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2018-02-09 09:43:39 AM  
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2018-02-09 10:04:26 AM  
Sure... mannequin.
 
2018-02-09 10:07:20 AM  
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By God, if we have to waste a shiatload of money somehow, this is the way to do it.
 
2018-02-09 10:07:26 AM  
Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.
 
2018-02-09 10:11:22 AM  
Just knowing it's up there - floating around being absolutely useless gives me a fuzzy-warm feeling of comfort.
I'll be ever-so-pissed if it gets sucked back onto the planet & burns up on re-entry.
 
2018-02-09 10:12:12 AM  

Sailing Starflower: [i1.wp.com image 800x448]
By God, if we have to waste a shiatload of money somehow, this is the way to do it.


And my mind is automatically playing "Radar Rider."
 
2018-02-09 10:13:04 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Sure... mannequin.


You know it was actually the body of a guy who pissed Elon off.
 
2018-02-09 10:13:32 AM  
Launch report indicates they used the "I fired an arrow into the air, it went I don't know where" algorithm for launch control.
 
2018-02-09 10:13:42 AM  
there is shiat ton of garbage orbiting our planet and it's a real problem, why do you think they track it
 
2018-02-09 10:13:43 AM  
...and is based on internal GPS data

Let me guess, that data is: it's not on the globe anymore?
 
2018-02-09 10:14:25 AM  
Well yeah, it's space junk now.  All that stuff gets tracked (when possible).  You do not want to collide with that thing in space.
 
2018-02-09 10:14:51 AM  

freidog: ...and is based on internal GPS data

Let me guess, that data is: it's not on the globe anymore?


Longitude:  offscale high
Latitude:  offscale high
Altitude:  offscale high
 
2018-02-09 10:16:11 AM  
And, that was quick

Heavy Metal / SpaceX Crossover
Youtube XT2HZEyJkVA
 
2018-02-09 10:17:52 AM  
So when is it coming back around?
 
2018-02-09 10:18:19 AM  
Nope.  A celestial object is natural occurring (such as a moon).

This would be a Resident Space Object (RSO)
 
2018-02-09 10:19:05 AM  

nekom: Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.


I believe that is his plan. Develop a way to 'capture' it next time (or time after...so on and so on) as it passes near Earth and bring it back down successfully. With that tech, companies can start looking into mining asteroids and bringing the material back to Earth.
 
2018-02-09 10:20:16 AM  

GameSprocket: Tr0mBoNe: Sure... mannequin.

You know it was actually the body of a guy who pissed Elon off.


It's the perfect crime. Good luck getting the evidence back.
 
2018-02-09 10:20:35 AM  

Original: Original Tweet:


An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​Periheli​on_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.
 
2018-02-09 10:22:59 AM  

BeotchPudding: nekom: Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.

I believe that is his plan. Develop a way to 'capture' it next time (or time after...so on and so on) as it passes near Earth and bring it back down successfully. With that tech, companies can start looking into mining asteroids and bringing the material back to Earth.


I wouldn't be surprised if that's the plan either.  I mean...they did just "accidentally" overshoot the Mars orbit to be in the asteroid belt.
 
2018-02-09 10:24:22 AM  

dittybopper: Original: Original Tweet:

An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P​erihelion_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.


I believe the negative indicates that it is in a retrograde orbit.
 
2018-02-09 10:24:45 AM  

cgraves67: So when is it coming back around?


Fark: think of a real big eCig entering the atmosphere in a few years.

/hope they took the batteries out.
 
2018-02-09 10:25:34 AM  

ElwoodCuse: there is shiat ton of garbage orbiting our planet and it's a real problem, why do you think they track it


I was under the impression a solar orbit was around the solar and not the earth.
 
2018-02-09 10:25:48 AM  
When you wish upon a star ...
it just might be an electric car,

When you wish upon a star ...
your dreams ... go ... VRROOOM.


/not really, it's electric, not internal combustion
//no sound in space, either
//artistic license in full effect
 
2018-02-09 10:29:05 AM  

BeotchPudding: nekom: Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.

I believe that is his plan. Develop a way to 'capture' it next time (or time after...so on and so on) as it passes near Earth and bring it back down successfully. With that tech, companies can start looking into mining asteroids and bringing the material back to Earth.


