Thursday, April 11, 2019

watched Falcon Heavy mission

Watched the SpaceX launch. This is the second flight of the Falcon Heavy, the first with paid cargo.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

Falcon Heavy rocket seconds after launch. Must be something with 5 million pounds of thrust.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

Rocket rolling. Down the pipe.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy three engines

Just before booster engine cutoff. Ground view and views from each of the three boosters.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy side engines separating

Booster separation. The two side boosters peeling away. Central core running.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine views

Boosters have flipped for return to Florida. Central core running. Ground view.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine views

Second stage separated, ready for start-up.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine views

Second stage vacuum motor starting. Cone glowing with the heat.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine views

All three boosters are preparing for landing.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine views

Side boosters burning. Grid fins on central booster extending.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine views

Central booster decelerating.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy side boosters landing

Side boosters landing at the Cape. Such an amazing site.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy centre rocket landing

Just before loss of signal. Rocket glare lighting up the deck of Of Course I Still Love You.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy centre rocket landing

Look at that. The dust cleared. Three for three! Amazing.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy orbit graphic

A good orbit after the final burn.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy satellite deployment

Satellite deployed.

An amazing mission. Congrats to SpaceX.

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They also recovered the fairings!

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