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Posted: 8/22/2017 5:08:37 PM EDT
1) Source

"A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Formosat 5 Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO). The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing on a platform downrange in the Pacific Ocean. "

2) Launch window:  (2:50-3:34 PM EDT; 11:50 AM-12:34 PM PDT.   1850-1934 GMT

3) Launch Site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

4) Webcast viewing options:

a. SpaceX Webcast

b. YouTube link

5) Launch preparations:

a.   Test firing:



6) First stage return/disposal

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt a landing on a down range barge

7) Mission press kit: Here

8) Launch to deployment events/timeline (See Mission Press Kit)

1st stage landing:  10:47  (min:sec)
Satellite deployment:   11:18
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:11:00 PM EDT
[#1]
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:50:35 PM EDT
[#2]
'Bout an hour to liftoff
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:41:11 PM EDT
[#3]
Webcast is coming active.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:41:26 PM EDT
[#4]
T- 10 min, webcast up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4u3ZN2g_MI
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:44:13 PM EDT
[#5]
Pennsylvania checking in. I see it's a nice day at Vandyland.


I spent a lot of time sitting on SLC-4 back in the day.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:44:38 PM EDT
[#6]
Excellent!  Count is under 8 minutes.

ETA it's hopelessly overcast here in tony La Jolla.  There is zero chance I will be able to see anything live.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:45:01 PM EDT
[#7]
Looks like someone forgot to clean the camera lens...
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:47:56 PM EDT
[#8]
I have been told SpaceX is a scam and only takes money from the tax payer, and that they don't launch rockets at all. IF that is the case, these live streams are pretty well done. I would have thought this was real.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:52:29 PM EDT
[#9]
Liftoff
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:54:24 PM EDT
[#10]
Missed it live
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:59:16 PM EDT
[#11]
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Missed it live
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First stage landing and satellite deployment soon.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:03:02 PM EDT
[#12]
All successful
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:03:25 PM EDT
[#13]
Stuck the landing!!!
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:03:26 PM EDT
[#14]
Nice.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:03:36 PM EDT
[#15]
Looked like it was coming in way too hot.  Guess not though.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:03:56 PM EDT
[#16]
Stuck the landing. Right on the bullseye!
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:03:59 PM EDT
[#17]
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First stage landing and satellite deployment soon.
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Both successful.

They did not show the payload  shroud separation.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:04:16 PM EDT
[#18]
That makes 12 successful launches this year!
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:04:35 PM EDT
[#19]
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:07:45 PM EDT
[#20]
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:11:30 PM EDT
[#21]
This launch puts SpaceX first in total launches for the year. Russia is 2nd with 10 launches
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:13:30 PM EDT
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That makes 12 successful launches this year!
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1/4 of the world's total successful launches (48) so far this year.

If SpaceX were it's own country it'd be #1.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 3:13:37 PM EDT
[#23]
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This launch puts SpaceX first in total launches for the year. Russia is 2nd with 10 launches
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They are on track for 20 this year.  They are on track to own the global launch market.

Attachment Attached File
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 12:02:37 PM EDT
[#24]
Rocket and payload ready for launch.  Note typical fog:




Formosat 5 deployment:




First stage on barge after successful launch and landing:

Link Posted: 8/30/2017 12:25:19 PM EDT
[#25]
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Excellent!  Count is under 8 minutes.

ETA it's hopelessly overcast here in tony La Jolla.  There is zero chance I will be able to see anything live.
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Same here
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 12:35:12 PM EDT
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They are on track for 20 this year.  They are on track to own the global launch market.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/86377/IMG_7101-289080.JPG
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At this rate, it will only take about 2-3 more years.
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 12:51:17 PM EDT
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At this rate, it will only take about 2-3 more years.
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Whoever did that chart needs to change a few of the colors or add lines to some.

It is hard to differentiate some countries/launch providers.
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 1:12:23 PM EDT
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Whoever did that chart needs to change a few of the colors or add lines to some.

It is hard to differentiate some countries/launch providers.
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At the rate things are going they are only going to need one color 
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 1:27:54 PM EDT
[#29]
Is that a cryogenic rocket?
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 1:32:26 PM EDT
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Is that a cryogenic rocket?
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Only the oxidizer is cryogenic (LOX).  Chilled RP-1 for fuel.  Their next rocket engine family will be.  LOX and liquid methane.
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