— SpaceUpClose.com — 10 August 2018
FL – Less than 3 Days after sailing into space for the second time and
successfully landing on a platform at sea, the first re-flown model of SpaceX’s
upgraded Block 5 version of their workhorse Falcon 9 booster sailed back into Port
Canaveral Thursday late afternoon, Aug. 9.
The 15-story tall first stage booster arrived sooty but
beautifully in a rather surreal setting as it floated majestically into the mouth
of Port Canaveral, around 5 p.m EDT, Thursday, Aug. 9.
I witnessed the Port Canaveral arrival from Jetty Park Pier
and moved along the channel as it sailed further along to its berthing stop.
Check out our expanding and exclusive Space
UpClose gallery of the Port arrival, launch, prelaunch and static fire test photos.
This story is posted belatedly and as a work in progress due
to its overlap with the successful launch campaign for NASA’s Parker Solar
proudly upright on the “Of Course I Still Love You” (OCISLY) flat topped droneship
upon which it made a precision guided soft landing barely 8 minutes after
QUEST accompanied by a small SpaceX leased naval fleet.
100 times. They have been significantly upgraded to minimize refurbishment between
Block 5 with 24 hours of landing – sometime in 2019.
to wait for the departure of the massive carnival Cruise ship at 4 p.m. ET –
cruise ship steams past SpaceX Falcon 9 booster soft landed on OCISLY drone
ship being simultaneously towed into Port Canaveral on Aug. 9. 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
of the Merah Putih telecommunications satellite took place
right at the opening of the two-hour long launch window in the dead of night at
1:18 a.m. EDT (0518 GMT) Tuesday, Aug. 7, from seaside Space Launch Complex-40
on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.
minutes later the Falcon 9 first stage made a pinpoint rocket assisted
re-landing on a droneship waiting some 400 hundred miles (640 km) offshore in
the Atlantic Ocean.
this counted as the second launch and second ocean landing for the Block 5
Coupling with a Falcon – and
its a recycled SpaceX Falcon 9. What are they thinking? About Merah Putih
and rocket recycling? or something else entirely? Credit:
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and more space and mission reports direct
from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.
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