Bryce Salmi bstguitarist at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 11:23:11 PST 2013

For those interested, this image was sent about 8.000km above Earth from
Falcon 9 stage 2.


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM, Eric Rosenberg
<ericrosenberg.dc at gmail.com>wrote:

> FYI --
> 73, Eric W3DQ
> Washington, DC
> -----------------------
> December 3, 2013*
> *
> /Upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers SES-8 satellite to targeted
> orbit/
> Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida -- Today, Space Exploration
> Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed its first geostationary
> transfer mission, delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x
> 80,000 km orbit.  Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100%
> of mission objectives.
> Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at 5:41 PM
> Eastern Time.  Approximately 185 seconds into flight, Falcon 9's second
> stage's single Merlin vacuum engine ignited to begin a five minute, 20
> second burn that delivered the SES-8 satellite into its parking orbit.
> Eighteen minutes after injection into the parking orbit, the second stage
> engine relit for just over one minute to carry the SES-8 satellite to its
> final geostationary transfer orbit.  The restart of the Falcon 9 second
> stage is a requirement for all geostationary transfer missions.
> "The successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded
> Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry's highest performance
> standards," said Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX.   "As always,
> SpaceX remains committed to delivering the safest, most reliable launch
> vehicles on the market today.  We appreciate SES's early confidence in
> SpaceX and look forward to launching additional SES satellites in the years
> to come."
> Today's mission marked SpaceX's first commercial launch from its central
> Florida launch pad and the first commercial flight from the Cape Canaveral
> Air Force Station in over five years.  SpaceX has nearly 50 launches on
> manifest, of which over 60% are for commercial customers.
> This launch also marks the second of three certification flights needed to
> certify the Falcon 9 to fly missions for the U.S. Air Force under the
> Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. When Falcon 9 is
> certified, SpaceX will be eligible to compete for all National Security
> Space (NSS) missions.
> High-resolution photos are available for download at www.spacex.com/media<
> http://www.spacex.com/media>.
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