Mark your calendars space fans...SpaceX launch Feb 6th

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    Will be exciting either way. The payload of a Tesla Roadster will either set out for Mars or end up in a fireball.


    WASHINGTON — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said Jan. 27 that the company will attempt a first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6.

    The announcement came three days after the rocket completed a static-fire test at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, a final test milestone before the launch itself. Musk said the test was “good” shortly after the test, but neither he nor the company provided additional details.

    “Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy,” Musk tweeted. “Easy viewing from the public causeway.”

    Musk did not disclose a time for the launch, but other documents suggest the company has reserved a three-hour launch window opening at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. A backup launch opportunity exists for the following day.

    http://spacenews.com/spacex-sets-first-falcon-heavy-launch-for-feb-6/
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    I'd be surprised if it landed intact.
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    The booster or the roadster? I dont believe either of their survival is planned.
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    I smell Icarus...
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    we have not seen a booster this powerful since the last moon launch
    I turned on the local news to see when the rain would clear and they were talkin g about it-said sometime after 230 on the 6th
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    Musk keeps expectations diwn, constantly saying there's a high chance if failure. Either way, he says, "it should be exciting!"
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    The three first-stage boosters are planned to land back on Earth, two at Kennedy and one on a barge in the Atlantic. The Roadster isn’t going to land anywhere if all goes as planned. It’s supposed to travel to Mars and then be launched from orbit into a million-year heliocentric orbit.
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    Sounds like the Trump presidency.

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    .... playing Space Oddity in an "endless" loop

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    I haven't seen any mention of fairing recovery. Do you know if that's planned for FH, too?
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    wish they would do these on the weekends. Want to get my son over to see a heavy take off
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    Ah, yes. Forgot about that.

    It prompts a couple questions for me. How long can the batteries last? Is it actually “playing” if there’s no atmosphere to transmit sound? Does it take less power since it’s in a vacuum? Or will the Tesla remain in the capsule with air?

    The pragmatic side of me thinks they should be taking this opportunity to launch some supplies like water on this launch instead of the Roadster. But I understand the showmanship and eccentricities of a multi-billionaire.
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    You can buy tickets to watch these launches. Not sure if this one is sold out but it will be a spectacle I’m sure.

    They’re planning to launch another one this year for the military.
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    Totes.

    I'm imagining some footage/audio of the inside of the capsule as she leaves the stratosphere. The greatest hat salesman ever knows how to sell.

    I got my Boring Company hat, BTW. Unfortunately, Elon didn't deliver it. Steve from USPS did instead.
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    I’ve heard nothing of it. At this point I’m guessing they will just be happy with a successful launch and recovery of the boosters would be a bonus. If his launch doesn’t go as planned I wonder if the military will postpone their launch until SpaceX demonstrates the Falcon Heavy can actually launch?
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    So they will separate and land individually.... That's awesome. I actually give them pretty good odds on those landings, since the regular falcons already do it so well.

    I wonder if I'll be able to see it down here in Fort Lauderdale. I have seen a space shuttle's vapor trail before, but conditions have to be about perfect. Are falcon rockets bigger than the old shuttle SRBs?
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    Wait, are we talking about Musk or Trump?
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    The Falcon Heavy (3 Falcons bolted together for a total of 27 Merlin 1b engines) has almost twice the thrust of the Shuttle: 5,130,000 lbf v 2,800,000 lbf at sea level.

    It's a beast.

    But still no Saturn V: 7,891,000 lbf at sea level.
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    If it's sending out radio waves that the Martians can pick up and listen to, then I'd say it's playing.

    Regardless, a car orbiting mars is pretty funny, at least if it's literally just the car. If it's in some type of capsule, that's pretty boring.
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