Live Feed Of First SpaceX Rocket Launch Since June Falcon 9 Explosion

Tyler Durden's picture

On June 28, everything was normal for about 2 minutes and 18 seconds when Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its latest unmanned Falcon 9 rocket tasked with delivering cargo to the International Space Station. One second later the rocket exploded.

Since then there was an orbital hiatus at Elon Musk's rocket company until tonight, when in a few minutes, a new SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set to deliver 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM, a Machine-to-Machine communication and Internet of Things solutions.

The ORBCOMM launch is targeted for an evening launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. If all goes as planned, the 11 satellites will be deployed approximately 20 minutes after liftoff, completing a 17-satellite, low Earth orbit constellation for ORBCOMM.

Perhaps just as importantly, this mission also marks SpaceX’s return-to-flight as well as its first attempt to land a first stage on land. The landing of the first stage is a secondary test objective.



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FiatFapper's picture

The fuckers went to the moon in 1969, drove buggies and all that jazz...apparently.

It's not rocket science ffs.

Newsboy's picture

Best of luck, Space-X!

(It's better to be lucky, than to be good, I hear.)

NidStyles's picture

I agree, good-luck. Here's to the another moonshot!!

DeadFred's picture

Should be no problem if you vett the cargo well. Satellites designed to monitor fictitious carbon buildup never seem to reach space. The others have a better chance.

Save_America1st's picture

that was very cool...first ever landing of a rocket 1st stage back on the ground.  Very cool!

OldPhart's picture

Buck Rogers, eat your heart out!

Fun fact:  That rocket had our steel on it.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) OldPhart Dec 22, 2015 12:05 AM

16th times a charm!  (BTW, Bezos beat you Elon.)

Rusty Shorts's picture

We used to land manned rockets on the Moon, jump in our 4X4 Rover and take joy rides. True story.

Dsyno's picture

Blue Origin landed their rocket back on the ground last month. SpaceX gets 2nd place. 

greenskeeper carl's picture

Watched it in person. I gotta admit it's one of the coolest things I've seen. The sonic boom on the way down was pretty loud.

Milton Keynes's picture

No but it's not cheap either...

SpaceX has burned through a couple billion...



stant's picture

Don't like musk that much cause he's funded by . Gov. That said Godspeed on this one

omi's picture

All large US companies are funded by US government, all through the mechanism of pointing a gun at other countries and claiming USD is the sht. Without that power, many US companies couldn't raise so much debt.

August's picture

Soon... very soon... you can get an orbital lift via New Zealand's privately-funded space program.

We will be relying heavily on the element of surprise.

Skateboarder's picture

R.I.P satellites...

edit: Never mind. I guess We get the IoT surveillance sat-net after all.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I for one hope he succeeds.  I would prefer my tax dollars going to this than about 90% of the other shit it goes to.  That said, if these satellites are going to be used to spy on Americans, I hope it fucking blows up.

Skateboarder's picture

IoT network of satellites + jillions of 'smart', 'connected' devices = you can run but you can't hide. Of course it's gonna be used for total surveillance...

Smart Refrigerator in conjunction with smart home network: "<name>, my sensors are indicating that you have just finished drinking six beers tonight. Your doctor and insurance company have been alerted. Good night!"

LetThemEatRand's picture

Wrong!  I haven't FINISHED drinking six beers. I'm only up to five, and what's left of my sixth.  oh shit.

Wolfowitz's picture

The Earth is Flat

Crash Overide's picture

Link and picture please...?

vincent's picture

Nice view from here.


FiatFapper's picture

Wow, that was very impressive!!!!!!!!!

MarkGoldman's picture

Epic, and looks like a successful mission as well.

Elon is a big inspiration, and before anyone whacks off about how he only done it with public money, well I'll simply say he is by far the most visionary pig at the trough then.

50 years of NASA pork didn't get us a fraction of these results!

LetThemEatRand's picture

Most of the guys at the big trough do nothing more than make money moving money around, betting against their clients, charging interest to consumers on free money handed to them by the Fed, manipulating markets, and insider trading.  There is nothing wrong in my mind with the US subsidizing aerospace ventures such as this, given that the rest of the world does it with their industries.   

I have to say it was impressive watching the first stage land on the pad.  That is some crazy hard shit to pull off.

NordikAvenger's picture

Bullshit. NASA proved they could go to Pluto on fraction of their classical budgets. The future just got real.

Bastille Day's picture

Haven't we done this thousands of times?  What's different about this from all the other satellites?

viahj's picture

reusable 1st stage.  the statelights were inconsequentialother that proof on concept and of course, spying.

FiatFapper's picture

They landed the booster rocket back on Earth! Usually, they're jettisoned into the ocean.

As one of the commentators said, "it's like throwing a pencil over the Empire State building, having it reverse and come back down and land on a shoe-box in a wind storm"

Mike in GA's picture

Just fyi, the guy who said is named Tim Urban who created the website, Wait, but Why, in case you're interested.  He interviewed Musk and wrote extensively about Musk and SpaceX.

FiatFapper's picture

Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

10mm's picture

Elites like watching giant penises.

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--------- (not verified) 10mm Dec 21, 2015 8:57 PM

sorry, but thats a gay comment.   are you from europe?

Rusty Shorts's picture


Please join Mars Anomaly Research Society on facebook. That way you can join the other Mars travelers. Not much to eat on mars unless your the meal.

10mm's picture

Sound like I'm from Europe fuck nuts. Troll

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--------- (not verified) 10mm Dec 21, 2015 10:42 PM

if you see a rocket and think about big penises    thats gay


european entertainment media compare everything to penises   - not kidding

i can post some links how europe is trying to brainwash people to try out gaysex, but i doubt anyone wants to know

usually europeans do this kind of homo-jokes

The Spanish Ambassador's picture

Most of the Roman Senators were big cocksuckers.

OldPhart's picture

That's strange, so are most of ours...

CHoward's picture

Way more exciting than his cars.  Congratulations Space-X!!!!!

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--------- (not verified) Dec 21, 2015 8:56 PM

its boooooring if dont explodes

Mike in GA's picture

Anybody can shoot a rocket up.  Only Elon Musk has returned one to the earth and landed it vertically.  Congratulations SpaceX and Elon Musk!

Yen Cross's picture

lol. I guess all the rocket fuel was used to levitate the NasDark 100 futures?

 WTF? Look at the M-5 chart! What a volume>less charade!!! The RSI pegged out!

 Fuck me naked, "said the Unicorn emperor"...

FiatFapper's picture

This is about things that go up and down.

Yen Cross's picture

  Well done...

 The Chinese are always welcome. :-)

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) Dec 21, 2015 9:18 PM

Elon Musk rocks.


o r c k's picture

Great accomplishment. WoW !

yogibear's picture

So ElonMusk  has his new and improved batteries on board that won't catch fire this time?


Z_End's picture

Stage 1 of Falcon X has landed succesfully... The trip up the well just got easier and cheaper.

Yen Cross's picture

 Call me when someone has an antigravity device/drive, that doesn't require super cooled CONDUCTORS.