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Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

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.

Mission patch for Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

707 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

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 131 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 131 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.

Core Landing

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.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
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.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

If the DART is going to be delivered on target spaceX is the one to do it.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Leave it To Elon Musk to save us from the asteroids.Way to go Elon.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Oh cool!Another sonic boom for the Central Coast.I look forward to it.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Same here Aaron but will not here the sonic boom here in South Australia , cheers mate.

Ed med
Ed med
Reply to  Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

From the few times Melbourne FL is more amusing than Melbourne Australia 🙂

Nimesh_s
Nimesh_s
1 year ago

Random alien, They have a planetary defense system 😂

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Nimesh_s
1 year ago

We were afraid of this more warp drive Scotty.
X marks the spot Elon.

Nathan
Nathan
1 year ago

Does anyone know which pad the dart is launching from?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Nathan
1 year ago

It is listed above under the location section above: Space Launch Complex 4E.

Last edited 1 year ago by Rocket Monkey
Ken
Ken
1 year ago

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 »

Nathan
Nathan
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

Coming from Phoenix , AZ i will be scouting around town ill let you know if i find a spot.

Reading I. Fundamental
Reading I. Fundamental
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

Read: landing zone ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge,

Lee A. Waddell
Lee A. Waddell
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

I’m in Hemet, I normally see it pretty well

Mark Pope
Mark Pope
1 year ago

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 »

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Mark Pope
1 year ago

Yep you can’t beat a great lift off.
The impact of the DART in September 2022 should also be wonderful and make history.

Adrian
Adrian
1 year ago

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?

patrick
patrick
Reply to  Adrian
1 year ago

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.

Yahugh
Yahugh
1 year ago

What will be the launch azimuth?

Sean M
Sean M
1 year ago

How long after take-off will it take for the first stage to come return?

Karen
Karen
1 year ago

Which way will it be from Old orcutt

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

saw the rocket low on our horizon heading up and south, heard the sonic booms about 6-7 mins later. very cool stuff

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Bill
1 year ago

You are a lucky guy bill.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

Great nominal launch and web coverage.
Let’s see the impact in September, 2022.
Go DART.