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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-05-2018 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Elon Musk on Twitter:
Falcon 9 flight 50 launches tonight, carrying Hispasat for Spain. At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we've ever flown.
From SpaceX:
SpaceX is targeting a Falcon 9 launch of the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Tuesday, March 6 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The two-hour launch window opens at 12:33 a.m. EST, or 5:33 UTC. The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite will be deployed approximately 33 minutes after launch.

A two-hour backup launch window opens on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:33 a.m. EST, or 5:33 UTC.

SpaceX will not attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage after launch due to unfavorable weather conditions in the recovery area off of Florida's Atlantic Coast.

Blackarrow
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posted 03-06-2018 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suppose a rocket is only as good as its last launch, but Falcon 9 has now launched 50 times. Has the rocket been man-rated? If not, why not? Who decides?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-06-2018 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The rocket that flew this morning was a Block 4. The first Falcon 9 to be man-rated will be the Block 5, to be introduced later this year.

In addition to improving reusability, the Block 5 Falcon 9 also incorporates changes driven by the needs of NASA's commercial crew program.

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