It's been a while since I've posted, and unfortunately I don't think I'm going to make this a particularly regular blog. I have another blog related to STEM subjects, which has grown in popularity: It's located at that blog if you're interested.
However, I am still extremely passionate about SpaceX, so will be creating some posts related to SpaceX and their launches. I don't think I could ever replace some of the more in depth blogs, like the blog from waitbutwhy, but I can give my opinion and provide some sort of worthwhile commentary on it. They're at the centre of innovation, and I believe they're going to play a huge part in the progress of humanity. In mid November, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9. This Falcon 9 could be considered version 1.1 as some serious improvements have gone into the rocket. Specifically, a 20 percent increase in engine thrust on the first stage booster. The Falcon 9 is already ahead of its competition in terms of thrust, so this is quite amazing that they're still able to innovate to such a level.
They have several launches planned for the next few years. However, I think it's important to stay grounded and only concentrate on the launches in the near future. Baby steps are needed here.
SpaceX have been trying their best to land a rocket vertically, and as I've said in previous posts, it hasn't been very successful. However when they do finally pull it off in such a way that it is 100% repeatable, they will change how we access space, in a huge way.
SpaceX have a few launches left for 2015:
- On November 17th, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 9 communications satellite.
It will launch from launch site SLC-40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- In early December, a SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch 11 second generation communication satellites for Orbcomm. The rocket will fly in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines , stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing.
- In mid December, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Jason 3 ocean altimetry mission. Jason 3 will measure ocean surface topography to aid in ocean circulation and climate change research for NOAA, EUMETSAT, NASA and the French space agency, CNES.
These launches are part and parcel of SpaceX's daily operations. They're first and foremost a launch company. It may be exciting to see the new innovations, but you can't lose sight of the daily workings of the company. Sure , they've got long term goals for reusable rockets and colonising Mars, but we can't lose track of what they're doing right now. The overall goal takes time, and these smaller missions help achieve that goal. There aren't many test launches planned for the next while, and I'll update the blog when I find out. Stay tuned!
Until then have a look at this test launch: