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NFT: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching today at 1:30 EST

giantfan2000 : 2/6/2018 8:01 am
really excited to see this launch ..

if it works all three boosters will land back on earth and Elon Musk's Tesla will be in shot into a heliocentric orbit.

if it doesn't work - it will be a hell of an explosion

either way exciting times again for US space industry
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No confirmation on the last rocket  
Canton : 2/6/2018 3:59 pm : link
Landing on the pad in the ocean....

That was very very  
ChathamMark : 2/6/2018 3:59 pm : link
exciting.
I was geeked out  
NNJ Tom : 2/6/2018 3:59 pm : link
by that. One of the coolest things I ever saw. Wonder what happened to the stage on the landing barge? The "lost" the signal right as it was landing.
They went off the air  
Canton : 2/6/2018 3:59 pm : link
And said to goto the website for confirmation
I was able to see it from my backyard  
Dr. D : 2/6/2018 4:03 pm : link
I live near the FL coast about 120 miles north of Cape. I watched the launch on TV and ran outside after about 20 sec and looked SE and easily saw the plume and then briefly the rocket (with binoc). Very cool.

Hope this is beginning of great things.
Incredible to watch.  
732NYG : 2/6/2018 4:04 pm : link
Just goosebumps the entire time.
That was really the best thing I have seen in a long time  
BlueHurricane : 2/6/2018 4:04 pm : link
A long time
I have been under a rock lately  
TommytheElephant : 2/6/2018 4:05 pm : link
Is that car on the way to Mars now?
That was some cool sh*t!  
fivehead : 2/6/2018 4:06 pm : link
I'm glad it was delayed. I was able to gather the kids around the TV and watch it together.
The car will be in an ellipical orbit around the sun  
Scyber : 2/6/2018 4:06 pm : link
At is further point it will intersect with Mars' orbit, but there is no plan to actually land it on Mars. This was just a test payload.
Shooting a car into orbit  
BlackLight : 2/6/2018 4:07 pm : link
sounds like an Onion headline.
That was one of the coolest things I've ever seen  
jlukes : 2/6/2018 4:10 pm : link
the landing didn't look real!
watching that  
santacruzom : 2/6/2018 4:13 pm : link
was oddly emotional. What an accomplishment.
RE: The car will be in an ellipical orbit around the sun  
Jim in Fairfax : 2/6/2018 4:13 pm : link
In comment 13824045 Scyber said:
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At is further point it will intersect with Mars' orbit, but there is no plan to actually land it on Mars. This was just a test payload.


Ahhh, they’ll figure out how to land it. Elon needs something to drive when he gets there. :-)
any update on the core  
jlukes : 2/6/2018 4:13 pm : link
?
Did they launch that car into space?  
giantsfan227B : 2/6/2018 4:17 pm : link
That was awesome to watch, especially the re-entry of the booster rockets and simultaneous landing.
center core probably lost  
giantfan2000 : 2/6/2018 4:19 pm : link
Go to min 38:30 on the broadcast video . “We lost the center core”.
That was incredible!!!!  
Dave on the UWS : 2/6/2018 5:05 pm : link
Thanks for posting this today. What a visionary. Watching the boosters land was like watching a sci fi movie rocket land.
Impressive  
Rong5611 : 2/6/2018 5:07 pm : link
And, emotional. Americans can still do great things.
RE: Did they launch that car into space?  
Canton : 2/6/2018 5:08 pm : link
In comment 13824056 giantsfan227B said:
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That was awesome to watch, especially the re-entry of the booster rockets and simultaneous landing.


Here was a pic taken, moments ago, the tesla in earth's orbit.


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wow  
giantfan2000 : 2/6/2018 5:58 pm : link
RE: RE: Did they launch that car into space?  
RAIN : 2/6/2018 5:58 pm : link
In comment 13824096 Canton said:
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In comment 13824056 giantsfan227B said:


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That was awesome to watch, especially the re-entry of the booster rockets and simultaneous landing.



