SpaceX’s SN10 “Belly Flop” Composite

Earlier this week SpaceX’s SN10 rocket took off, ascended to ±10km, and then after a free fall in the horizontal position turned vertical again to successfully land (only to explode a few minutes later).

While you can rewatch the whole thing online I’m more fascinated by this composite photo by Jack Beyer, visualizing the trajectory:

Cool! 🚀

SPACEX – ISS Docking Simulator

This simulator will familiarize you with the controls of the actual interface used by NASA Astronauts to manually pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station. Successful docking is achieved when all green numbers in the center of the interface are below 0.2. Movement in space is slow and requires patience & precision.

My inner space-geek rejoices! 🤓

SPACEX – ISS Docking Simulator →

Train of SpaceX‘s Starlink Satellites captured as they fly over Holland

Yesterday SpaceX deployed the first batch of satellites for “Starlink”, its ambitious internet-from-space program. In total 60 of the 12000 planned satellites got deployed.

Holland based Dr. Marco Langbroek captured the train of satellites as they passed over Leiden, the Netherlands, about 22.5 hours after launch.

Over the coming days the “train” of objects will be making 2-3 passes each night. As they are actively manoeuvering with their ion thrusters, they will be more spread out with each pass, so the “train” will probably quickly dissipate.

Amazing stuff! 🛰

SpaceX successfully launches first 60 Starlink satellites →
StarLink (Wikipedia) →
A SPECTACULAR view of the SpaceX Starlink satellite train! →