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2018-01-12 02:29:43 PM  
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2018-01-12 03:22:02 PM  
Hopefully this candle lights
 
2018-01-12 03:26:11 PM  
Launches aren't very interesting, call me when they return and land the boosters.
 
2018-01-12 03:37:12 PM  

natazha: Launches aren't very interesting, call me when they return and land the boosters.


When Falcon Heavy launches, it should be a cool explosion
 
2018-01-12 03:40:25 PM  
Will it also be a "total loss"?
 
2018-01-12 03:42:07 PM  
Is this the pretend one to make up for the "total loss" of the other one?
 
2018-01-12 03:47:01 PM  

Chevello: Is this the pretend one to make up for the "total loss" of the other one?


This is a scheduled and clearly marked  NRO launch.
 
2018-01-12 03:48:47 PM  
"Evil Will Never Prevail" ... so who gets to be the sole arbitrar of what "Evil" is? Who Watches the NRO?
 
2018-01-12 03:59:18 PM  
Looking good to launch today?
 
2018-01-12 03:59:53 PM  
yep. 2:11 Pacific time.
 
2018-01-12 04:00:14 PM  

soupafi: Looking good to launch today?


We'll see. They've already worked through one GSE issue today. Be back in an hour.
 
2018-01-12 04:07:38 PM  
I guess that if there are fanboys for phones, cars, websites and lots of other things that people are interested in it makes sense that there are private spaceflight fanboys as well.

Carry on
 
2018-01-12 04:16:09 PM  

thespindrifter: Who Watches the NRO?


I dunno.  Coast Guard?
 
2018-01-12 04:24:41 PM  

nekom: thespindrifter: Who Watches the NRO?

I dunno.  Coast Guard?


I thought the Cub Scouts watch them?
 
2018-01-12 04:27:48 PM  

soupafi: nekom: thespindrifter: Who Watches the NRO?

I dunno.  Coast Guard?

I thought the Cub Scouts watch them?


Civil Air Patrol
 
2018-01-12 04:31:49 PM  

callmeox: I guess that if there are fanboys for phones, cars, websites and lots of other things that people are interested in it makes sense that there are private spaceflight fanboys as well.

Carry on


You know how there are tons of folks who love Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like?  Who obsess about top speed, horsepower and the like?  Cars they will never be able to afford, or even drive once?

The stuff we obsess over has specs that make a Ferrari look like a broken down old mare.  The pumps that do nothing but move the fuel to the engine are rated in thousands of horsepower.  At takeoff they're putting out millions of pounds of thrust.  Ferraris may do 0-60 in under four seconds- these do 0-18000 in a few minutes.  (And in the case of SpaceX, 700-0 in 15 seconds during the landing burn)  Mileage is literally inches per gallon until you get out there, where the dV from a couple of kilos of xenon can get you anywhere in the solar system.

And every now and then they go up in an enormous KABOOM!

Way more interesting than a couple more kilos of carbon fiber slapped onto a V8.
 
2018-01-12 04:36:03 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: callmeox: I guess that if there are fanboys for phones, cars, websites and lots of other things that people are interested in it makes sense that there are private spaceflight fanboys as well.

Carry on

You know how there are tons of folks who love Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like?  Who obsess about top speed, horsepower and the like?  Cars they will never be able to afford, or even drive once?

The stuff we obsess over has specs that make a Ferrari look like a broken down old mare.  The pumps that do nothing but move the fuel to the engine are rated in thousands of horsepower.  At takeoff they're putting out millions of pounds of thrust.  Ferraris may do 0-60 in under four seconds- these do 0-18000 in a few minutes.  (And in the case of SpaceX, 700-0 in 15 seconds during the landing burn)  Mileage is literally inches per gallon until you get out there, where the dV from a couple of kilos of xenon can get you anywhere in the solar system.

And every now and then they go up in an enormous KABOOM!

Way more interesting than a couple more kilos of carbon fiber slapped onto a V8.


Watch Falcon Heavy, that will be a loud and big KABOOM!
 
2018-01-12 04:36:22 PM  
Glockenspiel Hero:
You know how there are tons of folks who love Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like?  Who obsess about top speed, horsepower and the like?  Cars they will never be able to afford, or even drive once?

