SpaceX Did It!

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Boognish, May 30, 2020.

  1. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Falcon 9 has a very good track record.
    They lost one on the pad and one in-flight... that's out of 80-some commercial missions.
    Refurbished boosters are not yet man-rated, but the boosters used to launch crews to the ISS can still be used again for commercial launches, so there is still a significant cost saving.

    No fire in Mercury... that was Apollo-1
    The potentially serious Mercury issue was when Grissom's hatch blew after splashdown, flooding the spacecraft.
    As with Apollo 13... timing of that accident was everything. A few moments earlier and he would have gone down with the ship, and a few moments later and it could have killed one of the frogmen securing the craft.
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Since Challenger
    Ive had difficulty watching launches....
    Today
    My anxiety was so high
    I went from a 169 lb old man
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    Looking like I'm 10 months pregnant...
    My gut so bloated..
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    Got up this morning to watch the docking
    But
    ABC was waylaid by riots and burning....
    Guess there'll be a video later....
     
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  3. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

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    There was some pressure coming our of those Draco Jets (?) when they were lining up to dock. They had to have been shooting 100 feet or more! I also heard them talking about a few of the zippers on Bob's suit so I guess they are monitoring their suits as well, along with everything else!

    Doug & Bob.....
     
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  4. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Strat-O-Master

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    The first time I saw a video of them doing that my jaw ached for days from hitting the floor. Then they go and do it on a ship at sea. And not just a ship. A DRONE SHIP. It totally looks like something from a cheesy 40s/50s sci fi movie except it is freaking real.
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    It did cross my mind that we were celebrating going back in time to when the US had manned spaceflight and the Russians took over. Not taking anything away from the achievement but not really a huge step forward?
     
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    Have you seen the double landing video? When I first saw it I thought it was playing in reverse!
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    I bet they can see their houses from up there.
     
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    Musekatcher Senior Stratmaster

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    Very exciting - I recall when the SpaceX building got their first sign. We were going to have a new launch system before retiring the Shuttle, with overlap. Glad to see it, better late than never.

    I'm so glad to see this effort and the entire space effort. I love seeing smart folks unsatisfied with just being smart, the struggle to learn more, do more, prove the undoable is in fact doable, prove that we can be more and more than some of us believe. Intellect, diligence, teamwork and purpose can just about conquer all.

    Its worthy to note, that we've been purchasing our space access from the Russians since 2011. A lot of folks don't realize the great partnering between the US and Russia to keep a peaceful humanitarian space presence viable, for the benefit of all.
     
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    jim293 Senior Stratmaster

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    I thought that it was awesome. I am so glad to see us back sending our people on our Rockets sure makes one feel proud.
     
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    BluesForDan Strat-O-Master

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    Is that the one where there's a liftoff and 2 and a half minutes the first stage comes down for a landing? In a continuous video? Live and unedited?
     
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    Found it. Go to 2:15

     
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    just freaking incredible. I never get tired of seeing that. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Musk should build a strat