SpaceX rockets and launches

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by rover07, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    That should buff out, right?

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  2. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

  3. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Official Twitter Liaison Officer

    Blast off in just over 10 minutes.

  4. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    A bit more detail about the mishap. Perhaps they should have used a new capsule. The re-used one looked like it'd been well pounded.

  5. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    That's an old broadcast, not live
  6. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Official Twitter Liaison Officer

    oh...I thought 5pm was weird.
  7. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Lasting Damage

  8. ferrelhadley

    ferrelhadley These violent delights have violent ends.

    FCC approves SpaceX’s plans to fly internet-beaming satellites in a lower orbit

    Couple of points here, this will be a manifest that will likely give them the kind of launch cadence they have sought to justify the refurbishment (and hopes to move to reusable) launch vehicles.
    This could be a major threat to the likes of Intelsat, Inmarsat etc.
    Is there a big enough market for this service though?
    And this could be politically explosive if a covert dish is all you need to get through great firewalls and so on.
  9. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    It will have a lower latency between NYC and LDN than an undersea cable (light moves faster in vacuum than it does in glass). The high speed trading market alone is huge $$$. The general market for internet backhaul is gigantic; if Starlink is competitively priced, it should pick up a big slice of that market too. And then there's all the places in the world with a thirst for data but no cables. A village in the middle of nowhere can now be just as connected as a major city. I suspect the cost of a terminal will be too high for direct-to-consumer services for quite a while.

    I also suspect the cost of doing business in China, say, is that all Starlink terminals sold in that market have a backdoor that reports back to the government. The potential profits of serving that market will be far more persuasive than any noble efforts to bring free media to the masses.
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  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Another success: Used SpaceX Rocket Launches 3 Radarsat Satellites, Aces Foggy Landing

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  11. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    This photo tickled me :) Stainless steel Starship prototype being polished.
    starship polishing.jpg
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  12. existentialist

    existentialist The sausages need an explanation

    I bet that Pride umbrella's pissing off a few politicians :D

    "Eurgh, there's gay all over our spaceship"
  13. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Falcon heavy night launch in 25m

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  14. a_chap

    a_chap Much research has shown I am just fucking stupid

    Nauseating USAF / DoD advert playing at the mo' :( :mad:
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  15. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    Pure hornswoggle, wasn't it?
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  16. a_chap

    a_chap Much research has shown I am just fucking stupid

    Damn, the centre core failed to land. Damn close though.
  17. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    It makes me wonder what that drone ship is made of. They keep dropping (in effect) missiles onto the deck, and the damn thing keeps floating. Perhaps that's what the USAF is testing...

  18. a_chap

    a_chap Much research has shown I am just fucking stupid

    Good grief!

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  19. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Looked to me like they braked too hard. The plume was dead centre on the deck, and then it skewed hard over and the rocket flew away to crash. It's supposed to carefully time the burn such that zero velocity and zero altitude line up. Here's me from 5 years ago so I don't have to type it twice:

    That last graph shows what I think happened. This was such a high-velocity landing that the margin for error was very very small.
  20. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    All 42 (I think? A shit load, anyway) payloads succesfully deployed, in 4 different orbits. By far the most complex mission they've ever done. Oh, and they caught a fairing half in the net! (on the left)

  21. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Lasting Damage


    Where I thought spaceX was particularly bad, was the amount of secrecy. Especially since this was a safety system for human crew.

    Have to see if they stick to this policy.

    Leaky component led to SpaceX explosion
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  22. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    The criticism was not of secrecy with regards to NASA, but with regards to the public. There were NASA officials in the control room when the explosion happened, and the investigation was a joint endeavour from the start. Note that Boeing also had an "anomoly" with their Starliner capsule recently but we didn't hear anything about that in a press conference.
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