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2014-08-17 10:27:12 PM  
Elon Musk is the closest thing our world has to a real-life James Bond villain.
 
2014-08-17 11:50:13 PM  
Video of SpaceX Falcon 9 R first stage approaching a water landing as recorded from chase plane until it lost the rocket before the water landing.
 
2014-08-18 12:12:42 AM  
It's not impossible. I used to land my Lunar Moduleback home in my basement, it didn't have more than 5 units of fuel remaining.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-18 12:17:29 AM  
Great job with the zoom, camera operator.  You had one job...
 
2014-08-18 12:19:37 AM  
fail Droney McDronenheimer, fail.
 
2014-08-18 12:38:55 AM  

urger: Elon Musk is the closest thing our world has to a real-life James Bond villain.


Villain!?
 
2014-08-18 12:50:04 AM  
Camera operator had the shot, but got greedy.
 
2014-08-18 01:07:27 AM  
I'm really pulling for SpaceX to get this right so they can pull off the return to launch site. I want to see ULA crapping their pants when it happens. Lockheed has been murdering the government tit for decades and I'll never forgive Boeing for what they did to McDonnell Douglas when they bought them out and took over the Delta program.
 
2014-08-18 01:22:09 AM  
It's amazing to watch the stage just fall through the air until you realize that's what it's designed to do.

The new ones will have airbrakes to keep them upright.
 
2014-08-18 06:24:08 AM  
Stevie Wonder gets better and better at everything he does, including trying some camera work during an earthquake.
 
2014-08-18 06:31:33 AM  

Kittypie070: urger: Elon Musk is the closest thing our world has to a real-life James Bond villain.

Villain!?


Yeah, just another rich prick screwing his employees.
 
2014-08-18 02:54:53 PM  

studebaker hoch: It's amazing to watch the stage just fall through the air until you realize that's what it's designed to do.

The new ones will have airbrakes to keep them upright.


Hokey smokes -- that's really neato!
 
2014-08-18 03:10:17 PM  

studebaker hoch: It's amazing to watch the stage just fall through the air until you realize that's what it's designed to do.

The new ones will have airbrakes to keep them upright.


Not air brakes. Those a "grid" fins. They help with steering the rocket instead of just using the rocket engines on gimbals. SpaceX had a problem early on with the first stage returning from space "spinning" and causing the fuel to centrifuge out to the walls and starving the engine resulting in a crash. They've since upgraded the rocket with larger steering propellant tanks but this is possibly the best solution to better steering. We'll see on subsequent launches if they use them. SpaceX is remarkable in it's ability to very quickly design and test solutions compared to NASA because they're still a small company and can move quickly and adapt.
I'm sure they will succeed to return a first stage to a launch pad by the end of the year.

Next year they start testing the new Dragon V2 capsule that has the same return capability:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEQrmDoIRO8
 
2014-08-18 05:11:12 PM  
Orbcomm... I swear for a second there my brain said ZOMBOCOM.
 
2014-08-18 07:52:46 PM  
When are these folks going to realize the financial windfall of seling these to backyard rocketeers. Of course, slightly scaled back . Something Scooter, Billy Slimm and Earl could load up in the F150 and go shoot at things.
 
2014-08-18 10:04:19 PM  

medazinol: studebaker hoch: It's amazing to watch the stage just fall through the air until you realize that's what it's designed to do.

The new ones will have airbrakes to keep them upright.

Not air brakes. Those a "grid" fins. They help with steering the rocket instead of just using the rocket engines on gimbals. SpaceX had a problem early on with the first stage returning from space "spinning" and causing the fuel to centrifuge out to the walls and starving the engine resulting in a crash. They've since upgraded the rocket with larger steering propellant tanks but this is possibly the best solution to better steering. We'll see on subsequent launches if they use them. SpaceX is remarkable in it's ability to very quickly design and test solutions compared to NASA because they're still a small company and can move quickly and adapt.
I'm sure they will succeed to return a first stage to a launch pad by the end of the year.

Next year they start testing the new Dragon V2 capsule that has the same return capability:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEQrmDoIRO8


Extending the landing legs will stop any roll that thing has.

First ship didn't have any.

/ And too small of prop tanks.
 
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