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LEE

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SpaceX Rocket
« on: January 18, 2016, 01:01:54 pm »
The SpaceX rocket is like watching something off Thunderbirds.

1 - It lands back on earth perfectly
Lands<<<

2 - It almost does but, spectacularly, doesn't.
Whoops<<<
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Kim

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2016, 01:20:10 pm »
As with the first failure (insufficient hydraulic fluid in the total-loss system), at least there's a nice clear reason why this one went wrong - the landing leg wasn't properly locked in position.  You can see it neatly folding back up as the rocket topples over.

I suppose technically it counts as a successful landing followed by the rocket falling over, so Just Read The Instructions remains the only object to have been bombed from space twice, rather than three times.

The second stage went on to successfully deploy the payload, which is the important thing (albeit with a less exciting Kerbal:Thunderbirds ratio).
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LEE

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2016, 02:43:28 pm »
The Thunderbirds theme tune would make the re-entry/landing sequence much more exciting.
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Kim

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2016, 02:48:43 pm »
The Thunderbirds theme tune would make the re-entry/landing sequence much more exciting.

Barakta has a height-adjustable desk.  For fairly obvious reasons, this is motorised rather than hand-cranked.  I really need to molish a widget to play the Thunderbirds theme as it trundles up and down, to save the effort of humming[1].  (Sadly once the desk is raised to head height the chair doesn't actually slide forward into a previously hidden chute to deliver it to the cockpit of Thunderbird 2.  Unless I've been doing it wrong...)


Here's a very slick video of the last Falcon 9 launch, which is ideal for the Thunderbirds treatment:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ANv5UfZsvZQ&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/ANv5UfZsvZQ&rel=1</a>
https://youtu.be/ANv5UfZsvZQ



[1] I'll get to that right after I've finished the sink plunger that goes "EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!"
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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2016, 03:20:52 pm »
Elon Musk is amazing, the stuff he is doing with Tesla Cars is revolutionary as well. Especially if he cracks the battery issues and paves the way for households to store rechargeable underground batteries for their daily energy needs. I just hope the oil cartels don't get to him first.

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2016, 07:58:03 pm »
How do I clear the phrase 'SpandexRocket' from my brainz? Urgh.
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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 02:36:15 pm »
Quoth Elon Musk, a fortnight ago:

Quote
Putting together SpaceX rocket landing blooper reel. We messed up a lot before it finally worked, but there's some epic explosion footage …
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/903333005527093248

Today...

Michael Palin: It's...

John Cleese: Elon Musk's Flying Circus.

SpaceX - How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster: https://youtu.be/bvim4rsNHkQ

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 04:07:47 pm »
 ;D

That is hilarious (based on your post, you'd have to reckon Musk would be a pretty fun guy to work for).

You have to laugh at the various "ran out of <x> ..." incidents.

Of course the perfect landing at the end really is an impressive thing. Perhaps this was all a construct to big-up the success??

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2017, 04:51:10 pm »
I reckon he's probably quite demanding (between the space stuff, Hyperloop and Tesla cars, he's certainly ambitious), but the ability to see the funny side of millions of dollars in space hardware going KABOOM is a point in his favour.
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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2017, 05:09:21 pm »
I was emailign an engineer at Space-X only yesterday. Former colleague from McLaren.

Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2017, 05:33:28 pm »
I looked at jobs with SpaceX, but decided that I prefer to cycle on weekends rather than go to work.... It's also a bit close to LA for good cycling (yes there is some good cycling in southern California, but also an awful lot of urban sprawl).
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Kim

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2018, 04:38:15 pm »
The Falcon Heavy testflight is due from 18:30GMT tonight.  Watch live at http://www.spacex.com/webcast

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Tk338VXcb24&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Tk338VXcb24&rel=1</a>
https://youtu.be/Tk338VXcb24

It's either going to be spectacular Thunderbirds action, or a spectacular boom.  Or the computer chickens out in the last 20 seconds of the countdown and they decide to spend a week stripping down some valve or other.

And yes, it appears that they really are launching a Tesla Roadster as a test mass: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/licenses_permits/media/LLS%2018-107%20Falcon%20Heavy%20Demo%20License%20and%20Orders%20FINAL%202018_02_02.pdf
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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2018, 04:48:07 pm »
I so want this to be a success.

When I was a kid I spent ages poring over "Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD" and it feels like SpaceX et al are finally starting to make things like that a reality.

http://www.terrantradeauthority.com/tta-books-2/spacecraft-2000-2100-ad/
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Kim

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2018, 05:00:44 pm »
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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2018, 05:46:11 pm »
Should've stayed off the refried beanz . . .










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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2018, 06:06:19 pm »
I so want this to be a success.

When I was a kid I spent ages poring over "Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD" and it feels like SpaceX et al are finally starting to make things like that a reality.

http://www.terrantradeauthority.com/tta-books-2/spacecraft-2000-2100-ad/

Still got that book - I want to track down a couple of futurism books from around that time, if only because it will be quite interesting to see what people got right and wrong when predicting what today was going to look like 40 years ago.
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LEE

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2018, 06:09:34 pm »
Space-X will be launching payloads at 10% of NASA prices if this is a success.

Apparently there are serious questions about why NASA is still developing it's $1Bn per launch offering.

The Tesla Car payload will be put into an Earth/Mars orbit for around a billion years (or it will end up in a Florida crater until the clean-up team deem it safe to go in).

Either way Elon Musk is a true visionary.  Our descendants will learn about him in history class.  He's like a 21st century Brunel.
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Kim

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2018, 06:10:36 pm »
Now put back until 20:05...
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LEE

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2018, 07:37:49 pm »
Now put back until 20:05...

Suprised he didn't go for 20:01
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orraloon

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2018, 08:08:10 pm »
Read the above at 2004.  Quick.  2045...

Kim

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2018, 08:23:40 pm »
The stream is now live.
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orraloon

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2018, 08:29:24 pm »
Ooh, exciting, takes me back to Apollo days...

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2018, 08:39:47 pm »
Just a few minutes...

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2018, 08:50:16 pm »
Hmm, the Bowie...
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: SpaceX Rocket
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2018, 08:51:47 pm »
The amazing thing is the altitude. It's less than an audax and it's already space!
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