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RT @SpaceXJobs: SpaceX employees at HQ in Hawthorne had the opportunity yesterday to meet the first four @nasa astronauts who will fly aboa… source:

With the Red Planet in sight, Falcon 9 launched Merah Putih to orbit last night and completed SpaceX’s 15th flight of a previously flown rocket booster. source:

Successful deployment of Merah Putih to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. source:

Final second stage engine cutoff nominal. Webcast returns in ~4 minutes for satellite deployment. source:

Second stage and satellite now in coast phase. The webcast will return in ~10 minutes for second stage engine restart and satellite deployment. source:

First stage entry burn complete. Second stage continuing nominally to geostationary transfer orbit. source:

Main engine cutoff and stage separation confirmed. Second stage engine burn underway. source:

T-30 minutes until Falcon 9 launch of Merah Putih. Launch webcast will go live about 15 minutes before liftoff → source:

Falcon 9 and Merah Putih are vertical on Pad 40 in Florida. Weather is 80% favorable for the two-hour launch window, which opens Tuesday, August 7 at 1:18 a.m. EST, 5:18 a.m. UTC. source:

Dragon returned home yesterday after its second month-long stay at the @Space_Station. It’s now headed to port for a cargo handover to @nasa. source:

Splashdown of Dragon confirmed. Recovery team en route. source: