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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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DaFace 03:04 PM 11-24-2015
Originally Posted by eDave:
Elon is not impressed.
With good reason. BO only got to about 1/10th the speed SpaceX has been trying to slow from.
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Squalor2 08:38 PM 11-24-2015
these two grew up together. i am concerned.
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Simply Red 08:50 PM 11-24-2015
Originally Posted by Donger:
Pretty amazing, but that looked a little hairy at the end. Engines looked like they were gimballing like crazy.
you seem concerned & nice.
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srvy 10:27 PM 11-24-2015
I am just worried about the sand critters that obviously got fried in that landing. Oh PETA?
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aturnis 12:47 PM 11-26-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
With good reason. BO only got to about 1/10th the speed SpaceX has been trying to slow from.
Do you by chance know the cost of a BO launch ready rocket?

I know Space X is in the 60-65 million range.
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DaFace 09:50 PM 11-27-2015
Originally Posted by aturnis:
Do you by chance know the cost of a BO launch ready rocket?

I know Space X is in the 60-65 million range.
Blue Origin has never launched anything into orbit, so there isn't really anything to compare SpaceX's costs to. I'm sure that BO's recent flight was considerably cheaper than that though given the significantly lower fuel requirements (ignoring all the R&D time anyway).
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DaFace 10:58 PM 12-04-2015
Looks like SpaceX is aiming for December 15th to finally fly again. They will again be aiming to land the first stage, and this time it will be at their new facility on land (no barges).

SpaceX RTF mission with Falcon 9 and ORBCOMM-2 has a long window of 2154-0054 local, Dec. 15. Static Fire next week. https://t.co/X4tnc8qnd8

— Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) December 4, 2015


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GloryDayz 07:51 AM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
Looks like SpaceX is aiming for December 15th to finally fly again. They will again be aiming to land the first stage, and this time it will be at their new facility on land (no barges).


Did they say why land instead of a barge?
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DaFace 08:00 AM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
Did they say why land instead of a barge?
That's always been what they were aiming for. I'd imagine it's just a matter of the facility now being ready along with the confidence that they will hit the target at least even if it still falls over. I'm sure it's easier to land on land than on a barge also.
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GloryDayz 08:26 AM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
That's always been what they were aiming for. I'd imagine it's just a matter of the facility now being ready along with the confidence that they will hit the target at least even if it still falls over. I'm sure it's easier to land on land than on a barge also.
It sounds like a totally cool place to work..
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DaFace 08:45 AM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
It sounds like a totally cool place to work..
On the surface, sure, but it's pretty well-known that Musk is an insane workaholic and pretty much expects everyone else to be as well. I'm sure it's a very REWARDING place to work, but the hours are a bit much for most people.
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GloryDayz 09:03 AM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
On the surface, sure, but it's pretty well-known that Musk is an insane workaholic and pretty much expects everyone else to be as well. I'm sure it's a very REWARDING place to work, but the hours are a bit much for most people.
Hard to disagree, but in my humble opinion/observation few huge leaps have come from people who don't burn the midnight oil.

But I'm not lost on the fact that some people take it too far and drive away the very support they might want and need.
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Buehler445 09:48 AM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
On the surface, sure, but it's pretty well-known that Musk is an insane workaholic and pretty much expects everyone else to be as well. I'm sure it's a very REWARDING place to work, but the hours are a bit much for most people.
Yeah, I work a pissload of hours, and I don't think I'm down for working there. Those motherfuckers be crazy. And all for a wage.
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aturnis 01:59 PM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
That's always been what they were aiming for. I'd imagine it's just a matter of the facility now being ready along with the confidence that they will hit the target at least even if it still falls over. I'm sure it's easier to land on land than on a barge also.
It was my understanding that they were landing at Cape Canaveral, and the reason was to avoid the "moving target" that was the barge. I'd imagine they'd have less turbulent winds also.

This isn't to say they've given up on barge landings, but with the B.O. landing, and the willy nilly nature of public perception, no matter how wrong, the pressure is on.

They'll probably perfect landings on land, then move to the slightly more difficult barges.
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eDave 02:01 PM 12-05-2015
Originally Posted by Buehler445:
Yeah, I work a pissload of hours, and I don't think I'm down for working there. Those motherfuckers be crazy. And all for a wage.
Probably for more than just a wage.
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