And maybe possibly pulling some of the garbage out of orbit, or at least push it towards burning up on re-entry.
 
2018-02-09 10:31:42 AM  
Third stage?
 
2018-02-09 10:31:43 AM  

dittybopper: Original: Original Tweet:

An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P​erihelion_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.


Hard to read in the screenshot, but it's a tilde, not a negative sign.  Same on the mass.
Since it wasn't an exactly planned burn they're estimating 1.7 AU as aphelion. But the ship has no power, so other than the first few hours post burn, they're to relying entirely on ground tracking to estimate the orbit.
 
2018-02-09 10:34:43 AM  

dittybopper: Original: Original Tweet:

An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P​erihelion_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.


That last burn put it even more off course than anyone thought possible, apparently. I'm expecting Starman to return possessed by a demon or something when Musk recaptures his car.
 
2018-02-09 10:37:49 AM  

Sailing Starflower: [i1.wp.com image 800x448]
By God, if we have to waste a shiatload of money somehow, this is the way to do it.


When it gets old in a few years will we then refer to it as Space junk?
 
2018-02-09 10:37:53 AM  

Dick Gozinya: dittybopper: Original: Original Tweet:

An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P​erihelion_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.

I believe the negative indicates that it is in a retrograde orbit.


No, because then the mean motion would be negative.

But on further, closer examination, that's not a minus sign, it's a tilde.

So the Aphelion is ~1.7 AU, which is perfectly OK, because that means "approximately 1.7 AU".

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2018-02-09 10:38:40 AM  

freidog: Hard to read in the screenshot, but it's a tilde, not a negative sign.


Yeah, I just noticed that.  See my post above.
 
2018-02-09 10:38:41 AM  

nekom: Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.


Do you know how much hassle it was to launch that hooker corpse...er, I mean car with an empty trunk...into space?
 
2018-02-09 10:39:04 AM  

snocone: Launch report indicates they used the "I fired an arrow into the air, it went I don't know where" algorithm for launch control.


snocone: cgraves67: So when is it coming back around?

Fark: think of a real big eCig entering the atmosphere in a few years.

/hope they took the batteries out.



What!? That makes no sense. Maybe I'm missing the snark here.
No, it isn't coming back to earth. Hell it likely won't even make a full trip around the sun before coming apart.
 
2018-02-09 10:39:44 AM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: BeotchPudding: nekom: Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.

I believe that is his plan. Develop a way to 'capture' it next time (or time after...so on and so on) as it passes near Earth and bring it back down successfully. With that tech, companies can start looking into mining asteroids and bringing the material back to Earth.

And maybe possibly pulling some of the garbage out of orbit, or at least push it towards burning up on re-entry.


If Elon wants to do something useful he should come up with a way to clean up the area around Earth.  Maybe he could team up with James Dyson.
 
2018-02-09 10:40:26 AM  
BolloxReader:

That last burn put it even more off course than anyone thought possible, apparently. I'm expecting Starman to return possessed by a demon or something when Musk recaptures his car.

Do you want space bounty hunters?

Because this is how you get space bounty hunters.
 
2018-02-09 10:41:30 AM  

BolloxReader: dittybopper: Original: Original Tweet:

An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P​erihelion_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.

That last burn put it even more off course than anyone thought possible, apparently. I'm expecting Starman to return possessed by a demon or something when Musk recaptures his car.


Hopefully it will return with Mathilda May sitting in the passenger seat.  She can suck the life force out of me any day.

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2018-02-09 10:45:31 AM  

doomjesse: Sailing Starflower: [i1.wp.com image 800x448]
By God, if we have to waste a shiatload of money somehow, this is the way to do it.

When it gets old in a few years will we then refer to it as Space junk?


Only if it won't start anymore.
 
2018-02-09 10:46:34 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Sure... mannequin.


That's one way to get rid of the body.

would have made a good "Monk" episode.
 
2018-02-09 10:47:09 AM  

DMDmarty: snocone: Launch report indicates they used the "I fired an arrow into the air, it went I don't know where" algorithm for launch control.

snocone: cgraves67: So when is it coming back around?

