Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Live from #LSA5, it's a rocket launch! SpaceX launches #CRS6 on 2nd attempt.

Another successful launch to the +International Space Station for +SpaceX! I was able to join +NanoRacks for the VIP watching on the first attempt, but unfortunately, like each CRS before this one, it was scrubbed. I was happy to see Chris Lewicki, a fellow Board member of +Yuri's Night and his team from +Planetary Resources. The 2nd attempt went off perfectly as the weather was more favorable. I had a great view with other attendees at the 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications on Cocoa Beach.

+Chris Lewicki hanging out at OSB II before the launch waiting for +Planetary Resources Arkyd 3 payload. Unfortunately the first attempt was a scrub.
There she goes! Everyone was looking a bit too far to the right, but found it pretty quickly as she rose over the horizon.
Watching the launch with attendees at the 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications in Cocoa Beach. What a great (and lucky) add on for a conference!
The long view. We were able to watch the rocket all the way to MECO of the first stage. I spent the next ~5 minutes on the beach trying to spot the first stage relighting, but it snuck by. It did come close to landing on the SpaceX barge!

The official stats:
April 14 Falcon 9   •  SpaceX CRS 6
Launch time: 2010:41 GMT (4:10:41 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the eighth Dragon spacecraft on the sixth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Dec. 5, Feb. 4, April 8 and April 10. Scrubbed on April 13. Read our full story. [April 14]


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