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12 tries. 1 I simply let fall to see what happened :P
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Successful landing tonight. https://youtu.be/1B6oiLNyKKI

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So amazing, totally gave me the chills. Here's an HD sequence from a helicopter.

Great backgrounder here on the significance, don't miss the comparison (or more accurately how there is no comparison) to Blue Origin.

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That's some B-movie Buck Rogers stuff right there. :clap:

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Yeah, Bezos totally walked into the fire with his asinine tweet...

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Enough wrote:So amazing, totally gave me the chills. Here's an HD sequence from a helicopter.

Great backgrounder here on the significance, don't miss the comparison (or more accurately how there is no comparison) to Blue Origin.
Thanks for both of those!
Zaxxon wrote:Yeah, Bezos totally walked into the fire with his asinine tweet...
Musk's tweet after the BO launch wasn't exactly great either, but Bezos should have taken the high road.
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Agreed on Musk's tweet. I do think he had a bit more reason to go there though, as there were a lot of articles somewhat incorrectly stating that Blue Origin had beaten SpaceX to the punch at the time.

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Zaxxon wrote:Agreed on Musk's tweet. I do think he had a bit more reason to go there though, as there were a lot of articles somewhat incorrectly stating that Blue Origin had beaten SpaceX to the punch at the time.
Both of these guys pay a lot of money to PR people for their companies. They should let them do their jobs. :D
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Whatever Musk is paying his PR guy, it's not enough. What a nightmare job.

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I'm making a note here: huge success:
SpaceX completed an historic vertical landing of its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday night — the first time such a feat had been achieved.

The launch and landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, were the first from the private U.S. spaceflight company since its rocket exploded on liftoff in June.
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SpaceX had not previously attempted to land a rocket on land, and it marked the firm's first successful attempt to recover a rocket from an orbital flight.

Previous attempts, all unsuccessful, were attempted on floating landing pads.

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You know Zax is aleady on it...
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:doh:

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And suddenly I have the urge to fire up Kerbal Space Program again.

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Hrdina wrote:
Zaxxon wrote:Agreed on Musk's tweet. I do think he had a bit more reason to go there though, as there were a lot of articles somewhat incorrectly stating that Blue Origin had beaten SpaceX to the punch at the time.
Both of these guys pay a lot of money to PR people for their companies. They should let them do their jobs. :D
In some ways I don't mind the posts, it's great to see competition thriving, we need it to!
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Enough wrote:
Hrdina wrote:
Zaxxon wrote:Agreed on Musk's tweet. I do think he had a bit more reason to go there though, as there were a lot of articles somewhat incorrectly stating that Blue Origin had beaten SpaceX to the punch at the time.
Both of these guys pay a lot of money to PR people for their companies. They should let them do their jobs. :D
In some ways I don't mind the posts, it's great to see competition thriving, we need it to!
Oh, I love the competition. It's the ****ing contest that is a little off-putting. Then again, we're talking about rockets, so maybe that's appropriate after all...
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T-5 days to an attempt to repeat the landing, this time on the droneship. Until then, enjoy this recap.

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D'oh! Close, but no cigar: another booster landing failed. After a soft touchdown right on target, a landing strut failed to lock. The booster tipped over and went kerboom.

Successfully landing on a floating platform is important because it requires a lot less fuel than flying all the way back to the launch site on land. The floating platform can be towed downrange so that the booster can basically travel straight down rather than retracing its launch path.

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I just watched that launch from the beach in St. Augustine! Pretty cool!

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Ralph-Wiggum wrote:I just watched that launch from the beach in St. Augustine! Pretty cool!
I'm jealous. Watching it live felt enough like being part of history--seeing it in person...

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Well, to be fair, I saw a large flame and a contrail. We weren't close enough to see it in any detail and I didn't have binoculars. Still was pretty cool though.

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[url\http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0 ... aceX-video]Success #2[/url]
SpaceX had its second successful rocket landing at sea on Friday, lending validity to the idea that private space companies really can make dreams soar.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carried a communications satellite, which it put in orbit. Less than three minutes later, the rocket turned around and headed back toward Earth, ultimately landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX didn’t expect a successful return landing because of the rocket’s high altitude and speed. Elon Musk was jubilant about the mission on Twitter.
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The company is the only one so far to recover a rocket following an orbital launch. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has also performed rocket re-launches and landings, but has yet to put anything into orbit.

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Worth noting that this was a much more difficult landing. Due to the higher velocity and relatively less remaining fuel, they had to light 3 engines for the landing and forego the boostback burn.

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It was off center.
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Another successful droneship landing tonight. I believe that's now 4 by sea and two by land.

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Daehawk wrote:Are the British on their way?
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Give me reusable rockets or give me death.

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Zaxxon wrote:Give me reusable rockets or give me death.
First flight-proven* rocket launch customer is go for a Q4 2016 launch target.

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Lucky. That death thing was coming due in a couple months.
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coopasonic wrote:Lucky. That death thing was coming due in a couple months.
I thought Zax was volunteering to be the first monkey to fly into space in a used rocket.

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I imagine we can kiss that re-flight and any Falcon Heavy 2016 launches goodbye.

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Bummer. No details yet and only video/pics of heavy smoke from a great distance. I guess it's marginally better to lose the vehicle and payload on the launch pad than in flight.

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Rumors I've seen indicated that this occurred around T-3 min, so perhaps a fuel loading issue rather than something with the engines or firing. Of course, rumors can be full of shit.

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Zaxxon wrote:I imagine we can kiss that re-flight and any Falcon Heavy 2016 launches goodbye.
Whew, good thing you opted out of their Space Monkey program!

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Kraken wrote:Bummer. No details yet and only video/pics of heavy smoke from a great distance. I guess it's marginally better to lose the vehicle and payload on the launch pad than in flight.
Unless the explosion damages the launch pad. I'd think that the debris from a failure falling into the ocean is probably not great ecologically but cheaper from an infrastructure POV.

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Payload:
The Amos-6 communications satellite reportedly cost $195 million and was built for Spacecom by Israel Aerospace Industries to serve as a replacement for Spacecom's Amos-2 satellite, which is expected end its mission this year. In October 2015, Facebook and the satellite communications company Eutelsat also announced a $95 million agreement to lease broadband capacity on the satellite from Spacecom, according to SpaceNews.
I'm sure it's insured but ouch.
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