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發表於 2018-7-1 23:20:59 |顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 toylet 於 2018-7-1 23:22 編輯

SpaceX launch leaves ghostly trail across Orlando sky
Full story: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/n ... 20180628-story.html

A SpaceX rocket left a ghostly vapor trail across the Orlando sky early Friday as it carried supplies and a floating robot to the International Space Station.

The launch of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral was right on schedule at 5:42 a.m.; two minutes later, a wispy white contrail laced with yellow and blue formed above Central Florida as the spaceship raced into orbit.

SpaceX's Jessica Jensen described the plume, illuminated against the dark sky, as “the space jellyfish that’s coming down after us.”

Early-morning liftoffs have created light shows in the sky before. In September 2015, the contrail of an Atlas V launched from the Cape could be seen as far south as Miami.

Soon after launch, the Dragon spacecraft, carrying 6,000 pounds of cargo, successfully detached itself from the Falcon 9 on its way toward the space station, which it is expected to reach by Monday morning.
Predawn SpaceX launch leaves ghostly cloud across Orlando sky on June 29, 2018. (Mark Skoneki/Orlando Sentinel)

Predawn SpaceX launch leaves ghostly cloud across Orlando sky on June 29, 2018. (Mark Skoneki/Orlando Sentinel)

About 12 minutes, 10 seconds into the launch, a solar array deployed, providing the Dragon with the power it will need to reach its destination.

The rocket ditched its first-stage boosters about three minutes after launch. Unlike in previous missions, the booster was not recovered this time because it was the final flight of the company’s so-called “Block 4 configuration.”

The new Block 5 model will allow for greater reusability, one of SpaceX’s highest priority goals because it’s expected to make launching rockets less expensive. The company has said that the Block 5 will be able to be flown up to 10 times with minimal refurbishments.

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