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  • Isn’t it 18:30 UK time? Cape Canaveral is EST? Ie 2 mins time!

    Murray
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    19:20 UTC according to SpaceX on Twitter but “<span style=”color: #6a6a6a; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>Time</span><span style=”color: #545454; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”> is an illusion. </span><span style=”color: #6a6a6a; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>Lunchtime doubly so.”</span>

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Launch count down suggests 19.20 GMT

    Murray
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    Now slipped to 20:45

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Blimey it’s like STW did the rocket.

    bikebouy
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    Are they sending a Tesla into space in “ludicrous” mode?

    Is Musk driving it?

    Is he providing the charging point too?

    Or is this a Presentation piece about “I need moar funding”??

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    The man does have flair really.  Loving the simulation.

    Premier Icon Ming the Merciless
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    I think it’s a bit windy at altitude which is the reason given for delay.  Still think it’s a waste, nasty chemical rockets.  Should put his money into something exotic like an Orion, wormholes or a Bergenholm.

    sharkbait
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    **** awesome. Inspiring.

    Mr Woppit
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    Fantastic. Way to go Douglas.

    Spacex. Welcome to the new cosmic Century.

    THAT was brilliant!

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    that is how you nail a landing.  incredible

    superfli
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    Bloody hell, that was great! All the family watching that and amazed!

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    so cool that we are allowed TWO threads – one for each booster 😉

    Mr Woppit
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    Time for a gargleblaster.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I just hope that Superlifter didn’t crash into the GCU Of Course I Still Love You too hard…

    Premier Icon Ming the Merciless
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    Fin Point!

    love the “Don’t Panic” on the cars dashboard.

    tails
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    I thought they were just sending a car to space, didn’t know they were landing the rockets that’s what all the whooping was about. I was watching thinking NASA have been doing this for years.

    So they’ll try to reuse the rockets? What was landing on the landing station at sea, where the cameras went fuzzy?

    Premier Icon Ming the Merciless
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    Still waiting on confirmation of the Sea pad landing.  Apparently the vibes from the rocket upset the camera radio system sometimes

    I think Musk just out-cooled Zaphod Beeblebrox.

    So they’ll try to reuse the rockets?

    Space X have been reusing boosters, and their dragon spacecraft, for a while. I think this is the first time they’ve tried to land three at once. Watching those two booster land together was pretty amazing.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    So they’ll try to reuse the rockets

    not only that, the two outer boosters had already been used once each

    Premier Icon nuke
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    That was awesome. Brilliant stuff

    …But what about the core? Nothing on Twitter etc yet that i can find. Hope it made it too

    Premier Icon martymac
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    That landing video clip looks like something off the gif thread!

    tails
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    How do the booster remain stable when returning to base, did I miss the parachutes? Did only the top of the phyalic rocket enter space and the big booster returned as well? Last question where did Mr Musk get all his money from I thought tesla was not profitable yet and flying rockets certainly isn’t, his PayPal business seems to have only made him a billion or so.

    Anyway cool project and I like those tesla so especially the one with the lambourghini doors.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Presumably the core landing’s gone wrong, i guess the question is whether they own 1 drone ship or 2 now 😛 But if that’s all that goes wrong it’s a spectacular win.

    “How do the booster remain stable when returning to base, did I miss the parachutes?”

    They gave up on parachutes early on, the landing’s done entirely powered. Though

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Well, that was bloody brilliant.  The booster landing was like something Gerry Anderson would’ve dreamt up.

    Nit picking: the on-booster footage was surely the same engine?  Flight similarities aside, both were headed for the same landing pad until it cut away.

    The man does have flair really.  Loving the simulation.

    Credit where it’s due, it wasn’t a million miles from reality.  If I’d seen that animation before the actual footage I’d have thought, “yeah right.”

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    Fascinating stuff and commercially disruptive, heavy payloads at a fraction of the price of existing systems including Arian

    Presumably the core landing’s gone wrong

    Looks that way. I’ve been following musk on twitter and he’s been quick to put out anything positive and there’s been no mention so far of the core landing.

    He has said that the upper stage is all progressing according to plan so the separation must have gone ok.

    sharkbait
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    … although there is a voice saying that the era of big satellites is nearing an end as they all become smaller through miniaturisation.

    This is more about his Mars ambitions though.

    swanny853
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    his PayPal business seems to have only made him a billion or so.

    I think that got him enough to get the early rockets going which got NASA money coming in. I think he was pretty close to being ‘that guy who made a load of money and blew it all on rockets’.

    swanny853
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    https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/03/elon-musk-post-series.html

    If you’vve not read it there’s some interesting stuff here

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    If I live to see men/women land on Mars i will be a happy old man.

    How they will shield occupants from radiation and provide long term life support are the real interesting developments to come.

    Wish the British were even in the race..

    Mr Woppit
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    Stig In Space.

    legend
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    <span style=”color: #444444; font-size: 16px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;”>… although there is a voice saying that the era of big satellites is nearing an end as they all become smaller through miniaturisation</span>

    and that craft can take 60* tonnes of small satellites up at a time

    *not actually if they want the boosters back

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Just watching the live feed of the car with the Earth coming round behind it.

    Surreal and pretty stunning by any standard.

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