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Re: SpaceX

Post by Daehawk » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:08 pm

msteelers wrote:
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Daehawk wrote:I captured and made a 2560x1080 wallpaper of it right before launch. Im using it now. Here it is if anyone wants to use it too.
Did you get a shot of the “Don’t Panic” sign?
No :( I saw it but still had this pic in my cache and it would have overwritten it. That was so funny though lol.
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Post by Bakhtosh » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:19 pm

https://youtu.be/wbSwFU6tY1c?t=2256

The boosters landing was amazing, but I think the drone ship is dead.
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Re: SpaceX

Post by Zaxxon » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:27 pm

Yeah, the fact that we haven't heard that the center core landed implies it's highly likely to have been lost.

Still, though. This is a huge success as far as test missions go. Yesterday Musk was saying he'd be reasonably happy if the thing got far enough to not damage the launch pad before something went wrong. Successful parking orbit for the payload, plus 2 (maybe 3) booster recoveries? Awesome.

Now we wait around 5 hours for the coast proof-of-capability to complete before the final burn to send the Roadster on its way to the Hohmann transfer.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by xwraith » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:32 pm

*blinks*

Did we just launch a car into space?
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Re: SpaceX

Post by coopasonic » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:35 pm

I don't know... Earth looks pretty flat in those pictures.

This was the first launch I have watched since challenger when I was in high school. It looked just like Kerbal Space Program, but with less spinning and screaming!
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Re: SpaceX

Post by coopasonic » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:35 pm

xwraith wrote:
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*blinks*

Did we just launch a car into space?
It depends on your definition of we. I guess you could credit humanity with it, but I'd mostly credit SpaceX.
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Re: SpaceX

Post by LordMortis » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:38 pm

I get the David Bowie and all but I think Take a Ride (Heavy Metal) would have been better for me.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Bakhtosh » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:39 pm

Odds that David Bowie's corpse was is in that space suit?
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Re: SpaceX

Post by xwraith » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:49 pm

coopasonic wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:35 pm

It depends on your definition of we. I guess you could credit humanity with it, but I'd mostly credit SpaceX.
I don't know if Marvin is going to make much of a distinction, and he's got that Q-36 explosive space modulator, and the will to use it.
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Post by Bakhtosh » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:50 pm

He used that on the core tho...
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Post by xwraith » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:56 pm



If you want to see "Starman" live.
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Re: SpaceX

Post by Kurth » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:35 pm

That was amazing. Just amazing.
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Post by Daehawk » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:21 pm

The car video should be playing Major Tom.
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Re: SpaceX

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Aliasbuck » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:33 pm

msteelers wrote:
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We were able to see the rocket from outside our office. I’ve seen a lot of launches over the years, and that might have been the fastest I’ve ever seen something lift off. Very cool.
I have to agree. Watched from outside my office too and that thing got up and out of visual range in a hurry. Amazing to watch.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by hitbyambulance » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:01 pm

how many km is this car above the earth right now? i tried looking for the info but couldn't find.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Zaxxon » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:08 pm

hitbyambulance wrote:how many km is this car above the earth right now? i tried looking for the info but couldn't find.
7000 km. Will get much further starting in about 90 min.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Holman » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:31 pm

So... Is the car coming back? Staying in orbit?

I haven't followed the itinerary.
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Post by coopasonic » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:45 pm

Holman wrote:
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So... Is the car coming back? Staying in orbit?

I haven't followed the itinerary.
https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/ ... esla-mars/
The Falcon Heavy launch would place the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, meaning that like the planets and comets and so on, it will be orbiting the sun. More specifically, the Muskmobile will go into a type of heliocentric orbit called Trans-Mars injection, which it is the easiest and least energy-intensive way to move objects back and forth between Earth and Mars.
The orbit will bring the roadster "close" to earth and mars every couple of years, but it's not going to either place (at least not intentionally).
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Re: SpaceX

Post by Holman » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:48 pm

Thanks!

I was wondering whether it would become an expensive meteor for collectors to gather bits.
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Post by Kraken » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:27 pm

Holman wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:48 pm
Thanks!

I was wondering whether it would become an expensive meteor for collectors to gather bits.
Its orbit will be stable for hundreds of millions to billions of years, assuming no unforeseen perturbations (which are fairly likely on that timescale). The car's battery, OTOH, will only last 12 hours, so it will be an inert glob of metal and plastic. I'll predict that somebody will retrieve that car for a museum piece within the next century or two.

I was astonished to hear that BFR could fly short hops as early as next year. (BFR being the Big Freaking Rocket that can take humans to Mars and the moon.)

Also: Hot Wheels made a model of the Tesla roadster, and the one in orbit has that model on its dashboard with a tiny Starman inside it.

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Kraken wrote:
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Thanks!

