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Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:01 pm

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SpaceX's DM1 is vertical on the pad. I can't wait to see this take off. IT was supposed to be the 17th-ish, but I'm not sure that's going to happen. More likely at the end of the month.
It's a milestone for sure, but the actual launch isn't going to be as fun as the first Falcon Heavy launch (and landing), though the auto-dock with ISS should be interesting. And it won't be as nerve-wracking as their first crewed launch. Nothing like having actual lives at stake to ratchet up the tension.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:23 pm

What a great launch. I tried to take some shots from the house, but somehow I lost my tripod hotshoe and they didn’t come out great.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:33 am

I was freaking out when there were sparks coming from the bottom of the first stage and then the transmission cut out. :o

Phew!
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:44 am

They needed that booster to use for the IFA in APril. They're going to intentioinally blow it up to make sure hte capsule reacts correctly. The capsule that is launching in 8 days on DM1 is the one they are using for the IFA also. This is crazy. They will use a capsule that has already flown and a first stage booster that has flown and landed 3 times. The last with only a ~6 week turnaround.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:12 am

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They needed that booster to use for the IFA in APril. They're going to intentioinally blow it up to make sure hte capsule reacts correctly. The capsule that is launching in 8 days on DM1 is the one they are using for the IFA also. This is crazy. They will use a capsule that has already flown and a first stage booster that has flown and landed 3 times. The last with only a ~6 week turnaround.

What could possibly go wrong? :lol:
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:19 pm

You forgot to mention that they are going to do this while the rocket is at maximum aerodynamic pressure (Max Q), so the 2nd stage is definitely going to get ripped to shreds with the supersonic wind hitting it and the abort thrusters from the escaping capsule also hitting it. Should make an interesting fireball!
 
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Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:35 pm

I’m not one to brag, but I’m current sitting at lunch with family across the river from a booster that has flown to space 3x.
 
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Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:38 pm

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I’m not one to brag, but I’m current sitting at lunch with family across the river from a booster that has flown to space 3x.


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Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:08 am

I'm so excited for the launch tonight. There's a meetup on the coast at 7, then going to watch with some folks at 2:49 EST tomorrow morning. It should be fabulous. SpaceX has said there is going to be a new webcast format which should be epic, including views from within the capsule.

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Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:10 am

Ah! You beat me to this post. Gotta remember to set my alarm for a few hours early when I go to bed tonight. So stoked!
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:32 pm

Saw it on the news this morning; Nasa spokesman said they could not do this without them (space-X and Boeing). I was thinking, well actually we did do this without them. :D I watched it happen. But I guess he was referring to congress not making enough money available for NASA to do it. I guess this way there is some cost shifting to market capitalization and also blame shifting if anything goes Challenger wrong.

I'll be setting my clock early to watch this too. I hope that sound traveler (indirect link) gets to film this launch.
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:03 pm

I don’t think Trevor has Destin’s binaural microphone with him this trip. I’ll ask him when I see him in a few hours. It’ll probably sound about the same, just not quite a solid and the booster is landing out at sea so you won’t hear the sonic booms on return.
 
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Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:03 am

Alright, I'm awake, lets do this!
 
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Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:36 pm

I went to the Max Brewer Bridge to watch. What a fantastic view. Would recommend. For a pretty good streak shot, albeit a little overexposed. It was an amazing, exhilarating experience.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:53 am

And splashdown of the Dragon 2!
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:16 am

Congrats the SpaceX team. That is a very scorched marshmallow.
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:18 am

The chutes were freaking me out. Phew!
 
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:05 pm

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The chutes were freaking me out. Phew!

Me too.

I don't know anything about their design or if other craft do that, but is it normal for them to rotate around and shuffle positions like that? I kept waiting for one to become entangled or fold up when bouncing off its neighbor.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:03 am

Furthest object yet in our system has been discovered. We already have Farout. So of course they named it Farfarout.

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drfish wrote:
The chutes were freaking me out. Phew!

Me too.

I don't know anything about their design or if other craft do that, but is it normal for them to rotate around and shuffle positions like that? I kept waiting for one to become entangled or fold up when bouncing off its neighbor.


I wondered the very same thing. However Apollo used a nearly identical 3-chute system but without the cords braided together halfway up, which seems even more dangerous than SapceX's implementation.
 
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Re: Space Thread

Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:41 am

Think we're going to see some hopping today? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7zia2HqOOc

Hopefully at least a static fire...
 
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Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:13 pm

They had a static fire of the pre-burners. Remember, on the Raptor, there are 2 pre-bunrers that power the turbopumps. One that runs fuel-rich. The other runs oxygen rich. The output of both are then dumped into the main ignition chamber with the actual Fuel/Oxidizer.
Also, the next Falcon Heavy is rolling out to thepad this week for a static fire over the weekend. I'm so excited.
 
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Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:43 am

For all the boondoggle that is the SLS, was some interesting points Falcon Heavy for NASA Moon Shots? NASA Chief Talks Challenges
 
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Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:19 pm

In the last 24 hours we’ve had a successful static fire of the 2nd Falcon Heavy. Now scheduled for Tuesday launch, but Wednesday is more likely given the weather.
Last night we also had the first “hop” of Starship. So amazing to see a rocket built in a field fly (by the very loosest definition of fly).
 
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:44 pm

I don’t know about you guys but I am completely stoked for the Falcon Heavy launch tomorrow. I have a meeting until about 330 so hopefully I can make it out there in time to find somewhere to park and watch.
 
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:24 pm

Sitting by the water ~15 miles away. Ready to go!
 
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:47 pm

Let the waiting begin, again... :cry:
 
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:17 pm

What are you guys complaining about. We got a black hole picture today. :D
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:15 pm

As always, the scale involved with these things is just bonkers. Just the "shadow" of the black hole is nearly the size of our entire solar system, and the relativistic jets extend from the black hole for nearly 5000 light years. :o
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Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:11 pm

Hell yeah, fully successful mission. My heart is still racing. Finally got all that darn dust out of my eyes, though.

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