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    Pics from the drone ship:





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    Video from a KSC tour bus, moving the recovered booster back to the pad for test-firing:


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    SpaceX stuck another landing on their barge early this morning, this time from a geosynchronous launch where they only gave the recovery a 50/50 chance due to the higher altitude/speed!

    Skip to video time index 38:05 to see the touchdown:

    https://youtu.be/L0bMeDj76ig?t=2285



    Elon Musk mused that he's going to have to expand his rocket storage hangar at Kennedy Space Center if they keep recovering them like this.....

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    SpaceX stuck their third barge landing in a row this evening!!!!!

    (Fast forward to video time index 38:21)


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    For the third time in two months -- these guys are on a ROLL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    For the third time in two months -- these guys are on a ROLL!
    Am I going crazy, or were the early failures because the rockets couldn't read the instructions? If I have the score correctly, they had zero successful landings on "Just Read the Instructions," and three good landings in a row on "Of Course I Still Love You".....

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    I actually just learned something about the barges, if Wikipedia can be trusted as a source. SpaceX's first barge (scene of lots of crashes) was an early design named "Just Read the Instructions." It never saw a successful landing in Atlantic service before it was retired.

    While they were working the kinks out, Musk had two new barges under construction incorporating a few changes learned from the first one. "Of Course I Still Love You" was stationed in Florida, and the second new barge (also named "Just Read the Instructions" to make things confusing) was sent through the Panama Canal to be stationed in California for Pacific launches.

    The one Pacific test landing on the new "Just Read the Instructions" had the booster land upright, but subsequently tumble because one of the landing legs didn't lock properly. On the Atlantic side, they have three landings in a row on "Of Course I Still Love You" as of tonight. Long story short, I wasn't aware of the name re-use on the California-based barge, so maybe their success is due to improvements in the barges rather than the rockets not being able to read instructions.....

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    United Launch Alliance finally got their Delta IV Heavy off the ground this afternoon, after weather holds on Thursday. Is it just me, or is their live-streamed video reminiscent of 1960's TV after watching the exciting SpaceX launch broadcasts?????


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    Dang, it really does look like they're using cameras and animation from the last century.

    Of course throwing away first stage boosters is starting to look kinda last-century too.
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    Set your alarm clocks for 12:45 AM, because SpaceX is doing a Dragon launch to the ISS with a planned first stage booster landing on the ground at Kennedy Space Center:

    http://www.space.com/33442-spacex-ca...9-webcast.html

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