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    Default Falcon 9: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (stage AND fairings recovered)

    Should be some seriously intrresting info coming out of this one.

    Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
    Customer: NASA

    Date: April 16, 2018
    Time: 1832 EDT/2232 UTC
    Core: B1045 (last Block 4)
    Pad: LC-40
    Landing: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You

    Info: https://www.nasa.gov/content/about-tess



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    @SpaceX
    Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete - targeting April 16 launch of @NASA_TESS from Pad 40 in Florida.

    https://twitter.com/spacex/status/984146401578827776
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    Webcast about 20-25 minutes before launch

    Time: 1832 Eastern/2232 UT

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    Michael Baylor @nextspaceflight
    SpaceX recovered the entire fairing intact (both halves) for the first time during the TESS mission.

    The next step is to achieve the precision necessary to catch the halves before they hit the water. Good video from @USLaunchReport.
    5:59 PM - Apr 24, 2018
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