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Mr. Steven—now with more net. SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessel has been fitted with a 4x larger net ahead of its next recovery attempt targeted for later this month.
Crew Dragon arrived in Florida this week ahead of its first flight after completing thermal vacuum and acoustic testing at @NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio.
Filled with more than 5,900 pounds of @NASA cargo and research materials, Dragon was captured by @ISS crew members and attached to the orbiting laboratory earlier this week for its month long stay. This Dragon previously completed its first mission to the International Space Station two years ago this month in support of SpaceX’s 9th resupply mission.
Falcon 9 launches Dragon to orbit, which is on its way to the International Space Station carrying 5,900 pounds of cargo and crew supplies. Capture by the @iss crew set for Monday morning.
Another view of SpaceX’s 16th Crew Dragon parachute test recently completed at Naval Air Facility El Centro in Southern California.
At Naval Air Facility El Centro in Southern California, SpaceX recently completed its 16th test of Crew Dragon’s parachute system—verifying the system’s ability to slow Crew Dragon and ensure a safe landing in the unlikely event of a low altitude abort.
Crew Dragon is at @NASA’s Plum Brook Station testing facility in Ohio, home to the largest thermal vacuum chamber in the world, to demonstrate its capability to withstand the extreme temperatures and vacuum of space. Once complete, Crew Dragon will travel to Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of its first flight.
Falcon 9 launches SES-12 to orbit, completing Falcon 9’s 55th mission since its first flight from the same pad eight years ago today.
Falcon 9 fairing halves deployed their parafoils and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean last week after the launch of Iridium-6/GRACE-FO. Closest half was ~50m from SpaceX’s recovery ship, Mr. Steven.
Yesterday’s Falcon 9 launch of five Iridium satellites and GRACE-FO also marks SpaceX’s twelfth launch of a flight-proven rocket.
Falcon 9 and Iridium-6/GRACE-FO went vertical last night ahead of today’s launch at 12:47 p.m. PDT, 19:47 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Falcon 9 Block 5 lands on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship after delivering Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite to orbit. The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission was SpaceX’s 9th launch of the year and 25th first stage landing to date.