Falcon 9 Full Thrust | SpX CRS-8

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) Rocket

Watch Launch Video 1   |   Video 2   |   Video 3   |   Video 4

SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) rocket as part of the SpX CRS-8 mission. The launch window for the Resupply mission was on Fri, Apr 8th, 2016, 4:43 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the ASDS, OCISLY stationed off of the East Coast. Marking the first successful barge landing!

Mission

SpX CRS-8

SpaceX launched the Dragon spacecraft on their eighth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. Among the cargo was the Bigelow Aerospace’s BEAM module, which was attached to the station and will stay so for 2 years. BEAM is an expandable habitat module that will undergo tests to determine its worthiness during the stay. The flight was conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

Rocket

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the ASDS, OCISLY stationed off of the East Coast. Marking the first successful barge landing!

First drone ship landing, first orbital booster to be reflown, first orbital booster to be landed twice, will be given as a gift to Cape Canaveral

Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY)

The second ASDS barge, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) services launches in the Atlantic Ocean and was the site of the first landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage during CRS-8, the launch of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS)

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.

View More Rocket Launches