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Title: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Sun2Retire on February 06, 2018, 02:58:00 PM
Wow wow wow.

Watching the two boosters land side-by-side was straight out of Jules Verne.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: SeilerBird on February 06, 2018, 03:01:38 PM
Just launching a rocket ship is straight out of Jules Verne. ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: SeilerBird on February 06, 2018, 03:03:54 PM
From my front yard:
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Sun2Retire on February 06, 2018, 03:06:44 PM
Just launching a rocket ship is straight out of Jules Verne. ;D

True. Here's a replay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws9C_UFvBGc)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: John Beard on February 06, 2018, 03:14:38 PM
That was very exciting, and then the landing of the boosters...WOW!!!
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Post by: John From Detroit on February 06, 2018, 05:12:58 PM
Vern fired a Cannon in case you forgot,   I read the books long time ago.

Though his astronuts would NOT have survived due to the tremendous acceleration in the gun barrel he did the best he could to cushion the shock .. Rocket technology works, in part, due to the researce Vern did   He covered nearly every thing that NASA had to do .
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Bill N on February 07, 2018, 07:21:51 AM
Wow wow wow.

Watching the two boosters land side-by-side was straight out of Jules Verne.
Did they ever announce if the 3rd one landed on the barge?
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: John Beard on February 07, 2018, 07:37:01 AM
Did they ever announce if the 3rd one landed on the barge?

At 300 mph... it crashed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Sun2Retire on February 07, 2018, 07:40:51 AM
Did they ever announce if the 3rd one landed on the barge?

It didn't. The core ran out of the chemical used to light the engines, and although some did several did not light - it impacted the water at 300mph immediately adjacent to the drone ship, taking out 2 of the drone ship engines in the process.

Musk said if they can get any video of the impact, it "should be fun to watch and we'll put out a blooper reel." I love this guy  :)

Edit:
At 300 mph... it crashed.

I thought I heard him say it hit the water but mighta mis-heard
 
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Post by: jackiemac on February 07, 2018, 12:24:14 PM
Very impressive- great to see us still making big progress.
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Post by: Arch Hoagland on February 07, 2018, 12:29:15 PM
Who said a Tesla can't go more than two hundred miles!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: spencerpj on February 07, 2018, 12:38:00 PM
Awesome video, thanks for sharing.  Now that's how it's done Rocketman !
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: John From Detroit on February 07, 2018, 02:30:30 PM
WOW!!!! FINALLY got the bandwidth to watch the video.  The sight of those two Booster's coming in for a landing. ... I do not believe they have ever had a "Return to earth" of an unmanned device, only the space shuttle and the Scaled ship have done that.

And they all land in "Glider" mode. not a powered tail first landing as in a Science Fiction movie. Only as of that flight. that kind of earth landing. NO LONGER FICTION.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Rick95682 on February 07, 2018, 02:34:06 PM
Absolutely spectacular launch and side booster recovery!!!  I guess "technically" the main booster DID "hit" the drone ship - at least parts of it apparently ...  ;)

Arch - My Model X gets about 250 miles of range and our incoming Model 3 (arriving next week) will get just over 300 miles. My understanding is the Roadster Elon put into orbit (the new version) has a range of just over 600 miles!  :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: NY_Dutch on February 07, 2018, 06:37:18 PM
WOW!!!! FINALLY got the bandwidth to watch the video.  The sight of those two Booster's coming in for a landing. ... I do not believe they have ever had a "Return to earth" of an unmanned device, only the space shuttle and the Scaled ship have done that.

And they all land in "Glider" mode. not a powered tail first landing as in a Science Fiction movie. Only as of that flight. that kind of earth landing. NO LONGER FICTION.

John, SpaceX has been successfully landing Falcon 9 first stage boosters for reuse after nearly all launches since their first successful landing December 22, 2015. The amazing thing about this landing was the simultaneous dual landing, not the landing itself.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: SeilerBird on February 08, 2018, 02:00:03 AM
Yep, SpaceX has landed about 20 rockets so far. It has become routine now.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: John Beard on February 08, 2018, 07:02:56 AM
Yep, SpaceX has landed about 20 rockets so far. It has become routine now.

I would never like to see the breadth of Elon Musk's SpaceX program as routine. This stuff is absolutely cutting edge, and Elon Musk is absolutely a brilliant risk taker. Kudos to Musk and his entire team, and thanks to him for an inspiring demonstration of entrepreneurship at its finest.

Routine... I think not.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: SeilerBird on February 08, 2018, 07:13:58 AM
For the safety of future astronauts I hope it becomes routine.
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Post by: Bill N on February 08, 2018, 07:31:34 AM
Awesome video, thanks for sharing.  Now that's how it's done Rocketman !
Sure made this old missileman's heart skip a beat or two.

Bill
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Stephen S. on February 08, 2018, 11:16:36 PM
Yeah... of the three cores only one malfunctioned. This was with a predicted 50% chance of complete mission failure!

The cores have 9 engines each, and land using 3 of them. The center core came down with only one engine firing, and splashed in at 300 mph close to the drone ship.

This is why they use unmanned drone ships for the landings. Would have been really tragic if there had been crew on the ship.

With odds like that they usually use concrete or something dull as ballast for the launch. Elon wanted to do something "different and whimsical".
So there is a Tesla, with a dummy in a space suit in the drivers seat, with a model Tesla and driver glued to the dash, headed out into the Solar system.
David Bowie playing soundlessly on the stereo, "Don't Panic" displayed on the dash screen, "Made on Earth by Humans" printed on a circuit board, and a lot more little jokes and homage to science fiction greats.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: Lou Schneider on February 09, 2018, 05:13:51 AM

Musk said if they can get any video of the impact, it "should be fun to watch and we'll put out a blooper reel." I love this guy  :)

Actually, he said if they got any useable video he'd add it to the Blooper Reel:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: blw2 on February 09, 2018, 08:56:47 AM
yeah, those landing are cool.  I'd like to see more footage of how they get back to the area of the landing pads.  from separation to the time that the decent rockets fire again to slow it down.... remarkable really.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Post by: NY_Dutch on February 09, 2018, 09:36:35 AM
yeah, those landing are cool.  I'd like to see more footage of how they get back to the area of the landing pads.  from separation to the time that the decent rockets fire again to slow it down.... remarkable really.

Garmin GPS...  ;D