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PostSubject: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:55 pm

... if the gods are kind. 1:30 Eastern. I'll be watching.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:02 pm

That was absolutely fucking awesome. Went later than scheduled, but smooth as silk, and seeing the two side boosters land simultaneously was magic.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:30 pm

Missed it. Is there footage online somewhere?
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:06 pm

Found some. Wow. That absolutely looks too perfect to be real. Kudos to Elon & the Space-X team.

What's with thte shots of the Tesla Roadster in space? Are they sending one to Mars? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:23 pm

Yes. For a test flight, usually the payload is weighted with concrete blocks, or something equally boring. Musk is a much better showman than that. He sent up his own cherry red Tesla Roadster, complete with a test dummy (called Starman) wearing the new SpaceX spacesuit. And the final orbit is supposed to be an elliptical solar one that reaches out to the vicinity of Mars orbit at aphelion.


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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:46 pm

Apparently the center core ran out of fuel on the way down. Arrived at 300mph. Still, an excellent first test flight.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:37 pm

Did it punch a hole in the barge?  Flatten itself to scrap metal?  The barge "landing" was notably absent from the online footage.

Elon's Roadster was aboard the Core?
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:53 am

I don't know, but I expect it missed the barge. If it didn't, it would certainly leave a dent! Apparently they do have some film, but I haven't seen it posted anywhere yet.

No. The whole thing has five parts. There are three booster cores. On top of that is "stage two" - I suppose it's OK to still call it that, counting all three boosters together as stage one. And on top of that is the payload. Infographic.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:27 am

I found an article that stated that 2 of the 3 re-entry rockets failed to fire, so the core impacted the water at 300 mph, missing the barge completely. It's probably a total loss. But the payload -- Elon's Roadster -- was delivered to LEO and they're still hoping to initiate a burn that'll take it on a slow trajectory to Mars.

I imagine the Roadster is a mockup, without batteries. Possibly just a fiberglass shell?
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:32 pm

Possible trajectories for the Mars intercept.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:08 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:45 pm

Pretty good job - except for the core mishap. Watching the two first-stage rockets landing was really cool.

If I may digress - the core's problems exhibit why computers should not be depended on with potentially destructive equipment. I would not have been enthusiastic about having Elon's rockets flying around my area. And if he ever gets his shit together on his plans which take place at Vandenberg, I will be disgruntled.


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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:00 pm

Trump congratulated Elon Musk w.r.t. Falcon Heavy, and said it shows American ingenuity at its best.

Social media gleefully pointing out that Musk was born and raised in shithole South Africa.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:09 pm

I like this one:
Quote :
"They have answered our request", said the Apprentice.
"Good. Play it, apprentice", replied the Master.
"Uh, Master, it is not in the form we requested" said the Apprentice in a querulous voice.
"What form is it in?", demanded the Master.
"See for yourself, please", answered the Apprentice.
Upon seeing the gift, the Master turned despondent.
"We ask for more Chuck Berry, and they send us this?!?"
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:13 pm

The Master's despondency is appropriate and easily understood.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:06 pm

Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Core Booster Crashed

Sidebar: I'm not sure if they do (or plan to do) ground landings at Vandenberg. They have a barge ("Just Read The Instructions") out in the Pacific.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:22 pm

Didn't the two boosters come down on land?
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:27 pm

Yes. I'm just not sure if he's planning to do all that from Vandenberg, or just run the big stuff from Florida. Still, even if he only runs Falcon 9s from Vandy, they land those boosters, and probably will want to do that on land, too. So yeah, wear your crash helmet.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:43 pm

There is a Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg scheduled for Wednesday. They have launched Falcon 9s from there previously, but I don't know whether or not they are trying to land the boosters.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:15 pm

Just to be safe better wear your motorcycle helmet.
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:17 pm

Don't have one. Don't believe in them
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PostSubject: Re: Falcon Heavy launches tomorrow   Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:11 pm

Oh, they're real alright.  Here's a picture of one. You can google it.
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