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2017-12-28 12:50:20 PM  
Wow
 
2017-12-28 01:01:44 PM  
ULA has got to be shiatting their pants.
 
2017-12-28 01:13:59 PM  
Damn cool.
 
2017-12-28 01:22:43 PM  
That's a LOT of rocket. Hope it doesn't pop.
 
2017-12-28 01:30:35 PM  
That is going to be one to watch for sure.
Not that the regular spaceX launches got boring, I just didn't go out of my way to watch them after seeing the first few takeoff and land successfully.
 
2017-12-28 01:52:28 PM  
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/16​7​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.
 
2017-12-28 02:22:22 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not


They have to launch SOMETHING.  Why not a Tesla?
 
2017-12-28 02:46:51 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/16​7​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.


According to TFA, the roadster is going into a heliocentric orbit at about the distance of Mars.
 
2017-12-28 02:56:18 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Markoff_Cheney: I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not

They have to launch SOMETHING.  Why not a Tesla?


They don't have to launch anything. It really could just explode on the pad, or a few feet off the pad.
 
2017-12-28 02:57:12 PM  
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2017-12-28 03:05:36 PM  
The great thing about this is it will be awesome no matter what happens.
Spectacular Failures of Unmanned Rockets
Youtube RY1cEOzaf78
 
2017-12-28 03:08:27 PM  

postnobills: The great thing about this is it will be awesome no matter what happens.


Agreed - I'm looking forward to it regardless of how it goes!
 
2017-12-28 03:08:39 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/16​7​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

Strap it down boys. The car is being launched. 100% fact.
 
2017-12-28 03:09:25 PM  
 
2017-12-28 03:36:02 PM  
How Falcon Heavy is it?
 
2017-12-28 03:46:28 PM  
Three booster landings.  One on a barge.
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Oh boy,
 
2017-12-28 03:48:22 PM  
Elon, can you and Dennis come visit
 
2017-12-28 03:51:22 PM  
The Falcon Heavy will attempt to give the automobile enough speed to escape the grasp of Earth's gravity, sending it into a heliocentric solar orbit that will take it to the approximate distance of Mars from the sun.

So, what are the salvage laws for space?
 
2017-12-28 03:53:25 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/16​7​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.


It's real and it's glorious:

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2017-12-28 03:58:55 PM  
Saturn V first stage had a total thrust of 7.6 million pounds, so with Falcon Heavy putting out 4.7 million pounds Elon still has a ways to go to match lifting capability. Of course NASA had government funding plus just a few more people working on the project. Plus the desire to beat the Ruskies, whatever it took.
 
2017-12-28 04:00:27 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639][View Full Size image _x_]


My favorite part is that he is doing it just to fark with whoever finds it as space junk in however many millions of years.
He is spending untold sums of money as a giant space troll.
 
2017-12-28 04:11:17 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639]


You misspelled "idiotic"
 
2017-12-28 04:15:38 PM  
That rocket needs the car to be illuminated and have a live video stream of the car during launch.
 
2017-12-28 04:20:36 PM  

meanmutton: Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639]

You misspelled "idiotic"


What's stupid about it? Would you have preferred a big block of scrap metal as a dummy payload? At least this is fun, and what's the point of being rich if you can't do something stupidly fun with a giant rocket?
 
2017-12-28 04:27:44 PM  
I am close enough that I think I will try and drive down and watch this one in person.
 
2017-12-28 04:37:13 PM  

Mad_Radhu: meanmutton: Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639]

You misspelled "idiotic"

What's stupid about it? Would you have preferred a big block of scrap metal as a dummy payload? At least this is fun, and what's the point of being rich if you can't do something stupidly fun with a giant rocket?


It just seems so stupid. There's so many more useful things that could be loaded into the rocket and be taken into orbit. Like Donald Trump.
 
2017-12-28 04:39:18 PM  

meanmutton: You misspelled "idiotic"


Let me answer you with this well-thought out response: NO U!!!
 
2017-12-28 04:49:31 PM  
Chagrin: It just seems so stupid. There's so many more useful things that could be loaded into the rocket and be taken into orbit. Like Donald Trump.

It is the first test, they can't send a serious payload up.  The articles I skimmed said this was replacing large containers of water.
 
