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SpaceX just landed an orbital rocket for the first time!

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:33 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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The scramble for the remaining production run of Falcon 9s is on; they’ll switch to churning out that behemoth pretty soon...


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Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:42 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Next he’ll launch his car into a circumsolar orbit...


Here it is on the payload adaptor, in between the fairing halves...

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“Each Javelin round costs $80,000, and the idea that it's fired by a guy who doesn't make that in a year at a guy who doesn't make that in a lifetime is somehow so outrageous it almost makes the war seem winnable.”

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Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:46 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Can we just take a look at this 


POOLEECE THAT MOOSTASH!


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Stunning!


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Wow, cool...ours usually launch from Florida, French Guyana, Kazakhstan or Plesetsk. Not much of a chance for casual viewing like this there...

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Wow


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This one is vehicle, IED and rocketry-related all at once...

https://youtu.be/taZtM2RGeHE


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Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:24 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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So Falcon Heavy has left its perpetual state of "launch in 6 months" and is scheduled to launch THIS EVENING! The window is 18:30-21:30 today, but the latest report is that the NET (No Earlier Than) is now 20:15 due to upper-atmosphere wind shear.

Because Elon is a nutter, the payload for this test flight is his very own Tesla Roadster, and they've now strapped their prototype spacesuit into the driver's seat xD It'll be fired into an orbit that goes as far as Mars' orbit (although it won't end up passing close to Mars for the foreseeable future), and apparently they're going to have Space Oddity by Bowie blaring on the speakers :D

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Oh, and it's got a pretty high chance of just going bang in spectacular fashion. Elon himself gives it a 50% chance of success, although I feel that may be a touch pessimistic :D


The animation released yesterday:




And the stream, for when it goes live:


Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:18 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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The automated countdown is running, launch is scheduled for 20:45 :D


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Two cores confirmed landed successfully, and the payload successfully put in parking orbit ready for the final transfer! :D The only thing we missed was confirmation of the centre core landing on the barge, still waiting to hear back on that!


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