Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
Falcon 9 Block 5
Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
Type: Robotic Exploration
Launch Cost: $52,000,000
Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed, a technique known as a kinetic impactor.
DART is a planetary defense-driven test of one of the technologies for preventing the Earth impact of a hazardous asteroid: the kinetic impactor. DART’s primary objective is to demonstrate a kinetic impact on a small asteroid. The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the target for DART. While Didymos’ primary body is approximately 800 meters across, its secondary body has a 150-meter size, which is more typical of the size of asteroids that could pose a more common hazard to Earth.
The DART spacecraft will achieve the kinetic impact by deliberately crashing itself into the moonlet at a speed of approximately 6 km/s, with the aid of an onboard camera and sophisticated autonomous navigation software. The collision will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the main body by a fraction of one percent, enough to be measured using telescopes on Earth.
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Space Launch Complex 4E
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
714 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.
Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpaceX
- Family: Falcon
- Length: 70 m
- Diameter: 3.65 m
- Launch Mass: 549 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg
The Falcon 9 Block 5 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-05-11. Falcon 9 Block 5 has 156 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 156 launches. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.
B1063 has successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY after its third flight.
Of Course I Still Love You – OCISLY
The second ASDS barge, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) services launches in the Pacific 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.
SpaceX – SpX
- Type: Commercial
- Abbreviation: SpX
- Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
- Founded: 2002
- Launchers: Falcon | Starship
- Spacecraft: Dragon
- Country: USA
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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
If the DART is going to be delivered on target spaceX is the one to do it.
Leave it To Elon Musk to save us from the asteroids.Way to go Elon.
Oh cool!Another sonic boom for the Central Coast.I look forward to it.
Same here Aaron but will not here the sonic boom here in South Australia , cheers mate.
From the few times Melbourne FL is more amusing than Melbourne Australia 🙂
Random alien, They have a planetary defense system 😂
We were afraid of this more warp drive Scotty.
X marks the spot Elon.
Does anyone know which pad the dart is launching from?
It is listed above under the location section above: Space Launch Complex 4E.
I’m coming down from the Bay Area and won’t have a lot of time for driving around (and it gets dark early.) The descriptions of the viewing areas a a bit ambiguous. What I would like is the closest view point where I’ll be able to see the launch pad… Read more »
Coming from Phoenix , AZ i will be scouting around town ill let you know if i find a spot.
Read: landing zone ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge,
I’m in Hemet, I normally see it pretty well
I’m just happy that the object is a near sun object that way if it fails to redirect in a wrong way then the sun’s gravitational pull can handle the mess up. Lol. I can’t wait to watch it take off in person. I love that part the most. What… Read more »
Yep you can’t beat a great lift off.
The impact of the DART in September 2022 should also be wonderful and make history.
72 launches 72 successes,… seem to remember a pad detonation and in inflight catastrophic helium tank detachment. So is it 74/72 or 72/70. Or were the early failures not included as they were test programme fails?
the 72 number is just for the F9 B5. if you include all falcon rockets, i think the number is 129 of 131. the two you’re thinking of were likely the F9 V1.1 rockets.
What will be the launch azimuth?
How long after take-off will it take for the first stage to come return?
Which way will it be from Old orcutt
saw the rocket low on our horizon heading up and south, heard the sonic booms about 6-7 mins later. very cool stuff
You are a lucky guy bill.
Great nominal launch and web coverage.
Let’s see the impact in September, 2022.