It's getting to be that. A few days ago, Elon Musk tweeted that for the first time all four launch pads that SpaceX can use had vehicles on them: SLC-40 and LC-39A at Cape Canaveral SFS, LC-4E at Vandenberg SFS on the opposite coast of the US, and the Boca Chica's Orbital Launch Mount in Texas.
But gosh: that's so old! That's 1:36 AM on Wednesday! (Central Time, I think - it's from Teslarati, not me)
On LC-39A, the Falcon Heavy was being tested and readied for static fire later in the day; launch is set to be No Earlier Than Saturday, Jan. 14 at 5:55 PM EST. SLC-40 was holding the One Web 16 batch of satellites and SLC-4E was preparing for the Starlink 2-4 mission - delayed by weather until Sunday, Jan. 15th at 8:18 AM PST (11:18 EST). SLC-40's One Web 16 mission launched Jan. 9th at 11:50 PM, so "a few" hours before that tweet. That meant all four pads were briefly not carrying rockets.
That's OK, though, because now SLC-40 is being readied for its next mission, GPS III-6, next Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 7:00 AM EST, so now they're back to Business As Usual.
thing he mentioned in that Tweet was
the return to Earth of the Cargo Dragon launched in November, CRS-26; that also went without a hitch.
Wednesday's static fire test of the full 27 engines on the Falcon 9 core and two side boosters. SpaceX photo.
Before I go, I have to show this Tweet from a local news service called Talk of Titusville. This is kind of "life around here" in a nutshell. "Oh, it's just a top secret payload. Don't mind us."
That blue circle with white arrow shows it actually is a video of this fairing containing the Top Secret payload for Saturday's USSF-67 launch. You can watch it here (self-starting video that comes up a bit loud). It just drives down that road for a minute.
Go, Falcon Heavy ! Go, USSF-67 !!ReplyDelete
Imagine where we'd be now if we'd opened space up to private enterprise 50 years ago.ReplyDelete