Author Topic: Never mind the Tesla in space.  (Read 1340 times)

Offline trdsf

Never mind the Tesla in space.
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:45:25 PM »
Okay, 10 out of 10 for cool, 10 out of 10 for attention grabbing, but for my money, the mindblowing part of the Falcon Heavy launch was watching the two boosters come down and land upright.  Five years ago, I would've said it was all CGI.

I mean, that's 12 out of 10 for telling inertia and center of mass to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down.

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Offline SGOS

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 04:10:44 PM »
Holy Crap!  That was incredible.  I heard that happened, but to see it was stunning.  High speed projectiles screaming in at the base and slamming on the breaks just above ground to land spot on their pads.  It was like watching something in Star Trek.  I guess they won't be dumping the boosters in the ocean anymore.

Offline trdsf

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 04:37:29 PM »
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Holy Crap!  That was incredible.  I heard that happened, but to see it was stunning.  High speed projectiles screaming in at the base and slamming on the breaks just above ground to land spot on their pads.  It was like watching something in Star Trek.  I guess they won't be dumping the boosters in the ocean anymore.
Well, actually, the plan was to land the main booster on a remote-controlled barge at sea—which they have done successfully before—but alas, that was a failed landing.  My understanding is that they cut their fuel tolerance too tight and it wasn't able to fully brake before touchdown.

So, dumping, no.  Landing...
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Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 05:13:11 PM »
Yeah, the core burned longer, so it was too far from Florida to touch down with the boosters. That would have been EPIC!
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Offline Baruch

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2018, 07:07:52 PM »
I am always in favor of good technology.  And I prefer it to not be tax payer subsidized, but I can understand NASA etc has to be.  I used to be a rocket scientist too (well at least as much as Elon) ...

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I was involved with this kind of thing 1987-1989.

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Offline Hydra009

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 11:59:22 AM »
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Okay, 10 out of 10 for cool, 10 out of 10 for attention grabbing, but for my money, the mindblowing part of the Falcon Heavy launch was watching the two boosters come down and land upright.  Five years ago, I would've said it was all CGI.
Agreed.  This and the Curiosity Mars probe landing successfully are probably this generation's moon landing.

Offline trdsf

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 04:18:45 PM »
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Agreed.  This and the Curiosity Mars probe landing successfully are probably this generation's moon landing.
I'm still holding out hope for a Mars landing during my lifetime!
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Offline Baruch

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 04:50:26 PM »
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I'm still holding out hope for a Mars landing during my lifetime!

He was looking for volunteers for the first flight.  Are you on the list?
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Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2018, 05:29:14 PM »
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He was looking for volunteers for the first flight.  Are you on the list?
Hell, I'd volunteer if I were healthy enough, but I'm not. I wouldn't even care if it were a one-way trip, hell, we've all got to go sometime, and I wouldn't mind dying on Mars, or even in transit. It wouldn't make a bit of difference once I'm dead anyway.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2018, 07:45:14 PM »
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Hell, I'd volunteer if I were healthy enough, but I'm not. I wouldn't even care if it were a one-way trip, hell, we've all got to go sometime, and I wouldn't mind dying on Mars, or even in transit. It wouldn't make a bit of difference once I'm dead anyway.

I would miss you ... unless your spaceship has a good Internet connection ;-)
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Offline trdsf

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2018, 08:47:04 PM »
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Hell, I'd volunteer if I were healthy enough, but I'm not. I wouldn't even care if it were a one-way trip, hell, we've all got to go sometime, and I wouldn't mind dying on Mars, or even in transit. It wouldn't make a bit of difference once I'm dead anyway.
I love Musk's quote: "I would like to die on Mars.  Just not on impact."
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2018, 11:07:56 PM »
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I'm still holding out hope for a Mars landing during my lifetime!
Lots of agencies and corporations are really gearing up for it.  Most optimistic picture (earliest plans come to fruition successfully) is about a decade.  A more realistic prediction would be two decades, maybe three.  But hey, I hear people are living longer, so there are baby boomers who might witness it.

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2018, 05:40:58 AM »
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I love Musk's quote: "I would like to die on Mars.  Just not on impact."

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Offline Baruch

Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2018, 06:59:20 AM »
Elon will have to shrink really small to fit into that ;-)
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Re: Never mind the Tesla in space.
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2018, 07:02:14 AM »
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