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SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 07, 2017 08:47AM
Gotta scoot out the door to work, so gonna miss this one...
Air Force X-37b launch, with RTLS landing for the Falcon 9, with JUST enough time to get it back to the barn before the storm pummels the cape.

Live feed starts in a few minutes;
[www.youtube.com]



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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: September 07, 2017 09:12AM
Picture perfect 8:40 start to finish. I miss the shuttles terribly, but this is pretty darn cool no matter what way you slice it. smiling smiley

Go Go X-37 and get into orbit to do whatever you're doing smiling smiley



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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 07, 2017 10:06AM
That was the fastest, smoothest launch and landing I've seen yet. No drama, no commentary, just launch, land, thanks for watching...

I almost think they brought the first stage in a little hotter than usual. It was moving pretty fast as streaked through the clouds on the way down.



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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: September 07, 2017 10:29AM
Just an amazing deal. Launch and get parts back to shoot up again...dang!

My friend works for Space X, says it's a great place.
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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 07, 2017 11:45AM
Just replayed the launch/landing...
Another "right on the money" landing, after a picture perfect launch!
They didn't show the 2nd stage payload deployment because, well, Air Force payload, hush hush, and all that.

surfrider;
Tell your friend I'd pay him for a tour of the Hawthorne SpaceX plant! grinning smiley



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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 07, 2017 12:19PM
I read that SpaceX is aiming for a 48hour turnaround time. I'm looking forward to seeing a second stage landing.



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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 07, 2017 12:34PM
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ztirffritz
I read that SpaceX is aiming for a 48hour turnaround time. I'm looking forward to seeing a second stage landing.

Their GOAL is 24 hour turn-around... but their initial "waypoint" goal is one week in the shorter term.
And yes, it'll be exciting to see if they're able to start recovering 2nd stages (when orbits allow, of course). Quite a bit of engineering and brain sweat to do before they can get a 2nd stage down in one piece, though.



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Re: SpaceX: X-37 atop Falcon 9, launches at or after 6:50am PT. Cape battens down!
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 07, 2017 12:42PM
Very cool! Thanks for posting. I hope they stay safe and head over from Florida to... Houston?!
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