The stuff we obsess over has specs that make a Ferrari look like a broken down old mare.  The pumps that do nothing but move the fuel to the engine are rated in thousands of horsepower.  At takeoff they're putting out millions of pounds of thrust.  Ferraris may do 0-60 in under four seconds- these do 0-18000 in a few minutes.  (And in the case of SpaceX, 700-0 in 15 seconds during the landing burn)  Mileage is literally inches per gallon until you get out there, where the dV from a couple of kilos of xenon can get you anywhere in the solar system.

And every now and then they go up in an enormous KABOOM!

Way more interesting than a couple more kilos of carbon fiber slapped onto a V8.


I make the same argument as to why I like trains.  But this stuff dwarfs even that, by orders of magnitude.
/I'm many kinds of geek, not just the one
 
2018-01-12 04:43:59 PM  
I just hope when Falcon Heavy blows, it doesn't destroy the pad. 39A has a lot of history.
 
2018-01-12 04:44:23 PM  

nekom: Glockenspiel Hero:
You know how there are tons of folks who love Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like?  Who obsess about top speed, horsepower and the like?  Cars they will never be able to afford, or even drive once?

The stuff we obsess over has specs that make a Ferrari look like a broken down old mare.  The pumps that do nothing but move the fuel to the engine are rated in thousands of horsepower.  At takeoff they're putting out millions of pounds of thrust.  Ferraris may do 0-60 in under four seconds- these do 0-18000 in a few minutes.  (And in the case of SpaceX, 700-0 in 15 seconds during the landing burn)  Mileage is literally inches per gallon until you get out there, where the dV from a couple of kilos of xenon can get you anywhere in the solar system.

And every now and then they go up in an enormous KABOOM!

Way more interesting than a couple more kilos of carbon fiber slapped onto a V8.

I make the same argument as to why I like trains.  But this stuff dwarfs even that, by orders of magnitude.
/I'm many kinds of geek, not just the one


I'm obviously a huge geek, and my boss is as well- the happiest I've ever seen him was when he was talking about getting to drive this beast.  (I've only ever gotten to climb around in it)

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2018-01-12 04:46:07 PM  

Lava Lamp Repairman: soupafi: nekom: thespindrifter: Who Watches the NRO?

I dunno.  Coast Guard?

I thought the Cub Scouts watch them?

Civil Air Patrol


The Boy Sprouts and the Illuminopoly.

Rumors that it's the Build-A-Bear Consortium are just a maskirovka.
 
2018-01-12 04:47:13 PM  
T-25 ... woot!
 
2018-01-12 04:50:27 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: callmeox: I guess that if there are fanboys for phones, cars, websites and lots of other things that people are interested in it makes sense that there are private spaceflight fanboys as well.

Carry on

You know how there are tons of folks who love Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like?  Who obsess about top speed, horsepower and the like?  Cars they will never be able to afford, or even drive once?

The stuff we obsess over has specs that make a Ferrari look like a broken down old mare.  The pumps that do nothing but move the fuel to the engine are rated in thousands of horsepower.  At takeoff they're putting out millions of pounds of thrust.  Ferraris may do 0-60 in under four seconds- these do 0-18000 in a few minutes.  (And in the case of SpaceX, 700-0 in 15 seconds during the landing burn)  Mileage is literally inches per gallon until you get out there, where the dV from a couple of kilos of xenon can get you anywhere in the solar system.

And every now and then they go up in an enormous KABOOM!

Way more interesting than a couple more kilos of carbon fiber slapped onto a V8.


It's not that people like spaceflight, it's the emotional investment in ULA or SpaceX that causes the sniping between camps.

That's the fanboys stuff that I find comical.

Rocket launches are awesome.
 
2018-01-12 04:53:06 PM  

soupafi: I just hope when Falcon Heavy blows, it doesn't destroy the pad. 39A has a lot of history.


I really hope it's successful. It would be really funny to see a Tesla Roadster coasting through space with the left turn signal on.
 
2018-01-12 04:54:55 PM  
callmeox:
It's not that people like spaceflight, it's the emotional investment in ULA or SpaceX that causes the sniping between camps.

That's the fanboys stuff that I find comical.

Rocket launches are awesome.


I root for all of them.  Private companies, NASA, China's space program, it's all amazing and will never stop being amazing to me.
 
