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 Post subject: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 7:06 pm 
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Boy! wish I could be there to see that baby fly. Envious of anyone going to feel the ground shake.

Fingers crossed, everything crossed.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 7:26 pm 
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I've been waiting for this launch for a long, long time. It will be the largest number of rocket engines in a single launch since the Soviets tried their N-1 moon rocket (30 engines) back in the late 60's - early 70's.

As far as I'm concerned, as long at it clears the launchpad it will be a success. Even a RUD (rapid unscheduled disassembly) would be impressive - just as long as it doesn't destroy LC 39A in the process.


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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 8:23 am 
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That's pretty much what Elon said in an interview. "...just cant simulate everything ..." Bet he didn't sleep too good last night.

Now how far's Idaho from the launch :D. Wow! Almost as far as for me at about 2400 miles.

The tech is great that at least we can watch it live over the Web

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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Did I see on the news that the "payload" is a car he's going to put in orbit?!


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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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Did I see on the news that the "payload" is a car he's going to put in orbit?!
Not in orbit. It's going to be flung past Mars and keep on going. https://www.space.com/39606-spacex-falc ... space.html

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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I know that the car is just dead weight payload but it's seems kind of bizarre anyway. Can you imagine, if there is intelligent life out there, what they would make out of it if they found that car orbiting their planet? With that stuffed astronaut sitting in the seat.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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So when the little green men carry out an autopsy on the body they found in the car, what conclusions are they going to draw about the physiological construction of us earth people?.....
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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Can you imagine, if there is intelligent life out there, what they would make out of it if they found that car orbiting their planet?
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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That was a seriously impressive launch.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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That was so beautiful and the boosters coming back is so impressive.

Best engineering around at the moment and to be able to watch it live ...

So happy.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 10:13 pm 
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The reason for the car was weight. In order to test something like this it is normal to add dead weight. Usually that is just a large block of steel or concrete blocks, etc. But Elon Musk described that as "boring", he said something like this needs a more exciting payload, hence the car.

Of course the advertising value for Tesla can't be overlooked either!


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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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Wow.....Fantastic launch ...Reminded me of the days of the Apollo program and the Saturn V rockets.


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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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I'm usually not a super big space fan but OMG that was insane! I did some reading about this and its kind of amazing that the design of this rocket along with its engines are only about 5-6 years old.

The most impressive thing for me was seeing the two boosters land themselves.

It was nice that they had all of the employees there to watch it. I can tell they were pretty excited.


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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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Now here's something you don't see every day. A Tesla Roadster on it's way to mars....
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and yes, this is an actual real photo of the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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I wonder how long it will take for the martians to send the tesla back to get the battery recharged.

It is a shame our space program was cancelled, we would have had people on Mars by now.

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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watching video of the two boosters landing, for me, was right there with the Apollo stuff back when I was a kid, the technology is :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon Heavy flies 6th
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"The reason for the car was weight."

Don't think its about weight but to prove the guy can shove out the back of the hold :)

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 Post subject: Did Falcon Heavy centre core land at sea?
PostPosted: Feb Wed 07, 2018 12:42 pm 
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This was what was supposed to happen:

"The rocket’s center core will head for touchdown on SpaceX’s drone ship positioned downrange in the Atlantic Ocean, with landing expected at T+plus 8 minutes, 19 seconds, approximately 20 seconds after the boosters arrive back on the ground at Cape Canaveral."

Transmission cut off before this happened and I cant find any news of it?

Its all a wonderful achievement and this would be icing on the cake

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 Post subject: Re: Did Falcon Heavy centre core land at sea?
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This was what was supposed to happen:

"The rocket’s center core will head for touchdown on SpaceX’s drone ship positioned downrange in the Atlantic Ocean, with landing expected at T+plus 8 minutes, 19 seconds, approximately 20 seconds after the boosters arrive back on the ground at Cape Canaveral."

Transmission cut off before this happened and I cant find any news of it?

Its all a wonderful achievement and this would be icing on the cake

thanks Gary

Speculation is it missed the ship and they cut off the feed before splashdown.

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