Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Andy Kettler, Dec 24, 2020.
And now Jeff Bezos in space...
"The first 11th launch and landing of an orbital class rocket booster"
"On December 21, 2021, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched Dragon on the 24th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-24) mission for NASA from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing our 31st and final launch of the year. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about twelve minutes after liftoff and will autonomously dock to the space station on Wednesday, December 22.
CRS-24 also marked the 100th recovery of an orbital class rocket booster. SpaceX remains the only launch provider in the world capable of propulsive landing and re-flight of orbital class rockets. While most rockets are expended after launch — akin to throwing away an airplane after a cross-country flight — SpaceX is working toward a future in which reusable rockets are the norm. To date, SpaceX has:
Launched 138 successful missions;
Landed first stage rocket boosters 100 times; and
Reflown boosters 78 times, with flight-proven first stages completing 75 percent of SpaceX’s missions since the first re-flight of a Falcon 9 in 2017.
2021 was particularly impressive, during which the SpaceX team:
Launched 94 percent of all missions on flight-proven Falcon 9 boosters;
Safely carried eight astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, in addition to transporting ~28,000 pounds of critical cargo and scientific research to and from the orbiting laboratory;
Completed the world’s first all-civilian astronaut mission to orbit, which flew farther from planet Earth than any human spaceflight since the Hubble missions;
Launched humanity’s first planetary defense test to redirect an asteroid, among other important scientific missions; and
Deployed more than 800 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit which are helping to connect over 150,000 customers and counting around the world with high-speed, low-latency internet.
In the year ahead, SpaceX’s launch cadence will continue to increase, as will the number of flight-proven missions, human spaceflights, Falcon Heavy missions, and people connected with internet by Starlink. We’re also targeting the first orbital flight of Starship, and have resumed development of a lunar lander for NASA that will help return humanity to the Moon, on our way to Mars and beyond."
Next step at Boca Chica: "Preparation for a static fire of the Booster’s 33 Raptor engines"
I hope it goes without a hitch!
Details und Countdown Events Plan
i didn't see the stream but did they get to T - 40 sec before aborting?
Going to need a new definition of "anti-climax" - how do you reset yourself after that the tension must have been awesome in launch control
The problem ocoured at around t- 5min and they decided to gown to t-10sec and do a wet dress rehearsal.
The noise when it took off gave me goosebumps - goddam awesome - hope i get to see it fully functioning with a crew to the moon or further. There is so much shit in the world but its good to see companies striving for the next level and we should all be cheering this.
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