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Space X Launch Live Just Now!

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LIVE STREAM:

This mission marks SpaceX’s first attempt to land a first stage on land.

4 minutes to landing ...

Historic stuff. Really exciting! shame I'm the only one watching it.

EDIT: They did it!

Just 14.5 minutes in and they are deploying satellites -- all on live video.

SpaceX is a truly amazing venture.

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html

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It's very impressive. SpaceX appear to be making all the right decisions regarding re-useability, cost-reduction, simplification and use of off-the-shelf components. I guess they're benefitting from 60 years of Aerospace trial-and-error paid for mainly by US tax payers, but even so it's inspiring how quickly they are progressing. I wonder whether they're recruiting programmers?

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It's very impressive. SpaceX appear to be making all the right decisions regarding re-useability, cost-reduction, simplification and use of off-the-shelf components. I guess they're benefitting from 60 years of Aerospace trial-and-error paid for mainly by US tax payers, but even so it's inspiring how quickly they are progressing. I wonder whether they're recruiting programmers?

Elon musk is frighteningly high functioning. I recall he studied two full degrees at an ivy league university, engineering and economics, CONCURRENTLY, although I also understand he split out the final years of each of them. Regularly pulls 100 hour weeks in the office. Etc. I modern day Brunel.

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Elon musk is frighteningly high functioning. I recall he studied two full degrees at an ivy league university, engineering and economics, CONCURRENTLY, although I also understand he split out the final years of each of them. Regularly pulls 100 hour weeks in the office. Etc. I modern day Brunel.

And married the head girl at St Trinians (Twice according to Wikipedia).

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Just listen to that crowd shouting at the top of their voices - they realise what an historic moment this is:

Congratulations to everyone at Space X - their goal (reducing the price of space launches) might sound mundane, but today they might just have secured a future where my son can go on holiday into space.

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Just listen to that crowd shouting at the top of their voices - they realise what an historic moment this is:

Congratulations to everyone at Space X - their goal (reducing the price of space launches) might sound mundane, but today they might just have secured a future where my son can go on holiday into space.

Indeed, rockets have finally grown-up and it was a private company, not NASA, that achieved it. Quite staggering really.

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Awe inspiring...to get that rocket back down, upright and in the perfect location...thats what you call a really spectacular achievement. !

"Musk reveals that he wishes to establish a Mars colony by 2040, with a population of 80,000."

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How quickly can the rocket be reused? Have they managed to solve the rebuilding issue that the shuttle suffered from?

That, of course, is going to be the next big question.

You're right that the Shuttle was "reusable", but refurbishing it between flights simply cost too much.

However, Space X have a pretty good track record of delivering on their promises [1], and their "reusability" goals are a lot less ambitious than the Space Shuttle: Space X just want to reuse the first stage, the Shuttle was going to reuse everything.

Another big difference is the technology available: the Shuttle had 2 pilots, simply because at the time that was the only way to do it. 40 years later, and Space X can do away with the squishy bits and their heavy life support systems, and instead land the rocket with a computer. Which helps a lot when they're trying to save weight.

[1] except when it comes to meeting their launch dates... they're always late!

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And now on a ship at sea.

http://www.spacex.com/webcast

Landing about 27 minutes into video.

Watching the way that rocket decelerates really hard in the last few seconds - what they call a "suicide burn" - I kept thinking "not going to make it... not going to make it".

Now we wait to see if they're going to fly it again :) Now that will be a big event.

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After the last landing, the rocket seemed to tip over because the barge was rolling. If it had been on land it might have landed safely. Presumably the reason they used a barge was because landing on land may have been considered potentially dangerous for anyone nearby.

All in all a remarkable achievement.

Now all they have to do, eventually, is persuade astronauts to go up in secondhand rockets...

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They will be able to use this technology to put more intricate landers on mars, self building structures and supplies. It's a fantastic achievement.

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After the last landing, the rocket seemed to tip over because the barge was rolling. If it had been on land it might have landed safely. Presumably the reason they used a barge was because landing on land may have been considered potentially dangerous for anyone nearby.

All in all a remarkable achievement.

Now all they have to do, eventually, is persuade astronauts to go up in secondhand rockets...

Apparently it is purely due to fuel payload and how far down track the rocket ends up, which is dependent on the type of launch objective. Simply not enough fuel to power the burn back to starting point.

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Loved the name of the droneship Of Course I Still Love You , a nod to Iain M. Banks Culture series :-) ... shurley An Absence of Gravitas would have been more appropriate?

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Loved the name of the droneship Of Course I Still Love You , a nod to Iain M. Banks Culture series :-) ... shurley An Absence of Gravitas would have been more appropriate?

When will there be one called Michael?

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"Musk reveals that he wishes to establish a Mars colony by 2040, with a population of 80,000."

I understand that to ensure the best simulation possible, the test flights are landing in Middlesbrough...

XYY

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Reports spacex vehicle has exploded on the launchpad

Live updates on Reddit are a good source of information

Latest rumor is explosion started groundside during propellant load.

Which is really bad in the short term, because they've lost the rocket, the satellite, and worst of all, the launchpad - so almost no launches for a long time (they have another pad at Vandenberg which is only used for polar launches - a small part of their order book).

The only upside is that an explosion starting in the rocket would have been far worse in terms of reputation (they already lost one rocket last year).

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