IMAGE OF THE DAY: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Ready For Monday Night Launch From Cape Canaveral

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX shared an image on social media of the Falcon Heavy preparing for flight in SpaceX’s …

By Space Coast Daily // June 23, 2019

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Launch window opens from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. ET

The launch window for the Falcon Heavy opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT Monday, June 24, from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (SpaceX Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX shared an image on social media of the Falcon Heavy preparing for flight in SpaceX’s hangar at LC-39A.

The launch window for the Falcon Heavy opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT Monday, June 24, from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch will air on Space Coast Daily TV.

SpaceX and the U.S. Department of Defense will launch two dozen satellites to space, including four NASA payloads that are part of the Space Test Program-2, managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

The four payloads include two NASA technology demonstrations to improve how spacecraft propel and navigate, as well as two NASA science missions to help us better understand the nature of space and how it impacts technology on spacecraft and the ground.

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Falcon Heavy L-1 Weather Forecast: 70% Chance Favorable

Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 70% chance of favorable weather Monday, June 24, for launch of the Department of …

Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 70% chance of favorable weather Monday, June 24, for launch of the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 mission on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

The launch window opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow. Lifting off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the three-booster rocket will take NASA payloads and a total of 24 satellites from government and research institutions to space.

Satellite payload inside rocket
NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) inside the Falcon Heavy rocket. Credit: SpaceX

Forecast Details

An upper-level ridge over the Southeast U.S. will keep the shower and thunderstorm activity over Central Florida below seasonal norms. The surface ridge axis is south of the Space Coast however, which will keep the isolated afternoon convection along the Space Coast. This southwesterly flow will also bring high temperatures in the 90s over the Spaceport. The primary weather concerns for a launch attempt overnight Monday are lingering anvil and thick layer clouds from the isolated afternoon convection.

On Tuesday, the upper-level ridge will begin moving east, allowing a storm system to drop into Florida. Thus, the coverage of showers & storms will increase, while the launch weather concerns remain the same.

Delay probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%

Primary concern(s): Anvil Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Layer Rule

Prelaunch Technology Show: Today, June 23

A prelaunch NASA technology show is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at noon from Kennedy. NASA will stream the briefing live at https://www.nasa.gov/live.

Launch Coverage: Monday, June 24

Live NASA Television coverage of the Falcon Heavy launch will begin 30 minutes before liftoff.

NASA missions and other highlights on this mission include:

  • Multiple NASA technologies, including a small satellite to test the performance of non-toxic “green” spacecraft fuel and an advanced atomic clock to improve how spacecraft navigate
  • Six National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather research satellites, each equipped with a radio occultation (GPS) instrument developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Twin NASA CubeSats that will work in tandem with the NOAA satellites to measure distortion of radio signals traveling through the upper atmosphere
  • An Air Force Research Laboratory spacecraft equipped with NASA instruments to measure how space weather and radiation impact spacecraft electronics
  • StangSat, a CubeSat developed by Florida high school students under the mentorship of Kennedy engineers

For additional information about the NASA technologies aboard the launch, visit: www.nasa.gov/spacex

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US Military threatens operations between SpaceX and NASA ​

According to a piece of new information, the collaboration between SpaceX and NASA might be at risk because the American military forces are …

According to a piece of new information, the collaboration between SpaceX and NASA might be at risk because the American military forces are monitoring Elon Musk’s space agency’s operations because their spacecraft carry aboard satellites.

NASA is apparently keeping a close watch on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon expedition which suffered an impediment just last week as the capsule blew up while examined in the static fire test. Besides this, the NASA signed with Elon Musk’s space agency a $2.6 billion contract to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), and also, the U.S. Air Force voiced its concern over the fact that SpaceX will be having on board national security property, namely satellites. Due to this, the U.S. military could, in fact, stop the launch if SpaceX will still encounter problems during its test flights, the report said.

Brigadier General Douglas Schiess, the Air Force commander managing the unit reported in a recent interview that the Air Force designed personnel that knows the preparation procedures of the satellite and rocket to observe the process. They have the power to interfere with SpaceX-NASA operations if they think that the ‘correct’ process is not being ensued, Schiess said.

Not only SpaceX but also Boeing has signed a contract with NASA and are now supposed to support NASA with its space observations and missions through the agency’s commercial space project. However, SpaceX is now the forerunner as it successfully fired an uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft at the beginning of the year and anchored it at the International Space Station without any problem.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is intended to be the space agency’s first capsule to carry on board human occupants. Elon Musk’s space agency was scheduled to carry on the second stage of the demos which includes American astronauts, but because of the accident occurred at its hangar, the mission was a bit delayed. Crew Dragon spacecraft was due to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station this year.

​The accident which occurred on April 20, took place while numerous engine tests were performed on the Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The explosion happened during the last phases of testing, and because of it, the second demo was postponed, and thus the American Air force could also push back the launch if they think the expedition is not prepared enough.

Steff Haines is a reporter for Swerd Media. After graduating from American River College, Steff got an internship at NPR and worked as a beat reporter for the Los Angeles Kings. Steff was also was a columnist for the Huff Post. Steff mostly covers entertainment and community events in the Sacramento area.

