It’s interesting that we get to witness the ends of the spectrum during this little space race. SpaceX who publicizes and to some degree, celebrates their failures as all being part of the process. They're loud, brash, and fun. Blue Origin who says basically nothing but seem to be taking a very slo...Jump to post
SN5 passes cryogenic proof testing. Well that wasn't exciting at all! No failure, no collapse, no boom! What fun is that? :spin: There is a bit of deformation though visible on the outer skin by the end though. I'm curious if that is an issue at all or not. And otherwise, beyond my question/comment...Jump to post
T+1:21 Something weird is going on. There is fire creeping up the side of the rocket at the bottom of the landing leg. I can’t tell if it’s engine exhaust getting vacuumed up close to the base of the rocket or if there’s something burning on the side. It extinguishes itself at T+1:33. Since it goes ...Jump to post
Looks like the crew that went up in the SpaceX Crew Dragon will be coming back about Aug 2 https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dragon-aces-space-station-tests.html Interesting, that month the 2nd one is due to go up with 4 crew on board. Obviously with the 4 on board on the station tests going OK. Th...Jump to post
June 26Falcon 9 • Starlink 9/BlackSky Global 5 & 6 Launch time: 2018 GMT (4:18 p.m. EDT) Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the tenth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated...Jump to post
Another one away; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8riKQXChPGg 58 Starlinks plus 3 Skysats, 3rd successful landing of the 1st stage, fairings both re-used, awaiting news on their recovery this time, record pad turnaround for SLC 40. Cool launch from the dark morning up into the sunshine and a beauti...Jump to post
Testing a spacecraft to the point of failure with a crew aboard is a really bad idea. The odds of LOC/LOV are already what? 1 in 200? One fatality and it’s all over the news, “agile development” goes out the window, and we may well just lose CCP altogether. It’s not the ‘50s where we lost a test pi...Jump to post
To Zanl harrumphing about the need to prove safety before human flight and national security launches: duh, obviously you prove rockets are reasonably safe prior to those things. The purpose of these test to failure tests is to determine what reasonably safe even is. Welcome to Agile development. J...Jump to post
SpaceX twitter posted a jaw-dropping video of favoring deploy on the dark side of the earth. Too many details to list. Just watch and then push your jaw up.
My my the Harrumph Brigade has arrived. First to Sam Y: no matter what, they have already caused a paradigm shift in terms of cost of access to space. For that I will sing their praises. They’ve also shifted the paradigm in rocket reuse, and by that I mean they proved it was possible and efficient. ...Jump to post
That has to be the first time I ever saw the 1st stage full landing without the video cutting out on Just Read the Instructions. ( They had to bring in the other drone ship since the crew one is on OCISLY). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4xBFHjkUvw Another successful launch. These are becoming a ...Jump to post
When you wake up and find someone thinks you don’t know England is in the UK when you used “maths” twice in an obviously satirical post in which you also claimed water is poorly understood or doesn’t exist. I read somewhere, I think at ARS, maybe up thread I don’t know, that the thrust to weight rat...Jump to post
That's a little over the top. The ISS cost "only" $150 billion to build and it's hardly designed with cost in mind. At ~40 launches with modules on board, you could launch a private ISS replica for $2 billion, plus the hardware cost for each module. You still have to assemble the thing in...Jump to post
The major problem with space is the amount of cubic dollars required. Even all the money SpaceX and Boeing have spent in the past 10+ years on manned flight is just pennies in a huge bucket compared to the total amounts needed. A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity - is go...Jump to post
Congratulations to Spacex and NASA. I have been catching up today on everything . I watched the launch with my kids yesterday and it was amazing to feel the chills. Maybe it is because I can remember Challenger, Columbia, and the last shuttle launch. However this was truly great having watch Spacex...Jump to post
That was great to watch. Did you catch Bob Behnken grabbing for the dinosaur balloon? The presumed high-tech Gravity Assessment Device? It has been a long journey... Elon Musk smoking a joint, then the launch escape system exploding, but then SpaceX still beat Boeing. Turns out it’s one of their bo...Jump to post
How's the weather holding up in Florida? The forecast looks a bit average, and I saw they had storms passing over the facility a couple of hours ago with more on the way it seems... Despite my misgivings I drove down to the Cape for the launch, its only a 30 minute drive for me (I can see the launc...Jump to post
Francoflier wrote:How's the weather holding up in Florida? The forecast looks a bit average, and I saw they had storms passing over the facility a couple of hours ago with more on the way it seems...
I'm seeing complaints on RV forums that Playalinda Beach is closed. Folks are showing up with their motorhomes planning to see the launch tomorrow. Some are blaming COVID-19 restrictions, but that beach is always closed for takeoffs from that launch complex. Thing I learned today: RV Forums are a t...Jump to post
Tomorrow is the great day... ...and I wondered if Elon Musk ever had any idea for a cheap space station, basically renting out the station for material sciences and biomedical research. Could they build a centipede of Cargo/Crew Dragons, each with a Clampo-O-Tron Docking Port at the fore and aft en...Jump to post
Demo-2 Mission has passed flight readiness review and is scheduled to launch with two astronauts on board May 27, 2020.
The Falcon 9 rocket for the launch completed its static fire test with the Crew Dragon capsule stacked on top. The mission appears to be proceeding smoothly.
Nomad was right, looks like the padding on the structure has some heat damage. http://youtu.be/uH1BTbWTOWk Also, go to 3:13 in the video, the source of the persistent fire appears to be some sort of attitude control thruster. Clearly it’s fueled by Methane, because cold nitrogen would not burn. Was ...Jump to post
Possible Test fire of Starship mockup in a few minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T8qfm5sv9I Went well. That was streamed over my cracked Galaxy S7. What did you make of the persistent flame at the bottom of the thrust skirt? No stream had a particularly good view of it because of the distan...Jump to post
Nomadd wrote:I have to wonder if Tim Dodd is human. I've seen him talk for two hours without taking a breath.
