Current Expected Launch Date: March 30th 2017 18:27 - 20:30 EDT
Pictured here is the launch of CRS-8. The first stage of CRS-8 will be Space X’s first relaunched booster for the SES-10 mission. Also note that CRS-8 was the first stage to successfully land on the autonomous drone ship, marking the first landing on a floating platform for anyone. SES-10’s first stage will attempt another landing at sea.
Image Source: Space X Flickr
As of 3/29/17: Launch Forecast
Space X Hosted Webcast (YouTube)
Space X Technical Webcast (YouTube)
| Falcon 9 Full Thrust | LC-39 | ASDS Landing Ship | SES-10 | Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) |
New launch date and times updated in body and title.
Static fire completed and forecast section added.
I am looking forward to this!
And thanks for making these posts and collecting all of the information!
Launch Time Updated! Window opens at 18:27 EDT (Daytime launch and landing!!)
Weather forecast updated and video feeds added.
Ars Technica has a short article on the upcoming flight: link
Ok here we go, the booster made it back to port today, and with it came more pictures and video!
Instagram video of the landing:
A couple awesome stills over on the Space X Flickr
This stuff just never gets old to me.
Did you see the damage done to those grid-control surfaces?
YES! They came in very hot, but that was kinda expected from the orbit they had to launch in to.
The engineer part of me kinda understands how it works, but the rest of me still says “NO F****ING WAY!!!???” whenever I see one of those videos. Holy cow. If you had shown anything of this to Wernher von Braun in the 1970s he would probably have collapsed laughing, saying “What a ball of BS science fiction!!”