Discussion in 'Science' started by MoorKhan, Dec 8, 2010.
NASA - SpaceX launch soon, 3hr 45 mins or so. )
Good looking launch. Jellyfish reminded me of the SAOCOM 1A launch from Vandenberg a few years back.
9th (!!) successful re-use and landing for a F9 first-stage.
That's amazing. Just one more to go to hit the long-standing target. Congrats to SpaceX.
How frustrating would it be if the next launch of this booster suffered a RUD on the pad or during ascent.
Not trying to jinx it, but I reckon they must have all the refurb/transport/stacking/pre-fuel/fuelling/pre-launch procedures and telemetry refined to such a degree by now that an anomaly at any stage would simply result in a scrubbed/rescheduled launch while things were checked and fixed if required. The chances of it blowing up on the pad would have to be pretty small.
(Although definitely not impossible of course, and the punters all know it...).
SN15 has launched, currently in the air... lot of cloud cover.
...AND they have horizontally "skydived" down from 10km, flipped and vertically landed the 50m high / 120+ ton vehicle on the pad successfully.. no RUD.
Fire's out. That was a tense few minutes after landing.
Good stuff. Only just made the pad though.
I'm guessing that this will be much more useful than earlier tests, as they'll actually be able to assess what went wrong properly.
I reckon within a year they'll be able to land them safely most of the time.
looked more convincing, especially with no splosions.
just cross fingers they don't have any cross winds to speak of during landings. anything like that to upset the landing will it seems just end up with a big kaboom.
it looks like they have 2 raptors to stabilise descent. and that's it?
i spose they'll add better landing struts/legs later .
Amazing flight! Cant wait to see the uninterrupted video dump. The engine pay area looks much more refined and clean, no crap flapping around.
Man she was engine rich on the way up
SpaceX as a company, was started exactly 19 years ago today. (May 6, 2002).
It's estimated worth has recently jumped to $74 billion USD.
Awesome shot from this morning!
These employee vids are always great. (5:30 for the landing).
You reckon? the clouds below looked pretty orange, but that could just be florida smog plus light reflection. The actual exhaust plume looked entirely optimal till the cameras cut out
And I mean if it was engine rich it wouldnt have survived the return trip
Sandy Munro visited SpaceX back in Feb.
Except Starship is being built/launched at the Boca Chica, TX site - which is on the complete other side of the Gulf of Mexico.
Apparently Elon is already thinking they may re-fly SN15 again soon.
find a failure point or go home
Im torn on SN15, all this is so groundbreaking that I think it needs to be preserved and stand proud next to Starhopper for a museum one day…
On the other hand…. SEND IT
Let me tell you Sphinx, the lack of sleep with a newborn at home is no joke
And... they just launched and landed this booster for it's 10th time with another successful Starlink mission!
Other Space Industries/Agencies : Can you like um ... take a breath for a moment to let the rest of us to catch up?
SpaceX : No.
This feels appropriate.