The SpaceX News Thread

Discussion in 'Techforge' started by gturner, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. mburtonk

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  2. steve2^4

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    heh, the barge is named ""Just Read the Instructions"
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    I've finished two Iain Banks "Culture" novels and got to cameo appearances of the good spaceships Just Read the Instructions and Of Course I Still Love You. It's 80s/90s/00s SF I wasn't familiar with.

    Elon will try another tail-down landing of a Falcon 9 on the Just Read the Instructions this Monday April 13. Let's hope he nails it this time.
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    Some pre-launch warmup video (with cowbell). 4:33 PM EDT launch. Window is just a few seconds in order to match orbit with the ISS, with a 60% chance of launch today (weather). Spacex wogs give a 75% chance of the booster landing successfully.

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    Elon's only giving himself a 50/50 chance of landing it. This from a few minutes ago.

    His twitter page is fun:


    evilelon.JPG
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    aborted due weather. Tomorrow will try again around 4:30PM EDT.
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    Another bang on the barge.

    Elon tweeted

    Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.
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    I've written a lot on why a rocket should take off and land on its side instead of on its end. Nobody else flies tail-sitters because they're a nightmare.
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    Burt Rutan agrees.

    I wish they had another second or 2 on that video. Bet it blowed up reeeeal good.
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    Came in a wee bit hot, looks like.
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    Musk said they had a valve stiction issue on the final burn.
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    It's funny how landing the launcher is a secondary objective when - let's be honest - it's what everybody is really interested in. :ramen:

    Everybody's launched rockets. That's old hat. The fist pumps at ground control will definitely come out when they do a successful touchdown.
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    Musk retracted his tweet about stiction.
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    And slightly slowed down
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    that blowed up pretty good.
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    The cargo capsule is coming in to dock at the ISS. Notice what the astronaut is wearing.

    [​IMG]


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    That's all kinds of win, although my son points out that it looks a lot like the escape pod from SW:IV, and suggests the astronaut should be dressed like Princes Lea.
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    Metal bikini version, of course.
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    Elwood I know what I'm about, son.

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    We can further nerd out that her "communicator" is NASA's golden astronaut insignia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronaut_badge#NASA_astronaut_pins
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    yeah, there's an espresso maker on dragon with her name on it.

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  27. gturner

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    Why can't she just drink Tang?
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    if she asked you for coffee, would you give her Tang?
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    She can give me Tang, anytime!
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