Here was a pic taken, moments ago, the tesla in earth's orbit.


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Oh man... SpaceX is gonna get some heat from the flat earth society.
Amazing to watch  
Steve L : 2/6/2018 6:31 pm : link
and an incredible accomplishment.

Sucks that they to have lost the third booster but still amazing
Our friends’ son is an engineer working on  
Section331 : 2/6/2018 6:39 pm : link
the rocket landing gear. What they are doing is pretty awesome.
live press conference  
giantfan2000 : 2/6/2018 6:39 pm : link
about to start streaming
SpaceX press conference Youtube - ( New Window )
Holy crap. I stand corrected.  
Boy Cord : 2/6/2018 6:42 pm : link
Hope we can watch somewhere online.
center core probably lost  
giantfan2000 : 2/6/2018 7:27 pm : link
Elon Musk confirming the center core's outer engines failed to reignite and it slammed into the water and damaged ICISLY. Sounds like a Matt Patricia operation to me.
RE: live press conference  
Diver_Down : 2/6/2018 7:29 pm : link
In comment 13824156 giantfan2000 said:
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about to start streaming SpaceX press conference Youtube - ( New Window )


The Live Chat is a shitshow.
.  
Diver_Down : 2/6/2018 7:33 pm : link
BFR - Big Fucking Rocket? or Big Falcon Rocket. Elon just said that it will be 30' in diameter and 120M tall.
Center core ran out of ignition chemicals.  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/6/2018 7:34 pm : link
Smashed on the drone ship.

Live and learn.
Seems to me they would have an option  
if_i_knew : 2/6/2018 9:11 pm : link
to haul heavier loads if they just let the boosters fall back to earth. No need to carry spare fuel or the landing gear
just saw the video of the booster rockets landing intact -  
Del Shofner : 2/6/2018 9:13 pm : link
whoa - that is very cool! Apparently they lost the middle piece, but two out of three ain't bad ...
RE: Seems to me they would have an option  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/6/2018 9:16 pm : link
In comment 13824395 if_i_knew said:
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to haul heavier loads if they just let the boosters fall back to earth. No need to carry spare fuel or the landing gear


Yes, that is true. And for heavy payloads they will offer expendable core or expendable core + booster.

What's remarkable about SpaceX is that even if they expend all their rockets, they are significantly cheaper than the competition. With reusability.... "old space" is going to have to learn some new tricks.
RE: Seems to me they would have an option  
Diver_Down : 2/6/2018 9:17 pm : link
In comment 13824395 if_i_knew said:
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to haul heavier loads if they just let the boosters fall back to earth. No need to carry spare fuel or the landing gear


But they would be unable to reuse them as quick (assuming that "the fall back to earth" scenario left them undamaged). By landing them, they are able to undergo a safety check and reuse eliminating the investment of building new boosters each time.
RE: RE: Seems to me they would have an option  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/6/2018 9:52 pm : link
In comment 13824416 Diver_Down said:
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In comment 13824395 if_i_knew said:


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to haul heavier loads if they just let the boosters fall back to earth. No need to carry spare fuel or the landing gear



But they would be unable to reuse them as quick (assuming that "the fall back to earth" scenario left them undamaged). By landing them, they are able to undergo a safety check and reuse eliminating the investment of building new boosters each time.


They ARE offering expendable Falcon Heavy launches. It's just that there aren't many payloads that require it because, well... there are no rockets out there right now that can loft it.

There are payloads that a Falcon 9 won't be able to do with reuse, that will end up on Falcon Heavy so that stages aren't wasted.

It's actually pretty remarkable. Old space providers like ULA and Ariane are scrambling with halfhearted measures like SMART and Adelaine. Even if Musk ends up failing financially, he's changed the space game for the better.
Where's that poster  
santacruzom : 2/6/2018 10:00 pm : link
Who had an odd impulse to diminish everything Musk does?
RE: Where's that poster  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/6/2018 10:01 pm : link
In comment 13824492 santacruzom said:
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Who had an odd impulse to diminish everything Musk does?


