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'Of Course I Still Love You': SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch Spanish comm satellite into orbit - Times Now

The company will also attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS) 'Of Course I Still Love You' in the Atlantic Ocean. The launch date for the mission was postponed from late February to March 6 as ...

First Falcon 9 Block 5 booster readying for static fire at McGregor; paving way for rapid reuse - NASASpaceflight.com

SpaceX is working towards a major milestone on their road to rapid and inexpensive reusability. The first Block 5 Falcon 9 first stage is on the test stand at their McGregor, Texas test facility as it prepares for a test fire. The booster – core 1046 ...

Meet the SpaceX ships that will never go to space - Popular Science

Though the landings get all the attention, the ships—also called Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships or ASDS—are pretty amazing, too. Once towed into position (more on the tugs later) the drone ship's GPS and thrusters keep it in one place, waiting for ...

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX's new scifi-inspired drone ship – A Shortfall of Gravitas - Teslarati

After a highly informative series of Tweets revealed a great deal about SpaceX's true Falcon Heavy pricing, CEO Elon Musk revealed that the rocket company was in the process of constructing a new autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) for future ocean ...

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Successfully Lifts Off; Musk's Roadster In Orbit - Investor's Business Daily

But the center booster missed the autonomous spaceport drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You," hitting the water at 300 miles per hour about 100 meters away and taking out two engines on the ship with a shower of shrapnel, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon ...

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Timeline: Step-by-Step Guide to the Launch & What's Next - Heavy.com

The center core will return for reuse, landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It will also perform a boostback, but it won't have enough fuel to return to land. That's why it's landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), nicknamed Of ...

NASA green lights SpaceX use of pre-flown Falcon 9 first stages on CRS missions - SpaceFlight Insider

It only took nineteen successful landings either on one of the company's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS) or at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's “Landing Zone 1” (formerly Space Launch Complex 13) before NASA agreed to allow SpaceX to ...

KoreaSat 5A marks 16th successful flight of 2017 for SpaceX - SpaceFlight Insider

Coming just four days after SpaceX performed a static fire test of the Falcon 9, the October 30 launch featured a brand new first stage which successfully touched down in the Atlantic Ocean onto the autonomous spaceport drone ship named Of Course I ...

Watch SpaceX Launch Its 16th Falcon 9 of the Year - Popular Mechanics

The two-hour launch window opens at 3:34 p.m. and SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage booster of the rocket on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) Of Course I Still Love You off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean. You can watch a ...

SpaceX sticks dramatic drone ship landing, third reuse flight a resounding success - Teslarati

After the Falcon 9 booster separated from the second stage, it conducted a rapid 180 degree flip in order to orient itself towards the landing target, an autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) stationed several hundred miles East of the Kennedy Space ...

Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission - NASASpaceflight.com

Instead, as normal for such a launch, SpaceX stationed its Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) – named Of Course I Still Love You – downrange to make the landing attempt at sea. With the ASDS catching the core downrange, no boostback burn was ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches third set of Iridium-NEXT satellites - NASASpaceflight.com

Each first stage, or core, is designed to be used for multiple launches and is capable of flying back to Earth – either to the launch site or a barge (Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship or ASDS) downrange depending on the requirements of individual missions.

SpaceX fan gifts Elon Musk a set of homemade drone ship coasters - Teslarati

A SpaceX fan has taken his love for Elon Musk's rocket company to the next level by building a set of drink coasters modeled off of SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship. Winston Moy, YouTuber and self-proclaimed maker, adventurer, and aerospace ...

SpaceX's 15th recovered Falcon 9 arrives in port after a brief trip to space - Teslarati

SpaceX's 15th Falcon 9 first stage yet to be recovered after launch arrived earlier this morning at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles, California. Traveling aboard the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) Just Read The Instructions, Falcon 9 1038 ...

Falcon 9 successfully launches Taiwan's Formosat-5 - NASASpaceflight.com

Depending upon mission requirements, Falcon's first stage, or Core, can now either fly back to the launch site or, if additional performance is required to complete the primary mission – delivering the payload to orbit – an Autonomous Spaceport Drone ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches with Intelsat 35e at the third attempt - NASASpaceflight.com

Unlike last weekend's launches, which both saw Falcon's first stage make successful landings aboard SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS), this launch used the expendable version of the rocket. This foregoes recovering the first stage in ...

SpaceX drone ship returns to Los Angeles Port with recovered Falcon 9 - Teslarati

Just over three days after SpaceX successfully launched its Iridium-2 payload and recovered the first stage aboard its Western drone ship, the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) has returned to port to begin the process of offloading its Falcon 9 ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 in flawless Inmarsat-5 F4 launch - NASASpaceflight.com

Although the first stage made it to its target landing platform – an Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) barge deployed in the Atlantic Ocean – the rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid during its final descent and could not complete a controlled landing.

SpaceX is reusing rocket parts to make space transportation more affordable - Fanvive.com

Shortly after sunrise on the morning of Tuesday April 4th, SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Of Course I Still Love You sailed slowly into Port Canaveral and brought home the world's first reused rocket stage. The Falcon 9 rocket had been ...

Twice-launched Falcon 9 first stage returned to Port Canaveral - SpaceFlight Insider

Just before 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) Tuesday, April 4, 2017, SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Of Course I Still Love You entered the port carrying the first successfully reflown first stage of an orbital-class rocket, the Falcon 9. About 2.5 ...

An autonomous spaceport drone ship is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

Autonomous spaceport drone ships of SpaceX
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Drone ship Of Course I Still Love You carries the first rocket stage ever landed at sea (Falcon 9 FT, CRS-8 mission, 8 April 2016).
Launch site
Location
Short name ASDS
Operator SpaceX
Launch pad(s) 2 oceangoing landing platforms
Just Read the Instructions landing history
Status Active
Landings 4 (1 success, 3 failures)
First landing 10 January 2015 (CRS-5 mission)
Last landing 14 January 2017 (Iridium NEXT mission)
Associated
rockets
Of Course I Still Love You landing history
Status Active
Landings 6 (4 successes, 2 failures)
First landing 4 March 2016 (SES-9 mission)
Last landing 14 August 2016 (JCSAT-16 mission)
Associated
rockets
Falcon 9 Full Thrust

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

SpaceX has two operational drone ships, the Just Read the Instructions in the Pacific Ocean for launches from Vandenberg and the Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic for launches from Cape Canaveral. As of January 2017, ten Falcon 9 flights have attempted to land on a drone ship, with five of them succeeding: the first successful attempt being the CRS-8 mission in April 2016.

The ASDS ships are a key component of the SpaceX reusable launch system development program which aims to significantly lower the price of space launch services through "full and rapid reusability." Any flights going to geostationary orbit or exceeding escape velocity will require landing at sea, encompassing about half of SpaceX missions.