Another SpaceX Launch

About 3:47 Eastern, SpaceX is launching another rocket. This is an already-used-once Block 4 version, so it will not return to land. They are, though, going to try to recover 1/2 of the payload fairing, hoping to catch it with a small boat in the Pacific. Should be fun, if slow.


They are launching some satellites, two scientific and five Iridium satellites for the NEXT constellation.



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  1. 1
    TenguPhule says:

    Did they remember to check for signs of extreme zombie activity first?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Thank you, Alain. After all these decades, I never tire of watching launches.

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    dr. bloor says:

    Let’s hope things go better for Elon than they are for the Model 3

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    rikyrah says:

    Lowdown, nogood muthaphuckas!

    Trump spending cuts allowed to target kids’ health insurance
    By SARAH FERRIS 05/22/2018 11:03 AM EDT

    The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday delivered a victory to the Trump administration by greenlighting a proposal to claw back more than $7 billion in unused cash from the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    In a report sent to congressional offices Tuesday morning, the GAO approved the vast majority of the administration’s $15.3 billion plan to cancel spending.

    With that legal approval, the White House’s plan for so-called rescissions will likely retain its filibuster-proof powers in the GOP-controlled Senate, easing the way for potential passage with a simple majority vote.

    Democrats have argued that the White House’s attempt to target CHIP — a mandatory spending program for kids’ health coverage — should disqualify it from that procedural advantage.

    One problem found by the GAO is related to a pair of Department of Transportation highway trust fund accounts, which the Trump administration proposed to cut by a total of $133 million.

    The GAO said that the Trump administration did not have authority to withhold funds from certain projects because the DOT secretary “has no discretion over the obligation of funds provided for the specified projects,” GAO wrote in its report.

    The House has already drafted legislation mirroring the White House’s request, which is expected to receive a House floor vote in June.

    Senate GOP leaders have not said whether they would take up an identical bill. Several senators, including Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), have raised issues with the Trump administration’s package, including the cuts to CHIP.

    In the Senate, a single Republican “no” vote likely would be enough to sink the package. Democrats are expected to unanimously oppose the bill in both chambers.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @dr. bloor: yeah Tesla news this week, not so good.

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    Mike J says:

    @dr. bloor: Maybe if they union employees.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @TenguPhule: In order for there to be ‘extreme levels of zombie activity’, there has to be a regular, normal level of zombie activity

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Just One More Canuck:

    Have you been to Florida lately? I’m pretty sure they’re already at normal levels of zombie activity.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Just One More Canuck: @Mnemosyne:
    It’s all good, today’s flight was from Vandenberg in California. Zombies just mean it’s Tuesday.

    Good article on the GRACE satellite mission, a reboot of an earlier 15-year effort that has been tracking the globe’s water supply. Surprised Pruitt didn’t go try and smash them with a hammer.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Mnemosyne: that would explain my last trip to Disney World

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