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

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

  1. GatorBen

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    I probably would have turned them down on that offer too. For most any meaningful payloads the payload itself will cost much more than the $90 million launch price SpaceX is quoting on Falcon Heavy or the $62 million they’re quoting on Falcon 9.

    You’d have to be pretty bold to risk blowing up hundreds of millions of dollars of specially built payload by flying it on an experimental rocket’s first test flight to save $50-90 million.
     
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  2. demosthenes

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    Right. Just underscores the importance of showing they could do it. If something had gone wrong they’d have to conduct yet another test flight to get anyone on board.

    I wonder if any insurance company would have even insured the payload on a test flight?
     
  3. TitletownGator

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    That is just spectacular.
     
  4. TitletownGator

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    Could this mark the beginning of the revival of the old "can-do" American spirit? Why not a "moon shot" to cure cancer next? Or to go to Mars? Or to finally come up with a clean, cheap and renewable way to power all of our stuff? Or....whatever some enterprising American somewhere can dream up on the back of a napkin and work his or her tail off to make come true?
     
  5. fastsix

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    I don't know how much they get paid to launch a satellite, but at least Tesla got millions of dollars of free advertising.
     
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    I think you're not really giving credit to the old "can-do" American spirit that's been here all along. Look at your iPhone, now imagine that from the perspective of the 1960s. It's like the communicator in Star Trek met Dick Tracy's watch, but 1000x better. Look at Google - the answer to almost any question you can think of, and you don't even have to get off the couch. And of course the Internet in general. It's a pretty big deal, but because it all happened more organically than the actual "moon shot", we kind of take it all for granted.
     
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  7. fastsix

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    If anybody was wondering about the double sonic booms, answer is here.
    Explanation is for the space shuttle, but I'm guessing it's the same reason.

    https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1047


    I actually got to see/hear the shuttle once on it's way to land.

     
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  8. gnvgator

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    THANX PEGEEN!
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  10. tilly

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    We saw the launch driving down the coast on 95. Kids thought it was cool.
    It reminded me of all the shuttle launches watched from over in Sarasota when I was a kid.
     
  11. demosthenes

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    Do you know if the Tesla still has the booster(?) attached to it? Or is it just a car an nothing else.
     
  13. demosthenes

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    Attached. It should look like the below. The gray plaque with the X contains all the SpaceX employee names.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. exiledgator

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    Nominal mission.

    Planned docking in two days.

    The first stage is not recovered. It will be expended into the Atlantic, performing some tests to collect data on its way.

    Just another day in the private space industry.
     
  16. GatorBen

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    For at least the past two business days, it literally has been. They launched a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg in California on Friday morning carrying 10 IridiumNext mobile communications satellites (using a previously flown first stage that they tested on re-entry and did not attempt to recover).
     
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  17. fastsix

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    Here's Virgin's (not quite) space ship.

    There is no sound to this video.
     
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  18. exiledgator

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    Musk takes a lot of heat for setting ridiculous expectations, but he's meeting one this year: launch cadence.

    He set the goal of one launch every two weeks years ago and so far spacex is at a 13 day clip for 2018. That's a pace for 27 launches this year. They put up 18 in 2017.

    30-40/year is their eventual goal.
     
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    Anyone got a spare 200k for a brother?
     
  20. exiledgator

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    To make this thread TH:

    NOAA forces SpaceX to shut down broadcast of latest launch due to antiquated imaging laws. (My Title :))

    The Spaceman stunt likely brought this issue to the forefront. Basically, there's an old cold war reg that requires a NOAA license and regulation to broadcast any imagery of Earth from Space. After Spaceman's Earthly backdrop saturated the internet for a few days, NOAA went for it's fees.

    Funny, NOAA says SpaceX reached out to them for the license, and SpaceX say, nah, NOAA hunted us down.

    Also: Sperm.