This has been a crazy but pretty amazing trip to Florida.
Flight out of LA on Monday afternoon. Got into the hotel in Cocoa Beach at Midnight. There was a line at the desk. Got to sleep at 1 a.m., up at 4:30 to try to get a prime viewing spot on the beach. Finally got there at about 8 a.m. Then a very long wait while they wanted for upper level winds to calm down. Then an amazing launch 15 minutes before the window closed.
Loved watching this from the beach. People were yelling and cheering, just a great atmosphere. Out in Mojave I see nothing but sand but no water. Being able to like on the beach listening to the waves crash all day was amazing. I went swimming at least three times. I just miss all that so much living where I do.
We were able to see two high altitude burns on the side boosters and then ones as they approached the landing zones. Then the boosters disappeared behind the dunes. The beach was then rocked a pair of sonic booms and the roars of the engines.
Elon Musk said yesterday that central core slammed into the ocean at about 500 kph about 100 meters off the drone ship, damaging the vessel in the process. They were planning to send the Red Tesla with the spaceman aboard near Mars, but apparently it’s going to the asteroid belt.
Congratulations to everyone at SpaceX on a spectacular success yesterday.