Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SES 8 pastel-colored launch to the sound of car alarms

A very pastel-colored launch at the Cape tonight of ‪SES 8‬ on +SpaceX's ‎Falcon 9‬ to the sound of car alarms. Third time's a charm after a few scrubs!

SES 8 was a beautiful launch. Check out the video below to see how the brightness changes the focus of the camera.
Soaring into space.

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-8, a geostationary communication satellite operated by SES, with a Falcon 9 ver 1.1. This set of photos in this following video were taken on rapid fire, with a photo approximately ever 0.5 seconds, making the launch video near real time. The second half of photos are of the vehicle punching through the atmosphere.

The official stats:
Dec. 3 Falcon 9  •  SES 8
Launch window: 2241 GMT (5:41 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES 8 communications satellite. SES 8 will provide Ku-band and Ka-band direct-to-home broadcasting and network services over the Asia-Pacific region. The rocket flew in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing. Delayed from July, August, October, Nov. 1, Nov. 12 and Nov. 22. Scrubbed on Nov. 25 and Nov. 28. Delayed from Nov. 30 and Dec. 2. See our Mission Status Center. [Dec. 3]


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