Live Space Stuff Notification Thread Page 37

  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 6 Feb 2018 21:45:10 20,642 posts
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    Don't get me wrong, it's fucking amazing and exactly the kind of thing I would do if I was a billionaire/evil genius. I just wanted to to know if there was a specific reason for it.
  • Fab4 6 Feb 2018 21:48:05 8,844 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    Don't get me wrong, it's fucking amazing and exactly the kind of thing I would do if I was a billionaire/evil genius. I just wanted to to know if there was a specific reason for it.
    It was only a test launch, and as such there isn't a proper payload. However they want to test what impact a payload has on the launch, so they simulate it. Instead of using the standard concrete, Musk decided to jazz it up a bit.
  • ZuluHero 6 Feb 2018 21:49:50 7,527 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    Don't get me wrong, it's fucking amazing and exactly the kind of thing I would do if I was a billionaire/evil genius. I just wanted to to know if there was a specific reason for it.

    Payload weight. And let's face it, I never thought id see a car in space, its awesome.
  • ZuluHero 6 Feb 2018 21:51:06 7,527 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    ZuluHero wrote:
    Missed the take off but saw the car in space a the end, amazing!

    Is there replay of it?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbSwFU6tY1c#t=37m50s

    Really appreciate this, thank you!
  • FWB 6 Feb 2018 21:51:56 56,178 posts
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBr2kKAHN6M
  • magicpanda 6 Feb 2018 21:55:52 14,874 posts
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    Keep watching that landing, it's a cut scene straight out of an RTS game.
  • mal 6 Feb 2018 22:20:46 29,326 posts
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    Nice, you can see the whole earth now, left to right once it pans around what way. Just a little cropped from the top and bottom.
  • X201 6 Feb 2018 22:47:08 19,318 posts
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    magicpanda wrote:
    Keep watching that landing, it's a cut scene straight out of an RTS game.
    My mate said it needed the caption “Not actual gameplay footage” on it
  • mal 6 Feb 2018 23:49:09 29,326 posts
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    The car in space is the dumbest clever thing anyway, Douglas Adams quote or no. But that launch was still novel enough to be fanstastic, and the fact we can get live pictures from interplanetary space on youtube these days just boggles the mind.
  • mal 7 Feb 2018 04:34:13 29,326 posts
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    That live feed from the car seems to have stopped being live for me. It seems to now just be a normal 4 and a half hour video. So I guess we won't get to see the minute burn to put it into its final orbit.

    Apparently the central rocket stage ran out of propellant on the way down, split in half and scattered debris across the barge. Another unplanned explosive disassembly then. I guess they have footage but built in a few seconds of lookahead, and cut the feed as soon as they saw it go titsup. Perhaps that footage will emerge later.
  • phAge 7 Feb 2018 07:51:36 25,487 posts
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    mal wrote:
    The car in space is the dumbest clever thing anyway, Douglas Adams quote or no. But that launch was still novel enough to be fanstastic, and the fact we can get live pictures from interplanetary space on youtube these days just boggles the mind.
    TBH I thought it was fucking genius. Told a story and captured the imagination of even non-space interested people in a way that a block of concrete or water tank would never have done. Exactly what space science needs to get the public backing it requires to progress.

    Also, probably sold a fair few Roadsters to boot. :)

    (Just found out yesterday that a Falcon Heavy launch is only $90 million a pop, whereas the upcoming NASA SLS will be around $1 billion per launch. Only makes the former that much more of an amazing achievement!).
  • up_the_ante 7 Feb 2018 12:47:09 1,096 posts
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    The car is more advertising/showbiz than a true payload test. I think a normal Falcon 9 could have carried that payload. The Falcon Heavy can theoretically carry 8 tons in to a transfer orbit.
  • Dirtbox 7 Feb 2018 13:26:09 91,187 posts
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  • up_the_ante 7 Feb 2018 14:39:55 1,096 posts
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    Hate to tell you this, but those buildings got knocked down in 2001 by a terrorist attack
  • DaM 7 Feb 2018 14:42:44 17,373 posts
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    The new Roadsters aren't cheap....about £250k-ish. Fast though!
  • DangerousDave_87 7 Feb 2018 15:20:43 6,310 posts
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    mal wrote:Apparently the central rocket stage ran out of propellant on the way down, split in half and scattered debris across the barge. Another unplanned explosive disassembly then. I guess they have footage but built in a few seconds of lookahead, and cut the feed as soon as they saw it go titsup. Perhaps that footage will emerge later.
    I was going to ask what had happened to that. A shame, but overall it was still incredibly impressive.
  • jimnastics 7 Feb 2018 17:11:23 1,641 posts
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    I can't stop watching the perfect landing... what the actual fuck.
  • Fake_Blood 7 Feb 2018 20:42:27 9,653 posts
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    Turns out rockets are loud.
  • ZuluHero 7 Feb 2018 21:17:35 7,527 posts
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    Someone was telling me in work that there is a bit of controversy because the orbit it's using to slingshot it to Mars is used by other missions and plastics and rubber decay in uv light leaving microparticles that could affect future missions.

    To be honest this goes far beyond my knowledge, so not sure how true this is, I'm more like THERE IS A CAR IN SPACE.
  • mal 8 Feb 2018 02:12:23 29,326 posts
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    Yeah, but as it turns out it's skipping straight past Mars and doing a youey in the asteroid belt. Of course anything it deposits might contaminate other bodies, but in my understanding it's pretty hard to hit a planet with an unguided body - most of everything ends up in orbit around the sun as soon as you let go. And I'm not sure a bit of denatured rubber is going to make much of a problem given most of everything else this side of Jupiter is hard dead frozen rock and ice.

    But yeah, I'm surprised at the amount of backlit shit I saw coming off the back of that car on the live feed. Dunno what that could be to be honest.
  • Fake_Blood 8 Feb 2018 09:33:37 9,653 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:


    Turns out rockets are loud.
    You guys should really try this with some good headphones, I think it sounds amazing.
  • Fab4 22 Feb 2018 12:42:36 8,844 posts
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    There's supposed to be a new SpaceX launch this afternoon.

  • DaM 22 Feb 2018 13:03:12 17,373 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:


    Turns out rockets are loud.
    Fast too! I watched the last shuttle launch from a distance (Disney), and was surprised how quick it went. Like a rocket I suppose, shouldn't have been surprised..... They always seem to lumber up into the sky on TV.
  • Fake_Blood 22 Feb 2018 13:09:57 9,653 posts
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    The first few seconds always seem to take forever. But iirc the shuttle already was going 60mph when it passed the tower, it just looks slow on tv because you have no reference for scale.

    The space-x landing rockets also look rather smaller than they are. If you google falcon9 size there’s a photo of a dude standing between a landed booster’s legs, those things are huge.
  • Fake_Blood 22 Feb 2018 14:08:06 9,653 posts
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    10 minutes. Is this one going to land? Because they are launching from Vandenberg which is on the west coast?
  • X201 22 Feb 2018 14:12:08 19,318 posts
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    http://www.spacex.com/webcast
  • Fake_Blood 22 Feb 2018 14:14:29 9,653 posts
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    Ah, so no landing it seems.
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