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Old 02-06-2018, 04:24 PM
 
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Just watched the Falcon Heavy lift off. Perfect mission. What a sight. The two side boosters stuck the landing.
Almost brought a tear to my eye, that sort of precision. Amazing launch.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Anyone heard yet if the central booster landed successfully? I know the two side ones did (amazing shot!) but the feed on the drone ship quit as it was supposed to land. Been searching, can't find any updates yet.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Anyone heard yet if the central booster landed successfully? I know the two side ones did (amazing shot!) but the feed on the drone ship quit as it was supposed to land. Been searching, can't find any updates yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbSw...tu.be&t=34m10s

"center core defect on shutdown" at 34:10
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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You make some good points, but the real killer would be if SpaceX can make a "SuperHeavy" version that duplicates SLS's LEO and Mars capacities. Then there would be no point for the SLS.
That's what the BFR is for. There will probably be a BFR heavy before the SLS flies. Also probably be 1/10th the development cost!

Incredible launch today! I heard the center core went in the drink because they weren't able to dump enough velocity to ensure a safe barge landing. Oh well, 2/3 ain't bad. The biggest success is payload delivery!
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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"center core defect on shutdown" at 34:10
Hard to hear them over the stupid music. I'd assume the worst if there hasn't been an update.

Great to see the current generations getting excited about a space program again. Still remember some of the early Apollo missions, first flight around the moon and of course the first landing. That was an amazing time to be alive. 50 years to even come close to what we had accomplished is way too long.
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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So now that we have a private enterprise shooting a road legal car into orbit sending its feed back to the public in real time, can the flat-earthers please shut up?
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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So now that we have a private enterprise shooting a road legal car into orbit sending its feed back to the public in real time, can the flat-earthers please shut up?
They'll just use their usual catch-all statement: "It's computer-generated imagery."
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:43 PM
 
Location: New York City
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"Though the Falcon Heavy’s outer cores successfully landed after launch this afternoon, the middle core of SpaceX’s huge rocket missed the drone ship where it was supposed to land, a source tells The Verge. SpaceX later confirmed The Verge’s reporting in a press conference.

The center core was only able to relight one of the three engines necessary to land, and so it hit the water at 300 miles per hour. Two engines on the drone ship were taken out when it crashed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press call after the rocket launch."


https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16...failed-landing
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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"Though the Falcon Heavy’s outer cores successfully landed after launch this afternoon, the middle core of SpaceX’s huge rocket missed the drone ship where it was supposed to land, a source tells The Verge. SpaceX later confirmed The Verge’s reporting in a press conference.

The center core was only able to relight one of the three engines necessary to land, and so it hit the water at 300 miles per hour. Two engines on the drone ship were taken out when it crashed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press call after the rocket launch."
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So?? The mission was a success.
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16...elon-musk-mars

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Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster, which launched on top of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy earlier today, is going farther out into the Solar System than originally planned. The car was supposed to be put on a path around the Sun that would take the vehicle out to the distance of Mars’ orbit. But the rocket carrying the car seems to have overshot that trajectory and has put the Tesla in an orbit that extends out into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Bummer that they missed the target on the orbital trajectory. Looks like there is some work to do before taking on some commercial payloads, let alone people. Still, quite an accomplishment for a private company to redo what previously took the resources of the entire US government to accomplish. Granted, with 50 years of technology available now that wasn't then, and with all that previous research and knowledge to draw from, it's far less of a stretch in 2018 than it was in 1965.

Looking forward to the next launch. I hope the loss of the core booster doesn't set the next one back too far. Looking back on it it's hard to believe we went from putting up a tiny satellite in 1958 to putting men on the moon and bringing them back in 1969. Just 11 years. So much progress and development in just a decade. With products designed with slide rules and on drafting boards. As impressive was the nuclear submarine program and the Polaris program, all done incredibly quickly without all of today's technology. All the changes between ~1900 and 1970 were amazing. Imagine living through the horse and buggy era and still watch a moon landing. Hard to believe we went from the first powered flight to putting a man on the moon in 66 years. And that in just 1 year it will be 50 years since that first landing. It's liable to take longer than 66 years to go from our first moon landing to the next one. Sad to see how much progress has slowed over the last few decades.
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