Falcon 9 / Dragon

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  1. Quadbox

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    Looks like Elon's giving his annual starship update keynote to The Mars Society this time (the last few have been the international astronautical conference) tomorrow morning 8am AEST
     
  2. Frinky

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    Possible static fire with three raptors mounted on Starship SN8 tonight, either that or a wet dress rehearsal with a static fire tomorrow. Three raptors have almost as much thrust as the first stage of Falcon 9.


    Texas tank watching is weirdly addictive. :Paranoid:

    That talk to the Mars Society is separate from the Starship update afaik, that's still planned for 3 weeks from 2 weeks ago. Tent parts have been spotted at the Boca Chica launch site which is a weird spot for a tent so that might be in preparation for the update, perhaps after the nosecone has been mounted on SN8 but before its 15km hop.
     
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  3. Quadbox

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    Yeah I was mistaken, you're quite correct. Guess it'll be interesting to see if he delays it till after sn8 hops
     
  4. Frinky

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    I'd guess it'd be before sn8 because the update might be a bit awkward if sn8 doesn't stick the landing. :o
    Purely a guess though so who knows..
     
  5. A_C

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    7 minutes to launch

     
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  7. Frinky

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    Modern day Stonehenge :lol:
    [​IMG]
     
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    The crazy part is just imagining that thing skydiving through the air! Is this the first instance of a full scale rocket that can also fly like an aircraft? I know the shuttle was close but that was more of a glider with no thrust?
     
  11. MUTMAN

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    without wishing ill on the project i am looking forward to a 'full stack' failure.
    thats gunna leave a big hole in the ground
     
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  12. aokman

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    I think it is safe to say the first flight will be a spectacular failure. If SpaceX nail this first time, it will go down in history as one hell of a hail mary!

    Everyone just wants to see the boom at this point or a giant water tower sky diving into the landing pad :lol:
     
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  13. MUTMAN

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    rapid unscheduled disassembly seems to be an acceptable method they're running with for testing to date anyway ?

    i want them to succeed. i want to watch one of these takeoff and be blown away :)
     
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    Oh I really want them to make massive strides but given the failures with falcon in the beginning and the mishaps so far. Failure seems likely so they can learn a lot fast. If they nail it then I will be well and truly stunned. I have been amazed at their landings already 3/3
     
  15. Frinky

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    They've done it. It finally looks like a massive vibrator real rocket. :)
    [​IMG]
     
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    Jeepers look at that thing, and it's still not even its final form! (Sorry couldn't help myself :) )
     
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    Rough idea:

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  18. MUTMAN

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    whats the height and diameter of this giant ?

    edit - and is the 1st stage reusable ?
     
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  19. Frinky

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    Both the superheavy booster and starship are ~9m diameter.
    Starship height is 50m, superheavy booster is 70m + a bit for legs, so about 120m fully stacked.

    Both stages are fully reusable.
     
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    faaaaark
    thats gotta cost a few bob
     

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