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SpaceX donates first-stage booster to home museum in Houston

SpaceX prefers to re-flee its newer “Block 5” model of the Falcon 9, which incorporated reuse lessons discovered from earlier flights treasure the ones …
  • The twice-flown booster remaining ragged all thru the CRS-13 mission will jog on demonstrate at Region Heart Houston this summer.

  • Donated by SpaceX, the rocket will be displayed horizontally.

  • This might maybe be terminate to the vital entrance, with a SpaceX logo-formed walkway.

  • We’re definitely checking it out.

Ten days sooner than Christmas 2017, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted a Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The vital stage then performed a series of engine burns and landed safely along the Florida coastline. The core has remained in storage since then.

Absent a pricey, time-intriguing renovation, this “corpulent-thrust” Falcon 9 rocket will by no manner flee into home all all over again. SpaceX prefers to re-flee its newer “Block 5” model of the Falcon 9, which incorporated reuse lessons discovered from earlier flights treasure the ones this rocket core had made. This rocket’s job, therefore, used to be reputedly accomplished.

However William Harris, the president and chief govt of Region Heart Houston, thought he knew of a diagram rockets treasure this one could peaceable lend a hand the aerospace enterprise, albeit in a clear diagram. Despite the indisputable reality that such a Falcon 9 rocket would now now no longer fire its engines, it can peaceable nettle the enthusiasm of kids.

“Our unprejudiced with Region Heart Houston is de facto finding out [and] to excite the general public about home exploration,” Harris said in an interview. “This used to be a probability to receive appropriate that.”

So remaining year, Harris visited SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and asked if the corporate would rob into story donating a ragged Falcon 9 rocket for demonstrate at the Houston facility, which is the legit customer’s heart for Johnson Region Heart. Region Heart Houston is the No.1 vacationer destination in the Houston home, Harris instructed the corporate.

The rocket would allow the museum to educate mates about what’s occurring in home now, to boot to the previous. And showing a Falcon 9 rocket would allow SpaceX to portion its vision for the most sensible diagram forward for spaceflight, with decrease-ticket, reusable boosters.

As it appears to be like, SpaceX used to be . The company could delight in to donate the rocket that flew every the 11th and thirteenth provide missions to the International Region Region, its officials instructed Harris. This convey core additionally has some historical heft, because it is the first Falcon 9 rocket NASA agreed to flee a second time.

Region Heart Houston hopes to rob possession of the booster sometime this summer and right away assign it on horizontal demonstrate terminate to the entrance to the museum. Exactly when the facility gets the booster is as a lot as SpaceX. “We’re a chunk of bit dependent upon them for when they’re ready to transfer it,” Harris said. “They’ve purchased moderately quite lots of issues on their plate, obviously.”

A Falcon 9 at Region Heart Houston.

This assemble of interaction with museums is recent for SpaceX, because it has historically fascinated by flying rockets into home, now no longer striking them into museums. Harris said the corporate is being generous in pulling workers off some initiatives to lend a hand transfer the Falcon 9 core and lend a hand the Houston museum with designing shows.

The rocket will be displayed as is, entire with singed marks due to atmospheric reentry and engine firing. First and vital, the rocket will be elevated horizontally, virtually four meters off the ground, allowing mates to stroll around and underneath the auto. (In a good contact, the walkway will be formed treasure the SpaceX logo). In the end, most definitely in about a year, Harris said the Falcon 9 will be displayed vertically. However this can even require additional engineering to soundly steady the rocket, especially given Houston’s propensity for hurricanes and moderately quite lots of kinds of extreme climate.

At this time, a ragged Falcon 9 rocket is on demonstrate in totally one space across the realm: in entrance of SpaceX’s headquarters. Later this year, Harris said he expects moderately quite lots of museums across the USA could also also invent ragged Falcon 9 boosters, so by showing one horizontally to open, Region Heart Houston has a legit probability to be the first space after the SpaceX manufacturing facility.

It’s now no longer particular how durable the rocket will be in the parts, given the Bayou City’s humid climate. Over time, Harris said the museum will create its traditional conservation work to make sure the Falcon 9 core stays in pristine condition. He anticipates it’ll swiftly change into one in every of Region Heart Houston’s excellent attractions.

“SpaceX does such an even job of advertising and marketing their launches with their webcasts,” Harris said. “We truly feel assured that of us will are searching to advance and see one in every of those rockets up terminate and non-public.”

We’re swish assured in that, too.

List image by Region Heart Houston

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NASA and SpaceX: Could FAILED Dragon parachute test spell trouble for Elon Musk?

If SpaceX can guarantee the safety of NASA astronauts onboard the Crew Dragon capsule, the US space agency will cut its reliance on Russian …

The Dragon test was unmanned but a NASA chief has confirmed on May 8 the technical hiccup left the spacecraft damaged.

Bill Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, addressed concerns regarding SpaceX at a meeting of the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

The NASA chief said: “The test was not satisfactory. We did not get the results we wanted but we learned some information that’s going to affect, potentially, future designs.”

The case of failure has not been identified yet but Mr Gerstenmaier said one of the parachutes deliberately failed to test the capsule under stress.

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