Fark: think of a real big eCig entering the atmosphere in a few years.

/hope they took the batteries out.


What!? That makes no sense. Maybe I'm missing the snark here.
No, it isn't coming back to earth. Hell it likely won't even make a full trip around the sun before coming apart.


Actually, eventually, it probably will come back around to Earth at some point, provided it doesn't hit Mars or some other bit of debris along the way.  Perihelion is roughly the same distance as Earth's orbit, so given enough time, and enough orbits, it will end up in our neighborhood again.
 
2018-02-09 10:49:15 AM  

ArkPanda: Dr Jack Badofsky: BeotchPudding: nekom: Ok Musk... Now go get it back.  Triple dog dare ya.

I believe that is his plan. Develop a way to 'capture' it next time (or time after...so on and so on) as it passes near Earth and bring it back down successfully. With that tech, companies can start looking into mining asteroids and bringing the material back to Earth.

And maybe possibly pulling some of the garbage out of orbit, or at least push it towards burning up on re-entry.

If Elon wants to do something useful he should come up with a way to clean up the area around Earth.  Maybe he could team up with James Dyson.


I'd be happier if he teamed up with Freeman Dyson.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project​_​Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)
 
2018-02-09 10:50:39 AM  

BolloxReader: dittybopper: Original: Original Tweet:

An aphelion of -1.7 AU?

WTF is that?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P​erihelion_and_aphelion

Aphelion and perihelion by definition can't be negative, because they describe the maximum and minimum distance (respectively) of an orbit around the Sun.  You can't be a negative distance from the Sun.

At least, not in these dimensions.

That last burn put it even more off course than anyone thought possible, apparently. I'm expecting Starman to return possessed by a demon or something when Musk recaptures his car.


I suspect that it was done intentionally, so that only SpaceX knows where the roadster is.

Do you have any idea what that thing is going to be worth to a collector in n x 100 years?  Or any idea of the approximate whole number value of n?

It's like a Heinlein short story.
 
2018-02-09 10:52:56 AM  
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2018-02-09 10:59:15 AM  
Of course with the success of this launch, Trump announces the TAP (tiny astronaught program)

   
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2018-02-09 10:59:57 AM  
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2018-02-09 11:07:23 AM  

ElwoodCuse: there is shiat ton of garbage orbiting our planet and it's a real problem, why do you think they track it


There is a catalog of orbiting stuff and it was briefly listed there (NORAD 43205) until it did its final burn. This article is about a different system used to keep track of solar-system bodies.
 
2018-02-09 11:08:02 AM  
When orbital mining takes off, I'll bet someone goes to get this and auction it off.
 
2018-02-09 11:09:33 AM  

dittybopper: DMDmarty: snocone: Launch report indicates they used the "I fired an arrow into the air, it went I don't know where" algorithm for launch control.

snocone: cgraves67: So when is it coming back around?

Fark: think of a real big eCig entering the atmosphere in a few years.

/hope they took the batteries out.


What!? That makes no sense. Maybe I'm missing the snark here.
No, it isn't coming back to earth. Hell it likely won't even make a full trip around the sun before coming apart.

Actually, eventually, it probably will come back around to Earth at some point, provided it doesn't hit Mars or some other bit of debris along the way.  Perihelion is roughly the same distance as Earth's orbit, so given enough time, and enough orbits, it will end up in our neighborhood again.


Yes I get that. I just don't see it actually making it that far. I hope it does though.
 
2018-02-09 11:11:17 AM  

GameSprocket: Tr0mBoNe: Sure... mannequin.

You know it was actually the body of a guy who pissed Elon off.


It's the Frankensteined remains of the crew who built Elon's volcano lair.
 
2018-02-09 11:14:10 AM  

ArkPanda: If Elon wants to do something useful he should come up with a way to clean up the area around Earth.  Maybe he could team up with James Dyson.


No man, that would suck.
 
2018-02-09 11:14:25 AM  
So it was a burn to completion, I was worried they accidentally overshot mars.

And now another half day of work lost to KSP...
 
2018-02-09 11:17:17 AM  
OldJames:
And now another half day of work lost to KSP...

I wonder if anyone made a mod to add the roadster as a component?  I bet somebody did.
 
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