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(Florida Today)   Why we can't have nice things: boaters swarm SpaceX Dragon capsule with Doug and Bob after splashdown. Maybe they wanted to huff some of that toxic hydrazine   (floridatoday.com) divider line
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2020-08-03 1:35:13 PM  
11 votes:
By the time authorities made it to the landing site Florida Man had already stripped off all the heat shield and parachutes and were holding the "aliens" hostage.
 
2020-08-03 1:30:04 PM  
3 votes:

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: So... the Coast Guard cleared the area for splashdown, gave themselves a good ol' pat on the back for a job well done, and f#cked the hell off.

That seems to be the extent of the situation as described in TFA, at least; I'd really like to hear the Coast Guard's sode of things, because this doesn't look particularly great for them as far as "doing their f#cking job..."


I'd like to hear their side of things, as well, but I'm expecting little more than a sode...
 
2020-08-03 5:46:52 PM  
2 votes:

FrancoFile: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: So... the Coast Guard cleared the area for splashdown, gave themselves a good ol' pat on the back for a job well done, and f#cked the hell off.

That seems to be the extent of the situation as described in TFA, at least; I'd really like to hear the Coast Guard's sode of things, because this doesn't look particularly great for them as far as "doing their f#cking job..."

I'd like to hear their side of things, as well, but I'm expecting little more than a sode...

They put out a press release yesterday.

Since the splashdown site was more than 12 miles offshore (ie, international waters), they don't actually have the authority to create and enforce an exclusion zone.

Which makes me wonder who enforces exclusion zones for the first stage of expendable rockets.


The exhaust plume.
 
2020-08-03 3:01:35 PM  
2 votes:
You know, would it kill SpaceX to install a little hatch that pops open with a trolling motor? Just let them steer themselves back to base...

...Oh, and a small turret with a 50 caliber machine gun to keep pirates at bay.

/I can think of a number of additional improvements...
//if you're interested, Elon.
///Call me.
 
2020-08-04 11:57:09 AM  
1 vote:
...and Freud said, "Wait, I thought you said you were straight?"
 
2020-08-04 11:55:40 AM  
1 vote:

dbirchall: Noah_Tall: Flerkenpie070: Noah_Tall: They just circled the capsule? What a complete waste. I would have recovered the chutes, cut them up, and sold them on Ebay.

and been arrested for theft.

I'm pretty sure they don't recover the drogue chutes.

I think talking heads covering the splashdown said fanastic boats were attracting boys to the 4 mans and the dragues so they could be connected.


/what I read
 
2020-08-03 7:08:00 PM  
1 vote:
These boaters are the same people who go to a PGA Tour event and act like they've never seen a golf ball before.  They're sad, broken people.  Killing them would be way too merciful.  They're already living in Pensacola, for God sakes.
 
2020-08-03 3:27:23 PM  
1 vote:
They just circled the capsule? What a complete waste. I would have recovered the chutes, cut them up, and sold them on Ebay.
 
2020-08-03 2:52:32 PM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: You could even possibly squeak by with landing it in the southern tip of James Bay in Canada.


Just the tip?
 
2020-08-03 2:43:13 PM  
1 vote:

albuquerquehalsey: [Fark user image 850x352]

Here's a better perspective on how close they were.


No, it's not a better perspective.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspec​t​ive_distortion_(photography)#Technical​_background
Compression (telephoto) distortion is often used to give the appearance of compressed distance between distant objects, such as buildings or automobiles in order to convey a feeling of congestion.

A better perspective would be from up above where you could directly measure how far away they are instead of relying on the known effects of a telephoto lens.

You know who else used that kind of perspective?

On the other end of the focal length spectre, Leni Riefenstahl used extreme telephoto lenses to compress large crowds in Triumph of the Will
 
2020-08-03 2:17:12 PM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: WHAT SPACE WHORES MIGHT LOOK LIKE.


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YOU NOW HAVE 2 MINUTES...
 
2020-08-03 2:07:36 PM  
1 vote:

SansNeural: Destructor: FormlessOne: Even more fun - if it's in international waters, and it's a privately-owned spacecraft, what's to stop piracy, armed robbery, or kidnapping for ransom?

Corbomite.

Space Horse!


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WHAT SPACE WHORES MIGHT LOOK LIKE.
 
2020-08-03 2:01:00 PM  
1 vote:

Destructor: FormlessOne: Even more fun - if it's in international waters, and it's a privately-owned spacecraft, what's to stop piracy, armed robbery, or kidnapping for ransom?

Corbomite.


Space Horse!
 
2020-08-03 1:58:55 PM  
1 vote:

Destructor: FormlessOne: Even more fun - if it's in international waters, and it's a privately-owned spacecraft, what's to stop piracy, armed robbery, or kidnapping for ransom?

Corbomite.


Space Force!
 
2020-08-03 1:57:27 PM  
1 vote:

FormlessOne: Even more fun - if it's in international waters, and it's a privately-owned spacecraft, what's to stop piracy, armed robbery, or kidnapping for ransom?


Corbomite.
 
2020-08-03 1:53:13 PM  
1 vote:
Finders, keepers.
 
2020-08-03 1:52:06 PM  
1 vote:

Russ1642: OldJames: I wonder why they don't try and splashdown in one of the great lakes. The fresh water would be a lot nicer on the capsule, and make re-usability easier.

Latitude is probably an issue


Clearly - the Coast Guard gave way too much latitude to boaters, it would seem.
 
2020-08-03 1:43:29 PM  
1 vote:
Take off, eh
 
2020-08-03 1:41:38 PM  
1 vote:

NotCodger: How could the Coast Guard not anticipate this? The landing area was published, showing it was close enough to be within range of civilian boats. The boaters probably knew they should stay away, but you don't need to be smart to own a boat.


Given that at least one of the boats was flying a large Trump flag I'm sure an agency controlled by the DHS was going to get right on that.
 
2020-08-03 1:38:26 PM  
1 vote:
Space Goat, Coastie to Coastie!
 
2020-08-03 1:29:05 PM  
1 vote:
So... the Coast Guard cleared the area for splashdown, gave themselves a good ol' pat on the back for a job well done, and f#cked the hell off.

That seems to be the extent of the situation as described in TFA, at least; I'd really like to hear the Coast Guard's sode of things, because this doesn't look particularly great for them as far as "doing their f#cking job..."
 
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