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The Lounge>Space Exploration megathread
DaFace 09:40 AM 06-01-2014
Since a number of cool things are happening in space exploration these days, we'll widen the scope of this thread a smidge. Conversation about all things space exploration are welcome, whether it be from NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Blue Origin, or anyone else. Chances are most of the discussion will still be about SpaceX since they love to make things public and fun, but nothing's off limits. I'll eventually get around to modifying the OP to include resources for other companies too, but in the meantime, feel free to post any cool stuff you run across.

Lists of Upcoming Missions

Spoiler!


How to Watch a Live Launch
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Where to Learn More
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Glossary
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Prison Bitch 09:44 AM 04-15-2019
Originally Posted by MagicHef:
They added arts in for some reason, so now it's STEAM.
That is gayer than Mayor Pete Buttplug.
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Donger 10:27 AM 04-15-2019
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 wins launch of an asteroid-attacking NASA spacecraft

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-nas...tack-contract/
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DaFace 11:03 AM 04-15-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 wins launch of an asteroid-attacking NASA spacecraft

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-nas...tack-contract/
Cool to see them finally actually working on that potential problem. Armageddon was ahead of its time. :-)
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Donger 11:04 AM 04-15-2019

that was really sick. great job spacex!! #FalconHeavy pic.twitter.com/SmYfreIf09

— Sreyas Krishnan (@sreyasmusic) April 11, 2019



Great audio.
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DaFace 11:53 AM 04-15-2019
Next FH won't be long.

The returned side cores from the Arabsat 6A mission will require analysis to determine reusability. Pending the condition of the side cores, the target launch date is NET Jun 19.

— AF SMC (@AF_SMC) April 15, 2019


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DaFace 03:02 PM 04-15-2019
Well, this is sad. They weren't planning on reusing it anyway, but it shows that it's still not 100% that a rocket that lands will eventually make it back safely.

SpaceX loses the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket due to choppy seas https://t.co/gSWV4l63D0 pic.twitter.com/WYkxlLvvbt

— The Verge (@verge) April 15, 2019


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Donger 02:53 PM 04-16-2019
Originally Posted by DaFace:
Well, this is sad. They weren't planning on reusing it anyway, but it shows that it's still not 100% that a rocket that lands will eventually make it back safely.


Didn't know this:

Now it seems that the ocean once again got the better of the Falcon Heavy center core. SpaceX does have ways to secure the rockets it lands on drone ships, including a robot known as the “octagrabber” that latches on to the base of the boosters. But because the center core connects to two side boosters, it has a different design than a normal Falcon 9 booster. So the octagrabber cannot hold on to it in the same way.

Apparently, SpaceX’s octagrabber just needs some upgrades so that it can nab the center core, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. On Twitter, he noted that these attachments were not ready in time for last week’s landing. In the meantime, he noted that SpaceX may be able to save the engines of the core, though there was no mention of the rest of the booster.

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Imon Yourside 04:09 PM 04-16-2019
We need to explore the space between our ears first.

/Wisest man ever
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Bob Dole 04:23 PM 04-16-2019
Originally Posted by DaFace:
Next FH won't be long.


Juneteenth FTW.
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DaFace 04:40 PM 04-20-2019
Well, this sucks. Chances are, Crew Dragon is going to slip substantially.

Full story on SpaceX anomaly Saturday. Unconfirmed reports that it was a fairly serious incident.https://t.co/TirNB8869Q

— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) April 20, 2019


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Donger 09:09 AM 04-21-2019
Originally Posted by DaFace:
Well, this sucks. Chances are, Crew Dragon is going to slip substantially.


Ummm, yeah:


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DaFace 01:22 PM 04-22-2019
Pretty good overview of what we know about the "anomaly" here.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...agon-accident/

Suffice it to say, this is a pretty major incident and will likely cause a huge shift in timelines. I doubt we'll see a crewed launch in 2019 at this point.
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stumppy 01:56 PM 04-22-2019
Damn damn damn
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Donger 02:04 PM 04-22-2019
Obviously a major malfunction. But I'm "glad" it happened during a test.
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DaFace 02:37 PM 04-22-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
Obviously a major malfunction. But I'm "glad" it happened during a test.
Yep, that's the key. It sucks that there will be delays, but it'd suck far worse if they killed a couple guys.
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