Ignition - 5x Slow-Mo
4:44 RS-25 Ignition - 5x Slow-Mo
5:43 RS-25 Shutdown - 5x Slow-Mo
Happy 80th Anniversary NASA Glenn Research Center from Kathy Lueders
Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate, wishes NASA Glenn Research Center a happy 80th anniversary.
ULA 2020 Launch Highlights
Watch Blue Origin test the Crew Capsule on their New Shepard Rocket!
Blue Origin will be conducting the 14th flight of its New Shepard launch vehicle on the NS-14 mission. Blue Origin eventually aims to enable people (with a good amount of money) to purchase a ticket on a suborbital flight. This will be the inaugural flight of the fourth New Shepard booster – the very rocket that will soon carry humans. New Shepard only has the ability to launch on a suborbital trajectory with an apogee of 119 km (74 miles) – their record. Want to learn more?!? Read our Prelaunch Preview - https://everydayastronaut.com/ns-14-new-shepard/ 00:00 - Intro
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07:40 - Blue Origin Webcast Starts
21:09 - Hold Begins
41:27 - Countdown Resumed
52:49 - T Minus 1 Minute
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Blue Origin capsule carrying 'Mannequin Skywalker' lands
A Blue Origin capsule carrying a test mannequin named Skywalker in one of its seat and several astronaut experience upgrades landed after launching atop a New Shepard rocket on Jan. 14, 2021. Credit: Blue Origin
Don’t Miss the Green Run Hot Fire of NASA’s Moon Rocket
The date is set. NASA and its partners, Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne, will conduct a “hot fire” of the core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on Jan. 16 at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The hot fire test is the eighth and final test of the SLS Green Run test series. Together with the previously completed structural test campaign and RS-25 test series, Green Run testing verifies the core stage and the engines are ready for NASA’s Artemis missions to the Moon. NASA will broadcast the Green Run Hot Fire test live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. For more information about SLS and Green Run, visit https://www.nasa.gov/greenrun
The Nuclear Salt Water Rocket - Possibly the Craziest Rocket Engine Ever Imagined.
The Nuclear Salt Water Rocket is a rocket engine concept that uses a rapid nuclear reaction in a Uranium salt dissolved in water to create a high thrust, high efficiency engine which eclipses the performance of any rocket engine ever designed. It's a concept originally presented by Robert Zubrin, which is appealing because it looks more scientifically plausable than many other futuristic propulsion concepts. It's also scary on so many levels, using a propellent that has to be stabilized by specially designed tanks, and relies on managing a small nuclear explosion with power outputs of hundreds of gigawatts. The original paper can be read here:
https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.1990-2371 And Atomic Rockets has a section on the device:
http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/enginelist2.php#nswr The Kerbal mod version is available as part of Nertea's "Far Future Technologies":
Turksat 5A Mission
SpaceX is targeting 9:15 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 7 for launch of the Turksat 5A mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. There is a back-up opportunity available on Friday, January 8, with a four-hour launch window opening at 8:28 p.m. EST, or 01:28 UTC on January 9.
Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03 and two Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the Just Read the Instructions droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9’s fairing is also flight-proven: one half previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission and the other flew aboard the ANASIS-II mission.
Northrop Grumman Completes Second Qualification Test of Launch Abort Motor for Orion Spacecraft
In December 2018, we completed the second qualification test for the launch abort motor for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft. The motor fired for 5 seconds with a force of just under 370,000 pounds and will be used to pull the crewed capsule away from NASA's Space Launch System in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The next major milestone for the motor will be the Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test (AA-2) that will take place in 2019. Learn more about the motor here: https://www.northropgrumman.com/space/nasas-artemis-program/ #NorthropGrumman
How Rocket Propellant Tanks Affect Rocket Guidance? Anti-slosh Baffles
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How SpaceX Recovers Falcon 9 after Drone Ship Landings - Port Canaveral Recovery Operations
Using footage from multiple Falcon 9 boosters, this video shows how SpaceX recovers their rockets from the deck of "Of Course I Still Love You" and "Just Read the Instructions" after a successful launch and landing. Video from Fleetcam, a partnership with Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar, and Stephen Marr (@spacecoast_stve). Edited by Brady Kenniston (@TheFavoritist) All content copyright to NSF. Not to be used elsewhere without explicit permission from NSF. 0:00 Booster returning to port
0:47 Tugs berthing ASDS
1:08 More crew and equipment board
1:38 Closeup booster pan
2:40 Sunrise at Port
3:22 Lifting Cap attached
5:13 Leg Retraction ops begin
6:50 SpaceX Fleet Ballet
8:10 Morning prep for lift
8:53 Octograbber release and retraction
9:07 Booster lifted off ASDS
10:17 Lifting cap removed
10:49 Booster rolled on long axis
11:24 Booster rolled out of port Click "Join" for access to early fast turnaround clips, exclusive discord access with the NSF team, etc - to support the channel. Articles: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/ NSF Store: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/shop/
SpaceX Boca Chica: SN9 Passes Cryogenic Tank Test - Fires RCS Thrusters
Starship SN9 was loaded with liquid nitrogen and pressurized to confirm its tanks can withstand flight pressures. Reaction control system thrusters are also fired. Video & Photos from Mary (@BocaChicaGal). Edited by Brady Kenniston (@TheFavoritist) All content copyright to NSF. Not to be used elsewhere without explicit permission from NSF. Click "Join" for access to early fast turnaround clips, exclusive discord access with the NSF team, etc - to support the channel. Rolling Updates and Discussion: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=72.0 Articles: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=Starship NSF Store: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/shop/ L2 Boca Chica (more clips and photos) from BC's very early days to today.
(Join L2 and support NSF here: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/l2/) 0:00 Starship SN9 Loaded with LN2
0:25 Venting Roars
1:15 Common Dome Getting Frosty
1:53 Both LOX & CH4 Tanks Venting
2:25 LOX Tank Getting Frosty
2:42 Reaction Control System Firing
5:14 Aft Section Venting