Magnificent Post Midnight Blastoff of Merah Putih Comsat on 1st Re-Flown Upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9: Gallery

1st Reflown and upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 blasts
off carrying massive Merah Putih t
elecom satellite after launch at 1:18 a.m. EDT, Aug 7, 2018 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Ken Kremer 
  
SpaceUpClose.com     8 August 2018

CAPE
CANAVERAL Air FORCS STATION, FL – The Florida Space Coast and space enthusiasts
were treated to a magnificent display of rocketry at its finest with Tuesday’s post
midnight blastoff of the Merah Putih telecomsat for the nation of Indonesia riding
atop the 1st re-flown model of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 booster in the wee hours
of Aug. 7.

Check out our expanding nd exclusive Space
UpClose gallery of the launch and prelaunch photos. 

1st Reflown and upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 blasts
off carrying massive Merah Putih t
elecom satellite after launch at 1:18 a.m. EDT, Aug 7, 2018 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Liftoff
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.

Just
minutes later the Falcon 9 first stage made a pinpoint rocket assisted re-landing
on a droneship waiting hundreds of mile offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Overall
this counted as the second launch and second ocean landing for the Block 5
booster.

Streak Shot! Recycled and upgraded SpaceX
Falcon 9 blazes trail to geostationary orbit carrying massive Merah Putih t
elecom satellite after launch at 1:18 a.m. EDT, Aug 7,
2018 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – seen in this
long duration exposure photo taken
as the rocket soars over the Max Brewer Bridge in Titusville, Fl.  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The rocket put on a fabulous sky show that
delighted onlookers for many minutes due to the nearly complete absence of view
obscuring clouds.

The Florida weather was perfect and no
technical glitches were encountered during the terminal countdown for the two
stage
229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9
rocket.

1st Reused and upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off carrying
massive Merah Putih t
elecom satellite after launch at
1:18 a.m. EDT, Aug 7
, 2018 from Space
Launch Complex-40 on
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com






Streak Shot! Recycled and upgraded SpaceX
Falcon 9 blazes trail to geostationary orbit carrying massive Merah Putih t
elecom satellite after launch at 1:18 a.m. EDT, Aug 7,
2018 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – seen in this
long duration exposure photo taken
as the rocket soars over the Max Brewer Bridge in Titusville, Fl.  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com






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Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.


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