Falcon 9 / Dragon

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  1. BlueRaven

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    All I can say is..... awwwww, FUCK YEAH!! :D:thumbup:
    Been a good year for them overall, lets hope they can keep to their cadence in 2018. :thumbup:

    I got smacked down by more knowledgeable parties earlier in the thread for suggesting that Falcon Heavy was in any way "on schedule" as per company tweets...
    but I'm seriously hoping that they get this into space in the next 12 months. Going to be fucking awesome to watch. :D
     
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  2. PabloEscobar

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    Aero braking would ruin the paintwork on the Tesla?

    I still get erect watching Saturn V launches :). bring it back :).
     
  3. Quadbox

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    Did someone say erect... ?

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  4. MUTMAN

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    is this the one with the car onboard ?
     
  5. Quadbox

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    Yes
     
  6. Sphinx2000

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    Don't worry she'll hold together...
     
  7. PabloEscobar

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    It's being heavily talked down, so there's a pretty good chance she won't, and parts of a Tesla Roadster will rain into the ocean.
     
  8. MUTMAN

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    What's the deal ? They need to launch several tonnes, multiple times to pass some u.s. gov. certification to get more dollars to launch more stuff ?
     
  9. Quadbox

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    High risk flight, unlikely any commercial provider would be willing to take the risk. The second flight scheduled on it is a commercial payload (arabsat) and the third is a USAF certification flight to allow later US defence launches (STP-2, which is a grab-bag of experimental small-medium satellites being launched together)

    EDIT - I'd kinda assumed if they werent shooting to mars, the next obvious "dummy mission" would be to demonstrate direct injection to GEO, cause they havent demonstrated a coast time that long as of yet afaik (~10 hours to the final injection burn from GTO). Which is an important capability for US defence launches, cause the NRO designs a lot of their geostat satellites without an appogee kick motor for some strange reason
     
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  10. PabloEscobar

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  11. evilasdeath

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    I think it went fine and they report it dead so russia doesnt know

    when is the falcon heavy static test? and launch?
     
  12. Quadbox

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    It sounds like reading between the lines of what a whole bunch of different sources have said, that northrop grumman fucked up. SpaceX usually provide the payload adapter that seperates the spacecraft from the upper stage, for some reason on this occasion northrop grumman supplied it. It appears it failed to seperate and reentered the atmosphere, whether because it was in a very low earth orbit by design, or because it was useless for purpose and so they deorbited it deliberately.

    Hence why spacex say that the falcon 9 performed according to spec, which would otherwise seem incompatible with it not separating.

    If I were to don a tin-foil hat, and assume it was deliberate, it's not outside the realms of possibility it was a hypersonic glide vehicle test. In which case the deorbit could have been deliberate
     
  13. to4garret

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    hypersonic zoomer?
     
  14. PabloEscobar

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    No static fire test today, so here's a Delta IV to tide you over.

     
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