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

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by demosthenes, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. TitletownGator

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    With all due respect, ridiculous. Elon Musk dreams big, may not always succeed, but if you don't try you are guaranteed not to succeed. He has shown that he can build a rocket that can put a BIG payload into space at a fraction of the cost in the past and has come up with amazing innovations like the reusable boosters. Watching them land is simply incredible.

    Mankind needs dreams. Space exploration is a big dream and the scientific and technological benefits that come with it we can't even imagine.

    If we didn't have people like Elon Musk willing to dream big and take enormous risks like this then we would all still be stuck in a cave somewhere in France or Africa or wherever our respective ancestors came from.
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    SpaceX News Conference about to start:

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    News conference starting imminently - waiting on Musk to sit down and then will begin.
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    That live chat is distracting, and scrolls so fast you can't even read it.
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    Nah.....it's too easy for someone to whine and crybaby about things because others have the vision, ambition, drive, and determination to actually accomplish something.

    I guess when someone realizes they will likely never accomplish any success in life, it makes more sense to them to be envious of those who DO, and find unjustified fault with those who have the vision to make them happen. (And then later whine that they are not "giving away" all their profits from their risks.)
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    Center core did not have enough propellant remaining to refire all of the engines necessary to slow it’s descent and impacted the water at about 300 mph.

    If the cameras were not destroyed they ought to have “some pretty epic footage” of that and they will release it if they are able to.

    Were not planning to reuse it anyways, and are not going to reuse the side-boosters either because although they are in good shape, they are hybrid Gen-3 Gen-4 boosters and SpaceX is going to be moving to only flying Gen-5.
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    Payload has enough fuel remaining to insert it into its intended heliocentric orbit, and they will be doing that burn in a few hours if the fuel doesn’t freeze, the oxygen doesn’t boil off, and the electronics don’t get fried by radiation in the meantime.
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    Very Cool! Who did they get to drive the car and how long will his or her oxygen last (LOL)?
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    Yeah we watched one from the waterfront in Titusville once. It was like instant daylight when they fired up the engines.
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    If you want a cool toy to play with trying to track where Starman is(good luck btw), try this interactive map. It is unreal how many things are currently in orbit.

    http://stuffin.space/
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    Amazing!

    Where's Sanford and Son when you need them?
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    Don’t know that it’s in that tool yet. Believe the international object designator for the Tesla is 2018-017A, and that’s not showing up in their search yet.
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    Very cool watching the boosters land. We are innately explorers.
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    If I am not mistaken, here is an excerpt of today's mission...

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    Interesting. The center core must have made it close to the drone ship since the cameras were obscured by water spray for a time.
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    You have a long way to go as a wet blanket. Instead of idly complaining, you could be out there starting a hoaxer movement or helping to dig up some bitter over-the-hill golddigger whose tit Musk surely must have grabbed 25 years ago at a frat party because she says so.
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    Wonder if he left the turn signal on
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    Also....did they have the radio turned on? If so--would the sound be audible? Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum(as far as I know) so what would be the result of it were playing? Dead silence?o_O
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    Yeah, I never get tired of watching the landings. Even though I more or less understand how it's done, it still seems like a minor miracle.