I spotted this post just in time to tune in and watch stage 1 coming in to land on Of Course I Still Love You. They lost visual just before the landing but fortunately it does seem to have parked on the barge. Amazing to think that very same booster last flew just three months ago to deliver Bangabandhu Satellite 1 into orbit.
Stage 2 now in parking orbit awaiting the burn to put this satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.
Well it’s a family vacation for two weeks in January so I can’t schedule around it, unfortunately.
From experience that’s not a great thing to do anyway - years ago I booked a trip to Orlando to coincide with the launch of Atlantis, only to have it postponed twice and ultimately rolled back into the VAB due to a hurricane.
It’s a shame, I would love to see the Falcon Heavy - let’s hope it’s delayed a bit ;-)
the crew of SpaceX’s first human mission, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. Likewise, the din continued as she welcomed Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover, crew members for the second flight of the Dragon spacecraft.
Surprised it hasn't been posted here:
SpaceX Crew access arm has been put in place on pad 39A, a big step towards returning the historic launchpad to human spaceflight.
The arm also looks awesome, following the usual SpaceX trend of recognizing the value of aesthetics even in spaceflight. This is a crucial point in transitioning spaceflight from a mere govt'/military endeavor to a commercial and widespread activity.
Also Elon confirmed they're going to cover the old Apollo tower to make the contrast with the shiny new arm less evident:
Block 5 spec is going to be amazing when it is perfected. BFR here we come!! Truly excited times! Ill be 60 in 30 more years, I wonder what kind of amazing things I will see if the average lifespan is 80.
Yup, landed on the drone ship with no apparent problems. They lost video feed as usual just before it landed, but the camera was a bit messed up when it came back and only showed the top of the booster in very poor focus. Later on in the mission they showed a clear shot of the booster on the ship.
Based on the Everyday Astronaut livestream, it sounds like they still haven't flown the new COPV tanks yet, which is unfortunate. They have to fly 7 rockets with the same configuration before they can fly humans on it, and I'm not sure NASA will allow the old COPV tanks at all for crewed flights. I have to assume it'll be ready for the Dragon tests at least.