trampoline like ‘fishnet’ attached to four massive arms onto SpaceX’s nose cone
catching ship named Mr. Steven docked in Port Canaveral, FL as crew practices
scooping up a payload fairing half with the secondary net Feb 19, 2019. The giant net will try to catch falling
payload fairings with a giant catchers mitt mid-air before they are damaged by splashdown
in the ocean. Mr Steven arrived in port on Feb. 11, 2019 after sailing from the
US West Coast. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM — 21 February 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The SpaceX naval fleet including Mr. Steven
and the “Of
Course I Still Love You” droneship (OCISLY) have
set sail to sea in hopes of snatching falling payload fairings and the spent
Falcon 9 first stage booster in anticipation of tonight’s first rocket launch of
2019 from the Florida Space Coast.
Earlier this week the crew on Mr. Steven practiced scooping
payload fairing halves using the ships secondary net. See our Space UpClose photos of the practice
scooping session in Port Canaveral channel to see how the recovery operation is carried out.
of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 of 2019 carrying the Nusantara Satu
communications satellite for Indonesia and the privately funded Beresheet moon launder
for Israel is slated
for Thursday evening Feb. 21 at 8:45 p.m. EST (0145 GMT
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.
of at least the payload fairing recovery attempt. Time will tell.
30 spent Falcon 9 first stages with the goal of drastically slashing launch
nise cone fairings as well which cost about $6 million according to SpaceX billionaire
CEO and founder Elon Musk.
40 and SpaceX is targeting launch tonight as planned.
webcast that starts about 15 minutes prior to the opening of the nominal
evening is rather favorable – currently forecast as 80% GO !!
carries the other two satellites attached as rideshare payloads.
on a ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 booster. In fact this flight will mark the first
thrice flown Falcon 9 booster launched from the US East Coast.
July 2018 and the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018.
2 involving the super critical inaugural test flight of the uncrewed SpaceX Crew
Dragon on the Demo-1 mission to the International Space Station for NASA.
missions with astronauts aboard starting on the Demo-2 Crew Dragon later in the
summer- thus restoring America’s capability to launch Americans to space from American
soil and end out sole reliance on the Russian Soyuz capsule since the shutdown
of the shuttles.
Fox 35 Orlando interviewed me about the Nusantara Satu launch and Mr. Steven’s arrival and fairing recovery
Dr. Ken Kremer/Space Up Close interviewed on
Fox 35 Orlando about the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of Nusantara Satu/Beresheet mission
and attempt to catch the nose cone with Mr. Steven maritime vessel.
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