2017-12-28 04:51:31 PM  

minnkat: Saturn V first stage had a total thrust of 7.6 million pounds, so with Falcon Heavy putting out 4.7 million pounds Elon still has a ways to go to match lifting capability. Of course NASA had government funding plus just a few more people working on the project. Plus the desire to beat the Ruskies, whatever it took.


Saturn V was also about $8000/kg to LEO, whereas the Falcon Heavy is projected as about $2200/kg to LEO.  Which means that FH could put up 1.5x the mass for less cost, and that was before reuse of the stages became a significant factor.

Don't get me wrong - the Saturn V was a beaut, and I would love for someone to fire off a couple of the revamped F-1As.  But the business and development models are completely different.
 
2017-12-28 05:06:05 PM  
I know that the math isn't anywhere close to this simple, but if they can lift at 4.7m lb thrust on three boosters, why not go full kerbal and launch 7.8m on five in a quad array?   :D
 
2017-12-28 05:09:02 PM  

coalition: I know that the math isn't anywhere close to this simple, but if they can lift at 4.7m lb thrust on three boosters, why not go full kerbal and launch 7.8m on five in a quad array?   :D


Maybe the layout of the pad and tower can't handle that. Or maybe it can, but they're not testing Kerbal konfig yet.
 
2017-12-28 05:10:08 PM  

mr lawson: https://twitter.com/rdv4ljb/status/94​6​423618271174657

awesome!


That tweet deserves to be seen...

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2017-12-28 05:11:32 PM  

bearded clamorer: mr lawson: https://twitter.com/rdv4ljb/status/946​423618271174657

awesome!

That tweet deserves to be seen...

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how did you embed that?
 
2017-12-28 05:13:03 PM  

mr lawson: bearded clamorer: mr lawson: https://twitter.com/rdv4ljb/status/946​423618271174657

awesome!

That tweet deserves to be seen...

[img.fark.net image 768x195][View Full Size image _x_]
[img.fark.net image 600x338][View Full Size image _x_]

how did you embed that?


You can't still.  That is a screengrab with the .gif uploaded separate.
 
2017-12-28 05:15:52 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: mr lawson: bearded clamorer: mr lawson: https://twitter.com/rdv4ljb/status/946​423618271174657

awesome!

That tweet deserves to be seen...

[img.fark.net image 768x195][View Full Size image _x_]
[img.fark.net image 600x338][View Full Size image _x_]

how did you embed that?

You can't still.  That is a screengrab with the .gif uploaded separate.


gotcha...thanks
 
2017-12-28 05:18:18 PM  

bearded clamorer: mr lawson: https://twitter.com/rdv4ljb/status/946​423618271174657

awesome!

That tweet deserves to be seen...

[img.fark.net image 768x195][View Full Size image _x_]
[img.fark.net image 600x338][View Full Size image _x_]


That's the biggest erection I've seen since I was in the army.

/I worked with Pershing missiles, you perverts
//Had a shirt that said "Pershing crewmembers have 40 foot erections"
///Although there was Jake "The Snake" Johanssen....
 
2017-12-28 05:20:45 PM  

Nogrhi: I am close enough that I think I will try and drive down and watch this one in person.


Same here. I wish they could announce a date already.
 
2017-12-28 05:23:20 PM  

Mad_Radhu: meanmutton: Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639]

You misspelled "idiotic"

What's stupid about it? Would you have preferred a big block of scrap metal as a dummy payload? At least this is fun, and what's the point of being rich if you can't do something stupidly fun with a giant rocket?


Honestly it wouldn't surprise me at this point if the NSA has hidden all kinds of spy crap on it with a hand-off to Musk to keep his mouth shut nudge nudge wink wink. Back in my FL days it was pretty common for Canaveral to launch unscheduled projectiles into space, and damn near every one of them had eyes on board.
 
2017-12-28 05:23:21 PM  

mr lawson: Markoff_Cheney: mr lawson: bearded clamorer: mr lawson: https://twitter.com/rdv4ljb/status/946​423618271174657

awesome!

That tweet deserves to be seen...

[img.fark.net image 768x195][View Full Size image _x_]
[img.fark.net image 600x338][View Full Size image _x_]

how did you embed that?

