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Old 04-12-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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Definitely been a good few months for SpaceX.

The accomplishment isn't just one of technology, it's breaking into the entente formed by Congress, NASA, the DoD, and Lockheed/Boeing. It's a billion-dollar industry, and they do not like sharing. Boeing and Lockheed's C-suite was praying for an explosion last night. And they're on the phone with their buddies in Congress today.

Note how Bridenstine was brought to heel once he dared mention private lift capacity for the Moon?

I completely expect NASA to find a bit of extra red tape to keep Crew Dragon from flying the first manned mission to the ISS. SpaceX will loft satellites for the private sector and keep developing their technology, while Rocketdyne will make money by charging the taxpayer for tinkering with the Space Shuttle tech they developed in the 1970s.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:16 PM
 
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Apparently Space-X lost the center booster due to heavy waves, causing it to fall into the ocean on the trip back to Florida. One more problem to fix...
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:47 PM
 
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Apparently Space-X lost the center booster due to heavy waves, causing it to fall into the ocean on the trip back to Florida. One more problem to fix...
I always wondered about that, I assumed once the booster lands on the floating barge or whatever it's called, they must tie/strap it down somehow? Having been on "smaller" ships in various oceans and knowing how swelling it can get, and how tall the booster is, I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often, do they strap it from the top as well and how do they get to the top of the booster, while on the barge?
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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Apparently Space-X lost the center booster due to heavy waves, causing it to fall into the ocean on the trip back to Florida. One more problem to fix...
We're gonna need a bigger boat...
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