SpaceX Success

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — SpaceX launched 10 satellites to orbit today (Jan. 14) in a rousing return-to-flight mission that also included a rocket landing on a ship at sea.

SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from a launch pad just a few hundred meters from the scenic California coastline here today at 12:54 p.m. EST (1754 GMT; 9:54 a.m. local California time), carrying 10 communications satellites to low-Earth orbit for the Virginia-based company Iridium. After a week of heavy rain and strong winds, only a few clouds obscured the view of the rocket as it climbed skyward.


I love hearing a team see the results of their endeavors, excited, cheering and celebrating.

SpaceX has a successful landing on aircraft carrier at sea, and the mission team (and onlookers) goes nuts!

ht/ petrus

15 Comments on SpaceX Success

  1. Well done ladies and gentlemen.

    That landing was a bit dicey looking as it was coming in pretty fast. But thrusters set it down gently, like putting a sleeping baby into a crib.

  2. Joe,

    I’m no Rocket Surgeon, but I did drive past a Holiday Inn today, I believe 95% of the weight is at the bottom. The rest is a tube at this point in time. So not quite as precarious as it looks. If someone knows otherwise feel free to edjumicate us.

  3. Now be honest, if it weren’t for the fact that oblowme got the mussies involved in the space program this couldn’t a happened.
    Sheeeut! Oh, STFU Moe.
    What an amazing feat. Bravo

  4. Rest assured, none of this would have been possible without the explicit ‘hands-on’ help of Obutthole exclusively controlling the step by step detailed, intricate application of knowledgeable precise scientific input necessary for such a daring and previously opposed undertaking.
    The world will be forever indebted to his unrelenting effort of advancing the pragmatic elevation of American scientific growth.

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