2018-01-12 04:58:54 PM  

callmeox: It's not that people like spaceflight, it's the emotional investment in ULA or SpaceX that causes the sniping between camps.

That's the fanboys stuff that I find comical.

Rocket launches are awesome.


Well, ULA can go hang until they stop sucking Shelby's teat for taxpayer cash, but the best possible thing for spaceflight is for SpaceX and Blue Origin to push each other hard.  I want to see both succeed wildly.  (Along with Vector, RocketLab, etc)
 
2018-01-12 04:59:59 PM  

soupafi: I just hope when Falcon Heavy blows, it doesn't destroy the pad. 39A has a lot of history.


CSB: Last night I was at a local Royal Astronomical Society meeting and their was a talk by an engineer from a local aerospace company. He talked about a mission to launch a trio of radar sats, 1.5 billion dollars cost, on a Falcon 9 late this year. All three will be deployed from the same stage, and since it's not a classified mission, it should all be on the live-stream. He was asked what happens if it goes boom, if they was insurance. His answer: typically, no.
 
2018-01-12 05:01:27 PM  
Polling time!
 
2018-01-12 05:02:24 PM  
Internal power now
 
2018-01-12 05:02:46 PM  

ArmednHammered: soupafi: I just hope when Falcon Heavy blows, it doesn't destroy the pad. 39A has a lot of history.

I really hope it's successful. It would be really funny to see a Tesla Roadster coasting through space with the left turn signal on.


Getting off of the pad shouldn't be a problem. The butt-clenching moment will be staging of the side boosters. Lots of things can go wrong there, and that's one of the things that you really can't test on the ground. If it stages successfully, it should be in the clear.
 
2018-01-12 05:03:08 PM  
im watching some things not the rocket on the pad.  did my live stream do something odd?
 
2018-01-12 05:03:48 PM  
I've wondered if someone turns a key or presses a button to actually launch the vehicle. Or does the computer do that?
 
2018-01-12 05:05:27 PM  
Out of curiosity, why do ULA and NASA do those n-minute holds? Like, here, we're at T-4:00, but there's a planned 10-minute hold. Why not just put us at T-14:00 and tick away?
I know that they're historical, and we've been doing 'em since the Apollos, but why?
 
2018-01-12 05:05:50 PM  
Everyone's GO
 
2018-01-12 05:06:22 PM  

bart2puck: im watching some things not the rocket on the pad.  did my live stream do something odd?


they just did polling
 
2018-01-12 05:07:01 PM  

Theaetetus: Out of curiosity, why do ULA and NASA do those n-minute holds? Like, here, we're at T-4:00, but there's a planned 10-minute hold. Why not just put us at T-14:00 and tick away?
I know that they're historical, and we've been doing 'em since the Apollos, but why?


Maybe if there's an issue it won't completely screw it up?
 
2018-01-12 05:07:45 PM  
and countdown
 
2018-01-12 05:08:23 PM  
Make rocket go now!
 
2018-01-12 05:08:24 PM  

soupafi: Theaetetus: Out of curiosity, why do ULA and NASA do those n-minute holds? Like, here, we're at T-4:00, but there's a planned 10-minute hold. Why not just put us at T-14:00 and tick away?
I know that they're historical, and we've been doing 'em since the Apollos, but why?

Maybe if there's an issue it won't completely screw it up?


But, as per yesterday, they can should "hold, hold, hold" and stop the clock anyway.
 
2018-01-12 05:08:39 PM  
shout, even
 
2018-01-12 05:09:56 PM  
is that the old shuttle SRB on Delta?
 
2018-01-12 05:10:22 PM  
Antici -
 
2018-01-12 05:11:05 PM  
LIFTOFF!
 
2018-01-12 05:11:21 PM  
- pation!
 
2018-01-12 05:11:48 PM  
was that supposed to happen?
 
2018-01-12 05:12:07 PM  
Exciting liftoff with the kablooie of the leaked gasses
 
2018-01-12 05:12:14 PM  
I thought that was going to blow
 
2018-01-12 05:12:33 PM  
supersonic
 
2018-01-12 05:13:10 PM  
Well that didn't look right...
 
2018-01-12 05:13:47 PM  
Don't like them, then neither do I.  Get the hell outta here!  Heh, ever see a guy say goodbye to a solid rocket booster?
 
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