Trainmaster?
Wow I didn't know it came back and landed!!!  
DennyInDenville : 2/6/2018 10:25 pm : link
I watched it take off live for 10 mins then went out for errands

That's epic.

Props to Mr Musk, and all of humanity.
And the 2nd stage  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/6/2018 10:30 pm : link
just did the Trans Mars orbit injection.
oops  
giantfan2000 : 2/7/2018 12:10 am : link
Elon Musk’s Tesla overshot Mars’ orbit and is headed to the asteroid belt

going to end up between mars and Jupiter!!!

RE: oops  
Diver_Down : 2/7/2018 6:58 am : link
In comment 13824620 giantfan2000 said:
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Elon Musk’s Tesla overshot Mars’ orbit and is headed to the asteroid belt

going to end up between mars and Jupiter!!!


Starman - Don't Panic!
some people already are saying its fake  
GMAN4LIFE : 2/7/2018 8:41 am : link
it was all staged and shit... i mean come on
falcon super heavy  
giantfan2000 : 2/7/2018 9:23 am : link
Musk was saying in press conference yesterday they could theoretically strap 5 falcon 9s together and have a Falcon Super heavy .. which would have more thrust than Saturn 5

the craziest part
a launch of Falcon Heavy is going to cost $90 million per flight
Nasa's planned SLS rocket, a comparable system, is expected to cost about $1bn per flight

RE: some people already are saying its fake  
Mr. Bungle : 2/7/2018 9:25 am : link
In comment 13824738 GMAN4LIFE said:
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it was all staged and shit... i mean come on

Who cares...There are always going to be idiots. Just ignore them.
For those who missed it  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 2/7/2018 1:41 pm : link
here are the rockets landing simultaneously...

RE: For those who missed it  
DennyInDenville : 2/7/2018 1:45 pm : link
In comment 13825388 BigBlueDownTheShore said:
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here are the rockets landing simultaneously...


Wow. Wtf.

Can someone post a dumbed down recap?

So Musk launches this crazy rocket into space, sends a tesla car into orbit? And why? Then sends something else toward mars?? And has the main engines Land safely back on earth??? Wtf??? No wonder why some people think it's staged that's insane!!!!

Good stuff though
RE: RE: For those who missed it  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/7/2018 2:54 pm : link
In comment 13825400 DennyInDenville said:
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In comment 13825388 BigBlueDownTheShore said:


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here are the rockets landing simultaneously...




Wow. Wtf.

Can someone post a dumbed down recap?

So Musk launches this crazy rocket into space, sends a tesla car into orbit? And why? Then sends something else toward mars?? And has the main engines Land safely back on earth??? Wtf??? No wonder why some people think it's staged that's insane!!!!

Good stuff though


Elon Musk’s SpaceX currently has the falcon 9 rocket which launched 18 pay loads to low earth orbit, the space station and other orbits. They developed a new rocket that can launch a whole lot more,. Whole.lot farther. This was the first launch and had a lot that could fail, so instead of risking hundreds of millions of dollars, they launched a "mass simulator" to make sure the rocket functioned properly.

Except for fun, they used an electric car with a mannequin in a prototype space suit.

SpaceX has been regularly landing and reusing their boosters... The first reflight was last year.

SpaceX has significantly reduced the cost of launching rockets. Even without reuse they are about half to a third cheaper than their competition. With reuse, the cost of access to space is going to fall from.the sky.
Fascinating stuff  
DennyInDenville : 2/7/2018 3:02 pm : link
That's what I was thinking , just incredible what they are doing at SpaceX

Looking forward to the next launch
Thank you  
DennyInDenville : 2/7/2018 3:02 pm : link
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Sry for the typos.  
Sarcastic Sam : 2/7/2018 5:41 pm : link
Also, SpX has launched 18 Falcon 9s last year. I think they're pretty close to 50 now in total.
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