Atlas V launched US Air or Space Force’s X-37B spaceplane. Can’t confirm the prograM has been transferred to the Space Force officially or not. Media outlets divided in that point. Errrrrday’s coverage here: http://youtu.be/NIfyAd06lII It is amazing how slowly it left the pad. It had to have been at...Jump to post
After SN1 blew in Texas, it was about one week before they had a test tank cobbled together out of SN2 parts and tested it to prove the problem was solved. How long would the "right" way of handling that incident have taken? (I was there about 20 minutes after that test) https://youtu.be/...Jump to post
DM-1 was not a fully configured spacecraft. No load put on life support, etc. Seems aggressive to me to put a new spacecraft and crew on a open ended mission with certification and completion of next spacecraft tied in. If there is a significant hiccup they’ll likely lose ISS crew time anyway - can...Jump to post
Starship SN4 static fire test completed. Impressive fireball. Maybe a little hop coming soon and a 20KM leap late this month, if all goes well.
So I’m thinking that maybe I’m not using enough solvent. I find that if I drip some on there and wipe it up, everything seems fine. Anyone have a different perspective? I’ve come across some tricky lenses, I find that eyeglass wipes work ok but the ones they make for flat screens like laptops and TV...Jump to post
Can anyone shed any light on a couple things I’ve been mulling over? Here they are:
1) how much solvent should I use, and is it possible to use too much when I’m cleaning flight hardware?
2) do I put the solvent on the swab or do I apply it directly to the work piece?
Link with more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/science/spacex-nasa-crew-dragon.html Still no decision if they will be there for more than the originally planned two weeks. For now, NASA states, “The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.” Tugg They'll definitely be there more tha...Jump to post
With the way government contracting works, and with the rise of a capable competitor for the first time since Rockwell, it was almost inevitable that the shine would come off. During the 25 years where there was no competition, being the gold standard was easy: go slow, take almost no risks, ride th...Jump to post
Boeing opts for OFT reflight. https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04-06-Boeing-Statement-on-Starliners-Next-Flight 'Opts'... :wink2: We’ve “opted” to “meet our contractual obligations” and avoid a “devastating” “contractor performance review”. http://aznbadger.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/chris-farley...Jump to post
Been a few days but no mention here. SN2 Tank test a success. https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-sn2-prototype-pressure-test.html https://youtu.be/QlDBjHa0NkU Next up: "Static fire & short flights with SN3, longer flights with SN4, but spooling up the whole Starship/Raptor production li...Jump to post
Also Boeing has set aside/took a charge of $410M to cover a potential second full-up test launch if required. Tugg If I was an astronaut slated to fly this thing, I certainly would want them to... I hope NASA makes them do another test, though I suspect Boeing's lobbyist are working against that al...Jump to post
As the philosopher says: stupid is as stupid does.Jump to post
This is sort of shocking for me to say (I’m surprised even by the thought), but Boeing might be the Sears and Roebuck of aerospace. At one point, the biggest titan in their industry, too big to fail, Printing money, untouchable. Then the industry changes and boom your bankruptcy stock is trading at ...Jump to post
32andBelow wrote:1989worstyear wrote:Isn't it 07:30 in the Morning in Tehran right now? The videos seem pretty dark.
Time zones man. It doesn’t get light where I live until like 0900
I'm not too happy with the blatant NASA bias in favor of Boeing over SpaceX, but the fact is, this mission did demonstrate the basic ability of Starliner to orbit and return, so I can see them allowing the crewed mission based on what they achieved. If docking doesn't work out, they can always just...Jump to post
Thanks for the info ! I’m 58 and when I was in grade school they would roll out the TV’s to watch all the launches and slash downs, great memories. Nowadays on most TV networks, nothing. A couple of weeks ago I ran across the NASA channel for the first time in awhile and was blown away with what wa...Jump to post
If you’re looking to improve your knowledge about space flight, start by reading up on United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, and their contracts for sending NASA astronauts to the Space Station. From there you can expand to other companies like RocketLab, or into government spacecraft like SLS and the Art...Jump to post
My 2cents... The long-duration dinitrogen tetroxide propellant 'plume' from the crashed service module was very unnerving. Assuming this was not a wholesale pad abort... and that booster failure occurred later-in-flight, at higher altitude over water, this should not be a problem/issue... Oddly.. t...Jump to post
Did anyone else catch the mention of the excessive smoke from the toxic propellant on landing? https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/starliner-flies-for-the-first-time-but-one-of-its-parachutes-failed-to-deploy/ "One other notable event during Monday's test was the large amount of orange smo...Jump to post
I imagine with the system designed to operate with three, with a backup plan of two being ok, NASA will not looking happily at this test. It will cause a delay, no doubt. SpaceX was supposedly trying to get to 10 consecutive flawless tests of the parachute system to progress on to the next phase, so...Jump to post
It's amazing what a focused, very intelligent billionaire, who's willing to spend billions and not hoard them into portfolio investments, can do. We need more billionaires like him (and Bezos comes to mind of course) that just pour their wealth back into things like this (real world production and ...Jump to post
There's already people out there speculating that something might have gone wrong with the raptor engine towards the end as the exhaust could be seen turning bright yellow, not a color you're supposed to get when burning methane... The plume also seemed yellow while close to the ground on liftoff. ...Jump to post
Dense question, what exactly is this Hopper for? The name seems obvious but I'll be damed if I can understand how you'd ever tank enough fuel to do more than one take-off. It's a prototype for testing the general setup. They did the same when developing the landing capability of the Falcon 9 booste...Jump to post