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(Economist)   SpaceX prepares for the first private sector mission to resupply the Coca Cola International Space Station. Brought to you by Carl's Jr   (economist.com) divider line 72
    More: Sad, International Space Station, Orbital Sciences, Elon Musk, SpaceX, Cape Canaveral, space rendezvous, Gene Cernan, service delivery framework  
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2012-05-04 01:30:29 PM  
F*ck you, I'm rocketing.
 
2012-05-04 01:36:09 PM  
Taco Bell: in space, no one can hear you fart
 
2012-05-04 01:44:47 PM  
It's nothing to be sad about, it's the dawn of a new era, an era where finally our 70s/80s drug fuelled dreams of commercial space companies becomes a reality.
 
2012-05-04 01:54:11 PM  
godspeed, sissy spacex
 
2012-05-04 02:00:52 PM  
Sad, subby? Try freaking awesome. Unless, you know, you like paying the Russians out the ass with your tax dollars to go on grocery runs for us.

/Best friend is an engineer working on the Dragon capsules
//csb
 
2012-05-04 02:31:05 PM  
It's got what space stations crave!
 
2012-05-04 02:34:51 PM  
I know, subby, I hate progress, too.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-05-04 03:15:21 PM  
I wonder what it would cost to have a big defense contractor design a similar system?
 
2012-05-04 03:50:27 PM  
I guess subby is a 58 year old NASA engineer who is pissed that we are letting private companies take the lead in low Earth orbit missions so that they have the budget and time to go bigger. Maybe you can suck Newt Gringich's cock to get you that moon colony.

Also:

GleeUnit: Try freaking awesome. Unless, you know, you like paying the Russians out the ass with your tax dollars to go on grocery runs for us.


All of this.

Guess what? It's the farking future. Space travel as gotten so easy that private companies can make a profit off of it.
 
2012-05-04 05:05:43 PM  

BKITU: F*ck you, I'm rocketing breaking atmo.


much better
 
2012-05-04 05:07:40 PM  
"When deep space exploration ramps up, it'll be the corporations that name everything, the IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks."
 
2012-05-04 05:07:51 PM  
If this works we're moving over to fixed rate costs to reach orbit. That right there is huge and awesome. NASA should be handing off non cutting edge stuff to the private sector and focusing on new shiat.
 
2012-05-04 05:07:57 PM  
subby I feel you man, a bit. I don't want my space travels to be mundane advertising, I want them to be unique adventures... Wait, no, no I don't, I want me (alive) in space more than I want Coca-cola to choke. Although may I suggest ABP for Eyeballs app?
www.go-optic.com
 
2012-05-04 05:20:14 PM  
Iridium is still alive? Or is this a new project?
 
2012-05-04 05:26:00 PM  

Slaxl: It's nothing to be sad about, it's the dawn of a new era, an era where finally our 70s/80s drug fuelled dreams of commercial space companies becomes a reality.


70s, 80s, late 1940s, whatever.
 
2012-05-04 05:30:21 PM  
I'll continue my work on the space escalator, that's where the real money is.
 
2012-05-04 05:39:52 PM  
WTF Indeed

I guess subby is a 58 year old NASA engineer who is pissed that we are letting private companies take the lead in low Earth orbit missions so that they have the budget and time to go bigger.


Feel free to outline that "bigger" project you refer to.

Before you start....
4.bp.blogspot.com
doesn't count.
 
2012-05-04 05:47:25 PM  
www.funny-potato.com
 
2012-05-04 05:50:38 PM  

vpb: I wonder what it would cost to have a big defense contractor design a similar system?


Well, according to Wikipedia, an equivalent Delta IV (Boeing) or Atlas V (Lockheed/Boeing) costs in the neighborhood of $150, which is roughly three times what the falcon will cost. The price ranges are rather wide, though, so that could be way off.
 
2012-05-04 05:56:25 PM  
I have always wondered. If you are floating in a zero g environment that is oxygen rich (such as in a shuttle or space craft of some kind) and you fart bare assed, does the force of the expelling gas from uranus propel you forward or just make the rest of the trip really uncomfortable for the rest of the crew?
 
2012-05-04 05:57:04 PM  

simplicimus: Iridium is still alive? Or is this a new project?


Iridium is still around, though they went through bankruptcy within a year of their attempted satellite phone network and the firm was eventually bought by a group of private investors for pennies on the dollar. Turns out it's easier to make a profit when you can buy $6 billion worth of assets and satellites that have already been launched for $25 million.
 
2012-05-04 06:00:20 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Taco Bell: in space, no one can hear you fart


Might push the station out of orbit though
 
2012-05-04 06:03:57 PM  
www.underconsideration.com

Mission control
 
2012-05-04 06:06:00 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Taco Bell: in space, no one can hear you fart


Eh, they'd probably notice when your visor fogs up...
 
