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2018-02-02 11:19:54 PM  
I can't wait for this. It's gonna be awesome
 
2018-02-03 01:29:33 AM  
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//We will go to space today!
 
2018-02-03 01:31:52 AM  
It's all about popcorn sales. Mars sucks. It's not much better than the moon. Building deep under the surface of the moon makes better sense. Why are we ignoring the moon?
 
2018-02-03 01:56:42 AM  

wildcardjack: It's all about popcorn sales. Mars sucks. It's not much better than the moon. Building deep under the surface of the moon makes better sense. Why are we ignoring the moon?


Too many dead Kerbals there.
 
2018-02-03 02:23:41 AM  
The idea of launching his car into orbit around Mars is silly and self-aggrandizing...but if he continues to help kick-start the space industry, I won't begrudge him a little showing off.
 
2018-02-03 03:54:54 AM  
This is so FARKING cool.  I can not wait to finally see this thing go off.  Been a long time coming.  Potential if this succeeds is tremendous!
 
2018-02-03 03:57:00 AM  

wildcardjack: It's all about popcorn sales. Mars sucks. It's not much better than the moon. Building deep under the surface of the moon makes better sense. Why are we ignoring the moon?


That's about to change right?  With the big discovery of a massive cave that could easily house a huge lunar base?
 
2018-02-03 04:15:01 AM  
YES. I can hardly wait.
 
2018-02-03 04:19:33 AM  

wolfemane: wildcardjack: It's all about popcorn sales. Mars sucks. It's not much better than the moon. Building deep under the surface of the moon makes better sense. Why are we ignoring the moon?

That's about to change right?  With the big discovery of a massive cave that could easily house a huge lunar base?


The lava tube evidence looks pretty neat, but there's a good couple of missions' worth of work needed to verify their existence and to survey them for suitability.

A key problem is whether they're just too damned far away from any water or not.
 
2018-02-03 04:30:05 AM  
The guy that just sold 20k flamethrowers is about to launch a car at Mars. Living the dream.
 
2018-02-03 07:20:49 AM  
Pro Tip: One of the best viewing points is the Port Canaveral Cruise Port. Bring a good set of binoculars.

One of the few times I wish I still lived in the area.
 
2018-02-03 08:48:34 AM  
But for me, it will be Tuesday.
 
2018-02-03 08:59:58 AM  

Mister Peejay: But for me, it will be Tuesday.


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2018-02-03 09:24:22 AM  

Pentaxian: Mister Peejay: But for me, it will be Tuesday.

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I'm actually kind of fascinated, but this is one of the few times I'd be able to use that line, so here we are.
 
2018-02-03 01:23:35 PM  
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2018-02-03 02:05:29 PM  
TFA seems to only mention landing the two outside rockets. I thought they're also landing the Heavy core.
 
2018-02-03 02:24:13 PM  
launch! launch! launch! launch! launch!
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2018-02-03 02:29:33 PM  
Falcon Heavy is going into orbit
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2018-02-03 02:34:37 PM  
Sure is go time. It is my birthday and will finally be entering my 40's. Yay me...
 
2018-02-03 02:41:13 PM  

WelldeadLink: TFA seems to only mention landing the two outside rockets. I thought they're also landing the Heavy core.


they are. its wired...what do you expect?
 
2018-02-03 03:22:43 PM  

WelldeadLink: TFA seems to only mention landing the two outside rockets. I thought they're also landing the Heavy core.


Yes.  Center core will land on the seagoing barge.  The two outboard cores will land on the pads back at the Cape.
 
2018-02-03 03:32:12 PM  

Dave The Slushy: The guy that just sold 20k flamethrowers is about to launch a car at Mars. Living the dream.


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2018-02-03 03:40:05 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: WelldeadLink: TFA seems to only mention landing the two outside rockets. I thought they're also landing the Heavy core.

Yes.  Center core will land on the seagoing barge.  The two outboard cores will land on the pads back at the Cape.


That's gonna be crazy if they pull that off.

/going to set a calendar reminder so I don't forget.
 
2018-02-03 08:02:44 PM  

abhorrent1: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: WelldeadLink: TFA seems to only mention landing the two outside rockets. I thought they're also landing the Heavy core.

Yes.  Center core will land on the seagoing barge.  The two outboard cores will land on the pads back at the Cape.

That's gonna be crazy if they pull that off.

/going to set a calendar reminder so I don't forget.


Greatest Show on Earth, man.

I really hope this comes off exactly as planned.  Partly, as an 'in your FACE!' to Russia.

To be fair, the Russian N-1 Heavy Lifter (approximately equivalent to our Saturn V) DID have more engines than the Falcon Heavy.  Thirty-One first stage engines, in one colossal cluster.

And speaking of colossal clusters, the N-1's record was the mirror image of the Saturn's.  The Saturn V never had a single Booster failure.  The N-1, despite many attempts, never had one single successful launch.  All of them, destroyed in the boost phase.  Problems with turbopumps, engine controllers, and in one case, I believe a fuel tank had a loose bolt inside it that shelled a fuel pump.

A major part of the problems with the N-1 was that the Soviets did not commit the resources necessary for full-up testing of the vehicle as an integrated whole, whereas we managed to set up a test stand that could let us run full integration testing on the entire Saturn V.

Given the kind of testing SpaceX has done on the Heavy (including using two pre-flown Falcon 9's as the outboard cores, and having a successful static test), I'm not terribly worried about that, or about it getting off the pad.

I think the most uncertain moment will be when the outboard cores are jettisoned.  If that can pull that off, I think they're likely home free.
 
2018-02-03 08:20:34 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: abhorrent1: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: WelldeadLink: TFA seems to only mention landing the two outside rockets. I thought they're also landing the Heavy core.

Yes.  Center core will land on the seagoing barge.  The two outboard cores will land on the pads back at the Cape.

That's gonna be crazy if they pull that off.

/going to set a calendar reminder so I don't forget.

Greatest Show on Earth, man.

I really hope this comes off exactly as planned.  Partly, as an 'in your FACE!' to Russia.

To be fair, the Russian N-1 Heavy Lifter (approximately equivalent to our Saturn V) DID have more engines than the Falcon Heavy.  Thirty-One first stage engines, in one colossal cluster.

And speaking of colossal clusters, the N-1's record was the mirror image of the Saturn's.  The Saturn V never had a single Booster failure.  The N-1, despite many attempts, never had one single successful launch.  All of them, destroyed in the boost phase.  Problems with turbopumps, engine controllers, and in one case, I believe a fuel tank had a loose bolt inside it that shelled a fuel pump.

A major part of the problems with the N-1 was that the Soviets did not commit the resources necessary for full-up testing of the vehicle as an integrated whole, whereas we managed to set up a test stand that could let us run full integration testing on the entire Saturn V.

Given the kind of testing SpaceX has done on the Heavy (including using two pre-flown Falcon 9's as the outboard cores, and having a successful static test), I'm not terribly worried about that, or about it getting off the pad.

I think the most uncertain moment will be when the outboard cores are jettisoned.  If that can pull that off, I think they're likely home free.


yeah....it is the outside boosters that will make or break the launch
 
2018-02-03 09:08:03 PM  
If he's this timeline's Delos David Harriman, I can forgive sending one of his cars into orbit around Mars.
 
2018-02-04 12:53:20 AM  

swamp_of_dumb: If he's this timeline's Delos David Harriman, I can forgive sending one of his cars into orbit around Mars.


He'll have failed if he does that, as he's not aiming for the planet.
 
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