About Space X
Space X (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is an American aerospace company founded in 2002 that envisioned ushering in an era of commercial spaceflight to the world.
Space X was the first private corporation to have successfully launched and return a spacecraft from Earth’s orbit and the first to dock its own spacecraft with the ISS.
Musk’s goal was to revolutionize the aerospace industry and make spaceflight an affordable reality for every American (hopefully global citizens in the future).
Space X’s big selling point is its focus on using reusable rockets (other launch vehicles are typically made for one-time use).
The Falcon Heavy
The Falcon rocket family is an American family of multi-use rocket launch vehicles developed and operated by Space X.
Of the 3 well-known rocket systems (Falcon 1, Falcon 9), the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful.
Falcon Heavy is a reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured by Space X.
The Falcon Heavy has the highest payload capacity of any currently operational launch vehicle – it outperforms the American Saturn V or the Soviet Energia and N1.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40
Falcon Heavy launching on February 6, 2018.
SES-12 will expand SES’s capability to provide high performance capacity.
It will offer solid reliability & flexibility to meet the needs of SES’s video, fixed data, mobility and gov’t customers across the world.
The satellite will replace NSS-6 at an orbital position of 95 degrees East.
It will be located with SES-8.
SES-12 is a uniquely catered for telephone companies, mobile network operators and internet service providers.
Because of this, it will deliver more reliable cellular backhaul & faster broadband service.
SES-12 will also support gov’t efforts to bridge the digital divide.
This includes providing digital operators with the ability to deliver content at higher resolution quality.
This is critical in order to meet increasing consumer demand for higher quality pictures.
With 6 wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams, SES-12 is one of the largest geostationary satellites SES has procured.
The spacecraft also has a DTP that increases payload flexibility.
This will provide more customizable bandwidth solutions to SES’s customers.
The SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space.
It will use electric propulsion for orbit raising & subsequent on-orbit maneuvers.
On February 6, 2018 the Falcon Heavy launched. This was a very interesting event because its single payload was Elon Musk’s own Tesla Roadster.
Musk’s Roadster was sent to trans-Mars injection heliocentric orbit.
Everything was successful. Both side boosters landed successfully, let alone safely.
Although the centre booster suffered two engine failures on re-entry to orbit and struck the ocean.
Because of this, two of the drone’s engines were damaged. The mission had been long delayed from its original schedule (2013).
However, watching the space launch was an unforgettable, life-changing experience, especially because I was high.
I scheduled my high just before the launch. Seeing the space launch sober was an incredible experience for anyone was there, so watching the launch high was incredibly memorable.
I felt the ground shaking.
I felt my insides trembling.
The beam of light spewing from the rocket consumed my sight.
My eyes were fixated on those boosters, the roaring of the engines that could be heard from miles away.
Watching space flights have become a hobby for those who live near the launch sites.
Launch sites are typically miles away from urban centres due to the incredible noise they produce, let alone the trembling and blast wave. It can be very dangerous to watch the launch close (obviously).
I’d recommend watching the launch to any cannabis or vaping enthusiasts.
Jason Pappe is a veteran photographer, Space X and cannabis enthusiast. He resides in Florida, USA near the Kennedy Space Center where he frequently enjoys watching space rocket launches.