2012-05-04 06:12:06 PM  
This feels like it should be sponsored by Fishy Joes, rather than Carl's Jr.

/Ride the walrus.
 
2012-05-04 06:13:50 PM  

Maximum Snark: I have always wondered. If you are floating in a zero g environment that is oxygen rich (such as in a shuttle or space craft of some kind) and you fart bare assed, does the force of the expelling gas from uranus propel you forward or just make the rest of the trip really uncomfortable for the rest of the crew?


i asked about this( i was 11, this was actually on my mind) when meeting a shuttle astronaut.

the dude was really cool, as he thought about it for a minute, then said that by his guess, based on how the body is laid out, you'd most likely send yourself into a slow backflip.
 
2012-05-04 06:13:53 PM  

Maximum Snark: I have always wondered. If you are floating in a zero g environment that is oxygen rich (such as in a shuttle or space craft of some kind) and you fart bare assed, does the force of the expelling gas from uranus propel you forward or just make the rest of the trip really uncomfortable for the rest of the crew?


Both. So not only do you kill your crew mates but you make your escape at the exact same time.

/puttering off in to the distance of a thruster of your own farts.
 
2012-05-04 06:22:18 PM  
I, too, would like a quick outline of the thought process - if any - behind the "sad" tag.
 
2012-05-04 06:22:18 PM  
Paint it like a damn NASCAR if means more space missions.
 
2012-05-04 06:31:48 PM  
Super
Awesome
Dudes!

??
 
2012-05-04 06:50:04 PM  
We need to legalize Obtrusive space advertising. I want to see the golden arches floating above my head on a clear night.
 
2012-05-04 06:50:34 PM  
Did get a greenlight?
 
2012-05-04 06:51:22 PM  
malvasiabianca.org
 
2012-05-04 06:51:23 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Did get a greenlight?


...Well that post got eaten.
 
2012-05-04 06:53:20 PM  
Im_ok_with_this.jpg

If the state gave a damn about space, they'd give NASA the budget and a madate to explore.
These companies had to go out and lobby the government or fetch money from other sources. More power to em for doing what needed to be done.
 
2012-05-04 06:58:03 PM  
Came here to say what people have already covered. This isn't sad it is awesome.
 
2012-05-04 07:13:46 PM  
Coca-Cola flew three missions on the space shuttle trying to perfect the serving and consumption of cola in zero-G.
 
2012-05-04 07:23:02 PM  

Dalrint: This feels like it should be sponsored by Fishy Joes, rather than Carl's Jr.

/Ride the walrus.


Dude. NOT COOL.
 
2012-05-04 07:27:52 PM  
Wait till they put optical billboards on the moon. That will really break my heart.
 
2012-05-04 07:35:41 PM  

IMDWalrus: Dalrint: This feels like it should be sponsored by Fishy Joes, rather than Carl's Jr.

/Ride the walrus.

Dude. NOT COOL.


www.worldwidewalrusweb.com
 
2012-05-04 07:36:03 PM  
Just viewed today's Atlas V launch from the Cape, getting a kick etc.

/Nothing like going to a school where half your friends have base clearance
 
2012-05-04 08:05:18 PM  
Good.

It'll be even better when we get some guys up there on top of that candle.

/Remember kids...
//America: fark yeah.
 
2012-05-04 08:06:26 PM  
[floats mystically past, sucking Carlsberg beer out of a neat little zero-G squeezychillybulbthingy]

*burrp*
 
2012-05-04 08:37:25 PM  

ds_4815: Just viewed today's Atlas V launch from the Cape, getting a kick etc.

/Nothing like going to a school where half your friends have base clearance


Back around 01/02 I watched a Titan launch from the beach at Cocoa. Was cool. Was on the phone with my aunt who worked for Lockheed Martin. She was somewhere around mission control, so I basically had a live feed.
 
2012-05-04 08:47:58 PM  
Should have gone commercial 40 years ago. Nothing after Apollo needed to be run by a government agency.
 
2012-05-04 08:54:09 PM  
If they pull this off, SpaceX will almost certainly be a trillion dollar company in short order. The biggest money isn't in being the first to exploit a market. It's in being the one to make exploitation possible.

Cheers.
 
2012-05-04 08:56:05 PM  

schattenteufel: Planet Starbucks


Or as the scientists call it, a supermassive black hole.

//don't tell starbucks until they're at the event horizon..
 
2012-05-04 08:59:00 PM  
Really? No one else?
www.regrettablesincerity.com
 
2012-05-04 09:25:06 PM  

Slaxl: It's nothing to be sad about, it's the dawn of a new era, an era where finally our 70s/80s drug fuelled dreams of commercial space companies becomes a reality.


You mean Boeing, Lockheed et al aren't commercial????????
 
2012-05-04 09:25:36 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Really? No one else?
[www.regrettablesincerity.com image 300x168]


Nice. Also relevant:

29.media.tumblr.com
 
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