You can't still.  That is a screengrab with the .gif uploaded separate.

gotcha...thanks


Also, if you want to grab a .gif off of Twitter, you can copy the url of the tweet and paste it here: https://ezgif.com/video-to-gif, then optimize it to get the filesize down to <2mb.
 
2017-12-28 05:44:40 PM  
He should have sent up a Tea kettle, to answer that question once and for all.
 
2017-12-28 05:49:31 PM  
Dash cam footage should be good.
 
2017-12-28 05:55:08 PM  

thespindrifter: Mad_Radhu: meanmutton: Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639]

You misspelled "idiotic"

What's stupid about it? Would you have preferred a big block of scrap metal as a dummy payload? At least this is fun, and what's the point of being rich if you can't do something stupidly fun with a giant rocket?

Honestly it wouldn't surprise me at this point if the NSA has hidden all kinds of spy crap on it with a hand-off to Musk to keep his mouth shut nudge nudge wink wink. Back in my FL days it was pretty common for Canaveral to launch unscheduled projectiles into space, and damn near every one of them had eyes on board.


It would surprise the hell out of me.

The NSA wants stuff in orbit for only one purpose - to look at stuff on Earth.  All things being equal, the lower the orbit, the better for surveillance.  This payload is leaving Earth for good.

The NSA is not going to waste resources on an expensive, sophisticated surveillance payload and then throw it away with no hope of any interesting, useful intel being returned.
 
2017-12-28 06:06:27 PM  

coalition: I know that the math isn't anywhere close to this simple, but if they can lift at 4.7m lb thrust on three boosters, why not go full kerbal and launch 7.8m on five in a quad array?   :D


The risk of catastrophic failure increases with each additional falcon 9 core. Each core has 9 Merlin engines, so falcon heavy will have 27 engines where something can go boomy boom. 45 engines per launch pretty much guarantees a least one engine failure per launch.
 
2017-12-28 06:11:08 PM  

tedthebellhopp: [i.imgur.com image 500x281]


Submitted link too late with this reference. Thx for covering
 
2017-12-28 06:21:10 PM  
I wonder if his car insurance covers damage due to an explosion during launch?
 
2017-12-28 06:42:39 PM  

meanmutton: Mad_Radhu: Markoff_Cheney: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/167​26822/spacex-falcon-heavy-tesla-roadst​er-launch-elon-musk
I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not, last I read it was total bullshiat and a photoshop, now it seems nobody knows for sure.
Or at least that was as far as google took me before giving up.

It's real and it's glorious:

[img.fark.net image 425x639]

You misspelled "idiotic"


You're no fun.
 
2017-12-28 06:44:10 PM  

WelldeadLink: coalition: I know that the math isn't anywhere close to this simple, but if they can lift at 4.7m lb thrust on three boosters, why not go full kerbal and launch 7.8m on five in a quad array?   :D

Maybe the layout of the pad and tower can't handle that. Or maybe it can, but they're not testing Kerbal konfig yet.


There are probably issues with struts as well.
 
2017-12-28 06:54:34 PM  

wheresmypen: Dash cam footage should be good.


I'd like to see the autopilot try to recalculate the route to the Gigafactory
 
2017-12-28 06:57:53 PM  

Elegy: coalition: I know that the math isn't anywhere close to this simple, but if they can lift at 4.7m lb thrust on three boosters, why not go full kerbal and launch 7.8m on five in a quad array?   :D

The risk of catastrophic failure increases with each additional falcon 9 core. Each core has 9 Merlin engines, so falcon heavy will have 27 engines where something can go boomy boom. 45 engines per launch pretty much guarantees a least one engine failure per launch.


Space-X launched 18 Falcon 9 rockets in 2017 and the only engine that failed that I know of was the one that blew up on the test stand, as engines on a test stand are known to do. That's 162 Merlins that have successfully been flown this year, and I can only think of a handful of engine failures on previous flights, and even then then you had launches like CRS-1 where they lost an engine but all they had to do was burn the remaining 8 a little longer.

I just don't think the sheer number of engines would be a huge issue with that configuration based on the already proven reliability of the Merlin.
 
2017-12-28 07:02:27 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Markoff_Cheney: I am having trouble locking down if the car thing to space is real or not

They have to launch SOMETHING.  Why not a Tesla?


I can think of a few people who would leave a better world behind, were they launched into heliocentric orbit beyond Mars
 
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