Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM – 8 May 2019
Course I Still Love You’ (OCISLY) droneship Sunday morning May 5 after arriving back
into Port Canaveral Saturday evening May 4 and just a day after blastoff from Cape Canaveral carrying a cargo freighter
to orbit for NASA on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
craned the 156 foot tall booster off OCISLY starting around 11 a.m. EDT onto a ground pedestal
cradle holding the rocket upright over a
process that took about half an hour and still looks straight out of science fiction.
our belated Space UpClose gallery of imagery documenting all the thrilling action
from onsite at Port Canaveral as we witnessed all the exciting subsequent action
this week including the first ever fully successful landing leg retraction
operation and transport back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
back as the gallery grows.
usual numerous speed and pleasure boats passed by the out of this world cutting
edge technology action – and they had not a clue or a care of what was unfolding so nearby as seen
in our photos.
Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida bound for the
ISS with almost 3 tons of
and supplies and included research into Earth’s carbon cycle, numerous biomedical
and physical sciences investigations and the formation of asteroids and comets.
The Dragon CRS-17 resupply
arrived safely two days later early Monday morning, May 6 loaded with
approximately 5,500 pounds of NASA cargo and .
The CRS-17 booster model
B1046 had safely touched down on OCISLY some eight minutes after launch May 4
at a spot located just a few miles offshore of the Florida Space Coast beaches
for the first time ever.
and upright first stage soft landing intact was easily visible given the
crystal clear night time skies under superb weather conditions.
Recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage
standing upright on OCISLY droneship grasped by octagrabber being towed into
Port Canaveral, FL Saturday afternoon May 4, 2019 around 5 p.m. EDT. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
The 1st stage
booster was grasped firmed by the arms of the rolling octagrabber to prevent it
from tipping over has happened with the Falcon Heavy core stage last month.
May 4, the SpaceX fleet had towed OCISILY to the mouth of Port Canaveral as two
cruise ships and many pleasure boats sped by.
But they were temporarily
forced to turnaround by 530 p.m. after a downpour of showers and thunder
inundated the Port region.
The fleet resumed its entry
after the storm passed and OCISLY was towed in later in the evening and berthed
at the usual SpaceX slot.
about 213-feet (65-meters) tall.
The next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch is tentatively targeted for May 15
at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
and Crew Dragon mission in lead video:
Crew Dragon testing failure here and the implications for delay in future Crew
Dragon test flights here:
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