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SKIP KILPATRICK
02-22-2018, 10:37 AM
You can watch the footage of launch here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-launches-satellites-into-space-california/


I love this stuff!



more here: https://gizmodo.com/watch-spacexs-second-attempt-to-launch-experimental-int-1823222320


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Andrew Craig-Bennett
02-22-2018, 11:12 AM
So do I, indeed I was one of about 500 watching it live on Youtube. Does the rocket actually stand on its engine nozzles in the last minute or two before launch?

willmarsh3
02-22-2018, 11:21 AM
I'm not sure but I'm thinking that on the Falcon there are hold down points surrounding the base of the rocket that let go. The rocket nozzles must operate freely to steer and not have their output impeded in any way. The Soyuz seems to have hold down points about mid way up the booster. Four braces let go and sway back at the instant the rocket achieves lift off.

What's amazing is that Elon is continuing the development of hardware reuse by testing recovery of the nose fairing after it is jettisoned on the way up.

And I'm curious how they are going to fit 12k satellites in orbit for a global internet?

SKIP KILPATRICK
02-22-2018, 11:23 AM
I'm not sure. I might.

Here is some interesting technical information from SpaceX website.
The Falcon User Guide: http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/falcon_9_users_guide_rev_2.0.pdf

Paul Pless
02-22-2018, 11:25 AM
how'd you like to drive this boat? :D

https://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2018/02/22/9a3527f4-fa2f-480f-bc72-0b2527fe0870/resize/620x/785222de1eb2331fdb51938420629181/022218-steven.jpg#

willmarsh3
02-22-2018, 12:50 PM
That would seem to take a lot of careful but high speed driving on the ocean to catch the fairing and not have it land on the bridge by mistake. Even if it's slowed by a parachute it seems perilous. It's not like the fairing has rocket motors that can control where it comes down. I don't know really what the limits of this are. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.

LeeG
02-22-2018, 12:53 PM
how'd you like to drive this boat? :D

https://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2018/02/22/9a3527f4-fa2f-480f-bc72-0b2527fe0870/resize/620x/785222de1eb2331fdb51938420629181/022218-steven.jpg#

for real?

Paul Pless
02-22-2018, 12:57 PM
they didn't catch it this time, but they were able to recover half of the fairing from the water, thus far it appears undamaged
btw, this piece is worth $3 million!

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/4nw8odTLy4ipicF-uF44SBi0QxY=/0x0:597x563/1200x800/filters:focal(252x235:346x329)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/58782711/spacex.0.png

LeeG
02-22-2018, 12:58 PM
Cirque d Soleil could use that net

willmarsh3
02-22-2018, 01:58 PM
they didn't catch it this time, but they were able to recover half of the fairing from the water, thus far it appears undamaged
btw, this piece is worth $3 million!

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/4nw8odTLy4ipicF-uF44SBi0QxY=/0x0:597x563/1200x800/filters:focal(252x235:346x329)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/58782711/spacex.0.png

That looks like a boat hull. Stick an outboard on it or just tow it back to the Cape.