• Have you entered ???
    LAUNCH LAB ROCKETRY GIVEAWAY

SpaceX Falcon 9 historic landing thread (1st landing attempt & most recent missions)

The Rocketry Forum

Help Support The Rocketry Forum:

georgegassaway

Lifetime Supporter
TRF Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 18, 2009
Messages
4,779
Reaction score
691
Crew 2 launch is Early Friday morning. 5:49 AM, EDT

"SpaceX and NASA are targeting Friday, April 23 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s second six-month operational crew mission (Crew-2) to the International Space Station (ISS) from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window opens at 5:49 a.m. EDT, 9:49 UTC, with a backup opportunity available on Monday, April 26 at 4:38 a.m. EDT, 8:38 UTC."

 

Sooner Boomer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2011
Messages
3,418
Reaction score
986
grabbed from above screen...
The checkout crew uses tablets. Looks like a specialized, rugged tablet.

tab.jpg


tab2.jpg


while waiting for capsule leak test, the crew plays rock-paper-scissors

rps.jpg
 

kuririn

BARGeezer
TRF Lifetime Supporter
TRF Supporter
Joined
Oct 3, 2016
Messages
6,039
Reaction score
3,892
Location
Hawaii
Crew-2 launch was nominal.
First stage recovered on drone ship.
Orbital trajectory nominal.

2021-04-23 (5).png

2021-04-23 (6).png


2021-04-23 (9).png


Love those early morning lift offs.
 

Sandy H.

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 20, 2009
Messages
653
Reaction score
100
A friend's brother in law caught a video of it over Monroe, NC.


Sandy.
 

georgegassaway

Lifetime Supporter
TRF Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 18, 2009
Messages
4,779
Reaction score
691
Here's the NSF thread for SN15 updates. You gotta analyze recent messages to do some tea-leaf reading such as road closures, FAA TFR's, "notices to residents", etc.


Weather forecast is a large percentage for rain thru the day.

 
Last edited:

Marc_G

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2010
Messages
6,909
Reaction score
920
Location
Indianapolis Metro Area
Safe return for Crew-1


OF course it's way down on the news stories list on all the main news channel/sites.
 

Mushtang

Premium Member
TRF Supporter
Joined
Nov 29, 2011
Messages
3,100
Reaction score
538
Location
Buford, Ga
SN15 Scrubbed for today. Starlink launch still planned for 3:01 eastern.


 
Last edited:

georgegassaway

Lifetime Supporter
TRF Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 18, 2009
Messages
4,779
Reaction score
691
As for SN 15, might fly Wednesday. But weather sucks.

Thursday, weather sucks.

Friday looks better.

Weekend...weather sucks.

But what do I know...... I never thought they’d fly SS-11 in total dense fog, or NASA would launch Challenger with massive icicles on the pad. :(

Regarding the Falcon-9 launch, wow, that was pretty much a perfect bull’s eye landing within the circles. Do not recall seeing one looking so dead-center like that (the F-9’s onboard camera helps show how centered it is, and that view is not visible after landing on a lot of flights). Always have to keep in mind, the booster is not aiming at the barge. It is aiming at pre-set GPS coordinates, and the ASDS barge’s job is to keep itself centered at those GPS coordinates. For all I know, the ASDS might have been 6 feet west of the coordinates, and the booster might have missed the coordinates by 6 feet to the west. :)

Back to SN-15, some interesting footage of the flaps being tested, mostly in fast motion. Surprised the skin of the flaps is still so wrinkle-buckled looking, while the body no longer is as with SN-1. That does not give me warm fuzzies for TPS tiles staying on for re-entry....they need to fix that.

 
Last edited:

boatgeek

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 27, 2014
Messages
3,363
Reaction score
1,896
No flames > Flames > Splodey

That's my technical analysis. :D I would sure like to have seen that fire out before they turned off the water cannon.
 

ThirstyBarbarian

Well-Known Member
TRF Supporter
Joined
Feb 11, 2013
Messages
8,647
Reaction score
1,273
This landing looked so much more controlled than any other, including the one when it “landed” on the skirt and later exploded. It seems like the engine relight worked correctly this time. Very cool!

I didn’t like seeing the fire, but I wonder how serious that is. I wonder if this one will fly again. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
 
Top