Dragon Crew-5 undock from ISS (splashdown ~9pm EST, will put the link here) Terran maiden launch of 3-D printed rocket, 4pm EST (scrubbed for the day) Electron launch from NZ, 6pm EST (scrubbed for upper-air winds)
That threefer fell apart.
Ah well, try, try again.
Return to Launch Site (RTLS) Stg-1 landing and pretty Earth views, so great video
Things to watch for:
• After Stg-1&2 separate, Stg-1 flips and ignites to return to the Cape
• Fairing half being left behind illustrates Stg-2 acceleration
• Landing-burn startup transient (green flame of starting chemicals, TEA-TEB + LOx) @T+7:23
• Satellite deployment vid @T+1:29:45 to 1:35:30
Interesting things to watch:
• Stage separation, as usual
• Fairing separation, first time looking aft
• Ice particles dynamics as Stg-1 rotates to tail-first
• Stg-1 shadow on thruster plumes
• Stg-1 decelerates as it rises to the top of its trajectory, then accelerates as it falls, then decelerates during entry burn, then accelerates for a few seconds (5600 to 5700 km/hr) until the atmosphere thickens enough for drag to cause deceleration (where it would overheat if not for the entry burn)
• Great vid of landing at sunset (kind’a romantic)
I wonder if the astronomers looking for extra-terrestrial planets
hosting advanced, intelligent life are looking for a dense sphere of
satellites surrounding those planets. Seems like that would be a phase
of development that advanced technical civilizations must pass through.
(What? Well, yeah, satellites as we know ’em would be too small to detect from here,
but the thought still applies)