REPLAY! Elon Musk gives update on SpaceX’s moon and Mars plans

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk is speaking at the 2020 International Mars Society Convention today (Oct. 16) to make an announcement about SpaceX’s plans for private spaceflights to the moon and Mars

Musk’s talk will likely include an update on SpaceX’s Starship, an interplanetary rocket-spaceship combo that is currently under development. 

You can watch Musk’s talk live in the window above, courtesy of the International Mars Society, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT (3 p.m. PDT; 2200 GMT).

Related: You can watch the International Mars Society’s 2020 convention online today for free

From the International Mars Society:

There’s no better way to kick-off Day 1 of the 2020 International Mars Society Convention than with a big announcement: SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk will be joining us virtually tomorrow (Friday, October 16th) at 3:00 pm PDT (6:00 pm EDT) [PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME] to provide our global audience with a special update about SpaceX and its plans for the Moon and Mars.

As a world leader in advocating for humanity to become a multi-planetary species, Mr. Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in 2002 with the goal of creating affordable (reusable) launch vehicles and spacecraft to help open up exploration and settlement of the solar system, including the planet Mars.   

To date, SpaceX achievements include the first privately funded liquid propellant rocket to reach orbit (Falcon 1, 2008), the first private company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft (Dragon, 2010), the first private company to send a spacecraft to the ISS (Dragon, 2012), the first vertical take-off and vertical propulsive landing of an orbital rocket (Falcon 9, 2015) and the first private company to send astronauts to orbit and to the ISS (Crew Dragon Demo-2 Mission, 2020).

SpaceX has also begun developing Starship, a fully-reusable, two-stage-to-orbit, super heavy-lift launch vehicle designed as a long-duration cargo and passenger-carrying spacecraft, capable of traveling to both the Moon and Mars.

Mr. Musk is also actively working to revolutionize ground transportation on Earth through the design and production of electric cars at Tesla and the streamlining of underground tunnels and infrastructure for use by cars and other vehicles by The Boring Company.

Online registration for the International Mars Society Convention is free of charge, although attendees are kindly asked to consider supporting the organization and its programs by making a $50 contribution. For more details about the four-day virtual conference, including how to sign up online, please visit our web site at: https://www.marssociety.org.

Join us for the 2020 International Mars Society Convention, with over 150 speakers (now 151!) and 5,400 people registered to attend virtually. Sign up today!

Delayed: SpaceX GPS satellite launch for US Space Force

Update for 9:57 p.m. EDT, Oct. 2: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the GPS III SV04 navigation satellite for the U.S. Space Force suffered an abort just two seconds before tonight’s liftoff.  A new launch date has not yet been announced.  

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GPS III SV04 satellite for the U.S. Space Force and Air Force  from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

From SpaceX

SpaceX is targeting Friday, October 2, for a Falcon 9 launch of the GPS III Space Vehicle 04 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The 15-minute launch window opens at 9:43 p.m. EDT, or 01:43 UTC on October 3.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft will deploy approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes after liftoff.

Last week, the United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) announced an agreement with SpaceX to launch previously flown boosters on future National Security Space Launch (NSSL) missions.

You can watch the launch webcast here, starting about 15 minutes before liftoff.

Delayed: ULA Delta IV Heavy launching NROL-44 spy satellite

Update for Sept. 30, 11:59 p.m. EDT:  Tonight’s launch attempt was scrubbed after the rocket’s Terminal Countdown Sequencer Rack detected an issue. A new launch target has not been announced.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office Wednesday night (Sept. 30). 

The mission, titled NROL-44, will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, at 11:54 p.m. EDT (0354 GMT on Oct. 1). Watch it live in the window above, courtesy of ULA.

From ULA:

Rocket: Delta IV Heavy

Mission: NROL-44 Launch

Date: Sun., Sept. 27, 2020

Launch Time: 12:10 a.m. EDT

Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Mission Information: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Launch Notes: This will be 141st mission for United Launch Alliance and our 29th for the NRO. It is the 385th Delta launch since 1960, the 12th Delta IV Heavy and the 8th Heavy for the NRO.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunchtwitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #DeltaIVHeavy #NROL44

‘ISS Live!’ Tune in to the space station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the “ISS Live” broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

From NASA:

“Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During ‘loss of signal’ periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

“Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.” 

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