I was wondering whether it would become an expensive meteor for collectors to gather bits.
Its orbit will be stable for hundreds of millions to billions of years, assuming no unforeseen perturbations (which are fairly likely on that timescale). The car's battery, OTOH, will only last 12 hours, so it will be an inert glob of metal and plastic. I'll predict that somebody will retrieve that car for a museum piece within the next century or two.

I was astonished to hear that BFR could fly short hops as early as next year. (BFR being the Big Freaking Rocket that can take humans to Mars and the moon.)

Also: Hot Wheels made a model of the Tesla roadster, and the one in orbit has that model on its dashboard with a tiny Starman inside it.
But is there a tiny model on *its* dashboard, with an even tinier Sharman inside??
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Post by Daehawk » Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:04 am

I love how he talked about the center booster. Said it didn't have enough ignition fuel to light the engines to slow it down for landing. The center lit but the 2 outside ones did not so it hit the water at about 300 mph and took out 2 engines on the drone ship lol. Then he just laughed it off and said he hopes theres some video of it because that would be cool and he'd post it up for us to see. I like this guy more and more.

Kinda weird though as on the two side boosters you can see just how much flame there is from the center before the two sides light and you'd think that would spark the other two.
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Re: SpaceX

Post by Holman » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:11 am

Given the booster problems and the orbital overshoot, was this launch really a success?

I know the FH is awesome, and the visuals were amazing, but... you kind of want your spaceship to go where you intended, don't you? Isn't that the point of rocket science?

I'm not sure I'd want to be Musk's astronaut before this part gets worked out.
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Post by Combustible Lemur » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:21 am

Holman wrote:Given the booster problems and the orbital overshoot, was this launch really a success?

I know the FH is awesome, and the visuals were amazing, but... you kind of want your spaceship to go where you intended, don't you? Isn't that the point of rocket science?

I'm not sure I'd want to be Musk's astronaut before this part gets worked out.
Since he considered clearing the launch pad as a 50/50 proposition. I think he's comfortable considering it a success. Also, two boosters landing simultaneously is maybe the coolest shit ever. Living in science fiction.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:22 am

This IS working it out. And this time, we don't have to send animals up and hope we can keep them alive.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Zaxxon » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:36 am

Also, exceeding the intended orbit was apparently intentional.

The core booster crashing wasn't great, but it's an older rev (block 4) that they weren't going to reuse anyway. All future Falcon 9 launches will be block 5.

Given that they weren't sure the FH would clear the pad without doing damage that'd take 6 months to repair, I'd say getting the launch off without a hitch, recovering 2 boosters, and having the payload reach interplanetary orbit counts as a success. As Isg said, this was a test mission to work things out. They worked some things out.

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Post by Daehawk » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:36 pm

Was it just me that thought it moved fast and was very quickly over?

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Post by raydude » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:49 pm

Zaxxon wrote:
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Also, exceeding the intended orbit was apparently intentional.

The core booster crashing wasn't great, but it's an older rev (block 4) that they weren't going to reuse anyway. All future Falcon 9 launches will be block 5.

Given that they weren't sure the FH would clear the pad without doing damage that'd take 6 months to repair, I'd say getting the launch off without a hitch, recovering 2 boosters, and having the payload reach interplanetary orbit counts as a success. As Isg said, this was a test mission to work things out. They worked some things out.
My mind is still blown by the near simultaneous landing. Even with the loss of the center booster I'd say it was a resounding success.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Zaxxon » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:53 pm

Agreed. By the way, SpaceX re-uploaded the launch webcast late last night with a fixed feed of the 2 returning boosters (they now show both rather than a mistakenly-duplicated feed from one booster).

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Post by Daehawk » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:01 pm

I noticed that dupe feed on todays viewing.

I think losing the 3rd one bothers me a hell of a lot more than it does Musk. I would have loved a seemingly perfect thing.
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Re: SpaceX

Post by Holman » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:13 pm

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Agreed. By the way, SpaceX re-uploaded the launch webcast late last night with a fixed feed of the 2 returning boosters (they now show both rather than a mistakenly-duplicated feed from one booster).
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Agreed. By the way, SpaceX re-uploaded the launch webcast late last night with a fixed feed of the 2 returning boosters (they now show both rather than a mistakenly-duplicated feed from one booster).
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Post by Daehawk » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:21 pm

Hahaha that red sports car must be doing near 24,000 kph....no cop will ever catch him for a ticket.
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Re: SpaceX

Post by Jag » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:56 pm

LordMortis wrote:
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I get the David Bowie and all but I think Take a Ride (Heavy Metal) would have been better for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MyfInT1y0c
For a guy that stamped Don't Panic on the car, a copy of Hitchhikers and a towel in the glove box, no way that symbolism wasn't intentional. He also learned programming on a Vic-20 in the early 80s. He's like one of us, just with a few billion $ more and a bit more ambition.

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Re: SpaceX

Post by Bakhtosh » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:36 pm

I want video of that thing hitting the water at 300 mph....so...bad...
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