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(Ars Technica)   Landing two boosters side-by-side is so 2019. Let's land them on droneships 🚀 "The Dorado" rocket 🚀 Hobbits send rocket to Virginia pad 🚀 Sea Launch ain't 🚀 Space Leak System 🚀 China to launch Apollo 18 next week 🚀 This is your Rocket Report   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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2020-05-01 12:26:18 PM  
China may want to reconsider....

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2020-05-01 2:23:17 PM  
Wow, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy duel drone ship landing could be spectacular. But late 2020? This interferes with my need for immediate gratification.
 
2020-05-01 2:33:38 PM  
Apparently it's named after a Portuguese name for a fish, but goddamn is the phrase "the dorado" confusing to someone conversant in both English and Spanish.  "Dorado" in Spanish is an adjective, not a noun, and the phrase "El dorado" is a legend that made the jump to English folklore and literally can't be partially translated as "the dorado" because of a unique construct that Spanish grammar has which English doesn't.

I guess a company in Singapore probably isn't serving the market in the southern US / northern Mexico where this would be an issue that'd grate on a lot of ears, but still... as region-specific naming conventions go that's gonna bother me for a while.

// Though I guess I stopped snickering at Nintendo calling their products piss for a decade after the first year, so maybe I'll adjust.
 
2020-05-01 3:41:21 PM  
Rocket 1 is named "Guy" and Rocket 2 is named "Pedo".

It's a fun nickname.
 
2020-05-01 4:00:05 PM  
Seeing the starship 'crane/elevator down to the surface' thing makes wonder:  is that how it deploys satellites and such as well?  That is space shuttle style where it just opens a bay dor and ejects them?
 
2020-05-01 8:41:51 PM  

Antimatter: Seeing the starship 'crane/elevator down to the surface' thing makes wonder:  is that how it deploys satellites and such as well?  That is space shuttle style where it just opens a bay dor and ejects them?


No, the crewed versions of this vehicle aren't intended for satellite deployment. This particular variation is also only intended only for lunar operations, as evidenced by the lack of aerodynamic control surfaces, heat shield, etc.

Cargo versions of the vessel (nicknamed 'chomper' by many in the industry) are envisioned to have a hinged door at the top of the vehicle.

https://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/f​i​les/starship_users_guide_v1.pdf

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