On Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30 PM EST, we had the opportunity to watch SpaceX launch the Cargo Dragon on an ISS-resupply mission, CRS-27 from the yard. The Falcon 9 booster B1073 took its 7th flight and the Cargo Dragon itself, C209, was on its third mission to the ISS. B1073 landed successfully on A Shortfall Of Gravitas (ASOG), at T+7:45. Liftoff is a bit after 29:10 in this video, but (as usual) YouTube and blogger don't allow me preset that for you - the booster touchdown is at 37:15.
Sometime later this spring, B1073 will be converted into a Falcon Heavy side booster for the EchoStar-24 mission currently "penciled in" for NET May '23.
This evening, the launch moved too far from our backyard to see, way up to Wallops Island, Virginia, where Rocket Lab launched the Stronger Together mission carrying two satellites for Capella Space, who calls themselves "the Leaders in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)" for Earth observing satellites.
Since the booster isn't recovered, I embed a shorter video; the full launch video is an hour long, around 50 minutes of which is between achieving orbit and deploying the payload. The longer video is here, if you want it.
That's only half of it. Literally. There are two more SpaceX
launches tomorrow, the first from Vandenberg Space Force Base, SLC-4E, at 3:21
EDT and the later launch from Cape Canavaral Space Force Station SLC-40 at
7:38 PM EDT.
Relativity Space has slipped the next attempt to launch their Terran-1 mission
"Good Luck, Have Fun" until next Wednesday, March 22. There have been other slips since their last attempt to launch, so consider that more tentative than usual. It's a first launch ever for the company and the vehicle so schedule slips are not unusual. (Do I need to link to the joke about Tom Jones syndrome?)