SpaceX

P1160309Dear Furiends,

Out of respect for Mr. M, I was up super early and at 0942 GMT (5:42 a.m. EDT, which is MY time) SpaceX FINALLY launched a Falcon 9 Rocket…. I put finally in capitols because this launch was delayed on  June 6th, June 9th AND June 28th…. My patience was nearly worn to a frazzle.

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From my yard.
In case anyone is interested, this mission used a previously-flown first stage booster and a reused Dragon capsule. It lit up the early-morning Florida sky as it launched toward the International Space Station on a delivery mission. The Dragon will arrive at the space station early Monday (July 2).
Purrseidon >^.^<

SpaceX Launch

P1160309Dear Furiends,

M’s gravestone and I had the privilege of watching this SpaceX launch from our garden, but I didn’t think to take a photo of it soaring into the clouds. Everything seems to have proceeded purrfectly and I throughly enjoyed sharing this with my brofur’s spirit. In case you’re interested, you, too, can watch the launch – I suggest that you begin about 8 minutes into this video, which gives an entirely different purrspective to have M and I experienced.

Purrseidon >^.^<

Space X – 24 hr. Delay

P1160306Dear Furends,

Today’s mission was ‘scrubbed’ …. I think they mean delayed because they also said, “24 hour recycle”, so I’m thinking that I will spend some quality time with M’s gravestone again, tomorrow…. it was a lovely, peaceful afternoon.

IF you’re interested, go here, tomorrow (Saturday May 11, 2018) for the webcast… unless it is ‘scrubed’, again.

Purrseidon >^.^<

Space X

Dear Furiends,P1160309

The strangest things still pop up in my dear departed brofur’s online reader. Apparently, today, Space X will launch a satellite from Cape Canaveral …. those launches always sent Pops and M into the yard so they could watch the rocket soaring into the heavens…. IF I understood when this was supposed to happen, I’d make sure I was in the garden, by M’s gravestone at the purrfect time. Alas, I don’t have a clue what EDT or GMT might be…. The note specifically said, “the launch window Thursday opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT) and extends until 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT).”photo_bangabandhu-678x442

If you’re interested, this is a link to what popped into M’s inbox: https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/05/07/first-launch-of-enhanced-version-of-spacexs-falcon-9-set-for-thursday/

Purrseidon >^.^<

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy Launch

DSC_0747Dear Furiends,

Today’s SpaceX Flacon 9 Heavy Launch was a success – at least that’s what they claim. Please notice that this has THREE rockets, all of which are supposed to be recyclable. However, as per SpaceX twitter, at this point, only the two side rockets have been confirmed as landing … not the core one.

The video below provides about a half hour of information about the rocket and it’s maiden launch and this SpaceX Flacon 9 Heavy  link gives you all sorts of details…. and the views were a lot better than mine, as you can see in the jpg above.

Mr. M =^.^=

SpaceX Falcon 9

mteleDear Furiends,

I apologize for not writing this immediately after the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch (January 31, 2018 4:25 p.m. EST)… I watched it rise into the clouds from my very own yard. I was purrfect! And then, I got locked inside the catio, where I didn’t have internet access.

Any meow, if you’d like to know more about the Falcon 9, everything you want to know is right here. DSC_0539

And This is what it looked like from my yard:

Mr. M =^.^=

Reusability

Dear Furiends,mtele

Today, I’m meowing about reusability as it relates to space travel – specifically to reusability in the SpaceX program. I agree with Mr. Musk that things should be made to last, not just have a short life before becoming rubbish and/or adding to the debris which orbits our world. This past March, at the first test, the first stage touched down on the deck of SpaceX ‘s”drone ship”. They also recovered the payload fairing that protected SES-10 during liftoff and Mr. Musk said SpaceX might try to make the Falcon 9’s upper stage reusable as well. THAT would make SpaceX my purrsonal favorite…. I don’t like waste and approve of reusability.

Mr. M =^.^=

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How the Falcon 9 Survives Re-entry

The video below does an excellent job of explaining exactly how the Falcon 9 survives re-entry The heat of re-entry is due to the compression of the atmosphere ahead of the re-entering vehicle, NOT air friction. Think of a diesel engine that works by highly compressing the air in the cylinder above the ignition temperature […]

via Falcon 9 Re-entry … How it survives — Contrafactual

SpaceX Mission Notes

I am replaying the video for your convenience Falcon 9 first stage by the numbers Speed of sound = 343 m/s Max speed on ascent = 1685 m/s (Mach 4.9 @ 68 km) Max altitude (apogee) = 166 km Max speed on descent = 1407 m/s (Mach 4.1 @ 65km) Stage separation (2:47) to […]

via Latest SpaceX Mission Notes — Contrafactual